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dark side of the moon by CosmicUnicorn dark side of the moon by CosmicUnicorn
Obligatory sad/emo Luna picture.
Luna is banished to her moon prison and stares longingly up at Equestria/'Earth'/Pony-planet.

Just wanted to doodle something simple.

Alternate version here: [link]

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ZombieFX Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2019
shesh, now thats cold.
your laughing avatar does make it only more mean 
RednessShadow Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I acctually feel bad for luna/nightmare moon when i watch Friendship Is magic-Part one
and  Princess Twilight Sparkle-part 1 and part 2
Crusadier Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
SwagarificUnicorn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
At first I felt a Pink Floyd reference but I guess not XD
Headmoon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
so sad... really good job !
Cyeshinni Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So awesome!
learcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Breathe, Breathe in the air.
Don't be afraid to care.
Leave, Don't leave me.
Look around, Choose your own ground.
Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be....
ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
mlalande9 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for 'simple doodle' this is amazing.
blueeyeswhitelady23 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
'wants to give sad Luna a hug'
coonk9 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Poor Luna.. I want give her huggles <3
heartsvenom Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
In loneliness, Hatred thrives. I am now sad ='(
QuilloManar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
But with hate and anger... Comes Sadness and regret.
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Sad yet beautiful.
Tobi501 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Artist
Awesome Pawesome.
AyaNovus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Epic as always ^^
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awwww, well, she's home now :D
Vielwerth Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Ah, dammit...
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
It's not that I was unsympathetic to Nightmare Moon being imprisoned, but imagining little Princess Luna suffering like that really makes my heart sink. The paper textures look good and give her body a lot of depth, though the shadows and very subtle highlights helped a lot too. The Earth looks lovely, maybe more vibrant than as seen from space but that only makes her crave it that much more.

Her tears spilling onto the ground really hit me hard too.
Lunarlight-Prism Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the simplicity of the background, gives a more powerful feel of her being so far beyond all light, and happiness. A lovely work.
Czarine-the-Restless Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks great! But the physics of the image really bother me. What exactly is the reason that you didn't draw the moon's surface? It's not the dark side of the moon because Luna is lit up and you can see where the sunlight is coming from if you look at what part of earth/Equestria/whatever is lit up.

If it's laziness, I gotta say I completely understand. I do so hate having to spend copious amounts of precious time on doing backgrounds. :] Well, hate is a big word, I just prefer drawing characters. :meow:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011

The purpose of this drawing was to practice doing lineart without the use of a scanned sketch. It was something quick (about an hour). Speedpainting/drawing.

As far as artistic reasons go, I did consider drawing the surface of the moon, but I like the idea of her being imprisoned "inside" the moon. My original draft did have the the planet through a sort of grey portal, as though she were looking out a "window" from with her lunar cell... However, the window/portal looked weird...

So I opted for the poetic empty blackness of space instead, which I think better suits the emotion in this simple drawing.
She stands in dark oblivion, for she is in exile, and there exists nothing except the vast emptiness of space above her, with the home she once knew forever suspended out-of-reach (much like the moon appears to those on the planet's surface). She stands in complete "aloneness" -and that is her sorrow.
The title is merely a reference to the Pink Floyd album [of the same name] and song "Brain Damage", and not necessarily her physical location on the moon.

If you want to get into the physics of it... then there technically is no such thing as the "dark side" of the moon, only the farside . Now, I can't speak for Equestria's moon, but on Earth the moon appears not to rotate since it rotates once for every revolution it makes around the earth... and we only see the nearside. The "dark side" of the moon is simply the moon's night --which, I think, gives the name "Nightmare Moon" an additional poetic element.
In addition, I don't think the laws of physics would operate as we are familiar with them in a universe where magic exists.

And I'm sure there was a laziness factor as well... :lol:

Thanks for your comment. :heart:

J4B Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That explanation makes the picture even better.
Czarine-the-Restless Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you succeeded with your purpose in this piece.

At least you put a lot of thought in your artwork and I (and obviously a lot of other people as well) can always appreciate that. :]

You're welcome!
Buttersc0tchSundae Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The earth is simply beautiful! Poor Luna.. but then, if you weren't so sad you wouldn't be so popular. Everypony loves a deity that suffers like they do.
SeaBastian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scopeguardpony Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I can't think of anything to say except...
I think it's marvelous. :lol:
scopeguardpony Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon
Dey-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
magnificent, I love this one, Luna looks so sad there but beautiful too, poor lil thing :heart:
purpletinker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Poor Luna...
SupremeInferno Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
*glows angelic-white as he hugs her*
Inferno: Don't cry...I'm here. It may be cold & dark on the moon, but I will keep you warm & I shall illuminate your dark times here, for I shall stay by your side.
Alianna013 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Oh so cool. :3
DragonStrider Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dont worry the guys in the secret nazi moonbase will keep you company :XD:
Fanimusmaximus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Forever alone...
BananaMilk04 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Minnie-Mocha Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
N'aww. :C
Simbaro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow sir, another fabulous piece! Tip of the hat to you :D You remain my favorite MLP fan artist.
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