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I'm Still Alive by Aurora-Chiaro I'm Still Alive by Aurora-Chiaro
UPDATE: :pointr::pointr::pointr: It's an update, I'm so happy it got accepted to Equestria Daily's website. Thank you ever so much to whoever submitted it:heart:Here is the link www.equestriadaily.com/2014/04…. It's the 12th artwork :pointl::pointl::pointl:

:pointr: Also, I changed and enhanced the image a little bit to make it more visually appealing... hopefully ^^; I noticed not too many individuals are present on deviantArt recently:hmm:Anywho, it would be wonderfully appreciated whenever you have time to provide me any feedback on this newest artwork of mine:love:All the best!:blowkiss:




This is what you all have been waiting for:faint:my goodness I put my heart and soul into it:shakefist:I decided to create an artwork that depicts tension and uncertainty between:iconshiningarmorplz::iconsombraplz:This is the Youtube Video www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDNTNX… that inspired me to create this piece:deviation:I hope one day; that they will bring back:iconkingsombra:into the MLP fandom:idea:



I really do apologize for taking so long to complete a new artwork:please:it's just that I have been super busy with work and trying to find the time is extremely difficult for me:matrixfight:I literally have been working 2 JOBS! Any comments, critiques, favourites, any or even all of the above I will truly appreciate! I would love to know everyone's input.




Mediums: Promarker and Prismacolour markers with pencil crayons for foreground, Adobe Photoshop background
Duration: +40 hours




Shining Armor and King Sombra My Little Pony:iconfyre-flye:
Piccy :iconaurora-chiaro:
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Another very nice work here, Chiaro. I does suffer from a few problems, but most can be overlooked.

Lets get started. You captured the tension for this piece pretty well in a design aspect that magnifies the gravity of the situation. The white uncolored ground contrasting with the dark vibrant sky makes the scene visually overwhelming as if the environment could collapse on the characters at any moment. You managed to depict its instability further by hiding nearly all of visual space between the snow and the sky, as if the grown wasn't what they were standing on if they stood on anything. It was a very nice touch and is a little visually claustrophobic.

I am ever so happy that you made the line-work absolutely consistent in each character. The lighter line-work on Sombra makes his appearance seem distant and sublime when compared to Shining Armor's solid black line-work. Following along with Sombra, the detail you gave him shows that you took your time on this piece. In all speculation, I think you spent the majority of your time working on just him. Shining Armor isn't without detail as well since the scarf you gave him looks totally badass for some reason, like a cross between woven-hemp canvas and hard leather. Your signiture does not feel out of place on this piece at all so props for that as well.

Now for the nitpicks. Im sure that Sombra vs. Shining have been done and will continue to be done, but it has been pretty long since the season 3 pilot, so props for recall but not for originality. As much as I love that you kept the line-work on Shining Armor consistent, I do have issue with your execution in his anatomy. Everything about Shining looks a little squished. His ears seem smaller, the hair is fairly compressed, and his horn isn't as long as I would think. I'm guessing is due to the space limitation you have for him on the page. I would suggest next time, work with a larger piece and then crop the picture accordingly when you get the chance. I promise it will be less hassle for you.

Overall, this is was a very nice addition to your gallery, and I love seeing what you've done with your linework.
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One thing I have to say is the great merit you deserve to create this mostly in traditional ways.
Every colored corner of this image is eye-catching, and while is a regular to small size image, it immerses you in the scene. The only thing I could find kind of irregular is that there is some unnecessary shading in some parts of Sombra, like on his front right leg, maybe is a light orientation problem but it doesn't make a big trouble to the whole scene.
Another thing I would like to point out is that I think Shining Armor should be 3/4 (Like Sombra but backwards), instead of profile, if he is on that position, it looks as if he is observing the mountain instead of Sombra. Or maybe they are on different places and you put them on perspective to add tension to the image? If that's so, then there's nothing wrong with Shining's position.

