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Royal Bathing Chambers by TwilightFlopple Royal Bathing Chambers by TwilightFlopple
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
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
There's probably a story in this where Foxxie Hooves gets transformed into a fly and she literally is on the wall while Celestia is bathing.  This piece happens near the end where Celestia turns and smiles to Foxxie Fly, indicating that she knew she was there all along.
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TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, I've turned into many things, but being turned into a fly to stare at a horse princess is indeed a new one to me
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Yet you wouldn't turn down the opportunity, would you?
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Azdaracylius Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Traditional art for the win.
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:icontwilightflopple:
TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^__^
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
DEM PRETTY COLORS.
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Vasillium Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:
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Ask-TDROTI-Manitina Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i think lunas mane is more mysterious than celestias.. think about it... HER MANE IS TRANSPARENT!! AND FULL OF STARS!!
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Healer-and-protecter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If I don't walk away, I may end up liking Princess Celestia. -walks away-
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
You do a great job, but I must ask, what is with the ones with socks?
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ThePhobiaPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty! :D
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Great pic!
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Director-Julius Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love ponies bathing!
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:icontwilightflopple:
TwilightFlopple Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then I'm the artist for you!
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kingfox66 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
i like your pics
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
"How Celestia's mane works" is one of Equestria's most closely-guarded secrets.

:iconprincesscelestiaplz::iconsaysplz:Since you have seen this, my little pony, I am afraid I must erase your memory. Don't worry, the spell is quite painless.
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Joey-Darkmeat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Not that it hasn't been apparent for quite a long while, but you've certainly become a master of what you do :O being a simple-minded pencil-primate, it amazes me to think of how much work it takes to blend several elements like watercolor, markers, and pencils together in a picture but you've created a solid and trademark style with those skills. and a good challenge sometimes is a great way to make mark of how far you can go, and willing to bet you should feel pretty accomplished with this :3
Wholly beautiful and eye-catching piece, in every inch, and a great depiction of a lovely Princess ^^
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DarkKnightWolf2011 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
So regal & elegant...
love it :)
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cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Wonderful work.

I'm more fond of Luna, but I always liked Celestia. Must be her beauty, her motherly attitude, her kindness and/or personnality. Canon Celestia is best Celestia.
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RohanSpartin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luna is my favorite princess, but there is just something about Celestia, and Cadence too, that I just love.
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JunglePony Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's special t
o me too ^^
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JunglePony Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops I pressed the return key instead of submit comment
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cherrycharmer Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! i love celestia! :happybounce:
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AnaShadowWolf Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Really great work with the sunlight and shading!!!!
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Chocoecaramell Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg so beautiful *O*
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NinjaEngie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
This looks amazing, love the way you made the mane flow perfectly
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Celestia looks magnificent with wet mane!!!
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
it's physical hair irradiated by the wear'ers overwhelming power which can change it's shape and matter isn't it?.....
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Okay, the medium you created with this is very well done and a rare treat amongst the other art I find.
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ragnu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Dat mane...
Seriously, though, I feel bad for the pony she stone-ified just for the sake of her baths.
D<
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hrostami Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
O_o oh my, Princess....
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Beautiful.
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Keithsterling Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very very nice pic a lot of work done on it
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Anthri Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I also draw her like my life depends on it lol.
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schorpioen007 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Very amazing ^^
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timfortune9 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Oh she knows you're standing there. She's giving that look that simultaneously says "Come join me" and "Another step, it's the moon for you..." 
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CmdrNIX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful...
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dwreanpony Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013

I remember a comic where the joke was that all the statues in celestia's garden, like discord, were ponies or such she turned to stone.

just a random thought there. not related at all.

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SkulY2K Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my...

...Hello, Princess. I didn't interrupt you, did I?
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Jrakob Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Celestia is indeed beautiful You did a great job. keep up the good work.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the first time I've seen the Princess taking a dip.
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Nay-Slayer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Luna next?
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MCD0NALDS Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it was a solid for a little while, considering her debut in some photos  Like this one
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jail-cat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was gonna say something creepy about a long, slender neck. Then I forgot what I was gonna say. :[
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ZeroZi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
excellent
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darkwee009 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I can image one of her guards accidently walking in and seeing this, completely with a O_o face.
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