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Since this is a fanart, you are allowed to utilize this artwork however you want. Take it, print it off, use it for your layouts, whatev's. I gift it to you guys.


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This is based on a short lived MLP:FiM fanfic idea I had called "Night of a Million Stars." At the time, I was also refining the storyline for "Buck". I chose to work on the synopsis for "Buck" over "Night of a Million Stars" as I felt "Buck" would be more of a fun story with greater elements of action intertwined, but "Night of a Million Stars" still resided in my mind with fondness.

Let me back up a bit.

Last year, I started writing, but ultimately scrapping, a fanfiction for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I will now pause so you can get your laughter out.

...We good? Awesome.

The project was scrapped as other work started coming up, and I felt that it would be better to focus my energy on the visual medium than literary. I just suddenly lost the time.

This fan-fic didn't get far as I had difficulty coming up with interesting plot elements driving it, and many of the interesting bits would be seemingly stolen by the expertly crafted Nocturne fanfiction already in existence.

The basic synopsis is that Luna finally convinces her sister Celestia to relinquish control of the night back to her. However, after a 1,000 year banishment, she is conflicted between her rusty magical abilities and desire to prove herself capable to her sister. Equestria meanwhile summons a major celebration to commemorate Luna's triumphant return to making the beautiful nights, a gesture of goodwill that the citizens will cherish her night sky instead of shun it. The "Million Stars" festival, organized by Twilight Sparkle, hits a succession of minor hindrances that prevent her from helping Luna when she requests a quick audience with Twilight. However, the festival experiences a major snag when Luna buckles under the pressure and runs off.

Realizing what she did to her, Twilight goes after her, following her through the perilous mountains surrounding Canterlot. But in her loneliness, Luna's dark past starts creeping back in, as the mind can pull diabolical tricks when alone with just thoughts for company.

This is a scene where Twilight finds her just as the sun is setting, when the war in Luna's head hits critical mass and threatens to break her down into a pitiful mess. Twilight realizes that all this time, she had been freaking about her own festival, her own opportunity to simply show off her top-notch organizational skills to Celestia...and completely ignoring Luna's own feelings.

"We're not here to see your sky," Twilight smiles reassuringly, "We're here to see you."

Dear Princess Celestia.

Today I learned that even when I'm put in a position of great responsibility, it's not always going to be about me. I got so wrapped up in small things around me, I didn't even see the huge problems of others. All we need is just a little perspective, to see the big picture. For when all we do is obsess on ourselves, well...we can't see the night for the stars.

Your Faithful Student
Twilight Sparkle



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This was an image I started a couple weeks ago. Originally, it was to test out a 'cliffs' brush I made in Photoshop, but the image started spiraling out of control. After a few minutes, I then decided I was going to make it into a full-fledged scene of some sort. I then figured, hey, I already had some art for one of my fan-fictions, why not make some art for another concept I had?

And thus, I started detailing the image accordingly.

Before, my other MLP:FiM fanarts made an attempt to appear show-accurate. This one obviously does not. I'll still strive for the same proportions, character color schemes, and basic design, but the actual rendering of this piece was going to be my own style. So it's a hybrid between the show's style and my own.

This image was also 100% painted, no lineart. Not often that I do that, it is pretty hard to keep track of, and without a lineart there to keep it all adhering to a particular look I'll frequently go back and end up repainting entire parts from the ground up.

While this image was started weeks ago, I only worked on it for three nights, and only a couple hours each time. But tonight, it feels good to get it wrapped up and submitted. Kinda proud of how this one looks. It's also not very often that I get to upload something without having to credit a commissioner, line artist, and inker as well. This is entirely my own creation. Feels awesome to just break out and do my own thing for once.



My Little Pony (c)Hasbro
Twilight and Luna characters (c)Lauren Faust

Claiming free use and all that jazz.
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:iconcommanderex:
CommanderEX Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Twilight could ask RainbowDash to search for Luna, after all Twilight have no wings and searching mountains can take a lot time and be very exhausting experience.
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TailsDoll583 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
TWIIILIGHT SPARKLE :D!
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Tridgeon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your effort in not using line-art really shows, the piece has a free and natural feel to it

this just exudes quality!
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Slugbox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Dude, how did I miss this, bro?
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Because it needs boobs, obviously. :thumbsup::lol:
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lolly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Dude. Really? I mean...seriously? I...I...honestly I'm in awe for real :laughing: When it comes right down to it, I think the outskirts of MLP territory are fun to mock and play with, I mean shit I have an OC, well, sort of since it's based on a photo of `WilderWein77 haha! But that said, I first blinked when I saw this, then did full view and wtf man...regardless of subject matter this is well fucking done.

I look at this and honestly would have nowhere to begin figuring out how to acheive and end result like this, and to just be you of all people, and flat out say yeah hey, I did this AND it's for this short story/fanfic...haha!

You got my support 100% of the fucking way. You are the exception to the rule of MLP shit all deserving to be put down like a rabid dog.
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Tridgeon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all of it??? There are other good artists out there, maybe you're just not looking in the right places
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vest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
You are the exception to the rule of MLP shit all deserving to be put down like a rabid dog.

This.

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This sentence...made the 75 grand I spent on art school...WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Glad to do my part in slightly delaying and/or adding a smidgen of guilt to the impending brony genocide.
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lolly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Bitter irony isn't it? I blew 35 grand on 3D animation and graphic design because deviantART started paying me a year before getting the certificate. Then by the time they fired me I was/am so out of date on any of it 3D aka get a job wise it would take me a couple years of self teaching, which is nowhere near pro level. >_< damn dA!
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Yep, that was me as well. Spent a year doing QA just trying to get a foothold in the industry, fell way behind in 3d, and woo-woo all aboard the freelancing comic colorist train! There's a part of me that wants to pick up the 3d again and try to make something out of it, but I don't even know if video game art is the direction I want to go anymore. People just feel so...yeesh...disposable in that industry.

