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Sith Cadence by NCMares Sith Cadence by NCMares
"My Love May Give You Strength, but My Hate Gives Me Power."

Environment practice! :D Three down, one to go. After the dark princess arrives comm work shall commence. :)
I apologize for my lack of skillz as far as lighting is concerned, so here is the posing sketch if you're confused as to how she was intended to appear, minus the raised hoof because that ended up looking funny. ncmares.deviantart.com/art/Cad… My bad. :[

P.S. Lightning is fun to draw, but I don't know how to draw rain. mad props to :iconobscurelilium: for their rain brushes!

EDIT: Serious thankage to my homees at EQD for number 16 in the Drawfriend! www.equestriadaily.com/2014/05…

Inspired a friend-off fanfic! :D Check it out: www.fimfiction.net/story/22551…
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:iconaranyap:
AranyaP Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm worried that she will slice her own wings off.
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Warriors77495 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is.... I don't know what to say it's so amazing...
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:iconwatcher25:
watcher25 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Wow, this one is the scariest, has a sort of partially necrotic look
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:icongromf007:
Gromf007 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder how many siths cut off their own heads trying to look badass.
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, it's all for the shot. :D
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:iconmylittleprimo:
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Darth Cadenza
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:iconwebsplorer:
websplorer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Wow, she looks great :) Good work
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, Web. :)
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:iconaeltrius:
Aeltrius Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
I love this pic but... where are her front legs?
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's my bad- we're looking at her from the front but I jacked up the lighting and now it's hard to make out. :(
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masaruten Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
considering the Sith Code, I can see her being a Sith over a Jedi.

Peace is a Lie, there is only PASSION.
Through Passion I gain Strength.
Through Strength I gain Power.
Through Power I gain Victory.
Through Victory my Chains are Broken.
The Force Shall Set Me Free.
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:iconcrallx:
crallx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone know a good game with an atmosphere like this AWESOME masterpiece?
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, pal. :) There was actually a Darth Maul game in the works before Disney showed up. Maybe that could have been it! :ohnoes:
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girthaedestroyer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You must begin by gaining power over yourself; then another; then a group,an order, a world, a species, a group of species...
Finally the galaxy itself.  
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:iconsevenspirals:
SevenSpirals Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap...
The atmosphere on this is sick!
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so, thank you very much. :)
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:iconsevenspirals:
SevenSpirals Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome c:
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:iconkrashface:
Krashface Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fun-fucking-tastic !
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:iconkujiiro:
Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
DAMN
This might be my new wallpaper.
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like them so much! :)
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:iconpainbrushbrushie:
PainbrushBrushie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I luv it so :3 ur great (y) :D
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:icongingerquill:
Gingerquill Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I like the lighting in this one, it gives the piece a dark and oppressive feel to it, like you'd expect in a storm.  Eyes are drawn to the lightning and the light sabre.  It's very cool.
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:icondimitian:
Dimitian Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Question;
Is the lightsaber your design, or someone else's?
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew the lightsaber myself. :)
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:iconunusualsarecrazy:
unusualsarecrazy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
He means to ask if you borrowed the design from a particular model or not.
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, gotcha. I looked around on google for design elements, but I drew the saber freehand without ref.
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Darksunrise957 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably my favorite of the sith princesses; the ambience and emotions played through it... Holy Luna.
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
this is a beautiful picture. just.. wow.
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:icondimitian:
Dimitian Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Darth Cadance...maybe a pony spoof of Darth Caedus? Funny thing is, the pony character would probably make more sense than the actual star wars character.
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Wise-Idiot Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Lady you are THIS close to shearing off your wing with that thing!
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Fourpony Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This is by far the best drawing of the three Sith Princesses.  However, I am continually drawn to the ambiguity of her leg positions. I cannot tell if I am looking at the front or the back legs. I say this because after staring at it so long trying to figure out what I am looking at, I think my eyes are playing tricks on me. 

The left leg looks to thin and like it is tied to a right leg... Or there are two legs overlapping each other and the bandages match up. 

NCMares, what are you doing?  The leg positions keep moving. STAHP! 

