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(Destiny) I Will Meet You In The Sun by Mattatatta (Destiny) I Will Meet You In The Sun by Mattatatta
This is a spoiler, but since you're reading this, you've probably already seen too much, oh well.

I'm still working on artwork for Destiny: A Tale of Unicorn Wings. What for? For the physical copy of the album of course!
The physical copy shall have a nice little CD booklet included, and that booklet needs filling with background artwork and illustrations to go along with the story the music tells.

Not a whole lot to say here about the drawing that is dives even further into spoilerville, so I'll just say that I proud of how my wing-style is getting better - maybe one day I'll even reach a level of proper anatomy with them, too. The shading was fun to do but a challenge, and the planet was a complicated element that took me way too long and a total scrapping of an earlier design. I'm not a good map-drawer/cartographer, but I tried to make a somewhat decent landmass to look at. I'll be sure to study landscapes and clouds much more in future - especially in Survivor Shy when I get back to it.

Anyhoo, it was LasFas's birthday yesterday, so give him a late birthday gift and purchase Destiny on bandcamp, and if you're lucky, he might still have some physical copies to sell there, too!


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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
So what is Destiny about?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twilight trying to adapt to her role as a princess. In this album's story, Twilight returns to Canterlot almost as soon as she becomes an Alicorn, and is given heaps of royal duties - including ruling much of Equestria. The shock is, naturally, very overwhelming. As the album progresses, it tells of Twilight's struggle to adapt to her new lifestyle whilst trying to keep her friends close. Things fall apart, and Celestia steps in to solve the problem for the good of Equestria, but at what cost?

Well, without spoiling anything, things get much, much harder for Twi, until it all amounts to a very dramatic climax and touching resolution.
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Equestria did fine with just 1 princess, so there is no dire situation to have 3 rulling at once. If Celestia can see how much Twilight is struggling, surely she would free her from this duty rather than let her fly to the sun (mane 6 saved Equestria so many times, surely Twilight don't deserve to be overhelmed by paper work after such deeds).
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not quite as simple a leap in events as you are implying. Celestia wanted Twilight to replace her, and she intends to stay more or less in retirement because she believes Twilight can and will succeed as Equestria's newest princess and leader. Twilight is all too eager to prove her worth and not let her idol and mentor down - but she also wants to keep her old life in Ponyville. What happens is that Twilight completely overextends herself trying to run most of Equestria AND maintain a strong bond with her friends. She screws up again and again, until Celestia realises that Twilight isn't going to settle into her new duties without having the time to rest and focus. The ponies of Equestria are anxious and angry by what has been happening by now, and are wondering who really is control of the nation. Since returning to power would cripple Twilight's credibility among the ponies, Celestia chooses to literally 'ground' Twilight and prevent her from seeing her friends.

For a while it works, but at the expense of Twilight's happiness. Though she fully applies herself to her royal duties, Twilight only does them to make Celestia proud and finally prove her worth - all while she grows more and more alone and tired of the lifestyle. Much time passes, and in a fit of desperation, Twilight sneaks out to Ponyville in the middle of the night. Luna spots her leaving, and she feels a dark foreboding sensation about what is about to transpire. She alerts the rest of the mane six and gives them their Elements of Harmony, hoping that whatever happens the entire group can solve it.

Twilight's growing misery, bitterness, and sadness is a key element of the story. If you would refer to the album, you'd learn just how much Twilight's pain had changed her, and what happened in the rest of the album to cause the sun to be pulled off its path and directed on a crash-course with the planet.
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Ganondox Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Celestia is always "evil" in Heylasfas's stories, isn't she? 
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Evil" isn't the precise word I would use personally, and I think LasFas doesn't intend to portray her as such in Destiny. In my opinion, I feel one of the points being made in Destiny specifically is that Celestia is not faultless, and so she could not expect Twilight to be faultless herself. In fact, in regards to Twilight, it is impossible for her to be faultless because her entire life is built upon learning from mistakes - a very natural and human-like way of growing - and she is not yet fully grown anyway. It is quite possible that Celestia became ignorant to the reality of the situation because she felt she was not making any poor decisions. She's been a chessmaster throughout the show, so why would that change now? Quite easily in fact, because Celestia is not faultless and she will make a mistake someday. But because of who she is, and how secure she is in her righteousness, when she made a mistake she refused to believe it. In spite of her initial plan not working, she insisted that Twilight continued to work hard and become the next ruler with or without her friends. In a word, Celestia was arrogant, and it almost led to the total destruction of the planet.

But is Celestia evil? No. She was antagonistic as far as things go, but she didn't do the things she did for horrible reasons. She had a vision that would benefit everypony - like she always does. Only this time the reality did not line up with what she wanted, and out of disbelief and a bit of egotism Celestia tried to force the proverbial square into the circular hole. It is terribly ironic that the 'faultless' princess did not acknowledge the flawed logic being applied, but when nopony was really challenging her - not even Twilight's friends - how could she realise she was genuinely wrong?

A lot of ponies are at fault in Destiny, it wasn't just Celestia and Twilight making bad decisions. If somepony actually stood up and called out either Celestia or Twilight for their misjudgements in particular, then there may have been a chance that the madness would've stopped there.

At least in the end, everypony learnt something and realised their own mistakes. It is a shame that everything went from bad to worse before it got better, though.
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Ganondox Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hence why I put evil in quotes. 
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I tend to go off on tangents at the drop of a hat.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Yeah I can imagine how hard it must be for Twilight.

But I am sure she is better at ruling than the last Tsar of Russia
Nicholas II"The Incompetent".
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twilight the Overwhelmed hehe
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