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Queen of Diamonds by MykeGreywolf Queen of Diamonds by MykeGreywolf
This is the work I did for the first winner of my June request raffle, :iconbegle:. He asked for Rarity, sitting on a throne, portrayed as a powerful and unscrupulous mare, with some more design elements inspired by Magic: The Gathering lore. I hope this portrayal satisfies him.

I know that it looks quite similar in composition to my recent Fluttershy illustration [link], but I assure you that it is a total coincidence - even if I reused the seat cushion texture. :)

This is my first work that I streamed start to finish in my Livestream channel [link], and for which I accurately measured the execution time, which came to about 11 hours and 30 minutes.

EDIT: Fixed the faux-latin inscription text, as per :iconantie:'s kind suggestion, to make it less faux and more latin. Many thanks!
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Pegabella Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love your art! you have such a wonderful style, and you draw with such detail! I love it!!!
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm really proud of the way the background in this one turned out, but I guess I was still a bit "green" in terms of the character's formula to make all that detail I put on her justified. The head and facial feature positions don't match. There are several perspective problems (for instance, the horn and the front gem on the crown). The hair looks great, but it was a pain and a lot of time to get it looking like that, and I ended up adopting a simpler formula in later works.

Regardless, I am really thankful for your preference, and hope to be able to continue deserving it in the future. :)
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
That is awesome.
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Envirotech Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Quite beautiful ^_^ neat job on the marble pillars and floor, and her eyes too :)
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. This piece doesn't get much love, and I can see why - it has a few offputting problems with it, a result of my lack of experience. But I gave it my all, and I'm quite proud of it.
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Envirotech Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
S'okay :)   (I don't know Latin, so that part kinda goes over my head and thus it looks all cool to me  >_>  <_<  shhh..)   Indeed Rar's nose/chin kinda look a bit funny, but that's okay too.. I like her posing and the picture as a whole, it reflects the amount of work you gave it. ^_^  Again, and your work is wayyy beyond my drawing skill level hehe, her mane/tail and the gemstones I'm really liking too..
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kxp71 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
all hail the most beautiful creature in all of Equestria :love: 
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
She's definitely befitting of royalty.
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Alebaroli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good. I see it in the neogaf thread.
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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antie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Salve!

No need to apologize! Google Translate does Latin very badly!

I suggest this for your Latin:

HIC EST THRONVS RARITATIS PLATINEAE / GRATIA CAELESTIAE ET LVNAE, QVAE REGINAE VNICORNIVM EQVESTRIANORVM SVNT

(Technical Latin-grammar-related note: I used a relative clause to get a handle on all of those genitives.)

Anyway, I love this time! Rarity is Best Pony!
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antie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I love this ONE! Mea culpa!
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fixed the inscription text. Many thanks for your most excellent tip. :)
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IkariLoona Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Neat, even if I think "Rarity is the best pony" is the worst meme.
What exactly does the latin writing mean? "This is the (rare) platinum throne (of Rarity) / Celestia and Luna thank the equestrian unicorn queen"?
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
By the magic of Google Translate, it is supposed to mean "This is the throne of Rarity Platinum / By the grace of Celestia and Luna, queen of Equestria's unicorns"
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
To anyone seeing this who knows actual latin: I'm very, very, VERY sorry. :P
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Quite lovely, I daresay. The marble columns and the floor and the light on it feel absolutely amazing. That shine on 'em, too. And on the hair. And the sheer detail in the hair itself, and that cape with how you depict different fabrics and their folds, and the shading of the body... The crown even feels a bit too shiny, but that's just me. That small stray lock near the base of her horn is a lovely little detail, by the way. And the eyelashes, and the colours of her eyelids... Indeed, this is a job well done.
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MykeGreywolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's awesome that you bothered doing such a detailed analysis of the drawing, and that you appreciated it so much. My most sincere thanks, you're great!
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