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Princess Luna in Ebony: Harvest Moon by xofox Princess Luna in Ebony: Harvest Moon by xofox
Another fixed mane Luna, this one is the second part of a commission for :iconhurricanechiela:.

Starting off, I've got to say that I didn't like the shape this piece was taking. Although it is largely a redone version of Luna: Dark of Night, I didn't like the shape of the body, and some laminating flaws were bothering me. As things went on, though, the body worked itself out, and the cracking was solved in the end. Now, my major problems with this piece are the way the mane covers her face on her right side, and the fastening on her tail. Her tiara isn't up to much either. I would have liked the tail to have a little more...depth, but I couldn't really see how to make it thicker without making it look incredibly heavy. Ebony is pretty tough to convey nebulous-ness (nebulosity?) with as it is.

On the other hand I am quite pleased with her wings and boots. They're true Luna booties, rather than the taller, sharper Nightmare Moon boots from Dark of Night, and I thought it might be tough to make them stand out from the legs, but they seem to be quite acceptable. Her wings , though, I really like. They were one of my main disappointments in Dark of Night, looking too small an sharp. One of my favorite aspects of Luna from the show is that she has these huge, heavily curved wings, huge feathered that don't just open-they unfold and frame her. This pair was made extra large and, an added (mostly unintentional) bonus, they are just wafer thin. One of my more delicate pairs, if I say so myself, hopefully I'll be able to start doing them like this more consistently. Her horn also has a nice double spiral, which, although it isn't canon, is a lovely pattern and a little trickier to do.
On the whole, I'm calling this one a win. Next up, a walnut manticore-rarr!

Want to see more of this piece? Why not watch the woodworking process in her offsite work in progress gallery or see more pictures of her including detail shots and various angles in her expanded gallery.

Princess Luna and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.
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Critique by Punkyponyface Nov 28, 2012, 6:42:22 PM
I think that this piece is amazing! So original, smooth and bumpy ( that adds antique value), and truly stunning and true to the show! I always enjoy your work, and I hope many other people do too! Your talent is amazing (as you have heard) and your ideas are so original! So cool! So fun! And you are also so nice! I can't believe that this had to be a hundred words, so I am rambling... LONG story short, you are amazing at carving, as you can see by all of my fav's, and you deserve these five stars!
~Punkyponyface
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yamauchi1889 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Fantastic!
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bizibit Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I always leave your stuff in my inbox for days because I want to make sure I can appropriately admire your handiwork. Then days pass and I feel like it's too late because so many other people have said what I wanted to say. Anyway, I wanted to tell you this piece is stunning. You make the fixed mane look effortless. Seriously whenever I see your work pop up in my inbox it always makes me smile. Great job :)
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PonyMystic Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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SweepSheep Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Hnngh! She's so pretty! I love it. Great lighting as well. Really adds to the piece :iconthumbsupplz:
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like her. :D
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ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
the feathers are amazing!
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like em. :)
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Punkyponyface Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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Punkyponyface Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
As always an amazing work of art. The alicorn body is really well done. Ever consider doing others like Cadance? or perhaps a dragon or other animal from the show?
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
It's awesome, as always :) I don't think the mane actually looks purple-ish, it's the light, isn't it?
I think the feathers are maybe too big but I actually like the hooves which you don't if I'm not mistaken.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, just the light. Hmmm, they are pretty big; i'll tone them down a little on NMM when she comes around.
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Ashia21 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Writer
Want
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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XKurohyouX Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Beautiful. It captures the spirit of Luna.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D aw, thanks.
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I think you did an excellent job on her. The wings look lovely indeed, and so does the rest of her. :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you. :D
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:iconthatnightmarenyxilis:
I remember sometime ago you were wondering what you were going to do about those magical manes. Seems you figured it out quite well.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you think so. I might be doing a Tia here in a bit; I'm interested to see how that mane turns out.
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ACLuigiYoshi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww that's pretty ^^
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like her. :D
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