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Cygnus by DarlingV Cygnus by DarlingV
This pony was my half of a personal swap with the immensely-talented Popgirl. If I had any html skills at all, I would link you to her gallery! Pop kindly provided the victim to be painted and requested a nebula pony (I didn't intend for that to become 'a thing' I do, but I won't argue). From there I was given full artistic freedom.

Naturally, I tried to make this as hard for myself as humanly possible. That's just how I work.

Cygnus is truly a labor of love. I try to make every pony better than the last and, in this case, that involved restarting a couple of times, a bit of frustration, and nearly the entire second season of the original Star Trek. While I'm never really pleased with what I make--such is life--I do think she shows some improvement on my part. Her new owner likes her and Cygnus was well-received at the Arena, so all is well.

The main nebula was based on part of a picture of a formation in the Cygnus--Swan--constellation. I chose it for Pop because of its oranges and pinks (most nebulae show up red and blue in Hubble photos due to, I would think, red shift; I'm not an astronomer or cosmologist, however, so don't quote me on that). The other nebula is called the Flaming Star. It's not quite so dramatic and colorful, but I liked the geometry of it when I saw its picture.

Cygnus was painted in acrylics and a touch of glow-in-the-dark paint and sealed with Mod Podge. It's difficult to tell but her eyes are dark blues and reds with a touch of orange. She was rehaired in a completely insane number of colors from Dollyhair. To the best of my knowledge, I used Blizzard, Starlight, Black Magick, After Midnight, Bubblegum, Sunlight, Sour Grapes, and... orange of some kind. The swirly outlines were painted primarily with a needle and a small brush. The "secret" to the starry bits is layers. Layers upon layers. Thin layers, thick layers, layers in all colors. The paint work isn't perfectly smooth thanks to all of the layers, but I like a little texture.

This pony was a challenge, but a rewarding one. I hope my babble didn't scare you off and thank you so much for looking!
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Charly-chan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, she is gorgeous!! O3O

Am I still on you commission list? QnQ
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jojo8jojo2 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
wow in instonished
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Tosh-ish Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa....<3
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Epona80 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
omg!!!! this pony is just....well....EPIC
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! She's the latest space pony I've done, so I really hope that the experience and practice makes her better than the others!
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Epona80 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think you should put me on you waiting list..... I want one just like this xxxx
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so awful with lists! Some day, though, I'll catch up with commissions. I'd like to make everyone who wants one a pony eventually. :)
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wylf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've already said it elsewhere but this pony is absolutely astounding!!!! Lucky Pop!! Very nice job, loverly! :hug:
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: (I just NOW figured out that comments can go on for more than one page. I'm so very clever!)
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SaharaPorter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
that is incredible. oAo<!
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm very glad that the effort paid off. :)
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pop-girl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
She is absolutely amazing, stunning, gorgeous and just plain perfect!
I love her more than I am capable of expressing and am so touched and grateful that you went through so much drama to make her for me.

I have so much more I could say about your talent and how wonderful you are as a person but I don't want to completely embarrass you. Just know how much I've enjoyed getting to know you better over the past several months.
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: It wasn't much more drama than usual, I promise! Most of the time, though, the problems come from me leaving supplies or WIPs out on the table and having the cats take off with them... or cats walking through paint trays or trying to get tangled up in dollyhair.

Thank you for... everything, basically. The custom trades, the encouragement, the rehairing tool (I don't know how I lived without it!), and--and this is the most important--for being the kindest custom board overlord ever.
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Hindsightis2020 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
You never cease to amaze!
This is one stunning custom!
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Hindsight! (Someday I would like to make another pony for you. I look at the first one and just cringe!)
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Hindsightis2020 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I love my 1st Hindsight custom, she is still one of my faves.
*HUGS*
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was your first one? I had absolutely no idea!

:hug:
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Hindsightis2020 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Yup!
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savvyfarrier Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I wish she were mine.....;)
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're going to have a nebula pony someday. I would really love to do a trade with you in the future, if you'd be willing to do something like that!
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Darkangel8835 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I LOVE IT!!!!!! If it was for sale i would buy it!!!
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like her so much. :blush:
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ImmortalPanda Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's so incredibly beautiful <3
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm truly grateful to hear that from a pony artist of your caliber! :hug:
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ImmortalPanda Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awhhhh you make me blush! *flail* stoppiiiiit!

we need to do a trade sometime. yesss.
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! I'll shoot you a message when I'm in a more trade-friendly place. :)
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ImmortalPanda Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! It'll be a bit for me too, I'm swamped D:
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your Nebula ponies, they're stunning and Cygnus is no exception :love:
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much! :heart:
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :D
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padawanclaramel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Woah, absolutely stunning!!! LMK if you're ever free again to do a swap!
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and I certainly will! Time and money make swaps difficult now, but I would absolutely love to do one in the future.
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CrimsonArk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful work!
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for saying so! The universe is a beautiful place. :heart:
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CrimsonArk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :) And it truly is. It's so hard to capture that beauty, let alone with a camera, so I congratulate you for capturing it elsewhere!
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DarlingV Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how flattered I am to hear that! Painting always feels like a poor imitation of the real thing.
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CrimsonArk Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to help! :) I wouldn't have said it if I didn't see it as true.
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