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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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:iconfountainstranger:
FountainStranger Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
pardon me, may i post this in my somlestia blog? unless theres some place you would prefer me reblog it from?
reflectionshipping.tumblr.com
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure! :)
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FountainStranger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much, i've posted it and properly linked and credited you
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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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AlkseeyaKC Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thats a lot of awesome work!
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very beautiful when you did this, excellent work. The scenery holy smokes!
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh good, I was hoping for a bigger copy! For this much detail, you need it.
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I loved this particular panel, but it also reminds me of a bone I have to pick with you. You dropped the ball on this story, Mister Price. Not in a big way, mind you. But you missed the opportunity for a great joke. The spy pony appears in both worlds, wearing a black suit. The alternate reality spy should have worn white! It would have been a great gag, you fool! What were you thinking?

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???

So, yeah. That's been bugging me ever since I realized he didn't appear on the cover of the alternate world. Tsk tsk.
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PoPaul Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I'm pretty sure that could be because there might not be such a thing as an alternate version of "the spy pony", after all, that character is based off of the observers in Fringe, and it has a similar role in these comics as well, and if things are supposed to work like in that show, then that would mean that the observer pony has no alternate self in the other universe, because in Fringe, observers were a constant between the two universes, meaning that there weren't alternate versions of themselves, as they could travel between universes and through space and time without the need of artifacts such as the mirror here... Or something, it's been a while since I watched that show, so I could be wrong, but I don't really remember there having ever been alternate versions of the observers in that show, while almost every other character had an alternate version of themselves in the parallel universe, so there. If anyone knows about that, it's Mr. Price, since he's the real Fringe fan here, but I get the feeling I'm not mistaken.
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Shush. He missed an opportunity for a Spy vs. Spy reference and I reserve the right to pretend to be outrageously upset about it.
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PoPaul Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Whatever floats your boat.
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Stahi Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
"And way out in the distance... a single observer pondering the importance of all of this and what it will bring..."

Or he's just there to get his kicks.
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UnBronySenor Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Turned out really nice! The extra time you put in for this spread really seems to have paid off. I just bought a couple MLP comics, and will likely buy more in support of your artwork!
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DynamoDazzle Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Whenever I come to one of these scenes in your comics, I have to stop reading, and just take it in.

Also, thank you for Evil Tiberius.
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professorbutters Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I loved him and his little cape :)
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altereggo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Can't even imagine doing something this complex with unforgiving ink. The fear of making an uncorrectable mistake would be paralyzing! 
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iisaw Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
This page is just wonderful! I'm amazed at the strength and cleanness of composition in such a complex piece. I think the coloring in the final really did it justice.
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HappySwitch Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely mind-blowing.
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rekibob Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
That is absolutely amazing. It's too easy to forget just how much goes into even one page of the comics. Thank you for sharing this amazing work with us!
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Mad42Hatter Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Looks like they're in crystal heaven!
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tricky213 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh how beautiful
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templar127 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
I want to read this so badly! :D
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skufer Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
The pic is so small it doesn't do your work justice!
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Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As Luna would say - you must have the patience of a zebra to draw such detailed picture!

And I guess it was a nightmare to color. Speaking of this - twitter.com/AndyPriceArt/statu… is that tweet related to this very page? :lol:


PS: this is perfect: 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...
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andypriceart Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
no, this was colored about 2 months ago or so. We have to work far in advance.
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Cartoon-Eric Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw this page I was wondering how long it took you to draw and ink that.  Regardless it is amazing.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful. I'll make sure to get this asap. :D
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Razmere Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
LOVING this story so far. Also loved the David Bowie reference in the earlier issue. 
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Chauvels Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   General Artist
Such beautiful inks! I wish the picture was larger so I can admire the detail a little more.
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katiecandraw Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Artist
"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..."

make that a shadowy basement and it's spot-on. 
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RyanAbrahams Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
This was such a beautiful page, my jaw dropped when I got to it today. You did good, Andy.
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Kh0nAn Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't we have a larger size of the picture please >__< ?
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Gapeagle Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad Cook likes to torture ya, cause then we get pieces like this!
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seahawk270 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
I can't believe I didn't notice the observer pony until you just mentioned it.  I've been reading the book long enough; you'd think that'd be the first thing I'd look for!

And I'm still waiting for Katie to request a crowd scene so large that the book will have to have special pages that fold out to accommodate the 4 page spread...  :o
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muffinexplosion Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! That's.. just beautiful!
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Yula568 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Awww, they are such a lovely pair Huggle! I would like this as a wallpaper... please ? ^^;
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RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing detail.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
That's so amazing and beautiful!
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professorbutters Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This was amazing. Everyone I've talked to today who's read the comics has raved about this particular spread.
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CiscoQL Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you come up with all the details in the image or is this a collaboration between you and Katie?
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andypriceart Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Depends on the scene, but essentially with this, the characters and their dialogue are stated (so I have an idea how much space the letterer will need to do his job), and the setting is described. With this, it was stated as being a large beautiful garden with ribbons everywhere, and I took it from there!
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