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Under The Weeping Moon by Rain-Gear Under The Weeping Moon by Rain-Gear
[01/07/13] Edit: Bumped Up some of the detail.
Added a few little additions here and there.
More stars.
More colours.
Tried to make it look a little more deep and fixed some shading and errors.

And there at the time where it is neither night nor day she wept under the sight of the weeping moon
Yes I am no writer as you can see.

So I finally finished something new, quite pleased with how it turned out as this was only supposed to be a quick sketch and paint.
I've never done a Luna piece before so I dont know how successful I was but I've spent long enough on this already so my judgment is skewed.

I wanted to try something colourful for once and its not as vibrant and divers as I'd like but I'm still quite happy with the way it turned out.

I don't know exactly how much time it took to paint this but since I'm slow and easily distracted this may have taken anywhere from 5 - 10 hours total.

As I do with all my paintings I have posted a desaturated black and white version.
B&W Version
And just for a little background I have also posted the rough first version of the piece.
Under The Weeping Moon Draft

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Thank you, hope you like it!

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It has been quite some time since I have last seen your artwork, but this is surely one of your very best! I would like to start with the absolutely breathtaking environment! I love how you crafted that stunning moon which cascades over the entirety of the piece and creates a stunning centerpiece! I also love the soft textures and the clor work which contrasts brilliantly with the beatuful lighting and shading! The character design is lovely and I appreciate the way that you created the fireflies as a secondary light source to accent the incredibly detailed environment! This is such a spectacular piece and I can honestly say that you have become one of my very favorite pony artists! I am glad to add this piece to my favorites collection and I really hope to see much more! Amazing work as always! Kind regards, Princess Luna
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A truly wonderful composition, embodying what I like to call the 'silent beauty' type of art. By that I mean the lone figure experiencing a landscape.

Good use of color, composition, texture effects and big picture stuff. I also like your edge work.

Let me say that this is a good art, however, critiques aren't all happiness and sunshine but rather about striving towards improvement. When looking at the piece initially it's really impressive, however when I look closer things fall apart a bit. Individual elements seem overused, let me explain specifically:

The grass is a little too repetitious, as :iconhuussii: has told me, the odd long blade here or there really adds to the believability of grass.

There's no scale for the forest. It's all the same size tree that all happen to start equally back. A few larger trees closer to us would help. Again, it's that bit of variety that adds believability.

The hills are all the classic rounded hilltop. While one or two is fine, too many becomes repetitious and less believable.

The mountains have just enough variety to them.

Color wise things are chosen well. A little more 'sharing' would help things belong in the same space. What I mean by sharing is pulling some of the pinks and purples from the sky and using them to highlight and shade the foreground and middleground.

I think it would help with the mountains for you to study landscapes while paying particular attention to volumes and edges. It helps to ask questions like: "Which side of the mountain is lighter?" "Where does one mountain end and the other begin?" "How does the forest transition from being on the ground to the mountain?"

Anatomically I don't quite believe the pony. Things are a little stiff and while this may be the result of working small, you can always work large and shrink things down later.

Space wise, here's a general rule: Things go from dark in the foreground to light in the background for atmospheric perspective. This means if your sky was lighter (like the light purple they use in the show) then it would fall back in space. That being said, dark blues are very pretty and difficult to get away from. As with all things it's about balance.

As with all my DA critiques, 4 stars for everything. Critiques are about improvement, not ratings.
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VinylVortex Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this in a visual for my boyfriend's song "Emotions"
please don't judge me ;n;

But seriously this artwork is amazing, it's just beautiful
ThePatrioticPony Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As her mind began to crumble, so did the world of her dreams.  As dream became nightmare and jealousy became hatred, her loneliness gave way to madness, and the moon wept for the loss of its friend.

It would lose its sister for a thousand years soon after.
TheNeoStrike Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I used  this photo here in my cover ^_^  for my "MidNight" tribute to Luna Cover.…

thank you so much XD its beautiful
CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Opeth influenced~?
PlumSweetMask Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
iamli3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
nooooooo cryyyyyy ;_; ...............
TheDrSmiley Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thats simply great!
miseri6 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifu lHeart 
HowLifeIsAmazing Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
The mooOnn Heart 
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!!! It's really wonderful!!! :meow: :meow: :meow:
CynicallyBelieveIt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Writer
So beautiful.
ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Such texture!
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Much thank you

TheBamas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Its god  but the inage is to small its litte hard to see 
skysweep Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Wow. Just, wow. Really impressive, and beautiful...

Not a writer, eh? Wait a minute, let me make a quick poem right now....

Lying deep underneath the starry skies,
The Azure Princess, peacefully attuned.
Where she slowly regressed her times and sighs,
Under shining light of the weeping moon.
MasterTrevor Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just stunning....So beautiful it made me cry...Please i beg of you do more scenery!
thesilverpoet Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful Painting that is true somehow Reassuring but also Sad ^^
ckcollins123 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
WOW that looks amazing, but a little depressing too
7tails Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
This is gorgeous
tails208 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Wooooow that what I called art
FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
lovely! Background is truly epic
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This puts the "art" in "Princess Luna Fan Art!"
clockworkmermaid Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Really, wow. Beautiful!!
jmerridew124 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Br- bro your moon's leaking, man.
WickedBasspon3 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww yeah this is so awesome  :D (Big Grin) 
Clawanimal Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot take my eyes off that moon!
That1MegaLeaFan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thelunarmoon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful my friend....:iconcryforeverplz:
An amazing concept as well! Sends chills down my spine. :D
Amazing job! :iconlunaclapplz:
werewolf435 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Ahhhhmmmmm, let's see now.

"And there at the time where it is neither night nor day she wept under the sight of the weeping moon"

let's see now... how about

"And there in the time between night and day the moon showered her with tears, masking her own."

Feel free to use it if you like it.
pumkaboos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
009-1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Very nice =D
Vilcronos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow beautiful is muy impressive I like I congratulate Meow :3 
SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional
cajobif Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013

What you have done with the clouds is so visually striking. As much as the idea of a weeping moon like you just created in this piece. I checked the b&w version of this piece of course for the differences. Of course the contrast is very much important in the b&w one like we usually see in those artworks that in the color one. But with the details you put and the ones you added in the colored one, I prefer the colored version.

It's simply visually amazing.
FriendshipIsMetal777 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that right there is downright beautiful.
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much !!
I'm happy you think so !
Swordkirby6 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me a lot about Diana's lore from league of legends.
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm not too familiar with League of Legends, guess I'll have to look into it !
Thank you !
Swordkirby6 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even if you don't play League of Legends, you can still read the lores of the characters. The quality id top-notch! But you should definitely take a look at Diana's first. Since I associated that with this picture
Freefox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Saddly beautiful!
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much !
Gabrix89 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this! bravo!
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you !
TheDragonAnimalian20 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! You deserve a cupcake!
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks ! I 'd gladly accept a cupcake
Slasher0001 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This is so pretty! :D
Awesome job on this!
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you !
Glad you like it !
Dracosphere Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! That is an amazing background!
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Im glad you think so and thank you !
Kronoxus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
A glorious masterpiece, I especially admire the moon's dripping
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