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the Apotheosis of Rainbow Dash by Whitestar1802 the Apotheosis of Rainbow Dash by Whitestar1802
So, I've been working on this for a loooooong time. Originally I got the idea from reading "the Lost Symbol", and finding a lovely illustration of the "Apotheosis of Washington". This was right around the same time I started getting into My Little Pony, and so I combined the two.

And so Rainbow Dash has reached 20% cooler.

I've never worked on a pic this...complex before. This has the most characters ever in one of my pics, at a grand total of 9. add in clouds, background, lighting, and I was in for hell. The sketches alone took a week to finish. I tried to give it a feel like old fresco's and Renaissance paintings. Finding a single color to shade everyone was hard enough, but I settled on a weird brownish color. Sadly, it was too late for I didn't find the color until after I finished shading RD, so...yeah. That's why she looks weird. Also..Celestia's mane..how can something so colorful and voluminous be so menacing!? It's like animators are purposly trying to give fanartists a hard time. :fear:

To clear some things up, Dash isn't becoming a god, like the definition of Apotheosis means. She's just becoming protector of the skies or something. Also, I know Luna looks too dark. I know, I tried to fix it, but...meh. And certain proportions are lost. This pic involved five seperate sketches compiled into one, so certain proportions are bound to be off.

And now I'm rambling. Anyway, enjoy the pic. ^^

EDIT:

Just fixed the pic up a bit so it's more balanced. :)
EDIT 2:

Thank you so much everyone for over 400 faves!!!!! :faint:

EDIT 3:

Thanks guys, I now know the banner should say "Meus Parvum Equus", and that I'll never use an online translator for Latin again. :lol: Seriously though, I'll try to remember when I re-paint this in the Summer (which I fully plan on doing).
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This picture is just visually astounding! It carries properties from the show as well as properties you'd expect from governmental propaganda or establishment. The symmetry, the refulgence focused in the center, the banner reading "My Little Ponies" in Latin, and archaic texture are all wonderfully done!

The title "Apotheosis" doesn't necessarily reference Dash becoming a God. Rather, it can be interpreted that My Little Pony is under going deification in itself! With the fanbase growing in number and more great fanart being made, the series is ascending the ranks and becoming an internet deity.

Rainbow Dash makes for a very nice symbol of the franchise as she is popular and her being at the center is tactful as she bears her element of harmony and a crimson cloth. All the other ponies are equally placed on either side and each displays their respective personality, especially Pinkie! The technique used to draw this piece is probably the most notable aspect as it is the most accurate. It displays the bygone antiquity of the franchise of MLP but also displays it as being something new and noteworthy with its latest incarnation of "Friendship is Magic"! Excellent work!


Post Script: United States mints, remake our currency to resemble this. Now.
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Critique by PickyMcCritical Mar 3, 2012, 2:59:32 PM
I was just going to respond to Whitestar1802's "You Like?", but I ended up typing so much, I figured I'd just make a critique out of it.

First off, I love how you did their faces and wings. In fact, muzzles, wings, hair, ears, and eyes (in that order) are what I ALWAYS look at first. Their hair and coat detail are perfect for this style, so there's no problem there. I love that we get different angles on different aspects of this style due to the nature of the work. Blah blah, it looks fantastic, I don't want to echo LingeringSentiments.

MY ONLY COMPLAINT: As I said in my reply to LingeringSentiments, the bodies look a tad thin. I always seem to find something to complain about, and the only reason I'm pointing this out is because it's the ONLY thing I notice. It all looks excellent except the body shapes, which just looks great. Every detailed pony work that had bodies that impressed me had a bit more tummy. These bodies just don't look as realistic. It's especially noticeable on Twilight where you can see the lack of curve along her rib cage This could be out of personal preference, and I'm so impressed by their faces, wing size/shape, horns, and legs, that I can't give less than 5/5 for technique.


This may be one of few things I actually download from this site, but I really wish their bodies didn't look lanky. Again, it's not that noticeable, but compared to how well everything else was done- it's actually frustrating to see something so close to humanly perfect but have one odd thing...

Before I link examples of well-made mid-sections, I'd like to reiterate how amazing everything else is. I've spent most of this critique rambling about one little thing. The faces are incredible, the chests have shape and don't make from their tail to their head look like a curved sausage, the wings are perfectly sized AND detailed well, their body LENGTH is spot on, their eyes are shaped and colored very well, and the shading is perfect (to a non-artist's eye, so don't quote me on that).


Wow, this turned out really long... Anyway, here are examples of slightly better mid-sections:

[link] - Twilight's body and horn look perfect here. The only reason I like others more is because I can't see her face.
[link] - Although I think her body looks a bit short here, the roundness of her mid-section is well done.
[link] - This work has the body and chest shape just right. I don't know what I think of the rest of it though...
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FanaticTVzombie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Perfect
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:iconkatrueyumenikki:
KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so majestic. It doesn't even looks like a funny/silly mlp pic. God, i love this to death. 
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You made RD 20% COOLER! lol  :clap: Nice job and great idea!
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:icontwigw:
Twigw Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. 



-Twigw
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:iconxxsinisterxx152:
xxsinisterxx152 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Artist
DERPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Amazing detail & colors! :+fav:
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nightmare-moon3000 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Wait is pinkie a stallion in this pic
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, no. I think I just messed up the muzzle. ^^;
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:iconnightmare-moon3000:
nightmare-moon3000 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Oh ok
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EquestriasBestFlyer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay Derpyyy
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm. :)
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DevinAniveD Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
DERPY!
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Yeah.
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ChloeDahlia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the latin is perfectly correct! I would have never tought i'd see latin and ponies together! I adore ponies, i love latin (I actually study it in school) and this pic is awesome!
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Dryice777 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
As I can remember from latin at school, I think it should be not only "parvum" but "parvus", being it referred to "equus".
But I Finished latin grammar 2 years ago and haven't reviewed it since...
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. :)
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TheArtisticPony Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! This is so beautiful!
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :la:
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:icontheartisticpony:
TheArtisticPony Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :D
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:iconobsessedfan1:
ObsessedFAN1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just amazing!:squee: It's truly beautiful!:D
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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ObsessedFAN1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Strabi-star22 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Truly amazing and beautiful! Great job :D
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Strabi-star22 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Welcome! :D
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wheatman3 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
its a baby horse girl toy why is it so awesome :D ?
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: I dunno, but I'm gonna roll with it.
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wheatman3 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
same
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kalsafer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
You did a fantastic job Whitestar no matter how you think it could be better :) I love this piece, and I think Dashie looks fine and not wierd, and I suppose you could have used more White on Celestia's mane to mimic the show's colors of her but either way I say she too look gorgeous! :) you keep up the wounderful work
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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kalsafer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
You kind sir are very welcome! :) sadly I almost never have time to draw anymore :cry: BUT hopefully I can upload some of my old art XD
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alphahunter17 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Writer
What does the Banner translate to?
Also this is some of the best MLP Art I ve ever seen You have some real talent Keep at it :)
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It translates as "My Little Horse" because there's no Latin word for pony. ^^;
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alphahunter17 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Writer
Oh that makes sense Thnx
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spidermaster14 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Frickin EPIC!!!
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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D-Stro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent :thumbsup::nod:
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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D-Stro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D
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Jetykthehedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! this is so Cool!
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^^
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Somnisphere Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time well spent <3
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^^
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rouge99thekiller Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Artist
that is done really well
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Fantaisc work
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^^
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RainbowDashiie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh?
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