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April 18, 2013
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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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Beautiful qaulity! Even on her cutie mark =)
xofox Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you like her. :)
Aww! Her horn looks so delicate. I love her little book, too!
xofox Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you like her.:)
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?
xofox 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. :)
isn't African Blackwood Ebony or something? and also, isn't it supposed to be incredibly expensive?
xofox 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.
This is a beautiful piece of artwork.
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