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Time Changes Us All by SynCallio Time Changes Us All by SynCallio
Wow, did this ever get away from me. And my poor discount computer, trying to handle six or seven layers at that size. It was not happy with me.

I kinda designed this like it was a storybook illustration, perhaps an illumination painted on leather or parchment. Save for the final pair of Luna and Celestia in the foreground, who are demonstrating their vast, cosmic powers by casually stepping into the painting.

And there's some headcanon here too, or is it wishful thinking? As with many of us, "Magical Mystery Cure" burst all my alicorn theories like big, pastel-colored, pony-shaped balloons. So I latched onto our new worldbuilding tidbit, that alicorns were once ordinary ponies. It occurred to me that there was a G1 pony who was white with pink hair and had a solar name: Sundance. I love the idea that Celestia used to be an earth pony (it seems wrong to restrict ascension to unicorns), though this does hinge on ponies being able to change cutie marks. :shrug:

Anyway, it seems I still have a long way to go with using color and arranging elements in a picture, but hey, it was fun.

ETA: Featured here on a new site, Equestria Confidential, devoted to fanwork. Thanks, guys!

2nd Edit: Featured on EQD's 799th Drawfriend! Wow. Just... wow.

Done in ArtRage, using chalk.
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KyraTheWolf0001 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
This is so marvellous! :D I love all the different parts and how it retells their story ^^ Amazing work!
Lipleurodon99 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
CanelaMoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
It sells amazing! I love it!Clap 
fantasyplayer00 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
This reminds me of a story,
"We are sisters, we are BFFs forever, even in the toughest of times, we are still friends, and no one can take this apart."
jahaira263 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
It's amazing!!!
Echodonut Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With the chalk tool?!

I... just... like...

Really? It feels like I'm being trolled :o
Masonisnotthatnice Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Writer
The Good Old Days Love It!Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Celestia Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 
jonnando2000 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Artist
Thekidwithatisum Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
That's what the caterpillar from Alice: The Madness Returns said!
Angel-of-Light91 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Artist
Very Cool 

So Awesome

Excellent Job
Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazingly beautiful and so wonderfully encompassed altogether too:wow:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Great piece.
16jasminestreet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so im new with MLP

is luna nightmare moon??????????????

plz anwer
SynCallio Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and no. :trollface:

Seriously, though: Luna became Nightmare Moon. After she was defeated, Nightmare Moon vanished and Luna was herself again. Does that make sense?
16jasminestreet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
housin123 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
like this pic because its so awesome
Debrinconcita Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Did you do this FREEHAND? Or was it from the CARTOON? I love the MY LITTLE PONY's. I used to buy them for my Little SISTER when she was Little. Debra Rincon Lopez in Portland OREGON.
SynCallio Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mean, did I trace any pictures? I tried to imitate the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but I didn't trace anything. This was drawn freehand.

As a little girl, I was a big fan of My Little Pony. I've recently gotten back into it, after watching Friendship is Magic and have had a lot of fun learning new art skills. The original ponies are often my inspiration.
iamli3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
fucking amazing.....
schneelocke Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
That's a wonderful, beautiful picture.
XdiSTRESSionX Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. The backstory's actually pretty close to what's in my headcanon too :D
Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Writer
I really like this. Its so elegant and imaginative.
cajobif Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Our beloved princesses everypony.

Loved, venered and so wonderful and beautiful.

Wonderful work on this.
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
ArtOfDiscoFever Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My fellow, you have my envy. I saw this nearly a month ago when you first posted it, now it has become the HEADER for an EQD Drawfriend. Well done.
Attemborough Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Wow! I wish that Hasbro may focus on Royal Pony Sisters a bit more in the show..

Fav and love it!
AffinityShy Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   Filmographer
This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the radial storytelling in this piece. The color blending and values are fantastic, as is the character structure. The dynamic poses clearly portray emotion and say what the character is feeling. I love this piece, awesome work!
Dhalbakken Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Fave & Share.
Nicely done! :D
KingArthur5 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
You DESERVE a fave! This is amazing!
Pri1ncessLuna Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I really love the style of this piece. It is extremely well done and looks like it tells a story kind of like a tapestry of sorts! I would really love to see more like this in the future!
neuralshock7 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Need canon backstory on the royal sisters now. Here me Hasbro?
GraysonPaladin Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
You aren't the first and only one to think that Celestia was an Earth Pony. I accept that too, and I must be one of the few who's headcanon wasn't taken out by MMC
Fellmoon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
And though it is possible Hasbro will make this not be Lauren Faust has said Celestia and Luna are born alicorns with parents.
resistancechick Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
alicorn ascension isn't limited to unicorns though, it's been proven. cadence actually used to be a PEGASUS and not a unicorn, she ascended in the same fashion as twilight because of her great knowledge of love. also, yes ascension can change the cutie mark, as twilight now has 6 smaller stars around her cutie mark instead of 5
i think i just proved right half a billion headcannons
SynCallio Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What are your sources? Not saying I don't believe you: the creators have given us all kinds of fun info through twitter and Q&As and such. Screenshots from Magical Mystery Cure show that Twilight's cutie mark hasn't changed, in spite of the six-star version that showed up in two other places in the episode. But it wouldn't surprise me if one of the animators has spoken up with "We goofed! It'll be fixed next season."

