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Death is Inevitable by DrewCopenhaver Death is Inevitable by DrewCopenhaver
I wanted to do something involving PH for Trotcon, so here it is. Might even do another, we'll see. This, besides that truly horrible drawing of Pinkie, is my very first attempt at using a tablet. It's very stylized, so try not to hold that against me, I just love the blur tool so much...

This is from the beginning of Chapter 34: Birthday when Blackjack is hallucinating or dead or both and sees... well, a lot of things.

Total time spent: Over 13 hours, sorta lost track
Total layers: 10

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Edit: Okay, they said to the queue last night, so I wasn't terribly surprised, but HOLY CRAP, YOU USED IT AS THE THUMBNAIL?! I was at work when someone first told me... I proceeded to bounce around like Twilight shouting "Yesyesyesyesyes!!" for a few minutes. Also read a bunch of the comments on the draw friends, you guys are awesome. Thank you so much to Seth, Cereal, Phoe, PK, and all the other lovely ponies over at EqD!!
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:icontamh70:
TamH70 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Marvellous.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thank you! ^_^
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Sbstrollerpadawan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is that Lauren Faust Pony verison?
(red hair, white skin, have seen it before)
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Sbstrollerpadawan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*reads description* Oh blackjack from FoEq. Awesome work dude
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thanks! And yeah, it does look a bit like the Faust pony.
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Draconis341 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Woah - trippy.
And I can't help but notice that you have put Vinyl and Octy's cutiemarks next to each other. And Blackjack's eyes are a very nice touch. That said, I think the best way I can describe this would be 'busy'. I don't think there is any 'blank' space at all - you have so much here, I'm half tempted to look at the stars and see if there is some meaning behind there pattern as well.
I do have one point, however - Blackjack looks... not quite _angry_ but certainly irritated.
I'm sure I would normally gush a bit more... but, unfortunately, I am very confused as to how I should feel about this piece.
Finally, gratz on the EQD feature.


I'm sorry, but I can't not point this out. Twilight, Trixie and Fluttershy should have no presence here, and Rarity... well, that is signifcantly less mutilated than I would have expected.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Fair enough. Trixie and Twi are certainly part of... something else, but that doesn't mean they don't have some kind of spiritual presence in the void. Who knows exactly what Blackjack experienced and I'm allowed to take some artistic license anyhow. Still, I agree. It got far more busy than I meant for it to, but I also think that there was a really crowded, uneasy feeling to the scene. As for the expression, I toyed with that for about an hour. I did it intentionally because the poor mare is not a smart pony and would probably get frustrated at not understanding what the buck is going on around her.

Yep, I love Vinyl and Tavs. If Bon Bon had had anything more to do with music or sound, she would've been there with Lyra. Actually, it was mostly because of how obscenely busy the picture was already that I didn't add her and a few more.
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Taking that back, I noticed that it wasn't Faustpony. XD
Still, awesome.
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Reminds me of Genesis, except with Faustpony.
13 hours well spent.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Heh, no worries, you're not the first to say that. I can see how people might think it was the Fausticorn. Thank you. ^_^
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Tridgeon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wait are you SURE tablets arnt paint? how the heck did you go from Pinkie to this in one go???
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I- well... I do have about 14 years of drawing and painting experience. Also, I assume I might be magic? Plus, I also spent about 15 minutes on Pinkie and nearly 15 hours on this one. XD
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Dm4544 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
This is pretty damn amazing and I absolutely hate to nitpick but... /points at fluttershy's cutie mark, /points at a certain tree in the everfree forest.

