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Lost In Manehattan by SmellsLikeBeer Lost In Manehattan by SmellsLikeBeer
After a long fight I got this submitted through stash. Thanks for the hint.

Yeah, so my next still untitled series is about Filly-Jack looking for different life in Manehattan. We'll see how big series it'll be depending on my inspiration.
Ink and watercolor on A5

I also filmed the whole inking process. In meantime, I'll upload the video in Youtube. First I just have to speed it up and stuff. I'll be adding the link somewhere when it's done.

2nd part [link] 3rd part [link] 4th part [link] 5th part [link]
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:icondreamingnoctis:
dreamingnoctis Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
This is just awesome. I love your style! It's a very uncommon one for pony art, which makes it that much more eye-catching. Not just the linework and hatching, but also the mixture of color and black and white. All of this makes me think of older independent comics from past decades.
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:iconlayleflower:
LayleFlower Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Oh my goodness. That hatching. <3 I pity your hand muscles after drawing this. xD
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:icontidalkraken:
tidalkraken Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whereas I'm not really one for the "dark / emo" aspect of pony artwork (or really of any artwork for that matter), the scenes you've portrayed in this series are very well put together. A mild splash of color in an otherwise monochrome world, a touch of emotion in a place that's sterile and somber.

Having grown up in Paris, I understand exactly the emotions that are being portrayed by a lot of these images. This one in particular jumps out at me as I remember going to french school, being surrounded by nothing but buildings that all looked identical, the constantly overcast skies, and the filthy streets that you'd find if you walk only two blocks away from the touristy areas.

As an American growing up in Paris, this picture speaks even more to me since Applejack, a southern character, stands on a tiny service bridge as the only speck of color in the scene. Not to say that I was "the only good person" there, but I felt alienated and singled out at times because of my nationality.
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:iconbluewolfpups:
bluewolfpups Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
nice
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:iconfreefox:
Freefox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Love the way this story is taled, little AJ on her way to be somepony
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:iconpr0t0-t1pe:
Pr0t0-t1pe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! i love all the cross-hatching!
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:iconfire-seeker:
Fire-seeker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this picture so much. The shading is brilliant and using colour only for AJ really adds to the effect that she is out of place :D

Do you mind if I use this image as cover art for a song?
I'll credit you and put a link to it.
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:iconphew-mello:
phew-mello Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Almost made me cry! >.<
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:iconnorthwestcore:
Northwestcore Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, really like the feel you put into the city.
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:icondaedric-pony:
Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome job! I'm eagerly awaiting that video link.
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:iconsakiokurosawa:
SakioKurosawa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aj!!! I love Aj and who dosen't :D
a wise man said once:
During our lifetime, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. Although there are different degrees of suffering and there are also positive experiences in life that we perceive as the opposite of suffering, such as ease, comfort and happiness, life in its totality is imperfect and incomplete, because our world is subject to impermanence. Aj is about to find that out if I'm not mistaken.
Awesome work as always my friend.
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:iconphew-mello:
phew-mello Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
You're a wise quoter...whatever
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:iconsakiokurosawa:
SakioKurosawa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you
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:iconphew-mello:
phew-mello Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Welcome! ^-^
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:iconswanlullaby:
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job on the background!
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:iconcosmicunicorn:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Fantastic. :heart:

Looove the hatching.
Great narrative/mood.
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:iconsuperpeasentnajeeb:
SuperPeasentNajeeb Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Instafav! :D
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:icontreebrench:
treebrench Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, man. This background is mindblowing! Seriously, I am in awe. How long did this take to ink?

It's lovely either way! I absolutely adore how Applejack is drawn in a simpler eye, but yet, she's the center of the piece. Clever use of colors!
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:iconorddiffeqn:
OrdDiffEqn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Right in the feels! Very nicely done, sir. You just gained a follower.
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:iconjelenadbz:
Jelenadbz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
amazing
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:iconcherryjjv:
cherryjjv Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! :wow: That's all I can say.
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:icondocwario:
DocWario Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
ah, love ze traditional vocal point.

