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Luna's first Kiss by JunglePony Luna's first Kiss by JunglePony
Celly really loves her sis :iconhappywoonaplz:

I got the inspiration on the sky out of this picture [link] I hope no one minds xD

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It's easy enough for people to believe this is Molestia kissing Luna, but keep in mind that in the opening story of the pilot, Celestia is shown with a full head of pink hair. This pic is apparently set before the events of Nightmare Moon and Luna's millennium-long banishment.

With that out of the way, I love the completely shocked look on Luna's face. It seems like the sisters were simply hugging when Celestia kissed her out of nowhere, and she clearly didn't expect it or know how to react to it. The pic also takes on an interesting real-life meaning, as incest was practiced between members of royalty in the olden days. Clearly though, this is an interesting take on the situation.

I like how the pic doesn't show the actual kiss; instead it leaves the actual act to the imagination, as all we see is the immediate aftermath.
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[takei-voice] Oh, my. [/takei-voice]

Leaving the subject matter entirely aside (as people will be reacting to it far more on an emotional basis than an objective basis, and nobody's mind is going to be changed in any case), let's stick entirely to artistic and technical matters. It's safer that way.

What follows are nitpicks. Overall, this picture is extremely well done; please don't think I'm trying to make mountains out of molehills. It's just that you've done such a good job that minor things are all you've left us to discuss!

Character design and posing: Excellent. The posing is very good, and as mentioned earlier, the reaction on Luna's face does an outstanding job of selling the moment. The overlap of Luna's elbows over Ce[Mo]lestia's forelegs is probably the strongest (and at once the most subtle) indicator that what happened was an unexpected conclusion to an ordinary (and welcome) hug; Luna is not pushing away or anything like that. It's obvious that the surprise is not the hug, but the kiss.

I do think Luna's right hoof-tip (the far one from the viewer) should be behind Celestia's necklace; Luna having both hooves to the right of Celestia's chest would cause a fairly obvious twist in her torso, but that twist isn't there in the rest of the drawing.

I'm a little surprised you didn't do more with Luna's wing-position; a bit of wing-splay would work well with the well-known trope, plus allow having a couple of Luna-feathers floating about as an additional "payoff" to the action.

Celestia's eye position does seem to me to be a little low-and-forward, and perhaps a little large. It may be show-accurate, but it nonetheless is a little distracting. Perhaps 10-15% smaller, leaving the top left corner of the eye-object where it is, would be a worthwhile quick experiment.

Celestia's mane, I think, could use a little more "sparkle". As it is, there are large areas of flat fill which are just a little on the plain side; in particular, between the two characters and behind Luna. Luna's mane is perfect. :)

Lighting: With the moon directly behind the characters, backlighting is going to be dramatic. You have the lighting locations correct, and what you have in place works just fine. That being said, I think pushing the contrast on the lighting would be helpful, as would increasing the shadow-intensity. Also, with a lighting-source as large in size as the Equestrian moon, the shadows' edges would be less sharp. A side observation: the moon would actually shine through the characters' manes, but I fully understand why that wouldn't work in this pic; too much "realistic" detail would break the overall cartoonish design sensibility. Having the manes be opaque is the right choice.

Background Very nice work. The level of detail is just right. The temptation to load the moon with craters and other detail must have been enormous. That being said, a little something more in the background might work... something far in the background flying in front of the moon. Discord? Philomena? A dragon? Nightmare Moon herself? Another possible embellishment is a fizzle of magic sparks from Luna's horn would add a little color, humor and impact to the picture. However, it's important to not get the moon too busy; I think you'd want to limit yourself to just one of the "background flier"/"loose feathers"/"horn-sparks". Managing the level of detail throughout the picture is a delicate balancing-act.

In summary, you've done an excellent job. This is a work to be proud of. Whatever people have to say about the subject matter, the art itself stands tall, and is a work of great skill. Well done.
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WBC-The-Zorgic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  New member
I dont have words for how amazing this is. Thankyou
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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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:icondarkrosefaithless666:
DarkRoseFaithless666 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is just so adorable.
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TheBluApple Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
I want Celestia to kiss me ;-;
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:iconlordsleeper:
LordSleeper Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Weird!...and strangely enticing!
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inforalook Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
this is how you cure the hick-ups :)
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inforalook Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
and fantzastic art. astonishing !
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richman188 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Gay
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:iconprincesslunamoon15:
PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Facehoof*   Why, dust thou have a problem with gay po-people?
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GemaNeko Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconprincesscelestiaplz::iconsaysplz: So Luna, how was it?
:iconlunamlpplz::iconsaysplz: :o (Eek) 
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Skullkittenz21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This art is :iconskullkittenz21: Approved :D
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GladiatorRomanus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I disapprove this! Disapproving smiley 
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Skullkittenz21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Then,why are you looking at it at the first place?

