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MLP: DUSK and FiM alicorn comparisons by KPenDragon MLP: DUSK and FiM alicorn comparisons by KPenDragon
Huge file is HUGE just as a warning.

So, what is this you ask? Well…idk, I just felt like comparing the FiM Alicorns with my DUSK Alicorns. Yes, I should’ve been writing more DUSK instead, oh well ^^;

But I also wanted to show that I actually put thought into Lunaria and Tia/SF’s designs too, while paying attention to the FiM designs; that I wasn’t just doing idiotic recolors. I paid attention to their color schemes and color patterns; even to their different face shapes and eye styles. I over think things a lot :lol: And this was one of those times. I just also have this feeling like I always need to justify myself I guess…anyways, moving on!

I only did the art for half of this; I was lucky enough to find several wonderful vectors by *MisterLolrus, as well as the NMM from =MoongazePonies to use, so I thank those two greatly! The rest though, I did do myself. The left side are Celes/Tia/Solar Flare, while the right is Luna/ria/Nightmare Moon. Each section I tried to give a clear symbol reference, and a color palette; again so you could better see the color trends and compare the values of the sun sister to the moon sister.

So a run down of categories and stuff:

Dual Powered
To me this is a forced adult stage that happened when the one sister had to take over both the sun and moon magics. Celestia became lighter, Lunaria became darker. They both kept their original mane color in a stripe (C pink, L blue), but between the two of them they share a blue stripe showing their blood bond; the other two stripes are to balance between the day and night. I’d also like to note that while C’s mane fades to a lighter color, L’s fades to a darker. Their symbols changed color opposite to their body coloring (C darker, L lighter), and for their armor I went for the silver being the opposite of gold since they are opposites to begin with.

I like to think this is how they were born; Tia being pink, Luna being blue. But I was also aware that one of the large fandom complains with S2 was Luna’s change in appearance, so thus why I also labeled this as a “depowered” form, since they looked like this right after the Elements of Harmony stripped the darkness from them, so they were in effect magicless. Tia’s symbol is lighter than Celestia’s, while Luna’s is darker than Lunaria’s. L wears black and blue armor, while T’s got white and gold; again, opposite coloring.

The dreaded S2 design that changed Luna. To me, I feel this would be her natural aging style, where as the Dual Powered/Darkness Empowered forms are an unnatural aging, but also since time had passed since the darkness was stripped from them, there was plenty of time for their natural elemental magic to return to them, thus the “repowered” aspect. You can still see though that the coloring trend stays, but isn’t as drastic; L changed from a periwinkle to a darker blue, while her mane became more night sky-like. T was a darker pink, and became much lighter with her hair resembling sunset clouds. Their symbols also stayed the same.

Darkness Empowered
Again, this is a forced adult stage to me, because I like to think that one sister was seeded with a dark/chaos element that turned her evil. The power consumed her, and she changed. But like the “Dual Powered” form, the color changing patterns still work. SF became lighter, NM became darker. But whereas C was a warm white, SF is a fiery burning white (the pink outline versus the yellow one), and NM became a dark creature while L just became dark (the bat wings versus the Pegasus wings). Both their symbols darkened, but are different and darker than their Dual Powered symbols due to the differences in dark and light magics. And their manes became more elemental (SF fire, NM night sky-like). Both their eyes also changed to match their elements; SF’s eyes burned out due to her heat, and NM’s became demonic/cat-like to accumulate to the dark.

So yes, lots of over thinking and confusing color swatches :lol: But I enjoyed making this, and I hope you enjoyed reading and comparing them. If not, well sorry, but I like it so that’s all I care about :lol:

Celestia and Luna vectors by *MisterLolrus
Nightmare Moon vector by =MoongazePonies
MLP: FiM © Hasbro and Lauren Faust/*fyre-flye
MLP: DUSK, Lunaria, and Tia © me
Solar Flare Mare © me and *Twisted-Persona
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AthinaP123 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Omg! Luna looks amazing <3
LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Coolpandagirl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
young tia is NOT pink body, shes white
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is your oppinion and preference, and you are welcomed to it, I'm not trying to convince you otherwise. For my DUSK/role reversal AU though, my interpretation of young Tia is pink for the reasons I've explained before though.
x-LePinocchio-x Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I so much like Solar Flare, I just love every aspect about her, she kind of Remonds me of an angry debil or something, great Artwork !! O.O
vitani64 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion Hasbro should add Solar Flare in season 5
Novalis14 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
AWSOME!!!!! I was just thinking about this the other day.

