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]
EDIT: 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
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!!
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. ^_^
"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.
"...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."
My go i could see an epic final battle for the fate of equestria takeing place here.
"The heros of harmony have fallen and only twilight remains broken and on the verge of death she summons all the power she possesses, this is the moment she has been training her whole life for, she offers up a quick prayer to the goddess and attacks...."