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Sometimes the mentors you cherish become the demons you dread.

Umbrae Nova and Twilight.
Pencil, CS6.
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Writer
"My faithful student, why do my subjects run from me?"
galaticfox1 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Twilight must be pretty hot right now.
Lyoko-fan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
"What is wrong little Pony? Why do you cry? I bring the sun for all to play in. So please stop crying...Twilight, please..."
Skitsniga Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
leebk201 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Oh, yes, this is good!
BloodyWolfGirl246 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Amazing Work!
CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
BejeweledApples Featured By Owner Edited Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like the name Umbrae Nova. Sounds exotic.

The art here is really interesting to look at. Here we have evil Celestia just calmly bringing her head lower to look a, hm, startled Twilight in the eye.
starstruck865 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there, I'm doing a fanfiction reading of 'Curiosity' which used this amazing picture as the cover art. I thought it would be best to ask your permission for me to use this as the image in my video of the fanfic reading? :)

I will credit you of course. :) Thanks, and best regards!
dottiii Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Warthog-Flammarion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Me encanta!! Sería genial hacer una historia con estos dos! *o*

I love him !! It would be great to do a story with these two! *o*
Celefin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Umbrae Nova is by far the best name for the ascended/descended (dependent on your imagination obviously) Celestia I've come across. Very good choice.
The picture itself is one of those rare gems that do justice to the saying of the 1000 words.
Umbrae doesn't look evil despite her demonic appearance but sad or maybe curious just as Twilight doesn't have the stance of someone terrified but merely afraid, despairing but also hesitating... she really doesn't look as if she's about to bolt just like Umbrae gives no indication of an empeding attack.

Well... a lot of people have already commented that they'd write a fanfic on this and I would like too. Alas, my longer fics never seem to get finished and this deserves so much more than a oneshot. /ramble
Truly a great and inspiring work.
Arielmlp Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2014
This reminds me of my fanfic the legend of solar flare on wattpad
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Well, we're righteously f:iconcensoredplz:cked
DoTheDinosaur24 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful. Can't take it.
Tianera Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This feeling... Twilights Fear, Celestias Sadness and those colors... stunning *_*
jardape Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Because the nightmare demon is present she should have Nightmare in her name.
Benthehyena Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Sometimes the mentors you cherish become the demons you dread."
Fortunately it doesn't happen everyday.
Dowlphin Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an interesting theme, because the way you drew that fiery hair, Umbrae Nova reminds me of the Red Bull in The Last Unicorn, and Twilight is in the role of the ... well you can guess.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Princess ... what have you done ? You ... you monster !
Mercury-Pentacle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thinking now of this remarkable work, I firstly cannot say that I've ever commented on art inspired by MLP: FiM, though this effort will change that. Catching sight of this one night, and appreciating the wider context of what I was seeing, it gave me much to think about, until finally bringing my thoughts here to articulate. To keep things orderly, I usually divide between thematic and technical aspects of an art work, as I shall do here too.

Thematically, this is a work of singular power - a rich, dark and potent impression which precipitates curiosity and fosters attempts to understand the scene unfolding, more precisely. In the operas of the Ring Cycle - as penned by Richard Wagner - we find a heady, rich and tragic tale centered upon the now familiar notion of magic rings. What is essential from this, recalling a documentary I encountered a few years ago, was the philosophical proposition that in order to wield absolute power, one must surrender love - urgency I feel resonates with this remarkable work here and now. The notion that the beneficent, sagacious and gentle Celestia has become consumed by some desire - and has divested herself of what she once was - using the medium of her power to achieve it. In becoming what she is now, and so utterly transformed, fans of the show could begin to appreciate the fear and terrible revelation of Twilight Sparkle - more so, how that once loving, trusting relationship has been changed and perhaps for the far worse too. In becoming Solar Flare, Celestia would impel Twilight to confront an enemy that wields not only divine power and vast knowledge but also to face the gulf between them; something that may have always been, but is now indelible. The revelation of where her relationship with the princess now is seems embodied in that luminous eyed expression SF has as she inclines towards Twilight; her brilliant, shining eyes moved by a seeming curiosity or bemusement at the one who presumes to confront her. Where might Twilight stand now, before a once loving, wise ruler who is now a supreme, undeniable and dark power? It seems love is now lost to power.

