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Royal Duty (Princess Celestia and Princess Luna) by Shattered-Earth Royal Duty (Princess Celestia and Princess Luna) by Shattered-Earth
A 4x6" print of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna semi-humanized :)~ Going to be selling this at Fanime & Otakon, possibly online if people want it XD

Inspired in part by this drawing i found a while ago: [link]

It makes sense to me that the guardian of sun would be dark while the gaurdian of the moon would be pale~ Don't like it? Too bad, racist haters gonna hate.

Wanna see Luna better?
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pokekidcanada Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
:iconsightplz: The thing that really gets under my skin is the level of hate an artist can get for doing that. People scream they're tolerant but once you make one character black you'd better be ready. For a show that preaches love and tolerance a staggering amount of the fandom can't take it. Of course this doesn't just apply to MLP, but the world as a whole. It's like... every character that isn't a stereotype is automatically 50 shades of white. It can really get to someone's self esteem when they have no one they can actually relate to, especially when these kinds of pictures get so much hate.

Personally, Luna's my princess, but even so, seeing pictures like this is great. It's kinda like saying, "Hey, I know you exist too, and just because there are less of people like you doesn't make you any less important." I don't know about others, but to me it's a real nice thing to do when you could have taken the easier route.
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pewdiewhy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Why are they different races? there soposed to be sisters
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pewdiewhy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Why did you do that!?!?you could have answered my question 
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014   Digital Artist
What part of that link did not answer your stupid question :)?
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pewdiewhy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I only was at the out going paige and thout you were sending me out on a wild goose chase
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   Digital Artist
:roll:
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pokekidcanada Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
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pewdiewhy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
:watplx3d: watplx 3D 50x50 derp :u3d: U: 3D derp                                               
                                                       :ecstatic3d: Ecstatic 3D 50x50 derp      
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Prospitian-Monarch Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
jfc this is gorgeous every version of this is gorgeous im crying
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
hrrrrrrk thanks TuT
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JBHarker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
LOVE. THIS. *squees*
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you!!!! 
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JBHarker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're really very welcome. I think it was the right call to make Celestia a POC. And I love Luna's dress.
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ciaranbenson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I really love the accessories and clothing colors you've used on each - the palettes are amazing ^__^ and really well balanced.  The moon/sun in the background really makes the piece shine ^_^
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Digital Artist
oh gosh thanks! I'm glad you like the clothing and palette ahh <3
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I honestly think this is the first picture I've seen with Celestia being darker-skinned (I've seen plenty with Luna having darker skin, but not Celestia). I really LIKE it, honestly. That's the way I see it. Luna would most CERTAINLY be paler, given that she guards the night, and Celestia would be darker, given that she guards the day, but most people don't do that. I like that you did, most definitely. :3
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Glad i could show something not often seen! :D
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DC-Dialgia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I have to say, I love this picture A lot. My only concern is that people usually make Celestia dark skinned because she have been in the sun a lot, but that's not how everyone gets dark skin though. I have it because my ancestry/heritage is Black or African American. It just bugs me when people say that, It also bugs me when people say that they cant be related because of skin color or race, but I'm dark skinned and my younger sister (biological) is way paler then I a, you never guess she was African American.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Digital Artist
I agree, i specifically took out the word "tanned" after some one pointed it out. Did you still get that feeling when you saw mine? I don't want to imply she would get lighter away from the sun, just that there is no reason not to make her dark skinned especially knowing she would be in the sun, if all other things were equal (if racism didn't exist, lol) and you were going to be in the sun all day and got to pick your skin color, the best would be darker brown right? I'm glad you like it though.
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DC-Dialgia69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I understand, but most of the time when I see a darker skinned humanized ponies, like Celestia or Apple Jack, they'll usually say because of the sunlight hitting your skin pigment you'll get darker skin. I just wish it was that people would say that they had darker skin because of their ancestry, like parents or grandparents. Though, I really enjoy this picture because you had courage to even make her darker skin. And just ignore the people who are being racist comments, this picture is amazing!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Digital Artist
Yea, i think people confuse the two, or let it blur some how. I think it's the worst when people say twilight should be pale because she's a book worm, which makes no sense if you're dark skinned if you were BORN that way, you aren't going to get any more pale. but whatever, those people are stupid anyway XD, thank you very much!
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DC-Dialgia69 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I have seen a lot of Dark skinned Twilight Sparkle's out there, which looks pretty on her. I can also see Rarity and Rainbow Dash ( which I heard that people been saying that if you're a tomboy you are always pale because of the media. Which I disagree with because I am a tomboy.) being dark skinned too. Actually, I can see anyone of them to be dark skinned. I hate to read but when I do I get into so well, I can't stop! Though, I don't read all that much. Oh and you're welcome.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Any of them can be darkskinned, any of them can be any skinned and anyone that says otherwise get on my nerves~ thanks for your support~
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Candycanetiger Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UGH.




