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Chrysalis The Dark Queen by Ziom05 Chrysalis The Dark Queen by Ziom05
Yep. 2 days of painting = Chrysalis... The Dark Queen

I just had to paint it! :D

Art Print - - [link]

I really would like to thank you for all comments and critiques :)

The baby in egg is... alicorn. And maybe... male alicorn? What do you think now?
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First off, this is a really gorgeous piece, and we're using it as an analysis piece over at /r/MLPDrawingSchool (also mlpdrawingschool here on dA). It's particularly excellent to look at to show composition. Nice work!

That said, you asked for critique, so let me see. I'll do a mix of the good and the bad; most of the flaws are simply minor things that only really bugged me on second viewing:

The Good:

- Excellent balance, both up and down and left to right. The focus is properly on Chrysalis first and foremost, but flows out along the swarm and loops back around through the egg... sac... thingy and back up to the queen, floating around the empty view of the horizon.

- The ground has a phenomenal sense of texture, as does Chrysalis herself. The contrast between sections with high texture and those without is very well done.

- The color is nicely unified across the piece as a whole, for the most part (see next section).

- Variety! All over the place, making the piece very interesting to look at. Lots of "cookies" for the viewer.

The Less Than Perfect:

- Chrysalis's horn contrasts with the rest of her; it lacks the texture and specularity of the rest of her hide. It adds to the composition by drawing attention to it, but this could have been achieved without seem not-a-part of Chrysalis.

- Chrysalis's wings, particular in terms of their saturated turquoise color, unbalance the piece somewhat, trapping the eye just a bit too much. Keeping the eye on Chrysalis does serve the overall composition, but I might consider pushing them back just a touch, particularly the far wing.

- Minor minor note: There's a scribbly patch just behind her tail that stands out.

- In pushing back the wings a touch, you might pull her hair out just a bit more, to unify the two.

Super awesome work! Definitely following you for inspiration on future pieces.
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Dude. You're awesome.

I love everything about this. I love the coloring; it makes the Changelings seem like some sort of pestilence sweeping across Equestria, leaving barren wasteland wherever they travel. The scene is phenomenal; thousands of Changelings swarming across the barren landscape with Queen Chrysalis leading them, draining the the last of love from some poor soul that has been encased in amber.

This seems like the more natural form that the Changelings should have taken; they seem like a mix between dead, twisted ash trees, moss and insects; much more scary and appropriate than than black ponies filled with holes. I get that it's a kids show, but really. They looked like they were made of black cheese.

I've loved all your pony art, from the shot of Discord, Celestia and Luna to the one of the adventures of Trixie. But this is by far my favorite.
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smcneal057 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
I like this a lot. 
PatriqueH Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is on a whole other level. Bloody amazing.
acritarchman Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Oh, yeah, gorgeous indeed!!!
BaxterDash Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
I love this more than I probably should o.o I love the art style
LetsEatHay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just reminiscing... Right after the wedding episode in 2012 I suddenly realized that people were doing a lot of pony fan art, and some of it was *amazing*, like this piece. My thoughts were: "People are doing serious stuff like this for 'My Little Pony?' Really? Maybe I should check that show out..."

Glad to see you're still going strong Ziom! Your art continues to be amazing. Thank you to you & other artists for making me watch a show I never would have considered watching otherwise.
FALLOUTDOG3 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
the dark gods
RBDoucette Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Whoa, Very spooky yet very awesome art piece! :)
NCSR Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Truly epic, nice job
mobius22 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
After reading the final issue of Fiendship is magic, i come to respect more this chatacter.
gordhanx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Badass! Fantastic job on the details, pose, designs, background, foreground, colouring and effects.
RainbowSwag1 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is the Swarm!
LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
This is pretty scary. And awesome.Love 
Nightmare060 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
This is one of the pieces of art that inspired me to regularly start writing epic fantasy. I really should re-edit the story that this inspired!
pugsnhugs1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
thetnknownbrony Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is this really awesome and a little creepy at the same time?
sacredbat07 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
you know Queen Chrysalis is kinda of a mixture of Queen Nashandra and Sarah Kerrigan(in her Queen of baldes form)
The-Fidget Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy fuck...

