Luna, don't make me have to use the Elements! You're better than this, I know you are!
Everyone enjoys the night sky, but even ponies need to rest! They appreciate what you do!
No, sister. We... do not believe what you are saying is true...
Celestia had just entered her study and removed her shoes when a guard had dashed into the room, stammering something nearly incoherent about her sister, Luna. Concerned, Celestia quickly went to see what was wrong, and was met with a horrible sight. A mare with a coat as black as ink, and an ethereal mane filled with softly twinkling stars, stood before her. She called herself 'Nightmare Moon'.
I decided to test a new shading style, just to see how it would turn out, and I think I like it quite a bit more than the style I used before. Everything just seems... cleaner. Regardless, I think I may stick with this style, or even jump back and forth between this one and the softer shadows.
Seeing as I haven't really drawn Celestia in great detail lately, much less in a somewhat dynamic pose, I chose her as my subject for this drawing. Her light coloring, plus her wings, horn, and jewelry, let me really practice my shading.
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