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Reading Twilight Sparkle in Purpleheart Wood by xofox Reading Twilight Sparkle in Purpleheart Wood by xofox
What an egghead!

This piece was done for :iconessarr: as a Bronies for Good charity prize, and really ought to come with a sincere apology for tardiness (appropriate, I suppose, in a Twilight Sparkle figurine.) Ignoring the tiny little Twilight on the candlespinner, this will be my first Twilight in a full sixteen months. You'd think she'd be a common pony, but whatcha gonna do?

I was afraid of doing a fixed mane in purpleheart, which is a long way from my favorite wood to work, but it turned out to be easier than I figured, although that tail is still nagging at me alot. With my unforgivable lateness on this piece (I forgot to copy it into my notebook list and only came across the correspondence this week after a long delay.) I figured that I should do something neat and different, so I revisited the lying down pose, which I've only tried once before. I'm fairly pleased, really, although I would make a few changes to the legs and width of wood given a mulligan.
I also left the cutie mark completely untouched, where usually I'd add a lick of paint. I think those toddler teethers must have rubbed off on me, given the lack of paint and my propensity these days to finish my pieces. Twilight was finished in pistachio oil, which, at least, turned out better than on Zecora.

I also made her a little tome of African blackwood and the pages are holly, and I double spiraled her horn, which is a bit tougher; but I like the look more. All in all, I like the result. A change or two, sure, but I'll take it.

There's a WIP gallery here and an expanded gallery with close-ups here.

My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Cool! :D
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ShadowWing09 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Beautiful qaulity! Even on her cutie mark =)
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you like her. :)
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SweepSheep Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Aww! Her horn looks so delicate. I love her little book, too!
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you like her.:)
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arkindal Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Is this the one we talked about? Yes she sure looks better than the last one :) Good job Xofox!
Maybe the horn is a bit too thin tho?
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The very same.
Yeah, I've heard it called thin and drill like a Few times so far, i think I might make a slightly less sharp and wider one if I find the time before shipping. :)
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AngeloDiEllectrica57 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
isn't African Blackwood Ebony or something? and also, isn't it supposed to be incredibly expensive?
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
African blackwood is actually a rosewood, and usually noticably browner thsn ebony, but I got a really great piece awhile back that's almost ebony-black. But they are both super dense and heavy with a practically nonexistent grain and beautiful avility to hold detail.
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Stitchthebest36 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
This is a beautiful piece of artwork.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks, it was fun work :)
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Stitchthebest36 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
You're welcome.
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Faehl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such an amount of personality is in this work that even the thumbnail was jumping out at me. It's a creative looking pose and I adore how fluid she looks. The oil must help in bringing that out? Carved manes look great! The tail might seem a bit poofy as the base is thinner but the manner in which it curls is a really nice touch. Makes her seem relaxed. Really digging the etched curves in it too.

On the right side of her face I can almost make out a half lidded eye in the grain of the wood, as though she were sleepy or deep in thought.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D i'm really glad you like her, the pose was buckets of fun to work on. And I always love it when the grain makes convenient shapes for you in the right places. Yeah, afterwards I went and poked through a bunch of other twilights to see how they did the tail for another one I have coming up, and I think I'll switch ip my game there next time :)
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uBrosis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Oooh looks great! :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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BeeTrue Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Artist
wow. just...wow.
THIS IS SO COOL!
The posing! and the book!!!! :D
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks, glad you like her; she was a lot of fun :)
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
That looks good. Great pose and the book really ties in with the character. Amazing work as always.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks; I always like making little props, so the book was fun :)
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dancressman Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Photographer
So cool! 'Bout time we got some more of best pony around here! :D

Her horn does look kind of like a screw, but that adds a really neat effect. I really like what you did with her head and mane--those profile shots are just gorgeous. The tail looks a bit heavy for Twi, but not too far off. Plus, it allows her to have that great position, which is just so relaxed and natural! That, coupled with the great cutie mark detail, which is some of your best engraving work (and I'm very glad you didn't color it!) makes this one of my favorite of your pieces so far! While I didn't think it would be possible to top those brilliant wings, I suppose Twi would be the one exception. :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I have another twilight here in a couple of weeks or so and the tail is definitely getting a makeover for her, and who knows, maybe when I get the full rundown they'll ask for season 3 wings as well. :D (wings in purpleheart, ugh!)
The second horn-screw comparison. It's gotta be the double spiral, maybe I'll hold off on that in future. And of course, it is a very thin horn. Hmmm
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dancressman Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Dear goodness, alicorn Twi in wood could be the most awesome thing ever. I didn't even think about that. All of the best parts of your ponies in one!

The horn seems a bit wand-like to me. I don't know if that was a factor in the design, but the thinness lends it that kind of quality. Not exactly show-accurate, but pretty cool! I guess the only thing about it that kind of drew me away is that it didn't seem as natural growing out of her head. But then, narwhals have the same kind of horn and they actually exist.

Long story short, it's unique and fun. Not really a negative aspect. :)
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HuffytheMagicDragon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
lol looks like chocolate even if it is wood
NOMNOMNOM
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=P
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fatalerror328 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
CUUUUTE!
And may I ask you if it's a drill, masked as her horn?
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like her. :)
Nope, the horn is just a cylinder of purpleheart (although boring the hole for it finally gave me a chance to use my new gimlets.
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Okami-Hikaru Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a great pose! I love how she looks, especially with the little book to accompany her.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks; she was a lot of fun. :)
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mandamuffin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
that is awesome! hoofbump?
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*bump
Glad you like her; she was fun work. :)
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mandamuffin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
what kind of tools did you use?because I found a cool stick and I smoothed it and wanted to carve stuff in it.
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and I would also very much say send me pictures afterwards! :)
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mandamuffin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
ok ^^
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, well I am very much a power tool worker, so my tool of choice for something like that would be a dremel, but if you're wanting to go unplugged then I would use a basic chip carving knife, and maaayyyyybe a foreswept blade chip carving knife, depending on how thick the stick is and what kind of curve you want.
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