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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 !

C-o-m-p-a-s-s

*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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:icontarascus101:
Tarascus101 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Simply awesome art. I guess you are very talented. Just keep it up with the good work.
♥ Brohoof /)  ♥
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:icondragonjek:
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is extraordinarily close to the Tree of Harmony.

You can see the future. Are you a wizard?
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if I said I was a wizard o.o you didn't hear anything!!
Thanks!
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NGPegasus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
It's art like yours that makes this fandom so awesome. Magnificent work.
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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. 
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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
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:iconganondox:
Ganondox Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's similar to the tree of harmony which has now been shown.
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
oh wow.. a lot of your work is really beautiful!
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:iconrexivan:
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.
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andrewblood Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional 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.
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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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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Yeah I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to details in some pieces, this one especially! 
I'm glad you like it!
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only-second-place Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I think the idea alone is already pretty good, even though I could also think of it as being the heart of the Everfree Forest, that gives the woods its independence and unnaturalness.
In any case, it is also is really well executed.
Especially the tree itself looks wonderful and really realistic with all its details and the shading, making it a very atmospheric picture.

Despite that, I have to say, that I like the grayscale version even better,
because firstly, the lighting highlights the tree even more than in the colored version,
where the surrounding leaves' and the water's brightness distract a little bit from it.
and secondly, as other people have already pointed out, the few blurry edges are a little bit sharper in the other one.

In conclusion: It is very powerful art, that has a great mystical vibe about it, but the black-and-white version carries this tone even better. :D
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! The idea was really just a fleeting thought that came to me all of a sudden so I'm pretty surprised that it worked so well!
Yeah it's a strange trend I'm finding in my art that the greyscale version gets quite a few compliments. Maybe it's due to the fact I'm more comfortable
working in greyscale and then colouring it.
Thanks for the kind words and useful insight, I'll keep note of it!
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only-second-place Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
You're quite welcome :)
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:iconerowa:
erowa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
wow nice work bro 
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:iconaelioszero:
AeliosZero Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now thats one mighty work of art right there!
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ALert4Spoilers Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg.. its... NAVI?!
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, this is just beautiful. 
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ludechris31 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Seems great. Soft and sharp in the right places. Excellent colors. The colored water coming from the tree looks a little like fabric, and the light rays on the right don't seem to be coming through the tree at a glance. Other than that, extremely intriguing (especially for fan fic lover here), incredible details drown out any problems. Keep making stuff like this and just fix the little kinks as you go.
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Adnerej Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I may not be an artist but i can see win things have the potential to make good story and this one has "the magics"
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
omg awesome!!!! such an interesting idea, I wish I was good enough to make awesome pictures like this when I think of stuff :P, great work!
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timeice Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
By God your amazing!
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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much that's very kind of you !
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timeice Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome! How did you do though? Did you use a program or did you hand-paint it?
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Amaris-the-Demon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As I clicked on this 'The Tree Of Life'- Lacrimosa came on. It made this even more beautiful
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had to search that up but wow i see your point, quite amazing the effect music can have on the perceptions of a piece !
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Amaris-the-Demon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right?
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
So... awesome... *faints*
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DiamondMonstersOC Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet!!!!!!
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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks !
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DiamondMonstersOC Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcomes!
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Selbi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Perhaps one of the greatest pieces of art I've ever seen, and I'm not limiting myself to MLP stuff here! I mean like, how is it even possible to create something THIS detailed?

And now pretend I have constructive criticism to share with you, but the truth is that this picture is flawless in my eyes.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thank you very much, it's great to hear that !, All i can say is LOTS of time.

Thanks again, I'm happy to see you like it so much !
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CosmicCourage Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks like Navi floating in the center.
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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"heyyyy listen!"
never thought about that but good spot!
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CosmicCourage Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I've learned to watch out for things like that.
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WolvesOfTheSeasons Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much !
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:icontheexhorsecist:
TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Yggdrasil! (Is Sleipnir the boss at the end? ;-) )

Nice resonance between the tree and the design on the balloon!

Also, cool!--this looks like a giant (and much greener) version of one of the grottos in the lava tubes of El Malpais, New Mexico, USA: [link]
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244705 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey i really like this, amazing work with those textures and the balloon; great color scheme as well :D

altho im still pretty horrendous at digital painting, i did notice your painting had this over-saturated look commonly seen in greyscale to color paintings; just try not to make every thing the same saturation [have the foreground slightly more saturated and the background less]

other than that this is awesome! keep up the good work!
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ciskat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be so cool if that was canon! I love the luminous glow in the art. :)
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BookLoverTwilight Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rainbow fountains!!! :D
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:iconneko-noskire:
Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
the idea sounds similar to what they had in generation 1
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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh is it? I'm not very familiar with G1 but thanks for the heads up!
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Neko-Noskire Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Ya check out "quest of the pony princesses".
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Richu5 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I wish I lived there. You totally got your idea through.
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:iconrain-gear:
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much ! Glad you think so, was definitely a tough project for me.
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:iconrexivan:
RexIvan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Maybe I'm just a sentimental goof, but there's something I really like about the idea of ancient trees with beams of light shooting up into the sky. It's one of those things that tries to spur memories from the back of my mind of something that logically could never exist, something like a dream. Good work.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I know what you mean !
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