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The Mare Nubium Sets Sail

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I'm a big fan of airships, and the more literal the "ship" part, the better, so naturally I was thrilled that such things are a part of official MLP canon. (It's also a reason why I'm so enjoying Flight of the Alicorn, which certainly was a huge influence on this image as well.)

So it was inevitable that I'd have to get around to designing such a ship for my own amusement... and who is more deserving of a tall ship and a star to steer her by than the Princess of the Night herself? The Mare Nubium ("Sea of Clouds") looks to be a personal vessel for nighttime cruises with a few steampunk touches. I admit, I'm very tempted to jump back in and design her a warship named "Mare Crisium" next, but I'll hopefully come to my senses when I recall how much of a pain it was to draw this one.

On a side note, I'm not sure there ever is a crescent moon hanging over Equestria... and yet one makes up Luna's Cutie Mark, so it seems like it would have to be possible. Don't ask me how such a thing would work with the whole bizarre rotations of heavenly bodies that the Princesses have going on. That kind of thing hurts to think about for too long.

Oh, and by all means, please click on the image above and look at the big version.
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Wait wait wait... Spike's at the helm, in that glowing ball of light at the prow? O_o

How come Luna isn't?
ZanarNaryon's avatar
Are they setting sail on the Mare Nostrum?
MARTIUSdibuja's avatar
este dibujo me ah devuelto  los ánimos :'v
yukidogzombie's avatar
this is great I love airships
BlueLizard287's avatar
This is probably my favorite piece of yours. It just has such a magical feeling to it.
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I could only dream of doing art like this... 😔 For now anyway. 😎 I'm getting better the more I try.👌👍
*sneaks behind pinkie*
KlarkKentThe3rd's avatar
You drew the Traveling Pony Museum blimp, didn't you?
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All in the sea of sky my love
The moonships sail and fly my love
And many are their kind my love
Tho' all need but one wind
To make their starry ways
To make their starry ways...


--"Voyage of the Moon"
Charmless-Crescent97's avatar
What do I need to do to get you?!?!?!?! I'm kidding but seriously is this request, commission or something else.
Dragonlord-Daegen's avatar
this is a truly inspiring and elegant work of art...it reminds me of a mythological story i once read,about a powerfull magical ship that sailed across the sky at midnight every night that gave dreams to children...tho i forget what culture it originated from.

interesting place to put spike and the steering wheel.
Quicksilver1987's avatar
Excellent work! I love Apple Jack here! She looks so startled. I think it's because she's way out of her element. XD
LoudestWhispers's avatar
This has got to be one of THE greatest MLP FIM pieces of fanart that I have ever laid eyes on. This picture of yours gives off a variety of charming themes such as wonder, peacefulness, and adventure. The shading, coloring, and the atmosphere is just absolutely breathtaking. The parts that really caught my eye were Spike  steering the soaring ship in the glowing lantern(?), Pinkie's heroic stance on the beam, and Rarity fluttering through the nighttime sky with her lovely (temporary) wings. 

Now, I'm no art critic (mainly because my knowledge of the subject is slim) however, I give this a 11/10. Two thumbs up. Five stars. :)

Way to go. :D
Thyrai's avatar
I agree. I've amassed an ungodly amount of artwork from this fandom over the years, and this has to be one of the top five for the above reasons
KawaiiWonder's avatar
Incredible!!!!!! I wonder if the ponies might encounter some pirates in the 5th season!
Ravnos2's avatar
Poor Applejack.
Twilight, don't bother saving your friend's hat--SAVE YOUR FRIEND, INSTEAD!
sjnibbe's avatar
I love, love, love Pinkey Pie in this! She looks like she is having so much fun. Sweet of Twilight to save AJ's hat, too.
Moonstarofsnowclan's avatar
Oh, no! Save Applejack! Arrr, I am Pirate Pie! All shall fear me!
I love it! Nice work!
RareTea's avatar
Amazing work and detail. I've always loved flying air ships, but one with ponies is even better. The background is also very well done and just continues to add to the piece.
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