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The Price Of Beauty by Sketchi-Panda The Price Of Beauty by Sketchi-Panda
"its hard to think that im beautifull inside and out ,when people only see me for who i am on the outside. will i ever find someone who can see past these chains and find the real me?"

Yay! i finnally drew rarity! :la:

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EDIT: ( [link] ) On EQD again :D hi Equestria Daily readers!
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I really like how you have focused on the proportions and lighting in this piece, I think you've definitely improved over some of your previous work.

In the past I feel like you favored a simpler shading style and it tended to make the characters appear rounded. However, the sharp contrast on her chin and on portions of her legs really define the shape of Rarity as well as add place the character in a more realistic lighting environment.

Similarly, Rarity's proportions here look spot on. I think in the past some on your heads have been a bit flattened, [link] for instance (though that may have been more the style you were shooting for).

I like where you were going with the texture in this work, but I think it would have worked better as an overlay for the background. By laying it over the final work, over all Rarity and the chain, it makes the chain appear partially transparent which feels odd when I think you were shooting for a more "gritty" feeling. I think if you want to work with textures, you should focus on independent textures for different parts of the drawing - like using a doily pattern for the dress texture, grass texture for a deeper fur feeling, etc.

I like that you kept with the show's style and varied the outline colors throughout, though I think you could take it one step further and vary the line thickness as well (if you're working Photoshop, there should be an option to draw paths with a varying thickness), I think that would bring even more depth to your art.

It's a bit enlightening to look closely at the dress you have made, Since the design doesn't meet over her front shoulders, I feel like you were modeling something with a bust, though in a literal sense it's a tad out of place with the pony anatomy, but then again many things in Equestria are best fitted to a pair of hands, so I suppose it oddly fits in with the cannon of the universe.

Dwelling on that a bit more, it makes me wonder what inspired you put in chains - if you were pulling from a generic steam-punk-esque element, of if you were trying to comment on how restraining a dress like that would naturally feel like.

As others have mentioned, I like how you brought the dress down in the rear to demonstrate that the weight of the fabric is pulling down on the support provided by her tail, it makes the who pose feel more realistic.

Overall you really nailed the facial region, the earring/hair piece is a particularly cute design. The eyelashes, choker, blush and hair styling work quite well together. I feel like there's a bit of a contrast between a perfectly triangular horn which is more cartoony vs the coloring you used to render the horn folds which is a very realistic rendition - so I feel there's a bit of clash with the particular design you employed. I also really like the little fur frills you put in throughout her design, I notice you have used those in the past and I really like how they make the character feel more real than they typically come across in the show.

Keep up the awesome work :ahoy:
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Critique by Solarblaze-cat Dec 1, 2012, 11:33:14 PM
Alright now, to start it off, This is amazing! I really like the lighting and how it focuses on Rarity. I also like the style you used to draw her, it's awesome :dummy: I also love the texture thingy that you used for this pic! And also, about that title, I like it a lot because it makes you wonder what this picture is about, what it means and why the person drew it. Some kind of... mysterious aura around this drawing. It makes you think. It makes you think about this, because it isn't a normal drawing. It's special. Alright now! I honestly don't see anything wrong with this, keep up the good work!
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kiosfriend Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is got to be my favorite picture, at least of Rarity, if not everypony, of all time. It is absolutely gorgeous! Saved it quite a while ago, probably from the Drawfriend Stuff linked, but seeing it go through my wallpaper slideshow and being stunned by it yet again, this time, prompted me to make sure the creator knew how completely magnificent I think it is. Hopefully that wasn't too much rambling, but suffice it to say: I love this piece!
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Chaotic-Kyubi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
There's something about this Rarity (or "Anti-Rarity"?) that I like... And I wish I have a wallpaper version of it. xD

Bravos, BTW!
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SapphireLibra3 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I feel for ya, girl. When you're so beautiful on the outside it's difficult for anyone to see what's on the inside.
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psuliem Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
omfg damn the coloring and everything are just beautiful in this.... wow...
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regorris Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I'm not enough of an artist to critique, so I will just say this: "Stunning."
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Path0of0cloud Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Stunning. Beautiful, sad, and very heart felt. Quiet lovely.

I believe, Spike has a good chance of doing just that.
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IFlySNA94 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
gorgeous, simply gorgeous
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onelilmermaid Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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YamaTHou Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is just so amazing.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is one of those surprise findings that you can't figure out exactly why you can sit and look at it all day....
I may the music I had in my ears [link] but I don't want to stop look at it yet xD
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