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'Did I Miss Anything?' by TwilightFlopple 'Did I Miss Anything?' by TwilightFlopple
You were wondering what Luna did through all of Season Two.....

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So here's an example of a picture was was very difficult and probably shouldn't have been.

It's entirely my fault. I didn't keep track of priorities. For example, I went to great lengths to draw a geometrically precise tri-fold mirror when a plain one would have been fine. I included all sorts of details on the desk (see the letter she's writing and the ink dribbled all over the desk between the ink well and the parchment?) and even bothered to draw the scene from an angle, ensuring that I'd also have to draw her reflection (both sides of Luna's head!) and Luna from a technically complex position, requiring the translucent veil around her cloud-mane to partially occlude parts of hair, neck, and ears. Her mane is back in a ponytail mostly so it doesn't interfere with the view of the mirror (because I spent forever drawing it), but even this causes problems in terms of drawing Luna on-model. This also causes the composition of the scene to shift awkwardly to the right, which forced me to add the desk and pile of books on the left to restore visual balance and ensure Luna and her book remained at the center of the image, which is the area of maximum visual impact.

This picture is a perfect example of my personal impulse to complexify things that should be kept simple. Imagine the scene from the side, with Luna staged in front of a simple mirror and reading out of a book that's directly facing us. It would still be just as funny, and easier to understand and draw.

I'm not "beating myself up" for this mistake - if I hadn't acted on my impulses to draw a tri-fold mirror it wouldn't be my picture - but this is a great example for all you other artists out there of messing up priorities. Keep it simple, visual, and easily understandable in a heartbeat. Especially when you're trying for comedy. Otherwise, you'll be spending a lot of time literally "doodling in the margins."

*Practices her Royal Glares*
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HeartsOverClover Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist
This is amazing XD I love it~!
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Cafe-Luna Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best Princess FTW <3
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Well Twilight wanted a book on being a princess. That looks like pretty essential reading. :)
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AlexKadin Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Even though I guess I can learn from the experience, the tiny, subtle details make the TwilightFlopple, and it does look very nice when a drawing is full of tiny details, so I don't complain.

Amazing work, as always! Keep it up.
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i-is-Roxas Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
It's all the collective subtleties and small details that you think don't need to be there or don't make a huge difference that actually make an image great.

I'm glad you made the choices that you did. It gives this picture a little something extra, and I think it looks great! Awesome job. (:
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CalicoChris Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Well i agree it could have been made simpler, the point is to draw what you want to draw. So if drawing what you wish too means going a bit more complex then there really should not be a problem with it.

Take some cartoons like For Better Or For Worse, or Non Sequitor that go the long complicated way of drawing comics, when they could easily make it work with a simpler form of comics such as Peanuts, or Dilbert. They kept with the complex version cause it was how they envisioned their comics to be, and how they wanted them drawn.

Also on a side note, how do you draw with guidelines and get them to vanish for the final product so well? Ive begun using guidelines since starting to learn from a new method book on cartoon drawing, but try as i might i can't seem to erase the guidelines fully at all when i'm done with them.
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Mcnutty97 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
:icondawwplz: so cutearu
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Joey-Darkmeat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
It's interesting how a lot of us do this sometimes, taking a wild or complicated approach and realizing sooner or later, we coulda saved a lot of trouble with some simpler switches while keeping the idea in its full glory.
nonetheless, silly struggles aside, it's amazing to see how someone like you pulls through them to deliver such a fine tuned, carefully tailored piece of artwork such as this, the effort always shows ^u^
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TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks. :3 It was sort of annoying to draw, but I'm glad I did draw it the way I did... otherwise it wouldn't be "me". :)
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The lovely Luna <3. Good job Foxxy. I bet you wish you could meet the Princess.
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
:iconfacehoofplz: :iconsays3plz: Oh, no! Not this again!
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ak399 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Is this digital or traditional? I can't tell...
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:icontwilightflopple:
TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's marker, paint, and colored pencil.
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ak399 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, this is traditional?
IT'S SO CLEAN
MAD PROPS
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sonicandmario826 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
well i guess its discord's turn to miss something since he wasn't at the princess coranation
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Twoforflinching Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I love this picture and your commentary as well. It's always really fascinating to hear about challenges you faced drawing it.
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TheoneYellow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Agree with you Luna needs more appearances, and to actually talk and participate more. She should train the new Princess.
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firephoenixx456 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I love this pic I'm sure twilight would want to borrow that book under the scroll right about now.

*joins luna in practicing royal glares*
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jail-cat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not a bad thing that you put forth so much attention to detail. It merely shows that you are a good artist; detail means everything. Without detail, everything would be bland, meaningless. You give your drawings life by putting forth that extra effort and adding those neat little things. That's why I follow you... well that and your art style is quite interesting. Not for the saucy ponies. :P
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Baggus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I know THAT one!
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dwreanpony Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
nah, luna was with the spa pony
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cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Easier perhaps, but not with the same impact.

Lovely work
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Cute.
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lordkalem Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks pretty awesome XD.
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thegrandarchitect Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must commend you on your complexity though, it totally reflects the artist who drew it. This comment would be funny if Foxxy was in the mirrors reflection.
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TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did consider having Twilight reflected in one of the side mirrors coming in with more books.
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thegrandarchitect Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's neat but would have proven to be more work thinking about the dimensions of the tri-fold mirror.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I'll be intrigued at seeing what expressions Luna comes up with! How cute! :giggle:
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MochaziIIa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
:iconprincesslunaplz: :iconspeechbubbleplz: :T
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Ghooostie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
So she finished "How to speak vaguely" already ? It's a book all princess' need to read!
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NightmareEclipse Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
adorable :3
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0oPrincessLunao0 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Artist
Gotta love them cute adorable wings <3
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Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I love the ponytail thing.

You could say, the ponytails have been doubled! :iconlunafunplz:


And this is also why creating a thumbnail of the image is so important.
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darkwee009 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
This explains a lot.

Also, love the pony tail (heh) she has. There's something oddly adorable about it when the "prim and proper" characters wear their hair like that.
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Somepony Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ah yes, I'd recognize number 684 anywhere. Very nice use of it in The Crystal Empire (Part 1).
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KnightofEquestria Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Wow I love her hair! She's so cute :D
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CalicoChris Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
I love it, amazing attention to detail (not to mention best princess) :P
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firefanatic Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, scrunchy face! :D
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Writer
Quit beating yourself up, girl! ;) I love the perspective and the attention to detail. MORE WORK! DO IT! :D

(Though she's still got about 996 of those glares left (unless she's been using them offscreen)? Uh oh...)
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Jelenadbz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
cool
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