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Starfall by Zedrin Starfall by Zedrin
This was about 6 hours of work. Really committed myself on this one.

Wanted to play with blues and cyans. This wound up coming out a lot more... consistent? than I wanted but I think it still works. Initially I wanted to go for a very painterly look.

I'm concerned that the background fell flat because of the resolution I was drawing at made it impossible to draw anything without it going slow. The actual image is over 10k pixels wide. I resized this one to 1920x1080 so it's usable as a wallpaper, and the massive size was a little unnecessary for net uses.

Hope you like it~

Redbubble: [link]

Critiques greatly appreciated.

Edits: Revised some of the lighting. Sharpened the background mountains. Made the lighting in the foreground a little more consistent with Twilight's. Darkened Twilight a little more.
More edits: Changed saturation/blurring to give more of a sense of focus for the piece. Tweaked the moon and stars a tiny bit.
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First of all, I really like how the blue and purple hues blend in the background, and they are a good combination for a night sky, instead of simple blue or black, which would've looked flat and boring. A nitpick about the sky is that making the stars as crossed lines makes them look like asterisks instead of actual stars. Maybe looking at a picture of the sky on a dark night to use as reference or researching about the position of constellations would've been good ways to make the sky more realistic. Also, about the shooting the naked eye they look like simple white lines, and comets (which I assume are the ones in the drawing) usually have a bright, well defined nucleus, and it's the tail that looks blurry. In here, they almost look like empty dashes of dust.

The mountains seem too bright. If they're far away, and at nighttime, they would be almost completely black, like silhouettes. This would actually make a good contrast with the sky. They kinda look like domes, too. Look at real mountains, and you'll most likely notice they are rough, with peaks and cliffs, and barely lit, if it's a nighttime scene.

Moving on, the blue part of the middle is water, right? How are the mountains in water? I think I know what you were trying to do, but in any case, there should be some land "closer" to the viewer, so it doesn't look like the mountains are floating, and maybe adding some trees would make the background more complete. The water seems too static too, since there are no waves or ripples, or even reflections. And why is it blue? Water only looks blue if it's reflecting a blue sky. Since the sky is dark blue and purple, the water should be of those colors.

And finally, Twilight. There are no specific complaints about the anatomy or style, but again, she looks to bright. Even if it's a full moon and it's reflecting a lot of light, it's still a night scene, and the shadows should be darker. She almost looks like she would fit in a daytime scene. The ground she's standing on looks flat and smooth. It needs rocks, dirt, some twigs, bushes, trees...anything! Looks like she's just floating in there, and not like she's actually part of the environment.

If you're just experimenting with colors all these mistakes are not too important, because you did get a good effect with the colors of the sky, but you say you took 6 hours to draw this. If you're going to commit yourself to a piece, don't rush it and half-ass the complicated details because they're too difficult or because you think it's not worth the time. Not saying this is so terrible that you should do it all over again, but keep this in mind for your next artwork. The overall composition is fine, and it does have a good impact the first time one sees it. It's only upon closer examination that people may start pointing out flaws.

Hope to see more art from you in the future. I'm sure you will create some true masterpieces if you work more carefully, use references and start paying more attention to details.
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I really like this piece. It's beautiful. The colours you used in it are amazing and effective. The moon is gorgeous and the lighting on Twilight is impressive.

Now onto the negative. They're mainly just nitpicks, but since you said critiques are appreciated, I'll write them down.

First issue: the water. I'm not sure, is that water or is it grassland? Reading another critique, I assumed it was water. The problem is, it's not very water-ish. That's why I mistook it for grass. If you perhaps made the ripples more distinctive, it would look more like water. Another thing that might help is to add some reflections. I see a little brightness where the moon is, but you might need to sharpen it. Add in the reflections of the sky and perhaps the mountains and you've got yourself a lake!

