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The Source by Rain-Gear The Source by Rain-Gear
Concept behind this piece was to make a tree that would be the source of all unicorn magic (note: the stronger the connection with the tree the more powerful the unicorns magic).
Of course I will leave you with your imagination and see what comes to mind.
Inspiration for this came from tending to my bonsai tree and listening to Arise by E.S Posthumus
Song link: [link]

This was yet again a lot of first time's with this picture, previously to this had never drawn a tree like this,
I've changed a lot about my style through this so I hope these developments showed

I might put together a basic annotated timeline for how I did some of the aspects in this picture.
I have also added a grey scale version so you can see just how badly i failed at the value and definition between features.

Grey scale link: [link]

If you have any input at all I'd appreciate it a lot, I value constructive criticism greatly as it helps me develop in the right directions.
Remember to hit that download button for a full quality close up view !


*seems this made it into the draw friend :D #2 and here i was wondering where all the sudden views were coming from*
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Oh my, well, first critique, where to start.... First off, the lighting in this is beautiful, the textures you created are simply stunning, and the details really give it an all natural look. The shading style is quite impressive, though I do wish the balloon wasn't AS blurry, but it's still in a good view. I also would've liked to see just a splash of more color in the background, but seeing as it's set in a forest-type area, it's still breathtaking. This is a sight that would make anypony jealous, and I hope you will continue making these marvelous pieces!
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Two words: Just - Wonderful. :heart:
Although, i think you should've still given it more distinctness, specially to the great tree in the centre, and the pony riding the balloon, which still looks so little and blurred in the corner...
But neverminding these things, i still find it very nice. The use of colors on the rocks bellow, the shading effect, the sunbeam, coming from the outsider atmosphere and into the closed environment.. Not to mention the touch of naturality.
It's a valuable piece of art, with an enjoyable taste of epicness, the exploration of the surroundings, regarding the deep, and wild, just as the purity of Nature...
Nice job! :aww:
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
This is extraordinarily close to the Tree of Harmony.

You can see the future. Are you a wizard?
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if I said I was a wizard o.o you didn't hear anything!!
NGPegasus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  New member
It's art like yours that makes this fandom so awesome. Magnificent work.
woodcutterw Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I tend to collect truly brilliant pieces of artwork to post as my computers background pictures on a loop. I have four monitors set up for work, play, gaming and streaming and I collect a large amount of really good artwork. 

I have just gone through and added EVERY single piece of art you've done and put it in that folder. All your art is truly inspiring, amazing and spectacular. Have an internet cookie. 
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It reminds me of the tree of harmony, but that background you made is just amazing!!! Seems like a really interesting place to investigate! :D :D :D
Ganondox Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's similar to the tree of harmony which has now been shown.
Ashoof Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
oh wow.. a lot of your work is really beautiful!
RexIvan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Have you seen the opening episodes to season 4?  You were more on the mark than you first realized.
andrewblood Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Rexlvan is right... Congrats! Your headcanon is now canon. Still not sure which design for the tree of harmony/magic I like better, the canon design, or your spiral design. Both are awesome. Even after so much time, I still can't get over the atmosphere in this painting, very mysterious and intriguing.
cottonpaws Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I just love how you draw your backgrounds. They are so detailed and yet still free flowing.
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