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Both and One by MarbleYarns Both and One by MarbleYarns
Full view please!

Light is the left hand of darkness
And darkness the right hand of light
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Like hands joined together,
Like the end and the way.
-U.K. LeGuin


Night Mare Moon and Luna...both and one.

Hatching with ink has always been one of my favorite ways of creating shadow and texture, and I wanted to see if it was possible to apply it to a digital painting in some way. I also tried a different overall approach to the painting as well, and I'm really pleased with the result! The overall style is a little closer to the way I actually draw when working with traditional media.

Luna why are you so cute I didn't even have to try
MLP (c) Hasbro
Special thanks to Lauren Faust and the MLP team!
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:icongothicsoulizzy:
GothicSoulIzzy Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice
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dinobenoid3 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
peek' a' boo!
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WootMannen Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
This is a good picture, but Luna doesn't really look like Luna, sorry. If it weren't for the bit of her cutie mark that I can see, I wouldn't have known it was her at all. Nightmare, on the other hand, is very recognizable.
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MissIp Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
incredible
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lYippeeKiYayl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Is that a Chrono Trigger reference i see?
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:iconreeses12:
Reeses12 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
wow this is really cool, you have skill i can tell that
but one question. why is Luna's hair white?
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:iconopus-13:
opus-13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Gorgeous colors and composition! Really like how you've framed the characters. <3
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dashleigh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy Celestia Batman ! The background tree is flawless. This is great work ^^
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:iconmaddermike:
MadderMike Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Hatching all that... you mush be patient. Nice colours and I like what you did with NMM's mane. Faved'n'saved.
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rainbowdash388 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
epic
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:iconklice:
Klice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Beautiful, very nice scenery ! :D
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:iconderpyisraw115:
Derpyisraw115 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damn fine artwork man!!! i give you ten stars
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WeirdPonyGuy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
A crooked tree...
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thps48 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
A like to Death's Peak from Chrono Trigger, the setting. :j
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:iconweirdponyguy:
WeirdPonyGuy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Oh, thats right. I didn't notice.
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I've always been facinated buy the split personality phenomena and I like to think that is what was happening with Luna. Great artwork.
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Kenda-Oh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is fuc* amazing! i love it!
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BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
super awsome
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:iconrubi-era:
Rubi-Era Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Really beautiful.
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:icontrelatyraelis:
Trelatyraelis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Writer
Marvellous.
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HALOPONY3 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome art work.
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OriensRex Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
very nice and love the message.
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
It could be just me, but I'm interpreting this as the moment when the evil magic, in the form of Nightmare Moon, took hold of Princess Luna. And I like the picture. I like it a LOT. Favorited. Anything else?
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
It can definitely be read that way! I changed how I wanted the image to feel mid way through, but NMM forming from Luna was the original idea-Luna had a pained expression while NMM was looking haughty with a gigantic grin. There's no wrong way to read it, I'm glad that you and others enjoyed it :D Uh long sorry.
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MagnusDune Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love this, BUT a realllly nice touch would have been to make the moon like the "nightmare moon" look in the first episode because the tree shape naturally draws the eye up to it!
But don't get me wrong, this is great!
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Funny that you mention that! I originally tried to make the moon look like that, but it turned into a mess and I got annoyed and gave up. Perhaps I should have forced myself to give it another go xD Glad you like!
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ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soo cute :D
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China-China Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
due to the fact that she was sent away for a thousand years and felt so alone an alter ego was created, that alter ego will protect the soft side of her

in the end sacrificing for what is good for the soft side of the personality

this totally reminds me of a scene in the manga/anime Air gear where the character Akito/Agito also had this scenario

thank you for warming my heart depicting NMM as as a stereotype character
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Asuname69 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
..what? I'm not sure you've watched the show at all.

Luna's anger and jealousy that none of the other ponies loved her night as they loved celestia's day created nightmare moon.

She became so masked in her emotions that she became a whole other being,almost crazed in the hope if she was strong enough,she could force the ponies to love her night,becuase there would be no other option. She craved eternal night,but in reality she craved to be loved,and appreciated.
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China-China Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Typo "thank you for warming my heart NOT depicting NMM as a stereotype character
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:iconmarbleyarns:
MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
no problem :)
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JBvonHerb Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dawww, Luna look so cute :love:
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PrinceSunRay Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I LOVE this. This has always been my perception of Nightmare Moon. Not an evil spirit, not corruption from Discord, but a guardian angel of sorts that protects Luna and will do anything to do so and make her happy.
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm glad you like it! That's how I like to imagine Night Mare Moon too...a guardian of sorts that's just part of Luna.
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affiejay Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I love this image, because to me, it shows that NMM is really just the overprotective side of Luna, and wants what's best for her, but doesn't quite know what that is. Luna comes across as gentle, and perhaps naive, which NMM sees as in need of protector. I have no idea if that's what you're going for, but that's how I see it, and it has a lot of story going on.

Well executed.
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MarbleYarns Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
ffff thanks for the great comment! What you describe is exactly what I was aiming for toward the end. When I first started, Luna and NMM had different expressions...the overall feeling was more of malice on NMM's part. The serene expressions were kind of stumbled upon, and I like how they read much better; it fits more into the way I imagine Luna and NMM being two parts of a whole.
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J4B Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks really neat. I like how both of them are in the same picture.
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AaronMk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oooo, very cool. Love the shadowing and the effect hatching had.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Interesting picture.
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