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Twilight sleeping by Stinkehund Twilight sleeping by Stinkehund
And done..
Want it as a print? Over here: [link]

Because people keep asking me:
The basis for this thing was a nighttime-screenshot from the start of Winter Wrap Up, which i pretty much traced in Illustrator and recolored, with every "level" of the picture in its own group - which added up to a good couple hundred different layers and about 3 days total work. I then grouped those together and imported them into Photoshop, in a dozen different groups (for instance, the bed is 5 layers - backrest, pillow, blanket, wood in front and Twilight) - that way, i could use clipping masks for the shading without disturbing the other objects in the picture. Much more comfortable than drawing the lighting on the whole picture in one go.
As for the shading, that's basically just me drawing the individual layers in dark blue/red, then brushing away the "shadow" in the areas that should be lit. The rest was playing around with transparency and stuff like that.

Here's the picture without any effects:
And here's the shitty first version with light:
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I saw the final version first but after seeing how it started and all the changes that were made I have to say that this is really well done. You put in a lot of extra detail. The lighting alone was enough to take this from ordinary to extraordinary. I understand that this came from a screen shot or based on one. So much depth has been added that it's a shame that the MLP show isn't this kind of quality. This is definitely illustration quality. What I really like the most about this pic is the lightning. You did a really good job at making it look like early morning with parts of her house still darkened but receiving the right amounts of light from the windows and beyond. I've given you 5 stars for everything except Originality because you stated that the pic originated with a screenshot but I gave you 4 for choosing a good one.
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I love this picture! In fact, the main reason I love your work so much is the lighting! You have such a talent for shadowing, soft light, and the way different textures and objects reflect that light. The picture has almost a story book feeling to it. It's detailed, but also muted giving a warm feel. I actually like the angle the picture was drawn at too. It captures a lot in such a small frame. You get an all around setting of the picture without it being too crowed or complex. I'm not sure how original this is, but from a artistic point of view I'm very impressed!
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BronyNo786 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stare calmly and slowly at this while playing this soundtrack:…

You won't regret it, guaranteed.
Sneshneeorfa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You did this...
This is amazing :dummy:
PrinzessinApplejack Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Jetzt bin ich Müde :)
MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
Why have I not faved this before?
Greasy-Steve Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
I bought this as a small framed print on Redbubble yesterday for my bedroom. You have an exceptional talent. Your use of shadows is very refined. I went back today and got another one of yours (It's a Rarispike picture, I think it was called "The morning after") as a Large print for my living room. I have absolutely zero artistic talent so I'm forced to enjoy it vicariously through others who do. Every once in awhile I come across something where I think "If I could draw, that's what what I would I would try for. Your stuff seems to fall into that catagory. Keep up the good work.
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Aeon-Silence Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna miss her Library.
SpiritBrony Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Twilight look so cute and peaceful in her sleep :love:
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I look at this it feels more like I'm looking back at a memory through my minds eye. It has that timeless quality waking dreams have. This is magical. Thank you for all the effort. 
Jays-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
This just makes me happy.
Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She looks so cute sleeping probably was up studying late as always :D
awesomeness10000 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
rarity: shhhh shes sleeping everypony
sweetie belle:HUSH NOW QUITE NOW LAY YOUR SLEEPY HEAD WAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
rarity: falls on ground sss so loud
twilight: Zzzzzzzzzzz
fluttershy: falls on back passed out
rainbowdash: stuck on clining
aj: huf huf huf huf
everypony: stares at pinke pie
sweetie belle: turns around and looks oh sorry.
AussieGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Dawww. That's so heart-killingly cute. ^.^
Darth-Silas Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   Artist
:iconhnnnngplz:<Cuteness overload...ghk...) :iconflatlineplz:beeeeeeeeep! X_x
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
What nice scenery! :D
Comeha Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!

I'm going to really miss that old tree...
cdot284 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
such a marvellous piece 
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm gonna miss the old Ponyville Library.Unless Ponyville can regrow a whole Tree.
DarkLight02 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
very nice job.
lighting vectors is tricky, but I think you did a great job overall on the vector itself 
AeliosZero Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And yet everything is now gone in a giant fireball of destruction c:
lemonkylie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
awwww   cute and awesome!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

It's so realistic!!! Love all those lights and shadow effects!!! :omg: :omg: :omg:

It's beautiful!!! Love it!!! :love: :love: :love:

Pencilshade Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gemütlich… ich würde gerne auch mal in Ihrer Bibliothek verbringen…
502nick1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you dont mind, i used this picture as a cover for my song c: I put a link in the description for people to go to to get to this page too
Yishana8 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
payaso323 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Loving your work. Amazing job!
AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
very beautiful
Muffin220 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looks good, I think you should focus on your blending method the most. The biggest and most common mistake one sees in digital art is the blotchy spots or edges that are to sharp. Also Im not sure where that other light is coming from were the floor ends. Its almost as though theres something shiny down stairs and its reflecting up back toward the window. Other than that its a pretty solid piece.
Ibeatganon4fun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
The light effects are just perfect! I feel so cozy. :iconhappytsplz:
xvc23847 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
my lovest picture
Mac3030 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Heh, first pony related work I've ever seen featured on Abduzeedo. I remember seeing this awhile back,
regardless, great work!
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
err.. Abdu-whatnow?
Mac3030 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Haha, it's a design/art site. Saw this piece today right here.
james-manning Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Amazing work!

Assuming it's early morning, it seems like the time on the clock should be different than 2:25, although maybe Celestia just got an early start that day. :)
PiePinkie Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Well i think this seems so real! And i love this artwork. In fact, Pinkie pie is my favorite pony, bu't i am more like twilight...
bobyketchem Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So that's what it looks like :o
Rebron-y Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know........ If I fave this, would I be made out to be creepy?
nicklol1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
i love it is ssssssssssoooooooooooo cute
nice jop can you be my friends
Captain-Literal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This deserves a :iconbrohoofplz:
FireUnleaser Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jesus77755 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
So improved and enhancing! I wish the developers use this style in the episodes!
Clure Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Imagine how long that would take for an entire episode!
BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Oh good god this is GORGEOUS :O So nicely redered in a painterly style with awesome lighting and everything. Very nice eye for details here!
seanway715 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want this picture to be on my wall in my room
Stinkehund Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you could just buy a print. :|
seanway715 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, but i also want it to be paint on my wall and much bigger
Borovangeometry Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
This is really awesome. I love how you do the lighting, layering, shadowing, and coloring. It's really thoughtful and creative and also can make good wallpaper for a poster. Terrific!
AvalarGuardian Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it=D
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