Ah well, got my stupidly expensive diploma, and I'm doin' all right working on a discipline that I didn't even take classes in. :lol:
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TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This. This is truly beautiful.
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PandaJeter Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i might read that story, maybe, i don't know. awesome pic.
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Northspeed Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Sounds like a story I'd like to read :)
Anyhow, back to the picture :D I think it's very beautiful, especially the colours and background. Twilight Sparkle and Luna also look very good, and they portray a lot of emotion. Great job :D
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Thank you very much, greatly appreciated! :)
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scenefux Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
OH.
Jesus this is BEAUTIFUL. Fantastic job, honestly!
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devgear Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
As for wallpapers, this almost works on my iPad! I set it as my wall here, just a bit big still. Just a thought as you gift walls in the future!
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Whiteburst Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great pic!
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you!
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:iconwhiteburst:
Whiteburst Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np! :D
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ShimmerStar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Digital Artist
I ADORE this. It looks so much different from your usual stuff...painty almost! and I love the colors.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you very much! It was a lot of fun to see this one come together the way it did. I love trying other styles and approaches to artwork. :)
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! The amount of detail you have in the mane is amazing. And now that I have embraced my love of MLP, instead of hiding it. I can now drool... So amazing. I wish I could even do an eighth as well as you at art.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thanks!

I'm glad to see people aren't shy about being a part of the fandom. Goes to show that the brand's reputation of the last three decades can be overcome by the sheer brilliance and quality of FiM.
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elphaba-rose-wilde Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. I still have my childhood ponies stashed away somewhere. ^_^
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fiskefyren Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
OMG I need a 1920 x 1200 pic of this for my PC >_<
Also if you ever go back to write your story, you should consider making it a Twiluan fic :3 I mean if that is not what it already is... *looking at the #MLP-FiM-YuriGroup thing*
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vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Also, I opened up the .PSD and expanded it to a 16:9 widescreen resolution for ya'.

You can find it here: [link]

:thumbsup::lol:
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fiskefyren Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
yay <3
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Ah, that #Group thing. It was actually sent as a permission request to post it in their gallery. I don't refuse #Group requests, so if they wanted it, they could have it even though Yuri isn't even implied. Some people would still go there just to get pics with Twilight/Luna in it. :)

When it comes to shipping fics, I'm kinda...ehhh...my mind has difficulty composing the image. Allegrezza or nothing, lol. Since I can't really envision Twilight and Luna getting all cuddly-wuddly with one another, it would make for a horrible shipping fic.

But there we go. Just got the image stuck in my own head, great. Just great. It's not even vacating...
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fiskefyren Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
You sir just lost yourself a reader! *walks away in anger but comes back again and take some of your stuff before leaving once more*
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LegendaryMemory Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to say how amazingly detailed her hair alone is. The colors also stand out nicely and that's an interesting story. :)
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vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Hair is definitely one of those things I love to do, and something I've been trying to crack for years. The way I do it has been changing radically, many times restarting my formula from the ground up. But I think I've got it cracked, though, so now when I see projects with gigantic flowing poofy all-over-the-place hair, I am more than happy to jump on it. :)
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LegendaryMemory Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome that you enjoy working on that hair. It's not always the easiest thing to draw/paint, especially with detail. I'd say that you have it pretty solid, so that ground-up method turned into concrete-strong backing. Also, that's the kind of attitude that I like to hear from people. :D It has an influence to people.
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vest Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Oh absolutely, for sure. Never be afraid to tear down your style and start over. I swear, people get so defensive over their style, and will build and pursue it even though it doesn't look good. I've had classes where people would make these gawdy half-assed drawings and defend it with "But it's my style." It's like these art students didn't want a job in the industry or something, lol.

To me, my art isn't my baby. Quite the opposite. Every piece of art is a monster, a rampaging dragon personified as a blank canvas...and I must slay the beast by chipping away the blank space with strokes and smudges. The monster is never fully dead, there's always one way to fight it even further. And if anyone chooses to band alongside me and help me, I will not stop them. Because artwork...it's not my baby. It's my foe. And there's no satisfaction in the world quite like vanquishing your adversaries to the delight of the townfolk.

God, that analogy is awful.
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LegendaryMemory Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It works, so I guess you can say that it's alright? :D
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Awesome job with the details! Very amazing!! :icontwilightclapplz:
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thank you very much!
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you're welcome! =D
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BronyForever Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Amazing.

This short description of you fan fic is very good either.

Also, even though i'm not going to use your art I think it's really kind of you to give it away without restrictions like that.
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vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Yep, I learned from a very sage, worldly, and enlightened hardcore hentai artist (I'm serious) that artists always do better when they stop clinging to copyright protection and just be happy others like their work enough to use it. So when it comes to stuff I make myself, others are welcome to it.

It's a great policy. Hmm, I wonder if any major toy companies out there have adopted the same policy to resounding success? I wonder...
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Tallinu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
"Can't see the night for the stars"... *cries a manly tear*
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Many shedded manlies were teared.
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DarkApostleMatt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
very nice work
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vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thank you very much!
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Amazing work! :thumbsup::D
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thanks a lot!
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
You're welcome!
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Iron-Chef-OR Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
This is awesome! Both the picture and the mini-story behind it. Great job!
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Much appreciated, thank you!
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RealSegaman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work.
i realy like her mane)
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
You're going to like her mane...

:iconcreepytwilightplz:
And you are going to like it more than ANYTHING!

~~:heart: ~~:heart: ~~:heart:
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