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Nightmare Moon - Custom G4 My Little Pony (C) by shearx Nightmare Moon - Custom G4 My Little Pony (C) by shearx
If this weren't a commission, I would have thrown this against a wall so many times it would no longer be distinguishable as anything remotely resembling a pony. The mane and tail, not to mention the wings, caused me SOO much frustration.. I'm just finally glad she's done!

This time around its Nightmare Moon. I started with a brushable Celestia base, and proceeded with my usual routine.. remove hair, mold the mane/tail, bake.. but I knew I had to do something different here, as just painting on the necklace and hood would not be enough! I got out my Green Stuff, and started shaping it.. I started with the hood, globbing on some of the sticky green stuff, then moved on to the necklace..after I had a satisfactory sculpt, I let it cure, then sanded it smooth.

Next came her wings. Leaving the feathered wings of Celestia just wouldn't do, and simply doesn't portray Nightmare Moon the way she was intended. I stuck on some more green stuff smoothing out the feathers and filling in the gaps between them.. to get the contours of her wings right, I had to cut some of them off, but that doesn't matter.

After letting the wings cure, I started with another layer of green stuff, to add the inner feathers to her wings. This was insanely frustrating, as fresh maleable green stuff doesn't not stick to cured green stuff very well.. but in the end, and several hours later, I got it done. Let cure, sand, finished.

Next came the "easy part", or so I had thought. Normally, I don't have much issues with getting the mane and tail done, and done quickly. But much to my chagrin, the sculpting job didn't go so well, though I didn't realize it until I had paint applied (I had even completely painted and finished the body), and even the clear coat! The sculpts were lumpy and ugly, unbefitting my standard.

Reluctantly I tried to fix it, by adding some sculpey to the low points in the sculpt to even out the surface.. after baking and sanding, I painted it again, and STILL it looked bad. You could clearly see where I had added the sculpey.

At this point I was getting annoyed. I decided to take essentially start over, but instead of molding and sculpting a whole new set, I completely covered the surface of both the mane and the tail with green stuff.. this was a tedious process, made all the more so by the green stuff being incredibly sticky.

After letting both pieces cure for a few days (necessary for the amount I used) I started sanding.. which was actually pretty easy, considering the trouble I went through before. Painting these green stuff clad parts was straightforward and routine, and the final result is what you see above.

Hope you like!


Commissioned by: :icondarkwolf6090:
Character: Nightmare Moon


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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work, I love the way you did the mane and made it metallic. 
TheBadPill Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. Favorite pony.
Zalafina Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
This is BEYOND EPIC! Finally a custom piece that does NIGHTMARE MOON justice!
Too cool!!!
BeeTrue Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
It turned out great though. :D I Absolutely love her mane :D
schneelocke Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Oh, I sure like her, a lot! Great work - it's obvious a ton of effort went into her. :)
FateDarkstar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutly fantastic! I love the mane and the tail, the sculpting is amazing!
shearx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! very encouraging :)
FateDarkstar Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your very welcome, I was wondering how did you learn to sculpt?
shearx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
mostly just practice and trial and error :P
FateDarkstar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol! That makes sense lol so how did you start? I mean how did you get into scuplting?
shearx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh well.. basically I was browsing DA, I saw someone with some cool pony scupts, and decided to give it a try myself. I gathered as much info as I could as far as materials required (which isn't a lot; much of it is self explanatory) and got to work.. my first few tries didn't turn out so well, but after said trial and error things got better with each new project :P

I never took any art classes in school or anything if you were also wondering about that.
FateDarkstar Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! That really awesome, so pratcice makes perfect huh? And the fact you never took classes amazes me as well, you have a true wonderful talant ^.^
ToThe-Moon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student
Even though she caused you some trouble she looks fantastic.
cocomocoa Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The mane and tail look great!!
tobi9517 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Darkwolf6090 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely love her. I'm just sorry my innocent little commission caused you so much trouble. I guess that's what happens when you try and play nice with a villain.
Cosmic-Wallaby Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sovriin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Im not normally into My little pony remakes and what not, but this is one of the coolest ive seen. Im curious though, what is this green stuff youve mentioned? It looks a very odd but cool texture, I havnt really seen anything like it before! :)
shearx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! I'm glad someone who's not obsessed (like me) with MLP can appreciate my work :)

as for the green stuff, its essentially a 2 part epoxy modeling compound. Its used extensively by those who like table top RPGs that used small figures.. I only discovered it recently and I'm trying to make use of it, though it isn't very cheap.. here's a webpage where you can get more info (while I don't use this particular brand, it should be the same thing)
Sovriin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Ahh cool! Thanks for the info :) (And sorry for the late reply) It seems quite similiar to something I bought recently, called Milliput, its also a two part modelling putty, but you can get it from places like builders merchants, which means its probably fairly cheap :)
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