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Rarity Renoir - Art series #6 by janeesper Rarity Renoir - Art series #6 by janeesper
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born to working class parents, and his artwork shows a love of beauty and an intimate look at the fashionable society of Canterl... France. He was a leading figure in the Impressionist movement and his work can be found on the walls of college dorm rooms the world over.

Admittedly, Impressionism is not easily meshed with the artwork of MLP, and I may have ultimately failed to capture the style, but I have done my best.

Thank you everypony for following this series. Your support means a lot. I hope I've been able to express my abiding love for this show that we have all let into our lives.

EDIT: i reduced the overall stippling / blur i had, warmed up the colors, and put a border to make the brush pop more. fixed the brush.

Painted in Photoshop.
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gosh, so many ponies! That must've taken quite a while.
Rarity looks absolutely adorable here. The outfit combination is perfect.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the hard part was in the planning. everything else was also hard, but mechanical (spend a day, draw something i can remain proud of, remind yourself that you drew a thing that you remain proud of). and really i just wanted an excuse to draw their Gala dresses!
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DarthTallis Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Every bit as classy as Rarity herself.
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nelord7000 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I was a bit said there was no Michelangelo (unless of course you were only doing modernish type painters).
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janeesper Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, modern art series, emphasis on the modern. van gogh is relatively early here (1880's), but generally i'm working with early 20th century icons.
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stickman00 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Now that's what I cal a party
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OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
WOW EXCELLENT AWESOME FABULOUS CUTE PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL WORK AND BIG BIG ARTIST : 3 :headbang:
IS PERFECT WORK
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MrBarthalamul Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Train of thought:
Your picture => Sunday in the Park with George => "Putting it Together" => "Art of the Dress" => Ponies

Nice cycle! :D
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janeesper Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed!
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Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I got the art reference even though it doesn't really look Impressionist. It would be hard to do a true Impressionist painting with digital paint, using cartoons as your subject matter, I think. But I'm faving it anyway because I all the little details and the overall mood.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Let's ponify everything. Even classic painting.

Why not? Wonderful work
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Thraten Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aw, now I wish I'd held on to the original drawing so I could put them side by side. The original piece was fine by me in all honesty; maybe part of the issue of why it was ill received had to do with the fact that you can't really do an "Impressionist" piece with a definite subject matter. The stippling in the background does fit the bill very well, though.
The minor alterations do make the piece work well (if the piece didn't work well before). I see you did "clarify the underdrawing," and it looks great, and I agree that the border definitely makes the brush pop--it's a great touch.

I know the artist is always most critical of their own work, but don't beat yourself up over minor technicalities. The set of paintings is amazing, and I hope that it is something that will be remembered in the fandom, just like works of other prominent artists.
Congratulations on a job splendidly done, and let the work speak for itself. Sorry if I helped to prompt your editing spree.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nah, you didn't prompt the editing. i don't need ANY prompting to edit - there's a reason i'm using Twi van Gogh as my new icon.

actually what prompted it was a passage right at the beginning of "Life of Pi" which i read again in honor of the movie coming out. it goes like this:

"Really, your story can only be great, But it all adds up to nothing. In spite of the obvious ... you realize that the whisper ... from the back of your mind is speaking the flat, awful truth: it won't work. An element is missing ... Your story is emotionally dead ..."

it's really quite an extraordinary admission, but rather than fall melodramatically on my sword, i did what production artists everywhere do everyday - i tried to make it work.
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batosan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you have done well! The overall impression is good! You are correct that the many tiny brush strokes would have been a total pain to replicate and still have a recognizable piece. The brush and pencil area reminds us more of Toulouse Lautrec. Fun works!
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting association with Lautrec. we've seen in the show that Rarity is a very, very good draftsman, and would never have produced the chicken scratch that i spat out originally. the cleanliness of the lines was trying to emulate that sensibility.
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batosan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My drawing efforts are hideous! We all start somewhere and I understand the sentiment! Your works are so much fun! I've seen many of the works of the old masters when I was stationed in Spain, England, and traveling Europe! Your work is a wonderful reminder of those, and still so amazingly unique that they do stand in there own right! These may be a pain to produce but I will say that I really enjoy your effort and will end this stating my one rule-----It has to be fun or challenging else it's not worth doing!
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Oj4breakfast Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Keanu says "Whoa!"
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hah!
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Thraten Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm surprised that following how well you were able to capture the style of the inset pictures in the Van Gogh piece you had difficulty giving this one an 'impressionistic' feel; then again, it's probably much more difficult to carry on with it for a full painting. You did do a considerably good job of making the background look impressionistic. Perhaps it's just that balance between foreground and background that sells it.
Renoir's persona captures Rarity's character splendidly, and "Sweet and Elite" certainly set us up with enough of a picture of her aspirations. Every time you come out with one of these pieces, you surprise me by how well you seem to 'make it work,' so to speak. And this is certainly no exception. Congratulations on a job well done.
Might I say that the unfinished right-hand corner was a good touch, but it's a bit difficult to tell that the pencil is coming out from underneath the paint.

I'd wish that you wouldn't stop here with the Modern Art Series, but I wouldn't want to overwork you.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. you always have such encouraging comments. i did sort of paint myself into a corner there with the "underdrawing". i was happy with the negative space, but i also felt it necessary to delineate that crook between the two branches on the left (can't have both, but i'm tired). maybe i'll go back and see if i'd rather pull back on paint or on the pencil.

Van Gogh's style is very bold with heavy brushstrokes of a single color. Impressionism has a lot of little brushstrokes that blend adjacent colors. if i attempted to capture it perfectly, this one would just look messy or blotchy and weird because very rarely do the characters actually have light effects that play across them, and never in a complex sort of way.

i may do more for this series when the CMC get their cutie marks. or if i dream up a good way to portray Spike as a famous satirist or playwright.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I love it, though the band seems out of sync to me. I feel like Octavia and her ensemble would have made more sense. Regardless, this is your piece, and I'm sure you were trying to add a touch of modern culture to highlight the overall culture of Equestria.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i've only included recognizable characters from the episode "Sweet and Elite". Octavia was never featured in it, but Sapphire Shores did. I never really had a choice in the matter.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I considered Octavia recognizable in it, but okay.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
please send me a timestamp for the episode. i can't recall ever seeing her and i thought i was paying close attention. if i am wrong, i apologize for her omission.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
The band playing has her. It's sort of a string quartet (violin, viola, bass, great harp). It was very well done, and clearly established her instrument as a bass.

It occurs between 15:20-15:25, the moment Rarity first sneaks out of Twilight's party.I think it might show them again throughout the Garden Party scene.

This link may or may not work since I'm on mobile right now: [link]
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, i see. as i was falling asleep i realized you were right and she was probably at the garden party. i didn't pull any reference material from that scene. i stand corrected!
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