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Request twenty-two - Silver Unicorn by AetherElemental Request twenty-two - Silver Unicorn by AetherElemental
A Unicorn statant regardant to sinister argent.
Or is it A Unicorn to sinister statant regardant argent?
Damn heraldry being complicated...


Randomness aside:
That is one shiny pony...

Also, GRADIENTS! They are my new favourite thing.

Anyway, I was given a choice for the scarf colour, so I went for practically black because otherwise there's not much contrast to this picture at all, what with the request being light grey coat and silver mane...
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Thanqol Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If I can offer some constructive criticism, I see that razor-sharp pointy unicorn horn design from place to place and think it looks atrocious. Pony horns have a rather smooth, rounded tip if you look at them closely. Bulge it out a little at the top. (The few places sharp horns work are in very deliberately stylised pieces, far from show accuracy).

I also think the lines on the exterior, especially around the legs and plot are a little too thin. They could easily double in width.

Finally, the cyan blue on the cutie mark is a completely jarring transition and doesn't fit with the established scheme. A deep gold colour would look vastly better in my opinion.

That said, I do like the mane and tail colouration though I am honour bound to warn you not to get too addicted to gradients :) They're fun, but they're kind of an indiscriminate tool.

Take care!
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AetherElemental Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. But every time I try and draw them the other way they end up looking wrong.

And I know that too, but I find I prefer the lighter line-weight. It also helps to hide the fact that I have still to learn how to get the lines to taper to a point. And at the very least, it makes it less jarring.

As for the cutie mark... That's not my fault. The colours I chose fit better, but the person who made the request asked me to change it to blue. I would have preferred something in a gold or red. Or a yellow that looked gold against the light grey. I liked it better the way I had it before I made that change.

Yes. I do plan to keep gradients down to those where it is appropriate. Though it is hard to resist.

And I shall take care. You make sure to do likewise.
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Thanqol Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's as simple as adding a triangle on top of the triangle. A quick illustration: [link] and [link] . Just grab those two points and drag them out just a little.

What program are you using for these? If it's SAI the option you want is the 'weight' function in linework. If it's not, you're on your own.

I had a feeling that would be the case, but I would also make the point that sometimes it's important to argue for your artistic integrity! =D

I found that the best way to break myself of the gradients habit was to use a paint tool that didn't have 'em, forcing me to learn how to engineer a similar effect through the blur tool. Directly lead to pieces like this: [link] , which while similar in intended function to a gradient demonstrates a lot more control over where the shadows fall.
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AetherElemental Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that, but it never turns out any good. So I gave up and fell back on the reasoning that before they evolved magic Unicorns used their horns for the simple task of stabbing things.

Inkscape because I'm cheap. It's an easy enough function to use. But having the lines taper like they do in the show is something completely different and exceedingly complicated from what I've been able to ascertain.

I know that. But I also respect that when a person makes a request, they have a certain idea in mind and it usually only takes me a minute to change the colour of something.

Unfortunately, shading remains beyond me. I usually only use gradients for the eyes anyway, except for a couple (literally) of manes and that one pony who was a paladin.
Eventually, I will learn the whole shading thing.
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Thanqol Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
> "Evolved magic"
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AetherElemental Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? It makes perfect sense to me.
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darkenedfox137 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Nice job! Love the scarf.
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AetherElemental Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Also, thanks for favouriting.
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