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Legends of the Everfree by MoreVespenegas Legends of the Everfree by MoreVespenegas
I wonder what mysteries Zecora finds in the Everfree. She'd probably tell you if you ask, but not many seem to bother.
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I will start by saying that I am by no means an authority, and that you are free to ignore my advice or take it as you will.

With that said, I think the piece overall as a whole is very strong and that you tackled the subject pretty well considering that green is one of the hardest colors to work with. Now, the reason I deduct points for originality is because the whole motif of "the mysterious ___ looking over the ___" has been done a lot, although I did give you a little bit back for the interesting perspective.

Now, I am going to focus on the actual critique and advice here, which you are free to ignore or agree with as stated earlier. I would suggest pushing the perspective further and really emphasizing curvilinear perspective which compositionally would've framed the shot better. Some fundamental things like atmospheric perspective and depth of field would've really sold the shot too, things tend to lose detail and edges become more lost as they recede in space. That would've helped put the needed focus on Zecora, and changing her shroud would have probably helped as well since green on green is very tough to spot. Going back on color, I will again give you applause for working with green since it's a very tough color to work on. Of course, that being said, some of the foliage could have used a bit more variation in hue and saturation, as not all plants are so close in hue as depicted, even grass has lots of variation within itself. I also would've liked to see the poison joke being used more to tell a story. How it recedes into the distance almost works but it isn't strongly defined enough to be obvious whether it's a key story element or just more background detail.

I'll end this restating that I do think it's a pretty strong piece and that you should feel very proud of the end result!
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Two words; Depth and magnitude. That's what this piece brings to the table, depth and magnitude. Everything about it seems to be so huge and vibrant, I really have to look for what to criticize. Now, I'm gonna have to respectfully disagree with my fellow critic who reviewed this one. I might not be an artist, but I damn sure know when an artist's design works and when it doesn't. He/she said that changing the perspective of this piece or shifting the focus to Zecora herself would have made it better. That I can't agree with. With the audience is given a perspective such as this we are forced to be in the same shoes as the character herself. The artist does a fantastic job illustrating the sheer size of the tree trunk in front of her and how it towers overhead, as well as leaving enough room for the surrounding trees and the sunlight that pours in from between them. From this perspective we get to share in the sheer magnitude of the forest much like our zebra friend, and take in the depth and atmosphere just as she is. It just offers so much in the way of wonder.

Now, as far as what I believe could be "improved." There were only select few places where the colors seemed to run together. A forest is full of lots of green upon green, but the artist did a very nice job separating most of the plants and leaves with different shades and lines. The top of the hollowed out trunk has some moss hanging off of it, and the colors of the leaves above them seem to kind of run together with them. Sure, sometimes the trees seem to blend in with the grasses and surrounding plants, but, hey, have you ever been in a forest? Not every stick and branch is clearly visible among the brush in real life either.

All in all, one of my favorites. I might be just a little bias with this critique because it brings up personal feelings of nostalgia for me. It reminds me of the days hiking out in Philmont and beholding the wonders of nature on a daily basis. I especially love how the shawl Zecora is wearing blocks her eyes from the viewer. I know what her eyes show, how about you? Have you ever beheld such sights?

Cheers,
--Michael
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Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Amazing art!! :D This is so gorgeous, and I really love the scenery! Wonderful work ^^
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TerraSomniis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Such a wonderful depiction of the Everfree Forest! Such an engaging piece!
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This looks like a video game level.
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nyanpheonix101 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
You are a talented artist, you know that
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
this is so fantastic just to look at
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JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
So long as you don't mind the answer in a rhyme, but given that the Everfree  Forest seems to run on different set of rules then the rest of Equestria, it probably has many secrets. I like that you added a lot of details and made it seem that the forest kept going on and on ( up and over).
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Ashoof Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
W O W!
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Slickshadow330 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Holy Shit this is awesome
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monos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I heart this so hard. It's so grand, the perspective really fills me with the awe I sometimes feel at nature.
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ThreewonToo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really liked the second critique you got.  This piece is gorgeous and immersive.  I could get lost just staring at it.  When I have the disposable income, I will ask that you offer this as a print.  So awesome...
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Colorpaletpony Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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sorry
I'm am so scared of this stuff so I'm so sorry
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The-Awesome-Blossom Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful 
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Elyandarin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks good, but IMO parts of it are too geometrical/straight to look truly natural. The hanging plants look like the gravity just quadrupled, and the inside of the log reminds me of anime speed lines. Normally those insides - and the plants - would have various curves, messing up the straight lines. 
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah probably. I haven't done many studies of vegetation, mostly deciduous trees.
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TheBamas Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Yep I can see many like it and I see it need more details and sharper quality 
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Apollyon888 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning visual! :D
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I see you're a bit of a fan of landscapes as well :D
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Apollyon888 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely! :D 
It's as close as I can get to a travel budget these days!
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Painting one, it's almost like being there.  
Course would be nice to actually be there but it's not always possible :D
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Oceanblue-Art Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely stunning! 
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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TheAtomicSoul Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Woah- lovely scenery!
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, love scenery :D
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BronyMajor Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really took my breath away. Fantastic!
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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DJP15 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that tree is fantastic, took me a while to realise how big it was XD excellent forest scene, in honesty i was a bit jarred by the perspective difference of the top and bottom of the image, but how can i cry out mistakes so petty in this masterpiece :D
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be the three point perspective. 
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XarakNightshadow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
detail look awesome !
but Everfree isnīt so bright
some single rays would fit much better (like inside the tree)
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that was actually suggested to me after I finished but I like to make brighter forest scenes.  
Haven't really made a dark one yet.
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XarakNightshadow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
maybe a forest clearing/boundary for brighter forest scenes ;)

"Haven't really made a dark one yet"
maybe u wish to challenge u self (try out new stuff sometimes show neu liking ;) )



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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really lovely work; the use of perspective is fantastic and I love the lushness of the scene and sense of wonder you have captured. Fabulous!
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I really like your work by the way, Applebucking is Hard is probably still my favorite, I just like that character dynamic.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
My sincere pleasure, and thank you very much for the lovely compliments in turn! Indeed, those two together are a favorite of mine, as I'm sure is probably rather apparent at this point. ^^;
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is and a good choice :D
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Lizzy-Sakura Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
FREAKING AWESOME perspective. GORGEOUS use of color. I love this to pieces.
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I don't mess around with 3 point a lot so it was a bit timid but I plan to do more like it in the future. 
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Lizzy-Sakura Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It looks fantastic :D
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
(Comments while playing Overworld from 'Terranigma OST' www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBH0or… ) Just couldn't help but add this song I'm listening right now to accompany such a lovely piece! :wow:
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, cool song.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
No problem on both counts! :D
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UberNerd121 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Writer
So incredible... :iconilavplz:
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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duncan779 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
If only the show was this dynamic..
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I don't mind it being simple, it would be expensive to make it more detailed.  
I would like more Zecora though. :D
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Kovyx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy shit.... this is amazing...
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MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconapplejackplz:
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:iconheirophant:
Heirophant Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Could I use this as a cover image for a fic if I give you credit?
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:iconmorevespenegas:
MoreVespenegas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
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markoatonc Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I know I am a bit late, but with amount of spam in deviant watch messages I somehow missed this.
IT IS AWESOME!!!! You outdid yourself again with level of detail in this one, I can really see depth of this scene, its mystery and beauty. The only thing I can think you could make better, is how bright this picture is. If there was not Everfree in name, I would never guess it is Everfree, It should by a bit darker, but it is my subjective opinion.
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