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Diamond Dash by Dahtamnay Diamond Dash by Dahtamnay
I've had the idea to do a black and white vector for a while, but until now nothing presented itself that felt right for such a style. I've been a long time fan of the graphic work of M.C. Escher and the style of his woodcuts was my primary inspiration for the piece. It is also the reason why this thing took so long to make. A large part of the sketching process was done in Gimp, just figuring out the black and white patterns and make the shading work. Then the actual creation of the vectors was pretty laborious too, as there's a lot of little lines and strokes all over the place that needed to be traced manually.

Interesting fact: the shape of this piece started out a bit different, with Rainbow Dash fitting inside a triangle instead of a diamond. The lower half was pretty much the same, but in the top half the wings spread out sideways towards the corners of the triangle. In my initial sketch I thought it looked pretty good, but after working on it a bit more, the positioning of the wings started to look a bit off. I hit a roadblock there, because tweaking the shape of the wings didn't seem to improve things. Luckily the change to the diamond shape allowed the wings to be in a more natural position.

Created with Gimp (sketch) and Inkscape.

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Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (c) Hasbro
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freakysheep Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I love it. Plans on making more work in that style?
Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't planning on doing anything like this in the near future. The style looks cool, but it's also a bit of a pain to make.
Do you think you can rework this into a Jaguar (car) hood ornament?
009-1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Nice =D
Dusk-Watch Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Could you link the SVG. I might actually do this in wood on the CNC. --- ooooor polished steel. that would be even better.
DarkSSJShinji Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
For some odd reason, when I looked at the thumbnail, I thought it was the Skyrim logo! :lmao:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From the Thumbnail, I thought it was some photo of engraved metal, or one of these 3D printings on transparent plastic...
Hop41 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
The wood cut effect is pleasing to look at.
golem1 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nicely done. But it makes my head ache to think of doing it manually, even in GIMP. Surely there is a way to automate the technique to some extent...
Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it's a bit crazy. Now imagine what it takes to make actual woodcuts this way. Makes me glad we live in the digital age, where there's always an undo function.
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
BRAVO,This should be an wool patch.
Kapuchu1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
First thing I thought was "Rinnegan"...
Infinitoa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a brilliant art style and a perfect execution. Just wow!
AlpheusRGB Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
How many hours did you put into this?
Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know, I'm bad at keeping track of the time I spend on art. Probably took twice as much time as if I'd just painted it.
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