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Parasitic Elegance~ by InsomniacOvrLrd Parasitic Elegance~ by InsomniacOvrLrd
Everyone discussed, assembled and jumped onto the bandwagon before i got around to it. Seems to always be the case. Oh well. Here’s some Chrysalis, thus far the most interesting villain we’ve gotten in the show.

Not usually the way i go about my pictures. All fills, no ink or anything. it’s certainly a neat look. I made sure to only use flat solid colors, no blending at all. There is a gradient in the background, but i’ll allow it this time~

Thoughts?
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SaphyronQC Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I found you! I really love this Pic so much!
Would you allow me to use it as my Avatar? Of course I will give you the full credit....
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InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as long as you let people know, sure.
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SmoothPorcupine Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Damn this is lovely.
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InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man~
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Blackroseray Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Very well made, especially that broken heart right there.
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NightmareFueler Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
YES, finally an official dA release! Or something Iunno.

I didn't say this before, but I really like how you handled the coloring. Plus the fact that it is cartoony and LINELESS... Shit that is just my absolute favorite style in EVER.
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InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was definitely fun to do, and i think i'll have to do more like it :3 thanks man
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zora-artist Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Indeed she is intersting......but I rater still prefer Discord as best villian XD
anyways the image looks great!
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InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Discord's fun, but i didn't really get it. Was he released JUST because the cmc were being pricks in front of his imprisoned form :?

But the more you think about chrysalis's plan, the less it makes sense too

So i dunno~
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Cirdec Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
The way I understood it, Discord was already in the process of breaking free, and had been since Twilight and her friends became the wielders of the Elements, and him being on the verge of freedom is what caused the CMC to be pricks to each other.

But maybe I'm wrong. :shrug:
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zora-artist Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XDDD oh well
lets just say that both are intersting then XD lol
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Chrysalislover Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Very pretty :D
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W0nderbolts Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
*gives Chrysalis love*
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
very nice. reminds me of lion king. great colors here! :)
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TheOrangeFactor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking good there. >:3
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I dig her eyelid. It's so shiny and lickable.

But yeah, a smexy canvas to work with. You toyed very nicely with the color scheme. I kind of want to see you try Wind Waker art, or Sleeping Beauty--eh, we both know where that's going.

Maybe I need to give Chrysalis further consideration. If you're willing to pour this much lurve and attention into her, then she obviously merits an intelligent observation. Bandwagony? Meh. But you make it look awesome. F'naaa.
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InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kind analysis, and it's much appreciated.
All it really boils down to is she was a pretty 'genuine' character. She fell into the villain tropes that all cartoon antagonists are doomed to fall into. Rushed exposition, dishing out the 'My evil plan' Monologue, etc. I just found her very interesting. She wasn't just 'i am the spirit of darkness and i eat your ponylove'. She was a thinking monarch leading the coup against an enemy nation in order to seize their abundant assets, which her people were starved of.

And to top it all off, she succeeded. Her army made sure the elements didn't even get off the shelf, and their wielders were captured (although kept with 0 security detail. see: cartoon villain), she defeated the enemy monarch in 1 on 1 combat and imprisoned her, and then set her people loose on the capital to reap the spoils of a successful plan.

And she had the most visually striking moment in the entire show, period. Introduced in a torrent of bright green flame, with nothing but a pitch black silhouette, blue hair and wings. I'm sorry i'm just genuinely impressed with this character and the crap that comes with her.





Though if i had to be critical (and i _DO_), i'd say i don't really understand her plan. She made threats against the capitol, then assumed Cadence's form to chill with the captain of the guard, i assume to familiarize herself with canterlot's security. It would have worked much better to NOT threaten canterlot, to keep them completely unaware they were being infiltrated. Still, perhaps the fact that shining armor was getting a big, fancy royal wedding in the heart of the capitol, hosted by Celestia herself, was a good chance to get in, use her influence over Shining Armor to break the shield, and overthrow celestia. Who knows. Maybe someone tipped canterlot off and the plan had to be changed. Maybe it was all just serendipitous happenstance that landed her there. I can't say for certain.

That is where the plan falls apart for me. If you watch her face immediately after defeating celestia, she's actually dumbstruck. Like her mouth hangs open for a moment, and she just stares blankly, before going 'Ha!', and snapping back. This indicates she did NOT expect to win that fight, at ALL. Like when i walk around a corner, bounce a heavy and reserve shooter him, and he just dies. I go through a very similar set of expressions.

Having mentioned that, how was she planning on dealing with celestia? While this moment in the show has a FEW "Best/Most Intense in the show thus far" moments, including Chrysalis' stressed screams of agony as she tries to counter-laser celestia, and the biggest instance of weaponized magic... she lucked out. The reason for it is that ...i guess shining armor really loves cadence, and that juiced Chrysalis up to the point she could knock the princess on her ass. I can't justify that, but editing and a 40 minutes timeslot, and budget meetings can i guess.



SO BLAH BLAH BLAH I LIKE DIS PONI-thing. She's a cool bad guy, and has some depth to her and she caused my ponishow to DO something actiony and drama-y. Course i like this stupid bug themed thing.
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Cirdec Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Lookin' good! Very similar to the show's style. I especially like that black heart with the jagged green line going through it, that and the green flames make her look poisonous. I haven't been able to figure out if that four-pronged thingy on her head is part of her like some sort of antenna, or just a crown... leaning towards antenna, since I think she's a bit insect-like.
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InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly i'm assuming it's just a regal looking set of antennae. It shifts around a bit on the back of her heads, whereas luna's doesn't ever seem to move. Since it shifts, i'd assume it's animate tissue. Just sets her apart and makes her look queenly. Props to the person who designed her
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