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Statim Luna

For my First Contact War universe.

Some might've hoped for this, after seeing Celestia making a FCW appearance again. Well... here we go :P
This armour is from the same piece I had Celestia's armour in:

In the time spend compared with Celestia's (This took half the amount), I can definitely notice there was no complex perspective involved. Then again, it's not daytime either! (Shadows are less detailed)
I did have some fun with the mane, and just wanted to make some flowing interactive fog/mist/clouds/stuff

Anyhow, have some ancient Moon Princess action.

PS: This was actually my 2nd attempts in the stream, my first attempt took me 3 hours on its own, but I scrapped that. ( Statim Luna [Scrapped] )

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Statim Luna [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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ConnectingCreativity's avatar
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This piece of art shows emotional feelings and the way many share art with others
We know that this price has creativity and could never be sold tho something that this holds so much memories into a persons heart that letting go isn't a option
This is truly amazing in every way
Showing how one can be stronger than all and other may fall
This is truly a work of art something that shines brighter than many !
And I believe that this is a true price of beauty. Never sold or bought but kept in your heart
This has the meaning of art
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This is my first official critique, and I am also a major Princess Luna fan, however I don't let that obscure my view on art, style, and so-forth.

First off, this piece can not simply be looked over quickly without missing anything, as there is so much detailing that to fully appreciate this piece, one would have to look over it for at least a good 15 to 30 mins, if even to an hour, if you wish to observe every detail, tid bit, and part that when into making this as a whole.
The theme, setting, and ambiance sets the tone and ground for what this piece delivers. It is like a foundation that has been carefully measured, marked, poured, and gone over with to give a solid base to work with.
A dark, blue tinted night that holds the haunting of what hides in the darkness, a full moon that tries to shine its light through scattered thick clouds, and a thick mist on the ground from which horrors of the night reach up and through to grasp those who wander about lost. This setting gives our Night Princess the base to shine through and present her self to others with her duties and responsibilities to the citizens of Equestria. Luna shows her self as the defender of the night against those who use the night and darkness to haunt and harm others. She stomps and drives off those that reach through the mist, and opens the clouds to let her moon light shine to drive off those that hide in the darkness. She fights and defeats the stuff that nightmares are made of.

On the image of Luna, we have her as a warrior, dawned in armor with her symbol as a crest on the front. Her lack of crown shows that this is not the time to show her self as a ruler, but as a defender of her ponies. The armor gives the image of strength as a fighter, and does show that even one as strong and powerful needs to protect her self. it is simple, but hints at some elegance which doesn't sacrifice function for fashion. This also looks to be the vehicle that holds a tremendous power as shown through Luna's appearance its self.

As one looks further into the Princess' image, we see her face, eyes, main, and tail, along with her wings. Each of these show the true power of the Night princess as she does battle. The face shows focused determination. A drive to fight and defeat these creatures. Her eyes look and shine like the crescent moon, with the twinkle of stars spotting lightly in the reflection. Her main and tail glow at some parts while fading into darkness with distant stars spread throughout, making her hair look like a nebula in deep space. Notice also how the hair is swept about, a moment paused as she is moving quickly in her fight. And finally her wings, though not as elaborate as her main and tail, are still vital to her image here, not because of her being an Alicorn, but as it also adds to her image against those she fights. It makes her appear bigger, more threatening, and gives her the readiness to take flights and redirect her attack at a moments notice. The feathering is of a more classic design and is smooth in texture and blending with the other feathers.

And though Luna does draw much of the attention to her in this piece, one must not forget to observe the detailing of the gryphons below her. It would be easy to forget that this is a battle that takes place in the sky, as the gryphons have an almost undead look to them, giving to the thought that this is on the ground.

This is indeed a work of art and deserves great praise and recognition.
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Love this piece, absolutely love it.
Seriously, this is pretty much how I envisioned the Royal Sisters to fight regular doods (though I imagine Celestia would be a bit flashier).
Anyway, love the change you made to the armour (that high collar looked kinda uncomfortable).
Love the effect on the mane and tail as well, especially the tail going from bright to dark and kinda cloud/smoke-ish.

Minor nitpicks:
-the neck looks like its one consistent thicknes up and down
-the position of the left hindleg looks a bit awkward
-with the head at the angle that it is, the ear should probably attach a bit further "towards" us

Anyway, keep up the awesome work.
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This is a masterpiece that demands context. One of those pictures that catches your glance and holds it. To see what's going on you need to look at it, and even then you don't get the fully story. With an almost ghostly allure to it, the mist and her mane have a natural look to them that indicates movement; a rare quality of good art. The lighting also feels natural, thought the major flaw is at where the moon is there should be a shadow in front of her; however, this is all ignored by the average viewer, and if told would need to look to confirm it. I will say that in leaving out that shadow to better show what is happening is a plus, as it allows for the clearest view of the creatures under the mist. Besides, it gives the effect that her mane is glowing, and that's just cool.

If I could give any advice, it would be to keep doing what you're doing, because what you're doing is spectacular.
Bigoldinosaur's avatar
"The dead do not suffer the living to pass." 

"Bite your tongue, Gryphons. The dead do not speak."

DBrentOGara's avatar
I like this one too! :D
Hunternif's avatar
Browsing my old favorite pony fan artworks, this piece to this day is one of the very BEST!
battlecruiser006's avatar
I can describe this picture with one word: AWESOME!
Dragonjek's avatar
The Princess of the Moon is known for her kindness as she comforts her people within the darkness of dreams.
But harm her ponies, and you will quickly see how cold a heart a grow when laid bare before the frozen emptiness of space.
DarkOmen94's avatar
Doesn't suprise me if she knows necromancy as well
Bethyani's avatar
Amazing artwork! XD
Unkownbrony52's avatar
Very fierce. And I love the color I the hair.
Drakei's avatar
Beautiful  :D  :D
FearsomeRindall's avatar
I'm not even a fan of MLP, but when this came up on some reccomendations, I was completely starstruck! It's brilliantly well done! The details like the mane and the tail absolutely breathtaking, and the starry background is wonderful. Keep up the good work, you deserve every view and favourite on this piece!! =D
ConnectingCreativity's avatar
This is just one masterpiece that has no price
Never bought or sold cause it lays in many hearts
This is just so unique and full of beauty!!
Drakenhof's avatar
One of the best pieces of art i have seen here
Sevenscence's avatar
:iconassasinmonkey: ... Very, very rarely do I use the word "masterpiece," especially here, on DeviantArt. But WOW!!!

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The armor detail, the luminescence of her mane and tail, the attention to form and shape in reference to her face, snout, and wings — I could go on and on and on!

:blahblah: revamp 

Seriously, though, FIVE SWAGGIN' LUNAS!

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Haruka--chan's avatar
Oh my goodness, the mane!!!

I just love the details you put into this!! ^____^
Ashoof's avatar
o ..o.. o.. WOW!!! 
TacoLeTurtle's avatar
Dat Luna!And the armor is so fitting and the scene! I love a good drawing/painting and this is one!
BlueLizard287's avatar
Her armor looks amazing!
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