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Never Forgotten by DarkFlame75 Never Forgotten by DarkFlame75
Done in today's livestream. (Halfway)

This is a remake/follow-up to


The idea is that Celestia married young, possibly not knowing she was immortal. Eventually, her prince died, and she buried him alone on a hill. She resolved to never submit herself to that anguish again. This scene takes place some centuries later.

Drawfriend #2 this time! [link]

Got an awesome critique from :iconcosmicunicorn:


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I must say that the picture is excellent, speaks for itself and has great details. Only she has the legs a little long and very thin, is my only detail, but above all else: The lights, the background and everything else, it's amazing. Excellent work, I must say.
Another thing, it would be great that this same design could be more than that of trstesa Nostalgia and loneliness, it is for me, a little more tragic the fact that you know you had it and lost it, for me that's the nostalgia. If you wanted to see in this picture, it's fine for me.
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Oh good lord, this is the first time that I have done a critic, so this is probably not going to be that great. I will give it my best shot though.

Lets starts on the positive shall we? For one thing you background with the stars feels very realistic. They glow just as real stars were glow and it is a well fitting background. The shading is also pretty good here. The shading mostly goes where it is supposed to which is a very good thing. The overall mood is well done as well as the majority of the shines on the rocks. The water looks rather good as well. In fact, my part of my critique that may be negative are just nitpicks, but they are nitpicks i feel I should note for your benefit.

Parts of it feels kind of sketchy and the rocks don't seem to feel as hard as they need to feel due to being well, rocks. The tree also needs so work due to it not looking like bark of any kind on it. Also, as show in the past with some MLP episodes, the magic does indeed glow, so there needs to be some magic glow on some of the parts that do not have them. As I said, I am nitpicking. Oh and the bush could look a bit more bushy and not as rushed.

Overall this is a vast improvement from the last and it is a very fitting update to the last drawing. I has the mood and the light to show how many mixed emotions are going through Princess Celestia's head and the fact that it made me think for a second is very good. I would be proud of the result that this drawing came out with.
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CobaltStratos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Oops.:facepalm: I faved this pic into the wrong fave folder; I put her in my Luna box by mistake! :icontrollfaceplz:
It was too dark to see that it's Princess Celestia not Luna, but I figured that out AFTER I faved it into the wrong box by reading the commentary. ^^; It's still well drawn, though. It's beautiful and sad.:nod:
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SkrillexxFH Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool ! :D (The blue things in the background look like eyes of ender o_O)
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Wilczurx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work
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ssumppg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:tears: :cling:
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killersteel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I have to ask how you did the lighting and shading. I'm an aspiring author, and that watercolor design is wonderful. You use any special software, or just Photoshop and hand drawings?
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hm that's an interesting question that's hard to answer. The only thing I can concretely say is that I used Paint Tool SAI at the time, but I use Photoshop CS6 now. Beyond that, the way I did the lighting is really just my own personal understanding I've developed in just over a year of art. There's not really any way to put it into words (Short of a full book about the subject). It's all experience and practice.
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killersteel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Any tips are appreciated, so thanks for replying. Shading is a bit of a pain for me, but I seem to have taken up a Sonic Riders style, very strong shading when something isn't in the light.

Gonna keep trying though, hopefully I'll have some kind of avatar to show off my work. May save up for Photoshop as well, using Photoshop Elements at the moment.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If you'd ever like critique or input, I'm always ready and willing (Sometimes I'm a bit busy, but I'll get to you)
Just shoot me a PM if you want me to.
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killersteel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Will do, thanks!
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
H0ly crap that is a lot of improvement from the last one 0_0
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This idea was something I was thinking about where I have a Earth Pony character falls in love with Princess Celestia but he doesn't at first know she is over 1500 years old. He mistakes her for being only a year or two older then him. But he finds out he starts trying to think of ways to try to live forever so that he doesn't break her heart when he dies of old age.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, that's an interesting idea. It's different from mine. My idea was that Celestia didn't know she was immortal, so she fell in love like every pony did. Then they started to notice that he was still aging while she wasn't.
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OceanRailroader Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This is similar to the Highlander TV Sries.

The main villain Baal finds out about the main characters fears of dying of old age in front of her and tries to make him basically sell his soul to make him live forever but he doesn't instead he starts to try to go after some mystical artifact referred to as the Invulnerability of the Land.

