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The Dark Queen by CosmicUnicorn The Dark Queen by CosmicUnicorn
Perspective study with Nightmare Moon.
I'll probably be annoyed with it in a week, but we'll see.
For now, I'm happy with it.

detail: [link]

Nightmare Moon would be an evil Queen, not an evil Princess.
I also imagine her having a very modular sleek castle, very opposite to Canterlot and Celestia. More science-fiction than fantasy... etc.

Several hours. Wacom tablet, Photoshop CS3.
Process: [link]


Fiddled with the shadows and the throne. Adjusted some lighting.
Also, now in .png

Also, I lost the working file because I am an idiot, so I can't make any more changes on it. So while I love your critiques, please no more... because they'll just make me sad and frustrated because I won't be able to follow up on them... T____T

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Crusadier Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Cre8iveWing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very talented piece of work. :)
Solaris-Lights Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Very impressive with the art and great titleAPPLAUSE CLAP 
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The sad thing about space is Nightmare Moon will be right in the long run if heat death/entropy sets in over a few trillion years.  Do alicorns obey the laws of thermodynamics?
acoronadluvsprowl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah. As long as they have access to their namesake celestial bodies, they could sustain themselves indefinitely and replenish their magic.... Or at least until the sun eventually runs outta fuel and condenses into a super dense white dwarf star and destroys Equestria and its moon in the process.
Ana-Carol-12 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This photo is my wallpaper on computer!!! It is so amazing!!!!
Apple--Dash Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Just.. amazing... I have no words to describe this...
J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The scenery, my goodness this suits it very well... With Nightmare Moon too! :iconprincesslunaplz:
Professional artwork! You're such a talented artist! :iconnightmaremoonplz:

Stay strong, stay inspired, stay professional, stay gold and take care!
MLP FiM fan art rules!
Gingerquill Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
I love this image.
The bars to show she is a prisoner on a barren moon, yet she has an imposing throne, she is still powerful and Royalty.
Humanarian Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beyond marvelous!
ATRYLL Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Very impressive! 
SinisterMS Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
This is wonderful! If you don't i used your art for the musical post)
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
It's fine that you use it, but please link back to the original work or my page here on DA. Thank you. :meow:
schneelocke Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2014
Wow, now that's great. A dark queen on a dark throne - but oh so beautiful.

BTW, I suppose that without the working file, there's no chance for a higher-resolution version? This'd make a wonderful wallpaper.
AussieGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Fav'ed for being arguably the greatest art work this fandom ever produced.
Benthehyena Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
marterx Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
this shot makes me think about Dark Cloud
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
See what you did, Nightmare Moon ? Now Equestria is nothing but a desert !! SHAME ON YOU !!
cuteface10 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
It's Luna's banishment on the.. moon.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Oh, is it ? Alright, then. My bad. *walks away*
shena12345 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Artist
your picture is used  for a song a song called nightmare night,instrumental:

DragonGiblets Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
oh this is going in my wall paper rotation.
Mintleaf13 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I would think that it would be a very lonely place to live XD
RomanJe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
FouDubulbe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
You have certainly heard that a million times but... OH MY GOSH! That's beautiful! That's insanely beautiful! I love it so much! That's one of the most beautiful pictures I've seen in my whole life and I don't care if you think I'm exaggerating because I'm not! Bravo!!
RusStarik Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Don't you mind, if I borrow part of this awesome picture, for using as avatar in one of many forums? Actually, the part with columns and eclipse. Cause that part loocks like prison with a view on unreachable homeworld, and I like it.
Please. ^_^
greseres Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Writer
this is really amazing. I just love the details of this. truly well done!
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
"The stars are the keys to the gate, whereby the spheres meet.
Ponies rules now where She ruled once;
She shall soon rule where ponies rules now.
After summer is winter, after winter summer.
She waits patient and potent,
for here shall she reign again."

--- Final ramblings of earthpony Shade the Shadow-Priest, Cult of Nightmare Moon, before her execution. Year 687 Celestian Era.
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
You always do such an intense NightMare Moon! I, for one, welcome our new insect overlordsnocturnal queen...
KingdomHeartsFan6 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you make her hair!!!
TrueFireAnt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Wow, I thought this was already in my favourites. It may be long overdue but at least it's where it deserves to be now.
EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Writer
Wow, so pretty...desolate, alien, and kinda dark, but pretty...
Barnyardfan4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
One of the best pony art pieces that I have ever seen. It evokes emotion of all kinds and is everything art should be. You have really outdone yourself.
Jonot Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
An eternal darkness has fallen and finaly we have a strong queen, and not some stuffy princess.
Synjode Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Like the gentleman below me, I now have a personal canon that nightmare moon lives in a castle on the moon.
Nettleheart Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Since she's the only one there; did she build the whole damn thing herself?
cutemute34 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a new headcanon regarding the moon thanks to this picture. Thank you!
attack193 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Alumx Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That eclipse is like cherry on top of the cake :3
great job! freakin love it
Saphroneth Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I'm reminded of the Land of Charn, from the Narnia books. Where everything is dead except for the Queen. And she considers it beautiful, if no longer of any use for her.
Dell-AD-productions Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
woah! this isnt starbucks at all!
weirdo8977 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
This reminds me of Dark Souls/Demon Souls in a strange way. it's like she's waiting for the character to fighther.
ForeveraBrony Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I hope you don't mind if I use it as a fanfic image... :hope:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
As long as you do not alter/edit it and you credit me with a link to my gallery... feel free to use it.
Thank you for asking.

ForeveraBrony Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Hey... I hope you don't mind if I use this as an image on a fanfic. :hope:
Caerdwyn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
"...and instead of a Princess, you will have a Queen. I will be dark, and beautiful, and terrible as the storms and wrathful as the anger of the skies! I will smother the Sun, I will wreathe the land in the cold of the mountains! I will break the foundations of the Earth. All shall love me, and despair... yes. Despair. We know it well.. and now you shall learn its depths."
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Synjode Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
The background reminds me of the Temple of Time form Maplestory. Nightmare Moon herself looks like she is the final boss in a videogame, waiting for you to come and challenge her...
Flyntendo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Her helmet and neck armor look a lot like the Arbiter's in this drawing!
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