Wait, I mean focal point. Still too early.
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:iconharetrinity:
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, sad-cute! :) D:
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:iconiskyla:
iSkyla Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Adorable!
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:iconloopuleasa:
loopuleasa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful contrast
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:iconfairy-slayer:
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I feel so bad for the lost little Filly, trying to find her way around the big dirty city. And boy did you do an awesome job inking up a messy, dirty city full of litter and smoke, the ickyiness of the water in the drainage channel. Yet the buildings themselves are still so neat and in good shape, all having nice individual styles. Certainly reminds me of my city where no matter how nice things are arranged, how perfect it's supposed to be, it's the inhabitants who can't even step ten hands to throw out their trash...

Well, again you've done a gorgeous job composing a realistic and actually (again) nice cityscape, but with the darkness around the sky's borders, the nearly empty sidewalks, and so many texture styles fitting together it boggles my mind. But then it's the cute little bit or orange and blonde staring up, so lonely and scared, that makes what looks just a bit messy seem like such a dirtier, scarier place.

I won't try to guess what else you have in store for us, both because I don't want to derail your vision but more because I really prefer to be surprised. :) Thanks.
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:iconthewrongesttrousers:
TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Damn, this is astoundingly well done! Keep on doing amazing things, son!
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:iconopus-13:
opus-13 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
This is beautiful! So much detail in the scenery. And great idea to only color AJ; it makes her seem small and out of place. Truly wonderful work!
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
:iconk4nk4n: Aww, lil cousin AJ looks so adorable.

Your background looks amazing and so well-detailed! I love how your drew and coloured filly Applejack.
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:iconeski017:
eski017 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omfg dude i LOVE your style
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:iconfreefox:
Freefox Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
DŽawww...
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:iconemillz1:
emillz1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Looks like this took a lot of dedication. Great details and awesome art! Still voting sad cause it's sad in the show :(
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:icondenial-is-tragic:
Denial-is-Tragic Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! <3
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:iconapplejack2011:
Applejack2011 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Thumbs up!
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:icontakki-says:
Takki-Says Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Big fa of the cross-hatching method.
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:iconawesomeluna:
awesomeluna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
that's amazing, i love AJ in colour, great contrast to the surroundings
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:iconcustom-toolfool:
Custom-toolfool Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWWWW..... Its sooo sad. But also really well done. this is really cool. i like how youlaid this out, and the minimal use of colour...
You managed to get a lot of detail into this piece as well.
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:iconcentego:
Centego Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Rellt nivly done as always... and i relly hope to see the inking process :D
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:iconlzsmith88:
lzsmith88 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
lil 'jack for cutest poni!
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:iconcuddlepug:
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
This is an outstanding piece of work. I love your depiction of Manehattan.
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:iconsniper-bait:
Sniper-Bait Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"You picked a bad neighborhood to get lost in, Filly!"

I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.
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:iconallyallycorn:
Allyallycorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nyaaw...
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:iconthestorm117:
TheStorm117 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
:iconmotherofgodfaceplz: This is amazing. The cross hatching is one thing. Having AJ in colour gives it a great contrast and emotion. Great piece :iconapplejacklaplz:
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! Great work! The emotions it brings out are stunning!
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:iconlou-sifer:
Lou-Sifer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry I found a way to inspire oneself in a quite easy way. Nugga! It always helps :meow:

Seriouly though I don't you have to try it but at least consider it. It always helps me...
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:iconscootadoo:
scootadoo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Ooh, very nice! At least this time, there are other ponies for poor AJ, unlike in your series "ponies on earth" :)
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:iconevilwevel:
EvilWevel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
This is fantastic.
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:iconnuvolavolpe:
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
:D
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:iconvoodoogecko:
VoodooGecko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Incredible.
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:icontwitchatwitch86:
TwitchaTwitch86 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The artwork in this is just phenomenal! Great job!
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