why did you make Princess Celestia black???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEY R SISTERS.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
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Jowesline Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I love Princess Celestia. :)

Nice Artwork. ;)
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks! she's awesome ToT
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Jowesline Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
^^
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18935castagna Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
I love lunas dress its beautiful, and celestias dress is really pretty to! the skin color is also makes perfect sens, i just think that its kind of weird that on the show celestia is white, when she should be darker.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha well i don't know,i don't think fur reacts to sun in the same way skin does (think of how a polar bear is white because it reflects a lot of sunlight too!). Her skin might be dark actually, cause horse skin doesn't match horse fur XD
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Dimitri313 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
This looks like a horrible experiment went wrong.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Like you? :3
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Trixieliicious Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I don't really have a headcannon about Celestia, only about Luna and that is that she's just pale, but black/dark Celestia makes perfect sense indeed! I really like how you did this, great job ^^
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha thanks :)
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Shirimitsu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Omg I love Celestia's skin color in this! And their dresses are really pretty X3 nicely done ♥
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :D
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Shirimitsu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
yeeeeeee yahhh yer art's awesome >w<
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   Digital Artist
aw thanks again xOOOx
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sherii-fluff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
It looks beautiful <3
I love the detail in the dresses ;u;
and Celestia's horn is white :iconihappyloveitplz:
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! And Luna's is dark purple (:
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SouloftheNorth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree, it makes a lot of sense that a sun goddess would have dark skin and a moon goddess would have pale skin. ^^
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Digital Artist
:D~ thanks
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OliveBranchMLP Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really a question of race if she's tanned, 'cause that means she's still naturally fair-skinned.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Digital Artist
I guess i'll remove the word tanned then XD. Though to a certain degree, you can be quite dark and still get more tan. POC don't untan and turn white ^_^;
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DemonGoddess613 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
"POC don't untan and turn white" One of the most hilarious things I've ever read. I love it, it reminds me of a Gemini painting (as a Gemini, I love anything that has the slightest semblance to it) Truly a beautiful drawing
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Haha well it's true :D I know what they meant, that some people try to say dark skinned characters are "just tanned" but I didn't mean that in my drawing, to prevent confusion i removed the word tan anyway XD

Thank you so much for liking this! :)
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Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>> "It makes sense to me that the guardian of sun would be dark and tanned while the gaurdian of the moon would be pale

It makes PERFECT sense actually. I was toying with just such idea myself and now I think I'll run with it...at least when I finally get around to trying out humanizations of the two. Lovely composition as well. I particularly like the design on Luna's dress.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Digital Artist
I always encourage more darker skin celestia so go for it, mwahaha!
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Kyronea Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
This makes far more sense to me than what I usually see, which is their skin colors flipped the other away around. Granted, those go with their coats, but the coats aren't the same as skin color. This is proven even in the canon show. As of S2E23, Ponyville Confidential, the coat is revealed to be different in color from the skin below--just check out what happens when Snips and Snails are shaved.

We are, of course, talking about the skin color of alternate species interpretations of fictional characters, but if you're going to give them skin colors, it makes sense to use some logic in it. Different skin colors evolved as a response to the amount of sunlight at different latitudes, so for someone constantly exposed to the sun, dark skin makes sense. By contrast, someone almost never exposed to the sun would be very pale indeed.

In a way I almost wish they'd done this on the show, with the coat colors of Luna and Celestia, but that would probably not have been doable.
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