(Please don't kill me!)
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Artistic license? Heh, I don't mind. There were so many details to keep in mind trying to get this scene right that it's not surprising there's (at least) one inaccuracy.
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fukamaru Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh hey, it's Blackjack! I was stoked to see this on EqD! I love the way you did the swirling. It gives the scene a chaotic feel, but still maintains a general flow. Uh, that didn't make sense, but...ahem, anyway! I love good PH fanart, and this is exactly how I imagined this scene to be, you did an excellent job.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Thank you! ^_^

Actually, it makes perfect sense to me, like the way water moves around a whirlpool. That's how I thought of it while using the smudge tool, anyways.
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Freethinker5 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This is truly a piece of art. Source material or completely original, excellent work!
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Sort of based on Starry Night in terms of style. The actual scene is from the beginning of Chapter 34 of Fallout Equestria Project Horizons.
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AuroraChiaro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the work, reminds me of Vincent Van Gogh :)
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Why thank you! I really do love Starry Night a lot.
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furry-jackal Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is... beautiful! It feels like "What if Van Gogh painted ponies?" :) I love it!
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I really need to make myself a Van Gogh pony avatar one of these days. I love him so much. Also, thank you!!
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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exquisitely Beautiful
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
As a collector of words, I cherish your use of the word exquisite. :3
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Haissan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
OH a VanGough -esque picture, I can totally see this in actual paints... it would be awesome I think

this needs to go in the PH picture line up dude
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Take a look at the painting in my gallery "In the Beginning," that's where I got the practice to do this on a tablet. Since it's the style I'm most comfortable with, it's also what I wanted to start out with.

Thank you! I hope it ends up there, I'll have to mention it. :D
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Haissan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
[link]

it felt appropriate

you can ask I suppose
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
It is appropriate. I'm definitely planning on doing something with the Doctor soon, too. I love him so much.

I actually talk to one of Somber's editors, Bronode, fairly frequently, so I'm mostly just waiting to hear his thoughts before I poke EqD because I think they need Somber's permission anyhow.
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Haissan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
You know, Somber is genuinely surprised at the amount of support Project Horizons garners. Be sure to send your love frequently, its keeps the story going.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Always do, though it's generally through Bronode since he helps me with My Little Enterprise. I make things here and there (like that one song and the audio version of the conversation P-21 and Blackjack had a chapter or two ago) and he passes it on for me. The comment thread... is kind of ridiculous. I wish I had the time to go through it regularly, but dayumn.
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Haissan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
oh my, I need to the link to that, I missed the P21 Bj Conversation....

its a very emotional bit for sure
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Ignore the first two minutes, it was posted on April 1st. [link]
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Aonee Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I would say something, but all the others have said everything needed.
Thank you for the awesome.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
But the comment is welcome and appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and saying so. ^_^
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
VOZ! MAN! You got your picture featured as Number 1 in the Nightly Round Up!!! :O

*massive hugging ensues* Congratulations man!!! This is awesome!!!
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I was in the middle of responding to the awe-inspiring number of comments when I noticed your name in the stack and dropped all the other ones to respond to yours. Thank you so much! Hugses!
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's awesome man, trully awesome :D
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I still think that's the current extent of my abilities, though. I cheat by using techniques that make it look prettier than it actually is. I want to be able to make things with the aesthetic and texture of stuff like your Wall-E one or this: [link]
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That one drawing is really cool! But yours are looking just, woah! I need to tell you my thoughts on Pinkie's brain next.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
The Bass Cannon one is turning out really, really cool. I just wish I had more time to work on it today. Ah well, I get off in ten hours, then I can mess with it again if I don't pass out.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Don't over-work it man. Give it time to breath, sometimes that's better.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
No worries, I'm taking better care of myself than I was a few weeks ago. I'm actually trying to pull back when I get close to my limits instead of pushing a little too hard. This week's definitely shown me where those limits are. Six days in a row where the weekend is in the middle and I haven't been sleeping well? Yeah. XD I'll take better care of myself.
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Meleagridis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I can't even begin in the best of ways. Breathtaking. Hell, I'd probably hang this on my wall if I could.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Come to Trotcon, I plan to make prints~! :D
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PkMnTrainerEdgar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I was thinking the exact same thing.
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attack193 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Naw, I like the stylized effect! =D
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Well thank you! This is what I expect of myself eventually, though. XD

[link]
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attack193 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
That would be fine! That pic looks good too! =)
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
It's on a whole other level than mine. Then again, talking to the artist, he/she was saying it took months to make that.
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attack193 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Yeah, it's pretty amazing! Though I'm currently trying not to think too much about the title, lest it attach negative feelings to the image XD
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