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Masters Ponystudy: Bacchus Punch by Drakmire Masters Ponystudy: Bacchus Punch by Drakmire
Oh my goodness, this took me so long...

Reference 1: [link]
Reference 2: [link]

Click here to learn about Caravaggio: [link]
Click here to learn about the painting, Bacco adolescente: [link]

So! At a suggestion, I did a Masters study, but while I thought I had some idea of what I was getting into, I did not expect to take this much time on a single piece of art.

As I worked, I was continually astounded at what this man was able to see, let alone actually paint in such fine, fine detail. The Google Art Project link above lets you zoom in to see an extraordinary amount of attention-to-detail in his work. I did not manage to replicate his execution 1:1 at any point, but that's okay.

I had to make some concessions in the composition for two reasons: one, obviously, ponies kind of throw anatomy out of balance. Some of the cloth and positioning wouldn't make sense without a human body, so I culled and shifted a lot. Two, and this one's a lesson to take away from all this, I used a low-quality reference image initially (the Wikimedia link above) which suffered from jpg compression issues and didn't give a true color representation, in addition to not having a good amount of detail. To be fair, having a low res impression of color shapes is good sometimes, but I can just squint when I need that. The Google Art Project photo was, as is the nature of the project, vastly superior, and I started using that pretty soon after I started, but not soon enough. You can still spot traces of the low-res image's color scheme in certain parts of my painting here, but I decided to mesh the two rather than redoing a huge part of the painting.

I think it's time to take a break for a bit and get my XCOM on, heh.
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Angel-gotic Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so well made and good looking!
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Drakmire Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Thanks : ) It took me about a month of constant work and attention to get things looking right, but even with all that, there are still things I'd do differently if I had to do it again.
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Cosmicscribbles Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Artist
This piece of artwork Is so divine, Even Carl Sagan Himself could not define the beauty of this. The shading, lights and everything else. I am sorry I would also give a critique on this. But I am only a beginner artist. Your levels are to far succeeded above mines. Cosmic lead me to this piece. Even though it is ponified. This should belong in a museum of art. Among the top best.
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
*A* It's really fantastic art!
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lordelliott Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Well this is different. Nice job. :D
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cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Amazing work.

No. Incredible. That's the way to ponify classic art.
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Stashabobasha Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
The most incredible piece of pony art *I've* ever seen! Awesome.
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Obsequiosity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This amuses me far, far too much.
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UtterlyLudicrous Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
excellent. truly excellent work.
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Drakmire Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you : )
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