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In umbra Luna est by Groovebird In umbra Luna est by Groovebird
...And all will know the wonder
Of my dark and jeweled sky
When all the world is wrapped
In an eternal lullaby
So say goodnight at this,
The final setting of the sun
Tomorrow dawns in darkness
The nighttime has begun! ...

These beautiful lines are composed by Ponyphonic.
Check his videos on Youtube.
It's worth it.
Of course I have his permission to use the excerpts.

The basic body was made with the mold of the previous Luna, however, she
differs from her predecessor in many ways in order to be sure she's a
unique piece of art.


Before you ask why her hind legs are black, please take a look at the other pictures here.


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:iconemr0304:
EmR0304 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amzing! I listened to the song right after i first saw this! Your beautiful peice has inspired me to do a Luna sculpt transforming into nightmare moon! :D
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm really glad if you are inspired. I'll be curious about the outcome. :)
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:iconemr0304:
EmR0304 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ill be sure to give you link my friend. :D
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Nice! :D
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. ^^
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:iconblackvegetable:
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
You're welcome! :bow:
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:iconmariathehedgehoge:
MariaTheHedgehoge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Can I buy one like that. It's beutifal.
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've already sold her, but I'm sure there will be more for sale. :)
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:iconmariathehedgehoge:
MariaTheHedgehoge Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Do you know when. And do you have a waiting list?
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. I don't take commissions. My figurines are fore sale, when I'm done with them. And when I upload a new sculpture, that's immediately for sale.
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:iconmariathehedgehoge:
MariaTheHedgehoge Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Ok we'll thanks for the information. Do you think you will be doing another Luna any time soon?
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By all means.
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
very nice. Whats the material if you dont mind telling. ;P
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is made from artificial resin and epoxy putty.
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:iconyoshiwii1:
YoshiWii1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Luna is such a badass pony. She needs more spotlight on the show? Excellent sculpture! You should be a toy designer at Hasbro? The FiM toys they sell in the stores are inaccurate and cheesy. I mean a Purple Luna and a Pink Celestia!? The Funko ones are the closest resembling the show. Even they have some accuracy flaws? They are still some of the best FiM figures out there. I have Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy as I am waiting on Pinkie Pie. Anyway, great job and keep it up.
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, Luna would surely deserve more spotlight. I don't know why they are ignoring her this much, because a lot of people love her.
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:iconyoshiwii1:
YoshiWii1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hasbro doesn't seem to care about the fans. They are another one of those companies that are unaware of what the fans like?
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's true. But at least they inspire a lot of people to be creative.
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:iconyoshiwii1:
YoshiWii1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's true. I didn't even think Hasbro is aware of the Brony fanbase?
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:iconlizzarddesigns:
lizzarddesigns Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice!
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:icontrunksdragonballz:
TrunksDragonballZ Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist
How do you do this!?
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With a lot of love and devotion. :)
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:icontrunksdragonballz:
TrunksDragonballZ Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Man, if only I were as awesome as you...
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:iconmoonlightprincess002:
Moonlightprincess002 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow awesomeness
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:iconky0su:
KY0SU Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beatiful
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:iconfallingstarz5:
Fallingstarz5 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! I love the song, and I translated the Latin in my head and went, AWESOME!
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, indeed, it's a very nice song. I myself also like it very much.
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:iconberylliumart:
BerylliumArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student
Amazing job! The metallics really add a nice touch.
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I like metallic paints. :)
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:iconnuvolavolpe:
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
:)
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You do such beautiful work! Nuf said!
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. ^^
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:iconliza-pozinenko:
liza-pozinenko Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Photographer
What's it made ​​of?
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:iconubrosis:
uBrosis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Looks great! :)
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:iconbordzia:
Bordzia Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.
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:iconscarheart76:
Scarheart76 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty good. The attention to detail is very, very good!
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. ^^
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:iconnovanplz:
Novanplz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
That is beautiful!
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:iconhousin123:
housin123 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
cool
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:iconevangelian007:
evangelian007 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Wow! I really love that you've given her her "Nightmare" eyes. It makes her beautiful.
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. It's one of the rare occasions when also I like her. :D
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:iconjoshdexter45:
Joshdexter45 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY LUNA

*bows to the figure* how may i serve thee lady luna
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Kn16h7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear Luna! 70 bucks in shipping!? What, are you shipping the thing on a trip around the planet before it starts heading towards the person that buys it?

It's bad enough that you guys charge so much for customs when it doesn't cost nearly as much for you to make such items, but do you seriously need 70 USD to cover the cost of shipping and handling expenses?

Damn, if you want an even $300 in profits, just charge, oh I don't know, $300 and ask for a shipping fee that's only what you need to actually SHIP the product...


70 dollar shipping fee... Holy Mutfruit Muffins......


Oh! Oh! I see! You added the cost of MAKING the figurine to the SHIPPING cost!

...

Nope, still doesn't make sense... :L
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Hexfloog Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're kidding, right?  Time is money.  "When it doesn't cost nearly as much for you to make such items..."  $300 is an absolute steal for a gorgeous piece like this, considering how much they earn on eBay.
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Kn16h7 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not the point I was trying to make... But since you chose to pick that sentence and challenge it, I'll go ahead and give you my reasoning.


I understand the concept of why prices are so high for this, and believe me I know this is cheap compared to a lot, but it ends up undermining future craftsman of that trade.

