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My Little Investigations Menu by Rautakoura My Little Investigations Menu by Rautakoura
Finally, we have a proper background for the game's menu. We wanted to go with something serene, like Twilight researching her notes on the cases, something like that. This was a dual project with our team's animator, :iconwarpout:, I did the drawningings and the animooted it.

Many forgotten things! Here's the deliciously animated version by :iconwarpout: [link]
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:iconmastertrevor:
MasterTrevor Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest i love the amount of feel i get while looking at this artwork, Nice job~
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Gnuu, sorry for the late response! :F

Glad you like it tho, thanks!
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:iconaemeyer:
aemeyer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Hrrrrrgggggggg, oh my poor little heart.
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Right, time to call the ambulance again. Damn this stuff is dangerous...
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:iconaemeyer:
aemeyer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
But worth it. Just like fireworks and Thermite.
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
True enough. Especially combined.
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:icongadgetphile:
Gadgetphile Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
So ya haven't gotten a C&D yet?
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Mmh, luckily enough not. Just laying low for now.
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:iconthastrangr:
ThaStrangr Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
B-E-A-UTIFUL!!! :D
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Many thanks kind sir!
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:iconneedthistool:
needthistool Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Yeah this is pretty killer, Rauta.
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Boah, many thanks kind sir!
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ScarredLatios Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I have a feeling that if Twilight chose to pursue a full-time career in police crime investigations work, that she would rise to the rank of chief investigator in no time at all. Despite her being a somewhat socially awkward bookworm, she also possesses several traits that would make her an excellent police investigator in my mind: She's extremely inquisitive and intelligent, possesses almost freakish organizational and rationilization skills, has an observant eye and nature, and has reasonably good interpersonal (interponysal? :P) skills, as well as (judging from the game, at least) a competent grasp on interrogation techniques and tactics, and finally, as this picture shows, she's willing to bust her flank off to solve a case, even if it means staying up into the wee hours of the morning reviewing case notes and such! I'm certain that any investigations team, both in their world and even in ours, would jump to have a mind such as hers working with them. This is coming from someone who is actively training to become a crime scene investigator himself! :)

Anyway, awesome picture, man. Seeing it animated in the latest demo made it even awesomer! Can't wait to see what's in store for us in Case 1! :D
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Aye, I'd imagine she'd do well on such a job, we even saw that in the MMMmystery Expresswhatchamacallit episode. She's surprisingly good at thinking outside the box too.

Huh, what kind of training/studying do you do? I've always been a bit intrigued by jobs like that.

Haw, glad you like it! Thank Warpy for the awesome animations too.
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:iconscarredlatios:
ScarredLatios Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Yeah, I liked the callbacks made to that episode during the demo during the talks with Rarity and Pinkie, lol. =P

Well, some of the first classes I had to take had to do with the aspect of criminal law and the court system in general, describing the different laws and procedures in the criminal justice field, how the courts operate and all that; can't go much further in it if you don't understand what it is, heh. Then I took some generalized forensic classes to get a sense of what a CSI does and the techniques they use and how to properly perform them, such as the proper ways to collect different kinds of evidence, be it physical, fingerprint, or DNA evidence. Now I'm getting into the more specific classes which deal with those techniques, such as ballistics (the study of guns and bullets), fingerprint identification and classification, crime scene photography, report writing and note taking, and interrogation techniques and tactics, as well as general case prep and investigation procedures. There's a LOT that goes into investigating a crime scene besides what they show us on TV, and it's nowhere near as glamorous as they make it out to be there, lol. But I pretty much expected that going into it. :P
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Heh, I take it they spend a little time every now and then telling what all the CSI series do wrong =P? Enhance, enhance, enhance...
But aye, it sounds like a pretty intriquing job, though one heavy in paperwork.
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ScarredLatios Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Yeah, that was in fact the first thing my Introductory Forensics professor discussed in our class, lol. She wanted to make it clear to us that a lot of the stuff we see in shows like CSI and NCIS is either not real, or is not how it's done in real life, and how quite a lot of people actually believe that that's the way it's actually done. She called it the CSI effect, heh. =P

But yeah, a good majority of it is spent doing paperwork, like I said, filling out police reports, taking notes on crime scene data, witness interviews and the like. But I don't really mind, it's just something that comes with the job. :)
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Heh, I'd imagine that's pretty irritating for the people working in those actual jobs.

