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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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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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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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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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