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MLP Summer Sights: Reef Madness WIP by bipole
MLP Summer Sights: Reef Madness WIP
… wherein the girls enjoy the hottest time of year.


:icontwilightwoahplz: This is the "underwater", where sponges learn to drive boats, fish don't stink, and mermaids dream of fighting on land.

:iconbipole: How else would book pony spend her beach vacation?

:icontwilightconfusedplz: You could stand to do a bit of research yourself. There aren't any coral down here yet. How is everyone supposed to get the joke?

:iconbipole: fcs, give me time. Trust me, it will all pan out.


So I stepped away for a few seasons to get my head straight and lines solid. It's pretty funny how even this small bit of time can change your perspective.

Something struck me as odd about Twilight's face, and it turned out to be a bit squished. Some other slight changes to pose to keep things graceful.

Still hesitant about turning off the sketchwork, but I may have found a new lining trick I'll eventually use. I'm definitely worrying about how all that hair is going to look.


Changes to her swimsuit. Early on, I had accidentally shifted the stripes, or purposely so for reasons I can't remember.

At the moment, many of my flat colors are shapes, mainly to help keep curves curvy, but also to avoid having random holes where brush strokes didn't quite cross. It has been years since I stopped using the Bucket, a really good habit to avoid when starting out since it either leaves halos or overpaints areas you don't quite expect.

The problem with using vectors for fills is when your linework is not nearly as clean-cut, or intentionally scratchy.


Getting fancy with the Path Blurs. I remember submitting an idea to Adobe years ago about adding some way to have blurs have different parameters throughout the canvas. They clearly outdid themselves with Blur Gallery, and being able to use it as a Smart Filter is pretty damn sweet.


Starting to feel comfortable with linework today. It occurred to me that I could use Levels to sharpen a linework layer by simply adjusting the gray slider. Only problem is that I use solid color fill layers for linework (basically a flat color with a mask), and adjustment layers—which would allow me to preview and adjust the effect at will—can't be applied only to masks. Clearly I'm straining the system.

Meanwhile, I'm trying a lineless method for hair that still makes use of the basic colors.


… and it seems to work well enough. Nothing quite like drawing each and every strand of hair. I'd love to be able to replicate the effect with much less work. I think the bristle brushes would fit the bill, but with a more advanced tablet than what I have. The original Intuos stylus doesn't have rotation, which I think breaks the deal for now.

Scootaloo gets some high-def treatment. Still need to figure out her SCUBA gear.


Some of the residents are dropping in.

True to form, Twilight's bubble is magic—mostly a side-effect of the Divide blending mode and the color I was trying to remove. I can't explain where the purple comes from. Sweetie Belle's bubble is as close as I got trying to repeat the results, but in green.
MLP Summer Sights: Reef Madness by bipole
MLP Summer Sights: Reef Madness
… wherein the girls enjoy the hottest time of year.

How else would book pony spend her beach vacation?

:icontwilightwoahplz: This is the "underwater", where sponges learn to drive boats, fish don't stink, and mermaids dream of fighting on land.

:icontwilight-rapefaceplz: And when we're back on land, I'm gonna have a whole stack of these tasty little cuties!

My Little Pony © :iconhasbroplz:
Friendship is Magic © :iconfyre-flye:
Great Farrier Reef © :iconseaponylyraplz:

:iconscootaloosadplz: You didn't bring your SCUBA gear?

:iconlikelystorybroplz: You have your own set? I thought I'd just rent–

:iconflimplz: SCUBA rental? All for the low, low price of just fifty bits :iconflamplz: per tank.

:iconsadapplebloomplz: Sorry, how much?

:iconflimplz: Oh, is it for the young'un? :iconflamplz: There's a ten bit surcharge for th–

:iconapplejackuh-huhplz: You know what? Forget y'all!
:iconapplejackmadplz: Come along, Apple Bloom. I'm sure Big Mac has some hoses in the truck …

Sadly, this isn't the first deviation to be tagged with #bubblewings.

:iconbipole: Trying out some premium content: all 3840×2160 pixels for some points.

dripping wet hair +2MP by bipole

You're killing me, Google. What's with all of these dry people? And why half of them gotta be black women with super curly hair?
  • Mood: Confused


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zangooseman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Thank you for the badge
XTheThiefOfShadowsX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama mama. :3
Malamilje Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Artist
+hanks for the llama:D
SMS00 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Welcome to the group.
Endless-Ness Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much for the fav, it's so sweet of you :hug:
Jackie-Chaos-Bunny Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!
OwlCloud Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav!!! :D
Muffinliker345 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama!
Rustyscout Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :iconllama3dplz:!!!
ABattlefieldsGhost Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist

Hey, bipole!


Thanks for the fave!

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