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Rise of the Night Court by Adalbertus Rise of the Night Court by Adalbertus
This wasn’t really planned, at least not right now. but I wanted to draw something like that for a while.

Anyways, it was an experiment, 100% digitally painted with no lines and stuff. I think it’s not the worst effect for the first time:D

And here’s a poorly written scene to go with the picture :D
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Princess Luna stood at the edge of a ruined tower of what used to be Everfree castle. Long ago, in a different age she called this place home. Those ancient walls witnessed her coronation along with her sister to princesses of Equestria, their long rule side by side, long happy centuries of pace... as well as her downfall and defeat. It was here that she took her last stand against her sister’s armies and it was here that she got banished for a thousand years. These walls also saw Nightmare Moon’s return as well as her final defeat by hooves of six brave friends.
How fitting that after all those events, these crumbling ruins became a scene of another significant moment in Equestrian history - rebirth of her vampire children.
Flood of emotions from Rainbow Dash’s awakening still filled her mind. Pain of awakening was just as real for her as it was for the blue pegasus. It was a little reminder she created for herself all those centuries ago, to always remember what her beloved subjects much go through to receive her gracious gift.
But those were different times, when ponies were asking for her gift out of devotion, it was never forced onto them like this, not even by Nightmare Moon. Even back then, when they were fighting for survival and acceptance, when her sister’s betrayal drove her mad with grief, she never even thought about such actions. And now she was drowning in doubts and guilt for all the things she did and about to do.
She almost hoped that the visions are true and the danger to Equestria and to her newfound friend is real.
She shook her, trying to get rid of dark clouds covering her mind. there still was work to be done. she had to make new home for her beloved friends and her loyal servants who were still in Canterlot.
She pushed herself off from the ruined tower and spread her wings calling upon the powers of the Night. she willed enormous chunks of what used to be castle walls to rise from the ground, tearing vines and roots that covered them over the centuries. effortlessly putting together pieces of ancient walls and fusing them together one by one ruined towers and halls of her old home rose from the depths of time, surrounded by a silver pillar of moonlight.
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Again I can't seem to think off a bad joke to start the critique... must be losing my "touch", though i hope I am still able to form a decent opinion, if nothing else.

The concept of this piece is quite interesting - on one hand it gives the impression of being simple and yet it draws you in as you appreciate the various details that lurk among this "plain" whole. Magical and becoming, in more ways then one, it stays true to the source material, despite its unique vision.

And speaking of uniqueness, I must say that I'm rarely able to call any piece really original, mostly due to the fact that everything has already been done. Yet this work certainly shows great promise in that regard, touching on the idea of Everfree Castle, a place forsaken by both ponies and fans alike, receiving little to no attention since it debut. It's refreshing to see somewhat returning to these walls, if only for a little bit and while Luna, as a character, has been overly done as of late, she's not the central piece here, but an add-on. Quite intriguing indeed.

The technique is a peculiar thing; with first glance the pic seems simple... even strikingly so... and yet it lives with its own life, almost forcing the viewer to concentrate on what's really important - the castle itself. Usually the background gently wraps around the main focus of the piece, but here it's minimalized to bare essentials. While one can feel a bit disappointed over the fact, it nicely compliments the general design of this work, creating a consistent whole.

The impact of this piece plays homeage to its uniqueness; while appearing as nothing special at first, upon the second glance the viewer is nearly smacked in the face with its life and dynamic - the magical winds engulfing Everfree Castle spark the astonishing feeling that one would undoubtfully get when being witness to the scene presented in the pic. The dark and glorious exterior makes it even more compelling, as it elevates the structure to you attention, reminding one how important the castle used to be, at the same time sowing shame that one dared to forget it.

Undoubtfully the piece is done in a rather simple manner... however it's a prime example of the truth that art doesn't need to be complex to amaze.
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CentPL Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Powiem Ci że tak patrzę na twoje pracę i raczej taka "bez konturu" do mnie przemawia bardziej. Inne pracę z konturami wydają mi się bardziej pod anime lub mangę (za którą nie przepadam) Moim zdaniem gdyby twoje prace nie posiadały konturu były by o wiele lepsze. Ponad to pytanie. Czemu już nie zajmujesz się grafiką 3D?
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mi się kontury podobają, bo jestem fanem komiksów =P
ale będę tez sie bawił bez jak wykombinuję dobry sposób, żeby to robić, na razie jestem we wczesnej fazie eksperymentów.
co do grafiki 3D, po prostu mi sie chwilowo znudziła. Ale nie martw się, to tylko chwilowa przerwa :D
ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Wow! Inspiring.
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D
JedielDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of Your best! That scene just screams "EPIC!!!"
That magic is just awesome, and I couldn't believe, when You told me, that You did it just with simple brush strokes! Also I love how you enhanced the mood of the picture by lighting.
I honestly don't know what else to say... everything just works so well, and is so well put together, that I'm simply amazed!
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...except Luna's hind legs should be together and not so awkwardly spread <_<
but thanks, I'm glad you like it :D
JedielDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, no man... You almost forced me to tell a really embarrassing joke like: "Luna's legs are never spread too much, for my taste.", or something like that. Fortunately, I'm better than this... wait... wait :confused:
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
be careful what you are saying, I get easily inspired by things like that =P
JedielDaniel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That... actually aren't that bad news :cough:
Adalbertus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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