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Not a Monster by karidyas Not a Monster by karidyas
After reading ~PenStrokePony's excellent Past Sins, specifically chapter 17, I was inspired to draw this.
This took an incredibly long time (for me anyway), but I definitely think it was worth it. I'm especially happy with the lighting and effects.
This is my first piece of fan-art for anything ever, so hopefully I can keep up the momentum.

[Edit] Changed the title as the original was awkward, and was placeholder anyway TBH. Thanks for the idea, PenStroke!

[Edit2] Added link to the story. Enjoy!
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EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
That is awesome. I love the details, like the energy traveling down the channel of her horn and focusing at the tip. And the energy looking like tears at one point. And the general badassery of the scene.
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karidyas Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad people are still finding and enjoying this picture.
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:iconmoonflake123:
moonflake123 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Her ears r missing
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you detective. My original thinking was that the ears would be under the helmet. My fault for not using enough reference, but this picture is like 2-3 years old now so its a bit late for edits haha
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:iconecliptorcalrissian:
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
How about, the helmet lacking ear-holes only increases how cranky she is, thus making her beatdown of the enemy even more brutal! It's a combat tactic!
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds plausible enough to me
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:icondino-mario:
Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!! I LOVE that fanfic.My fave part is when Nyx battles the monsters
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:iconbenrg:
BenRG Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
"YOU! SHALL! NOT! PASS!!!"
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty much haha
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EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Writer
Wow, I love these sort of "Luna's internal struggle" pieces, and while I know Nyx and Luna are two different beings, it's still quite similar, isn't it?

Oh, and this is freaking awesome :iconmlpnyxplz:!
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I tried to make it ambiguous so people not so into Past Sins could enjoy it too : )
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:iconpisceschick:
PiscesChick Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate to point it out..

but where's her ears?
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um... Under the helmet?
That's what happens when you don't reference properly :D
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:iconpisceschick:
PiscesChick Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooohh okay. Thanks!
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1vonreich123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing pic for an amazing fic
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.
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:icon1vonreich123:
1vonreich123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No provlem
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blueisasome Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I would first of all like to say thank you. It's because of this wonderful piece or art that I was able to find "Past Sins" and it has quickly become one of my favorite stories. I had closed this tab and when I read chapter 17 I spent a long time trying to find this. It's beautiful and it captures the moment perfectly. My only criticism would be that she wouldn't have her armor on at this point, she took it off a while ago. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure about it. Love it though. :love:
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karidyas Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey no problem, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The armour was more an aesthetic choice than anything else.
If you were looking for more fics I could recommend some personal favourites. I tend to like sci-fi though so bearing that in mind:

Our First Steps: Ponies ala Apollo 13
A New Breed: Ponies ala The Avengers
The Combinatorix Project: Seemingly unrelated shipping stories tied together in the end
Tales of the Winter Magic Academy: Just starting, heard good things.
And of course Fallout: Equestria goes without saying.
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Rain-Twister Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whats "Past Sins" about?
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some guy tries to bring back Nightmare Moon but the ritual is interrupted. Twilight scopes out the site the next day and finds a filly who looks suspiciously similar, but acts like a normal kid. She takes her home, then the story proper begins. (Super short summary)
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Rain-Twister Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where can I find this story?
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Right here. Enjoy.
As a side note this made me realise I don't have a link to the story in the description, thanks for that. Fixed now.
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Rain-Twister Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. READ ALL THE PAGES! :iconallthethingsplz:
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:iconhitswinton:
Hitswinton Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
wow that is good :D
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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:iconhitswinton:
Hitswinton Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Your welcome :D
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SammyW28 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Now THAT'S exorcising your demons!
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moonlight1234 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
NYX ANTI-EVIL PROGRAM ACTIVATED

FILES: SPELL NEXUS, ROYAL GUARDS, TWILIGHT, CULT OF NIGHTMARE

COMMAND: PURGE CORRUPTED FILES

CORRUPT DATA: NIGHTMARE MOON

PROGRESS: 100%

OBJECTIVE COMPLETED
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BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome work
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^^
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misteroverlord Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
[as the Giant flies toward the missle]

Hogarth Hughes: [in the Giant's mind] You are who you choose to be.

The Iron Giant: Superman.

Can't think of a more appropriate quote
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:icon99-cells:
99-cells Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
She doesn't view herself as monster, but a god.
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Word of creator said that she is in all sense a deity, along with Princess Celestia. How would Celestia be able to move the Sun and the Moon otherwise?
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:icon99-cells:
99-cells Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
point proven.
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:iconanzul:
anzul Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student General Artist
great lights :)
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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cutemute34 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is among my favorite scenes, and you did a great job with it. :)
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I had fun drawing it as well.
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cutemute34 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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KillKatt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
No... is just angry
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:iconcrystal-eclair:
Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just did a piece of fan art for this fic just before this actually, i called it "I am not a Monster"
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, so you did. Did you also change the title? Only it says "I won't be a monster". Probably just a typo.
I like the whole flank armour thing, original idea.
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Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i saw this after i uploaded mine
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:iconcrystal-eclair:
Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can't even name my own drawings....

Sorry its called "I won't be a Monster"
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shoop400 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I should probably tell you her armor was not on at the time but, never mind it looks great anyways.
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:iconkaridyas:
karidyas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I did have it off but I'm glad I included it in the end. I had a lot of fun working out the lighting, and the angles of the shoes. Plus it adds some much-needed colour.
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shoop400 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Ah, that figures.
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