The possibility that Sombra may be still alive after the Crystal Empire fight is a good concept but it has been done quite a few times, maybe to make this artwork totally original, a different element or more little details should be added.

As always, your technique is unique and highly recognizable as I have never seen another piece with your style. One of the good things of having a fresh style is that doesn't gets old if you innovate with it and that's exactly what you're doing here.

I think the concept of the image is very well captured and eye catching, it is the kind of image you see and since the first sight you know what the image is about, and I think that's a very important thing to do, to make it understandable since transmitting an emotion trough a drawing so easily is complicated.

Really outstanding piece I must say, you're always whiling to work hard so you make a really good piece and that's what a real artist does. If you like to take advices, I recommend you to do these on larger pages so you get a bigger digital image and we can appreciate it a bit better. Very neat work, is pleasing to see pieces like this, I hope for and I know there will be more.

~Spark
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Is131ny Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Artist
The video is so sad..... Sombra please turn good again! Cry run Cry emote Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] :sad:  Crying so hard :(
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GumballmeanAwsome Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw that video I kept on watching it over and over agian... I think it is awesome what you did here. It is beautiful in every way 
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, you really think so? :)
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GumballmeanAwsome Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome... and yes I do
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KandyLick Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hnnnn Sombra, my sexy man x3Anna squee 
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
He totally is ;)
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cupcakes235 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I love this
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ShootingFeather Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
:-) nice pic!
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DlANCIE Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Digital Artist
MY GOD THATS GOOD
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Neverlyn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this remind me of a song by Pearl Jam called Alive. Pearl Jam is awesome! Ever heard of them?
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I have and thank you for the comment :)
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it might be strange to comment on this again....or thrice as it were, lol, but hey, it's nearly Easter so why the heck not, hah! =p

I just wanted to illustrate again how much I just adore this piece of yours. :heart: I think this beats out the Nightmare Moon pic you made last year around your birthday (which I am looking forward to making the best birthday I can for sure ;)) as my favorite overall work of yours. :nod:

I really love the idea you had for this, and the contrast of Shining in the foreground with bold lines and Sombra in the background with more shaded and smooth outline. It looks very cool and, and I like the menacing look on his face. 

And that shading looks absolutely lovely in my opinion. I truly think this is a gorgeous piece, and I just love it to pieces. :love: I'm actually using it for my new phone background, in fact. ;p I know I often comment multiple times on your works, and I'm sorry if it gets annoying, lol. I guess I just love talking to you that much, is all, as well as just drooling over how great of an artist you are. I wish I had as much talent as you doll. :worship:

Anywho, I just wanted to gush over how much I love this work of yours. I just adore it, Mandy, you I adore you for making it! :heart: Bravo, my dear, bravo! :clap:
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thank you ever so much for the endearing compliments, you are so nice! Thanks dear, it's so wonderful of you to say and you've made me so happy:hug:this is a very recent work I've completed and for you to like it this much makes me know I haven't lost my touch. I thought I was a bit rusty with my artwork, which is another reason why I was afraid to upload anything new ^^; other than that hun, thank you:hug:
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, you are more than welcome for all the compliments, my love, truly. :heart: You are such a sweetheart of a person, and I just adore you, lol, and I will take any oppurtunity to praise you when you make a wonderful piece of work, which this is! :love:

You could never loose your touch, my dear, never ever! :noes: And I'm sorry to hear you've had some doubts about uploading things. 

Hey, would you like to know a secret, Mandy? To be honest, I've had that same fear of uploading stuff because I'm worried it won't have much reception. :giggle: I actually put off uploading your gift because of fears people wouldn't like it, but I'm happy with the reception I got. ^^; And the wonderful lovely response you gave me too. :blowkiss: 

Please don't be afraid to upload your new works, your fans still love you, and I always will as well. Been a loyal fan and friend for nearly two years, and that won't be changing! I can't wait to see your next work and hope I might have helped give motivation for you to complete it. 

