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Nightswimming by JoelletheNose Nightswimming by JoelletheNose
Happy almost summer, everybody! Nothing quite like the Royal Vacation to help you unwind.

Just a little something before I leave for my vacation. Whipped this up in a couple of hours, and I rather like how it turned out.
Thanks for looking!

EDIT: Ohmygosh, I never expected this big of a response in such a short amount of time! Due to popular request, high resolution is now available for download! Woohoo!
Here's some mood music if anyone's interested. This was my background track while I was painting :)

Featured as the header for the Equestria Daily Drawfriend Stuff #1188!
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alissajuett Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!
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BerkTheFirst Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this picture!!!!!
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YamadaEmi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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AthinaP123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
This art isn't an art...is a MIRACLE *o* I love the colouring, Luna's design and position and the background Heart You did amazing work on this! Well done :happybounce: 
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, that is quite a compliment! :D Enjoy!
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AthinaP123 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Don't mention it ;) 
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:iconmidnight-blue766:
A beautiful piece! I love the colours, and of course, Luna, but the position of her legs are a little messed up...
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FoxDragonLover Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EXCELLENT!!! Your choice of color and blending is superb; everything is perfectly done and beautifully executed! Also, Luna's wings are MAGNIFICENT! They're full, thick and shaped as opposed to being thin and scraggly >XP the water is VERY beautiful and everything just looks so smooth and aesthetically pleasing. EXEMPLARY!!!! :D :D :D
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I studied lots of bird pictures to get the wings right :)
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FoxDragonLover Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well it paid off! :happybounce: 
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DarylChin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BvWPz…

Being the honor guard of the Night, it's your duty to safeguard the life of the princess. But crappit, she disappears from your sight once again. You set to find her.

"Princess Luna?" You called out. As you push through, the forest suddenly opens up to a clearing and you find yourself at the edge of a lagoon. And there she was.

She was... walking on the water's surface. She looks around to make sure no one is looking. You have no idea why but you decide to duck and hide... and spy on her. She twists and twirls, feet barely touching the water surface. You froze at the sight, the Moon Princess dances under the moonlight on the mirror sheen water. She flew up a bit and dives in. 2 seconds later she burst out of the water, laughing. Her wet mane droops down, water falling like crystal from her wings. It was beautiful.

She was beautiful.

The lapse of attention caused you to lose balance and tripped on a stick. Following the sound, she looks behind.

She saw you.
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coupled with the music, that was absolutely magical. Bravo, my friend. Bravo!

Fun fact: this picture was partially inspired by the myth "The Hounds of Actaeon." Hopefully your story will have a happier ending =P
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DarylChin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Of course it's a happy ending.

You spent the last days of the vacation swaying your focus between your duties and that memorable night. But what are the chances? She's a princess. And you're... you. You should consider yourself fortunate that she didn't demote you. And quite lucky to speak to a princess as equal... To joke with her... to hear her laugh... to lend a shoulder... even to...

You keep telling yourself that... That night was just one of the unofficial duties you perform for her. To rule a kingdom is a tiresome work. The last of the luggage was packed into the chariot. "It's time to go, princess." You can't bring up your eyes to meet hers. She brings it up herself. She smiles at you. No, it's not the courteous smile when in the ballroom. No, it's not the friendly smile when she was with the now Princess of Friendship.

It was the smile of that night. She puts a feather on her lips with a "Shh" and winks at you.

What are the chances? You smile at the odds.
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DeathAlchemist94 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you come up with all that on the spot? 'Cause that combined with the music was a phenomenal experience. If I was wearing a hat it would come off for you my good man.  It would be interesting to see all that in a full story. You must teach me your ways. 
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DarylChin Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2015
Aww shucks. Thanks for the compliment.:icontongueblush:

But yes, it's one of the uncommon times that I came up with that on the spot. Emotion and imagination played a big part in the making, mostly because I was impressed by the picture and tried to describe the scene as best as I can. There's no set way to do it.

Read as many stories whether from professional writers or hobbyists, learn their unique writing style to improve your own. It's a neverending journey and these skills don't come overnight. Also, lots of practice by writing your own stories.
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grimnir11 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thank you very much!
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful 
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SilverLi0n1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is is amazing!
spetacular!
%percent cooler!
I like it better than cake!
yee ha!
yay!
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RainbowTwilight29 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Great job, you must have worked hard.
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WarriorCourtney Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love this pic so much! :D ur such a great artist, will u check out a contest I'm having? Just go check out my last journal and tell me if u would like to enter. It would really help me a lot..it's a cover for a song that I'm making for Luna and I would just need u to color over my sketch :) I hope u will help me out!
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I can't make any promises, but I will definitely check it out :)
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WarriorCourtney Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright thank u so much :D just please tell me if u can enter and don't worry about the cut date if u enter U can post at any time :3
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Fairygirl144 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Wow!So incredible,I love it!Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Glad you like it!
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Fairygirl144 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
princess Luna No problem!
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wingedwolf94 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aw man! those wings are so pretty! i know i would have troubble drawng them at that angle.
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! They were a little tough to get right, I remember using at least three separate references =P
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Mara86 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Awesome <3
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^_^
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Sonic-fan17 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow beautiful!
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Love your icon :D
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Sonic-fan17 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Welcome I like yours too
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LunaFanNumber1 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Again‚ This is beautiful! Where do i start? The mane looks flowy and Beautiful. :love:
The wings are fantastic and fit the mod here‚ the background is also very lovely! :aww: the Water is wonderfull drawn here and overall This is an masterpiece. :nod:
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm happy Luna's #1 fan approves :D
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hannahcw Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
This is an Amazing picture! I love it! I like how you did the colors, im bad when it comes to choosing colors!
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I still have a lot to learn ^_^
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hannahcw Featured By Owner Edited Aug 30, 2014
Ha ha, no problem. I bet i have mroe to learn though, its either that or the program im using to make my pics. They arent the best.
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MJNSEIFER Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Very beautifully drawn - both the background and the pony. In fact the setting is so beautiful, it's haunting.

So... does nightswimming deserve a quiet night, or not? (sorry...)
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! (and yes, Nightswimming does deserve a quiet night. It makes me ridiculously happy that so many people get the reference :D)
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crystalSketch342 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
this is why luna is best pony, shes extremely beautiful and mysterious
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, just like the moon itself ^_^
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Pylolly Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
All glittery!
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Silver-Aeska Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Stunning!
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MlpFtw-MlpOcsandMore Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so...

Majestic 0.0

I really like how u did her eyes. And the wings. Normally I don't like fan art that isn't done in the style of the show, but u make it work 
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straygamer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
stuning
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GodOfSteak Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she's naked!
o///////o
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LunarSnowflake4 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
This picture is AMAZING. Both Luna and the scenery look perfect!
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ajflipflop Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah, this looks so cool

I love how you did the wings, they look so real, like you actually studied birds before you drew this

I also love all of the pretty textures, and how you can see the water dripping off of the wings

my only complaint is the moon. it looks so boring and plain up there with no textures

good job nevertheless, this drawing is amazing. what program did you use?
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Exlaa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i literally starting grinning crazily an squealed 'Anatomically correct WINGS!!!' 
and then i rethought my life choices.

SQUUUUEEE!! IT'S BEAUTIFUL!! OMJJJJ!!!
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Vilcronos Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! impressive is so beautiful muy Good :D
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