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Midnight in Canterlot by Noben Midnight in Canterlot by Noben
Hey look, MLP fanart. So I tried a whole new style for this one. Is okay?

I've always thought of Lunas mane and tail to really be just filters for the world around her, eliminating all physical obstruction to see the night sky no matter where she is. Through the clouds, through the ground, she always has a clear image of the stars.

(This is why I have Orion right there in her hair.)

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Also, Sunrise in Equestria.
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The first thing my eye notices is the bright colors in the upper left corner. At first glance... The light is too bright on the top edges of those moon-crossing clouds. It feels more like dusk than deepest night. But… As the eye shies away from the brightness of the moon it follows the stripe of night sky un-obstructed by the clouds above or the haze of light pollution from below. That pure night sky leads me straight to the darkest spot on the page – Luna’s mane. It sucks my attention in like looking down the blackness of a well. Skipping over the wing, the starscape of her tail then whips my attention around the bottom right corner and follows the darkness at to the lower right corner and up to the rail… …which leads me right back to Luna.

The colors of this composition make my eye spiral around the image always leading me back to Luna. I must say that this is a masterful manipulation of my eye. The best I’ve seen since those early 1980’s Marlborough ads which always kept your attention spiraling AWAY from the surgeon general’s warning.

The third or fourth time my eye spirals around the page I realize that the starry blackness of her tail and mane is a comforting refuge for an eye seared by those too-bright clouds or repelled by the rosy haze of light pollution coming off the city.

Well done indeed!

PS: …then I read your wonderful idea about Luna's mane and tail and realized why you kept dragging my attention back to those windows into outer space…

Well done indeed!
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48 out of 48 deviants thought this was fair.

This piece has pretty clear vision, though a simple one. It depicts Luna watching Canterlot on her balcony and it does it quite simply.
In terms of originality, obviously Luna is Hasbro property, but the way you portrayed her is quite different from other fanart I've seen.
The technique is excellent, I'll start with the moon and the night. Dimming both with the clouds makes them even more alluring and then bang- You contrast it with the clear starry sky of Luna's mane. The detail of Luna's mane made me feel as if I was being sucked through the clouds into the real night sky. Additionally, the perspective, colour and shadowing is excellent. I really really like the night city bathed in the moonlight. Luna's proportions and the position of her wings are placed excellently.
What mainly blows my mind is the technique used in the artwork. Especially with the night sky.

One massive qualm, that doesn't affect the artwork itself, but it's function. As a wallpaper, this piece is flawed. Most people post their desktop icons on the left hand side. The problem is that if this piece is used as a wallpaper, the icons risk blocking out the beautiful moon on the left. If you flip the piece, it'll risk blocking out Luna. This means person who uses this as wallpaper will be faced with the choice of flipping it right or flipping it left. Still, the quality of the piece will probably make people overlook the small impracticality and just force some people to clean up their desktops. Hell I'm downloading it and my desktop is messy.

To conclude this an excellent piece of digital artwork that displays very good technique and a more original take on Luna. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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32 out of 33 deviants thought this was fair.

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Unkownbrony52 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
Love it.
Johesy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The stories do not embellish the truth, her night skies are beautiful. :aww:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Lunas domain certainly has a lot to offer to ponies of all kinds.
Crusadier Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Eclipse4d Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   Digital Artist
ChimeraPublisher Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015   Digital Artist
This is beautiful. I love the idea you had for Luna's mane.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooow... so beautiful... :heart: :heart: :heart:
CinderScript Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I saw the picture and favourited immediately. I took a second look, and +watched.

That sentence may not have been clear enough to express my enthusiasm: DEAR GODDESS THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. I'd be more analytical, but I can't find the right words to describe my thoughts. Which is quite a feat mind you, as I'm a writer and all. Fantastic work, I'm going to go dive into your gallery now for more examples of sheer brilliant beauty.
ShyRedd Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your description sold me. i love it.
daveisverydramatic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student General Artist
My brain: Midnight in Ponyville SHIMMERS!!!!

Me: Wait wut? That's not right!

