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52 deviants said No hooves, but (somewhat) fluffy fur.
43 deviants said With hooves and (somewhat) fluffy fur.
30 deviants said No hooves, no fluffy fur. Like in the show.
10 deviants said Hooves, but no fluffy fur.
This journal may contain spoilers. You have been warned.
This is a journal with critique and an overdose of images. Might contain color & character design tips.

I love a pony with a great color scheme. One that fits the feel of the show and all that.
And I love a good background pony design when it comes around.

So, let's get straight to the point: THIS PONY.

They don't come any more alpha than this.

THIS PONY (can I call her Thundercloud?) does not have "a good background pony design". She looks like a generic, poorly designed OC.

Her mane was black as the night with a streak of actual lightning in her mane. She was best friends with rainbow dash and was also the seventh element of Harmony: darkness, to represent the darkness in us all. She defeated Discord one thousand years ago and also chrysalis and sombra too and helped Celestia do the dishes last night.

You probably get my point.
Now if you're wondering what all this fuss is about, I'll go over some basic color stuff, using this image.

Snap out of it, Rainbow. Bronies will get the wrong idea.

So first, let's have a look at Rainbow Dash' color scheme. Usually, I'd go for a "less is more" principle and restrict a character design to two or three colors, but I suppose the abundance of colors is part of Rainbow Dash' colorful personality. And rainbows and stuff.

Click to enlarge

This is Rainbow Dash's color scheme. Her mane is actually a bit more saturated than I initially thought, especially the blue. The reason for that is that the same blue is also used for her outline, which makes her pop out of the background. It makes her fit in instead of blend in. She'd be a part of the background if you took away her outline and overly colorful mane.

So why don't we have a look at Thundercloud's lovely color scheme now?

Again: click to enlarge

Well, for one, she sticks to the less is more principle, right? And the yellow seems perfectly fine, and her coat is...

Black is the color of my soul.

I'd like you to go back to Rainbow Dash's color scheme, and look for even one reticule that was even close to being as low on this color chart as Thundercloud's coat color is. Try it. Please, try it?

So what, just because her coat is so dark doesn't make it a bad design, right? Even if black-and-yellow is a ridiculously cliché color scheme.
You're completely right, which is why we'll handle another very important subject in character design. Perhaps even more important than colors: contrast.

No comment.

I think the image above actually does all the talking, but I'll make you read some more text either way.
On her own, her design still isn't that bad. Her eyes would pop out great, the uniform does her good and the streak accentuates her mane and tail.
But for a Friendship is Magic design? Terrible. I'm sorry, it just is.
As shown in the image, Rainbow Dash has relatively low contrast in her design. Her mane is, overall, darker than her coat, which goes for most pony designs. She's not too bright and definitely not too dark and, as I said earlier, she fits in.

Now, Thundercloud. She definitely does not fit in. She's like an oil stain on a very clean, bright handkerchief. A handkerchief you loved. It literally looks as if she was pasted onto the image at a later time, instead of made with the background in mind. She's in too rough contrast with the background, making her somewhat of an eyesore and unbalancing the shot.

(If you're not sure what I mean by unbalancing: imagine placing a weighing scale in the middle of the image. The right side seems heavier. Artists often balance this out by placing contra-weight on the other side of the image. It's true, look it up.)

"But what about Thunderlane?"

What about me?

Oh boy, and here I thought this journal was already too long. Let's go over the basic things we've learned, and decide wether or not I should hate Thunderlane.


So firstly, the color scheme. Thunderlane's mane has a light, minty color, with a brighter variant for accent and variation. His coat is still very dark, though. The greyscale version show how dark.

I'm not ready for critique.

Remember what I said about Thundercloud being an oil stain on a perfect handkerchief? Thunderlane isn't like that. While he might still be too dark for the show's feel, he somehow manages to.. Almost fit in. Close enough, I'd say.

I'm just going to cut it short here (short, hah!). Leave a comment if you have anything to say ("You have no life! Boo!" as a fine example), I'd appreciate it!

... Also, there was way too much Pinkie Pie for a Rainbow Dash episode.


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Maerken Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Happy Birthday! :party::cake:
tetrisman64 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Happy B-day!
Tarzok Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Happy day of Birth :party:
TripleRainbowDash Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday! :)
Geekygami Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiebounce2plz::iconsaysplz:Over here, everypony! My Pinkie sense is telling me they're here!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi! Pinkie Pie invited us all to her friend's birthday party, and...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:And that friend is you! Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:Ah've brought an apple pie along for you, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityplz::iconsaysplz:And I, speaking for all of us, wish you all the best in your life and all your endeavours!
:iconfluttershywinkplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you'll have a wonderful time and that trouble will pass you by.
:iconcutedashsmileplz::iconsaysplz:And no matter what happens, remember that we'll always be your friends. Stay awesome!
:iconponyangelplz::iconsaysplz:May the magic of friendship and all it contains be ever with you.
:iconmlpspikeplz::iconsaysplz:And if you ever feel down, don't forget that that you're the hero of your life's story, and no-one else can be better at it than you!
:iconparty0plz::iconsaysplz:Now come on, you all, it's time to start the party for real!
Coltsteelstallion Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Happy birthday!!!
hartelijk gefeliciteerd ^_^

hope you have good day:iconapple-jackplz:
sakatagintoki117 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!!! :iconapplejackishappyplz:
kelsaa42 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
hi I just want to say that I hope you will have a wonderful holidays 
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Likewise, hope you make the best of the festive season ^^
kelsaa42 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
ty oh btw I say your tumblr, 'fiddly faddle' lol
SniperTeam4 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Hizzah! Update, although I don't know how I feel about it. I agree, who came up with that name? Sorry, but she shall be Fiddlesticks.

So, can we look forward to the continuation of the story soon then? Pretty please, as a Christmas present?
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahhh I might be able to work on it during the break but don't get your hopes up too much '^^
SniperTeam4 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
*Try not to cry, try not to cry...*

Okay, I will keep waiting until you have the time. :-)
fameng Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I must say your Fiddle is adorable,so I made a Fiddle wool plush.

FiddleArts Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I'm honored! :D That's such a cute plush Fiddlesticks! <3
kelsaa42 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
hi I have a question...are you still gonna work on fiddlesticks and octavia? cause I really liked it and I hope you will continue it
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I will c: Just focusing on other things and not really motivated to work on it for now. I'll get back to posting soon..ish. Promised!
kelsaa42 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
its ok take your time and thx X3
SniperTeam4 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Have you seen the picture of Fiddlesticks and Symphony playing together yet? I think you'd like it.
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes I have! Even reblogged it on my tumblr recently. And yeah, I love it! :D
stuhp Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thanks for the +fav, means a fair bit coming from someone such as yourself :)
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hehe, the drawing was really adorable c: Thank you for making art!
jamesMilhauser Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the fav!!!
:iconfluttershyyayplz: /)
FiddleArts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure c:
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