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My Poor Photoshop, It was screaming during the making of this !

WALL OF TEXT INCOMING:

Now, since almost a year ago when I started pony art, I've toyed with the idea of making a parody of the poster for Metallica's Master of Puppets album. And it was only this week where I thought, "Why not ?" and so I set out to design and make this, and it was bloody hard.
As a start, I had to make a compromise with the text, as the original poster (seen here: [link]) has a wooden effect on the text, which I couldnt recreate without it looking terrible, so I instead tried to recreate the Marble-effect text seen on the album cover.
The text was actually made in Adobe Illustrator, as my Photoshop is too old to have 3D capabilities, unfortunately this means that it lagged the fuck out of the program whilst I was using it.
The gravestones were vectored, and unfortunately I couldnt get them to have the same 'angled' effect that the originals had without messing up the piece. I scaled down the amount of gravestones to 6 to represent the Mane 6, and then enforced this idea with Twilight's Crown/Tiara thingie instead of the soldier's helmet on the far left. I also toyed with the idea of inscribing the cutie marks onto the gravestones, but I felt this detracted too much from the original.
The grass was by far one of the hardest parts, and I ended up vectoring lots of blades of grass and then having some overlay layers to provide some variety and shading to the clump.
The sunset was actually me going way out of my comfort zone, as I more-or-less painted the clouds ontop of the gradient, using some old grunge brushes to give them a frayed edge.
The hands of Discord was a bit of a challenge and I did them both like 4 or 5 times before I was happy with them, using lots of references from the two episodes he was in.

The Master of Puppets album was actually the album that got me into Metal, and while it's not my favourite Metallica album, it's one of their most iconic imo.

Now time for the credits;

All credit for the original concept and design of the Master of Puppets poster/album cover go to Don Brautigam, Peter Mensch and Metallica.
All credit for Discord, My Little Pony and any associated products go to Hasbro, Lauren Faust and any third parties.

Please; Let me know what you think, I was also toying with the idea of releasing this as a shirt design, or a poster or something ;)
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:iconsandaime-kiichi:
Sandaime-Kiichi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is magnificent! Thank you! Made a t-shirt with this art!
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SkullColt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
PLEASE I NEED A SHIRT! :D Would work perfect with my Human/Metal Discord
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BlackMasterElite15 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey can I do this for a cover song?
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:iconphantombadger:
PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
You can use it if you like, just please give credit in the description or something :)
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BlackMasterElite15 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
okay dokey 
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SupaBazz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you do any requests? :( (Sad) 
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AsherFries Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahahahahahahaha! XD
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:iconmane-shaker:
Mane-Shaker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Remembers me something...

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Sweet-Insanity-Model Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a perfect combo between my favorite character from MLP and one of my favorite band ♥
Thank you so much! It's perfect!
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I'm glad you like it :) Metallica is easily one of my favourite bands too!
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Zury254958 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014
lemme ask PhantomBadger was that pinkamena (yes i am a brony) pic from a profile or from like a selection :D
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:iconphantombadger:
PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
I dunno what you mean by that, but I drew this profile pic myself pixel by pixel in photoshop :)
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Zury254958 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
oh
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CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One word:

Brilliant. 
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:iconphantombadger:
PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Two words:
Thank you

<3
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CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :'D.
Seriously, I've actually been growing to love Metallica lately and this FITS. I think it has something to me loving the albums Kill Em All, Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice for All, a bit of The Black Album, and of course, Death Magnetic. 
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Those are some damn good albums right there ;p
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CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:'D Yeah they are!I dunno about Load/Re-Load/St. Anger though. My friend who got me into the band did NOT like them.

Lulu..well..we all know how THAT came out.
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Reload has one of my favourite songs - Fuel !
I quite liked St Anger too, although a lot of people seemed to dislike it :s
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CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I did hear Re-Load had some classics, but none that a lot of people remember.
I think it's cause St. Anger has a lot of qualities you'd expect in a Metallica album..that AREN'T in the album. 
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ovshanevo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I don't watch this pony show that keeps showing up here on DA, but this is one cool piece of work for it ^^
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Well thank you very much. Im a strong advocate of 'To each their own' and all that, I'm glad you're able to appreciate the fan art without watching the show c:
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ScrabMaster Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Sh*t just became 20% more badass!
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:iconphantombadger:
PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Thank you :)
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ScrabMaster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
To be honest, I TOTALLY wish this would be a real song! I loved Master of Puppets and Discord is one of my favourite characters!
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LoudyNoise Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Amazing idea! :D
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thanks :) Gotta love a bit of Metallica
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MasterVule Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING!!! :D Master, master where's the dreams that i've been after! Good job :D :D
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Haha, This was posted on the My little pony subreddit a while back, and the comments were full of Ponified Master of Puppets quotes xD
Glad you like it !
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Kronoxus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Nice
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thanks c:
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lol60651 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
MASTER OF THE PUPPETS!!
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Glad you like it :p
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PryinBrian Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Awesome artwork, but shouldn't it technically be Master of Chaos instead of Master of Ponies?
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Aye, but 'Master of Ponies' is closer to 'Master of Puppets,' the artwork this is a parody of ;p
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TheEndizNYE Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Amazing! very well done, a little depressing but it's so excellent! (i can't put anymore words into existence because this has just made me speechless)
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank you very much :) I'm glad you like it !
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Amaterasu987654321 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
The world seriously needs more metal-pony crossovers. There is a distinct lack of them in this fandom due to it's fans being much more involved in electronic music (the artistic ones, anyways).

That said, while this is great, I kinda don't like how the Mane 6 are depicted as dead, but it fits the theme. (E.G. ignore this little nitpick.)
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Oh for sure :D I was tempted to make some album parodies, but I cant think of many that would fit amazingly and be feasible for me to create :p

And yeah, the Mane 6 graves was more done to allow a bit more of a connection between MLP and the original cover art, if that makes sense
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Amaterasu987654321 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Oh yeah, with the army helmet=Twilight's tiara. I totally get that, and it makes perfect sense. Actually, nothing else really seems to fit better.

(I'll probably switch-out the actual cover art with this on my music files.)

I myself am tempted to try morphing the cover art to Still Life with MLP when I get a stronger grasp on digital art, if ever. I kinda have an idea on how it'd look... Whether it'd actually turn out good, who knows. xD
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I wish I could've fit more little references like that in, I was considering swapping the dog tags that are on the right Grave with one of the Element necklaces, but their design just didnt work with it :s

And go for it :D It's always good to set your goals high!
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Amaterasu987654321 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I definitely will... at some point. :P
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Amaterasu987654321 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Forgot to add a "love" to my comment.
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aKaPinkiePie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh wow, as a former hardcore metallica fan, with the master of puppets poster hanging over my bed I have to say I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! :D
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Glad you like it :) Thank you so much :D
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derplight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
"Lock it or something so nobody can ruin it."

Like I just did. c:
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:iconphantombadger:
PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
God damnit Derp.
69 comments, now ruined
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derplight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
:iconpinkieforeverplz: FOREVER
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gamerdude500 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please please pleaseeeeeeee release this as a poster or a shirt!! pleaseee :D It's amazing!
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PhantomBadger Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I'll look into Red Bubble or something after Christmas ;)
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