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I worked on this over the last two days. I've often wanted to know what a PH Graphic Novel would look like, so I decided to draw it. A big thanks to :iconparzifalsjudgement:, who just up and gave me his spare mechanical pencils and fine pens, the former of which were a huge help drawing this. I also want to be perfectly frank and say that Gimp, while being an excellent piece of software in most respects, is a total bitch to work text with.

Hopefully I'll get a tablet soon, so I'll stop having to perform ridiculous feats with a mouse to edit the most basic elements of my art.

Project Horizons is written by Somber. Fallout Equestria is written by KKat. The Fallout series is the property of Bethesda LCC and Interplay.
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Little-Tyke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail work! 
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Ryxingeir Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
That is quite the remarkable background, sir.  If you are interested in improving your ability to draw ponies, there are quite a few resources and references out there to help, and I wish you the best of luck.

If you ever do try to take on a Project Horizons graphic novel, I'd look forward to seeing it.
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thanks, I hope someday I can undertake that monumental task. 
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ActualZer0 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy detail.
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celestiawept Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaah finally something akin to Geofrey Darrow

god bless you
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Thank you, I don't nearly deserve that praise, but I do love details. 
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stringtheory00 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
So are you actually planning on drawing a PH graphic novel then? I wish you the best of luck then and hope to see the first page soon.
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I'll admit, I've thought about it before. Maybe in a month or two, when I've improved enough. It would have to be a much more condensed graphic novel than the FoE one that the amazing MajorBrons is currently undertaking, and odds are I would have to skip some minor story details just for time's sake...

...still, I admit I'd kind of like to. But I'm not ready yet, I'm simply not a good enough artist, plus I need to buy a tablet.
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Allanx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I love all the little gauges, rivets, hoses, support beams and pipe hangers.
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Thanks! I tried to go for the amount of detail you'd find in a graphic novel, maybe even more. Drawing machines and buildings comes naturally to me, but I only just started attempting to draw characters two months ago. Blackjack herself was much harder to draw than the background. Glad you like it!
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ToasterRepairUnit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can see that. the background is pretty damn cool, but there are ways you could improve blackjack. 
for one, the front legs on ponies don't bend that way. think of it like your arm if you were in that position. the one difference is that instead of a hand, it's a hoof, and the forearm is a bit longer than the rest. 
There's also her ear that bugs me, the shape doesn't feel right...It shouldn't merge into one line with the side of her head.  they usually start at the side of the eye and finish a bit before the top middle part, unless the head is looking up or down, then it gets a bit more complicated.
her eyes and face look more like a square than a circle, which wouldn't matter if it was properly executed under a style, but that's not quite the case here.
Last thing is that the eyebrows in MLP don't show unless they're covering up the eyes, but if you really want to show them... Eyebrows, whether it is on animals, humans or cartoon characters, always point towards the nose bridge, unless they're moved intentionally to show anger or surprise, etc. 
just look at other artists, see how you can apply what you like from their art to yours, because that's how you develop a style. that, and by exaggerating what YOU think looks good. (a good knowledge of anatomy is required. after all, you do have to learn the rules in order to break them)

I'm not quite good at explaining things, and I'm not quite used to doing constructive criticism, but I hope it helps, somehow.
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Hey, thanks so much for the feedback, it's invaluable to my growth as an artist. It also helps that I'm a big fan of your work. 
Hey, for the front legs, which leg is the bigger offender? I think I might have screwed up the perspective on one of them to make it look it was bent in another direction. 
Heh, square eyes... yeah, I'll fix that, kinda went too hard for a bored expression. Kinda like square muzzles though, any advice for keeping that element without compromising it?
As for the eyebrows, I don't really want to get rid of them altogether, but I'll take your advice about their shape and also try to make them a lot more subtle.

The two biggest influences on the way I draw faces have been MisterMech and Dennybutt, I just really like their work. 

Hey, I can't tell you how thankful I am to have a skilled artist critique my stuff. I'm not really a character artist, as a matter of fact I had never seriously tried to draw anything living until very recently. But thanks to people's feedback I think I've improved a good deal. To put it in perspective, this is a drawing from two months ago (warning, may cause eyes to melt out of skull): sta.sh/020t3r4mm7lk

So yes, it's incredibly helpful to point out what I'm doing wrong. There is no way you could be more helpful. So thank you. 

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ToasterRepairUnit Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
for the leg, it should be separated into 3 parts, not 2. your legs just seem to have only one joint in the middle, which is a common mistake. (even Mistermech drew em like that until I pointed it out :P). look here for a proper reference mlpforums.com/uploads/monthly_…
the muzzle can be square, but you shouldn't draw a line between the 2 nostrils. those also look kinda weird, I don't know how to explain it... I can't tell if you tried drawing a circle or if it's a dot and the nose line went around it. anyway, you should try experimenting with different shapes, look at how other people draw them, try to understand why they draw it that way and just use what looks best when you try it.

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AlexandrZaytsevet Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy mother of Celestia, that's... That's amazing!
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Thanks!
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David-Irastra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hehehe i love the face of blackjack... oh look a radroach!
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d0ntst0pme Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dem details. :icondemdonutsplz:
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ParzifalsJudgment Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, it looks good, dude!  Check those backgrounds out!
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Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Thanks man. The background was actually the least difficult part of this. 
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