Although Celestia pink.... really...
Mix-Match-Girl23 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depressedguy2012 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
i really like them, but young/depowered celestia looks a little too pink, maybe a bit lighter would work better.
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well that's sort of the point;s he started out dark, while luna started light, and as they age they change into the opposite
PurfectPrincessGirl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I really like these transition designs for both Tia and Luna, very impressive ^w^
nicolushka Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I would love to see a Twilight version! :D
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
You know? At first I thought it was stupid, but actually it's a very interesting concept! ^^
Anim3-craz3 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I think this looks really cool! I like how you spent the time thinking about the aging process as how the colours get darker or lighter. :) But for some weird reason, I don't like Celestia or Luna. I'm a horrible monster! D: But the drawings themselves are very good :) But do you know what I really dislike about the princesses? They treat cadence like some background alicorn! If any character in there is an alicorn, they should be treated like royalty. At least she appeared at the ceremony thingy where twilight became an alicorn :D I was also wondering why her hair isn't flowing like luna's or celestia's. I mean she did use "the power of love" to defeat the changelings, right? Anyways nice drawing, I've always wondered when some person will make this kind of aging alicorn chart thing xD
Celestiahonors Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
the really pretty celestia is repowerd/aged
Celestiahonors Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
ahh! i see now! its celestia and lunas ages like when they were young and when they are old! great drawing you made there! its very, very, very good!
MlpXD Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Tia looks older in everyone but young/depowered.
Gummi-Hicks Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Narflarg Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Id imagine Celestia's corruption having her become aware of Lunas less importance and trying to be rid of the night. This would be bad for normal ponies sleeping habits so Luna had to banish her to the sun. Reversing roles of all ponies for an awesome alt universe.
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you got it pretty spot on
tarajelisha Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i wish there was a episode where darkness empowered celestia
resistancechick Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
still waiting for the day luna looks like the duel powered
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh i would probably scream my lungs out if that happens XDDD
MagicaITrevor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
... Duel-powered Luna is hawt... XD
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ty Lunaria did come out the best I think ^^
WalkTheInch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool!
You did a really good job!
fearanger Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Amazing! Awesome! Epic! I don't have anymore words to describe this!
affiejay Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
This is very nice, and I may start to read your story because of it. My only thought is that wouldn't it be something like "spiteful" power, rather than "darkness"? I do believe Celly wouldn't like to be called "dark" when in that flaming form.

Again, very nice!
HowleenWolf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you make a base for this for ocs
HowleenWolf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Repowered Tia looks like my Mia when shes older but its only in my head
MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twilight is somehow Celestia's daughter if this awesomeness were true.

I mean, look at her RAEG FIRE mode.
Twisted-Persona Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love your versions <3
DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! all of them are really great! nice work!
DaisyDayTheAlicorn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what is DUSK?
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DUSK is a mirror-verse/ "what if" fanfic series I'm working on. So far I've got several pieces of art and the prologue and episode 1 posted in my gallery. The premisis of the story is that one element in history was altered, and that point was the fact that Luna turned evil (became NMM) instead of Celestia; DUSK is a world where the opposite happened
MissRandomNomad0o Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
What does DUSK stand for?
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The opposite of Dawn
ccontyanya Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaawsome :D
DaisyDayTheAlicorn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really cool

4 days before school! YAY! I can see my boyfriend again next monday!
I have a stupid nickname!
iLove-PercyJackson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Writer
cooooooooooool. I LOVE IT <3
alywunabear Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your dual powered luna is sooo pretty!!
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I luv my Lunaria too ^^
Northspeed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I love this idea. Celestia's different designs here look really great, especially Solar Flare Mare, and that's saying something (I'm quite the Luna fan, actully).
Great job :)
DaisyDayTheAlicorn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Solar Flair??
I thought it was Daydream Sun...
zorro-zorua-zoroark Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My favorite is Solar Flare Mare XD gotta love it
evilnat123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LightningHoofAUS Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love the Darkness Empowered, ah screw it love them all
G1990 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Dark celestia looks so wicked. Altough theres only one New Luna....
KPenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's because in my story DUSK, Lunaria has Celestia's role and doesn't change, where as SF gets depowered back to Tia, then would regain her powers slowly as Luna did/does in FiM
BonesOfALovelyDoll Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Idk why but i just love the Luna versions...Tia is cute too, but I'm partial to Luna. ^^;
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