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Bitter Memories by Rain-Gear Bitter Memories by Rain-Gear
"When all is said and done dear sister and you the 'light of Equestria' has extinguished all others tell me, will you be satisfied with your mountains of ash and ruin? Does this cup you choose to fill have a bottom? In a few minutes I will be ash like the countless others but I hope my words will help you recall in due time...remember what you once were my dearest elder sister..."

Well I finally got something done! Finally school is out for the summer so I can art so much more! 
If you haven't realized this is the evil version of Celestia dubbed "solar flare".
It's a pretty dark piece in concept which is a nice refreshing change for me! I decided to do this piece after seeing an animation called Dimension Bomb by Genius Party, it quite literally blew my mind I recommend you go watch it! 

Some music to go along with your viewing if you so wish: Revelation - Phil Rey feat Felicia Farrere

As per usually I would love to hear your thoughts on the piece!

Thanks!

//Rain-Gear
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I really, really, REALLY like this piece! The way Celest--er, Solar Flare looks at her crown, remembering her past. The grief in her eyes is very obvious, the tears falling down her cheeks making her grief more obvious. The shadows/memories of Luna and Twilight look great; they blend into her fiery mane and tail (which, by the way, look very great, although I feel as if they could've been a bit bigger) perfectly, and they look almost tangible, even though they're clearly just memories, created by Solar reflecting on her past. Her charred wings and flank add to her fiery character, and I really like the way you can see that the back of her neck is also charred, because of her mane.

Shading is great, as always. And you've really sort of added a depth perspective on the viewer (or at least, that's how it is to me). And I really like the way you drew the mist coming out from the cracks in the ground. This shows just how intense Solar's heat really is. In the distance, you can tell that Solar really outdid herself, most likely burning everything in sight, judging by the orange light everywhere. Details make the piece look stunning.

As I mentioned before, I think that her mane and tail could've been a bit bigger. I kind of feel as if they were a bit too small. The same goes for the magical aura around her crown and horn--I just don't feel as if they were prominent enough.

Overall, this is excellent work! (It's even fanfiction-worthy, and that's a feat!) As with every one of your works, I love every pixel of it. Details make everything realistic, and once again, I really love this artwork of yours. :)
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This piece... I love it. A lot. While it is a little bit dark for my taste (As in the picture is rather dim), you clearly make up for it with meaning, symbolism and details in the brighter foreground. I would have enjoyed a little more of a background, but it's more than I could ask for with the foreground so it's alright. It's an original take on all of the scars our solar princess has endured, we can clearly see it by her pained expression and what (I think) she's scared to become reflecting right behind her. <3s to you!
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KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if I really understand it. But it's really nice!
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And after the world has burned to a crisp, what then of the Eternal Sun? To wander the land as naught but an ember, eternally burning with the light of a candle? To try in vain to burn fire to death?

Bottom line is, being immortal sucks.
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Wow, amazing.  :thumbsup:
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MrEmerald34 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing.  I love this art piece just because it says so much without having to say anything.  Also the level of detail of the background is just right where it doesn't detract the viewer from seeing the main focus of Celestia "Solar Flare".  Thank you for showing a great piece.

Oh and btw Happy Birthday.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy you think so, i always get a little nervous leaving some detail out but i see it worked for this!
haha early b-day wishes :D thank you!
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Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A kind of feeling of sadness and pain Hug ,

but it is exquisite beauty (good works) Heart 
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AK-I-T Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That disappointed Luna face is what gets me
SHEEZUS THAT MUST HURT SOLAR FLARE
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reverbrony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
wow this is breath taking... its also incredibly inspiring! thank you for sharing it with us!
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gienoandyieno Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Artist
OMG AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7tails Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
wow
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HappyGasProductions Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Holy shit.
Holy shit holy shit holy shit.
Is this related to Dark Souls? Because the light extinguishing and the last flame and all that? I'm probably totally misinterpreting it, but just in case I'm not then I declare this to be AWESOME AS SHIT.
Like, it's awesome as shit anyway, from an objective standpoint, but this makes is awesome as shit to me on a more personal level.
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AeliosZero Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that piece of music fits with your artwork perfectly!
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Chopay75 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
nice work!
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lordseth100 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
this is really cool!
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Artention Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous !! *3*
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Neondash Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Ok, because of you I watched Dimension Bomb and I must say the entire time I had no idea what was going on xD
Also I can see what inspired you to this beautiful piece :)
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha it's "interesting" right! Yeah I have to agree it just keeps throwing things at you and I always failed to pick up on what it meant.
Yeah when I saw that scene it almost instantly hit me!
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Formoy1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Wow, this is pretty intense!
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah she burt everything down, pretty hardcore if you ask me!
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Tarascus101 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Simply amaizing work. Makes me a bit sad, but sometimes this feels like good.
Brohoof /)
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it and indeed sometimes its feels good to feel sad!
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everythingelse07 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
This is beautiful! Incredible work on the fire.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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HappySwitch Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. I've looked at this for days. It's beautiful, and I love the fire mane and tail, and the memories buried within. But... why are there two Twilights? I get that there's Luna and Nightmare Moon, but... I'm confused.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thank you for the kind words! 
There are two twilights basically for the same reason there are two lunas, two different memories that she is recalling of her sister and her favourite student.
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Velveteen-Vixen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful..love the faces in the smoke and flames 
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! glad you like them!
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BrownWolfFM Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how you create burn marks and flames on celestia.  They really do look like burning wood.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I figured it would be a nice touch to further illustrate the theme!
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andaerz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014   Digital Artist
It looks awesome, you have improved a great deal since last year.. :D
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks andaerz! I have to say the same to you, your stuff is getting really good!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
DAT DETAIL!
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do Love m details :D
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
IKR!
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pastorjwallen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank ya!
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timgil Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I love how her flank and most of her wing look charred from the fires of her mane and tail. It is a truly wonderful piece.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 
I thought it would make for an interesting design!
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
DHX wastes the potential in each princess.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I wouldn't say waste but it would be nice to get more epic princess time!
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
i recognize nmm , but who are the other ponies?.....
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luna and Twilight :P
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
ok so i see luna now , but which one is twi and who's the other one?.....
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both Twi just different memories
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
oh k.....
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nati11184 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's cool to see Solar Flare art `v`
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, it's not canon but it's definitely an interesting concept to explore!
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nati11184 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep :D
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Fantastic! The way the memories were portrayed in the fire of her mane were awesome! And also, I like what you did with the converting parts of her coat into molten rock, very nice!
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! 
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