Can't remember what inspired me to draw the Toa Mata in the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but certainly BIONICLEsector01's April Fools Day prank (in which various characters' images and quotes were replaced with ones from MLP:FiM characters) inspired me to finish this drawing and enter it in this contest.
My original concept would have been simply the black-and-white graphite lineart (too many of my drawings have been ruined by sloppy inking). When color entries started to show up and put my drawing to shame, I decided to digitally edit the lineart with a simple color filter over each of the Toa Mata and Bohrok. I decided this detracted from the drama of the image slightly and decided I'd also put a similar filter over each Toa Mata's elemental powers.
However, when this proved tedious and difficult, I realized I might as well just print out the original black-and-white lineart and do the same thing manually using watercolors. Then I couldn't find my watercolors so I created a more detailed draft in simple colored pencil. For a while I was unsure what to do with the sky, but I eventually decided on spiralling red thunderclouds inspired by Mike Rayhawk's Knights' Kingdom comics.
I worked on this for about a month, and actually had it finished before this contest's original deadline. I had hoped to try coloring it in some different media (namely the watercolors I had originally intended) to see what look I liked best, but again I couldn't find my watercolors and eventually decided my "draft" was good enough to be my final entry.
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