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Star Mares 3.1.1: A Long Time Ago...

Call me shallow, but one of the things I like about RotJ is how much slicker it seems than the previous two films - the sets seem more solid, the modelwork smoother and more detailed, and the performances... well, just as corny in places, but with more stage presence.  With that in mind, this time I decided not to cut corners on the design of the Nightmare Moon.  With the original I basically just drew a bunch of circles, slapped a whole bunch of lines and randomized rectangles on them (driving the system resource drain through the roof in the process) and called it a day.  I was never really that happy with it, but at the start I was more concerned with getting stuff done and keeping the momentum going than I was with making it actually look good.  Now that I'm pretty sure I'm not going to just stop working on it, I can afford to be a little more discerning :)

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That's a pretty nice Nightmare Moon. I might even go so far as to say that that's the nicest Nightmare Moon that can exist in this comic, seeing as too much detail would just make it look out of place.
tigreanpony's avatar
And it starts, oh I'm so looking forward to this episode, Return of the Jedi was one of my favorites too.
Sidekick-lover's avatar
Well, the new Nightmare Moon looks amazing. You should be proud of it. :)
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That's a pretty sinusoidal pattern you've got there on the inside of the Nightmare Moon II. (I only said this because I'm taking a digital image processing course in college and sinusoids are the go to pattern for showing the effect of various modification processes. The pattern's been drilled into my brain!!! SEND HELP!!!)
KittyTheS's avatar
It's also what I use for hologram effects :) Gotta love the 'repeat mirrored' gradient tool.
I think I noticed it here because we've been doing grayscale images for practicing processing concepts, so the colored versions didn't stick out to me as much as this one did...

On a side note, I wonder what you'd see if you took the Fourier Transform of some of your comic pages... I know the simpler stuff we look at turns into a whole new kind of art when we do that... Just curious...
AJR001's avatar
Here we go again. :D
Reshiram95's avatar
nice new icon btw the way ^_^
PhoenixFlambe's avatar
Will there be an episode vii or rouge one?
KittyTheS's avatar
The special we just finished was Rogue One.

As for subsequent main-series films, I'm not going to commit to a storyline if I have no idea where it's going.  Plus I'd kind of like to do something else, for a bit at least.
Aprion's avatar
and so begins the last story arc. Im both thrilled and sad. thrilled because more space ponies. sad because after this it will be over.

unless there's plans for more stuff?
KittyTheS's avatar
Don't get too choked up about it - volume 3's going to last until summer :P

There aren't plans for more.  There are ideas, but I don't know how or if I'm going to implement any of them.  Even if I do, I'd kind of like to take a break after I'm done, at least for a little while.
Aprion's avatar
I can understand the desire to take a break or just to work on something else for a little while. I often feel the same when im trying to write the next chapter of my fanfic. Still its good to know I'll be able to enjoy this comic for a while yet :D
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albedoequals1's avatar
Moon Tear gets to escort Dark Feather's shuttle after being openly disloyal and Dark Feather trying to kill her?  That seems like a bit of a stretch.
Let's not forget that Dark Feather is based on Darth Vader, who, as a pilot himself, saw pilots as a cut above and would definitely want the best pilots nearby, even mouthy disobedient ones. Besides, given the pure unmitigated arrogance level from Dark Feather, I'm sure she believes that, despite what happened last time, that she could effortlessly kill Moontear at any time.
KittyTheS's avatar
The old adage about keeping your enemies closer is applicable here.  Also, the only ponies who know about their little disagreement are the Executor's bridge crew, whereas the entire starfleet knows about how Moontear dramatically saved Dark Feather from a rebel terrorist... yacht.  The optics wouldn't look good if they pawned her off somewhere else.

(It's also a plot point, but that won't come in until much later).
ColdSnap777's avatar
Or Dark Feather is keeping tabs on Moon Tear.
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