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Wubs and Symphony by TheArtrix Wubs and Symphony by TheArtrix
Announced this a while back, stating that the idea had to swirl in my mind like a fine wine. A bunch of commissions came up and gave me ample time to do this, basically, and then I actually went ahead and did it.

I wanted to do an effort piece involving Octavia and Vinyl Scratch for a long while. Yes, there was "In Honor of Princess Luna", but that one was primarily focused on Vinyl Scratch, with Octavia stashed in the background. Also, Octavia is one of my favorite background ponies, so it makes sense that I wanted to do a proper rendition of her as well.

Fairly early on I had this idea to do a yin-'n'-yang sort of thing, but I wasn't sure how to go about doing that. In the end, it came out nicely, if I may say so myself.

Also, I'm aware that there still some ambiguity on Vinyl Scratch's name, which alternatively DJ-P0N-3.
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:iconvolkatsia:
Volkatsia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, but Octavia plays the Cello ._. It still looks cool and all! 
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Frozencat56948 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
AWSOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
All the exclamation marks!
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:iconfrozencat56948:
Frozencat56948 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Sorry I got a little cared away …… ^^;
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just jestin'.
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:iconfrozencat56948:
Frozencat56948 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
ok
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:icondelarosadylan:
delarosadylan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
do you mind if I use it is a icon 
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Depends, what's it for?
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:icondelarosadylan:
delarosadylan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I'm trying out different digital drawing program and im new to it and I was trying to see if there's any digital program what's the good for me to start with
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If your budget is zero [insert currency here], then you may want to give the GIMP a spin. It's a free and open source program that is near-Photoshop levels in terms of feature set. It's GUI takes some getting used to, though.

When we look at proprietary software, PaintTool SAI is a very affordable alternative to Photoshop that is built around drawing. Yet again, interface is kind of non-Windows-y but fairly well documented and easy to learn.

Art Rage has a free trial version that is already fairly well featured and it is highly intuitive. If you are just starting out using a tablet and just want to get a feel of it, Art Rage gets very close to the feel of working on physical media. However, you'll run into Art Rage's limitations fairly quickly once you try and to do more advanced things.

And then, of course, there is Photoshop. While Photoshop is designed as a desktop publishing tool, it works wonders for art as well. However, there are a lot of people who prefer to SAI due to its focus on drawing, but personally I find that there is next to nothing in SAI that is a true "Photoshop killer". One of the big downsides of Photoshop is that it is very expensive. A single license can easily cost around €800.00, and "renting it" amounts to a few tenners a month. Of course, you can use the "video store", but I'm not here to endorse piracy, especially when free alternatives are around the corner.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great color scheme and I like the taiji look.
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:iconpepperponystillacat:
pepperponystillacat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YESSSSSSSSSS SO COOL! LOVE MLP FIM :) :) :) :)
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:iconamazoness-king:
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yin yang
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:iconhrostami:
hrostami Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Just wanted to drop by and leave this video here:

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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Almost thought this was spam, then realized the relevance. Yes, this is very relevant.
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:iconhrostami:
hrostami Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
:squee: Yay! So glad you didn't just flag me.
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:iconkratoxy:
Kratoxy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Nice!
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:iconmushroomjardin:
mushroomjardin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
The music styles go nicely together in my opinion.
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SarcasticUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I like the dynamic pose of Vinyl but feel that Octavia's expression is too sad for her character. All in all, good piece.
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A fair sentiment, though I still think it works wonders on the contrast with Vinyl Scratch.
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SarcasticUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is true, this is true. *nodnod*
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:iconmajoraswaker:
MajorasWaker Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Very nice idea, and very skillfully brought to life!
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:iconbunnairry:
Bunnairry Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely job~!
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:iconwitlicht:
witlicht Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Looks awesome!
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:iconbotboy41:
Botboy41 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Very nice Work, This is an Awesome Fusion/Ying-Yang Style
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:iconatnat:
ATNAT Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Really like the style
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:iconburningresurrection:
BurningResurrection Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
freaking awesome background 
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:iconrunningoftheleaves:
RunningOftheLeaves Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Wubphony! ^^ Great work.
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Great picture. But why does Octavia look so sad here?
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a very emotional song and she's really getting into it.

That, and it contrasts with Vinyl's side.
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:icondrewb1442:
DrewB1442 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
She could be performing a piece from an opera and remembering the full meaning from the scene it accompanies.
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:iconjustasuta:
JustaSuta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Great composition!
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:iconjaysg2010:
JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Great work.
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:iconegperkins:
egperkins Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love the sheet music around Octavia and Vinyl's expression. :3 :happybounce:
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:iconcyconsy:
Cyconsy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome picture! I love your style. You got one minor detail wrong, however; Octavia plays the cello. But other than that, great picture! :clap:
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, Octavia is typically seen playing a cello. But I made the conscious decision to have her play the violin because it works wonders in this composition. A cello is, well, pretty big, that is a nightmare layout-wise.
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nitrosycho Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I'd like to believe Octavia is a master of all string instruments :D
Plus I reckon once you can play cello, violin should be a piece of cake eh? :P
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Cyconsy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose. Although, you would have to play different scales, adjust your sitting/standing positions when switching instruments, and adjust your bow hold as well. Then again, Octavia's cutie mark is a treble clef, which is meant for violins. Perhaps the cello is her preferred instrument. :aww:
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ambiguity?  I always thought "Vinyl Scratch" was her real name, while "DJ P0N-3" was her stage/performance/booking/whatever name.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's the train of thought I have adopted, but I don' think Hasbro ever made a clear-cut case for her proper name. For all intents and purposes, I call her Vinyl Scratch these days.
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TheAntiCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
That is also my thoughts on the matter. The majority of the time, I refer to her by Vinyl. I almost forget she has a stage name.
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:iconmetalixk:
MetalixK Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Why does Octavia look so sad?
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a really emotional song, also, it contrasts with Vinyl's side.
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:iconchocolatestrawberry:
chocolatestrawberry Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Maybe it's a sad song she's playing, and she's really into it.
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jindra555 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Yay for the swirly white things! Don't make me say any more, you know how much i love Vinyl and you know how much I love Octavia. And you made her really classy. And that coat. And that stripe on pants... squeee.
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
:clap::clap::clap:
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:iconsekele:
Sekele Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
enjoyed the stream, alto I came a bit late because I played Rise of Nations 

love the lighting and color contrast , allot of life and motion to the characters as well 
especially love the flying note-sheets behind Octavia 
also, LENS FLARE! 
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