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Fall From Grace by Glaive-Silver Fall From Grace by Glaive-Silver
Dearest sister... I have allowed myself to stay in your shadow for far too long.
Tonight, our subjects shall truly appreciate the beauty of the night.
For the sun will never rise again, and the night shall reign eternal!


Luna, please... Don't make me do this...

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Luna had finally reached her breaking point in regards to the ponies always ignoring her night sky. She paced about her room, putting the last pieces of her plan together. If their subjects didn't want to see how beautiful the night sky was, she would make them see it. As cruel as it seemed, they would wake up to a world where night was all-encompassing, and could not be ignored. The door to her room swung open, and in the doorway stood her sister. Her plans needed to change to accommodate for this snag.

I decided to make this drawing to visually 'counter' the Celestia drawing I created a couple of weeks ago, which can be found here: [link]. It's been sitting in the back of my mind as an idea, and I just had to draw it in between studying for exams.

As you can see, Luna is already beginning to turn into Nightmare Moon. I figured she was about the same size as Celestia before her transformation and subsequent rescue by Twilight and company.

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MLP: FiM is Hasbro
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:iconthejboy88:
As I have said many times before, I give a great deal of credit to artists who can make their fan-art closely resemble the style and look of the original source material, and this picture is no exception. The lines, the colouring, the way it feels like an actual flash image. If I hadn’t been told this was fan-art, I’d actually mistake this for something made by the show’s actual animators. So on that count, it looks great.

As for what the picture’s about, again I’m impressed. The artist has done a fine job in capturing the feel of the moment. You look at this picture and you can almost feel the frustration and anger that the character of Luna is going through in this scenario. The addition of darker elements, like the dark magic twisting up her leg and the cat-like irises of her eyes, all add to the feeling that this is a character who is close to the ends, ready to tip over.

As mentioned in the description, this is actually a companion picture to an earlier work by this artist, the latter of which depicted Luna’s sister, Celestia, challenging her. Having now looked at both pictures I can safely say that this one is a good match for the older picture. I can see both in my head right now and it is a truly powerful image.

However, the one area this picture lets itself down on is originality. At this point I have seen many pictures depicting Luna’s turn to the dark side, so I can’t really say this picture is breaking new ground by being about this subject. However, I’ve never felt that originality was the be-all-end-all of any picture’s quality. Just because something’s been done before doesn’t make another attempt at it any less good because of it. So even though it loses some points for originality, know that this does not bother me in the slightest. It’s still a good picture.

Overall while I can’t say this is the best Luna picture I’ve seen on DeviantArt, It’s certainly a very well-made picture in it’s own right. The art work is good to look at and consistent with the style of the show. The events it depicts carry enough emotion to get the viewer wrapped up in what’s going on and the whole thing has a very professional feel about it.

A very worthy piece of art.
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wild-fire93 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
THis IS AWESOME!!!!!!
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Original-Luna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
I used her if that was ok  princess-night-luna.deviantart…
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can PrincessLunaMoon15 use this, please?
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MLPFiMRox Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Using Sombra's magic?!
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AariannaD Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I honestly love how you can see the transformation slowly engulfing her and transforming her into her nighmare. Even at the height of her anger she is still showing some control.
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Don't do it, Luna! Your subjects LOVE you and your night! Turn not a blind eye to the astronomers, who could not see the stars because of your elder sister's blinding Sun! And what of those families (and I can assure you they are not few) who regularly gaze at the night sky as they enjoy a late-night picnic? Do not ignore these loving subjects, Princess Luna, I beseech you! They would be horrified by the nightmare that has possessed you and wait is she being banished to the Moon...?
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sabrina1303 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I'm not the only one who thinks her mane was like that before she was Nightmare Moon? YAY!
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
"Thou already had everything that one could desire! Now, dear sister, thy era of the Day has ended, and I shall claim what is rightfully mine!"
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NightXMoonXDream Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty.. :faint:
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ChaosZero102 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
you said you believe she's about the same size as Celestia before her transformation and subsequent rescue by Twilight and co? but she's not, she's shorter than Celestia, because we see them side by side a few times in the show, like at the wedding's reception, at the coronation, and even after her rescue, as Nightmare Moon, she's probably the same size/height as Celestia, but as Luna, she's shorter/smaller than Celestia, she's also, not fully grown either.
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vedisdragon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Words still cannot describe how utterly PERFECT this drawing is. hurbururubhaurhb I love how you it look mid-transformation~ X3
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limbf21477 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Can I recolor if I credit you?
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sonicfan13666 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Luna looks bucking EPIC in this
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:icondronita:
Dronita Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Suddenly, Luna starts singing: [link]
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:iconvedisdragon:
vedisdragon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done! Great work! ^^
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:iconturbolover175:
turbolover175 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The way the evil is overtaking her is quite reminiscent of Princess Mononoke.
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EaLicaria Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I love the eyes! >w<
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orion1836 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
This is amazing - quite possibly the best transformation picture I've seen!
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hip-indeed Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH yeah, this is the kinda pic I've been waiting for. And one can't help but ponder some kind of tie between Sombra and NMM given their rise to prominence around the same time a millenium ago, both members of the 'pony' race rather than some alien creature like a draconequus or changeling, corrupted by dark magic...
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Love it, and I love the little backstory you added there.
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Toa-Ignicus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This reminds me of that one drawing that I found. [link]
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tigereye504 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I love it! the only change I would make it to change the second line to

