How does Princess Celestia's mane work? Is it it a cloud, or sometimes solid? I guess nobody's really sure, which may account for the distressing rareness of wet mane pictures for my favorite princess. If it is real, that's a lot of hair to keep care of... not that I'd mind helping her out.. anyway, that was the starting point for this picture.
Celestia is special to me and in many ways I fell for her because of drawing her; that long neck and lithe form are very beautiful to me. As a result I'm always very careful when drawing her to make sure she's just so. This one has lots of technical challenges in it... falling water, a beam of sunlight, and her own wet hair, and coloring took probably seven hours. Much of the architecture around and behind her is improvised. As is usual with my art, the trick is to get the rough outlines in there then keep filling it in with detail until it feels like a real place. It was very satisfying to be a "fly on the wall" in this room for a few hours, and I hope my Princess enjoys this tribute from her subject.
I'm usually very careful about making such pronouncements but I think it'll be a long time before I top this picture.
Watercolor, Acrylic, Marker, Ink and Colored Pencil - September 2013