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Octavia's Winter by PaintedHoofprints Octavia's Winter by PaintedHoofprints
Oh my gosh guys. It's done! This is a piece I've been wanting to do for a very long time and I've finally completed it! I am so, so proud of it.

One of my most popular pieces I've ever uploaded was one of my first, called Merry Christmas from Octavia. Ever since, I've wanted to draw this pony again, she's just so elegant and beautiful. And this year, I finally did it. Since it has been 3ish, 4 years since I drew the original, I wanted to do it as a sort of "draw this again" piece. I wanted to see how far I've come, how much I've improved in the years since I've joined DeviantArt. When you see the two pieces side by side, you can really see the improvement. I think I've really come a long way! And I hope to keep drawing, and keep improving in the coming years. 

I put the two side by side in this submission here, check it out!
Draw This Again - Octavia by PaintedHoofprints

Thank you everyone who's been watching me and favoriting my artwork! It really means a lot to me to know how many people love my art and want to see more. Thank you!

Inspiration for this artwork was my old piece, but also, the cover of "Let It Go" that The Piano Guys did, called "Vivaldi's Winter". I listened to this song on repeat for hours while drawing, haha! Go check it out! Link to youtube music video: youtu.be/6Dakd7EIgBE (That white cello is gorgeous!)

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NCSR Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
damn, this is beautiful
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty and majestic! :)
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Was sent here by :iconestories:

Wow! This is TRULY AMAZING! :D
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EStories Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet Celestia c__O That's just perfect in all way it could be perfect x__x I love it!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooow...! What a magnificent Octavia...! She sure looks beautiful and pretty here... looove it! :clap: :clap: :clap:
I truly like the winter style on this piece of art! I specially adore Tavi's eyes and mane... :heart: :love: :heart:
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You-Heard-Nothing Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
I'm hard pressed to decide which I like better, this or the original. This feels colder in a way, maybe because it's a full-body portrait, yet it feels so true to Octavia. And I love the eyeshadow. The overall quality has certainly increased, the almost porcelain quality of the first being toned down to a softer, slightly furrier appearance. The same painstaking attention to detail as all your works, and it pays off. The finishing touch of that beautiful cello, which brings it all together. Thank you for giving us this magnificent piece.
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DallasBlack Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
She looks so warm and cozy and what a cute smile!
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kmanhbk18 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Very surreal
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! 
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Paulicus1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty! I live the white cello. :)
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BenPanced-II Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
- George Takei voice - Oh Myyyyyy!

That is absolutely gorgeous!  

And yes, Octavia IS the most elegant and beautiful pony, no matter what Rarity and her fans say.  :love:
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Luigiten1 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2016
J-J-JUST... TAKE ALL MY MONEY


AND MY STEAM WALLET CREDIT, WHILE YOU'RE AT IT
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Kapuchu1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
So pretty~ 
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kapuchu1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
^^
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cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
That's very gorgeous. And not only the white cello. I love how much details you put into her mane, her eyes, and mostly making sure that her coat look like skin, but with a very short hair.

Awesome work
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I spend a lot of time on details... too much time sometimes. But then I remember the end result is worth it!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
My pleasure

Nah. You can't spent too much time. Well, okay maybe, but it gives great results. Especially if you put lot of love in it.

And it shows. That white cello... that was a great idea.
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boardgamebrony Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely gorgeous! Fantastic work!
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! ^^
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92CaptainWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oh, my! How...beautiful! Happy Tears She looks so gorgeous. Wonderful work! QwQ
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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92CaptainWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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CRPonies Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
The white goes very nicely with her color scheme, and her hair looks good too.
The white make-up is a crisp touch, and pulls it all together, along with her eyes. Overall a very nice job.
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad the eye makeup wasn't too subtle, I was worried it would be a lost detail in the big picture. :)
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Corsair43 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
She is gorgeous.
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Tavi looks beautiful in her winter gear :D
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)
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AspiePie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Pretty!
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ShpiNat9 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
magnificent!
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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VanessaKo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Fantastic pic!
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :D
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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tyto4tme4l Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A stunning piece of art, I especially like the eye shadow and scarf texture.
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I love how soft-looking the scarf came out. Made me want a fuzzy scarf just like it!
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Well, isn't that just beautiful? :D I may have said it a billion times, but...the way you draw eyes and manes is just gorgeous
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, it means a lot to me no matter how many times you say it. <3
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Me-and-Dream1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you did the eye-shadow!
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I was afraid it was one of those little details that would get lost in the big picture, but I'm glad I took the time to do it anyway!
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Me-and-Dream1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Heehee, even if it is not noticed at first, it always adds to the feel of the image.
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EGStudios93 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Filmographer
I first thought her scarf looked like a Santa beard when looking at the thumbnail. XD
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that'd be a funny picture!
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SeregPie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
it looks great. Love 
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PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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