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Philomena by NI-XI Philomena by NI-XI
MY philomena painting in SAI
UDATE!! : YAY my work was featured in equestria daily !!!!

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Version w/o background
check the process here
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My tumbrl: [link]

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Philomena is one of the most interesting things about the pony art community. So much different from what goes into the dragons and Spike, Philomena presents her own challenges. This artist rendition of her is striking, well-shaded, and mostly accurate, and I feel a bit silly offering any nitpicks. Still, that's what the artist wants, so suggestions I will provide.

First off, there are a few things about this image that are very noteworthy for how good they are. The shading in particular is very nice as in my ways it reflects the fact that Philomena is basically self-lighting. On any other character this pattern of lighting would seem random, but on Philomena it makes perfect sense. It follows outward contours of her body, since she's a living flame.

The proportions and shape are very nice. I like the attention paid to her keel. The keel is something that artists can get a bit uncomfortable with, since mammals don't have one. This artist didn't shy away from it, giving her that same strong profile she has in the show. The uneven countours of the tail feathers seem at first to be a flaw, but they actually reflect the fact that she's, you know, on fire.

The choice of colors and blending for this are great; they take firey look from the show and soften it into something slightly more realistic. At least, on Philomena they do. That missing half-star in impact come from how little she stands out against the background, which is virtually the same color.

Now, there are a few things about this image that don't work. The use of distinct lines on Philomena, while attractive and based on canon precedent, create a few problems. One of her legs (her left, viewer right) is almost perfectly straight, with only a slight contour at the ankle. The other (her right, viewer left) wobbles in and out for seemingly no reason. Having tried to paint straight lines, I know how hard it is. The only reason it stands out is because there are so many instances of dark lines being used to outline in this piece. You can be wobbly and indistinct for a dreamy or fiery feel, or you can have crisp lines whose contours are all purposeful and sharp, and not a failure of whatever you painted on to zoom in far enough. Your choice.

In general, though they are nice, I think the lines do the piece a disservice in some ways. It takes away from the realism and wow-factor in the use of color and lighting. Basically, the problem is not that the lineart is no good, but rather that the line art is good and the coloration is so much better it makes line art I'd kill for look bad in comparison. I repeat, the lines here are incredible, it's just that the shading and lighting is out of this world.

Then again, isn't trying to paint Philomena without lines the obvious thing to do, since she's on fire? The very risky, bold choice to include sharp lines with this kind of shading is why the standard Philomena pose is getting four stars in originality, not three. Any shortcomings this piece may have (or rather, shortcomings relative to its own greatness) are more than made up for by the risk inherent in choosing to use this style of lighting and shading with distinct lines in a final piece.

In short, this is an incredible image of Philomena. Its only technical shortcomings are like those of the people you read about in art history class: to dwell on them outside of requests for constructive criticism would be to miss the point of what they were meant to do. This is probably the most original piece of Philomena merely standing on a branch that you will ever see, and one of the most technically impressive, to boot.
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Marblemagic Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My friend Admin has a lightning condor named dauntless. donno why he named him that...
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That...is...interesting .w.
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Marblemagic Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
although dauntless belongs to admin, he hangs out in my Dorm in the castle. He's also a good fighter when we're on the battlefield.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Interesting style and posture for her.
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:iconni-xi:
NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ItŽs an old drawing tho :)
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CaptainPenguin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
dynamic look
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:iconni-xi:
NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you !
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Arcolm Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Might want to add the "featured on" link to this. You've earned it.
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh good Idea! thanks :D
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, so awesome work!
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ! :iconblshplz:
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And It's kinda shame nobody can use that art like as a background ^^ It would fits perfectly to a track about phoenixes.
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe IŽll make a bacground with the 2,0 file , or IŽll redraw it , when I get skilled more at feathers :D

I suck at them atm .-.
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see... But honestly, I like that background - it's simple but nice and it fits to Philomena ^^
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ aw thank you!!! Ye she looks so "in fire" :D well in the end, she is a sneaky phoenix ^^
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, she is ^^
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unassuminguser Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely awesome stuff. My day is now better by having seen this.
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DŽawwww <3 :iconrubcheeksplz:
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SpeedFeather Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww she is wonderful :aww:
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you !
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BlazeHeartPanther Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
wow, gorgeous
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you !!! :3
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Tails-155 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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Gryphonia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Beautiful work! :heart:
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :iconrubcheeksplz:
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xiestman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome! Great job!
(By the way the tumblr link wasn't working. I would love to reblog it.)
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ! and its fixed
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risesatspring Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Philomina was an awesome phoenix, one of my favorite episodes. Well done :)
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ikr she is so majestic but uber troll cutie in one
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risesatspring Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah XD
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anttosik Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Velice podařené
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dakujem :3 :iconrubcheeksplz:
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:iconedaherz:
EdaHerz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Great job!!!! ^^
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RadlanJay Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Good job
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hah thankies :iconblshplz:
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invincibleskylar4411 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow awesome!!
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :3
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Heir-of-Phoenixa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love philomena!
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dŽaw ikr she is so adorable and an ultimate troll
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Heir-of-Phoenixa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yes
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AlopexVelox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Havn't seen enough of this awesome bird. Nice work ^^
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awh thank you ! :)
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AlopexVelox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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AFtwi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! That's some epic philomena here! I REALLY like how you did the glow/shade thing. AWESOME!
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god thank you :) I am glad you like it.
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AFtwi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Celestia will approve! TOO LATE She already did that! And Always Welcome!
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awh ^^ u make me blush xD :iconblshplz:
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AFtwi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Blushing is Magic! :)
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NI-XI Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dŽawwwww :iconrubcheeksplz:
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AFtwi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OK you beat me in the blush competition!
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