So from this point onward, I think I’ll be referring to this AU as the following: RariTwi AU or Bodyguardverse. These names are mostly just for general uses, as in naming the AU as a whole. On an individual bases however (for example, a chaptered story based on this AU or oneshots, that stuff), it can be titled whatever you guys want. C:
That said, have yourself the mini and messily done sketchdump of the alicorn sisters in this particular AU!
I posted a thread earlier talking about how I should make the sisters appear more godlike, and this is pretty much the result I ultimately settled with. So this is the general idea here:
The Sisters are literal Goddesses of this world (goddesses of the sun and moon respectively) in that they are unable to die, are unworldly powerful, and they are among the some of the favorite gods that are worshiped in Equestria. The two of them have worship stones all over the place, as well as temples and monuments dedicated to them. The temple they tend to frequent is the one upon the highest peak of Equestria, but their visits there are often enough that others hope for gaining an audience with the goddesses, but rare enough for the possibility of actually seeing either of them is very likely to not happen. Celestia is the goddess of the Sun, and is often associated with Guidance, Power, Warmth, and Strength. Luna is the goddess of the Moon, and is often associated with Influence, Balance, Wonder, and Magic.
So the concept here is that the sisters, while being able to shapeshift into almost anything they wish, typically prefer to switch their appearances between 4 forms. A mortal form, often that of a pony, the “Balanced” form (a de-powered version of their deity form), the “Deity” form (the form seen here), and then their “Nightmare” form. I’m on the fence with the concept of the The nightmare forms, but if it were something that they had, it’d simply be the sisters taking on the appearance of a “nightmare” version of themselves; they wouldn’t actually be possessed. The purpose of that form would mostly be to instill fear. o3o
ANYWAY, this sketchdump focuses of the “Deity” form, or the form that is often seen in depictions of them. This the form where they allow most of their unlimited power to flow freely. I took some inspiration from Okami and gave them markings, and they can appear to be either solid or somewhat transparent with some of the galaxy being visible upon their bodies. Either way, though, they’d have an ethereal glow present at all times, and their eyes are typically glowing so brightly it’d be hard to see the color of their irises.
For Celestia, I gave her “sunspots”, or markings that vaguely resemble her cutie mark. Said cutie mark is also much larger and covers nearly the entirety of her flanks. Her mane and tail are, instead of the usual semi-rainbow of her canon counterpart, is more the color of blazing fire, which eventually gradient to a sunset color when in close proximity with her sister. In this form, her connection to the sun almost makes her white coat shine so brightly that it’d be painful to stare at her for too long. In addition, the air around her will become very warm, but not uncomfortably so; this is due to the fact that she’s mindful enough to keep a leash on the heat she can release from her skin. Same with the light; she usually keeps it contained enough that mortals can look at her for long periods of time, however they’d still have to squint (sort of like that of a very bright summer day). The inside of her wings reflect that of a golden nebula or the color of her mane.
For Luna, I went with the new-found fact that the dark marking upon her flanks are exactly that; a marking, not a part of her cutie mark. Sooooo I played with that and gave her more markings similar to that of a “painted” horse, only with dark colors on dark instead of dark on light. Her cutie mark is more angular with the addition of stars, and along her body there are random white spots that could resemble stars as well. Her mane and tail reflect that of the night sky and space, sometimes exhibiting a nebula. Even still, when close to her sister, her mane also gradient to that of a sunset, however hers is more of the cool colors of the sunset to better match that of Celestia’s warmer colors of the sunset. The inside of her wings also reflect the night’s sky with the stars within them in this form.
So I think that’s all I wanted to type for this? If not I’ll just come back and edit this. Until then, I’m off for a needed nap. As always, feel free to ask me anything if you have any questions, and thank you for taking a look! C:
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And honestly congretulation (*o*)
What is the texture of their manes?
beautiful work, did you use watercolors to color it?
And yep. I used watercolors. :3
I do like the style, mind the confusion. I know you tried to mix it up, but I just don't see it.
Luna looks better, and is easier to recognize. Just... wow. That mane looks gorgeous, and since it resembles her mane in the show, it isn't too far fetched. The armors a nice touch, as are the feathers, but I see those being a part of pegasi in your drawings.
I'd just rethink Celestia. Add a bit of pink to her design in future works, maybe. I dunno. I'm not much of an artist yet.
Celestia's color scheme isn't at all changed entirely. What changed is the fact that she no longer has a semi-rainbow colored mane and is more based off of yellow than pink. Something of which would not have worked for the idea behind this image; to make her look like a god. She's the goddess of the sun, so her colors represent that. Luna's color scheme didn't need much changing, obviously.
If you don't see it, that's completely fine. However I think these designs work absolutely fine when it comes to the AU they are for, especially since they are still easily recognizable, so I disagree with you.