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January 22, 2013
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Steam-powered Love by Adalbertus Steam-powered Love by Adalbertus
ok... so.... steampunk and AppleDash combined
You didn't expect that, did you? :D
this is a birthday gift for :iconnastylady:
Happy Birthday, RoRo :D I hope you'll like it
if not, that it's all Mach's fault because I was asking him about your favorite things and he said AppleDash (amoung other things)
Anyways, I hope you had fun today
Best wishes and stuff :D
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First time i am writing a critique, so i hope i'm doing it right.

That's one fantastic picture you got there. You got the vibrant color in RD's and AJ's fur in a sharp contrast to the brown and foggy steampunk word arround them clearly highlighting them without the contrast being too gaudy. It really makes the mstand out as a "beacon" of love in the gloomy steampunk world.
Unfortunately AppleDash is, if not The most comon, then at least one of the most comon shippings in the MLP fanfiction, both in therms of visual art and in fanfiction. However you do manage to place them in a context that you rarely see them, and you suceeded with it. That counts to your advantage. Then again; it's a comon ship.
Your technique is at first glance simple yet efficient. You create lively colors, and manages to balance the contrast between the vibrant colors and the background. Your true talent is displayed in the way you made Rainbow Dash's hair, and the mist in the background. You apply lots of detail in them, and makes every single hair and curling in the mist stand out.
The impact from the image is not so strong as it could have been, again because AppleDash is a fairly comon ship. What enhances the impact is thier expressions. It really loooks ike Rainbow Dash really loves Applejack, and Applejack seems to feel really unsure of herself. She do seem to want Rainbow Dash too, but it appears that there's something holding her back. Doubht perhaps? That creates a depth in the picture that's hard to achieve. Furthermore the conext you put them in prooves that they can be shipped in any context; even steampunk.
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I find the dark, romantic atmosphere very appealing and the smoky effect that envelops the main subjects enhances the emotions you are expressing. Overall, you've shown creativity by combining the theme of love with steampunk and have visually depicted it in a very beautiful style.

However, while I enjoy the setting and the way you have posed these ponies, it doesn't show the steampunk style as much as it could have. Although I notice Rainbow's goggles and various accessories, it can be made more distinguishable as steampunk and also make the piece more eye-catching.

Experiment with crazy ideas! Steampunk is all about dials, pipes, gears, springs and other MECHANICAL components being used for the visual appearance. One nice and perhaps overused method of doing this is a synthetic limb, and that always captures the viewer.

Feel free to 'critique my critique' as this is my very first one.
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schorpioen007 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Very amazing ^^
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D
schorpioen007 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
You're welcome ^^
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Why do situations like these give me joy?
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound"

Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I thought you were going to sing "loves in bloom," nut whatever floats your boat. :)
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well... call me a bad brony, but I still prefer non-pony songs =P
firestorm310 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, I'm glad you like it :D
PeichenPhilip Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You can do a more detailed/decorated version for Heart's and Hooves day!
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