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Dawn by Promilie Dawn by Promilie
More lineart-less painting. I felt like painting the moment before Nightmare Moon got banished to the moon, so here it is.

I don't like painting wings, all the feathers are such a hazzle to do without lines.
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VL32 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
Nightmare Moon: This is the daylight's end, dear "sister"!

Celestia: No... this is where I stop you!
CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
The feels man!
julian0123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome and touching picture.
RoseyWingedCat Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing... i love their expressions
Pepsi-CoIa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Persona22 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
That expression on Celestia's face... reminds me of the last words on Ga-Rei Zero's opening song: Would you kill someone you love because you love them?
iamli3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
hehe looks just like futiz's game of this....
xelianthought Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Great piece, Celestia and NMM look great, (Go Celestia!)
MysteryOfDerpyHooves Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I love this, it look's just like NMM's mane is an actual piece of midnight sky in the dawn.
NavelColt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is one of the most stunning MLP pieces I've ever seen. Nightmare Moon's expression just gives me chills, while Celestia's makes me sad, and that's not something that's easy to do. A fantastic job!
IsThatAUnicorn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
love nightmare's mane in this piece it's so pretty!!
1vonreich123 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow............Nightmare Moon looks so beautiful
BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome design
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PrincessSunelestia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes,yes die die! I have everything and you have nothing!:iconpetergriffinplz:
J4B Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the details on Nightmare Moons armor. The scratches.

Very nice picture. I think it is very well done.
choco-latte-squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very fantastic.
Senems Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Oh, I love this. Celestia's expression is so heartbreaking, though. Brilliantly done! ^.^
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Celestia shouted, "Luna! Enough! You've gone crazy!"

"My name is NOT 'Luna' anymore! And I've never seen things more clearly! As long as the sun rises, I'm nothing more than an accessory for you!"
ReadToasts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] this music.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Why the link?
ReadToasts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you can listen Luna Eurobeat while you watch the picture NMM in the moment of being vanished to the moon! :evillaugh:
hamsterdoom360 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I absolutely love this. The colors, the expressions, everything just has this epic feel to it. And, oh, the dramatic irony, it's so delicious. With the presence of the EoH we all know how this battle will turn out but the defiance in NMM's eyes, so cocksure and prideful, I tingle at the thought of being able to watch this battle unfold. I've always thought that NMM (or Luna in general) must have had more magical talent than Celestia seeing as how she was able to single-handedly overthrow Cel (even before becoming NMM) and that Cel had to resort to using the EoH in order to defeat her, but I digress.

Now on to my critique. Fortunately I have only one problem with this picture. Technically the battle took place after NMM had completely covered the world in darkness. Now, if that just meant she covered the world in clouds or something than she is fine, but if that's the case she should really consider a name change and possibly a different cutie mark.
Promilie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well personally I always believed she simply did what she did in the pilot episodes aka bring forth eternal night. This is why I called the image 'dawn'. The sun rises as Celestia returns to bring an end to the dark night and begin the day / night cycle anew.
Originally the image had a more dark blue night-sky feel, but I guess I failed at the transition between night and dawn, heh.

Either way, I am glad you liked my painting :)
Eventime05 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
This is pretty badass. Well done sir

ShimaFox Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally Awesome!
KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Nevertheless, those wings looks pretty good. I guess I even don't need to tell how awesome looks NMM on the foreground.

Did you ever do any draft sketching at all or just... start painting as it is?
Promilie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, i did indeed sketch this beforehand. In fact, I went through the trouble of making proper clean lineart, but then I realized it wouldn't cut it. I sketch all my images before I start to paint, but they usually end up in quite different places.
This is why I prefer painting over simply colouring lineart. The paintwork is like a lump of clay that I can shape like I want, while lineart is more like a pottery that I paint. No matter what I do I'll have to make a new pot if I want to have the shape different.

Sadly I no longer have the sketch for this piece, as I disliked it enough to not save it as a separate file. Celestia especially looked very differently in the sketch and lineart. I am very happy that I decided to paint a new one instead, haha. I'll remember to keep my sketches for future paintings.

Thank you for your positive feedback :)
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