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.