Go find a place where you approve of something!
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GladiatorRomanus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not looking this, I express just what I think

And still, you are not the owner of this picture, so what the fuck do you want? someone asked you something?
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Skullkittenz21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no,I'm asking you to respect art. if you don't approve, dont view it. JunglePony worked hard on it. try to at least be nicer. Don't comment on something you hate. you could get BLOCKED.
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Reactor33 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I simply love this. The expression on Luna's face is priceless. And how Celestia tongue is a little bit out and visible just makes it better.

And, erm, well. This might be weird, but am I the only one, who also wants to kiss Celestia now? :s
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Articunos-Bitch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I want to hug Luna right now, and I always want to hug/kiss Nightmare Moon. She did not expect that, and I doubt she's going to look her sister in the eye for a loong time.
"I...Celly? I don't even like girls! I prefer the nerdy stallions, please let me g-Hmmpphh!"
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JunglePony Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You OK with the prosperity of incest and you love Celestia.


same for me, and you're not alone ;)
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Songbreeze741 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
With her sister no less

Oh dear
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JunglePony Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They did more crazy things then just kissing.
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Songbreeze741 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine :meow:
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BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Luna's shocked expression here is just so extreme that it's adorably hilarious.  XD
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:iconprincesslunamoon15:
PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*BANG* WE DO NOT REMEMBER THIS!
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:iconartwarrior1985:
artwarrior1985 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Artist
Sickening yet funny.
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pokemonrjg Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
The look on Luna's face is priceless. :P
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Antonialaanguila Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:icontrollestiaplz:
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The-Smiling-Pony Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
This is still one of my all-time favourite images. Thank you for making and sharing it!
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PRUSSlA Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:iconflippynowantplz:
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bilybobjoe12356 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
she's like DAFUQ?
I absolutely love the shading and her frizzled hair, it really shows the face that she's shocked. Tia really enjoyed it <3
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
well you know, the Elements of Harmony require the Element of Magic above all else. Being sisters, the power of "friendship" wasn't quite cutting it I suppose.

To save Equestria, this was the only viable solution.
However apparently no one told Luna this.


Luckily it isn't confirmed that these two are blood related sisters. I'd lose my mind if Season 4 revealed that they weren't.
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PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am all too related to my dear sister.
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
No you're not. You're not even Princess Luna.
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PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ever heard of RP?
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
RP doesn't have the authority of the original character.
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PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go away. And so I can still rp!
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Sure you can, you just can't say my head canon is wrong because you have all the authority of a pretender. 
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countdarkmire Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
They are. On many occasions Celestia has called her "Sister"
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I call people brother who aren't my brother.

Celestia could be Luna's brother from another mother.
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countdarkmire Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
(I'm sorry for saying this) I'm sorry I didn't catch that. Try to tell that to another brony that's stupid enough to belive that. Oh wait... There is none YOUR TO STUPID TO BELIEVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I'll keep your name in messages in case we see Celestia & Luna not be blood related in Season 4.
The whole Thor & Loki angle. Its a long shot...

But I'll be back when it happens.
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K---h Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Terminator... nice touch.
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Niklas123dk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate the fact that all these kind of things is only becoming more of every year and more for hating and mention it, and is disturbing that is all-things-smashed-into-one... Same sex. Family. Little-big. Animal etc. If there is more... But then again.. My lonesome brain/me likes what it likes, good work with, (you also make it seem not so bad as it is, and i can see the little humoristic part).
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Ratwo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
dat saliva
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LillyTheOmegaWolf Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
just... lol. the look on Luna's face...
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avixl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Maybe weird, probably wrong......but sooo cute!! Let's love!
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joey743 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
i love this pairing , my favorite
i have nothing wrong with incest, as long as it's justified
also,buetifal. i would use this as my wallpaper but it's too "hot". (other ppl see my pc)
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TheMarioFan8881 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Yes, Celestia REALLY, REALLY loves her sis
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JennieThePoorFilly Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Hot damn! o//o
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alvittanyallday Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
even tho i find this reallt disturbing and discusting beacuse of the fact there sisters o-o (sorry ba spelling enilsh is not my first language) i like how u did the hair and back ground an colors
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