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Speedpainting.
This is my rendition of a "Nightmare"/dark/fallen/evil/unbalanced Celestia.


An evil Celestia makes me think of black holes, super novae, and neutron stars.


This was an exercise as well as a video-test...
I've had a few requests to either stream or record myself while I work. Since I don't particularly like being watched while I work, I've opted for recording my screen instead...

See it here: [link]
Music: Karl Jenkins, "Allegretto"


Hopefully it turned out alright.



Speedpainting. Hour and half or so.
PhotoshopCS3. Wacom Intuos 3.

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:iconsirjames314:
SirJames314 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
:worship:
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:iconequumamici:
equumamici Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really lovely!

I've been animating still images... would you mind if I gave this one a shot?
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:icongingerquill:
Gingerquill Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I've always like the name, Solar Flare.  The sun out of control.
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:iconweirdopony:
WeirdoPony Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist
That's a pretty good take on Celestia's bad side! That would be sorta scary to encounter o.o Anyway, well done ^^
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Ask-Alyssa-GF Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Erm, sorry to tell you this, but your art has been stolen. This artist's WHOLE ENTIRE GALLERY is stolen. janfresco.deviantart.com/art/T…
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sapphire3690 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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:iconromanje:
RomanJe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
O_o woah!
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:iconcrazydragon89:
CrazyDragon89 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Gosh, you have absolutely my favorite interpretation of anti celestia. Its a simple design so it feels consistant with the simple nightmare moon design of the show, but dominating enough to get the point across. Sometimes simples can be the most memorable. I love love love your dark celestia pics!
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thanks! :heart:
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:iconthe-grey-panther:
The-Grey-Panther Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsadlunaplz::iconsaysplz: I'm sorry, Tia... I have failed you.
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ThunderingAlicorn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE your picture!!! 

But, I thought her name was Solar Flare... eep.
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:iconcuteface10:
cuteface10 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Solar Flare is just the most common evil-Celestia name. There's probably tons of different ones out there.
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Armameteus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Writer
I have the Jubileus battle theme from Bayonetta playing in the background whilst looking at this picture and it fits startlingly well. [link]

I love the design; probably the most solid concept of the Celestia-equivalent to Nightmare Moon I've seen. The imposing usage of harsh light and silhouette mixed with the hot colours gives the impression that the sun itself is falling from the sky or bursting into a gigantic, bloated perversion of itself per Celestia's new egomaniacal mentality.

I also rather like the slightly rough style, showcasing quick brushstrokes and harsh contrast. The imperfection gives it a certain validity in the vein of canvas painting that digital artists seem to forget, striving for perfection that can only be found in digital. This feels real and visceral and dynamic.

Sometimes imposing challenges on yourself (in this case, speed-painting) can help draw out the most creativity in someone and, personally, I'd like to see more speed-painting from you if this is the result.
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:iconsweetstrawberryblood:
sweetstrawberryblood Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The Greatest Jubilee? Glad I am not the only one who did<333
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DalroththeWarlock Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
The name that came to me for this concept was Sol Mega. Though she would have to be pretty megalomanical for that wouldn't she?
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:iconmagicbronie24:
magicbronie24 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Truly amazing just wow. That's all I can say.
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:iconhooon:
hooon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Artist
(Puzzle in the caves theme) "click""click""click" I am Umbrae Nova, "click""click""click"I will Burn you, Twilight Sparkle !
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Gorgeously awesome, a great presentation of sun tyrant, especialy that becouse of the collosal gravitation, the sun would is practicaly perfect black colored, under all that heat.
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WootMannen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Black holes, super novae and neutron stars? Ow. Nasty stuff, that.

Of course, you forgot Red Giant suns that boil the oceans, burns the forests and painfully kills everyone on nearby planets.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
"I'm disappointed, Twilight Sparkle. Very disappointed. Mastering the energies of the Solar orb is the very first thing I have learnt when I had when my Cutie Mark awakened for the first time, all those millennia ago. The power did not overwhelm me then; did you think when you banished me to the Sun that it will overwhelm me now? I have walked across the surface of my charge and destiny. I have seen magical interactions so complex you would not believe it had occurred at all. You my faithful student? You're a unicorn, and the world's smartest unicorn means more to me does its smartest termite."

