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The Shire: Bag End by shadowdark3 The Shire: Bag End by shadowdark3
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First image of the Shire! I used this picture to practice with blur effects and experimenting with a smoother, more rounded feel. In my previous pictures, you may have noticed that I left most of the shadows with hard edges. I'd like to hear any thoughts on which method you prefer.

I ended up including Twilight in this picture, being pulled along by some random pony (if you really want to assign him a role, we can pretend it's one of the dwarves that came to accompany Bilbo on his journey to Rivendel).

The next picture is probably going to be several panels, along with some dialogue. I'm going to do my best to keep it looking good without big ugly blocks of text cluttering up the image. And I promise I won't do any wonky skewed panels ;P.

Oh, and it's wallpaper sized, just in case you like it enough to plaster on your desktop. ;)

Massive 9600x5400 Version (no edging shadow--let me know if you want it added).

Oh, almost forgot: credit to :iconswivel-zimber: for the cloud vectors!
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:iconmrouf:
MrOuf Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Just Awesome !
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:iconrurounigemini83:
RurouniGemini83 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I can only wish I had the patience to try backgrounds like this with my pencils! ^ ^;;

Beautiful job! (And the ponies turned out cute as well....Though it would be interesting to see the original cast of LOTR and The Hobbit as ponies.... ^ ^;;; )
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DieHardMusicMan9125 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
love what you did with the shire!
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:iconrobotninjahero:
RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Twilight as ganddalf, that could work.
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:iconsoldierbrony:
SoldierBrony Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yessss! Twilight as Gandalf FTW!
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:iconacalanatha:
Acalanatha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I can hear the pennywhistle now. [link]

Makes me misty eyed just thinking about it.
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:iconmillennialdan:
MillennialDan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Fellowship Is Magic, haha! I love it.
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:iconmegadj:
Megadj Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This look like it could be cover art for a folk album.
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:iconkiyye:
kiyye Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
NOW WHO'S GIMLI.
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:iconpluky003:
pluky003 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Kind of looks like a platformer. ^^
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:iconinkwolf6913:
inkwolf6913 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is 20% cooler than anything I've ever seen.
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:iconlyraanddaringdo:
lyraanddaringdo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing! Great job!
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:icongunnut51:
Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm almost afraid to see the rest of this fellowship..
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:iconerics-j:
EricS-J Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im actually interested to see the rest of the fellowship!
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:icongunnut51:
Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm scared only because I don't wanna :iconfavplz: EVERYTHING!!!
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:iconrockthelightgomer:
rockthelightGomer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's wonderful! However, I think it needs more green. That's what the Shire is all about! Otherwise, yeah!
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:iconpwned-by-twilight:
pwned-by-twilight Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Now this is neat. Good job, fellow.
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:iconareyesram:
areyesram Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
BEEYOOTIFUL :iconso-awesomeplz:
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsonicxg:
Sonicxg Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
SO would hobbits be fillies?
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are correct sir. Hobbiton will be filled with adorable hobbit fillies! :aww:

However, there may be one exception, which I hope to reveal soon.
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Sonicxg Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
oh intense I can't imagine who ... well I'm thinking it is Golem but who could play his part o_o
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:iconbaconygoodness:
BaconyGoodness Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I don't know if her role has already been given, but totally calling Pinkie/Pinkamina as Smeagol/Gollum!
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:iconduelist925:
Duelist925 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Love it!
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:iconrandomjack32:
Randomjack32 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Nicely done. The shadows are nice this way
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:iconanzul:
anzul Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
daam man, amazing art :)
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much man!
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:iconanzul:
anzul Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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:iconprollgurke:
Prollgurke Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great!
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:iconnightbreeze7:
NightBreeze7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Artist
Oh my- YES! This is beautiful...~
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:iconblode4:
Blode4 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
"A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to."

That's Twilight Sparkle, alright! :D
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read this, and an irresistible urge to start working on that scene overtook me. I can't wait to finish and share it!
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Irashtar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Ooh! Ooh! Does this mean Pinkie Pie will get to play as Bombadil? Applejack as Boromir/oewyn? Rarity as Galadriel? Spike as Sam?

This play would rival Hearth's warming and beat it. :D
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:iconblode4:
Blode4 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I was an inspiration! :)
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:iconponytendo:
Ponytendo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Bout time someone did this. Very nice!
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:icontwilightspark2112:
TwilightSpark2112 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LoTR and ponies--this is, without a doubt, the best wallpaper ever. :c
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:iconbrave3:
Brave3 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All the win !!!!
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:iconjin1515:
Jin1515 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
That is just brilliant! This is going to be my new desktop for at least a week :D
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:iconshadowdark3:
shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A week is an impressive lifespan for a wallpaper, especially considering how many amazing MLP wallpapers there are out there. I'm honored!
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:iconemperordaniel:
Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
At last, we see Gandalf Greymane. :D

Looking forward to the next scene!
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, hooray! Even tiny and half obscured by a wagon and bushes, Twilight makes a great Gandalf.

I'm still incredibly excited to be doing Shire pictures, which means more work getting done. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up my current pace. If I do, the next one might be done this weekend.
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:iconmysticwrites:
Mysticwrites Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Oh wow! Awesome work with this! The colours and shadows are all very natural and organic -- it's got a great look to it!
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:iconfohl:
fohl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I think that's a new wallpaper.
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:iconandershedstrom:
AndersHedstrom Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work I must say!
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:iconjineb:
Jineb Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Wow, nice job overall, especially on the shadows =O
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:iconmrmenelausredz:
MrMenelausRedz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Like what Galadriel said above me...

yay!

Seeing Twidalf being pulled by that pony reminds me of Bill the pony. Are we going to see Bill later on?

Great job as usual!
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shadowdark3 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We certainly will be seeing Bill! Although he may end up being more of a donkey than a pony in my version ;).
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ShyGaladriel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
*GASP* yay! (favorited)
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