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Celestia by the Spring by Zedrin Celestia by the Spring by Zedrin
I did this just as a personal thing, so I could get a print made to have signed by Nicole Oliver when I go to Canterlot Gardens. Wish I had thought of to do something like this for Everfree with a Luna print, to get a signature from Tabitha St. Germain.

Spent 3 days working on this and several hours. Before mergers there was like 92 layers. It was a chance for me to revisit water and diffusion.

Thank you MLPDrawingSchool for your help and feedback, really helped me to bring this piece together. (Also thanks to my friends at SFS for giving me preliminary feedback.)

This one is formatted for wallpaper, 1080p. If you'd like to buy the full resolution as a print yourself, you can get it here: Redbubble

-Critiques appreciated-

edit: thanks for all the favs and feedback. I literally poured everything I had into this piece, so I couldn't be happier.

small update: Well, looks like Nicole had something come up, so sadly she won't be able to make it to CG. Ah well... If she happens to go to another con that I'm able to make it to, I'll just have to bring it with me then. =P

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:iconbrony78:
This picture is just perfect. the Detail is perfect, the lighting is perfect, the shadows, the colors, the effects, everything is perfect. I especially like the younger Celestia tone and the eagerness and curiosity. This just shines as a cute and even epic in my perspective. The hair is fluffy but just, ans the eyes are very calling. The wings in the water is something I would never see, and the people at Equestria Daily will love this.
Yeah son, I just e-mailed this to Equestria Daily! Prepare to get famous! Congrats bro, you just won a watcher, and my personal favorite. celestia is one of my favorite ponies just my her design, and you just blew it even higher.
Kudos-
Brony78
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I don't critique very often, so excuse my rustiness XD

I'll do pros and improvements:

Pros:

- Celestia's anatomy looks wonderful.

- The shading is great! Her mane and tail look really well done and I can tell you put a lot of time into her.

- The composition is good and works very well.

- The background is laid out well (If you know what I mean)

Improvements:
- I'm no expert at drawing water, but to me it looks a little... flat and sort of blurry. Maybe if you added some more defined ripples around Celestia and around the waterfall, and boosted the colour balance/saturation a bit, it might look less flat and fit in better as the rest of the scene is quite vibrant.

- The mist near the 'end' of the waterfall is very thick and blurred for the angle the water seems to be coming from (It basically looks like a small waterfall), maybe lower the opacity of it in places so we can see where the waterfall and the pool meet.

- When a subject is in water, the water tends to leave a 'ripply' effect near to the pbjects/things placed in the water, Its quite hard for me to explain, so I recommend getting references of people or animals in water so you can see how it reflects off someone.

Overall this piece is beautiful and visually appealing, I really like it and I think you are a wonderful artist. Next time, I would say to try and define certain things more and blur them a little less, although this looks really good, It could look even better :heart: Keep it up!

~Xifox
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Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
One has a gentle and calm feeling,

but it is beautiful. :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconkaburninator:
kaburninator Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
good pose
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lordseth100 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Glob. Anytime I see wet Celestia, I can't just help but fav. Her hair is utterly beautiful.
I especially like how it glistens in the sun.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Spectacular piece!
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:iconshinywhitewaters:
ShinyWhiteWaters Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. :D I like how Celestia's feathers get wavy in the water. :D
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PrinsesSketch22 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I like it!
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:iconsirjames314:
SirJames314 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Peaceful and lovely. :love:
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:iconreallunareallllll:
reallunareallllll Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Cool! ^^
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:iconreallunareallllll:
reallunareallllll Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Nice!
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:iconbevlian89:
bevlian89 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Beautiful.
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:iconsunwurm:
Sunwurm Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful and peaceful.
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:iconequestriagirl23:
EquestriaGirl23 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it
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:icondavey-the-6th-moon:
Davey-the-6th-moon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Writer
Feels very serene.
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:iconnikalatheunicorn:
NikalaTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cute,
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:iconsnowy-kun:
Snowy-kun Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Awesome :)
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:iconpip-pip-rah:
pip-pip-rah Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an art retard, but I really like how you did the refractions, especially with the running water.
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Gracie! Water is a might challenging. Admittedly I cheated a bit on the refractions, using a bit of clever masking and a filter. xD
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pip-pip-rah Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it looks good regardless. :U
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Spartan545 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Celestia always has a Guardian, the Guardian is her protector, know of her innosence, the Pegadragon from her vision, the Seventh Element of Harmony...The Jersey Devil AKA John Leeds. (Fanfiction)
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Arthuurs Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
sweet :)
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:iconspartan545:
Spartan545 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I love seeing this picture. I'm a huge Celestia fan.
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Pebblenator Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's absolutely a wonderful piece. I can only find three things I'd have done differently on purpose (though if I'd tried it I would have messed up the whole thing by accedent): First, the wing shoulder joint seems long and unfluffy. Yes, that's sort of cannon. Yes, I think it could look a little smoother, and less like a pool noodle bridging the wing and body. Second, there's too much depth in the wings for my taste. Maybe it's because of lighting I don't understand, but it looks weird. Third, her eye seems more catlike - perhaps it's too short?

