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999th by MarbleYarns 999th by MarbleYarns
Only a tiny fraction of a millennium left before Luna returns—I can only guess at the potent mix of emotions within Celestia on the eve of that thousandth year.

As far as painting goes, coloring Celestia was frightening. Taking a grey brush to a white character was difficult...even though I know she should be mostly shadowed when backlit. Weird how you have to fight yourself on some things ><

A note to Fanfic Authors: I've gotten lots of requests to use this image for fanfic covers, and while I *really* appreciate the interest in wanting to use my artwork, this particular piece has already been used for a cover—so for now I'd rather it not be used again. Thanks! ;3

MLP (c) Hasbro
Special thanks to Lauren Faust & the MLP Team!
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:icongenuinetim:
genuinetim Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Very impressive! I almost can feel what she feels!
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xormak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
duuuuude, the impact O_O...duuuuuuuude ....
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TSMatchsticks Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
The whole thing is fantastic. Her expression and hair, though, take the cake.
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oron61 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the idea that In Daylight, Celestia's Mane ethereally flows an Luna's mane seems like any other mane, but I never see the converse: Celestia's Mane as shown and Luna's Mane as in Nightmare Night episode. I like.
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FellitoRockero Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
It's curious sometimes. It's frightening or contradicting, since leaders always have the stereotype of strenght, yet they know their own limits, and are nothing more than the people they've always governed. Even when Celestia is meant to be a deity, she's only a pony.

In a more critical stance, it also shows that the power of a nation doesn't rest over one person, but over the nation he/she reigns.
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Rainfiremlp Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow...what you just said was amazing.
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:iconeightyfivethepegasus:
EightyFivethePegasus Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Just discovered this amazingly beautiful piece of art!
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:iconxelianthought:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Sad but excellent piece.
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Shakespony Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
They don't really explore that aspect of the princesses' relationship. They don't explore any aspect of it, really.
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:iconjdavidbrony:
JDavidBrony Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Epic pic!
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Arvaus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful image, capturing a very emotive scene. I remember coming across this ages ago before I got onto DeviantART and it really stuck in my mind.

Would you mind if I used this as the cover for a fanfic I'm writing?
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matty4z Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
wow strong scene
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EnteringTheNethery Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
the detail of this is just epic, and i wish that hasbro would dive deeper into the equestrian history to learn more about this castle
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HeartlessSpartan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I don't know why I didn't come across this sooner but you did a good job painting Celestia. I like the shadowed ruins and what I love most is the stained glass you added into the broken window it the back, as well as the disc shattered on the floor. I like the little details.
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:iconthe-nuclear-pegasus:
The-Nuclear-Pegasus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of Optimus Prime walking around the ruins of Cybertron. So full of emotions.
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:icond-sixzey:
D-SixZey Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
O_O OMFC..... this totally deserves a llama
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Diego0920 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
=D
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NodoubtbuodoN Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastically done. :)

I love how the background (particularly the stained glass) has just as much detail as Celestia in the foreground. Speaking of the stained glass, great subtle symbolism there with Luna and the moon. :D
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RainbowAurora Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, my GOSH you do Celestia's hair AMAZINGLY!!!!!!!!!!!
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AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Very beautiful really captures the moment perfectly on a lighter note Princess Luna was ADORABLE
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:iconmarbleyarns:
MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Glad you like them both :3
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:iconangelskarith:
AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Your welcomes :3
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Argofinkal Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Agh, all of the pictures of Celestia waiting patiently for her sister's return kill me a little...
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:iconargofinkal:
Argofinkal Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Not to say I don't enjoy them greatly... I love them, actually.
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CocoaNutCakery Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
This is incredible.

I may have to use it for some chapters of one of my fanfics.
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CocoaNutCakery Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Uh... with your permission, that is.
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:iconmarbleyarns:
MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Feel free to do so! Just send me a link some time :3
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CocoaNutCakery Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I did some editing (some major editing, really) and, in the process, ended up deleting the old version at that link. Here is the new one: [link]
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CocoaNutCakery Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I'm sorry it took so long, but I finally got the first chapter up: [link]
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SkunkyRainbow270 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow very nice
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ItsTigzz Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work, the level of detail is fantastic, and the stained glass looks great :D
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Wow! She is gorgeous. This is awesome work you've done. I like the context you made about this piece.

Really beautiful.
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:icondragonstar1278:
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Lovely.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
love it.....
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:iconkelkartel:
Kelkartel Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Simply beautiful.
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:icontomasaki1319:
Tomasaki1319 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I love how this one image tells a story. It's awesome!
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ebb00027 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
That's what I was thinking, but couldn't quite find the words to say. It conjures such an evocative mix of thoughts and feelings.
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katarjin Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
damn dude..... i never know what to say in comments
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:iconchromaskunk:
ChromaSkunk Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing. The intricacy is staggering and it's easily visible that you spent a lot of time and effort on this beautiful piece of artwork.
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Fenris-Lupin Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Amazing. Thank you for taking that route and using the grey brush, I think It turned out great.
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Favorited. I love the feel of the picture, think the detail is fantastic... and the way Celestia's drawn takes the cake. :wow:

Also, as others have said... I love the symbolism of what stained glass sections are shattered and which ones are not. Really carries the feeling of what is potentially on Celestia's mind in a very interesting way. :)
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm relieved that the windows read in that fashion...I was a little worried that it would come off as overly dramatic. Glad you enjoyed the pic :3
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LenisCaedo Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your detail work is quite amazing, and Im glad that you fought yourself about the shading. It turned out quite lovely! Amazing job!
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:iconfuzzyhead12:
fuzzyhead12 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
LUNA CLEAN UR ROOM!!
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:icondonoguad:
donoguad Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Absolutely amazing. Just WOW.
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:iconmagnusdune:
MagnusDune Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
The small details like all the stained glass of Celestia being broken by Nightmare Moon is a really great touch!!
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Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I really like this picture, but I like it even more now that I know the title.
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, what, having Celestia be white wouldn't have made this piece anywhere near as amazing as it is. I'm glad you had the courage to shade Celestia properly. I love this. :)
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LostMaschine Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the detail such as the specific portions of the stained glass that have been destroyed or left intact, the dark vines growing over and Celestia's expression. You did perfect.
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mockingjay-fly-away Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I love this style and attention to detail. (:
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