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Luna: Water and Ink by MarbleYarns Luna: Water and Ink by MarbleYarns
Favorite pony, favorite mediums, & favorite hiking spot.

My entry for *CosmicUnicorn's art challenge, in which we were supposed to draw our favorite pony enjoying nature using any traditional medium.

I used to go hiking all the time, but for the last several months, I haven't gone at all. When I came across this art challenge, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to get myself out hiking again. So, I grabbed my art supplies and went out to my favorite hiking spot. It was an odd feeling...it was almost like that sharp but enjoyable sensation you get when you step into a cool stream for the first time on a hot day. So, I thought it would be proper do have Luna doing the same. I accidentally left my camera at home (which was probably for the better) so the scene was created using the marker sketches I did on location and what was contained in my mind.

This was a delight to create.

Ink & watercolor on cold-press watercolor paper

MLP (c) Hasbro
Special thanks to Lauren Faust, the MLP team & CosmicUnicorn.
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
That style looks nice ^^
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422373 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Cuando vi esta imagen se me viona a la mente "el toro y a luna", esta genial.
-El Toro y la luna- (Fragmento)
La luna se esta peinando
En los espejos del río
Y un toro
La esta mirando
Entre la jara escondido

Cuando llega
La alegre mañana
Y la luna se escapa del río
Y El torito se mete en el agua
Embistiendo al ver que se ah ido
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zeno0192 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Nice!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Very lovely work.

The fact that you did this using a traditional media make it even better. Luna is a bigger bonus. Yeah. You remind me I need to go hiking more too.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
all the best entries have luna in them , it's only fitting......
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MissFlight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
This is awesome! Though, at first, I didn't know it was a stream she was in until I noticed the ripples around her hooves and I guess it was too shallow than ones I've ever seen before. But now I appreciate it even more. :-D
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elgregorPL Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
AAAAAAAAAAWESOME! You should have received first place ex aequo with :iconsugarcube-owl:. I love the overall mood of your entry, even if something isn't technically right. (For example things :icontheinexplicablebrony: pointed out; I can't notice anything incorrect here on my own.)

My view on art is: I don't give a f*ck about correctness when mood is awesome.
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed the piece! There were some awesome entries, and ~Sugarcube-Owl's painting was pretty well executed. I agree with you in that being correct just for its own end isn't really necessary (unless that is the purpose of the image), but I do think I could have pushed that feeling of place a litttttle bit further by brightening those reflections. I dunno, as long as it felt right to you, that's what matters. It was a hot day, and the water was so nice with those little bright points of light coming through the leaves...
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elgregorPL Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I mean yes, it would look better with those light points, I just didn't think about it until I read :icontheinexplicablebrony:'s comment.
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Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Beautiful, I love the style.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the color you did! looks great! I need to work on my landscapes
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Freefox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Lovely scene
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Attemborough Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Good job and good concept!
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E-man300 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
This makes me think of when I used to go hiking, very nostalgic
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LuckyNChance Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I think you have a good contender here, I really do.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really charming illustration work!
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Moriiko Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
i really love the background and all the marks making and such happening its quite lovely and the color choice is quite interesting as well o3o
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1Vladislav Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOOOOW!!!
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Qsteel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is super good
Pretty much love everything about it
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theinexplicablebrony Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Gosh this is lovely. Doubt I can properly make use of the critique feature but I will say that perhaps, PERHAPS, the water would look better if you avoided filling in the bright reflections with watercolour at all, and just left them white—on either side of Woona and around the reflections of the trees.

Anyway the pony is lovely and the scenery is gorgeous. Good job.
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
That's really good advice! I can hear one of my old art instructors right now, actually...

"KEEP YOUR WHITES"

I didn't plan things out as well as I probably could have, since I'm a bit out of practice with watercolor, and I think I totally lost out on the dappled light that was present when I was on site...which was one of my favorite features x_x

Thanks for the feedback, as always :D
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theinexplicablebrony Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
:C
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