When Baal finds out that he's going after the Invulnerability of the Land he cruises Princess Celestia making her mortal for a while like a Earth Pony. There she learns things such as fear and death and pain and getting sick and having injuries.
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The-Chaos-Controller Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
3 things.
1. This looks awesome. the lighting, shading, background, foreground, everything. except maybe that bush in the bottom left.
2. This has geat emotion to it. not kidding here, but when I read the tombstone, I almost cried a little.
3. I went to go look at the first one and this is waaaaaaay better. Miles better. no offense to the first one though, it's just not as good.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
1. Thanks! The bush... I pretty much forgot about it after my first paintover.
2. That was indeed the point. I remember almost crying while making the first one. This one less so, but still.
3. Why would I take offense at my own improvement? I know this one is better! If you didn't think so, then I might be somewhat offended (Though there are some pluses to the original)
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sodapoq Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MY FEELS *dies*

absolutely beautiful, though :)
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electricdar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Wow this looks great!! The idea is very sad, but I think it suits Princess Celestia pretty well. Great art :3
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Subitoforte Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Wow Darkflame, on the stream I never could've imagine how great this would turn out!
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Me neither... This is how it looked at the end of the stream: [link]
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Phendyl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, those blue light thingies, they remind me of Ender Eyes from Minecraft xD. It added a very fine touch to this piece. Another reason I faved it.
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Phendyl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Plus, you have my second favorite.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that's totally opposite of me. I just passed 11,000 faves.
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Phendyl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welp. I don't fave very often, so don't get offended if you don't see my name under your messages (lol)

As for your critique, you already know that I am welcome to any critique you might possibly have.
There will be some times where I think I know where I went wrong already, and I might not need critique at that point, so please don't get offended there, either. :)

And I'm not antagonizing you at all. NEVER EVER ENVER VENNER EVAR.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm not offended at all.

I'll write up some critique for it shortly.
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Phendyl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so much better.

M.Bison: YES! YES!
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ClockworkHeart42 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Ouch... those sadfeels. They hurt so good. :'3
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jupotmachine35 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
My god thats sad :iconrarityhoofinmouthplz:

Is this based on a fic?
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nope. This is based on an idea I had.
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jupotmachine35 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiepieplz: Okie dokey lokie . . .




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AlphaPegasi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Poor prince, he didn't even have a name :)
I wonder if the princess still remember how he looked like, after a thousand(s) of years.

Very good picture. If your goal was to make it look sad and depressing, then you achieved it 100%. I really like the colors and the texture.

I have a question: what are these floating glowing things?
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
They were intended to be fireflies, but they ended up looking like just magic-y stuff.
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Masterwavexl7 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Two words: Age Spell
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
There's probably some sort of catch to it, otherwise any sufficiently-advanced unicorn would just use it to keep themselves or others alive forever (as the most powerful ordinary pony magician ever, Star Swirl the Bearded comes to mind). Perhaps each usage knocks off a few months to a year from the target's natural lifespan, or something in that vein. Eventually, you'd have to start reverting the target to childhood or babyhood every time just to prevent him from dying "naturally" within a few days of casting; by then, it would probably be easier and simpler to let him go.
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Masterwavexl7 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Possibly. After all; Celestia is over 1000 years old while Granny Smith seems to be ready to kick the bucket.
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Beautiful work on drawing this. I don't imagine Princess Celestia will ever truly forget him...I just wish we knew his name. Perhaps it's better this way, though. :cry:
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What's a name? Is the sum of our life, our experiences, all put in a name?

Would a name really help her remember him? No. She might not even remember his name. He is her Prince. Her Beloved. That's all that matters.
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CmdrNIX Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's even more beautiful and sadder than the original. :(
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Music I feel is appropriate... [link]
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Definitely appropriate.
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Bunnairry Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
no u
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Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy moly this is amazing! and so emotion causing!
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Emotions were my aim!
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Attemborough Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Very nice picture.
And I can feel the sadness from Celestia.
Nice job!
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Bronyman1995 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Some one write this sad fic.....now.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If that happened, my life would be complete.
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GraysonPaladin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Some think that immortality is a gift, to live forever and never die. But they do not understand what it is like to see everypony you love die while you live.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Especially those closest to us.

Is it worth it to enjoy your loved ones for such a short time, only to lose them for all eternity?

Eternity is a long time.
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GraysonPaladin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Yes, yes it is. Yes you will still feel the pain of loss, but you will still feel the joy of simply knowing them. Gain memories, remember them and live for them!

Immortality may be a cures, but the loss is only a small part of the entire life of those you know. Joy, happiness, love can overcome the the sense of loss.

Celestia may have lost her love, but she keeps going forward for him and Equestria.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have no idea how happy it makes me to see someone catch my idea so perfectly. My work here is done.
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