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Artist’s description from DA:
concept art, celestia and luna pre-alicornificationCelestia was a pupil of Starswirl the Bearded (don’t judge young Tia, beards were very hip for unicorns back then), and Luna was a troubled  pegasus with the mysterious power of dreamwalking. Considering them not actually being blood sisters, but rather taking a vow of eternal sisterhood after going on an impromptu journey together to save Equestria and restore the balance of the sun and moon.

other notes

-Both are orphans. "Celestia" and "Luna" are not their birth names, but rather ones they chose for themselves after ascending

Luna is rumored to sing the best lullabies in the world. This is how she and Celestia meet Celestia sought out her help after being plagued with nightmares (prophetic visions) of the sun falling out of the sky.

-Although they were born after the three pony tribes stopped warring, tensions were high between unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies, with all three groups suspicious and reluctant to interact with each other. At the time, it was fairly scandalous for young Celestia to befriend Luna, a pegasus. Unicorns viewed pegasi as warmongering brutes, and pegasi viewed unicorns as lazy snobs, eager to exploit the labor of the "lesser" ponies.

-Neither Celestia nor Luna came from anyplace special, and no prophecy foretold their ascension to goddesses. Neither pony was out for fame or glory (okay, maybe Celestia wanted a little fame and glory, but Luna was far shyer). They only wanted the pony tribes to get along….and for Equestria to be safe.
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Background Pony #7C19
Celestia with a beard? Nice to know Equestria also had a time where ponies made weird fashion (I couldn’t find a better world) choices, just like our Earth. I wonder if growing a goat beard was common to all races or just unicorns (like half of the legends).
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Background Pony #94F6
@mjangelvortex
I think that a lot if people here night have that attitude, but it might not be true now s8bxe bye her art itself is splitting people down the middle.

And Pandora was one of the ocs people here seemed to have issues with. I doubt that changing her backstory now would work, since she was acting how She used to be for years, and the damage was already done.

Still, glad to see her a dressing at least one complaint.
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Background Pony #94F6
@Background Pony #3481
This is just what I have heard from others complaining about her, but they seem to think that she thinks a bit too highly of herself, and that she apparently doesn’t handle people being critical if her art well.

Again, I don’t know if this is true or not, these are just what I have heard from here.

And I think it’s be a good idea to nip this topic st the bud before it gets out of hand and a mod or something needs to come in.

Focus more on the pic, not enough the artist.
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mjangelvortex
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@Background Pony #94F6
I’m not surprised to hear that. I’m one of the "enjoy the art, skip the story" people myself. That being said, she did seem to want to improve some of her OCs backstories like how she retconned Pandora’s backstory to get rid of the whole "she was bullied because of how she looked" trope.
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Background Pony #94F6
@Lazlo77

@Frustration in Excelsis

@mjangelvortex
I think it might have to be her being one of the "OG" next-gen artists, and because her next-gebs have spawned a lot of mlp next-gen character/story types and such that a lot of people might not like.

She had a lot of fans, but then when it came to her arc with Moondancer (the oc) and how much of a dick he was, people here started to sour on her, and a lot of her art/ocs and storylines had a lot more people here getting critical of her as well.

Plus her change in art has put people off her as well (compared to her early art atyle), since they think the old one looked better.

And there is also Lop’s attitude herself that some people have been vocal of about, but discussing that is opening up a really messy can of worms that I don’t think anyone wants to deal with.

I’m not saying if I agree with these po8bts or not, but these are just some of the complaints I heard against her.


Now on to the image, I like the designs, but the headcanon of Luna and celestial not being bllodcrelated doesn’t really work
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mjangelvortex
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Lady of Ships and Birbs
@SD50-2
Me too. I like the idea of the two sisters being naturally born alicorns as well. Thankfully we have things like The Journal of Two sisters for that.









But even though I don’t care for the headcanon of the two of them being ascended alicorns, I do still like some of the designs artists make of them before their ascension and this is no different. I think these designs are beautiful and I also think the designs Lop used for this picture are really beautiful as well.
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SD50-2
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@mjangelvortex
I don’t like the headcanon of the two of them not being blood sisters.

Same, TBH. I don’t exactly mind it when someone has that headcanon, but I’m not exactly a fan of it either. Same goes for ascending to alicorns rather than being born as alicorns.
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Frustration in Excelsis
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@Lazlo77
I’m not entirely sure. Lop’s so popular on DA that her stuff regularly shows up in the trending images feed there, which is pretty dang rare for fanart, and some of her stuff has thousands of favorites — I’m not certain where her unpopularity here comes from.
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