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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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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Amazing!  :+fav:
skipsophrenic Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn this is impressive work!

Posted to my Tumblr feed with following comment.

NOT MY ART - found on Deviantart and had to share, this artist is AMAZING
SilFoe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Digital Artist

You could have also reblogged it from me: . Due to restarting the blog, poor thing only has 6 notes.
skipsophrenic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Followed on there under the name pegasus-skip

In future I'll re blog the pics hoping to get more traffic to your tumblr
spiderguy126 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
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RomaOjeda Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I've just loved! <3 <3 
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah...!!! Celestia sure looks badass here... :omfg: :omfg: :omfg:
ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
This is amazing, you can see Celestia is very angry, whoever has angered her has made a horrible mistake. Allow me to write a snippet about.

Celestia stood on the edge of the cliff, her axe held in her magic, she was angry. No, not angry, that didn't begin to describe it, she was absolutely livid, she wore her usual collar, but under it was gold plated armor, her tiara on a helmet also held in her aura, Tirek had made a huge mistake by threatening Equestria with his army of demons from Tartarus, not only that, he had tried to kill Luna. No one hurt her sister without feeling her wrath. Twilight scowled behind her, she obviously wasn't pleased with the idea of fighting, but that wasn't about to stop her now. "Twilight, are you ready?" she asked, her tone serious and holding a firmness that she rarely showed, a far cry from the motherly tone she usually used when talking to her ex student and now friend. Twilight nodded "Whenever you are, Celestia." Only recently had she managed to call her old teacher by her name instead of her title. "Good. Now I warn you, there will be blood, and there will be violence, I hope you are prepared for that." "Yes, I know it's going to be ugly, but I will do what I must to protect Equestria." the soldiers behind her smiled grimly, they were glad she was ready, but nothing was as horrifying as having to kill for the first time.
SilFoe Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Ooh, I like this little story. And I'm glad you like the picture!
ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I try.
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