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The Duel by Yanoda The Duel by Yanoda
So I finally was able to finish this Vector I've been working on since a week, my most ambitious yet.
The scene was originally very different, but as I progressed, I changed the perspective and the effects. I hope the scene has the intended impact I desired.

Thanks to the :iconmlp-vectorclub: VIs for their assistance and help in checking for any errors or changes that needed to be applied. :)

I noticed some comments concerning the wind/rain direction vs Twilight's mane. This was intentional as to depict her movement as turning towards Trixie. While the water 'splashes' on Twilight's legs show that she's being pushed back from the impact of the magic. I hope this clarifies it. ;)

Since I spent well over 30 hours on this, I can't freely offer the Source file the way I usually do. So the AI file can be downloaded at a premium. Do remember that the File is very large (~50 MB), performance intensive and will only fully work with Adobe Illustrator CS6.

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Update: Adjusted the beams a bit and fixed an over lapping area of one of the beams.
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I applaud you for capture strong emotion. The vectoring is clean, and avoids a busy appearance, despite the activity depicted.

However, the splashes in the water do not fit with the style of vectoring used on Twilight, Trixie, and the magical energy. It appears more "anime" in style, and lacks the clean look of the show. Not to say that the water splashes are not well done, just stylistically out of place.

The red aura around Trixie's eyes looks more like heavy make-up than a mystical magical wisp. It may be beneficial to give Trixie's mane more of a wet look to match Twilight's--without such effect, it looks unnaturally dry for a magic duel taking place in the middle of a body of water.

The rain suggests that there is a wind blowing towards the left of the image, while Twilight's mane suggests the opposite. This contradiction may be due to implied movements on Twilight's part, however, were this the case, the water her hooves are kicking up are splashing in the wrong direction. In other words, if you are suggesting movement on Twilight's part, her mane suggests she is moving away from the magical "explosion," while the splashes at her hooves suggests she is moving toward it.

I applaud your use of bodily motion with Twilight: her stance adds to what can be read as firm determination, which masterfully compliments her facial expression. As for Trixie, I am at a loss as to what is possessing the mare to jump.

I believed I have rambled on long enough, so in short, a good piece, but with some tweaks can become a masterpiece among vectored art.
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Let's start with the vision: an epic battle from Twilight's perspective, but also angled so you could see the opponent, with the elements going crazy around them. That was delivered properly, with poses, expressions, and effects.

Cannot say this is very original, though; for better or worse, there are a bit too many picture of Twi and Trix killing each other. However, the addition of rain is VERY original.

Now, the technique. Everything aside from water is good. The magic is... well... magic, so it can look like anything, as long as it is well-drawn. Poses are perfect. Very often people fail at drawing 3-dimensional poni, but you succeeded. Wet manes also look good. However... water... it does not look like water, and more like ice or sand. Water does not splash properly, splashes are too angular, and the waves are too round. Work on your water.

Impact = vision + originality + technique.
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MabelWanderStar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Someone redrew this. It's really good!…
spencermalley Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Great duel illustration
Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's really impressive!
Yanoda Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
tophxomi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So epic!
mouseanderson Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
almost goku/vegeta awesomeness.
twilightsparkle09012 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twilight beats Trixie even with the alicorn amulet cause Twi is now a super powerful(she's always been) alicorn.
JazzyTyfighter Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Congrats! This made the news!…
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Wow, this is an amazing piece of art!  I love it!  :+favlove:
Tonytambe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holee Sheet! This is badass!!!!
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Now THIS is a Magic Duel!
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Well what I was thinking of was a Skylanders MLP Crossover



And here's how it can work

Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Well do you like Crossovers
Yanoda Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends, I mostly prefer Star Wars. Though, if the theme/crossover interests me, I may make something out of it.
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
May I offer an idea
Yanoda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm open for critiques or recommendations. What do you have in mind?
HellionStorm Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
In case you ever find yourself having to duel an enemy, do this: always have someone with a sniper rifle or something similar waiting in the distance. If you fall, MAKE SURE YOUR ENEMY DO NOT LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO BOAST ABOUT IT.
PluckyPony Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
What program?
Yanoda Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Adobe Illustrator CS6" It's also in the description. ;)
Historian387 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
"You'll fight me Sparkle." Trixie demanded, not loosing the evil grin on her face. "Unless you want more blood on your hooves that is." Twilight's eyes widened, suddenly realizing how far off the deep end Trixie was. "I see now." Twilight spoke softly, "What a shame. I didn't think even you could stoop that low. Is that really how it is?" Trixie didn't answer her, she simply continued to stare a hole through Twilight, still malevolently smiling at her. "Answer me!" Twilight shouted at her, "Do you let yourself be a slave over something like this." Rather than giving Twilight a response, Trixie's horn began to glow with the red magic. Not taking her eyes off her foe for a moment, she released her magical energy at a group of ponies that gathered around the two of them. As several of them were thrown around screaming, Twilight looked over to the knocked around group, a look of sheer disbelief now on her face. "Tell me," Trixie said, finally speaking up. "Is it slavery when get what you want?" With the dust blowing past her from the burst of power, Trixie lifted her face up, now baring her teeth in that sinister smile she was giving Twilight.

Twilight was still looking at what Trixie did. All those ponies were now hurt or worse. And why? Because Twilight wasn't going to cooperate with Trixie's demands? As she looked on, Twilight began clenching her teeth. Her once concerned look now slowly being replaced with an angered one. She slowly turned her face back to Trixie, who was still giving her that upturned evil look. Where as Twilight was above being lured into confrontation, she couldn't allow any more ponies to be hurt because of her refusal to fight. She continued to give Trixie a death stare, the blue unicorn still sizing her up.

