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Nightmare Night Before Christmas by Tridgeon Nightmare Night Before Christmas by Tridgeon
twilight tries to console Luna who just wants to celebrate Hearth's warming eve in her own way

oil on canvas, about five hours work

commission for :icondjpon33:
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:icondungeonbrony:
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You may not be familiar with this story, but I am strongly reminded of a scene from Steven Erickson's Malazon Book of the Fallen.

The wizard Quick Ben Travels to the bottom of the Abyss (an alternate plane/dimension) to meet Hairlock, a wizard who died an transferred his soul to a puppet. His time spent in that place shattered his sanity, from memory.

I guess if was the concept of depth that triggered the memory. I see the orange blobs in the foreground as fish swimming through a see, and the spiral in the centre reminded me of one of my sketches: fav.me/d80l9qo.

In any case, the painting has interesting elements that made it a powerful experience for me.
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Worm0992 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This is beautiful. My sister would love this. She loves The Nightmare Before Christmas. I think Twilight looks cute in her Star Swirl the Bearded costume and Luna is just all round beautiful in this.
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:icondarkruler64:
darkruler64 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight is a little unclear, but I'm sure you did the best you could. Very good work. Quality MLP art with traditional media isn't something I see every day.
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:iconruby290930:
ruby290930 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   General Artist
beautiful 
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:iconthegrimfisher:
TheGrimFisher Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist
can just hear her singing "Oh there's an empty place inside of my soul that calls out for some praise and love, the fear and screams come year after year does nothing for these empty tears."
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:icontarzok:
Tarzok Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
:clap::clap::clap:
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:iconthefanmixed:
TheFanmixed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
would it not me Nightmare Night before Heartswarming Eve?
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:iconcitron--vert:
Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here [link]
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FireHawk421 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. That's all I have to say. Just wow.
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:iconbarney-nedward:
barney-nedward Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Luna really the best pony to use as Jack Skellington and I've seen at least four other casting choices.

I've seen Twilight, who'd work if Luna weren't just so well suited for the role
I've seen Pinkie
I've seen Rarity (that one had Spike as Sally, Twilight's had him as Jack's dog.)
I've even seen Rainbow Dash

Luna however works best as The Pumpkin King of Halloween Town or we could say, the Lunar Queen of Nightmare Night.
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imsamkissme Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
so creative! I love it!
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:icondingopatagonico:
DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: i love how it looks, you can feel very proud of it!
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:iconragereaper:
RageReaper Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Cease to Amaze.
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:iconmoon-manunit-42:
Moon-manUnit-42 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
AHHHH Beautiful! Love the colours!
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:iconmaekern:
maekern Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!

All glory to people who can pull off show-accurate art, but I also REALLY enjoy things like this, that interpret ponies in different styles. Lovely!
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:iconinuleon06:
Inuleon06 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing!
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:iconbobtehnoob-1337:
bobtehnoob-1337 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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:iconbakawarai:
BakaWarai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Genial of effect of night sky :iconbwavoplz:
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:iconcorvusalas:
CorvusAlas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I LOVE the texture
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:icontexalm1:
Texalm1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
That's pretty impressive. While I rather prefer less chunks of paint and a more gradient look, this is really interesting. Keep up the good work!
Also. If you feel like it, try a oil-on-acrylic painting. By that, I mean make a background in acrylic paint and then add the foreground/characters/objects with oil paint. It's really fun to do.
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E-man300 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
epic
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:iconpouncedashfly:
pouncedashfly Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
woow!! :D
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:icontomw20:
tomw20 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
While your medium doesn't lend itself to detail, this is still quite good. Luna looks spectacular near the spiral.
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:icontexalm1:
Texalm1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Dude. You haven't seen a tenth of what this medium can offer. The details on a painting all depends on the artist and their style. Trust me. There's a LOT more what oil painting can do. ;)
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aintnobuffalo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw yiss! This is beyond awesome! Excellent concept and execution.
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:iconjohnpaulgeorgeringo6:
Awesome!! Fantastic work!
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Wow. Good job there. :3
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:iconwwizzard:
wwizzard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
omagawd,, so awesome!!!( instafave!!!)
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:iconmyst-enjiru:
Myst-Enjiru Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Seriously Trid, why are you so talented. Amazing work.
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AurumKHK Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Ha! This is perfect!
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:iconseptilsix:
SeptilSix Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! This makes me want to try oil paints again...
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DarthAvarous Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Fantastic!
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:iconkyrridas:
Kyrridas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
this is awesome! i REALLY love seeing actual paintings nowadays!
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:iconmillenniumfalsehood:
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I think you mean "Nightmare Night Before Hearth's Warming Eve" ;)

Great work! :D
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:iconxaq10r:
xaq10r Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
The story behind the picture, I'd read.
The image itself, I'd frame and put on a wall.

*+fav*
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savannagrey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontwilightclapplz: I love this! It's a brilliant idea for a crossover!
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:iconcolgate2:
Colgate2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Ermahgerd, pernies! Nice job Trid
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tamingofthesandshrew Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
best crossover EVER<3
:3
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:iconcharginchuck:
CharginChuck Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Beautiful! Nice work!
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice crossover.
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EternalvasHope Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I have no words.
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:iconbutch-likes-pie:
Butch-likes-pie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that an oil painting?
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:iconwaterspirit12:
waterspirit12 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
this is quite fantastic
the owner of this is quite lucky
its a swirl of pure awesome
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:iconnecromagenvion:
Necromagenvion Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Whenever this kind of art style is used, I can't help thinking about Vincent Van Gogh.
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:iconattemborough:
Attemborough Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is really good! GJ!
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:iconchalkzoned:
ChalkZoned Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Ermehgerd.
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:icontundara:
Tundara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Luna as Skeleton Jack? In an oil painting? It's so beautiful! This is incredible.
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:iconmac3030:
Mac3030 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Hehe, nostalgic
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:iconalmightybooda:
almightybooda Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
this... it's just too amazing to put into words
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Riverspirit86 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So amazing! I love all of your artworks! But I'm very biased towards this one, because Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite movie :XD:

Anyways~

Awesome job! Love your work as always! :)
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