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July 5, 2012
Discord versus Lightmare Sun by *Ziom05
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Discord versus Lightmare Sun

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Yep! Finally MLP art. ;)

This battle took place many thousands of years before the current events. And it is not the final battle of good against Lord of Chaos.

Discord with his new favorite doll versus Celestia, on her burn of rage form: Lightmare Sun.

What do you think?

Timeline:

Founding of Equestria ( "Hearth's Warming Eve" episode ) --> The conquest of the country by Discord. The reign of chaos. --> Bunt alicorn sisters and their allies against the Lord of Chaos --> This battle ( Fail ) --> The final battle with the all Elements of Harmony ( I think Celestia and Luna were users of a specific single item ). Discord Lost. --> Much later Nighmare Moon time --> Thousand years later, today time.
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Holy cow....

First of all, can I just say this is beautiful..in a fiery, war, destruction kind of way? Like a forest fire or the eruption of a volcano from far away beautiful?

Okay so I'm not exactly a great artist but I am an art enthusiast and I know a good thing when I see one. The details are unbelievable, okay, maybe they are a little believable because they are so REALISTIC! Everything looks so real, the emotions, the characters, the setting, it feels like I could step in and be there with them.

Okay, I don't know about you, but I love it when cartoon characters are portrayed more realistically/darker. I would've never guessed that this is MLP if I didn't recognize all of the characters. It looks like a completely original idea and it definitely stands alone as more than fanart. Well done.

(P.S Discord looks savage af and I just love that, it has sort of a Godzilla/King Kong kind of vibe actually.)

Great job! Keep up the great work!
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Well, where to start? To begin with, the piece is anarchic, brutal and captivating, as one would expect from a scene such as this. The design of the being on the left is rather interesting, for it is certainly brutal and rather unique. The being on the right looks like a cross between a nightmare, a Pegasus and a phoenix, an odd combination that looks superb. As for the puppet, it is a start contrast to the other two, given the more bright colors and the fact it is wrapped in chains.

Given my lack of familiarity of My Little Pony, this is something of a shock to me, never would have expected this. Regardless, brilliant work Ziom, keep it up.
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...Damn son. I don't even know where to begin. This is one of the most amazing pieces I have ever seen in my life. Just the technical layout alone makes me cry a little, it's beautiful. The details are all really well done, but it still retains enough of that digital-weird-blur-effect that I love. The idea behind it it great, and it fits well with the fan back story. I really love the depth you've managed to pull off, that's usually one of the hardest parts for me to do right. All in all, this is a beautiful representation of an epic event; it reminds me of some of the old Norse epic poems actually...
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I am not familiar with this universe so can not comment on the contents of the story line. But I do find the composition, the coloring and the intensity of the imaging; phenomenal. The intricacy of the amour, the detail in the fur, feathers and wings; outstanding.

The pull-push of the composition keeps the viewer moving throughout the image, therefore giving the storytelling quality of the art tremendous drive. The cool blue of the near center horse is not extinguished by the dominate brights and darks of the other figures. This only hightens the drama. Very well done. I hope I haven't been too wordy.
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First of all, WOW. I had to stare at this for a few minutes.

The composition is fantastic. You've captured movement flawlessly, and the scene is very three-dimensional. Celestia's design is absolutely stunning. She appears as though she was just born of a volcano, and she is just angry.
Discord definitely looks and feels like a Lord of Chaos, not just another puny villain. His presence is very intimidating. Everything here screams war and struggle; as if the battle for Equestria lasted for decades. You've managed to convey years of history for a fictional place into one painting.

5 Stars for vision, you certainly brought a new life to these characters.
5 Stars for originality, I would have never thought that Celestia would have an "ultimate" form like Nightmare Moon, and you've done a wonderful job with the design.
5 Stars for technique, this looks like something you'd see in official concept art books, or possibly on a special edition cover for a video game (if one for this universe existed).
5 Stars for impact, the image is raw and powerful. You make the viewer feel immersed in this battle.

