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The tyrant ruler of the Crystal Empire by Shnider The tyrant ruler of the Crystal Empire by Shnider
The tyrant King Sombra
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First critique I've ever done, dont judge me if its bad...

First of all, amazing drawing. I love the shading and depth and detail and everything. Having his hoof on the Crystal Heart (at least I think that's what it is) was a good touch.
However, I do admit he looks somewhat feminine. It's not so obvious that it makes the drawing bad, but creating a more masculine tone would help it become better.
The background is fantastic. I noticed that there are stairs in the background, alluding to his apparent obsession.
Overall, great drawing. 4.8 stars overall.
Keep it up!
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Haha, this is waaay too adorable for a 'tyrant ruler of the Crystal Empire'. Most fans are used to the small mare nose and squarer stallion noses used in the show.

I can't be entirely sure what was intended, but here's a thought:

It should be noted that this small nose and relatively large iris creates what I suggested - something that looks rather cute to a lot of people. If we truly want something that looks fearsome and tyrannical, it may be worth considering using larger nose and a smaller iris or smaller eye. A larger nose is seen in adult humans while infants have smaller noses, thus the usual stylization of shrinking the nose but exaggerating the eyes which creates a cute appearance. A smaller eye and a smaller iris is more difficult to relate to as the usual reason why something would have proportionally small eyes is if they are a really big, dangerous animal like a lion.

We could also consider a longer neck as I'm more used to seeing legs are are just half a pony's height. A longer neck also gives us a smaller head which makes this guy look bigger and more menacing.

What I find pretty impressive here is the lighting though. It feels convincingly real. Although... what's causing the highlights on some the King's greaves though? Doesn't make much sense, but probably a minor one as removing them wouldn't be as interesting.

We could also make do without the spike next to the King's foot as they make his back leg a bit difficult to make out. That leg also appears a bit thicker than his other back leg though, just an observation.

Overall, a beautiful piece that may or may not have made the right impression on people due to the proportions which the artist went with.
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
GREAT!
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MrPicklesHtf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So evil... I love it.
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PonyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaaah he's so EPIC!!!
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TrunksDragonballZ Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist
It looks like as if Cadence and King Sombra did the fusion dance.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Awesome. He doesn't look girly he just seems younger.
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Balderdash999 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh, I like this a lot. Perhaps it's just me, but this seems like a younger Sombra; perhaps when he first came to power? The shortened snout and large eyes may make him look "cute" or somewhat feminine, but honestly, I think it gives him a little more...relatability? I'm not sure if that's the best word, but my point is he seems troubled, and that adds a level of depth to his character that we don't see in the usual portrayals. His expression hits me as one of grim acceptance (perhaps because his eyes are staring at nothing in particular). He seems lost in thought, yet determined. But possible rambling projection aside, this is absolutely gorgeous work. Your command of lighting has me always in awe.
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Shnider Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankyou, Im happy that you like it ^^

I would like to try again to make him look more masculine
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FloppyChiptunes Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely fantastic <3 I love it! Though one thing always gets my attention... there is a red dot on his forehoof, I think that's not there on purpose XD
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Shnider Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou ^^

Yeaaaa, that's not supposed to be there...

Okay...ummm....Alright, its the laser sight of a sniper rifle 5 miles away being controlled by a pony who apparently cant aim. Cant imagine hooves are good for that sort of thing
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FloppyChiptunes Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds legit :D
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
queen sombra?
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Shnider Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure, why not
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
very well then.
Best queen then.
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Raiyu198-4566 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I think its pretty good other than the fact that he looks too much like a girl
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
dang that is rich in shading details.

and a great "magic" aura at the eyes.

magnificent.
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Dimensionsatire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I can see why people are saying he looks more feminine. I generally disagree, he just looks younger to me, or like King Sombra's son- that'd be a fun concept to see, like a Lion King Motif, he could be the Kovu character struggling with his past and his heart...

Look at me, talking about TLK on MLP...

badflank pic
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AJ-Arbuckle Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
King Sombra: "You might think of me as a heartless tyrant, I like to think of myself as a teacher...
Lesson no. 1, Heroes: there is NO. SUCH. THING."
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's right, evil is just a point of view ^^
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AJ-Arbuckle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I know, right?

I'm personally hoping for a "Legion od Doom" episode, wherein Discord, Chrysalis, Sombra, & all the antagonists, Twilight & her friends have gone up against team up to exact their revenge on the WHOLE of Equestria...

^_^
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alas it'll prolly never happen
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bloodlord905 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist
This is a really good drawing but he looks like a mare other then that it is a great drawing :3
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
people are calling this a rule 63 drawing
so I'll just nod my head and smile
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bloodlord905 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Awww I'm sorry :C
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, no need to be
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bloodlord905 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Are you sure cause I feel like an ass xC
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nah man, its fine really. TBH I knew he looked like a mare while I was working on it, but I didn't change it cuz laziness.
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bloodlord905 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Hehe, where all lazy in some sort of way :3
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cormy1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Needs more pony less background I think other than the comments already made. Zoom in and enhance! :D
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
every aspect in life needs more pony
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Freefox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
badass
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx, pretty badflank
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work and effects but he...loooks female in here
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
everyone says that XD
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's the way he's drawn but it looks amazing...hey, can you take a request? i wanna have a pic done for me and a friend on tumblr. to make up for drawing her character wrong last time.
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure, whatcha got?
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want my character attacking hers, because it's part of the storyline we made up together, i tried to draw it last time and screwed up. blanked applebloom is kinda like a zombie so by attacking..it's her trying to eat the other.

heres my tumblr [link]

and hers: [link]

if this is ok with you?
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay, I started a sketch, dunno how long it'll take but I'll work on it time permitting
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can wait
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okie dokie loki
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soulreapingalchemist Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The lighting is the BESHT!!! I have never seen better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, I'm happy you think so. But there's a lot that needs improvement
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Ponylover999 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
The only reason he looks feminine is because all Female ponys have heads like that while male ponies have heads that end in a flat nose, kinda more square/rectangle shape.
Plus it looks like he has eyelashes. Hope I don't piss you off but I noticed a lot of people were pointing it out.

I for one think this is amazing though, you did such a sweet job on the background it's honestly really really cool!
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nah, you didn't piss me off
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Arekpl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Very nice :3
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx ^^
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Arekpl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
np /)
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(\
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Arekpl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
^^
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AerisHikari Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Amazing!
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Shnider Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too bad he came out looking like a girl XD
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