So if you've got links to this info, that would be awesome and you would have many thanks from me!
resistancechick Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there's info about pegasus cadence near the bottom just above toys

i can't find any screenshot's of a 6 star twilight, however during magical mystery cure when she is alicornifyed the star that resembles her cutie mark has 6. the flags that the fluttershy lookalikes carry as they walk down the hall also have 6 stars, so it was probably just an animation derp with twilight's mark
SynCallio Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Thanks! I think I'll have to get my hands on that book.

Yeah, I noticed that the 6-star mark was used when she vanished from the library (it was burned into the floor) and when she reappeared in Ponyville.
GraviRaw Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I saw some pony art done with ArtRage, but this one is the best so far...

I used to draw with this program too, but then I got into vectors - you can see those in my gallery :)
SynCallio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

ArtRage appeals to me because it imitates traditional media; thus I find it really, really intuitive.
JoeBrony Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Great drawing :D
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Now ain't that sweet? :aww:
Awdren Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
We share some of the same sentiments concerning alicorns, magical mystery cure has thrown in a lot of questions about alicorns we already know. Was every alicorn not an alicorn at one point? Does becoming an alicorn change one's destiny? How did Cadence become an alicorn? In what way is Twilight the 'first' pony to become an alicorn? Are the others genetic alicorns? Did Twilight just learn one way to become an alicorn? Can somepony who isn't a unicorn become one? Is it being an alicorn or use of the Elements of Harmony that made the sisters 'immortal'? Is it possible to stop being an alicorn?
egyptianthief Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cadence's story is in Twilight Sparkle's theme book "The Crystal Heart Spell". Cadence was an orphaned pegasus. She somehow defeated a witch using her love and found herself in the spectral plane. Celestia came along and was surprised to find her there and decided to adopt her. So, yes, it would seem that non unicorns can become alicorns.
Awdren Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I'm not familiar with cannon stuff outside the episodes. With this added information I am still wondering if becoming an alicorn makes one immortal, or if it is because of the Sisters' past with the Elements of Harmony. I will have to read stuff on the non televised cannon material.
egyptianthief Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I forget what staff on the show said this, but it was said that Twilight will not outlive her friends. So, there are a few conclusions people have come to. First being, that she and Cadence do not have spectral manes and are different from the higher alicorns and are not long living/immortal. The other is that somehow the elements of harmony have caused the other element bearers to have longer lives. It really hasn't been explained more in the show, so we'll just have to keep throwing theories around until something conclusive comes up, if it ever comes up.
Awdren Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Sometimes I wish they would expound, but then again I'm glad they don't take all the imagination from the fans. It makes me curious though, if what you say is cannon: Why is there all the artwork of Twilight lamenting her friends, wouldn't a youthful Applejack or Rarity next to the bedside of an elderly Applebloom or Sweetiebell be more likely?
egyptianthief Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well, it was only in a twitter reply that the staff (specifically Meghan McCarthy) made that comment. Not everyone reads those or follows the posts made on Equestria Daily. Some make the artwork and stories because it tugs on the heartstrings. Here's the Equestria Daily link that gives the information. [link]

The theory I like to stick by right now is that there are differences with the Alicorns. Luna at the beginning didn't have the flowy mane, but later she did. I think that that was caused by the corruption (but of course it could always be lack of thought animation wise since she also seemed smaller then as well). I don't think that Cadence or Twilight will have the flowy mane because they are different and not long living. Until something/someone comes along that explains alicornhood better, that's what I'll be basing my theories around.
Awdren Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Of course one could expect hasbro to make a marketing choice of giving an ethereal mane (maybe on top of a color change) to one of the younger alicorns. Supporting the theory that Celestia and Luna are still on a higher tier of Alicorn.
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