Again, that's the only three things I can nitpick, in an otherwise fantastic piece. I wish I could art like that.
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
A few people have commented on the wing, actually. Think the joint may have been too thick and too far forward. As for the eye, I don't really see the cat-like shape, unless you mean more about the overall shape as opposed to the pupil.
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Pebblenator Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The overall shape. Comparing it to screenshots, I think it's more the middle/front isn't quite as tall; from left to right, I think it should open faster/steeper, and then taper. Compare the eyes on [link]

I think it makes her look like she's squinting or tense, but the rest of her expression doesn't back it up.
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well, I'm not going for 100% show accuracy, though I think the thing is I didn't make the eyelashes long enough/give her enough of an eyelid. The pupil in the show is exceptionally large, so I wasn't aiming for that, a slight size reduction to me seemed more feasible.
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Ruby-Orca-616 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very beautiful o3o
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pvt-llama Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!:iconiloveitplz:
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RogueShadow2000 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist
That is BEAUTIFUL! I honestly have no idea how people can draw like that. I'm just happy that you're willing to share your talent with the rest of the world. Thanks for letting the rest of us indulge in some crazy awesome artwork!
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Gladly! :3
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New-Victory-13 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Writer
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! :nuu: :nuu: :nuu:
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Very nice work.
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Meatabex Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I really like it a lot!
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:iconroyalinblue:
RoyalInBlue Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gosh, You have improved incredibly since the first drawing I saw from you.
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I look back to 4 months ago and I'm blown away myself to how much has changed. o-o
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Wolfbane-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This is so gorgeous! Great job, I love it! The hair and wings are drawn beautifully <3 :D
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Daniel-Choppy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, great job.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This is one of the sweeter looks for Celestia in general, not just the bathing scenes. She looks not only contented but seems to have some youthful affect about her. Could some of the sparkles on her mane and tail be glistening droplets from the waterfall's misty bottom. I'm a little concerned about how closely her wing connects to the top of her foreleg (the wing bone seems a tad low mostly). Her happy and softer look overall is a great stylization (compared her more stately and angular form in the show). Nice job making sure that the ripples distorted the parts of her underwater, more so as each leg or feather set gets deeper.

Princess Celestia looks very sweet. Her eyes especially are beautiful, and I love the semi-realistic of her mane and tail as she enjoys the bubbly water. Yet she looks like she wouldn't mind if some other pony should cannonball her – she'd probably start a splash fight (and with her magical capabilities, it could be quite severe :o).
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Celestia is the most beautiful!!!
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My-Simplicity Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible, the water looks beyond complex~

Great work~ :clap:
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Beautiful.
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GeneralDurandal Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Beautiful :)
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deathtofiremen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
No
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes
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:iconbrony78:
brony78 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Dude, your pic is in Equestria Daily! Go check it out! It's Here:
[link]
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I saw. A lot of my work makes it into the drawfriends actually, lol
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RedMarkerRellik Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Wow this is... wow.
This is amazing.
Very nice work man.
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks :3
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jetpackclam Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How much you wanna bet somepony's watching from the trees? :iconcreepyonionplz:
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
...shit
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MykoKlyt Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors are just amazing! The lighting is astounding and the water effect is just incredible :D
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