Problem two: The stars and the... comets? I'm not sure. That's not your fault this time, I'm just lousy at astronomy, I suppose! The stars look good from a distance, but looking closer they lack a little shine. If you added a tiny glow around each star then they would look even more like stars and a little less like bits of salt (for lack of a better analogy, haha). The comets are good from a distance too, albeit a little large. They look slightly crowded. The main problem, I think, is that the heads aren't very clear. Perhaps sharpen those ends a bit? The blur on the tail looks good, though!

Next, mountains. They're a bit too clear! Darken them a little to make them appear in the background, perhaps. A little bit of blurring on the edges wouldn't go amiss, I think, too :)

Final nitpick: Twilight. he's a tiny bit too bright. Like I said before, the lighting is good. If you just darkened it a teeny smidge, it would likely work better.

All in all, I actually really like your work. Don't be fooled by my criticism. I just like to nitpick. Honestly, this is really beautiful. Keep it up!
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SoNico-X100 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Of course, over the horizon the meteor shower devastated much of the Griffon lands. :lol:
TastefulCostume6 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :D
MaeMusicMelody Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Omg this is REALLY PRETTY :love: I love the whole concept and just the WHOOOLE THING
MissFlight Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
This is beautiful artwork. *-*
By the way, I love your icon. o3o
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks on both accounts. This work was one of my favorites, though I really hate the background in it. >.<

And I'm dropping the bass in the base. 8D
MissFlight Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
You're welcome! And I actually like the background, too. >3< It reminds me of the beginning of the episode "Owl's Well that Ends Well" o-o
:XD: Nice.
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The thing I don't like about it is it is (wow lots of i's) no where near as detailed and textured as I'd've liked. It's too smooth-- I couldn't do much cause the image was so big (10k pixels wide) so it became very hard to draw even a basic stroke in the background.
Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Amazing and very pleasing to the eyes. Only criticism is that the stars are arranged strangely in the background, several rings or lines of stars that look a little odd. Still a great picture.
phoenvix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
That background is gorgeous. It'd work well as a picture on its own.

Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Heh, thanks. My backgrounds are actually a critical weak point, so I'm glad to know I'm improving. :3
GaruuSpike Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well well, someone is using the Rule Of Thirds quite well. The theoretical camera position itself implies that Twilight is looking back on all the grand things she's accomplished, reminiscing on good times and her personal achievements.

Beautiful lighting and gorgeous scenery, too. :)
DarthFeffer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I love it.
GeneralDurandal Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
KnoFear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Writer
Simply amazing. I've seen shooting stars, but never that many before.
Thorlol Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Impressive, most impressive
Joakaha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
NoraNeku Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
my mind is blown.
Damn good job
DeathStalkerX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful piece through and through Zedrin, I really like it.
Good work with the shading on Twilight too. :dummy:

I love it :la:
ArcCahlon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks really good. did you use a special brush on the stars or are those all done individually?
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I got a brush pack I made public. It's about 7 submissions back. I need to add to it though, make some smaller, more realistic stars
ArcCahlon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the way these look as to real stars but I suppose if you wanted to make it more of a dramatic setting having pointy cartoon stars would take away from its appeal.

also it occurred to me that we love fine was doing that shirt contest. is this going to be one of your idea submissions?
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I've submitted 6 already (not this one), 2 to each contest. Name will show up as 'Marshal Watson'.

I'll upload the graphics for them later this month, when the voting period starts.
Juria316 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Hello new possible background. :) This looks amazing!
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks ^-^ I have a bad habbit of turning anything star or sky related into a background for desktops. xD
GespenstKAF Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This reminds me of Journey, for some reason.
sailorwonky Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Nova225 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This will make for an interesting wallpaper.

Also, it's written ''1080x1920'' in the description, the inverse.
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
PolarBear135 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
For viewing enhancement might I recommend some music. [link]
Zedrin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Two Steps from Hell is so much love <3
joeyh3 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks extremely awesome!
Jeaninamage Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Pretty! <3
Zanzoltan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This is awesoommmeeee!!! Anyway, Love your art as always :D.
IzayaGraeme Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
So pretty :)
Gtapia91 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Such a breath taking view.
WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Lovely! I always love pictures of nighttime and stars!
GruntyThe1AndOnly Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!
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