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This was tons of fun to do, especially the books

An Annotated History of Magic

Arcane Amniomorpha

Caela and Selena: In Search of the Elements of Harmony, a Novelised Account

Practical Magic: A Revised Edition

Spells, Sigils, and Permutations

Tales of Summerland, and of Worlds Beyond the Rainbow Bridge

Sorry I've been away and haven't checked messages; for everyone asking for permission to use my art, you don't have to ask! You're most welcome to use anything as long as it's under share-alike

Minor edit to make Celestia's eye bigger

Fixed missing trellis and made pillars less blurry, fixed colours
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tsuchiki Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Celestia looks quite good sporting a blue mane :meow:
eminem417 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
they both look so peaceful :love:
Jacobellinger Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I read the pages shown but I still don't know what Book Celestia is reading.
ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
lot of books to study n_n nice job
Manual-Control Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I can't tell if Luna is reading intently, Or if she's just bored...
Axis-of-Rotation Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I love this so much, you have no idea :3
GeneralCloudhammer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Love their postures, and the mood it creates :)
HardCyder Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot tell you how much I love this. To me, quite time reading it one of the most personal was to spend time with someone you love. So for me, this speaks volumes about how much they care for each other. Yes, pun intended.
SNID3R Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
No crown?
so nice XD
Finally a portrayal of a young Celestia with a pool blue mane instead of lemonade pink. I would argue that Princess Celestia would have pool blue hair rather than lemon pink when she was younger as most canonical portrayals of her have the pool blue mane. Unfortunately most artists portray young Celestia with a solid pink mane due to the prologue at the beginning of the series.
Charanty Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I would actually say it's turquoise not pool blue but I wholeheartedly agree on the matter of "finally not this pink cotton horror".
Besides Celestia's main mane colours are blue and green with only one pink stripe.
HerLadyness Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe it is much more likely for Celestia to have a pool blue mane because she is Luna's sister--and gene pools have shown to have some common traits with siblings. 
For example, my younger brother, while he and I are nothing alike, we both share the same thick, dark brown hair and bulky weight scheme.
So Luna and Celestia would at least HAVE something in common, right? Well, while Luna's mane is a bluish/purple, why can't Celestia's be a pool blue? It shows that they are somewhat related right? 
I completely and totally understand why some people don't agree.

On other notes; I love Celestia's mane color in this image much better then her lemon pink color! :iconfluttershysmileplz:
GLaDOSchell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though I do like her with this blue color of mane, I fully understand people giving her a pink mane (also it does suit her very well). The prologue images of Celestia and Luna were spot on with Luna's mane being a light blue on a darker body. So why wouldn't it be the same for Celestia? [link]

I am curious where in canon it has portrayed Celestia with a blue mane? I can't seem to find any at the moment... google images are a hazard to the eyes lol
Just injecting this image in. Sorry if I am late for the debate! [link]

That image, taken from the wiki, is from "The Return of Harmony Part 1." Along with the banner in "Hearth's Warming Eve," there are two instances of Princess Celestia in canon being portrayed with a pool blue mane. The only canonical portrayal of Celestia with a pink mane was in the pilot episodes, so that's why I have claimed that "most canonical portrayals" depict her with a pool blue mane.
GLaDOSchell Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgot to add.

If your gonna take those images seriously, it shows her with a light blue mane, not cyan/turquoise or "pool blue" that people are calling it that is shown in this picture.
GLaDOSchell Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That image still doesn't convince me in any way, shape or form since Luna never had a Purple mane or purple eyes. You see, that is stained glass, it's meant to be artistic. If you look, it shows Celestia with the same color blue eyes as that mane. So if you are suggesting that that gives evidence, a stained glass window, then it would be that Celestia had blue eyes and mane and Luna had purple eyes and mane. Doesn't make any sense since Luna showed the light blue mane and teal eyes in Season 1 that matched the prologue at the beginning. I would say that prologue was pretty damn important and more thought out as well than a random flag and an artistic rendering on stained glass later in the show. Last, if you look, it's supposed to show her mane being like the clouds/morning sky, hence the same color (same with Luna and the night sky). Again, its an artistic rendering shown through stained glass. It was telling the story the two alicorns representing day and night.

Again, those two instances portraying a blue or turquoise mane are very insignificant if you consider the prologue was a freakin lot longer screen time and importance to the show.
Hollulu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Here's a possible one!