Ayep, you can't escape paperwork no matter what job you do. :p
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ScarredLatios Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
*Sigh* Yeah, but that's what comes with going into any kind of career in criminal justice; it's just one of the more irritating and boring aspects of the job that you can't escape. :P

So hey, I imagine by now you heard of Hasbro issuing a C&D letter to the Fighting is Magic creators. How have you and the rest of the MLI team taken that? Did it cause any worry at the time it was announced?
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
is it going to be a point and click game?
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Aye, it will. Similar to the Ace Attorney Investigations series.
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:iconnouthriss:
Nouthriss Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Beautiful.

...no chance of a higher-res upload..?
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Sorry, I'd have to make the picture all over again, this is the original resolution I made it at. :<
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:iconnouthriss:
Nouthriss Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Aw.
Well, it remains awesome, nevertheless ;)
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Thank ya kindly. :>
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:iconltblackcoat:
LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
looking good sir, like the little touches like the potted plant though i do wonder abut what that satute is (next to a jug)?
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
It's an astronomy tool Twilight uses when she's stargazing. It's not any real instrument, just one I threw there on the spot. =P
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:iconltblackcoat:
LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
not bad, i look foward to the finished pice. (over all project of MLI)
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Aye, so do I!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
That is quite wonderful work there. You put lot of time in this by the details there and the lighting and it shows. How many hours have you spent to draw it? How many layers? I'm just curious.

Fancier? I'll check this out.
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Ehh, kinda tough to say how long it took, I never really keep count on the hours. The numbers would just make me sad :S... But around 5-7 hours would be my estimate. Partly took so long because everything had to be done in separate layers for the animating, so the layer count is at around 70 layers I think.
The animated version isn't out yet, you'll most likely see it in the next demo update we put out.
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BladeSquall Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh, fancy! I think it will work as a menu!
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Aye, it looks even better with the animations! :iconwarpout: did gorgeous job with that.
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xHardwirex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never heard of this game....though the menu background you've made for it is stunning. Where can I see stuff 'bout this game?
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Head over to our website, www.equestriandreamers.com. You'll find more tidbits for the game there, and a bizarrely active forum to boot.
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bryfury Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
my emotional stages after seeing this ---> :iconexcitedpinkielaplz: ---> :iconraritycameplz: ---> :iconexplodelaplz:
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Ermahgerhd my stuff is now causing people to explode? Gotta lay off them ponies, this is getting dangerous!
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
That's such a lovely piece - the soft blueish light shining in through the window contrasts so nicely with the shadows and the glow of the candle's flame.

Ooh, and it'll be animated? Perfect.
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Haw, thanks! I wasn't on planning on putting that window there in the beginning, but I'm pretty happy I did. Makes for a nice contrast like you said, especially with the menu between Twilight and Spike.

Aye, can't wait to see it!
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Alronsen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
Twilight makes a natural Edgeworth...
...minus the tragic death of her parents...
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Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Luckily enough for her, aye.
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:iconalronsen:
Alronsen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Pretty much.
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ForgivenStar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Animated? So it's probably gonna take a while for the Menu? If it's gonna be all cool and fancy like this. Still, that would be awesome
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Aye, it might take a while, since I'm pretty sure it won't be seen until the next demo version we post, or somesuch.
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:iconforgivenstar:
ForgivenStar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Cool, I kinda said the first comment a little wrong haha. If it's gonna be all cool and fancy like this I can wait.
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asluc96 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not bad!
Can't wait to see it animated for the final version!
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:iconrautakoura:
Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Aye, neither can I!
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:iconhelsaabi:
Helsaabi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I really love it! <3
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Rautakoura Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Boah, I'm glad for it then! ^^
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
:D
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