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July 16, 2011
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Dash at the Gala by JustDayside Dash at the Gala by JustDayside
Rainbow Dash in her dress for the Grand Galloping Gala!

So this is actually my first painterly experience with any digital program. I've done digital art before, but it's always graphic and flat colors or just inks or what not. Suffice to say, digital painting is, like, really hard. I think it's pretty easy to tell that this was a learning experienced 'cos there isn't really any unity to the piece, and Dashy doesn't really sit on the, uh, "background" that well. Also, I really didn't have a clue how I was gonna render a 2d pony three dimensionally, but I tried anyhoo. Of all the dresses at the Gala I loved Rainbow's the most, so it was an easy subject to choose when I decided I wanted to try to paint something. Despite this being a learning experience, I actually like how most of it came out, and I'm really looking forward to doing some more paintings. Also, I feel like I need to apologize for how that crest came out, but by that point I was just done with this, hahah.
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Choedan-Kal Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Lovely! I know you referred to this as your first digitally painted image, but it is quite good. You obviously know what you are doing with respect to color application even if you might be unfamiliar with the particular program (my color choices still seem laughably simplistic :P ). What program did (do you) use?
daydream00 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
i wonder in the show, was her mane or hair always that long?
JustDayside Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, I really never even thought about that, hahahah. Rainbow hair is magic hair, apparently. XD
blu-red Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You've struck a really nice balance between 2D and 3D! I love her dress too, you blended the colors so well ;_; The only problem is the background, and not that its too simple or something, it just doesn't provide a good contrast. A good way to see that is to turn the picture to grayscale, it really shows the values better : )
I feel you on that 2D to 3D transition though, I'm still not sure how to do it convincingly!
JustDayside Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, I'm definitely still learnin', an' backgrounds are kinda my weakness. I learned the whole contrast thing in my more recent pieces, haw, she really does kinda fade away in this one. XD

Thanks fer lookin', an' glad ya like it!
SHaDOwLUiGImwahaha Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Awesome first! *^*
I really like how the highlights stand out!
JustDayside Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks bunches!
Glad ya like it. Thanks fer lookin'! :D
SnowLoveLeopard Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! :iconrainbowdashlaplz:

I look at peoples drawings and think:
"I wish I could draw like that..."
Maybe one day people would look at
my drawings and think the same...
InvaderCynder4Ever Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't ask why but this reminds me of Spyro; Year of the Dragon XD anyhow, awesome picture!
JustDayside Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I've actually never played a Spyro game! Only ever heard good things though. Uh, anyhow, thanks a ton! :D
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