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A Ponyville Night by Stinkehund A Ponyville Night by Stinkehund
Alright. I'm reasonably sure this one is finished - first picture of the next four-picture series "Ponyville at varying Times during the day" or some crappy title like that.
Like the marketscenes, those will presumably double as loading screens for MLPonline, but unlike the marketscenes, this time i planned ahead and made them widescreen.
1920x1080 times two, to be exact - Wallpapers, HO!

A short step-by-step montage is over here, in case someone's interested.:


I made the highlights on the roofs a bit darker and changed the color of the streetlantern, as per the nice suggestion in the critique below. I think that works out quite nice.

Print (with all 4 pictures) is over at redbubble: [link]
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You've done a really nice piece here. I just have a couple of things to mention that could be improved.

Shading and Shadows:

Using black to shade with makes things look a bit muddy. Try dark shades of contrasting color. For instance, a dark purple to shade the yellow of the thatched roofs. MLP will almost never use pure black even in night scenes.

The more distant houses should be darker than the ones in the foreground. Doing this will give the piece more of a feeling of depth. (Lightening the colors as objects get further away does the same thing in daylight.)


The lamp being a pure white makes it seem a bit stark. A warmer, more inviting light would be more in keeping with the spirit of MLP. (See the garden lamps in the episode Sweet and Elite for an example.) Also, a warmer color would make a better contrast with the moonlight.

While the moon is a general (softer) light source, the lamp is a point source and should cast shadows with much harder edges.

Lighting is a very powerful tool but can be extremely complex in a sweeping piece like this one. (I haven't even mentioned bounce lighting.)


With all that said, it's a very nice piece which hints at a story behind it and certainly evokes a mood in the viewer. You've got a good start on mood lighting. The way you've composed the lights is very nice. Keep up the good work!
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I love this picture, because it's beautiful, due to the wonderfully starry night sky. The moon is bright and gorgeous, the lights are pretty shiny and Owloysious is sitting on a tip of the fountain LOL!!

The shading is incredibly realistic, Pinkie Pie's party cannon is catchy, Twilight Sparkle (with Spike sleeping on her back) is kinda sweet and the houses are just cosy as well. These two (or three) are walking straight into bed after chilling out in the party.

The night sky with stars reminds me of the one I saw while stargazing. It is just beautiful as it should be :)
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Soul-Logic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant idea, showing the same scene and how it develops throughout the day. So much detail, and so many references.  I love the whole thing, but I have to say, Pinkie Pie already getting her party cannon ready makes the entire set.  Keep up the great work!  :)
Moryartix Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
This is really beautiful !
Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Awesome!! :D Love this one a lot, it's a great tribute to the spirit of party-ing! ^^
Gamingbrony88 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist peacefull & lovely.....I wish I can live there as my ponyself....
Snow-Soar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
0-0 wow... just wow...
this is amazing!
kittylitterpie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's stunning!
Art-in-heart4va Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student
Godness Rainbow! I thought u went home! u been there, sleeping, all through these amazing pics!
HaloPrime Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist Thanks to you, I now have a beautiful background <3
Dowlphin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man! This makes me think how great it must feel to take a stroll through the quiet nightly streets of Ponyville.
MySecretLife11 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
WHOA... This is seriously captivating. I just looked at it and lost my breath, this is really special:D The dramatic night sky, the shadows all around, but then two ponies with so much personality smack dab in the middle of it all. Seriously one of the best MLP related pics I've ever seen:D And hey, do you take requests?c:
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I take commissions if i have the time for them.
BowserLOL Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Imma get Windows to sync this to the time of day. 'S gon' be good.
Masterkid1230 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Hey! I don't mean to be intrusive or anything, but I was looking at these four images, and an idea came to mind. I'm a musician, and well… I want to make a song for each of these. Of course I will give credit in the description, and it's nothing more than an idea so far, but if everything goes smoothly, I might be get them all done before february. So do I have permission to use them? Here's a link to my stuff: [link] Please say yes!
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jrsweeper1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i think i see rainbow dash
DustyMillerGrey Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
May I also steal this for my fic?
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But stealing's bad :C
Dell-AD-productions Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
party cannon?
FoxHawk1211 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I feel like I'm playing iSpy whenever I look at these. Every time I look at them, I notice something new. :heart:
ViperagonZero Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great artwork!
Grazehunter Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Will you mind if i use your image as a background for a story I am making, will give cite source of course
Stinkehund Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure, use it
Holivi Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
oh no, too many stars (
BigDream64 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Would make a great level design for a video game version of this! Like Zelda Majora's mask or Pokemon diamond and pearl, maybe this game could use real time! and those pics can be inspirations! Not really happening, but it's a nice idea!!!
Wertyla Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!! Great lighting! I love nighttime pictures!!
NikoAccampora Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I see Princess Luna does a very good job.
RocaN64 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
is it me, or does the statue look like rocland? [link]
greycat-rademenes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, is Dash narcoleptic or something? X3>
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, taking naps is busy work.
songoten91 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
OMG this is awesome
*sets as wallpaper*
Saga-Sage Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Rainbow Dash Sleeping in every single one lol
BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
sooo beautiyful
Team-Friction Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I do like the running gag of Rainbow Dash sleeping somewhere.

Pinkie's gonna shoot out a window any second now.
RocaN64 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sweet!
zxy8 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Pinkie XD
karel-b Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
karel-b Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I forgot my love. So here you go.
jacknicko Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
simply awe inducing.
Nikkigamer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Writer
it's very pretty. good job!
Roxanne13579 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's pictures like these that make me want to live in Ponyville :iconepiclaplz:
Iron-Chef-OR Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Wow, this is absolutely amazing! So beautiful. Awesome job!
TomasLegionJelen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
I love it, it's so...calm, quiet, friendly... I wish there were same nights and same friends where I live :)
drax99 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very beautuful, but I had to zoom in to see spike. Hah, the low res shot made it look like Twilight had wings.
Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the atmosphere here ^_^
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Another beautiful image. Is that Rainbow Dash I see on the roof? She sure likes sleeping on roofs.
lol1759 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i really, really like this shading, it brings things to a new level.
ElectricZoNe444 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Wow this is beautiful, love the detail and the size.
stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Pinkie Pie's gonna wake up all of Ponyville with Party Cannon.
BB-K Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, a big piece of work. :o
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