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Improvement meme - phoenix UPDATED by Baby-Blue-Bell Improvement meme - phoenix UPDATED by Baby-Blue-Bell
So it didin't take me long to realise that I couldn't very well compare the two when they were both shaded differently, so I've gone back and soft cell shaded the new phownix to match the old. I like this muuuch better, the flat cell shading on the older version looked was nice but something this detailed needs the depth of soft shading. I can now safely compare the two and say! *drumroll* I like the new one better :aww:

It was so crazy to see that easily 98% of the comments said the older one was better, the rest all saying they were both nice :XD: poor new phoenix got no love at all but I have to admit with the old colouring I had to agree. I have a sneaking suspicion that the older one will still be the fav but I think thats because a lot of people kinda thought why fix what isn't broken? I can totally relate to that I do love the older one but I couldn't help seeing all the flaws in it. But thanks for all the comments guys it's been really interesting :D


For ages now I've had my eye on this meme and now I have the time I thought I'd give it a shot by re-drawing one of my earliest ponies Phoenix!

This was really fun but I totally can't decide which one is better :XD: I reckon my pony style and lineart skill have improved but the colours and shading style is quite different so I can't decide. What do you guys think, have I improved? and which phoenix is better?

new phoenix can be found here [link]
original meme by :iconbampire:
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Owl-Parchment Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the new body proportions of the newer Phoenix and her feathers, but everything else on the older one just looks more detailed. I love them both, and it is a hard call. XD
I actually think the old one looks better
twink200 Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TheSmoozePony Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're both beautiful but I love how you changed to a more sharper color technique, it really looks good!
I preffer the left one, but the background in the right one looks better
GreenStylus Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OwOminiaturemiriam Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you: well, the solution is simple... ADD MOAR SPARKLZ!
sailor-vocaloid-pony Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
old one is best
I prefer the 'Before' version. More soft colored, and a little more realistic - which I love. The way the hair is set out is also more preferred for me.
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