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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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Critique by Ked-Ki Ked-Ki/critique/681544158">Sep 12, 2012, 10:38:29 PM
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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Critique by Woona-tic Woona-tic/critique/682296936">Sep 13, 2012, 4:54:22 PM
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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Abyss136 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Hey, I can't remember if I told you or not, but your picture inspired me to write a story about the scene here.…

I love this pic, btw! Keep up the amazing work!
WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist
I'm glad ^^

and thank you~
Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
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
xelianthought Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Fantastic piece! 
Spartan545 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I had no other option but to send Spike to live with Twilight's family. Twilight can keep his relation to me a secret, so nopony, but close friends should know about his relation to me, until the time comes. I seemed to notice an increase in his magical essence when I gave him to Twilight's family. When there were no books about a magical increase in dragons, but my theory is: A dragon can't handle a separation from his mother. There is still one question that requires an answer, where did Spike come from?  
toxicrainbow88 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
i love the fact that she looks kind of younger its more relatable!
unicorn9927 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
The cherry blossoms falling, the symbolism of another ending and another beginning. The troubles of the past fading and new troubles forming, many ponies gone in the blink of an eye. Lifetimes lived and enjoyed but now laid to rest. And yet she can never move on, never exspecrience the joys of growing old. Having to except she can only watch as the world grows old around her.

Ponies clam there is no such thing as a curse, that is we're they are wrong. There is only one true curse.

CosmicTail42 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Nice saying, unicorn9927. :clap:
I'll give you a gold star for that. :star:
unicorn9927 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I wonder if Luna loved the sight of the cherry blossoms falling, and that is why Celestia looks so forlorn here. Luna, unable to enjoy the finer parts of life because of the monster that possessed her, and the horrible choice left to Celestia...

A beautiful piece that shows, even without all of the royal fittings and the crown, and with her mane not flowing with a nonexistent wind, that Celestia truly is a beautiful equine.
SirJames314 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Absolutely lovely. :love:
Ambercatlucky2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
very anime feeling to it. I like her forlorn look, it's powerful./
Chrismilesprower Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So beautiful.
princess-reyoko Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing as always :D
scorrice Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Beautiful :)
Spartan545 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
For years, I have waited for the Cryptids to return, 200 years ago, Discord was defeated by a Wyvern with a forked tounge, possible Cryptid, but not from my vision. I told Twilight some history on the Cryptids, but not the whole story. For years, I remained vigilant, if the Pegadragon comes, The time for revealing the prophecy to him will be when Nightmare Moon is coming.

From the Journal of Princess Celestia, Subject: Pegadragon and the Cryptids.
Killercroc024 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Photographer
She looks depressed, I wonder what's wrong.
Spartan545 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
A thousand years have passed and Nightmare Moon is on the horizon, I do not know if my vision is true or not. But I must have faith, my subjects have faith in in me, I need to have faith that a Pegadragon from Earth would come and save Equestria from Nightmare Moon, if she returns. The lake show images from my vision, a portal, a Pegadragon, Nightmare Moon, the old castle, the Seventh Element of Harmony, and the Pegadragon's friends, my student included.

Journal of Princess Celestia. Log 47, Subject: Prophecy.
Never-Look-Back-Once Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, so pretty.
ceraperduta Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
She looks so lonely...
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
linkonar2 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
this looks amazing for Celestia...
SageLoneWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the look on her face. :clap:
SageLoneWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the look on her face. :clap:
bravethunda Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
sweet celestia! quite literally
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
very beautiful work here.
ManWithTheMetalArm Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Writer
Perfect Music: [link]
DemonPanther Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
They are my favorite -w-
LuvAllPokemon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you wanted the blossoms to be falling, there should be a few on the water. Good job overall!
ircriket Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   General Artist
i like it!
Zepher-Tensho Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia y u so pretty X3
MadJackGatlingGun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Beautiful work! :D
PuffyDearlySmith Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I'm glad this made it to EQD, because I accidentally deleted it from my deviantions and was unsure who made it. Very lovely, indeed.
Nevel7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
My OC Cherry Blossom *points at the pink filly in his avatar* thinks this picture is really nice :) You did a good job Celestia. All that hard work was worth it :) she look great :)
Nevel7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
good job ON Celestia. Why is there no edit button? :(
sqarishoctagon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I have no idea why this affected me as much as it did... Wonderful job!
KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Aww! That's cute and beautiful there. :3
d715 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
the cherry blossoms suit Tia well. also she looks so lonely D=
R-B-D Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does this remind me of that scene from Avatar where Zuko is sitting at the pond.
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