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Creativity => Customs => Topic started by: Griffin on January 01, 2021, 10:13:33 PM

Title: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Griffin on January 01, 2021, 10:13:33 PM
SunPony made me an amazing pony in the Monochrome swap some months back, so when I learned she was my partner for the holiday swap I was eager to return the favour!

Winter birds and snowy sceneries mentioned in SunPony's swap form immediately resonated with me. I wanted to do something reminiscent of vintage Christmas postcards and I thought a classic pose would fit very well with that. I realised I haven't made a collector pose custom since my early years!  :wow:

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 (https://flic.kr/p/2knXfzH)
HolyNightDS (https://flic.kr/p/2knXfzH) by Haawan (https://www.flickr.com/photos/haawan/), on Flickr

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 (https://flic.kr/p/2ko296A)
HolyNightNDS (https://flic.kr/p/2ko296A) by Haawan (https://www.flickr.com/photos/haawan/), on Flickr

Some more pics on my DA:
https://www.deviantart.com/haawan/art/Holy-Night-865781179


The bait was a hairless Bluebelle with several other faults, including discolouration and some minor damage to the plastic. She was fully handpainted in acrylics, sealed with polyurethane matte varnish and rehaired with nylon hair (white and several different shades of blue). The FBR and gradients were a struggle but I had fun with all the details!

Hope you like her  ^.^
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Loa on January 01, 2021, 11:33:33 PM
/swoon, holy crap! This is magnificent!
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: DonkeyGrl2002 on January 01, 2021, 11:35:30 PM
She is stunning !!!
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: starrynights on January 01, 2021, 11:53:16 PM
Amazing work of art! Very skilled
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Ponybookworm on January 02, 2021, 12:09:17 AM
Oh My Hooves xxx :dropjaw: :dropjaw: :dropjaw: :dropjaw: :dropjaw: :dropjaw: :dropjaw: :dropjaw:
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: BlackCurtains on January 02, 2021, 01:36:50 AM
Wow! You really captured the old greeting card look! Your painting is incredible :lovey:
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: SunPony on January 02, 2021, 02:30:25 AM
Thank you again soooo much for this lovely pony!  I'm in awe of the details on her!

I didn't make the connection before, but this classic pose really DOES go well with the classic Christmas theme  :cool:
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Griffin on January 02, 2021, 11:04:52 AM
Thank you all!  :sheepish: :grouphug:

SunPony, I'm so happy you like her! I had to ask about pose preferences in the swap thread as I know the CP is not everyone's favourite. It's not an easy pose to use for customs but once I made the decision, I really can't see her in any other pose (or generation)...
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: ChocolateStarfire on January 03, 2021, 01:14:57 AM
Oh my goodness what a beautiful pony! <3
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: tjenni on January 12, 2021, 08:42:11 PM
beautiful design *thumbsup*
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: glitterball on January 13, 2021, 03:45:43 PM
Absolutely gorgeous work!
The colours may be blue & snowy but the vibe is that of warmth & cosiness!  :lovey:
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Griffin on January 13, 2021, 06:20:19 PM
@ChocolateStarfire, tjenni & glitterball: Thank you! :hug:
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Heart Of Midnight on January 14, 2021, 02:04:08 AM
Wow, Holy Night is a really beautiful pony maiden! :inlove:
Myself also immediately remembered old-fashioned Christmas cards. You can feel the beautiful Christmas atmosphere and the cold wonderful winter itself! Birds are so great too.
(Yeah, we finally got similar Snow Landscapes and frosts here in Finland.)
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Griffin on January 14, 2021, 09:47:17 AM
Thanks, H.O.M. :hug:
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: IceCrystal02 on January 14, 2021, 10:28:51 AM
Oh wow, what an excellent paint job! She looks exactly like these traditional Christmas cards my gran always used to receive and send.  :)
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Twizel on March 19, 2021, 05:43:51 PM
What a beautiful paint job!
Title: Re: Holy Night | Holiday custom swap for SunPony
Post by: Griffin on March 20, 2021, 08:36:28 AM
Thank you! :grouphug:
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