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Lullaby of Dreams by Mike-Dragon Lullaby of Dreams by Mike-Dragon

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:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:

Here’s my little gift for your friend, Shiff. :3 I hope she likes it! I made it with care.

 

And here it is! My first official MLP fan art. Partially…

 

A few days ago Sevilai posted a journal about a friend of hers who has been really down lately and asked if someone could draw her (her friend) something to cheer her up and listed a few things she likes. Amongst these things was dragons, characters of a video game and My Little Pony, most specifically, Princess Luna, her favorite pony. Being I still struggling to fight back against my lack of motivation issue I decided to give this a go and at least try to think of something nice to draw. After gathering a few details about this friend of hers, I came up with an idea and voilà!

 

Not simply a gift for someone who I don’t even know, this is also my very first MLP fanart and very first time drawing Luna. Well, yeah, I know I did draw ponies a couple times before but honestly… what was it? Two vectors and a ponyfication of Braveheart, wasn’t it? Yeah, I don’t really think these can actually count as fan art, at all.

 

Details-wise, this work is inspired on the episode “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils”, more specifically on the dream sequences during the moments Sweetie Belle is running after Princess Luna in her dream. Shiff told me that this friend of hers has a dragon and pony OC. Sadly though, there weren’t many details I could work with since the picture of the dragon that is available is more of a sketch and the pony OC has no image I could use as reference. I went for what was most simple to do: The pony OC. Despite there not having any pic I could use as reference, Shiff was very kind to provide me with a few basics about this pony, such as colors and cutie mark. But then I had this dilemma: How can I represent a character I’ve never seen before in a way that I won’t get the design incorrect? A bit of thought and I quickly reached the conclusion, though. Some logic: Princess Luna, the princess of the night who comes into ponies dreams plus a character I have no visual reference to base myself on… how to make it work? Put the pony OC sleeping in a bed with a blanket on so it covers most of her body and have Luna sitting next to the bed singing her a lullaby. Ta-da! I’m a genius! :dummy: It’s so good to be smart. :lol: *brick’d* Oh, and the pony’s name is Flatline, she’s a Pegasus and her cutie mark is a heart monitor, just like the green line on the bed. :nod:

 

Although I am happy with how it turned out, I can’t help but feel a bit bothered by the result. As always, I feel I could have made it much better. What bothers me slightly is the angle of the bed but overall, the shading. I’m still stuck with the old technique of using a combination of the Dodge Tool with the Burn Tool. Though those two served good and produced good results back in the day when I was making pics with much lower resolution than I do now, they are no longer as effective. They still can make a decent enough job now that I draw in large resolutions but the results are not very satisfactory to me. Shading with the old technique don’t look pretty, anymore. Not only I changed resolution but also the way I make the linearts, coloring and some other details. Burn and Dodge Tool don’t work well with how I color, now. Though to be honest, not only I am “stuck” with this old technique but I’m stuck with linearts. I still can’t draw/color anything without them. =\ So shameful. Currently, draw, color, shade and make effects has been like switching from driving/owning a Lada to driving/owning a Lamborghini but keeping the Lada’s wheels and engine in the Lambo. Not sure if my allusion makes much sense to you, though. :shrug:

 

Regardless of the flaws in my skills, I made this with care. May not be perfect or as good as I wish it was, but I worked hard to make it. :nod: Feedback is greatly appreciated, so please leave a comment!

 

Oh! And by the way, I’ve recorded EVERYTHING! Yup. While drawing, from the very beginning to the last moment, I have recorded all the progress in making this piece. :dummy: I’d be very happy if you watch at least a couple parts of it. :) You may find it all on the links below. I made each part short and added some cool songs so it don’t get boring to watch. Being short is the reason why there’s 12 parts, by the way. ^^; If I had made each part longer, there would be fewer videos, but they would obviously be longer, as well.

 

Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GCGiy…

Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLTXlI…

Part 3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfu2b3…

Part 4: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLKSvp…

Part 5: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYauAt…

Part 6: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij2Qxj…

Part 7: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcBVZF…

Part 8: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg9Xck…

Part 9: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dRPCs…

Part 10: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8c4wH…

Part 11: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSK46h…

Part 12: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lcv3h…

 

 

Flatline is copyright to :iconkitaphage:

Princess Luna is copyright to Hasbro :iconhasbroplz: and Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:

Art is copyright to myself :iconmike-dragon::iconsays3plz:Steal and you die.



Tools: MSPaint, CorelDraw! X5 and Photoshop CS2
Layers: 48

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:iconsevilai:
Sevilai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for taking so long to comment, good combination of catching up to work and trying to find the right words hahah

The fact that you even did this is awesome enough, no to mention the fact that you did it so nicely~ You really have been getting a lot better in the shading department man even those wings are just unff~ <3 Not to mention it was cool as hell to watch it being drawn over the past few days. =p I seriously love it myself though, the colors, the softness, everything~And even though it doesn't show much in her comment Kita was super ecstatic about it in real life hahah

If you're unhappy with your recent results, experiment! Try out different techniques and even if they end up terrible it's still experience. :)

Seriously though, thank you for doing this. This is more than I could have ever imagined. <3
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Mike-Dragon Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^ I'm glad she did. :) I just found it a bit odd that she didn't fave it if she liked it so much. :XD:;; But it's alright. :)

It was my pleasure. :3 I had fun drawing this. Glad both of you liked it. ^^
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:iconsevilai:
Sevilai Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd find it odd usually, but with what she's been going through she can barely remember to drink most days. I mean I'm sure being a new mother is hard but with added surgery on top of that I can barely imagine. >< I can assure you she was touched to receive it though~ :)
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Mike-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand. :nod: New mother, huh? I imagine she must be around your age. If that's so, I think that's too soon to become a mother, but I'm not one to judge so I won't say much else. Instead I'll just leave here my wishes that she overcomes her issues and be a good mother. c:
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Sevilai Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Only a year older. 20's a tad young in my book but at least she isn't 16 or anything. She's at a point in life where she and her fiance can mentally and financially handle it and they've got a very nice house in a very nice neighborhood. Far as I'm concerned she's good to go so long as she wants this and can support this decision. =p I have to say she's taking everything so much better than I imagined~ She'll be be fantastic. c:
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Mike-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I do think 20 is a bit early, but at least not as early as many others, these days, which is a good thing! Especially if she's got the necessary to handle it. Unlike many others, these days. Pregnancy at young ages is not something to be taken as a joke as I hear many doing. Sounds like she's being responsible about this matter. I hope she does fine. :)
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:iconsevilai:
Sevilai Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She's still doing very well. Even finding time to work on her art still hahah~ If anything goes wrong she has like a roster of ten people including myself to either slap her or help out, depending. Our little circle strongly believes in the "it takes a village" philosophy. =P
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Kitaphage Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! Made me feel all happy inside my happy-guts :)
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Mike-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you did. :)
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