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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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FireFlash-FrostBlast Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Artist
Wooow... it could be really hard to find wood like that in the US. And how did you make the mane's dark-purpleness? Or is it just the sunbeam?
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, any wood you can imagine is available online, but I picked this up from a woodcraft store in dallas, which is a bit of a drive i must admit. :)
No, it really does have that great dark purple-brown in it, although the purple lighting reflecting off the tail is probably adding to the illusion.
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CrystalAlchemist13 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is absolutely gorgeous!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like her. :)
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DancesWithDanger Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow! This is gorgeous! Nightmare Moon is my favorite pony, and you've captured her beautifully with that pose.
Love it!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you; I'm glad you like her. :)
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Konchiroichi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
absolutely wonderful!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Glad you like her.
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Liokin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once you go African black you never go back?

Idk....

Awesome work.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=P
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Very nice work. :) I like the dynamic pose you gave her, too.

Yeah, I see what you mean about the chestpiece and her face; not that they look bad by any means, but they could use a bit of polishing, as it were, especially the former.

Still, she does look good, and the wood is very pretty. :) I'm curious, how tall is she?
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Were I to do it again I would make the chestpiece considerably bigger and reposition one of her legs to be less intrusive.
She's about 3.5-3.75 inches tall(ish). It is a very pretty wood; I wish I had bought more of it. It has a really nice purpleish undertone in the right light, and a visible grain pattern, which I didn't get in my other blackwood stock.
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Yeah, that purplish undertine seems to be visible in the second picture in particular here - although it's always hard to tell if it isn't just due to the camera and lighting. Anyway, it does sound rather fitting for her. :)

Ah, and that's about as big as I thought she'd be; not a particularly large model of such a tall and lanky alicorn, in rearing pose no less.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
:iconfluttershyscaredplz: Nightmare Moon? AAGH!!!
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Is it just me or when you work with this kind of wood things turn out always very detailed?
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These nice dense woods hold detail really well, so although I might engrave, for instance, the same amount of lines in a feather on a walnut pony, the wood feathers out and doesn't look so sharp.
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I like it, it's awesome :)
Is it a light thing or the bottom part of her snout isn't smooth?
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, ok; I'm looking at what you're seeing now. In the second photo, right?
No, that's not the lighting. That's that indent I mentioned. It looks like where the blade cut across the grain of the wood it gathered up some sawdust that was too deep to polish out.
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Oh that's a shame, still awesome work anyway :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That depends on what you mean by snout and smooth. The wood itself is smooth, but it has a bit of an indent where the snout reaches the rest of the head, so it isn't like a nice smooth curve. The neck, however, is pretty rough.
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arkindal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
It must be a color change in the wood itself then maybe. I mean that part that is striped with a lighter brown, sorry, I can't explain better than this. English still isn't my first language and I have a lot to learn :(
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
You are making it really hard for me to describe how awesome and amazing I find your work.
If any of my past, present and future comments seem like repetitions, well they most likely are because I am running out of words in my vocabulary.
Good job as always.
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xofox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, you're very kind.
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CeshionCo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What they^ said!
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