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Winter Depression by Dahtamnay Winter Depression by Dahtamnay
After the large poster painting, I needed to do something I could finish quickly. This took no more than a few hours, mostly because I left out a lot of unnecessary detail in the background. The snow and trees are just a lot of quick and dirty strokes, but they look convincing enough. I really like the window and how it features a subtle reflection of the background. As I often do with these quick pieces, all was painted on a single layer.

I had done enough colourful things lately, so with this piece I went with a more austere feel. Also Twilight hadn't been the subject of my art for some time, so she was overdue.

Created with Gimp and Wacom Bamboo tablet.


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Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (c) Hasbro
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:iconjacobellinger:
Jacobellinger Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
this looks like a cabin on a hillside I once stayed in. Specifically in parkas. Specifically at a place called eagle mountain. 
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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aruon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
woah freaky. i thought this was a Gmod thing when i saw this on the "more like this selection". but photorealistic is awesome!
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stickman00 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
more like Winter Anger to me
I guess Twilight can't stand to see everything ending
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
*A* your color shade is really awesome!
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Nova-W-Hoof Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But... I love snow. :'I
Why is sad Twilight depressed about winter?
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GarethJason Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Oh my god...this is the most amazing picture i have ever seen... Immediately :+fav:
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mrepicpony Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
the shade is very depressing. and that is awesome!
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Silver-Diamonds Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what software did you use for this
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Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like it sais in the description, it's all done with Gimp. In fact, I didn't even make a pencil sketch, but started right away with the digital drawing.
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Silver-Diamonds Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool how did you do that awesome shading i really want to learn how?
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Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I think there are two key components to my technique.

One is never to use soft brushes. When using those, you are not going to achieve a "painted" look, as the individual strokes blend into each other too much. With a hard brush the strokes stand out more clearly. Don't worry if it looks jarring at first, you can always fix it by painting over another layer. I really like using a square brush, but simple circle brushes work fine too.

Second, because you're using hard brushes, you'll have to paint over several layers to smooth out the gradients. After adding some basic shade and highlights, you can use the colour picker to select the right intermediate colours to paint over the hard edges and smooth them out. Don't paint at full opacity, lower the opacity slider or use pressure from your drawing tablet if you have one. You can vary the amount of smoothing to your liking. Leave in most of the hard edges for a more sketchy look, or paint over many layers till your strokes are almost invisible for a very smooth result.

That's as far as my technique goes. You'll still have to figure out the lighting of your scene before you can effectively apply any shading.
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Silver-Diamonds Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh cool thanks
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Sitah22 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well made! It's hard to explain what I felt when I scrolled over this. As soon as the whole picture filled my screen, I could almost feel the cold of the winter. The darkness and the silence suddenly seemed so close. You really nailed the lighting on this one - it gives you that special wintery feeling.
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TreyRust Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Awe, Twilight S.A.D. :(
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Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, indeed! Winter Depression was the first title that popped into my head, but when I looked on wikipedia I was surprised to learn the official name for it is actually SAD.
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Thraten Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Now, this is impressive! Love the colors and deep shading--very well done!
It does seem, though, that Twilight could use a tad bit more expression, as she seems to be blankly staring at the snow here. Other than that, wonderful job!

And congrats on making EQD!
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Dahtamnay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. And you may have a point there. I don't consider myself an expert on facial expressions. I was being careful not to overdo the expression, like giving her overly cliché teary eyes or something. Maybe I was a bit too careful.
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tf-regal Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
A moment later Dash nails her with a snowball.
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone but me seems to get it. I love winter.
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joeyh3 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful - the background and shading are very nice!

I don't know why she'd be depressed though - winters a great time to stay indoor with friends, tell stories, have hot cocoa, etc.
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ValiantPlayer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Simply marvelous. I love Twilight Sparkle.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
beautiful coloration and lighting.
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Wow! This is beautiful! I love your style, it really feels like an oil painting to me.
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