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In Defense of Equestria by SilFoe In Defense of Equestria by SilFoe
DETAILS. SO MANY DETAILS. Please, validate the effort put into this and zoom in. Things like the clasps and links that hold the armor together. The details on the helmet, both Celestia and Twilight's peytrals (the chest plate thingies). ALL THE THINGS.

So, a really freakin' long time ago, I was asked if I could do a picture with Celestia in armor. I went "Heck yeah! That'd be fun!" Since it wasn't a commission, I took my sweet, sweet time on it. I'd work on it for an hour and then leave it for a week or three and then pick it up again for another couple of hours. Stylistically, this is such a crazy departure from the usual sketch vomit I submit (I say that lovingly, the sketches are me learning and experimenting with digital medium. This was an actual test of my skill). There are still some errors, but I need to call this done and it get it out there.

About halfway through, I realized this would be the perfect picture to record to make a timelapse of. By then, it felt too late. Whoops... Instead, I'm going to offer up the huge Photoshop file. I approached this like an oil painting (that's my undergrad degree. This was an experiment in process. NEVER AGAIN. That was a stupid decision.) so there are a lot of superfluous layers. Every layer is numbered in order of creation (mostly) and named. Layers with a "-" in front is a hidden layer, like a reference picture or something that became useless later.

Here, have all 207 layers of it: [link]

Screw it up, make it stupid, dissect it to learn my process, I don't really care so long as you don't try to pass it up as your own . Have fun with it.

On Tumblr: [link]

quick edit: disabled layer 206. Decided that extra lighting effect was weird.
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rakdarian Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Quick question, Why owuld she be using an Axe? I mean Magic seems so much simpler and at a range, and more power, and more, well everything
SilFoe Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
I suppose for the same reason the unicorn guards all have spears. It's a tool to be manipulated. Perhaps it uses less power and/or focus to swing an axe than to form a magic blade or whatever other spell she could use. That would allow her to maybe use it AND offensive magic or to keep her magic focused on defensive spells (for her and those around her) or just simply to prevent exhaustion during the battle.
uniqueyourself Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
she looks Amazing!!
thetnknownbrony Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
This reminds me of Fall of EQ 
Killed2013 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  New member
Applejack liar :iconsay3plz: Overkill much do ya?
SCREAM :iconsay3plz: Ahh, it's the prophecy!
Jokiu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
In my fantasy adventure (don't ask, too much to explain), I was having an epic duel side-by-side with Celestia and Luna at one point, they were wearing armor, and Celestia's armor looked similar to this! Did we meet in my adventure? X3
SilFoe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014   Digital Artist
I don't think so? But at least your adventure sounds cool!
PurpleShnerples Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is amazing! I bet this took you forever. All those details and the lighting! Gumball Wow Icon  Wow...I'm speechless. I really like how you did the armor on the wings and braided Celestia's hair. So cool! I can't believe I haven't come across your work until now. You've got a new watcher!Aww 
SilFoe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you!

It kinda did take forever. So much time fussing over tiny things or reworking other things. I'm glad you enjoy it, though! People liking it makes that effort worthwhile!
RoxieWOLF11 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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