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Charge by Day, Shine by Night by Dahtamnay Charge by Day, Shine by Night by Dahtamnay
Remember Luminescence? Someone recently mentioned her in a comment, which gave me the idea to explore the character design a bit more. So last saturday, I started working on this at the beginning of my Livestream.

My initial plan was just to draw the scene on the left. But since it is a daylight picture, it doesn't show Lumi's glow effect. Therefore, after the stream I decided to make it a diptych, adding a night version with the hair lighting up, similar to my first painting of her. The main challenge for this second part was figuring out how to mirror the style and composition of the first half.

Created with Gimp and Wacom Bamboo tablet.


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Ashoof Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
WHOA! WHOA!
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool and stylish! :D Especially like how you did the eyes!

I think it would have been better with a vector program like Inkscape though... GIMP only has awful vector tools and can't create vector images. I think this style would benefit from the smooth lines of vector images...

Also, the moon blotches look strange in contrast to the clear-cut nature of the rest of the image. Perhaps a crescent moon would have worked better?

Either way I'm just nitpicking because it's good, there are no major flaws to point out! :)
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Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your thoughts, nitpicking is encouraged!

Yes, It could have worked very well as a vector. Some reasons why I didn't try that:
– I made this during a livestream when I usually work with Gimp. Also, I didn't have a sketch ready yet, and I never start a vector yet without a sketch. The sketch was made in Gimp, and for practical reasons I did not switch programs during the stream.
– I also kind of like the slightly wobbly contours, gives it more character or something.
But maybe if I'm bored some time I could try vector it and see how I like that.

I can see how the moon spots may look a bit chunky compared to the rest of the image. I did the full moon on purpose though, to mirror the full circle of the sun in the left panel.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough!

As a side note though, the show normally uses a plain full moon with a highlighted crescent: [link]
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txteclipse Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you use the pen tool? I can never get the lines to look right in Gimp.

Anyway, I've been following this character since the last drawing. She's really interesting! I also like your use of color here: it's very simple, but the distinction between "normal" colors on the left and glowing colors on the right is quite clear. Good job!
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Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If by pen tool you mean the paths tool, then no. I just use the regular paintbrush tool with a hard square or circle brush. Because of the flat colours, it is easy to add to and subdract from the shapes and make them nice and smooth. They're still a bit wobbly in places, but I like the organic feel.

If I wanted perfect smoothness you can get with paths, I'd rather vector it in Inkscape instead.
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AlnairLindalwe Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
This kinda reminds me of Covenant - Skyshaper album cover, which immediately made me like "Hmmmm, I wish I could use the left panel as an album cover..."

Quite an uncommon style for ponies and I love it.
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LoyaltoRainbowDash Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that's freaking awesome :)
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Tal-Ki Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She's Totally Rad!!! :heart:
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SeeNotC Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Does she photosynthesize?
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