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Mare in the Moon by space-kid Mare in the Moon by space-kid
"I am the Princess of the Night, thus it is my duty to watch over your dreams."

Luna is my favorite pony; mainly because of her association with night, solitude and space! I tried to convey that through this piece; the moon might have been a place of banishment, but I feel it could also be a place of retreat for Luna. Just another quiet night relaxing under the stars. She might be a bit socially awkward, but maybe she just needs people to show her the way.

I took the liberty to give Luna a special "Space-Kid" set of accessories, and made them look like black crystals with cyan highlights. It's very Tron-esque, but it's not meant to be electronic. Anyway, it's a little personal touch.

Now before anyone says "the moon doesn't work like that", to that I say "Hah!"

Also here on Tumblr!

Original Sketch
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stickerheart Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
this would make such an amazing poster
CumuloSpark27 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool I like the many shades of blue use in this piece. 
nowesnow Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
omg, i luv this!!!! :D
gidmp Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Oh My God. The colors are so mesmerizing. I would pay for a desktop wallpaper size  of this.
DrHotelMario Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
DrHotelMario Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I would kill for this as a poster :)
Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
There are excellent detail with exquisite background :D (Big Grin) ,

which is a beautiful and lovely painting (good works) Heart 
the-LAG-master Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
This  must be my new favourite MLP art piece.
I don't know what it is but it is really pleasing to look at.
axeL-zeck Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Wonderful. I love the colors. And the moon is very well done.
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Beautiful! :D
nekoshappiness33 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconinuilikeitplz:  This is beautiful.  I love the details you put into the moon and the stars and how Luna sorta blend right in.  She looks bored sort of.  Unless she's just lounging.  I don't know but I've had days like hers.  
space-kid Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I was going for a pondering kind of look. It's nice to take a break and zoom out took look at life from afar once in a while. Especially on quite nights under a sky full of stars c:
nekoshappiness33 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is nice to take a break and relax.  I like your concept.  She looks very comfortable resting on the moon.  Sorry I mistakenly got the pondering look for a bored one.  It turned out amazingly after all.  :iconinuilikeitplz:
space-kid Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
It's tricky, because both those emotions look quite similar. Except with boredom, you can exaggerate it. Thanks, I'm happy you like it!
nekoshappiness33 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconinulaplz:  Your welcome!!
Pebbleshy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lunaaaa :D Beautiful work, she looks a bit bored... poor Luna must be lonely at night.
Mick-o-Maikeru Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
 Luna is so cute and the scene is so beautiful!
irishbird208 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you don't mind...I love this SO much that I just HAD to draw it!
ToxicBoost Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
...I think I'm going to cry in happiness
i bought a print at Supanova :excited: 
just thought I'd express that I'm super excited and that this is an AMAZING artwork
Hollylily Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is AMAZING. Well done!!!
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Gorgeous background... love the blue! :D And her mane's lovely.
Calenita Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! <3
Julie-Denka Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I like this ^_^
XxLady-MinaxX Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OMG !!! So beautiful ! *-*
HearseGurl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Photographer
Really beautiful, Love the sparkles, colours and lighting. :+fav:
CaptainFluffy651 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student
That's really cute night mare moon is one of my fave ponies
LimeFire-MLP-Adopts Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic. The colours blend perfectly, and the background is phenomenal.

Great piece of work. q v q
KallusPony Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student
CakeNoodlePaddy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How pretty!:love:
Moonwish22 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Luna is my favorite pony too
ArtofTreasure99 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best Luna image EVER!!! Hands down.
KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
A shady site led me here.

God bless shady sites!
UglyTree Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely stunning! ^^
Starsword Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Writer
Gorgeous work! I like seeing this side of Luna which isn't tragic or super serious as she is usually portrayed. I also LOVE with you did with her mane. Very visually appealing.:D (Big Grin) 
BronzeswordMLP Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors are chosen really well! (just like the rest of your gallery cough)
I don't know, I always find stars in a drawing to always look good, unless it's my drawing. (They look amazing.)
Her pose really makes her look more like she's thinking than sad. 
(I don't think I need to say anything about the hair or the textures on the moon)
SarcasticLeaves Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
This is gorgeous:heart:! I love the colors, Luna looks so beautiful!
spacebubbIe Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Cannotevenplz    Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 
Frostmourne411 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
This picture is... unique among most i've seen. Her mane is literally like... made of stars. This is an incredible work indeed.

Oh btw, da moon dun work like dat bruh......JK :)
Beta1556 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
User karinagarmadon357 has reposted your work, without credit!
space-kid Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Well, looks like it's gone now, so all good xD Thanks for the heads up.
Lightning-Luna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I love this! It just seems so pretty and graceful, I for one truly do enjoy a starry night :3
Heedheed Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I REALLY love this one!

Are we allowed to use as wallpaper (for phone) ?
space-kid Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Of course!
Heedheed Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thank you so much <3
chadhelton1971 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This is amazingly beautiful.  I really love the stars in her mane.  At first I thought she looked sad the more I look the more she looks like she's pondering something.

I've started thinking of Luna as the "Patron Pony of Second Chances" 

space-kid Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
That's right, I was going for a more reminiscent/pondering look, rather than sad.

Next to Trixie? I reckon she deserves a second, or even third chance c:
chadhelton1971 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Hmm, Trixie and Discord both got second chances. So did everypony at some time for being selfish in some manner.  Trixie and Discord both seem...  kind of shamed into realizing that they were wrong.  They look like they're still the same personalities but maybe less belligerent? Trixie still has an ego, Discord is still a prankster.

Luna didn't really get a "transformation story" back from the dark side, more like a magic wand "bonk on the head".  She doesn't seem to have any qualities of her "evil self" at all.  That plus how badly Celestia wanted her back and how desperately Luna wanted to fit in and be accepted.  Everything about the good Luna seems to resonate with me.

I'm already researching local tattoo artists to see if they might do your work justice.  I think it's that good.

space-kid Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Now that you mention it, Luna overcame her dark side with the flash of friendship magic. It would be nice to see her dark self haunt her in the TV series; however, it does happen in the comic series. But I won't go into too much detail to spoil it.

Oh wow! You're going to get a tattoo of my illustration?! That's really rad!!
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