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Waiting for you by Ardail Waiting for you by Ardail
YAY! I got it done! After 2 years I finally redid this picture, and wow have I improved over 2 years! :happybounce: 

This is for everyone waiting for someone special for christmas, be family or that special someone in your life. So merry christmas everyone!Merry christmas everybody 
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Neighsayer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Used it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p8XXH…
This is really pretty, and it gave me a bit of inspiration to finish up the song, so thanks :)
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so awesome to hear.
It can get discouraging, sometimes I doubt myself and just want to curl up and not do anything

But it's so humbling when people create because of something I created. Like it actually meant something to someone

So thank you very much ^^ :iconponyhugplz:
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PonyStemCell Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Used and credited here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DOwKV…
Thank you very much for inspiring the author of "Memory" with your picture. I use this (like he did) as a cover image for the reading of that story.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel so bad I never listened to this before D:
Must have gotten lost under other comments and I forgot to get around to it I'm so sorry ;w;

Thank you so much for that I always enjoy seeing people create because of something I made, makes me feel like what I'm doing actually means something.
That was a sweet little story and I'm so happy that something I made could inspire someone else.
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PonyStemCell Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Aww, thank you! Well, I'm not the author, so I'm not really the crative one here... I only used the picture because itwas his cover image already. ...and because it's gorgeous, of course. And I know exactly that feeling you are describing.
Cheers!
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NerdoftheNight Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Ever since I bought this print, I have loved drinking it in daily. The colors and lighting/shading are calming, yet captivating. Most of all, Lyra draws my eyes in like no other art featuring her. A posture of anticipation combined with an indiscernible expression, somewhere between twinkling optimism and newfound sadness, allows the viewer emotional flexibility between their feelings of serenity and melancholy. Never has so cold a landscape tenderly warmed my heart.

I hope my critique was not too melodramatic or high-brow. I have enjoyed showing it to people inside and outside the fandom to see their reactions to it. At first glance, some overlook the focus of the art and ask me "Is she in Narnia?" I share a trailer with three other construction workers in the middle of nowhere, small town USA and your art is a tranquil reprieve to see before I go to work in the morning and when I come back late at night. I know your last con didn't go as well as you hoped, but know that I am grateful that I got the chance to meet you and have your art on my wall and in my heart. Please continue to make great art!
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Ardail Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I do like to give people art they'd like to put on their wall and not get board looking at it. 
Something you can just stare at for a long time trying to figure out what exactly is going on. 


But I always have fun with attendees, no matter if the con is mismanaged or not. I just had to do something to point out the issues that was going on behind the scenes
cuz I'd hate to see a con fall apart from mismanagement. when it has good potential with it's attendees 
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
This is really pretty.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I enjoyed how it turned out a lot 
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
lovely greens. beautiful colors.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do enjoy this picture a lot. 
Probably cuz it really shows how much I've improved since I first started 
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
yeah, you've done very nicely with it.
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CrimsonColt7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I understand Lyra, I understand and know the feeling very well !!!
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Ardail Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the mood and setting. Had to redraw it after a few years.
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CrimsonColt7 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
A few years just this one image ?
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Ardail Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh I might go and redo some other images I liked a lot to see how much better I've become since I originally did them
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drawingxx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Dawwwwe!! I love this! Really well drawn too!
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Ardail Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
I'm pretty proud of how this picture turned out
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Fixap Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
NICE!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful... :love: :love: :love:
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Stereoturbot Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
That's one of the cutest Lyra pics I've seen, you've done a great job on her expression and the whole piece just glows with this feeling of hopeful anticipation:) I love it!Clap 
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only-second-place Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I always love the "redone after x years" -pictures, because they show how far you can get with ambition and hard work
and it inspires me to keep practicing as well, especially if the improvement is as big as in your case :D

It's a gorgeous picture altogether and a real well of tranquility emotionwise and I just adore the way you drew Lyra.
Especially her eyes are exceptionally well done and their shine really makes her come to life Love
I also love how you did the aurora and the amazing snow effects on the ground, which give the picture a kinda mystical touch ;)

The only thing, where I could see improvement is the snowfall, because even though there are plenty of big flakes for the foreground,
the background should be a bit more densly packed with smaller ones, in my opinion. It also seems kind of odd, that there are no such snow flakes in the lower half of the picture.
It's not that big of a problem though and I understand, that it would have taken a lot of additional work to put so many tiny dots in the background.

I have to ask however, whether it was intentional, that Lyra seems to be on a mountain top, or if that's just my interpretation,
because it really seems like that, the way the mountains are so low and the trees disappear behind the snowy street.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh it's kind of based on some of the area around here. A lot of times you can't see the bottom of a mountain line because the area is the bottom of an massive old river bed from the Ice age. 

and over the years I've learned a lot of stuff about art that doesn't make it look realistic, but it helps it look better to the eyes, like adding a slight whited edge to dark sides of things to make them look darker. More snow flakes would have given the idea of sitting in a blizzard and I wanted to make it look like that calm peaceful night time snowfall
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only-second-place Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Ah, I can see that. I haven't really drawn snowfall before, so it probably looks better the way it is :)
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xargos32 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
A lovely update to this classic! 
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol wouldn't call it a "classic" but I do love that time in the winter
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Awwww... :aww:
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Ardail Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm happy with how lyra turned out in this!
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Indeed, and you're welcome! :bow:
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DominusVita Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014
My feels. It's great work, gives a strong sense of the lyra's longing/anticipation. 
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I did like how her facial expression turned out :D
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SarahSz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Poor Lyra its so sad
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just hoping to finally be able to see her special someone for the holidays
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Dan001703 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
"My little horse must think it queer
to stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year."
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NinjaSpidey Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Lovely work!
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jbeach3469 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
She really does look lonely... Song for the mood: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPL_SV…
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I was listing to a lot of this song www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzeDqR…
But that's also another good one! Kind of wish I thought of it when I was working on this
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jbeach3469 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
U2 is a good band too.
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Element0fKindness Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
*sigh*  Waiting for you as well . . . .
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you got to see your special someone for christmas this year! :hug:
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Krash42 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Christmas!
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merry christmas everybody 
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FlywheelAndFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Didn't notice it on the comparison one, but I love the expression/smile you gave her. Almost strikes me as a sort of contented exhaustion (which seems to represent the holiday season quite well). Is there a story behind this one, or what prompted it?
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I can't remember what prompted the original one, this is just a remake of it cuz a it was pretty popular christmas picture when I made it
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Melinon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sit down on her left und take his Wing over her back to warm her a little* Merry Christmas Lyra. 

And Merry Christmas to all Bronys around the World Christmas hat (Request) 
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Melinon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah on mah Icon But my Oc is an Alicorn xD 
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Ardail Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but you look more like a unicorn then a Pegasus ;P
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joeyh3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Lovely :)
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! ^^
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