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Celestial Loss by AssasinMonkey Celestial Loss by AssasinMonkey
It's Saturday stream time, got to make something. Finishing my S4 Finale series.
So what better than to go back to where all the Episode Arts started, half a year ago. The premiere of course!

This is a remake of my Celestial Harmony back during the first S4 episode, November 24.
I did not plan on doing a remake but things happen right? Trying to keep it at roughly the same time spend as previously.
It's not exactly the remake I thought I'd do, but I'm happy with it.

This moment was still awesome in the episode. The beginning of probably the biggest burden of her life. Every time with Summer Sun celebration for a 1000 years, while the ponies of Equestria had joy, Celestia had memories of what she had to do with her own Sister.
Celestia carries so much more than she lets on, I think for those reasons I prefer her out of all the princesses.

Approx Time: 5 hours
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Celestial Loss [WIP] by AssasinMonkey Celestial Loss [SWF-WIP] by AssasinMonkey Celestial Harmony&Loss by AssasinMonkey

PS: both this and the old version time lapses are almost the same time, here's the old one which you could then play side by side.
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I won't be comparing this to your first attempt, this critique will be as if I'd never seen the original.

Beginning with the overall feel to the image, the dominating cool, dark tone to it is greatly contrasted with the bright warm reds and yellows attracting our eyes attention to what the image is really about. The emptiness of the background concentrates the mind on the single character whom we need to focus on. However, some kind of recognisable scenery would have been nice to let minds detail the world outside of the drawing, although it is not necessary.

The angle and distance at which we view this moment is perfect, as it is not directly in the way of the characters attentions, but doesn't relinquish our presence all together. We are also not too far away as to let our eyes wander off or squint at the details, nor are we too close as to nit pick at every misplaces hair and feather.

Using my own background knowledge, I know that this scene occurred during night and a full moon. The moon should be quite a significant light source, but by ignoring that and placing 100% of the light within the drawing we feel the power and (perhaps) the responsibility that Celestia had to carry. The shadows and highlights on the Sun Princess are perfect, creating the intense feeling of the moment. Having the light shade the top half of her face gives us the monstrous feel to her and her significantly cruel actions, yet her facial expression filled with tears and sorrow stop us from resenting her and allow us a chance to sympathise. I do think, unfortunately, that her mane could have been coloured a little more brightly as it does not receive enough justice for the glowing glory we have seen it in, in that past.

I love flow, movement within still images and this has to be one of the best I've seen with that technique. As we let our minds fly, we see her soar, flap her wings, her mane whipping in the wind. We see the dangerous and magical, yet beautiful elements as they orbit the tensed princess. I love flow and movement, creating action and allowing things in still pictures to take form and become more real. Did I mention I love movement?

Lastly, I find that the thought itself is very important to a drawing. The technique also adds to the feels of the viewers and enhances the experience. You have both deep thought and skilful technique creating an amazing image.

Great work all up, fantastic pose and incredible tone/feeling to the image and character.
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Kattalana Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Holy shit this looks so friggin epic! I'm not even into MLP, but this is truly a masterpiece.
Mario-Wolfe Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Celestial Loss (Animated) by equumamici
PeppermintChew Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Freddy intensifies woah, that is truly amazing. I really am in love with your art. I wish I could do that  
Cryptic-Dash Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ha, I dont believe it this is my phone wallpaper, I always wondered who had done this :) (Smile)  Love it. :D (Big Grin) 
KindergartenTeacher Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Ooh! VERY dramatic!!! :ohmygod:
tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AdanRocks Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Wallpaper Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
redwallfvs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student General Artist

Phenometron Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Celestia is definitely peeved.
TheMobiusPony Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
I found this tune rather befitting.
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
DoTheDinosaur24 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome:) keep improving
zilvart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing^^ i haven't seen much  celestia art before but this one's splendid  sad in the moment when she has to banish her younger sister.
Geechan1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I really love the emotion in this picture. It's a very lovely improvement from your 2013 version, and is better in almost all ways. Very nicely done. :)
PonyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Artention Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome ! *3*
Fixap Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
AirsoftingBrony Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Oh my goodness. The detail...and everything else...SPEECHLESS.

I kinda get the feel for the moment to. Great job!
geartech Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow, that's detailed. Nice work!
Ardail Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
at first I saw this and thought "wasn't this already posted?" But then I saw the side by side and was like OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I like this versions a lot! Her hair seems more majestic and her pose is very fluid 

You've done it again Mr monkey, you've blown my mind and have brought honor to your house, your family, and whole of deviantart. I salute you sir :salute:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
What other choice did she had?
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
What other choice did she had?
TheHachiku Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks amazing!
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
This is so epic! The expression and colors here is just awesome!

Amazing :)
templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Love the expression!
ThatAverageGuy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Nmm: CONGRATULATIONS celestia you saved your beloved ponies but bettwen you and i. We know the score. YOU LOSE HAHAHAHA YOU LOSE.
cajobif Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
This new version is much better in my humble opinion.

It looks more striking and a much better composition with the different angle of view.

But the effect and the emotions remains.

Amazing piece.
SimeonLeonard Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic :clap: I agree, one would think Celestia must have a lot going on beneath the surface.
CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, memories. This season is the best ever and the months it aired where the best ones in my life.
Very nice idea to go back there.

How about making another one with Luna that turns into Nightmare Moon? I think you haven't done this after the premiere.
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They were awesome months indeed.

I haven't done the actual transformation but I did make Nightmare Moon as a counterpart to the first Celestia back then :)
CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I have seen this one, but seeing how Luna turned into Nightmare Moon in your style would be awesome and look even more badass!
NewMoon-Dragoness Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh much awesomness :love: her much emotion <3 I love it *w*
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooaaahh!!! That's a huge change you made with the first one!!! :wow: :omg: :omfg: :O
This one looks really amazing!!! You made a better job on the light effects here!!! ;) ;) ;)
batosan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
You take epic moments of the show and turn them into epic pics. Smart. And cool. Keep on working this way :la:
JubaAj Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Awesome.                                                                                                     Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Celestia 
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely fantastic-your painting ability has greatly improved since your last version of this. Everything feels more solid and three-dimensional (particularly the magical energy and the elements of harmony), and you've made better use of compositional space. The colors are much more vibrant and appealing. (I'm not badmouthing the older version, that looks good still, I always liked Celestia's intense expression) And I love how Nightmare Moon is visible in Celestia's pupil, that's a wonderful little detail. :)
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, happy to hear you noticed the little Nightmare Moon touch. I wondered if that would catch someone's eye (... Badumtsh)

They both have a something going, though it's nice to see the steps taken in some area are working out as well :D
The better structural shape to everything is something I noticed myself as well when working on this. Much clearer idea what her face and everything is shaped like.
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Literally her darkest moment.
Soulymans-real-self Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just wonderful, the skill and technique here is top class art. I'm sure many will enjoy staring at this with tears balling from their eyes. Haha Waaaah! 
Both the original and this redraw of this are amazing, and I don't think it would be justice to say one is better than another. Just agree that one has been changed slightly for enjoyment. (<opinion)

Soliassoul Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's more emotion in the original, but the colors are crisper in this one. I like em' both!
unassuminguser Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno, it's actually hard to tell whether I like this remake or the original more :P
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