Today, our subjects shall truly appreciate the beauty of the night.

It puts emphasis on the fact that she is disrupting the day, rather than just putting on a pretty meteor shower or something (though why Cele would be opposed to that...)
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MTHERULERMAN Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
LOONA
YOO NO WOT YOR DOOIN
LETT NOWON EVUR TELL YO DIFFUURNT
DIS IZ YOO
CELESTYA JUSS DUZNT GET YOO
SHEE IZ OALD
ANN IGNORUNT OFF WOT DA PEEPULL NEED
YOR NIGHT IZ DA DEFINITY OFF BYUTEE
ANN ALL DOZ HOO TRAI TO PRETEND
DAT DEY DISGREE
WILL FEEL DA KOLD BLADE OF TROOF
ANN DER DEFF WILL BEE SAKRIFISEZ
TOO DA NIGHT GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

ALL HAIL QUEEN LOONA
HAIL
HAIL
HAIL AND KILL
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KarrinBlue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
This makes waaaay too much sense. Cool!

I wonder if Luna can use some kind of 'pure' version of the dark magic. That'd be interesting - something that 'swaps' the nature of a something? Does that makes sense?
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Xcalipoor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I love transformation pictures like these, and I must say incorporating the dark magic from season 3 was nothing short of brilliant.
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kustren Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Asombroso vector de La Princesa Luna, se ve maravillosa.....:squee:
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Attemborough Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Great picture.

The style of Luna is pretty cool.
Her turquoise eyes are really beautiful, even these are NMM-ish eyes.
GJ!
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matty4z Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
hmmm? wonder if thats how she got taken over?
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Civwub Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I can not express enough how awesome her eyes look! They are stunning and prolly very deep to gaze into, they would tell this story well. Fantastic job!
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ClockworkHeart42 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Nightmare Moon Origins, Theory #3- Corrupted by dark magic. Cool picture. Luna looks amazing wit the dragon eyes.
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cormy1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Needs moar Luna art with her eyes like that.
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Atalix Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   General Artist
Luna darkside :dummy: she rocks!
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes... So nice Luna!
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Luna getting it real!
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome design
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DarkShadowguardian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Wow Luna is sexy with that eviless style XD. I love it nice work. <3
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Dronita Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great start of story on both pictures :thumbsup::aww: Nightmare Moon is my favorite villain because of the reason she turned evil. I just love the stories people make to explain it. :iconnightmaremoonplz: YAY!
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ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
My but Luna looks shockingly good with dragon eyes.
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CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Maybe the reason for Luna's random distrust of Twilight was based more on feelings than logic. She might have subconsciously sensed the same seeds of Hatred and Fear buried deep in her heart, just waiting to take root.

Still not sure how I feel about the possibility of Celestia wanting to make her an Alicorn...

But it'd be fun to see those fears bear fruit. :iconpsychotwilightplz:
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Entou Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So does Luna defy age or something? I mean if she's like this before Nightmare Moon, and she was, they confirmed it in Season 3, why does she just suddenly go young again?
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Her more "youthful" appearance at the end of the series' second episode was a result of just how much power she had lost when she was defeated by the Elements.
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turbolover175 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Then I just wonder if she's going to grow, or should I say, return, to a size equal to Celestia...
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Entou Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well alright then.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Good picture. I think you did a great job in getting this pic to counter your older one. Now all we need is a pic with both together.
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ragnad Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Qeue the ominous music as the temperature of the room drops and an almost subliminal rumbling intrudes at the very edge of concious hearing - like the rumbling of far-off volcanoes...
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has come out quite nicely, I see. I also see that you've changed your mind on the mane being in mid-transformation. I take it that it just wasn't working out?
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Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... I couldn't get the transition to look smooth at all. So I just went with Luna's normal mane.
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Layne-Pawz Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good.First piece I've seen with Luna using Dark magic.Very nice.If I ever start making comics.I know which vector im using first!
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Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you do make a comic using this, I'd love to see it when it's complete!
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Layne-Pawz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course!^^
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