Great picture!!!
Jon-rex666 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
The  night  is  the  best  part  of  the ''day''
kot6 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my goodness the composition is incredible!
SameSayK Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student General Artist
My reaction: "WOW!" *drops jaw*
ClassicBlaze Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Such beautiful sight! It makes me wonder if the Night is about to bring terror or tranquility to the land.
TheRealChlobuscus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My OCD is killing me about that black line on the left.
MadNimrod Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
This is a lovely one, too.
goth-of-whoville Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I used this in a video of mine here:…
I also linked this page in the description.
timeice Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's a fantastic piece of work!
OpalShade Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Noben, first of all awesome work
I used the background for a request if that's ok with you ... if not I'll remove it
(PS: Hope this doesn't look like an insult to what you made)

Noben Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's not cool, man.  Please remove it.  I don't want to be mean about it, but yeah please ask before you make edits to another artists work.
OpalShade Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Done, thanks for the feedback
Alanna-QueenofHearts Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so pretty great job ^^
BrentOGara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the idea that Luna's mane is a cut-out filter/portal to the pure night sky.
timstro59 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I love the ambiance this picture has.
YamiKariShadow6 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Scarheart76 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep...this one's going to my favs.
Persephone1980 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Truly beautiful!
dashleigh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is incredibly beautiful ! Words cannot describe the feelings that evoke from this
reverbrony Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Hello Noben, I LOVE this artwork it is simply stunning, thank you for sharing it with us :)

I am a Brony musician and I have recently created an acoustic orchestral song called escaping reality it was written to symbolize escaping our corrupt world and finding the true unspoilt beauty of equestria and i would very much love to use this picture to represent Equestria in all it's fantasy glory, Would you please have a listen to my song and let me know if you think it is worthy of your stunning picture? [link] (it has a pretty long intro skip to 1:38 if you get bored of it) I will of course credit you both in the video itself and in the description providing a link to your Deviant art page. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, i hope you have a wonderful day.

Dowlphin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome idea. I'm trying to imagine that in animated form.
schneelocke Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Wow, what a brilliant, amazing, beautiful piece.
TheDashDub Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Hiya! Do you mind if i use this picture for a song?
Wolgr Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I use this as the cover photo of a Chillout song I'm making? That'd be amazing!
Noben Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sure, just give me credit for the pic. ^_^ Thank you very much.
Wolgr Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I please use this as the cover art of a Chillout song I'm working on? That'd be absolutely amazing! I love this photo!
Paw07 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The colors are breathtaking in this. I especially love the pink glow the city is going off. Wonderful work. :D
RainbowThis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I've always thought of Lunas mane and tail to really be just filters for the world around her, eliminating all physical obstruction to see the night sky no matter where she is. Through the clouds, through the ground, she always has a clear image of the stars."

You just blew my mind and made my favorite pony princess at least 100% more awesome. Thank you, thank you thank you :D
clpony7 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the colors and the way you did the moon and clouds. Also love your thoughts on her hair! :)
Clarice Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Oh wow, this looks so amazing!
GhostfaceNikol Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sweet Celestia *^*
Cloudedguardian Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
How did I forget to favorite this?!
Well, that's fixed now.
Raregolddragon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Top marks from riddit once more.
Noben Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey neat.
There was this burst of comments and faves, that solves that mystery. ^_^
askesalsa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is amazing...

The coloring is brilliant. Late twilight, the princess standing tall in the final stages of raising the moon, the stars, and the blissful cold of the night. Flickers of light from the royal city compete with the glow of far away giants, creating that sweet, tired romance of the dim red, like a blanket covering the loyal subjects of the night commander. She stands in the tallest place connected to the earth, in the shadow from which she can see everything, but no one can see her, and though it can sadden her at times, she does not bow her head. She fulfills her duty as princess of the night. It's simply gorgeous, the way these colors can make me stare at a picture for several minutes, as if I'm reading a book rather than just looking at a picture.

Then there's the lines. The scenery. Such gentle lines that portray a clear image in such a soothing and subtle way. It just... works...

But what really made me favorite this picture was her mane and tail. I've never thought of Luna's mane like that. It doesn't just portray the night... it is a window to the night itself. Where the stars in the sky cut off, they actually continue in her mane, in perfect form. It's so beautiful

This is why I love being a brony! This is the art that makes me think of humanity as much more than just dots in the universe. I'm actually on the verge of tears, just having looked at this for 10 minutes. Thank you for bringing such art to life. Just... thanks.
Ashoof Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
this is so beautiful! wonderful job!
darkanima270 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
wow...just WOW
lasagnapotterlover Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
her mane and tale are SO AWESOME
Quent0S Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Noben, Y U letterbox?
Noben Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't understand you.
Quent0S Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The vertical black bars on the sides of the image... I had to manually cut those out. Work = not admiring desktop :(
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