Legs aside, her eye is amazing. 
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, thanks a lot. I thought I had something when I sketched her, but I finish hammering out the background and begin coloring Cadence only to realize the lighting is not at all going to work out. I tried to salvage, but it was off from the start and for that I apologize. I went ahead and included the initial sketch in the description, though. I hope it helps. :[ Lessons were certainly learned, and if anything I'll probably go back and draw her again one of these days.
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Fourpony Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I looked at the initial sketch, but I can't see if your finished piece as her foot raised or not. I still really like it. For me, her eye and the hair covering it really make the dark and brooding mood. She looks like a complete badass. 
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :) It's not raised - that looked really weird when coloring. ^^;
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LightsOnLuna Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not even a Pony fan and this is awesome
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you like it despite the pony. :)
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:iconlightsonluna:
LightsOnLuna Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do, you're a very good artist.
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ShunkaWarakin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good grief the things which some people think are 'criticism.' You were amazingly patient with that person.

You already know about the lighting issues. They really are foregrounded heavily in this image.

If I might though, I'd suggest that there are some compositional things as well. If her mane weren't draped in such a way that it obscures most of her torso and legs, it might not be so problematic, but as it is, what's visible of her legs is highlighted in an almost identical fashion and tone to her cloak/cape, which leads to some confusion in terms of what is part of her body and what isn't.

You went with a very closed and foreshortened pose, which reduces the readability of the pose as a silhouette (you have probably seen tutorials and guides which suggest using poses where a viewer can tell exactly what the character is doing from the silhouette?). The cape magnifies this problem as it merges with the character's silhouette, and with the low lighting chosen for the piece most of Cadence is not much more than a silhouette. I would suggest that if your'e going to work dark, you focus on that silhouette effect. In your Twilight sith picture, for example, her silhouette is totally readable and the cape is distinguishable from her own form.

Other than that, well, you draw lightsabers very well, the rain is brilliantly executed (I might've added some glossy splash on the grass, highlighted by the lightsaber, but it's optional, just an idea), and I really love the way you render eyes.
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot - I very much appreciate your feedback! I thought I had it all good when I'd sketched her out and hammered out the rough background, but then I get to coloring Cadence herself and realize that I have a serious lighting issue! I was messing with the BG for the longest time, playing with the mountains and all sorts of stuff to try and convey her posing in a legible(?) manner. I knew I wanted that lightning flashing from behind, but I failed to realize the effect that would have on the viewer as they look at a four-legged object facing them with a bright light shining from behind. That was simply poor foresight on my part - if anything I ought to have scrapped Cadence and started from scratch, not try and salvage. :/ I will definitely keep your feedback about silhouettes in mind going forward. If I can't pick apart the form when the subject is coated in a flat color then I certainly can't expect anyone else to! Lessons were certainly learned with this one, and I thank you for your help. :)
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ScarredLatios Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Bring on Luna! I have a feeling she's gonna make the coolest and most badass-looking Sith out of all of them. :D
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will try my best to make her so!
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polarbeardog2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I would root for the evil Cadence.
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As would I. :D
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
should be non sith
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ew, jedi? Sorry, pal - they just don't look as cool. :)
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I said non sith, I didn't specifically say Jedi did I, besides, 'some' Jedi look cool just not all, of coerce not all sith look cool ether, and don't say they do, because they don't
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me they do. ;) And that is why I draw the princesses as such. None of that middle ground nonsense here, just the dark side through and through. :)
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
doesn't that make you a weak mined idiot that has no true free will, cause that what I fin in a lot of people like you, no offence but if that how you think then you disserve to have your skull crushed by my bare hands wile you see the look of terror and realisation of your foolishness and stupidity reflect from my rage filled from your lack of open mindedness and intolerance to the opinions of others, sorry but that's how I feel and that's how it work.
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:iconncmares:
NCMares Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right on, right on. I'd hardly call it intolerance, though. You say not all sith look cool, and I say they do. I'm fine with that, but then you say I need to suffer for having my opinions... Let's practice what we preach, yeah?

I draw what I want, when I want and the most anyone can do is watch. Sorry, but that's how I feel and that's how it works.
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