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I'll Be Your Mirror- the garden scene from MLP 19 by andypriceart I'll Be Your Mirror- the garden scene from MLP 19 by andypriceart
Pages 10 and 11 from MLP:FIM issue 19 from IDW publishing.

This took a while. Katie Cook, the comic's writer, loves to torture me with big splash pages and 2-page spreads. I picture her in her shadowy castle, swirled in her cloak with a raven peering over her shoulder as she types out intricate scenes for me... laughing... always laughing...

But I digress :)
Anyway, when this one came down I thought it would be simpler... two characters and a buncha trees. Pfft... no problem.

I think I put more time into this spread than possibly any other I've done for the books. I was fairly happy with the end result.

I wanted a pretty and atmospheric scene, the impact of which would dwarf these characters, and carry the romantic theme of the book. I looked up a lot of different trees for inspiration, especially big old maples and oaks. The ribbons are all intended to be wishes and hopes that individuals have tied to the trees, a very old idea from varied cultures. The ribbons and twinkling lights help push the romantic air as well. And of course a full moon never hurts! The theme of mirrors and reflections is a constant in this story, and the Velvet Underground's classic "I'll Be Your Mirror" paraphrased lyrics seemed to tie all of it together.

And way out in the distance... a single observer pondering the importance of all of this and what it will bring...

India Ink with brush, dip pens on 11x17 bristol board.
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CocoChipooRocks Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student General Artist
This arc makes me cry, especially this scene. I love your work!
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tricky213 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this picture looks so much better in black & white than in color, but that's just my opinion
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Mandatum374 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist
I remember seeing this page. I admire the hard work to do two whole pages of a single image. All the colors were amazing, visually grabs attention I'm sure, and the lone grayish pony watching the couple from a distance.
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MYMguru Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg..hand of GOD
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newtry13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I'm glad to hear that you were happy with the end results. The contrast of lights and darks are very well balanced (four trees in the foreground and the lamppost, almost entirely in shadow, help balance out larger amounts of light and gray in the pic). I also like the contrast in Princess Celestia's face and Mirror King Sombra's. One is clearly knowledgeable, if nonchalant, of what is to the other an unfamiliar and surprising situation. 

I'd also like to compliment on the end result of Mirror King Sombra (for the arc in general). He was very well designed and friendly in appearance, and the style of clothing and some poses (particularly when we first saw him) kind of reminded me of characters that could have been seen in some of the Castlevania games (particulalry ones like Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow). Trying also to draw freehand some headshots from the comics, he did turn out to be fun to draw. Anyway, keep up the cool work. 
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, on the plus side... it came out magnificent.
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Ride2Ruin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Absolutely astounding.  I love Katie's vision with these comics and their stories, but I am convinced that they're only pulled off because you're able to truly do them justice, sir.  
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SeeNotC Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Hey! I finally got a chance to read issues 18 and 19, and I have to say I'm loving them. Celestia may be my new favorite character, and this story arc is definitely my favorite so far. The art, and this scene in particular, is really inspiring to me. And the whole Fringe parallel is pretty awesome too; I'm not sure whose idea that was, but it was a good one. My thanks to you and the whole creative team for coming up with it.

Anyway, this one guy I'm following made a comic with pony versions of you, Katie Cook, and Heather Breckel. You should check it out, you may find it funny: pony-berserker.deviantart.com/…

Lastly, I bought a few prints from you at BABScon a couple months ago. I recently framed them, and they look really great. Even after the pony craze starts to die down, I know that I'm going to keep enjoying them, and the comic, for a long time.
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duragan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
If you don't mind me asking, how do you set up a scene like this? Where do you start on a scenic picture like this one? Do you start with the characters first, or do you start of with any piece of scenery to help develop the final piece?
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
For every page, I start with what is called a thumbnail sketch... a small, quick simple layout of the page, just a few inches in size. This way I can determine composition. From there, I can use that as a basis on how to proceed... I start with a very simple, scribbled in layout... such as the sheer outline for the biggest trees, and where I want the characters. From there I continue with simple outlines for the sake of placement, and establishing depth. Certain important elements serve as anchors to the rest of the piece.

The characters are essentially the anchor, we know they have to be there, and room for any dialogue. That big tree in the middle helped serve as an anchor too, towards the front. I like to have layers - that big tree is front, the streetlamp in front of the other trees, the characters emerging from a tunnel of branches, and going further and further back to give a sense of depth.

Not positive if that really is a good answer, but it's how I work!
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