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Rarity Gala Dress by Jacquibim Rarity Gala Dress by Jacquibim
Reaaaaally happy with this one, it's Rarity in her gala dress shortened a tad.

No real experimentation this time, just an amalgamation of stuff I've learned from previous pictures. As ever, it was drawn with fineliner and watercolour pencils on A4 paper, hope you like it :)
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Great-5 Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now we're talkin'! Damn, this has got to be one of the best Rarities I have seen in recent months, and one of the best uses of colored pencils (and colors) as well. While not exactly show-accurate, I do love the two-toned look of her mane and tail, with the definite "outside" and "inside," which are pinkish-purple and blueish-purple, respectively. It really catches the eyes in a nice way. I also like your redesign of her gala dress...I've always found those gala dresses to be a bit on the cumbersome side, like they would impede the ponies' movement, so making it more like a miniskirt was a good decision. Anyways, Rarity was one of the first ponies who was among my favorites, back in mid-2011 when I first became a brony. I did and still do kinda have a crush on her, even if Rainbow Dash has supplanted that role of hers for me more recently.
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Jacquibim Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the compliments, I didn't expect the colour blending to be quite as vibrant as it turned out. Glad you liked it :D
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Great-5 Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really does look nice. I'd be interested to know how many different individual colors of pencil it took to get those blending effects, and I also like the pale pinkish shadows you used on her white body, rather than just leaving those parts blank and boring.

Hey, this is kinda off-topic, but still relevant to drawings, but when you scan your drawings into Photoshop, do you fiddle around with the levels and color balance at all to bring out the colors more fully, or do you just leave it as it is?
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Jacquibim Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used about 14-15 different colours in the whole thing, about 6 of which I used in her mane and tail specifically. The shades of red in her dress took another 3 colours, her eyes took 3 or 4 etc. So there are a lot of different tones and shades in action here.

As for scanning, it's inherent that the colours are a little washed out when you scan them, I normally add 10% contrast and 7% saturation to bring out the colours fully. I could add more, layer the piece, and put all sorts of filters on it, but I want my pieces to look as they do in real life. What you see here is as close to the actual drawing as you'll get.
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Great-5 Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I'll have to try out blending together even more colors next time I draw with colored pencils.

Ah, so that's how you do it. Maybe I should try that (10% contrast, 7% saturation) next time I scan a traditionally-colored drawing. Thanks.
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Zyncrus Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is amazing! :D
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Digsie Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Jesus you are PRO with colored pencils! Holy God your color blending is fantastic @C@
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Jacquibim Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you very much.
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GreenWallsOfArt Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the colors used here!
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Jacquibim Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I used pretty much every colour I had to a certain degree, glad you liked it :)
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