Keep up your work, you have amazing personality and loads of talent, my dear. :heart: And you are welcome for the comment on this, I just love the piece that much. Sorry for rambling so much! I hope you enjoy reading this comment regardless! :smooch:
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I know and I can see what you mean. You were right about people being more occupied and spring break, holidays coming up and such. I am not afraid to anymore it just takes time to. Thanks so much for the amazing compliments hun:hug:
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am immensely happy to hear that, my dear. :heart: I can't wait to see what you make next, I am so very excited! :eager: 

And you are more than welcome for the compliments, how could I not compliment someone as sweet and wonderful as yourself, doll? :tighthug: You are just such a sweetheart and lovely person, and I can't express that enough. Thank you so very much for the feature of me again, Amanda. I know I've said that already, but it was just so nice and dear of you to do so, for me and others. :iconpinkiepiesmileplz:

Thank you ever so much again, from the bottom of my heart! :blowkiss: All my love, Mandy, and thank you again, you're the sweetest! :huggle:
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Writer
Hmm... I think I know where this is going. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuGpZT…

Hehe, can't go wrong with something like that, now can you?

But seriously, great work on this one, my friend. If they ever bring Sombra back, I'm expecting an all out battle between him, the Mane 6, the CMCs (Babs Seed included), Shining Armour, the Princesses, Discord and even Spike. Oh yes, that would be awesomely epic.
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the comment ^-^ I truly appreciate you liking it dear
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Writer
Anytime my friend, anytime.

BTW, what did you think of the video? Just wondering.
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought it was cool, brought back my childhood memories. I'm actually watching the Power Ranger movie right now lol ;p
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
GREAT!
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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SkyHeavens Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome! :D
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:hug:
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KaizenWerx Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great - Sombra has never looked cooler! I like the idea of a rivalry between these two :)
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm so happy you likes:heart:
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Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazazing.
Just saying. You deserve to get on EQD
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks hun, you are sweet:highfive:
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the feature on Equestria Daily, as always my dear! :heart: This is, as I've said, a truly lovely and high quality piece, and you did a wonderful job on it. :clap: I like the edits you added too, especially the light aura around Sombra. :nod: Stellar work doll! :love:
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very muchy:tighthug:
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're super welcome, my sweet friend! :huggle:
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BlueAquamarineSpark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Why so serious?
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:shrug:lol:rofl:
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StarBurst-01 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Wow wonderful!
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^
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StarBurst-01 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Welcome!:)
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Sombra did terrible things to Shining Armor offscreen.

When we last see Shining he's facing off against Sombra, when we see him again he has Horn Herpes. Only one way to get an STD, I assume Shining lost BADLY to get that STD.
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes he did, I agree with you on that ^-^
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Yeah, so that's two things Cadance must keep in mind.
I don't even want to know what the NEXT villain is going to do to Shining Armor.
The next season premier will probably start with the divorce of Shining Armor and Cadance because Cadance just can't handle the fact that Shining Armor has been with villains more times than he's been with her.
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Hipfosche Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesss my two favorite ponies! :D
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you ^-^
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Beane-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh look at King Sombra!! How do you manage to make things look so soft with markers?? It will never cease to amaze me. :iconiloveyouplz:
Also, two jobs?? :ohnoes: Oh my gosh, I'm surprised you find any time to get online at all! I hope you aren't getting too stressed out! 8(
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It takes awhile, but practice makes perfect right ;)
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LunaBones Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
I hope they bring Sombra back as well, I wasn't dissappointed as such but I feel that he has so much potential but they didn't take advantage of it. All the same this is a really good peice of art, I really like the textures in the hair, eyes and armor :D
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I do hope they bring him back too:pray:He is an awesome character
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LunaBones Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Me too, I think they can really have some fun with his character :D
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RechaDis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
two of the best characters in the show, amazing :D
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
They are totally amazing:nod:
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RechaDis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sadly they aren't important :(
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templar127 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Awesome!!!!
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