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The Old Hall of Melodies by Simbaro The Old Hall of Melodies by Simbaro
Ah, there we go, finished with this piece.

A great journey from start to finish. I really wanted to try out some different forms of lighting in this piece, playing up an old, mystical feel. It may or may not have worked, but at least i tried it.

There wont be any huge background pieces from me for awhile. I may even say this would be the last for this two months, due to other commitments, as well as needing to focus on my pieces for the MLP FIM Fanbook Project. Those will mostly be illustrative designs.

Ill be posting those here in the future as well.

0.3, 0.5 Mech Pencils. Sepia Pencils. Graphite Dust. Photoshop Edits
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Stonemirth Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Love the picture of Twilight Sparkles library and it looks like Octavia or one of the musician ponies.  Just plain amazing shading and the use of light through the amazing stained glass windows.  :+fav:
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Turbo-Maximus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey dude gratz on the collab with Warp Out....just one question...could you give me an explanation on how to create backround art? The more in depth the better
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no set way on creating background art, although take into account the background, the foreground, and the overall atmosphere when those two combine. Environment design is one huge visual puzzle, and small elements set in the wrong or right place can make the biggest difference. My advice is to never set your starting linework in stone. Keep reworking and rearranging elements in both background and foreground so you can push the composition.

As for getting a feel for how you can make the visual puzzle your own unique thing, well, the simplest answer is to see more and draw more, I myself spend time going out and sketching environments in the city I live in, and the more you draw and see, the more visual experience you put into your head, and the more you can recognize when or where to put elements to in the background or forground so overall composition is improved. If you're serious in pushing your own environment works, then studies of perspective and real world compositions is a big factor. Also, travelling to exotic places or just browsing through photographs of great cities and their buildings, or scenic environments.

Remember that environment work pulls in things like Architecture, character design, lighting, and other artistic forms as well, it's a visual language you have to learn slowly and through experience. Unlike character work, environment work is a much more inclusive realm of study.
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DLowell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice.

I think that there should be some more darker tones and more contrast on the figures so they are more distinguishable from the background as well as their features. I know that there is a large light source but bigger the light source, greater the shadows are.

I think that there should be more contrast around the body and on the head or more specifically, the ear, eyes (or eyelids) and the mane.

When making things more visually appealing, sometimes you need to bend the rules of "realism".
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TheFallenOne623 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
...oh my god. I'm speechless at this art.
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stickman00 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Here is the Old Hall of Melodies. it contains the music, biography, and theology of great pony artists. It also contains antique instruments that has has been kept preserved. many inspiring musicians have come here.
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CynicallyBankrupt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Frickin A! Good job here!
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Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Wow, this is amazingly well done.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
This image is simply amazing! Excellent job.
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Zegaroth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"Simply breathtaking!" were the first words that came to mind. Amazing! Great contrast and lighting, I love it.
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Squirrelboy265 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
This is a wonderful piece! It's incredible that you packed such a massive amount of detail in this picture!

I'm not too sure about mystical, but the picture gives off an old, cathedral-like mood. You've done very well.

It's hard to decide whether the bookcase, it's curvey nature (As well as the detail on the books), or the dome like structure above the heart is the best part of this picture. Either way, it's great!

I will suggest a mild critique, however, it appears that the top of the picture get's quite light, and that the light project from a computer screen makes it appear a bit too bright. Nonetheless, awesome picture!
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the in depth critique, and im glad the picture works for you overall :D
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Squirrelboy265 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you for drawing it!
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NegativeFade Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, this is absolutely lt beautiful.. Question, would it be alright with you if I based a section of the "Great Library" from my story tumblr on this piece? The architecture is amazing.
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah sure, as long as you sharealike, you this picture however you want!
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NegativeFade Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks!
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DashiestDash Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
This is so fantastic! I don't even know what to say. Just so gorgeous!
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bluefalconjsh Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. The design is great, the texture and atmosphere are really nicely done, and the intricate details are just the icing on the cake. Bravo sir, I tip my hat to you.
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the encouragement sir, glad you like it :)
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megaphonnic Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Another fantastic piece my friend :), tell me, how did you use the graphite dust?, did you just sprinkle it on?
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use it mainly to add atmosphere and smudging of some areas, also, graphite dust goes very well with water, and i use a small brush to enhance details and other areas on the piece. Give it a try some time eh? :)
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megaphonnic Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i certainly will ;], i collected my graphite dust in the hopes to finally do something with it XD, i like the sound of the brush technique, Thanks friend! /)
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Kageboshi-Washu Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The effort, the skill. I tip my hat to thee.
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Dragoon694 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work! It's just.. AMAZING! I.. I'm speechless. This is the type of art I enjoy looking at now xD I used to hate this type but after getting into ponies I started liking these types for some reason :)
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there, thanks for the encouraging compliment! Yeah i get what you mean, ponies were the reason i started revisiting my fantasy roots again in my art, and its been pretty good thus far
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I had to keep averting my eyes every time a WIP showed up so I'd get the full impact. To me it's more like a performance cathedral, with the music and musicians themselves treated as religious symbols, especially the mixture of forms on the high circular wall in back. The Roman arches I assume make a cupola of some sort for this hall of the institution.

