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The Full Moon by Noben The Full Moon by Noben
Luna.   Probably one of THE best characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This is a tribute to Princess Luna.  The sister that was neglected by those that reveled in the daylight.  Her loneliness overcame her and her frustration grew into hatred to the point to where she was no longer recognizable as who she once was, even to herself!  She called herself Nightmare Moon..  A new name for the new princess.   Through each lonely night she had nothing to do but dwell on her pain until she was eventually banished for acting on it.  In the series, and in an uncharacteristic SHOWING of friendship, the heroes blasted Luna with the poor man's Care Bear Stare.  I guess it was a kind of "X-treme intervention" and they seemed to have "broken the spell", so to speak.

While it's a sensational approach (it IS a cartoon afterall), from my point of view, Luna knew someone cared, and I believe that's what really happened.  She changed back not because they beat the crap out of her with a rainbow.  It was because everyone had fought her, as she expected. They played her games and fed her mislead intentions. But then they stopped doing that altogether and instead showed her what friends can do for each other.  She was strong in her convictions as the persona of Nightmare Moon until she witnessed what friendship actually looked like.  Twilight's retelling of what happened on their journey, seeing that others could sacrifice for each other..  To me that's what broke the spell.  Luna allowed the magic to happen, that's when she finally believed that the magic, Friendship, applied to her as well.

After one thousand years Luna finally felt the warmth of daylight again and realized she actually belonged at her sister's side the entire time. A happy ending to a long, bitter tale.

I was gunning for a three monitor setup, but really it's just a big picture that's wide. Enjoy?
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A stunning interpretation, both visually and in terms of your descriptive vision. Focusing in on the artwork, I realize that it was intended to be a three-monitor panorama, but the dark vertical divides (even though they are not truly vertical but are quite organically shapen) do break the flow of the piece a touch abruptly for my tastes. As usual, your command of expression and emotion in faces comes through, although the body language of the centerpiece (transition) seems a touch confusing to me...It has an almost heraldic 'rampant' pose of strength, but the facial expression is caught somewhere between pain and rage (which I don't presume is confusion but rather a deliberate mood-setting of the transition the character is experiencing). The use of the wings to frame the figure is magnificent, however I think the rainbow coloration of the 'lightning' is perhaps a bit bright for what's going on...Perhaps the darker purple tons of NMM's magic would've been another option. Continuing that flow and assessing the image in terms of canon, NMM's coat on the far left seems rather too warmly neutral for a character usually portrayed with deep blacks, and I can't help but think that going with a darker, colder coloration would've worked well as a counter-balance to the darkness around little Luna on the far right. I also feel that perhaps a reversal of the image (left to right) would've perhaps worked better, unless the center and right images are meant to indicate her transition back (in which case perhaps some sign of the Mane 6's involvement might help to indicate it). Left to my druthers, I might also have faced the side panel characters inward, so their gases regarded the transformation panel in the center...a triumph for one, a fall for the other, no matter which direction it is read.

