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Sol for the Celestial by AssasinMonkey Sol for the Celestial by AssasinMonkey
There's something relaxing about just taking a square canvas and making a basic portrait in it. Helps when it works out of course, but still hah. And why not make Celestia? I often end up making at least a couple Celestia pieces each year. Maybe her sister will show up in the future as well. We'll see.

I seem to get in just the right mindset with these, from playing around with the face shape, the ear, and then especially the hair. Not getting locked in trying to make it look close to the show's hairstyle, but at most just taking some general aspects from it.
Then I had to decide how I was actually going to make her hair look like visually in the first place... stumbling across this. Happy accident!

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy! T'was fun to make this one!

PS: Made on a single layer. I only duplicated it for WIP purposes.


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Your portraiture style is getting better and better. I have almost nothing to say about her face or the shading, it's too well done. The red blunt on her cheek I find i little bit too agressive, but I get it - subsurface scattering, maybe turn down the opacity a little bit or try to incorporate the color into the base celestia skin color overall, just very mildly. The eye detail is astounding, I have no idea how you managed to get the eye look so "eyeish" without using big reflections. The shade around the corner of her eye seems a little bit off, like you were unsure about the shape of the head there, but that's really nothing. The sharp shade on her neck also feels a bit unnatural and honestly - whether it's the shade thrown by her head or shading of neck muscles, the sharp edge doesn't belong there, I'm pretty sure of that.

The hair look a lot like porcelain, all shiny and sparkling, which gives it nice feeling of detail, but I also wonder, how else could you do it to maintain the feeling yet not make it look like statue or glass... humour me :) But the reflections there, provided it is glass, are right on spot, that part you have covered very well. The crown sadly gets little bit lost in the darkness of the background, which is pity (such a beautiful crown...).

Now the background I get, but the "crosshair" pointing directly on top of her horn - was it your intention, or mistake? If intention, then OK, if mistake, well... it just hits me in the eye :D I know it's supposed to be star, but how it found it's way right on that one spot just leaves me wondering... I mean, what are the odds?

I sure would appreciate more hard lines in your images, but this is your own style and I won't push you to do something you are not comfortable with, I'm just saying you can do it. Those last images look great from afar, but when I fullscreen it, even on my laptop monitor I can see it's very blurry on the edges and the initial feeling of the detail is kinda lost. I know it's caused by working in what, 2 layers? Or something like that, but again - you can do better :)

I didn't give much for originality, since it's another one of pony headshots, which you have your gallery stacked with now, but the hair is new, so I give credit there. Overall impact is hard to rate, sure has atmosphere and the hair is stylish, we might see more like that from now on, but for me, the impact isn't really there, not like with the wingless pegasus you painted few weeks back, that's what I imagine under the word impact.

But I give close to full score for Vision and Technique, what could be sayed I sayed, there is not much more for you to learn there, maybe it's time you focused on other aspects of your artwork :)
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:icontwisrterfenix:
twisrterfenix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
you know, luna is missing in this style
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:iconmidnightmillionaire:
MidnightMillionaire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shut up tia is da best -u-
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:icontwistedunicorn97:
TwistedUnicorn97 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that is beautiful... <3
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SentireAeris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The eyes, dear god the eyes are amazing! :O
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suntwilig Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
looks wunderfull
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:icontoocliched:
TooCliched Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student Writer
So dapper! :D
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:iconnuvolavolpe:
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
:love:
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:iconastroanimations:
Astroanimations Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, just a can say that.
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:iconaspiepie:
AspiePie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student General Artist
excellent.. you should be proud...
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:iconjoakaha:
Joakaha Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :clap:
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:iconnovemberbell:
NovemberBell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
My goodness! THIS... on a single layer! You, sir, are crazy! Quite, quite mad.

Therefore you have earned my watch.
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:iconwarriors77495:
Warriors77495 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, it looks almost real!
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:icondeppressedunicorn:
DeppressedUnicorn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
La la la la WOW! So pretty! so BEAUTIFUL! Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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:iconvasillium:
Vasillium Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She so lovely!!!
Pinkie (Happy tears) Plz 
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Wow, very mystical looking mane, it really compliments Celestia very well.

Nice job on the background too.
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:iconseamoresandwich:
SeamoreSandwich Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason your comment reminded me of Sweetie Bell in Lesson Zero: "I like her... mane?"

I agree though, it's beautiful work as always.
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:iconmokey1980s:
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Lol I just realized that now =p
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:iconijustloveit619:
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I always appreciate this kind of high quality artwork, thank you so much for sticking to the fandom this far and making extraordinary artworks about the show :D!
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txteclipse Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This...honestly might be my favorite thing from you. The lighting is absolutely gorgeous. I have no idea how you pulled that look off with her mane, but it's crazy. It's like gem or stained glass or something. Actually, I know exactly what it looks like: pulled sugar! I feel like the shading on the horn could be improved a bit, but otherwise two thumbs up in space.
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:icondejiko07:
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Beautiful! :)
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:iconmkroo:
MKroo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
I do love your style, beautiful Celestia there
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:icondragunique:
Dragunique Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your Celestia.. She seems a little bewildered like AJ was on your previous picture.
Bring it on Celly.. I can take it... and wanna take it too..

:)
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:iconmlpdarksparx:
mlpdarksparx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh what shiny hair! 
Reminds me of Christmas wrapping paper for some reason. ^^
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:icongraeth-raltharn:
Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Amazing work
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:icontheshadowscale:
TheShadowscale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This may be my favorite one of these portraits.  As they say, the devil is in the details and do you do a lot of them. I love the mane in particular. 
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IJoinedForPonies Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
The detail looks very nice, but the facial features are way off. :-/

This face is a lot closer to what Rarity would look like in your style.
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:iconneighsayer:
Neighsayer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Man, I wanna touch that hair.
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:iconassasserik:
Assasserik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student General Artist
It would be so awesome if you would draw some more stuff that is not pony related
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:iconjack27121:
jack27121 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's overall good. But it looks too smooth and smudge looking at it close. Like the edges should be more high contrast
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:iconangryberry:
Angryberry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous
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:iconagetian:
Agetian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Really gorgeous! :love:
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:iconerinsi:
Erinsi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student
your paintings are perfect! Celestia's hair is sooo beautiful!
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:icontwilightsparkledark:
TwilightSparkleDark Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Why's this image so cute but also somewhat... sad.
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:iconcrusadier:
Crusadier Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Very nice
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:iconwinterthefirebender:
WinterTheFirebender Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Wow. Just wow.
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:iconartmadebyred:
ArtmadebyRed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so in love with those pony headshots you recently make :D Hope to see more of them
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Shit, that looks beautiful.
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:iconfeedbackjack:
FeedbackJack Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Well this is easily my new desktop background, and this one goes on my cell phone as well. So now I have a Celly belly on my celly phone.
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:iconmadakia:
Madakia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Her mane is so shiny, it's beautiful.
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:iconscarlet-pikachu:
scarlet-pikachu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Those royal locks.
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:iconnazegoreng:
Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW that hair is exquisite 
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:icondracoblair:
DracoBlair Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww.. she looks sad :(
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:iconrusstarik:
RusStarik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Boop da royal nose. Meow :3 
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:icondjamarart:
DJamarArt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing as always and the stream was awesome
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