ohh! this gives me an idea for a little story! if you dont mind reading it :3 --------- Celestia looked over the fields, no sign of live was there anymore. It was like she was back on her childhood, the creating of the world. but this time it was not created but destruction. Luna was gone, dad and mom , everyone was gone . And all because she did not see the proplem on time, if she only would been there for luna. If only she was on time . She layed down her axe and helmet with her magic. she looked over the burned landscape once again , admitting her failure she let down her head and began crying. Was there one way she could save equestria on her own, without her dear sister , how on earth could she appoligise to her sister if she was miles away , stuck on the moon . And that all because she was selfish and did not see the shadow she casted upon luna. " Could you ever forgive me?" she wispered quietly . ------ sorry if there are any spellingmistakes , english is not my main language
And sure, I have some suggestions. My highest recommendation goes to Photoshop since that's what I use 95% of the time. The newer versions are pricey BUT they're giving out the old CS2 version for free here (www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlem…. Or I think they still are. Photoshop, though, for all it's power and glory, doesn't have stabilizers on your brush strokes, so you'll have to adjust to working with out it and/or grab something like FireAlpaca from below.
Second would go to Manga Studio or Paint Tool SAI. I've only dabbled in the trial versions of those, but they're both pretty solid programs. Again, not cheap if gotten legally, but far cheaper than PS.
Third would go to Fire Alpaca (firealpaca.com/en). I actually do use this one from time to time. It's very lightweight, so don't expect the same amount of tools as the others, but... It's completely FREE. Great for practicing and getting a feel for digital painting without dropping any cash or getting a cracked version.
If, however you feel like trying something closer to MLP show style, try Inkscape (www.inkscape.org/en/) It's a nice, FREE vectoring program in the same vein as the bigger Adobe Illustrator.
I hope that helps. There's others out there, but those are the ones I have some experience with.
And this is yet another reason for I wouldn't want to be an immortal or go at war. I just don't want to know what she's thinking right now, most likely on all of the souls that she taken and even many others that were lost and she feels guilty for them. But still, very good job.
Oh, yes. I have no doubt that, in Celestia's darkest moments, especially in the thousand years when Luna wasn't there to chase them away, her dreams are nothing but a long series of faces of friends and lovers long gone all screaming: "Murderer!" "Betrayer!" "Liar!" "Tyrant!" and other accusations at her.
Sometimes, I really wonder how sane Celestia might be after all this time and all those dark experiences. You really capture her exhaustion, self-loathing and horror at what she's had to do, the crimes she's committed, without choice, in the name of sanity and of peace.
"I've been running all of my lives... From one end of this world to the other for every second of every minute of every day for thousands of years. I've fought for harmony in a world defined by strife. Now the time has come for me to finally confront the cost of all the choices I've made in the name of Celestia. The fate of all of Equestria now rests on the outcome of one, single, impossible day... The day I've been running from all of my life... The Day of the Alicorn."
There isn't really any context. I mean, if you wanted to, you could assume it's the tragic conclusion to this or just some other battle in history. Maybe it was a victory overall but she's mourning the losses or even a pony that was special to her. I have no story for it so that others can imagine what they want to.
That must be hard. To live for thousands of years and see all the friends you've made fade into the sands of time. All the wars that must have took place on the edges of the equestrian border. Even banishing her beloved sister to the moon, locking her away with magical bonds.
I just don't know how she copes with all this. : P