Technically, this is a superb work and can, on those merits alone, bring a viewer back for more. The sheer ambiance is remarkable and very evocative as the usually rich, bright world of Canterlot is remade into one of dark, fiery splendor. The use of shadow also is remarkable in accentuating the characters and the assorted details are excellent when more closely considered; SF's shining gaze and its expression, Twilight's tears and seeming strained shock, the majesty of the now dancing, flaming mane and the valley beyond now bathed in a dusky yellow all work to impress a dark narrative on the viewer. In all, I would like to commend and applaud this remarkable work and the artist for giving such a remarkable vista onto a curious, dark and compelling idea of Princess Celestia becoming Twilight Sparkle's enemy. Fruits of long, hard work =).
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Wow... Thank you for your magnificent thoughts... I'm humbled, truly. 

It pleases me to know this piece spoke to you. It was born from a personal struggle of mine I was having at the time.

Much appreciation. :heart:
PhantomNova189 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
This is one of my favorite paintings of all time. The graceful and expressive stances of both the ponies, the lighting, the expressions on their faces. I never thought glowing eyes could show that much emotion. I have yet to find a painting I like more.
Mario-Wolfe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmm... Daylight Sun? Yes, that.
RaikouArtist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nightmare Sol. Why? Because Sol.
RomanJe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Is that celestia ?
bronyPower1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yes it is
how could you not know that? you can tell by her cutie mark
Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Umbrae Nova, or Doomsday Sun?
TmnGirl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Nightmare sun?
Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have heard Solar Flare, Lightmare Sun, and Evil Celestial, but Umbrea Nova is a new one to me. It's probably one of my favourites.
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's Nightmare Celestia, isn't it?
zaneGrimm430 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
it's Epic That's What that is!!!
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:iconpinkiepieduhplz::XD:Well, of course, THIS is epic!
But THAT has to be Solar Flare!
zaneGrimm430 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
oh solar flare that sounds cool!
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's a name coined by the fandom for Princess Celestia's Nightmare form.
zaneGrimm430 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
really? interesting
flygon7777 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
i like lightmare sun better.
like maybe along with the nightmare forces, there are LIGHTmare forces also.

but solar flare sounds cool too.
edamazing Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
i love this so much i cant stop looking at it *o*
arkangelofreedom Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
heck yeah like my teacher
deserthumor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Maybe "Searing Sun" could be a good villain name, but "Umbrae Nova" good too.
ToxicITZI Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
no, it's quite fitting actually. If you read the author's notes of the sketch for Umbrae Nova, this is what it says:

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

Dark, Fallen, Evil. That's the purpose of the name Umbrae and imo, it's perfect, not just because of what the name means, but it also fits well with her new coat colour.
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
An "Umbrae" is the darkest part of a sun-spot.
xxReshiramxx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like how the main and tail appear to be lit up aflame.
Pyrothraxus23 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its Celestia as a nightmare! Lightmare Sun!
Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If there's anypony who can bring her around again, it's Twilight.
lilkitty0828 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow... Intense... Question: why does it seem like Umbrae Nova is sad? (eyelid angle)
Marblemagic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
i love this!!!
PinkamenaDP Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Artist
Okay So Here's How i put it:
Celestia Soon got Jealous of Luna This Time, She's Seeing Ponies Sleeping The Day Away To Enjoy The Beaty of The Night, (Or You can Say Role-Reversal ) She Refused to Lower The Sun at the Time needed, and Kept the Day At It's Longest.. She Soo Turned into "Umbrae Nova"! And She Defeated Luna, Until She Flee'd, Now She's After Twilight Since She's Informed about the Elements! And That's My Opinion.
PhantomNova189 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Wow, that's a lot of capital letters
PinkamenaDP Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Artist
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