Overall this is an extremely well executed piece.
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Holy jeez. I'm no professional artist, and only have a minute fraction of the skill that went into this piece, so maybe this review will go by the wayside. I hope I can still do this justice though, because this is amazing.

Firstly: the color stands out to me the most. This picture is burning hot-- the wings on Celestia (*ahem*, Lightmare) are the most noticeable due to their value in such a dark and chaotic piece. That being said, Luna's colors feel a twinge odd. They contrast well enough to stand out and are immediately just as noticeable as Celestia's wings (due to hue this time), but I feel that a very subtle shift in either saturation or hue may have complimented better. The lighting falls off well, but I worry that the mane can't decide if it wants to be hot or cold-- although, this might be the dichotomy you were aiming for. I feel like Luna is a lesser element in this piece when compared to the rustic colors and details of Discord (especially in that fur and those chains) and the intricacies and glow of Celestia's armor and wings. This may also be furthered by a reduced level of detail on Discord's body, right behind Luna's head. I noticed this region seems to be the smoothest, for both Luna and Discord both. While it makes some sense for Discord, as it's moving into the background, Luna seems oddly smooth and not as detailed.

The motion of the piece is really dramatic, especially with the foreground streaks of flame, and the motions of Discord's limbs versus Luna's struggle. I think if Luna's head was reared back a tad more, it may have furthered the effect. As is she just seems to be floating at the ends of her chains--which are taut, nonetheless. More resistance might have implied she was in the process of being pulled, which may have had a more dynamic effect-- but regardless there's a lot of power behind the actions drawn. (And still, the tautness as opposed to a yanking action may be what you were aiming for.)

One thing that has me curious, I do not see Discord's legs. Were they omitted by choice, or are they just out of shot?

I'm going to conclude on the armor because.. HNNGG. I love metal when it comes to digital art, and the details you put into Lightmare's armor are just wicked. The glow and color excites me, I can see everything from white to pink to yellow. I love the subtle molten cracks in Celestia's flesh as well, and am curious what effect would have been attained if the molten glow was increased some--though such a change I think wouldn't alter much in the piece, just suggesting it out of curiosity's sake. (I may have to draw fanart of your design it stands out to me so much.)

Overall though, this work is phenomenal. I'm awestruck that this was inspired by a kid's TV show. I don't feel qualified to critique it, but I did anyway to the best of my ability. Hope you don't mind if I borrow it as a wallpaper for my desktop? <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/r/r…" width="15" height="15" alt="=P" title="=P (Razz)"/>
Ziom05's avatar
Go ahead :) Thank you very much for Critique
Noah-NMB's avatar
I swear to god, all the good pictures of Discord fan art on google come from you
Dragynn275's avatar
Lightmare Sun looks a bit like a ponified Sauron.
fordaplot's avatar
Congrats; this is canon now ^~^
Wow. This is legitimately amazing. Great job.
EnderLady66's avatar
Demonic! Mythical! War! Powerful! I looooveee it!!
thedarkmink's avatar
Day - night
sun - moon
daymare - nightmare
daymare sun - nightmare night
Thatlegonerd365's avatar
This looks way to serious to be my little ponyOops! 
Lupineborn's avatar
....your drawings of MLP are the most EPIC ones I've ever encountered in here. The artwork is so amazing it hurts.
Jester--Girl's avatar
I have no words to describe this. 
Galaticat's avatar
I admire how you've taken the characters of a simple children show with basic physical features and portrayed them into epic and graceful muses designed with phenomenal details. 
Quicksilver1987's avatar
This is the result after someone decides to piss off an elder sibling that cares. This is moving, but very badass. 
TylerFreeFlight's avatar
SnapCentino's avatar
"You want to kill me, Celestia! Then take the shot! Think you can save your sister? I bet not!"
dragon567lover's avatar
I have a name for Tia's I'M ANGRY mode

Day Dream Sun

The oppsite of NightMare Moon
MNCdude's avatar
Remains me of Chaos Knight
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