By that I mean that those already in success get all the spoils, and the ones that come after them hardly ever make it anywhere without 2000% of their effort PLUS 10 times that in luck.




Take a real world example: Imagine a town in the olden days that has two different blacksmith's. One has been working his craft here for years and has enough skill in his trade to charge an equivalent of $500 in their currency for a refined blade.

The cost in materials to make that blade was little over 50 of that, but his skill and experience allowed him to put more time into its creation so that it comes out sharper, straighter, and more decorative. This increases the worth of the blade and earns him more profits. That's all fine and dandy, no sarcasm.

Only up until that point, he was the only blacksmith in the town. Now lets say that a local guard has a child, and that child wishes to become a blacksmith. He begins to learn the trade and attempts to start selling his work. The product he creates is basic, hardly efficient in battle and barely worth more than what it cost for him to make it.

Now lets say you are in this town and looking to buy a blade, and these are your two options. You have enough to afford the better blade, and a better blade means a better chance of survival in battle. Which blacksmith would you buy from?

The expert blacksmith is going to get the customers, and the aspiring blacksmith is going to get nothing. That's just society. But if the aspiring blacksmith doesn't sell any blades, he cannot make any more, and if he isn't making blades, he will not improve at making a blade.

Now lets say he gets lucky. He manages to make 3 blades to start and for a few months he gets no sales and has to scrounge around for food every day. He barely scrapes by the months with his life, and then one day he gets lucky. A traveler visits the town with only 100 coins to his name, and he is looking for a blade and a bed to sleep in for the night.

After visiting the expert blacksmith and being unable to purchase one of his high quality blades, he checks out the novice's shop and finds that he can buy one of his for 80 coins and have enough left over for dinner and a room at the local inn.

The novice blacksmith finally gets a sale, and with that money, he can either buy food for a month, or make a another blade to replace the one sold and buy food for the next few days instead. Who's to say that if he makes that blade that he will get another chance purchase in the next few months?

Meanwhile, the expert blacksmith across town makes at least one sale every day, gaining at least 450 coins in profit, enough to sustain both his family and his craft for a week with some to spare.

It's not the experts fault, he is just following the nature of the world he lives in. He is getting paid for his skill, and his time, and he deserves it for he worked for it. But does that mean that until he dies that anyone else that tries to get started in the craft has to either move to another town or just give up?

The blacksmith is getting what his work is worth, but does he really need it?

Back then, this was solved through apprenticeship. Back then, that expert would take some of the extra profits and put them towards teaching that novice the craft. That way the aspiring craftsmen of back then could get off their feet and actually have a chance.

Nowadays this is not the case. Nowadays it is every man, woman, and child for themselves, and the courtesies of the past are often forgotten. In today's world, that novice would be out on the street, if not dead.

In fact many people out on the streets are not really worthless trash like many believe, a lot of them just poured everything they had into trying to start a life in a craft and just could not get off their feet.




Long story short, it isn't the fault of the craftsmen, so much as it is the fault of society. The concept is understandable and it works, it just isn't applied correctly in this day and age.

By the way, Like I said earlier, this was not even the point I was trying to make. The lucky get successful, the successful stay successful, and the unfortunate masses suffer for it, but this is the 21 Century and that's just the way things work.

I was just pointing out that there was absolutely no reason for the SHIPPING FEE to be so high, and that if he/she wanted to set a higher price, they should have set a higher price instead of adding it to a fee that is not supposed to have anything to do with profits.

Unless every cent of that money is really going into paying for the box, postage, and creation of the product itself (And that last one is being generous).




On a final note, just know that I am not telling him to lower his prices or anything like that. If I had the money to spare I would happily send him a thousand bucks for a master crafted figurine of my favorite pony. And he deserves it, because he is truly a great artist. My original point was the shipping fee.
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pauljs75 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems a long and convuluted point (yet a fun read), but at least an aspiring swordsmith could do some ironmonger work on the side. (A blacksmith is a fairly general trade afterall.) An expert swordsmith would be dedicated to the craft, and not have the time to practice the other smithing arts. Yet a novice could still get by with sales of other more mundane and less specialized goods until developing a better reputation.

If anything, the thing that would keep most people out of swordsmithing is regulatory. If you were making what was considered arms, don't be surprised if the king's men restricted it or required an extra tax. (Some loopholes still existed though. Knowing how to craft a good farm implement like a scythe isn't that far removed from making a sword.)

Smithing in general seemed like something hard to get into though. Not only hard and dirty work (not everybody is cut out to work over a hot smoky furnace and forge on a sweltering summer day), but possibly a dirty industry of its heyday, and you needed the property and supply chain. Smithing is also potentially dangerous work. Untrained novices might not have been aware of other things and put out of the business by stupid accidents, as literacy and books that provided relevant knowledge weren't always readily available as they are now. It's likely this aspect that made the apprenticeship system work the way it did.

Nowadays though if you're trying to start in a craft the mundane items you could produce to keep in practice are practically free or are easier to get at places like Walmart and the number of artisans or enterpreneurs you're competing with is countless. You pretty much have to do an unrelated trade to get by and hone your skills in a smaller amount of free time until your luck breaks in one way or another. Making the pitch and finding that audience is a greater uphill battle than anytime in the past, and in many cases that's more difficult than performing whatever art or craft. (This is because practicing an art tends to be rewarding in and of itself. Selling it, not so much.)
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