For details about the lighting itself and anything to do with perspective, I'd better let skilled artists comment. However this place gives me a sense of awe and majesty. Three's so much richness in the design that any pony daring to touch the harp would need to perfectly merge confidence, arrogance and humility. Now, the section to our right looks as if it's to allow for accompaniment (and maybe off the page to our left too), though with the way it "bends" plus the staircase leading up behind it I wonder if it's where the guests of honor or the instructors stand.

I'd love to pick your brain on the symbolism all around, what you chose and why: the statues are extremely intriguing, and also more prominent because they're full viewable and accessibly to those on the lower levels. (Or maybe I'm just reading way too much into it.) The books (of sheets?) being there also speaks of encouragement for every pony to have music within reach.

After your seraphim series and others I know that you have knowledge far beyond what I could pick up in a few hours on Wikipedia or at the library. :) Anyway, would that I be able to visit such amazing wondrous places in my life. (I've been to plenty of ancient sites, but mostly ruins so far.)

Best wishes with your current projects, and especially anything fun or fulfilling that comes your way.
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Was wondering when you were gonna write something :D Thanks again for an indepth comment! And i hope to upload all the other projects onto here as well :P
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I wouldn't have missed this for the world! My relatively recent and strangely irresistible interest in architecture (*TwilightFlopple's fault, I think) made it hard to wait for the final piece.

It'll be fun and interesting to see what you're working on next. :)
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Watch-it1337 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Amazing! :D
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Valforwing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
hrm... looks kinda like something i would find in skyrim
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NoNumbers Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
As far as I can tell, your efforts are a resounding success! The architecture, contrast between the lower and upper half, and the "light bubbles" gives this piece an ethereal feel to it. I simply can't get over how incredible and breathtaking this is! You are truly a talent to behold.
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad the lighting worked for you! I was almost afraid that i would not achieve that sense of contrast and depth. In the end this was real fun to work on and finish :)
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Chessie2003 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
So beautiful! It's been really neat watching this come together!
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sticking along!
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miniapplejack Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Gorgeous! So much detail and the sunlight streaming in really brings depth to the picture!
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the lighting was something i really experimented with in this picture, glad it worked for you :)
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revicam Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Holy! this is amazing, the detail in it it truly gives it ancient beauty! love it
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Beautiful design! It really does have a strong sense of mysticism.
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was the one thing i was afraid i would not be able to achieve, but it does seem to have worked. Thanks for the comment :)
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kite11 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
woah
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empelador Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
i'm without words...
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Brave3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sir you blown my mind. This is by far is one of the best i see around.
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2-DimensionalNerd Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you do that?!It's amazing!
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hall of music. I would totally live there.
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WeirdPonyGuy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I love your attention to detail. And the lighting is awesome.
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like the lighting, it was something experimental, but it turned out alright! Thanks man
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Redtriangle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm curious, is this like a library and museum for music ponies?

I bet Octavia, Vinyl Scratch, Lyra, and others would love this place. :love:
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, something out of my imagination, more of a combination of both. Thanks for the comment! And yes, i did initially plan on having octavia in there, and you know what, ill be adding her in sometime
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YoMilbert Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know it's something you thought up, but if you had to give this hall a location, would you say it is in Canterlot?
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Redtriangle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whatever you wish. :)

Its amazing! :D
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