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Crusade No More by IFoldBooks Crusade No More by IFoldBooks
Welp, finally got this done. It's safe to say I learnt quite a few things in the process.

Inspiration came from a song of Replacer's of the same name. Go check him out!

Enjoy, and please, critique is welcome and encouraged!!
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My first impression was that of a grown-up Scootalo, visiting the treehouse after some years. But that impression changed and shifted quite often, while I was looking at the picture.

Sure, the technique is good, the lighting, colours (especially the colours), etc. but that only would make the picture good. What makes this picture great is the clever use of hints while keeping back some details that might help to construe the story told.

For example. Two capes are already hanged up, Scootalo brings the third. We do not know if Sweetie Belle or Applebloom brought their own or if Scootalo gathered them. Her expression seems melancholic, but we do not see the real cause for that. Is it because she realizes the decay a and deep feeling wells up, that is perfectly normal if you are somewhere, where you have not been for a while and see how time caused the dereliction.


Sure, we see the abandoned treehouse, but nothing more. Scootaloos Cutie Mark (if there is one) is cleverly hitten, adding to the aspect regarding the capes.

In short. It leaves very much room for interpretation and I had a lot of fun constructing quite a few scenarios and little stories in my head.

Regarding the more technical aspects:

The lighting is good and draws the eye to scootalo. It took me some time to notice the capes. the greenish atmosphere just adds to the impression of a mysterious and rather deep forest.

The fur and mane in their brighter and stronger tones help to draw the attention to the motive itself.

There are some vey nice little details, that help to spice the picture up without causing a negative effect to the mysterious, calm and melancolic feel the picture generates.
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AlisatheRaptor13 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not crying. . . my eyes are just sweating.
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Solarpony21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
there is a strange liquid emerging from my eye  
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:icontenatious-brony:
tenatious-brony Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
WOW. thats awesome. i really love how you hide the cutie mark behind the leaves.
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:iconludechris31:
ludechris31 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just looking makes me deeply melancholy. I really enjoyed reading the critic review.
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ludechris31 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The only only ONLY thing that throws me off is the little shadow around her eye. The ONLY thing. Awesome awesome work. It's a lot easier to critique than actually make the effects and draw it right myself. :( Trying to work on that.
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TheT-Rex Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
HEY GRASSSSSSSSSSS!
Hi.
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No blender go away this is not grass no go away >:(
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:iconthet-rex:
TheT-Rex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:( *whirrrrrs* But but. Grass.

Grass jelly?
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OmegaMajora99 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
This is so sad.
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then I'm doing it right. Muhahhaha- *cough*
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