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Dawn of Solace by Huussii Dawn of Solace by Huussii
..And the dawn breaks once again.

Humanization of Celestia to accompany the Nightmare Moon I already did.

I enjoyed this one even more though and gave it double the time I gave for Nightmare Moon. Still going with fantasy style, and this time a bit more fancy in terms of design.

Once again I felt the pain of female face. I wanted her to look benevolent and forever-young whatnot so pretty much every brush stroke was pretty damn painful to execute.

I guess these two are enough humans for a while.

OH fuck you internet. Just came to realize the another meaning of "Morning glory". Well, I name it after the song by Cain's Offering then to avoid your pervy little minds.

Celestia © Hasbro

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This is a very nice piece in my opinion, and I genuinely like it. I do, however, get the sense that you left some things unfinished.

You utilize the space well. It does not feel cluttered or cramped, and it isn't a flurry of confusing activity. Also, the background isn't just an empty void, with the spires of distant towers and buildings and clouds. Thus, there is a good sense of depth and perspective to this piece. As I've said in a comment, I really like your attention to detail for Celestia's magic and her metal collar. For the most part, Celestia and Philomeena are very detailed, and your overall shading and value is very good. Like you said, it's difficult to make faces look right, but I think you did a good job making Celestia's face actually look feminine.

Aside from Celestia, I feel as though you left this piece somewhat unfinished. It is rough with jagged edges and, for me, this draws attention away from Celestia a little, at least when looking at objects in the foreground such as the balcony she's standing on. It is not as big of an issue for the background though, since it is not the focus of the piece. Celestia's wings seem somewhat large compared to Celestia herself. Also, compared to the detail given to Celestia and her clothing, her wings seem too rough and perhaps do not fit with the rest of her as well as they should.

Overall, I feel that with a little more effort or time put into it you could have made this piece look even better.
I hope this critique was constructive and not too nit-picky.
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14 out of 18 deviants thought this was fair.

Though I possess no real ability to do anything like the picture displayed here, I still have the visual skill to at the very least... critique the work.


I cannot tell you how simply wonderful it is to see such a work on dA, as there are only a few(As compared to the enitre community) that can do what we all have displayed here- your Deviation. I must say, the color combination, and mix is more than astonishing, as the detail placed in her clothing is simply marvelous. It is almost breath-taking... Canterlot, which I'm assuming is in the background, looks well done. and the lighting effects fits near perfectly.


However, it seems that Malimar(The latest review I am able to see) Is correct, though Canterlot is the background, it does seem to pull your eyes away from Celestia, and draw attention more toward the cityscape. Also, her wings seem a tad bit large in my opinion, and very rugged, a little sharp, and possibly too rustled at the very top. The balcony as well, could have used maybe something displayative under where she stands... as it seems to have just a big blank spot of black's, to light tan-gold colors, and ends just there.


There seem to be numerous things I cannot seem to critisize, nor openly accept. The Pheonix, her hair, and the sky. They seem in place, but I cannot say much more than this. Not to say they are not well done. What I believe however, is perhpas someone else with a higher level grading technique could find more to say. Also, though the artwork is quite adept in skill, I have a dead nuetral 2.5 stars from it, as this does not openly surprise me that someone would attempt to do practically anything in relation to humanizing Celestia. Good or bad Is not what I'm trying to get at, it is very good, just not... "Wow!", material, at least in my own opinion.

You've done very well.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Brilliant piece, absolutely beautiful and epic in scope and design. Though I am a bit curious as how how Celestia's wings work in this piece. 
Music-and-magic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
This looks like something out of D&D or MTG. And i mean that in the most positive way possible. I'm personally amazed (but then it doesn't take much since i have no skills in art)
twisteddragon1818 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Holy mother of epicosity :omg:
PiplupSTARSCommander Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beyond True Beauty!!!
Blackstunner6 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Artist
just so epic
DerpyKeeArts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Absolutely fantastic. I like your style. It's detailed, but not over the top. <3
Saguinius Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Wow, this wonderful, I love the amount of detail you put into Celestia's jewelery. The robes are great too, that was a clever touch incorparating the teal and purple colours of her mane into the sash and under-robe. Overall I think you've done an excellent job, Celestia looks majestic, wise and powerful with an almost motherly appearance, simply spot-on.
Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She is like a guardian angel, powerful and kind
SmileyMonkeyLurvesU Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student General Artist
OMIGOSH! I love her!
Rainbow-skye Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I very love it
SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Oooh. I love this one.
Jrakob Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks aged but powerful at the same time.
lol1759 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Guess whose getting another follower!
Huussii Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol1759 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
The detail on her crown and jewlery is gorgeous. :iconitsbeautifulplz:

