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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.
What do you think?
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:iconjazzekat:
Jazzekat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very great composition. You did well with the scenery as well as the
mood. This has made me very, very sad just looking at this, but that actually
a good thing if that make sense.
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:iconhordaks-pupil:
Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome pic I love it :D
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:iconalisatheraptor13:
AlisatheRaptor13 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not crying. . . my eyes are just sweating.
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:iconsolarpony21:
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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:iconludechris31:
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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:iconthet-rex:
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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:iconomegamajora99:
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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:iconkim-fareseed:
Kim-Fareseed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
And this marks the end of the Ponyville Cutie Mark Crusaders.
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:iconacid-pack:
Acid-Pack Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I dont know why, but this makes me incredibly sad.
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:iconcrazedwhitedude:
CrazedWhiteDude Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nvm. [link]
I'll link it. If it dosen't work, it's probably because it hasen't been processed or something. If that's the case, I'll link it once it is
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply ^^;

Imma go read it now.
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:iconcrazedwhitedude:
CrazedWhiteDude Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, sorry for the REALLY REALLY long wait. I got the story written but my editor kinda lost the edited file so I can send you it via email though it'll be very little in the editing area. I hope that's alright
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D: the feels man.
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:iconcrazedwhitedude:
CrazedWhiteDude Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok my friend. I finished writing the fanfic for the picture. 2,300+ words non-edited. I'm gonna send it to my friend who's gonna edit it, send it back to me and I'll post it on FiMFiction. Once it's approved, I'll link you the final product
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All right, cool :3
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:iconspontaneouspotato:
SpontaneousPotato Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAAAA
penis
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Malc I THOUGHT BETTER OF YOU.
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:iconspontaneouspotato:
SpontaneousPotato Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're dead to me.
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:iconspontaneouspotato:
SpontaneousPotato Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:c
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:iconluna-is-best-pony1:
luna-is-best-pony1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
or both sweetie belle and apple bloom died and she came to put her cape with the others symbolizing her closure with her friends.
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually considered putting two gravestones there but decided it's too grimdark for my tastes :P
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:iconcrazedwhitedude:
CrazedWhiteDude Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, is this picture representing the Sweetie Belle and Applebloom have "passed on" While Scoots is still alive? If so, that changes the way I'm writing this story quite a bit
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nono. What's happening is completely up to your interpretation! You can write anything you like :D
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:iconcrazedwhitedude:
CrazedWhiteDude Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this on EqD a while back and my immediate thought
"Someone needs to write a fan-fiction about that"
I was going to but then I lost the picture. Now I found it again and I can write one. I'll start it a soon as I'm done with the one I'm writing right now
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:iconapplejack2011:
Applejack2011 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I do it too.
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm honoured :D

Send me a link when you're done, wouldn't you?
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:iconcrazedwhitedude:
CrazedWhiteDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will
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:iconnanokawaii:
nanokawaii Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I really love the way you bring this. I feel really strong melancholy in this painting. Scoo' is coming to put her CMC cape after finding her very special talent, CMC are over, like their childhood. Gosh it's sad and happy at the same way !
I also really like how you manage to hide her cutie mark with her wing and the plant, very clever!

You really did a great job ! (sorry I don't think it would help you but I'm not even a novice in art ... I just speak my mind and hope you like the way I feel!)
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:iconstickman00:
stickman00 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
this is only the end of beginning. There is more adventures ahead
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:iconempubermensch:
EmpUbermensch Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Just awesome. Loving this.
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:icontsitra360:
Tsitra360 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Nice soft colors. I like the composition in this one.
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had lotsa advice on this one.
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:iconbb-k:
BB-K Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose they're already grown up and with cutie marks on them.
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:iconsilver-diamonds:
Silver-Diamonds Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow love your art any tips? like... what tablet do you use and what program did you use for this...and how did you colour it sooo nice
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:iconenteringthenethery:
EnteringTheNethery Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
they grow up so fast BWAHAHAH *sniffle* it'll be ok
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:iconzebrapoe:
zebrapoe Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww! Adorable art!
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:iconschneelocke:
schneelocke Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Oh, what a lovely atmospheric piece.
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:icongjbdec1999:
gjbdec1999 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
This is saddening
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I think that when it comes to lighting and background, this is one of your best works yet. It approaches the real show quite close in terms of feeling atmosphere.
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

I haven't been doing much art lately, I was hoping I didn't stagnate :P
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:iconsugarcube-owl:
Sugarcube-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student General Artist
);
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:iconspatialheather:
SpatialHeather Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awww :(
poor scoot... ya'll finally grew up, but did you have to grow apart?! D:
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