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Nightmare Moon in African Blackwood by xofox Nightmare Moon in African Blackwood by xofox
I gotta say, I had a blast with this piece in African blackwood for :iconinkynotebook:. Nightmare Moon has such a nice dynamic personality; I just found her a lot easier to pose than all of the Lunas I've been doing recently. I also had a lot of fun working in blackwood. It really is all the fun and beauty of ebony, while simultaneously being considerably softer (while remaining almost as dense and heavy; I have no idea how it works) and easier to cut and work.

Wood and pose aside; the helmet and the evil, pointy wings were a lot of fun. I'm not particularly satisfied with either, but that doesn't mean they weren't fun. I'm not at all a fan of the chestpiece; I've done much better in the past. The hair also annoys me quite a lot. I've been trying to do the neck attachment on the manes as part of the original piece of wood. With this piece however, the entire hairpiece is a completely separate piece, glued on. On top of that; I glued it on before carving the cutie mark, which means the cutie mark is engraved around the mane, and therefore partially incomplete (although, of course, only where you can't see it. Still, I like to do things right.) Her face could use more work, but I was having trouble not messing up the helmet while working it. The stand was fun, though; I shoulda done some like it for the ebony Lunas.

Want to see more of this piece? Watch her come together in an offsite work in progress gallery or see more angles of her and some close ups of the head, wings, etc. in her offsite expanded gallery.

Now on, on, hurrah! For a time traveller, his companion pony and their blue box!

My Little Pony and Nightmare Moon belong to Hasbro.
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Dronita Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No eyes?
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Amazing! And like the material you used too! :D
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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
UGH I love, love LOVE the way you do the mane and tail for these. HNGGG srsly I can't contain it. Oh, the rest of it is awesome too but FFFFFFFFF xD
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AprilDiamond2001 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Awesome. Just. Friggin. Awesome.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it. :D
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Mazelina Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work! I can definitely see growing improvement with each piece!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! That's all I aim for. :D
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hobowendy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
w,whoa!!!!this is amazing!!!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. :D
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hobowendy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome=)
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