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Discord versus Lightmare Sun by Ziom05 Discord versus Lightmare Sun by Ziom05
Yep! Finally MLP art. ;)

This battle took place many thousands of years before the current events. And it is not the final battle of good against Lord of Chaos.

Discord with his new favorite doll versus Celestia, on her burn of rage form: Lightmare Sun.

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Founding of Equestria ( "Hearth's Warming Eve" episode ) --> The conquest of the country by Discord. The reign of chaos. --> Bunt alicorn sisters and their allies against the Lord of Chaos --> This battle ( Fail ) --> The final battle with the all Elements of Harmony ( I think Celestia and Luna were users of a specific single item ). Discord Lost. --> Much later Nighmare Moon time --> Thousand years later, today time.
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Given 2012-07-05
Discord versus Lightmare Sun by *Ziom05 ( Suggested by Rutana and Featured by alexandrasalas )
Holy jeez. I'm no professional artist, and only have a minute fraction of the skill that went into this piece, so maybe this review will go by the wayside. I hope I can still do this justice though, because this is amazing.

Firstly: the color stands out to me the most. This picture is burning hot-- the wings on Celestia (*ahem*, Lightmare) are the most noticeable due to their value in such a dark and chaotic piece. That being said, Luna's colors feel a twinge odd. They contrast well enough to stand out and are immediately just as noticeable as Celestia's wings (due to hue this time), but I feel that a very subtle shift in either saturation or hue may have complimented better. The lighting falls off well, but I worry that the mane can't decide if it wants to be hot or cold-- although, this might be the dichotomy you were aiming for. I feel like Luna is a lesser element in this piece when compared to the rustic colors and details of Discord (especially in that fur and those chains) and the intricacies and glow of Celestia's armor and wings. This may also be furthered by a reduced level of detail on Discord's body, right behind Luna's head. I noticed this region seems to be the smoothest, for both Luna and Discord both. While it makes some sense for Discord, as it's moving into the background, Luna seems oddly smooth and not as detailed.

The motion of the piece is really dramatic, especially with the foreground streaks of flame, and the motions of Discord's limbs versus Luna's struggle. I think if Luna's head was reared back a tad more, it may have furthered the effect. As is she just seems to be floating at the ends of her chains--which are taut, nonetheless. More resistance might have implied she was in the process of being pulled, which may have had a more dynamic effect-- but regardless there's a lot of power behind the actions drawn. (And still, the tautness as opposed to a yanking action may be what you were aiming for.)

One thing that has me curious, I do not see Discord's legs. Were they omitted by choice, or are they just out of shot?

I'm going to conclude on the armor because.. HNNGG. I love metal when it comes to digital art, and the details you put into Lightmare's armor are just wicked. The glow and color excites me, I can see everything from white to pink to yellow. I love the subtle molten cracks in Celestia's flesh as well, and am curious what effect would have been attained if the molten glow was increased some--though such a change I think wouldn't alter much in the piece, just suggesting it out of curiosity's sake. (I may have to draw fanart of your design it stands out to me so much.)

Overall though, this work is phenomenal. I'm awestruck that this was inspired by a kid's TV show. I don't feel qualified to critique it, but I did anyway to the best of my ability. Hope you don't mind if I borrow it as a wallpaper for my desktop? =P
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First of all, WOW. I had to stare at this for a few minutes.

The composition is fantastic. You've captured movement flawlessly, and the scene is very three-dimensional. Celestia's design is absolutely stunning. She appears as though she was just born of a volcano, and she is just angry.
Discord definitely looks and feels like a Lord of Chaos, not just another puny villain. His presence is very intimidating. Everything here screams war and struggle; as if the battle for Equestria lasted for decades. You've managed to convey years of history for a fictional place into one painting.

5 Stars for vision, you certainly brought a new life to these characters.
5 Stars for originality, I would have never thought that Celestia would have an "ultimate" form like Nightmare Moon, and you've done a wonderful job with the design.
5 Stars for technique, this looks like something you'd see in official concept art books, or possibly on a special edition cover for a video game (if one for this universe existed).
5 Stars for impact, the image is raw and powerful. You make the viewer feel immersed in this battle.

