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Luna in Ebony II by xofox Luna in Ebony II by xofox
(EDIT and aside: How bout 'dem transits of Venus? Celestia's power weakens daily....)

Ok guys. I really do not like this piece. Yes, yes I know, inb4 how wunderbar, she's fabulous, etc. etc. I'm not fishing for support, I just know that, although I'm fairly critical of my own work, I can make things that do deserve, if not support, then a nodding appreciation of a job done to my standards. And this piece, in my opinion, is not among them. My major problems are the shape of her head, which is a different shape from most ponies' and which this doesn't even resemble, and her hair. In making the tiara, I decided to drop bores for the hair too far forward, meaning that half her face is permanently covered by hair. Now, I'll grant you that, due to the wood drying in my Texas workshop too quickly, there was an enormous fault on that side of her face, but you should still have been able to see it.
Hrumph. Oh well, at least 1) I like how her wings turned out. 2) I silverleafed her cutie mark instead of painting it white, and I like the effect, and 3) It's made me cautious about the new Luna I'm making for the raffle, and caution is good. 4) I used the old Luna hair, and I like it. I'm sticking to it!
(A quick aside, I'm raffling off seven wooden ponies for free. Leave a comment in my journal to be entered for a chance to win!)

Feel like seeing more of Luna? She has a Work in Progress Gallery and an expanded gallery over at My Little Woodcraft.

Princess Luna and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.
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Knolmar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most excellent!
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xofox Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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DraakjeLove Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the whole thing! Her wings look great exept their should be a little more backwards.. (some critical words?)
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Critical words are my absolut favorite type! Thanks so much. :D
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DraakjeLove Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome, still great job on it! :3
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MaliceGA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I really like the way the wings turned out on this one. What tools do you use to carve ponies?
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do the silhouette cutting with a scroll saw and most of the shaping with a rotary tool
A bit of knife and gougework, but mostly power tools. :D
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
That wood really compliments her, well done.
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Fire-Gemron Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think she looks really good, but there is always room for improvement. She reminds me of season one Luna, who was a lot shorter. If that's what you were going for, then woohoo. I'd love to see a luna in more of a season two style, where she's tall and more spindly like Celestia. I love her wings and I adore the way you did her cutie mark. I think that looks fantastic. Maybe some of the silver leaf on her shoes would look good, too. I have no doubt that you can make a wonderful Luna. Hope my comments may have helped. ^.^
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Faehl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, silver leaf on the shoes could be pretty nice! Though the chest piece might look a bit off being left uncoloured. If there are leaves of other shades that could help, or something speckled glimmering nature.

I like her well enough that I came back to look at her again. :p
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xofox Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, silver leafing the shoes would be really pretty. And I feel like I did, at some point, see some purple leafing foil once. I'll look into it; I have another Luna coming up soon.
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Faehl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(of a)
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arkindal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Another very good job Xofox, love the hooves, cutie mark, horn and wings, it's VERY detailed, awesome.
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Alovnek Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I love the way you did the cutie mark. It looks wonderful especially with the effect around in which was done perfectly.

And I have to agree with Faehl the way she stands looks awesome.
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Faehl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do like it, though. Particularly her stance, it comes across as bold and confident to me. The wings are very lovely, both in the layered details of the feathers and how the upper curves contributes to a regal stance. My favorite bit is how the cutie mark was done, being etched into the wood and all.

It's pretty great to be honest about how you feel with your work and what you learned from it, I just think you also achieved some good things as well. It seems to me that she just comes across as a much younger Luna. The style of the mane adds a bit of cuteness to that impression. :)
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I am running out of complements! Everything you make is simply amazing. This one really looks awesome. Self criticism helps you to see which direction you want to take your art to. But listen when people praise you, it shows your progress.
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I tend to be my own worst critic, too, and if you see room for improvement, I'm not going to tell you there ain't any, but still - I do like her, and ebony works SO well for Luna.
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bizibit Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do really like her, but I will admit she looks more like Woona than Luna. Her ears look really well done and so do her wings and horn. I think another thing is the tiara. In my opinion it looks a little weird. Aside from that she looks great!
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CrystalAlchemist13 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It may not be perfect, but it's still gorgeous nonetheless.
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AstraIKitsune Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I say you've impressed me yet again (well, as always XD)
Quite the majority of us can't do nearly the kind of work that you do,
so give yourself a pat on the back for goodness sakes XD
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Rattlesire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh stop it. She's gorgeous. *waves you off* Not everything is perfect, and that's what makes it beautiful in most cases!
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ValkyrieSkies Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Its a beautiful piece although I can see where you're coming from with not liking it. There are some bits that are a bit iffy (the hair, like you said) but overall its a lovely piece!
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ChuggaaFan227 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's not to like? I say you did amazingly!

Plus I really adore her wings!
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