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Unsung by SubjectNumber2394 Unsung by SubjectNumber2394
"Sing my song and become nothing"

From the fanfic Background Pony. This is very much my mental image and my own interpretation of the unsung realm, it might be (and probably is) different to what the author intended.

If you haven't read Background Pony then you have probably at least heard of it. It's written by Short Skirts And Explosions, I highly recommend it: [link]

I used a very different method here then what I'm used to. Instead of defining the shapes and then painting onto that, I just painted straight onto the sketch and defined the edges over time. It's something I need to get used to, I definitely made some mistakes during this. Ah well, all part of learning.

MLP:FIM belongs to Hasbro.
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As soon as I saw this on the front page of EQD, I had to favorite it. But when I saw it was by you, SN2394... an artist who I typically associate with more silly comics... well color me impressed as all hell.

This is a departure from your usual, more simple style of pony art, but I think you really nail the feeling of Background Pony and the Unsung Realm.

I really like how the colors on the two most important subjects—Lyra and the Giant Unsung Ball Of Unsungness—stand out over the more washed out images of the background. It forces you to look at the scene not as just a picture, but as a confrontation. Very dynamic use of color.

I have one suggestion for future improvement... Lyra's upper body looks a bit scrunched. It's probably due to the black hoodie and the shadows, but having more clearly defined edges of the sleeves could help.

But anyway, fantastic work on this. I am extremely impressed, and you absolutely deserved to headline the Drawfriend over on EQD with this. Well done!

-Brian J
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I saw the thumbnail and clicked, I'm glad I did. This is a wonderful piece.

Vision- I'm not really sure what vision actually is, but I would say it opens up into the fanfic nicely. Very well done.

Originality- The fact that she's standing on two legs and wearing a human hoodie is amazing. It shows how much she wants to be human, without putting too much emphasis on it. Too much would be wearing a skirt or pants, gloves, or even a hat. (Unless it's a silly hat. :P)

Technique- It's lifelike, and the colors flow into one another, this is something I truly must compliment, seeing how I use colors in my drawings and like them to melt into each other. I liked the fact that you used the greenish-blue, blue, and a light purple along with the green, these colors fit the scene well.

Impact- The thumbnail showed me a sample of good art, I got a stunning, mind-blowing, priceless picture. Very well done!
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Dragon-of-Twilght Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Huh, just found this image.

I don't like Background Pony, but damn if this doesn't make it look like a good fic.
xuncu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Hm, interesting interpertation. The chapters were so long, I got lost in the details, so it was a bit tough for me to get a clear mental view of what I thought it looked like myself.
AssassinHunter5 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
for your first time you did amazing work great job.Pat pat 
Icantevenart Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Wolves-are-coool Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your profile pic! :D
Icantevenart Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
UniverTaz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So atmospherical. Like a frame from a movie. I can almost see everything move and the melody pierce the cold air.
gym356 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
fatalerror328 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love you for this)
DreamActualizer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
my first thought when i saw this was Eye of Magnus XD, but even so this is awesome! i got to get reading this fic
Binary10011 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Be sure you know what you are getting into - the tags don't lie...
DreamActualizer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
k thanks
Binary10011 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
did you finish the story? :D
DreamActualizer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
no not yet, my internet has been off and on a lot lately :(
Binary10011 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I know what you mean... just would like to say that unless you are a true fan of tragedy and sadness, just read up to the middle of the next chapter (or don't even) and stop - forever. It still haunts me now....
DreamActualizer Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
why is the ending terrible?
Binary10011 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
The ending is written beautifully, and it moved me to tears, which was why it is terrible. Ugh, just read it why don't you :D
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Zenofire Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Hey, I'm doing a let's play of Cave Lyra (A resprite of Cave Story by Studio Pixel) for youtube and was wondering if I could have permission to use your picture to fill in Black Bar space.
TheaOchiMati Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Oh! I had this guy saved before I knew what it was. I was just looking for BGP art yesterday so this was a pleasant find. Nice job.
Legendary-Youtube Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thx for the inspiration!

Wait0wat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
PrincessMedley13 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jut finished this story yesterday... so sad.

Great interpretation of the unsung realm! I wish I had the time to colour my art properly...
FiMvisible Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Subject, this is the reason why I'm now reading BG Pony. And MAN, am I thankful! Probably the best fic I've ever taken up.

Have my favorite and, what's more, my total gratitude! ;)
SubjectNumber2394 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
This means more then you probably realise, thank you! I consider Background Pony as one my favourite stories, I'm very glad to hear that you checked it out and liked it as well!
jtdressel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Artist
I also read it because of this picture. Thanks for causing me to find it.
CommanderEX Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
It looks like some sort of epic final boss battle.
stickman00 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I am reminded of Assassin's Creed
gohlanblack Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
RainbowThis Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished the last chapter of BP about an hour ago. I was going to finish reading it and then go to sleep.

I can't sleep. I am so sad, but somehow I just can't cry.

This picture is epic, and I'm glad I've found it. Thank you for adding it to this awesome story.
LYRA IS THE BEST PONY!!!:iconmlplyraplz:
MercenaryX Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I gave up on it and am waiting to see the ending. It seems way too unweildy for me. I can not read it and understand what is going on after the 5th or 6th chapter. It got too confising for me to understand with things cutting between two sceans without any kind of warning of transision
Denial-is-Tragic Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautifully terrifying, I love seeing peoples interpretations of the unsung realm. Amazing work! :)
Shadestepwarrior Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Currently using this as my desktop background. So beautiful~
Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Way to apply the Principles of Design.
Ko-Ra-Zak Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
my only issue is that unsung relm doesnt seem nearly dark enough
theN3mesis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Same thing with me, I just read "the Firmament" and the description is far more creepy than this...
xcsiniber Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
An interesting piece that i'm happy to have found. It seems quite well done and is a very interesting perception when compared to my own thoughts of how the unsung realm looked. Also, that story is utterly amazing, and i'm so glad i got the chance to read it.
bobtehnoob-1337 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You, sir, have earned a new follower.
statoose Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Hey, one of my favorite fics! Neat piece of art to go along with it! :D I quite like the overall angle of it. Very nice.
CanadianDesperado Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Instant recognition of the scene as soon as I saw it in the drawfriend! Well done!
SnuffelsMagee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! This is an amazing picture. You never fail to impress.
fiendofthet Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
That is very different to what I imagined.
Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
*curls back up into a ball after just recovering from reading the latest chapter this morning* Nuuuuuuuu... happy ponies, happy ponies...
superstikman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Excellent work, great to see some artwork of such a fantastic story as well. It's interesting to see different interpretations, yours is far brighter than i ever imagined it :)
attack193 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Wow, looks great! =D
admiralwolverine1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
grats on the feature you earned it
PrincessWuna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
All fanfics need lyra with hoody. Anyway, grats on being the "Lyra with hoody" feature of the EqD d'aawfriend.
SonOfTheNorthe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I always imaged it was being very dark and somber.
But this is awesome.
zxtlpn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
This. Is. Freaking. Awesome.

Though it's very far from my own interpretation as well.
1jet10 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a always pictured it with a sky made of static and black chains all over the pace. bloody water splashing over everything dead zombie ponies every where. your interpretation is very interesting as well though. i never once pictured it with giant metal cubes.
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