If Equestria existed somewhere between Hammerfell and Skyrim, I could definitely see her rocking this threads!
VampireNerd13 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks amazing :D
Uglulyx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn! That looks awesome.
TheMultiCaster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Ihmistetyistä poni töistä yksi parhaita mitä on tullut vastaan.
SkullCrusader Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A little ruff around the edges but I FREAKING LOVE IT! :iconfluttershyhappyplz:
stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
What a glorious goddess!
BB-K Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture, good for a Magic the Gathering card, a white spell!
LinusGale Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
*See thumnail* Wow, that looks cool
*see title* WaitWHAT? How this is MLP related?
*see actual deviation* Ohh, I get it. Take ALL my bits, please!
J4B Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks really well done.
Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Reminds me of the elves from LOTR for some reason... me likey! :)
Tyruas Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir, are amazing. Great art, great taste in music, great everything! XD

But seriously, Cain's Offering is amazing :3 (Oceans of Regret :3)

But yeah, this is awesome~ XD *faved and downloaded*
Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A humanized pony that is epic and thougthful and, and, and.... again words fail me. sorry
Thrawn485 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
"The Dawn has arrived."
stringtheory00 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
wow, just wow
Nosnibormada Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I say, this is immense! Are you gonna do a humanised Luna? (as opposed to Nightmare Moon)
Zoomzoom90 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OtusHenna Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Upee! ._.
DiegoTan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...and the jaw breaks again. Or drops. Whatever, this is really amazing!
Conzo1x Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
This is... it's just Bloody brilliant!
WeirdPonyGuy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
She surely looks like a mighty god-empress.
Shirlendra Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so good! I could totally see this as a MTG card. Thats a compliment btw, MTG cards tend to have some of the best fantasy art out there :P
MalimarTheMage Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice job. I especially like the magic's glow, and the detail you put into her metal collar. It looks like I could reach out and touch it :la:
Awesome-Cloud Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this looks like something out of Magic the Gathering or something, wow. I love everything about this picture! Good work.
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
beautiful, she looks like a goddess here. very nice!
PC1073 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh it sure has "arisen" alright. :iconeyesplz:
Huussii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I came to realize there was another meaning for morning glory.. This is why we can't have nice things, internet!
NeoHooves Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DAAAAYYUUMMMMM... you are fantastic! How long did this take?!
Huussii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right around 12 hours of active drawing plus about 2 hours of reference material scavenging and other research for this one.
ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Don't even remember when I said such words last time, but... I really like this humanization. I'm quite picky when it comes to humanizations (since not really fond of them), especially regarding my favorite character: people often disregard aspects of her personality, trying to make her "just a queen/princess" and just adding some pretties here and there. But I knew that you would never come by such a cheap way, especially with the Princess, and I'm really pleased to see this awesome piece from you. Some small aspects of the composition and scene I just adore with all my heart, like presence of her wings, but no horn; Philomena on her hand; a bit wistful and through, far-away look in her eyes; elegant yet practical outfit; and, of course, her graceful, "lightweight" pose.

Yeah, definitely one of my favorite works from you, Huussii <3
Huussii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I eagerly excepted some response from you, glad you find it appealing. :giggle:

Yeah well, I also am quite picky, not excited about humanizations at all. Yet that comes almost solely from the fact 98% of the humanizations are anime or similar cartoony styled, not that I hold any huge grudges to neither of them as styles, but I'm just tired of their quantity and the way they've become a sort of a default as 'human'. I wanted to go and try them myself with a bit more realistic grip and see what I can do to help shedding some light in here.

I love the way both princesses especially are full of possibilities when it comes to design and enjoy to take the more fantasy-styled path.
Aqua-Wing Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
OMG So amazing ;O;
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