I think I prefer the blue version heh.
GLaDOSchell Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That banner doesn't convince me, especially since it's not a full screen shot (don't know if it isn't doctored) and the show has been known to mess up colors often when the scene is not important. I mean, by that logic, then Luna would have a purple mane before she gets her "starry" one. If it's that hard to find pictures of her mane being blue instead of the pink depicted, then I will stick with the "her hair used to be pink" theory since all the depictions of Celestia in those storytelling scenes had blatant pink. Anyways thanks for going through the trouble of finding a reference, I think she looks good with Turquoise hair and good with the pink hair. To each their own.
Hollulu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not doctored: [link]

Faust also had a big hand in the Hearth's Warming eve episode, so I guess take that as you will.

And I agree, and I don't feel very strongly about it being one color or another. Just throwing out that blue's been hinted/shown as a possibility. Maybe it changed colors depending on the sun? All sorts of crazy possibilites we could come up with, but we won't ever be sure until they show us some actual images of the two princesses in their youth (Which would be really awesome-- I wish they would do this!). Until then we can happily go along with our own little headcanons. c:
GLaDOSchell Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Originally I was just inquiring about your original comment:

"most canonical portrayals of her have the pool blue mane"

The reason I asked for some evidence was because your original sentence basically stated that most of her "canonical portrayals" had referenced a blue mane, which isn't true since there are not many portrayals of her with a blue mane throughout the show (I've watched every episode many times). Not saying it isn't possible for her to have had a blue mane when she was younger. Just pointing out that it isn't referenced as much as your original statement suggested and that the pink would make more sense since Luna matched the original prologue images. Nothing against you, just the way you worded your original statement. Which is also a contradiction to what you are saying now about it only being a possibility :/ I wholeheartedly agree with your current statement about it being a possibility, just not your original statement about it being the most "canonically portrayed" color. Sorry if I sound confusing ^^' No harm done though, it's fun to speculate ^^
Hollulu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree on speculation! Also the original comment was not made by me. C:
GLaDOSchell Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woops, that was my bad. I wasn't paying attention to who replied lol Thought you were the original author ^^:
rabidsonic220 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
This is amazing. Did you use Sai, or Photoshop?
cuteface10 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Is Celestia's fancy name ( Luna- Selena, Iris-Iridia) Caela? Or, what's going on here?
MorphoAdonis Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lol Celly's drinking a bit more of that red wine than Luna.
guilmon182 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE the detail!
Prism-S Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, okay, okay, okay.
I've been going through your gallery going "ooooh" and "aaaah" enough now.
I'll just concede and begin watching you and your steady stream of magic.
Shiva491 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I like it.
abdogh99 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
OOOHHH this just gave me a theory, In different stages of the sun ( different solar magnitude ) Celestias hair changes (0_0)
cuteface10 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Why not Luna's for the moon? When the moon is full, it's all night-sky like, 'cause you know, more power, or something. When it's a new moon, she'll have the turquoise mane shown here.
Ashoof Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
such a beautiful picture :) nice work!
SketchRide Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh this is so pretty, the colors are fantastic! Also I love that you made Celestias mane a tealish color, I thought I was the only one who made it that color :D I think its looks so much nicer than the pink one, but hey creative freedom and whatnot :3
Jonathan-Teatime Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Luna you can't just set a book inside another book like that! >< You're gonna break the binding...
AMTRAK Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Very nice.
VonStarlight Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wait woah woah woah... is woona indulging in alcoholic delight?

Crystal-Secret Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's something you don't see everyday! Celestia with aqua marine hair. What a neat idea~
Aturo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK, dont know if the Booktile of Lunas Book is "Speele" (netherlandish for 'Games' ) ore Spells. ^^
SillyMadman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The first thing I looked at was Celestia's butt.

Way to go, brain. Way to go, you dirty scumbag.
dragonblader19 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its good to see them relaxed for once rather then in their normal badass state
SugarBit Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looked like it was a lot of fun to do :)
Holivi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Oh, I've been wanting to paint the same art, but you drew earlier
Now everyрone will think - I copied your idea(
portaljumper339 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice to see Celestia and Luna doing sisterly things after so long.
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
What book is it that Celestia is reading?
Pinkamoone Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
She's actually reading a popular series in Equestria for older ponies: Fifty Shades of Neigh.
flaminpenguin316 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, that's it!
Alfamaxis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Caela and Selena: In Search of the Elements of Harmony, a Novelised Account i think
Alfamaxis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
How to Molest :icontrollfaceplz:
Pix3lW0lf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously, Princess Molestia is getting old and it's disgusting. The original fan fic is disturbing and downright wrong.
Alfamaxis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Woona-tic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is really nice, so relaxing :)

I love your shading/lighting effects, also the step-by-step image you made and their expressions, Celestia looks like she's enjoying her book and Luna has kinda drifted off ^_^

One thing though, why does Celestia have a teal mane?
And is that wine they're drinking?
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