But the vast majority of this is opinion, and only opinion. I can critique choices all the live-long day in terms of how I might've chosen differently. The technical execution, the expressions, the atmosphere, the use of the wings to frame and constrain the center, and the heart-wrenching almost-cringe of the right-hand panel all combine to make this spectacular. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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This is so great! The detail on this, along with uour brilliant theory, is absolutely astonishing and brilliant! It's late and I don't feel like writing so much of a critique so I'm just going to say gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 gr8 and now I'm good you're awesome :D
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RoguePanda81 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
A really powerful set of images here. I agree with your thoughts on her character a lot. Luna needed friends more than anyone knew and after what must have felt like eternity, when it seemed the entire world was against her and she would feel alone and empty forever, she fought back - totally the wrong way to be sure, but how much worse might it have been if she had simply given up entirely? There might not have been anything to left to save in the end. I adore this image, hats off to you! For my money the most powerful image is the first in the sequence, she is simply radiating a sort of restrained anger that tells you everything you need to know about her character.
jardape Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
As the show continues Luna isn't anymore described as princess of night but as princess of Moon and dreams. And you can't guard dreamworld staying awake.
Prince-Polaris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Artist
So, someone in a skype group sent a shot of his desktop with this background and refused to send me the image.  Turns out that google can reverse image a tilted screenshot of someone else's desktop and get me to the original art.  aaaand here I am, and as soon ac my new machine is done you can bet your boots this will be my desktop.
Crusadier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Impressive work.
Nicely done.
MaxoscosDM Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome, I was really amazed by the details you used. This deserves a part in the top 1 of deviant arts :)
TsunamiHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This HAS to be one of my favorites so far!!!! AMAZING WORK HERE!!!!
DWestmoore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Serveris7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
That is so epic!
Ec1ipsis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Amazing work...
Quent0S Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Print. This needs to become a canvas on my wall. *drool*
rozasupreme Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Wow... just WOW 0.0
This is incredible
NighteLight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not really a big "MLP" fan, but wow this looks really good.  You drew Luna waaay better, than the actual person who does the anime. Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1]  I love the manes!  Especially Luna's mane. *_*
TheNeoStrike Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
my  "Midnight" cover........a lil tribute to Luna. ^^…
Mrv365 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Nice work!!!!!!!
ClockupFlowers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FuzzyAliens Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work. I love how you captured all three emotions so perfectly
AlphaArt1234 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
wow 0_0
J3susFreak Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AMAZING! I love the three parts individually, but together they're even more stellar! I love this so much. :,D
Formoy1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
NightmareDerpy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG thats amazing!
Vawkis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
I really like your interpretation about Luna then what was on the show. Very nice. Though, this brings an odd thought. Most off Luna and Celestia are considered "Gods" by most of the fandom. I was wondering, Luna possesses power over dreams, as the moon Goddess, she's known for rest, peace and kindness but, there's also the "dark side" of the moon as it were. Wrath, pain and fear. As two parts of the same coin. Do you think, she'd ever be able to assume the other side willingly, for the sake of possibly protecting another in full on combat? Or not something she'd be able to control fully? *points at description* You've a powerful mind. I'm curious your thoughts on it
Noben Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015   Digital Artist
I don't believe so.  Nightmare Moon is a representation of a state of mind, not a power to call upon like the Incredible Hulk.  Like how Pinkie Pie does "go Pinkamina" when she wishes it, it's brought on by how she feels. Protecting others isn't something Nightmare Moon is "made of", so to speak. So I say nay.
Vawkis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
*nods* I hadn't thought of it in that sense. Which does make Luna all the more powerful and yet fragile at the same time. Would the "Nightmare state" only be accessible by Unicorns and Alicorns?
Noben Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015   Digital Artist
Everyone has nightmares. Luna knows this most of all.
Vawkis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
And just when I didn't think, her story could be more tragic or beautiful
Silvador Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
This makes me want a 3rd screen for my computer, just so I can spread this across all three as a full spread wallpaper.
10blue10 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
This is a beautiful picture
DragonessHeart Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This looks spectacular!
Gerbsterpers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful-skillful insight
dreaker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Luna is my favorite character (I adore her nearly as much as Boo from Altermeta) and I really like how you portrayed her. I already mentioned that Hasbro should pay you for the fan arts but I say it again.
Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
Otonashikun Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow. This is just absolutely awesome. The vision you had in making this a sort of "3-step" transition picture is interesting and I am sure those with a three monitor setup are getting the most out of this great piece. Amazing job noben :)
WanderingPariah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
This is perhaps the best piece of Luna art I've seen to date. Absolutely amazing.
LeDaverix Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my glob, .. this is what i call a epic Piece of artwork. Not only in his size... also in the Detail, the Quality and Impression.
I am stunned. Sadly i make compliments to easy on DA, so i 've got no words left to express my Faszination for this masterpice. :D

just awsome.
Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Dear God this is gorgeous. Possibly one of the most amazing pictures I've seen in this fandom.
Angelheartdream Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The way you depict Luna is one of the best reasons why luna is best character!!!! :D
1127779 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love luna!
spitfire-panda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool design.  This is highly emotional and the artwork is lovely :)
sithwolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
splendid truly splendid
lightning116 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015

Well done.
Saddust Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Adidea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Now I need a third monitor...
Sevenscence Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent, Noben. Excellent! LOVE your backstory, as well.
cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Your approach makes sense. It surely put this scene into another perspective, though. And Luna is the most beloved character in part for that. Also, for her beauty and her personality.

You did an amazing work on this.

Now, we'll see what will happen to her in the future. If they ever give her more presence in the show first.
Manestreet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the way you did nnm. And yes, Luna may be the best character in MLP
natanaelroman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Awesome! Something so cute saw so strong.
PinkPrincessBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Work! 
KillKatt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Ok man... this is so damn fuc*ing AWESOME!!!!!!!!
TakeWalker Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Goddamn that's amazing.
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