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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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:iconcrazymiathegirl:
CrazyMiaTheGirl 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing :squee: :squee: :squee: 
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:icondrakenhof:
Wow, love the concept of Celestia as warrior-princess. I think a spear fits her more than an axe, but itīs awesome anyway
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:iconecliptorcalrissian:
Elsewhere in SilFoe's gallery, you see that Luna has the spear.
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:iconcareness:
Careness Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you are awesome artist! ^^
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SteelAurora Apr 7, 2014  New member
love the detail, OH Shoot some pony already said it
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:iconmortalshinobi:
she looks incredibly badass. impressive detail and texture
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:icontoadstooliv:
dat chainmail... i downloaded so i could get a closer view... much closer
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:iconmoonlight7starshine:
QUICK SEND TO THIS TO EQUESTRIA DAILY ITS TOO BEUTIFUL TO NOT BE A DRAWFIEND HEADER
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SilFoe Mar 23, 2014   Digital Artist
It was the header a long while ago. This pic isn't new.

I'm glad you like it though!
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:iconmoonlight7starshine:
I'm gonna bask in the awesomeness of this picture because its soo detailed its soo awesome.
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