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The Cherry Blossoms Falling by WillisNinety-Six The Cherry Blossoms Falling by WillisNinety-Six
Say, the princess is practically naked for this one!

Surprisingly, the background wasn't the hardest part for this one, it was coloring Celestia. And yes, I actually got pissed off because of that.
But hey! I'm finally done :w00t:

The blossoms in the background are supposed to be falling, don't know if I did a good job on that.


MLP:FiM belongs to Hasbro and was created by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
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First of all, This piece is astoundingly original as far as MLP fanart goes.

I really like the pensiveness of this artwork, as expressed in the background as well as in Celestia's facial expression. Celestia's posing also adds interest to the piece through the contrast between her relaxed front legs and the tension in her straight neck and partially outstreched wing. Also, the fact that her mane is primarily in front of her head is a fascinating touch.

However, some other things bother me. Firstly, the colouring of her mane is rather choppy; I can see jagged lines throughout, which really distracts me from the nice flow of your line art on the mane. But, you probably realized that, as you did admit how difficult you found colouring Celestia. Also, it seems almost as if Celestia was photoshopped into the scene. I think this comes for a couple reasons: first, Celestia is the only part of this piece that has an outline, which makes her pop out of the scene. Second, her positioning in the piece is so close to the viewer. I think that this might have looked better had you placed her a little closer to the water and drawn her a bit smaller, perhaps enough to "fit" under the tree.

That being said, most of that was somewhat nitpicky. I really really enjoy this piece. The background is incredibly well done, and the shading throughout is excellent. I think that you presented a wonderful artistic vision very well, and I want to thank you for sharing it with us.
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First off, as mentioned previously, the originality of this piece is a nice change from some other works i've seen, this setting is just so beautiful and tranquil, it fit's Celestia very well...

Something every princess should do after a long day ^_^
Though she does look concerned, like there's something on her mind that's troubling her, that facial expression and unrelaxed posture tells me more than you could know...

And she looks so natural without all that armour and guilding draping off her and the ruffled mane, she's a pure white pony now and it suits her, even the little gestures like crossing the whooves over add to the troubled feel of this.

So yea, I love this artwork as I have never personally seen Celestia in this kind of scene, plus it has been drawn with such a great choice of colours, and the roughness of the lines on her mane add a certain charm to it that ties-in with the mood, they reflect her shakey thoughts (Good Way :))
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Chaos51268 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful...  Here, have some peaceful music to look at this picture with.…
cindyok Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Beautiful! this beautiful princess
Chaos51268 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She certainly is, isn't she?
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful and peaceful... :love: :love: :love:
DracoDei Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It may just be that I read through the TVTropes* TearJerker pages for NonCanon, but I think that the reason she looks so sad is that cherry blossoms symbolize death (right?), so she is taking a moment to remember all the brief mortals she has been friends with over the centuries.

MJNSEIFER Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Beautiful, simply beautiful.

I don't really understand why, but in a weird way this drawing kind of humanizes* Celestia to me; the sight of her sitting in this hauntingly beautiful setting with what to me looks like a sad, possibly regretful expression really makes her a more relatable character, if only for this picture.

There is something about the Cherry Blossom setting, I will admit, it not only adds to the beauty of this gorgeous drawing, but in a way, adds to speculation of to what she could be feeling at the time. I don't know if this was your intention, but the fact that Cherry Blossom is often used as a symbol that we will all die one day really puts an interesting spin on this drawing; Celestia ages a lot slower than most ponies, so she has probably had to watch several ponies who were close to her die, and will continue to do so. So she could be reflecting on that in this picture? Sorry to create my own ideas for someone else's artwork.

*by which I mean "make more relateable" not litterally "make her a human".
Nolannilestheletter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What, the sun goddess doesn't care what the mortals had to think of her naked body for
housin123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
i can think this would be after she locked her sis in the moon and was all sad now
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