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Twilight by SmellsLikeBeer Twilight by SmellsLikeBeer
It's been some time since I drew anything because of my time in service, which unfortunately ended short. Anyway, I have some trouble getting used to drawing again as you may notice. I also lost all my rulers when I moved which makes it more difficult to draw anything in perspective. But I guess I'll find them soon enough.

You probably noticed Twilight's face and wonder what the hell has happened. This is merely an experiment in simplifying characters. I've read some stuff related to it and I thought it was a good idea. I'm aware that many of you probably won't agree with me and I understand if you think this looks stupid. It's just a matter of developing my style, which includes a lot of experimenting. That's why I'd kinda like to hear your thoughts about the face, and just say straight if it looks stupid.

I've seen a lot of human Twilights wearing costumes close to school uniforms and such like whatever they are. I tried to find a more original look, since humanized characters usually tend to look all the same -in my opinion.

Anyway, it's Indian ink on A5 paper, enjoy
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:iconlordburn:
Admittedly, with the lack of color, identifiable facial features/hair/clothing, the things that most signify this is Twilight is the purse and title.  Still, as you're first attempt, it seems a good start.  Keep at it and I'm sure you'll find a mix of identifiability and simplicity.

It's still a rather unique style among the fandom, (and just in general!) and I await seeing more.  :D
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thelastlonewolf Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like it, though a nose might be nice.
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LinkinshirePony Sep 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
A lot of people are saying that the face doesn't fit the rest of the image but I like it. It's very unique and entirely brilliant in it's simplicity. So whilst it might look different, I certainly don't think it looks silly. :)
Anyway, I love this and the clothes you gave her and the details are just great. Very nice work.
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SpyroConspirator Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's really incongruous with the rest of the image.  It's basically a 3-d = ).  Because it's so cartoony and out-of-place with the level of detail of the rest of the image, it comes off as laugh-out-loud silly, which I don't think is the tone you're trying to set in this image.  If the profile were more human-like (ie, had a nose), the eyes were eye-shaped, and the whole head was more accurately proportioned (eyebrows at 1/3rd down, nostrils at 2/3rds down, etc.--still simple, but more in line with what looks good/believable as "human"), then it would look a lot better, I think.  There's still lots of room for stylization, but it wouldn't be so silly-looking.
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Putting so much detail into a picture and then "simplifying characters"...it just seems counter intuitive and gives the whole picture a weird feeling.

That's just my two cents. I love the picture though.
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Nny11 Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
For me the face needs something more, and that's because the rest of your drawing is so detailed the very simplified face because an anomaly.  It's not that this style is bad either, but it is distracting to me. When I first looked at it (without seeing your comments) I felt something was off but couldn't place it.

Another side of this is that if you simplified the overall design of your characters it would flow better for me, even with a detailed background.

Another thing is that if I saw this style a few more times I would go with it. New styles can look strange until you've gotten used to seeing them. For both artist and audience.
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firefanatic Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I look at the rest of the body, which looks so realistic, then the face... That looks just silly.
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I don't think it looks stupid at all. I'm not sure it's my preferred style, but it draws attention to the character as such; it makes her more generic, but in that it also makes her more relatable. She's less of a specific person and more of an obvious metaphor, which I think works well for your images. It's easier to see yourself in her this way.

At the same time, her distinct clothes and accessories still make sure she's very much Twilight. I like how you integrated her cutie mark on her bag, too.

All that said, I still prefer pony ponies to human ponies, but I always like your images and your style.
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Wow, that was exactly what I was pursuing (:
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IWillMissThisWorld Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I think the style works well. :) (Smile) 
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