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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   Traditional 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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