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Posted May 04 2012 - 10:16 AM
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If The Good Lord had intended us to walk
he would not have invented roller skates.
-- Willy Wonka
Posted May 04 2012 - 08:22 PM
I'm glad you think the Bohrok make good Parasprites! I thought it was a natural fit given their story role as destroyers-of-everything, but I wasn't sure how it would carry over in a drawing, especially when I realized how much smaller Bohrok shields are than Parasprite wings relative to the bodies. I tried to give the Bohrok more cartoony facial expressions and threw in a bit of cartoon physics, like how Lehvak is squished into an oblong shape by the force of Pohatu's kick. It does make it look a bit off-model, as does its exaggerated expression, but I think it helps put emphasis on Pohatu's lower body strength.Choosing which types of ponies corresponded to which Toa Mata was a bit tricky. I decided to make Tahu and Kopaka unicorns because of the sword motif. Onua was an obvious earth pony. That left Gali, Lewa, and Pohatu. I knew from the start I didn't want to make Gali a sea pony because I felt having her travel by wave or column of water would be a bit contrived and would make her stand out too much from the team. I decided to make Pohatu an earth pony (another natural fit) and the other two pegasi since the pegasi are concerned with weather control, which fits both water and air pretty well.This was very fun to draw, and I'm glad you like it!
I'm not too much of an art person so I can only give a basic review of this. However, I will say that I really love it.The bohrok really do make perfect parasprites and the eyes work in a humorous way. They almost look like Kirbys to an extent. d= Except for the Lehvak. Looks like a Furby to me for some reason. :fear:At first, I was a bit surprised that you made Gali a Pegasus. However, if you were going for the 2, 2, and 2 like the Mane Six, then I agree that you probably chose the best arrangement. If anything, I might swap her with Tahu.Anyways, great job. «Takuma Nuva»
Posted May 05 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted May 06 2012 - 12:45 PM
The sky was the last part I did. For the rest of the drawing I did the lineart in graphite before scanning the drawing for the first time, since I expected to color it digitally and thus figured I could just use a digital gradient for it. However, when I had printed a new copy and colored it with colored pencil I realized that I would want to do the sky in physical media as well.I don't have much experience drawing clouds, and my attempts at doing a simpler sheet of clouds ended up looking really artificial compared to the rest of the drawing's high detail. I also had trouble choosing colors-- since I had chosen to make the rocks gray already, I couldn't just do gray clouds without the mountains on the right blending in. I had thought circling red clouds like Mike Rayhawk's would work for the drawing, but I suppose I just didn't have enough sky to work with and it ended up cluttering the background more than anything else.
That's very cool, a fantastic Bionicle/MLP crossover. I especially like the poses, they seem natural and action packed. The only thing I can find to criticize is the sky; it seems a little intense and unrecognizable. Although I really like the elements around Kopaka's sword, and that takes up most of the sky. The whole thing is a real pleasure to look at.
Posted May 07 2012 - 11:29 AM
the greatest chicken/dodo/scooter riding Pegasus ever
Posted May 07 2012 - 05:30 PM
Hey! Sorry it wasn't evident in this pic, but I did give each of the Toa Mata a cutie mark (the element symbols from the MNOG). Kopaka's, Pohatu's, and Tahu's are all visible on their black "hip joints". Gali's doesn't show up because her wing covers it up, and Onua's and Lewa's don't show up because we only see each one's inner flank, not their outer flank. A picture of regular ponies in those poses might show at least a partial cutie mark because their flanks are curved, but since the hip joints here have flat, blocky sides just like the real pieces, that effect was lost.Other Toa teams as ponies would be a fun experiment, but part of the reason I chose the Toa Mata in particular (besides the BS01 April Fools Day prank) is because there are so many Toa Mata parts that are just the right shapes to work as pony parts. On one of my shelves I even have a MOC of a Tahu pony based on this drawing, with slight modifications. The rear leg designs here can't be built without modifying pieces, though to be honest I think the rear legs on my MOC look better and I would have used that design if I had finished the MOC before I finished the drawing.That doesn't necessarily mean I won't try imagining other BIONICLE ponies in the future! Makuta changelings, anyone?
This is pretty awesome. You pulled off the Bionicle Pony look very well I love how you incorporated their weapons into the pony forms, and the Bohrok really look like parasprites. I have to say though, the first thing I looked for was a cutie mark, and all the Toa Mata are blank flanks. I had a nice laugh about that one. Do you plan on doing any other toa teams as ponies? Cause I think that'd be an awesome little side project if you had the free time.
Posted May 14 2012 - 06:16 PM
Posted May 16 2012 - 05:25 PM
Looking for a Bionicle Beanie. Black one with the symbol on it. The one I had since childhood was lost at sea (no joke). Please let me know if you have one. Will purchase/trade.
Posted May 16 2012 - 06:15 PM
Glad to hear you think that. I don't have much experience with backgrounds so I was worried the rocks would look too "artificial".
Nice designs. I'm glad to see the toa themselves are less of a pony design. They're actually some of the better Bionicle/Pony crossovers I've seen. The background itself is nicely done, and the detail in the rocks looks especially nice. There's a lot going on in this one, but it's actually pretty nice to look at the different scenes one at a time.
Part of the reason the colors are like this, I realized after posting it, is probably because I was adding the colors using the tip of the pencils rather than the side. I'm afraid it'll be a long time before I break the habit of holding pencils like I'm writing when I go to draw and/or color something.Also, since this was originally just a draft, I sort of scribbled over the lineart rather than coloring inside the lines, so I was reluctant to make the colors too dark and risk obscuring the lineart. Bad Aanchir! Bad!In the future I will try to color darker on things I plan to post online.
The coloring could be filled in a little more for darker, fuller colors in some areas, though it's really not too pale (something I struggle with when scanning colored pencil works).
Anyway, this is a pretty interesting work. Good luck in the contest!
I'm flattered to hear that both of you think this crossover worked out well! I definitely don't have nearly the creative talent as some of the artists who have done MLP-style BIONICLE/pony crossovers, but it's nice to hear that my higher-detail, more BIONICLE-style character designs worked out well.
My gosh...ponies. It gotta admit, any time I see pony bionicle art, its very well done. Great use of Tahu's horn XD and the bohrok are just plain awesome
Edited by Aanchir: Rachira of Time, May 16 2012 - 06:16 PM.
Posted Jun 06 2012 - 01:59 PM
Formerly Lyichir: Rachira of Influence
Aanchir's and Meiko's brother
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