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Nature's Amber by Auroriia Nature's Amber by Auroriia
One of my most happy works I've studied.  
Study from artist-moe 

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It's a rather interesting piece with composition that seems pretty solid. I would say it's pretty expected if you closely imitate another artist's works, but be very careful about imitating another person's art very closely. You can unwittingly imitate major mistakes in their works as well.

Looking around, I found the art which the background was based off of: [link]

And where the characters came from: [link]

What really sticks out is that Angel and Fluttershy are severely under-rendered, though original art is the same though not as much as your derivative work. Angel is a flat color where he could be rendered out to be more three-dimensional. You could also consider detailing the hair to match the detailing level of the grass.

Another, less obvious mistake from Moe's style... he stays true to MLP's anatomy and uses symbols and lines to draw facial features. It's a slightly different art style than the other art style he uses on his backgrounds that doesn't necessarily rely on symbols (like scribbles for grass or a green blob on a stick for a tree).

The clouds are probably original to you but it is incredibly blurry compared to other elements in this piece with more clarity. Moe's approach to clouds vary to what he needs it for (as a cloud, versus using it as fog) but the cumulus clouds he does isn't this blurry. He renders his clouds in a painterly way so you can see distinct solid blobs of color. RL clouds are generally much sharper and not super blurry as well, so blurry clouds probably go better with a blurred background.

Pretty much, I don't think this piece by itself is bad (though copied art is less satisfying anyways) but expect to be imitating other artist's mistakes when you're doing the stuff you're doing as of now if you're not entirely sure of what to watch out for.
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Magnificent! Equestria has so many beautiful landscapes to offer to artists. I love seeing every single application and perspective of the aforementioned.
The lighting and shading are particularly interesting. And what can I say about that sky? I freaking love that kind of firmament, the illumination that precedes a storm. Bravo! :clap:
g-haze Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, the feels.
Really nice of you to make this farewell art...
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That music/sound effect from SimCity 3000 when you'd place the castle came to mind when I saw this today.
electriciTEA Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
CUTE:happybounce: La la la la I am a dummy! w00t! 
anttosik Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First thought: definitely copy of Moe's style. Although I believe simply copying the same things from his picture doesn't do the thing - the colors are too same, while the shape (the little colored brush strokes), which defines Moe's art for me, is missing. He uses for example three colors for a rock, but he makes the form solid - in this pictures are strokes, which don't "pass in" the image (right lock, the black stroke in the middle rock in the background).

Still my heart jumped with joy upon seeing this, and I would like to see someone trying to learn as Moe did. My goal too :)
schneelocke Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Wow.. I love that. Fluttershy is adorable, the sonic rainboom looks great, and the mountains? You almost expect Bob Ross to step up and extend a personal invitation for you to paint along. :)

Beautiful piece!
henx125 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Very nice
draneas Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Goodness those mountains look incredible, I love the way you did them !
J151 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't figure out for the life of me how you create that 3D look to the world. Amazing!
unassuminguser Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Christ this is bloody amazing.
MetaDragonArt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
your backgrounds are always so epic X3
Laroacha-Nova Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg LOVE IT <3
Tomwhodoesmaths Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The amount of great talent i find in deviant art is incredible! Keep up the good work! :D
joeyh3 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredibly beautiful!
JoshuaWickett Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, I love the brushwork in this one.
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