--- Umbrae Nova, fallen Alicorn princess, after Twilight Sparkle tried banishing her to the Sun and failing.

(Tribute to Dr Manhattan from Watchman by Alan Moore)
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Advent3546 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DAYLIGHT BURNING!!!
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:iconfluffy-sama:
fluffy-sama Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Writer
This looks too much like something I'd fight in Firelands. Bad memoriiesssssss


awesometacular picture, though ;D
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MirandaThePanda Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I love the idea!
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Brony4 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
On a completly out of nowhere comparasion, when I look at this picture raven's chant that tells the coming of Trigon from teen titans is the first to come to mind.
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The-Grey-Panther Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"The Gem was born of evil's fire,
The Gem shall be his portal,
He comes to claim, he comes to sire,
The end of all things mortal!"
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
So... why would Celestia turn evil, and how without coming off as completely OOC?

Lovely picture :)
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:iconwynterhawke07:
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Same reason Luna did: an outside force utilizing her flaws to possess her.
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:iconfellmoon:
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
... True enough though the question is what would those flaws be? Luna fell partly because her older sister was getting all the attention, Celestia ruling during the time most ponies were up, and thus allows the outside force into her.

Celestia wouldn't have fallen because of depression, jealousy, or anger what would have lead to her fall without you making her OOC?
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:iconwynterhawke07:
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Exploiting her desire to protect her subjects, and perhaps creating despair at being unable to do so.
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hmm, very nice... I could actually see that, thank you. ^_^

Yet personally I am still against fans making Celestia a villain even if in the same way Luna was the villain as Nightmare Moon. The way I look at it, at least at this point… if you want Celestia as a villain it would need to be a setting where both Celestia and Luna are in the wrong. Either both princesses are good or both are bad.
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samuslink Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Sooooooo awesome! Does anyone know how I could get this into 1900x1200 if that's even possible.
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:iconprussiancrimsonheart:
I love the new design!
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:iconshockand-awe:
Shockand-Awe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I...love this...so much.
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Oscelot Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is *terrifying*. And Awesome. In the real sense of the word.
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mck0027 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I can imagine this. A dark grey Celestia with a flaming golden mane and tail. Her cutie mark an orange sun with a black swirl in the centre, Her royal armour silver instead of gold. Reminds me of a severely discorded version of her.
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darth-biomech Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Equestria is screwed.
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3alrus3 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Any fanfics of this? I'm interested.
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T3ragram Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
AWESOME :iconexciteddummyplz:
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gothamrose Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Wasnt there a fanfic where Umbrae Nova's name was Daylight Burning? I cant tell which name I like better...
However Umbrae Nova just doesnt roll off the tongue for me, so I dunno...
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:iconarrowbyrd:
ArrowByrd Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think since Luna beacmae Nightmare Moon Celestia should have sun in her corruted name. Like Burning Sun?
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:iconarrowbyrd:
ArrowByrd Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nova does not mean sun. Nova is a type of explosion. "Super Nova"
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:icont3ragram:
T3ragram Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, a sun is a huge ball of fiery gas and energy, so it kinda counts as a freezeframe explosion. :meow:
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:iconarrowbyrd:
ArrowByrd Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think so.
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:iconcosmicunicorn:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I know.
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:iconarrowbyrd:
ArrowByrd Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I' saying the name ought to have sun in it is all. Something a as crafty as Nightmare Moon.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Maybe.

Luna means moon, so it makes sense for Nightmare Moon to have the "moon" in it.

But Celestia is more ambiguous... So I don't think her "dark self" necessarily needs to have sun in it.


I tried to find something that worked with "sun" or "solar"... But, to me, they didn't sound dark enough.
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:iconarrowbyrd:
ArrowByrd Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I like it, I was only meaning for it to be more similar to the other corrupt names but I see your point. I like your name actually. It has a ring to it.
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Tenjen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
a super nova is a exploding star so it fits.
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bloodsuckingmonster3 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, she needs a group all of her own, something like Corrupted Celestia Fans or something... :iconthinkingplz:
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