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Portrait of a Princess by DJ-Rainbow-Dash Portrait of a Princess by DJ-Rainbow-Dash
My 100th Deviation! Woo!

People kept saying to me "DJRD! You're the founder of a Luna fan group, but you haven't drawn any Luna!" Well, until recently my skills were not good enough to draw anything worthy of my favorite (read:best) pony. Until now.

This one took me FOREVER. I spent a lot of time studying techniques, getting live critique, and generally trying to improve myself. I think it's paying off.

The piece took me about 3 days of on and off work. It's still not where I'd like it to be, but it's about as done as I can make it without overdoing it and destroying the whole thing.

Special Thanks go to ApplejackSmack, Popprocks, and other members of r/MLPDrawingSchool for their help and critique! If I find any of their dA pages, I'll link them here in an edit.

Don't ask me why the Princess looks unhappy, I don't know.

EDIT: By popular demand, The Princess has cheered up a bit.
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I gave you a 4 on vision because I factored in the work you said that you put into it. While a simple piece, that does not discredit or invalidate the work you put into it.

I gave you a 3.5 on originality because really it's just a portrait of Luna without much action (I mean that she is at rest and not say flying or something or doing magic). Although, do not feel too discouraged by this score because the inaction allows us to see the finer points of her beauty that you are showing off to us.

I have you a 4 in technique because I like the little things in this picture, cheifly the stars and sparkles i the sky, her mane and tail, and the most impressive was on her armor. In addition, I like how she is front and centered and while bits of her extremities are cut off her dominance of the foreground allows us to appreciate her details. Very nicely done! It added such a pizzazz that would have been missing otherwise. However, I don't know how intentional it was but Luna's proportions could be a bit longer. She is shorter than Celestia sure, but she has a longer neck and legs though you come close. Also, the grass could have been a little better around her hooves to show that she was walking in it (it almost looks like the grass is reversed where it is non-existent at her hooves and higher towards the sky), but otherwise your art is as good as the show- which is impressive to me considering you were talking about how you are an improving artists. Al artists are improving, but there are many better portraits of Luna that I have found over the internet that stun me. However, it is good to hear that you are working towards that. Maybe someday you will do a portrait of Luna that I will save to my flash drive because I want to preserve it as a work of art.

I gave you a 4 when I wanted to give you a 5 since Luna is my fav pony. However, really I must say that the expression upon her face leaves me not feeling too keen. She does not have to smile, but I feel that maybe you drew her mouth a bit too long because she looks as if she is scowling in a way.

Overall your work lands you in a respectable average of 4 though so do not feel discouraged by my criticisms as I wanted to be thorough. Really, it's just the little nuances getting you it seems like as opposed to the big things- this is a great thing. There is room for improvement, but you can see how far that you have come. Continue to refine your techniques and keep drawing.
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GhostfaceNikol Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tottally amazing,after seeyng your art works I will totally add you to watch *3*




Luna for the best princess
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Eratosthenes-fan1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Wow! That's brilliant! I do appreciate your style!
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OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
:winner::clap: WOW EXCELLENT AWESOME FABULOUS CUTE PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL WORK AND BIG BIG ARTIST : 3 :headbang: YAY LUNA <3<3<3
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Cjbronyten Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
luna looks angry,but i still love the work you did
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DJ-Rainbow-Dash Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She cheered up!
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Cjbronyten Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
love your work
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Sorelstrasz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work! :)
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FeilOng156 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, other than the disgruntled look she's got, this looks very nice.
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DJ-Rainbow-Dash Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She cheered up!
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful pic
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