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May 5, 2013
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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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protector96 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
By all the glories of creation!!
Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my sweet (armored) Celestia, this is freaking amazing!!!
MasterVule Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! so amazing! That chainmail looks absolutely great :D
g-haze Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I thought I obsess over details.....

sde-user Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Really cool design.
I really want a Dark Souls: Friendship is Magic. MLP already has a very Dark Souls for children esk vibe to it.
locoindigo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Holy heck, the *details*! Each individual link of chainmail, the knots and clasps in the padding and leatherwork, yet you're letting forms come forward from the black in a nice balanced way that feels right for the composition too. Beautifully rendered work.

The snort she's giving and that high gorget /pixane/mail collar thingy hints at something very ancient and deadly imperious. That haughty look combined with those beautiful locks and curls... *swoon*.
SilFoe Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Digital Artist
It seems you like it. I'm glad!
Judisutive Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member
I'm in love with this. I rarely find an artist who makes art like this <3
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
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