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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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Melody--Pond Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
i agree, celestia would be awesome as a burning fire sun alicorn of evil
x-vanilla-cupcakes-x Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Draceer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
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 :)
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