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Enshrouding Darkness by Jamey4 Enshrouding Darkness by Jamey4
...what if King Sombra won, and cast not only the Crystal Kingdom, but all of Equestria into darkness? ;)

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Credit to :iconzutheskunk: for the King Sombre vector
Credit to :icon3luk: for the Crystal Kingdom backdrop
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:iconreginald1648:
Alright, so here we have a work that seeks to explore what it would have looked like had King Sombra one.

Let's start with the technical aspect. You have a vector of Sombra surrounded by a cloud even darker than the rest of the work. That matches up with how he is displayed in the show. This said, using shadow to highlight the focus of the work, Sombra, is a rather unique take. Hence your originality score being the highest here.

The dark crystsals scattered around all look rather mundane, they don't really exude malice. A few crystals with a more jagged and spire-like appearance would have loaned a feeling of dread to this scene. Sombra looks like he's glaring at the crystal tower in the distance with gleeful anticipation, focus on the anticipation. The city is dead looking, he won, he should look a little more content, or like he has an idea in mind.

As it is the work is rather dark and glum, but nothing else really contributes to a feeling of dread in the viewer, hence the low impact score.
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:iconhannahisfine:
Hannahisfine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
King Sombra Shall Fall
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:iconl-master:
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome
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:icontkholmes:
TKHolmes Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In reply to the description, extreme measures would need to be taken... prep the MDT! War faces, people! We're going in hot!
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:icondb1993:
db1993 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
That is cool.
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:iconmlp-toolkit:
mlp-Toolkit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Well. It's good.
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:iconcutemute34:
cutemute34 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES. THIS. ALL OF IT. :D
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:iconfimoman:
fimoman Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess the guy's evilness and villainy came not from his actions in the episode, but from what he had done and the legacy he'd left.

Also, note that he was the first truly evil villain. All the other villains had motivations. Nightmare Moon's was revenge for her punishment. Discord's as simply that, being the spirit of chaos, it just wasn't natural for him to be anything but chaotic. Chrysalis and the changelings were motivated by a need for food and survival. Sombra? Nothing. Why did he want to enslave the Crystal Ponies? What were his motivations? How did he become as he is when it is explicitly stated that he was originally just a unicorn? It's never given. As far as we know, he's just a unicorn who was corrupted by greed and hatred, who wanted to enslave an empire. He's evil, simply because he's evil. Not vengeful, not an embodiment of anything, not doing this to survive, he's just evil.
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:iconmasdragonflare:
Masdragonflare Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So dark O_O
SO awesome O_O
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:iconlorntak:
Lorntak Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
He was so underused for such an awesome design.
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:iconevilsnicker:
EvilSnicker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary...BUT AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconchaoticharmonymlp:
ChaoticHarmonyMLP Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Dude..... dude...........



WHY?!?!?!!?!??
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What can I say? I'm quite fond of dark, edgy, or even tragic themes. :P I especially like doing these themes in this community since it's something you don't expect and don't see in the show. I never take it too far though...

...or will I? ;)
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:iconchaoticharmonymlp:
ChaoticHarmonyMLP Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I am the exact same way, except with fictions :D

I can tell you and I are going to be the best of friends. ;)
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:iconelectrokaplosion:
ElectroKaplosion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
HEYYYY Jamey! Used this for my new song :) [link]
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Anyways, great song! ^_^ Thanks for featuring my work again!
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Don't you mean "The Portal of Knowledge?" xD
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:iconelectrokaplosion:
ElectroKaplosion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yeah... Sorry hahahaha I was seriously kinda out of it after working on that song for so long...
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I know how that feels ^_^
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Yttryn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Luckily King Sombrero turned out to be way less powerful than he looks like. At least in the first episodes. Though he has potential and some mad spells/skills... Anyway, Discord is still best villain. But NMM had the best background story so far in my opinion. Discord had some kind of background and Chrysalis... Does she even have one?
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:iconastral-spectrum:
Astral-Spectrum Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WIN! WIN! WIN! But where's the gak?
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I watched the premiere on Midnight Run, which replaces commercials with PMV's, so the whole Gak thing still has me completely confused O_o
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:iconastral-spectrum:
Astral-Spectrum Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah. they had the commercial play 49 times in an hour with it playing usually 3 times in a row at least. obviously you see where it went from there haha.

Also i just found out i have 18k points on my Gamestop card. I have no idea what to do with them all. there so much free stuff i could get haha.
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
49 times, 3 times in a row....?!

...from a marketing perspective, genius...
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:iconastral-spectrum:
Astral-Spectrum Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sales will skyrocket and nobody will have a clue as to who is buying them all
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything is going as planned...
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SuperDragonMasters Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah I'm barely watching the new episode. Tell ya later when I'm finished.

Love the wallpaper!! So much sinister, so much darkness, so much... EVIL!! :evillaugh:
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:icondeathlightning21:
DeathLightning21 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
HAIL TO THE SHADOW EMPIRE! HAIL TO SOMBRA!
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:iconreaper-the-creeper:
Reaper-The-Creeper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Was that his plan? Darkness? Again?

(haven't seen the episodes yet)
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Go watch them. I'm not going to spoil it ;)
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:iconreaper-the-creeper:
Reaper-The-Creeper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Did. So he turned out just like I thought... fail villain. Chrysalis still holds her place as best villain followed by Discord and NMM.
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Luminovia Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NUUUUUUU SOMBRA, WHYY
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