Well, I just shat in my pants a little bit
This isn't war, THIS IS PEST CONTROL!
Kingofsouls Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
They look like zombies......I like.
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Digital Artist
I need to paint a real zombie ponies O.O
VLADAX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
ZOMBIES?! Moer like Zergs!! I LOVE IT!! And it comes from NOT a brony
ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Whoever fights these guys is gonna need to listen to Trivium's song "Shogun" beforehand.
AskPrinceNightsky Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
shadowzero20 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
xenomoprh ponies? ^^
Inner-Legend Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ponies done right.
Bunnytam Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This, is Terrifying!
missael111796 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
This is pretty scary. And awesome. It's scawsomery.
KironStrife Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:icontwilightsparkleplz::iconsays1plz: Umm. Question for Queen Chrysalis.
:iconqueenchrysalisplz::iconsays1plz: what do you want brat?
:icontwilightpensiveplz::iconsays1plz: If my brothers love for Cadence was strong enough to give you more power than Celestia, then why didn't you realize that Cadences love for my brother would be strong enough to give him the strength to cast you out of Equestria?
:iconqueenchrysalisplz::iconsays1plz: Shut up! That's why!
haloRequiem Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
januszpn7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Absolutely astonishing :D Menacing indeed...
U92n Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Live for the Swam!
Haganae Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but chrysalis is a Zerg now that I think

StormyTrixLove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Clapping Pony Icon - Queen Chrysalis Clapping Pony Icon - Changeling 
Afalahs Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Photographer
This is incredibly well done. I'm in the process of making a Chrysalis song, and was wondering if you'd be fine with me using this for the Youtube Video? Credit will naturally be given to you
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi! Not sure if it isn't too late, but it would not be a problem. Go ahead. :)
Afalahs Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much!
SarahGoodwill Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! That is bad ass!
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have absolutely no words, this is just epic at the power of infunity. SO LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!! I can just imagine how hard you worked at it. MY RESPECTS !!!!!!
Also I like how you draw the changelings, especially Chrysalis, really showing there insectoidal nature and that they really HAVE a proper exoskeleton.
ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I recall this fanart used in the video "Changeling Anthem".
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Oh. My. GOSH. :omg:
aedan122 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
só falto o Dan,zuera,parabens.
tdnart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
...I like her cannon look better. That one seemed less likely to tear someone apart.
ManithMagesinger Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I can tell you were inspired by the Zurg/Tyranids, the way that I see it is that Crysalis is like the Overmind of the changeling swarm, and the alicorn in the cocoon is like the Kerrigan from the starcraft universe, the young alicorn could have had some unique properties that Crysalis would like to incorporate into the swarm, or even yet she saw untapped power within the young pony and kidnapped and mutated it into a powerful heir to the swarm, and will later live on to take command of the swarm one day, just like Kerrigan did, thats my take on it, but overall an awesome piece of art, I love how your art has a story, and you leave it up to the viewer to make their own versions of what they think, well done.
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I figured it out.

Chrysalis attempted to ascend to Alicorn status from her origins as a flutterpony.  Unfortunately, at the time, the elements of harmony hadn't been discovered yet, so she became the princess of cheese (hence the holes).

This caused her to go all emo.  So she got an H.R. Giger makeover and brainwashed her subjects with endless reruns of reality TV shows until they lost their souls.  The rest is history.
Dotterall Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   General Artist
Who laid the egg? And what will hatch? I am thoroughly intrigued!
Ajax94 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Wah! :wow:
Nobody-animation Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing!
XxKarolusMagnusxX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Awesome! /)^3^(\
denton13 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
wery nice!!!) One of my favorite arts!
RoseNature Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013

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