Twilight's horn came to life, a gentle aura now surrounding it. At the sight, Trixie slowly lowered her head back down. It took a little prodding, but she was finally going to get her rival to react.

"No Twilight." Spike said, suddenly stepping in from the side. "You can't. If you fight her, you'll be doing exactly what she wants. You'll be no better than she is."

"Tell me, Trixie," Twilight said to her, completely ignoring spikes words, "I know that amulet your wearing has been making you act like this. So is that why your so avid about this battle, or is this just the same old routine of you needing to prove you're better than everyone?"

As expected, Trixie gave no answer. She simply continued her sadistic stare at the unicorn she faced.

"Does it really matter?" Rarity questioned from the side.

"Maybe not to you," Trixie answered the white unicorn. "But to a true unicorn it matters greatly. And you know as well as I do Sparkle. I have been waiting for the day to give you a taste of what a true magician can do. And I will not miss this opportunity."

Twilight and Trixie again stared at each other for a few moments. Their brows both furrowed. Trixie still wearing her smile, but Twilight had a very serious look on her face.

"Who are you?" Spike said to Trixie, "Don't you realize that ponies lives matter more than you meaning less grudge?"

At his words, Trixie's smile quickly contorted into an angry scowl. "Meaningless, huh!?!" she shouted. Spike took a prominent step back, knowing he had invoked the mares wrath. "And what do you know of meaningless!?!" Trixie shouted again. The magic aura in her horn came back, this time so powerful that it caused a shock wave, sending dirt and other debris flying everywhere. Many of the on lookers shielded their eyes from the sudden kick up of dust. All except one. Twilight Sparkle still maintained her composure.

Spike took his arm away from his eyes, noticing the magical aura now surrounded Trixie's entire body. And that scowl was still plastered on her face.

"Spend all of that time being ridiculed and looked down upon by others!" Trixie said, resuming where she left off, the aura now slowly fading from her body. "Watch all that you had dwindle away until there's nothing left. And then tell me what has more meaning to you than your own ability! I have in me the power of a true unicorn, she is nothing but a joke. Yet I watched her surpass me in power! My reputation, completely destroyed!"

Trixie took a short pause, getting her breath back. "Sh-She's even saved my life as if I were a helpless foal. She has tarnished my name... And her dues... Will. Be. Paid."
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
After reading that Comment you might like my Oc pony here

NaitoStormFronter19 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Artist
:iconmlptwilightplz: :iconsaysplz: Unbelievable! You really out done yourself!

:iconmlptrixieplz: :iconsaysplz: That's true! You were born with natural magic way beyond my own. Nopony can close the gap between us...

:iconmlptwilightplz: :iconsaysplz: YOU FOAL! SO...SO YOU LET THE ALI-

:iconmlptrixieplz: :iconsaysplz: YES! I WANTED THE ALICORN AMULET TO MAKE ME SURPASS YOU!!! Don't you understand Sparkle! I needed the alicorn amulet to become great and powerful! And I have to feels way too good.

:icontwilightsparkleplz: :iconsaysplz: Do you really believe that?

:iconmlptrixieplz: :iconsaysplz: SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUUUUUT UUUUUP!!!!!
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
That makes me think of my oc here

brokendragon1200 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your picture fits frighteningly well with the lastest chapter of my fan-fic, so much so that one of my readers linked it to me.

[link] if you're interested.

Either way, I love this pic and you have my approval.
AvengerXD1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
ManaSparks Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is so epic that a custom Magic the Gathering card must be made to honor it. Thank you for allowing people to use it. I'll make sure to credit you and make a link to your deviant art page. :)
PinkyPeachyPony Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is how I wanted the episode "Magic Duel" to end - with an epic battle to the death. Okay, maybe not - but this is pure awesome!
MySecretLife11 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
OMG! This is just... Amazing. Please tell me you take requests.
Yanoda Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately, I currently do not take requests due to time constraints. :(
I will post a journal when I do accept requests again though. :)
MySecretLife11 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Oh alrighty! I'll watch yah!:P
S-Missile Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmlptrixieplz:-Not bad for a librarian! Perhaps you should've spent more time training your magic!
:iconmlptwilightplz:-And perhaps YOU should've spent more time in the library!
thesuicider66 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
:icontrixiesoplz::iconsays3plz:Not bad, for a librarian...
:icontwichallengeconsider::iconsays3plz:Not bad, for a rock farmer...
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Recommended theme: Neodemmerang from Matrix Revolutions.

S-Missile Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I went with this. "The Ark" from Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
ApAtHeTIcBuNnY Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cow I love the effects here!
The-Stein Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish my vectors were as good.
Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome pic
LordBurn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
I would have preferred this version of Xenoblade: Chronicles.
OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
And so, let epic sparks fly! :wow:
kustren Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
El duelo final, gran demostracion de valentia y poder, las dos se ven excelentes contendientes.....:D
Michael1st Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
If someone had to make a parody of this scene, what would it be?
ShadowWolfclaw Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Words cannot describe the awesomeness that is in this picture!!
Taburn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just saw this on funnyjunk...
Summer30 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I am impressed with the expressions on their faces. I also like the way Twilight's mane is drawn. What needs to be worked on here would be Trixie's eyes. Right now, she looks like she has make up on rather than her eye pupil's glowing red.
roninjedi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nicely done! To "sell" the idea of Twilight being pushed back by the force of the explosion perhaps you should have made her pose more dynamic and less static. The water around her hooves would have splashed up on the opposite side from where you drew it. She's plowing into the water as she heads towards the viewer, after all. Some of the raindrops nearest her should be curving dramatically towards her and I'd have had her hair blowing back away from the explosion even more dramatically than most of the wind-driven rain. This might sell the idea of an shockwave propogating through the air.
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