Overall this is an extremely well executed piece.
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Creepy-Quiet-Kid Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Wow. This is legitimately amazing. Great job.
EnderLady66 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016   Artist
Demonic! Mythical! War! Powerful! I looooveee it!!
thedarkmink Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Day - night
sun - moon
daymare - nightmare
daymare sun - nightmare night
Thatlegonerd365 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks way to serious to be my little ponyOops! 
Lupineborn Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
....your drawings of MLP are the most EPIC ones I've ever encountered in here. The artwork is so amazing it hurts.
Jester--Girl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no words to describe this. 
Galaticat Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Student Artist
I admire how you've taken the characters of a simple children show with basic physical features and portrayed them into epic and graceful muses designed with phenomenal details. 
Quicksilver1987 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2015  Student
This is the result after someone decides to piss off an elder sibling that cares. This is moving, but very badass. 
Kaizo111 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist
happyshorty Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
awesome work!
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional Writer
"You want to kill me, Celestia! Then take the shot! Think you can save your sister? I bet not!"
dragon567lover Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a name for Tia's I'M ANGRY mode

Day Dream Sun

The oppsite of NightMare Moon
MNCdude Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Remains me of Chaos Knight
marioking89 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Holy Crap this looks epic.
Melody--Pond Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
i agree, celestia would be awesome as a burning fire sun alicorn of evil
deadly-cupcake Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Draceer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student General Artist
HopeandStruggle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
dude wow
deviantsaster Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
0,0 this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
thedarkmink Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
DAY     COLT    SUN. 
NIGHT MARE MOON.  just wondering lol
missael111796 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Again. Great art. From now on I won't even bother commenting if they are all this awesome.
DeathoftheUndying Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not even really a fan of the show but this is just epic!!!!
TallestEngineer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I like the way Ziom05 uses low lights to give texture to what where originally cell shaded characters.  It gives them a realness without losing their recognisability.
Wow. Its look like diablo :)
GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Princess Celestia will mop the floor with that glass drinking wimp.
9blueTurtles Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Dotterall Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   General Artist
Ah! The feels! The awesomeness! It burns my soul! It's so sad, seeing Luna enchained! 
DracoDei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Bunt"? What does that mean in this context?
TARDIS915 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
very well designed and rather epic, to say the least
Sarxis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Very good.  Just found this piece of your a year later.  
ociRX Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Could i use this as background for my music?
It looks so epic
Of course i'd credit you.^^
9blueTurtles Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Holy mother of fudge this is AMAZING. It's so- so GLARGH TOO MUCH AWESOME. Dane and his goons :PinkBummy: 
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Digital Artist
Are you for Discord or bad Celestia?
9blueTurtles Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Celestia FTW... Though I admit Discord looks awesomeDane and his goons x2
Rainbowcrashrules12 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will admit this did catch my eye, but I'm the biggest fan of Luna possible, so it kinda scared me when I saw her in this state, otherwise it's the best MLP picture I've seen.
HelenasHerzblut Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well where to start... the most epic drawing i ever seen! _ This awesome battle looks terrifying and exciting at once. I feel so sorry for luna cause discord has luna in his power and Celestia try to rescue her. Very amazing drama scene!! :iconnorrisapprovedplz:
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, Alukamalika. :) Thank you Chuck Norris.
HelenasHerzblut Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOL :iconnpplz:
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Static-Dr0p Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And they said ponies were for little girls.
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Ponies are for people with imagination.
Komonoto Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer the name Radiant Malevolence.
Sounds less cheesy than Lightmare Sun. :|
Hollseer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Celestia reminds me of Imperius from Diablo.
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013   Digital Artist
When I have got the Diablo III artbook, I was just in loved on the design of angels, especially Imperius. So badass. :)
HTF-Invader96 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artist
That... is... EPIC.
IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
That is probably the most boss looking Discord I've ever seen.
FrostMantis Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Artist
Is that the 'doll' Luna?
Gaehhn Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
It all makes sense now... Nightmare Moon and Discord were defeated at pretty much the same time.
During the fight of the Princesses and Discord, Discord corrupted Luna and an epic battle took place between Celestia and Discord + Nightmare Moon. Celestia, knowing she couldn't let Nightmare Moon roam freely and seeing the turned-to-stone face of her sister every day would also be unbearable, banished her into the moon. Discord, after his most powerful puppet was gone, had to fight on his own against the raging Celestia. This fight took nearly two years until he was finally turned into stone. Celestia, trying to keep her sister in positive memory by herself and the citizens of Equestria then said that she and Luna had defeated Discord together.
Ziom05 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Digital Artist
I had other theory on my mind, but I think it also make sense. :)
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