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The Mare Nubium Sets Sail by harwicks-art The Mare Nubium Sets Sail by harwicks-art
I'm a big fan of airships, and the more literal the "ship" part, the better, so naturally I was thrilled that such things are a part of official MLP canon. (It's also a reason why I'm so enjoying Flight of the Alicorn, which certainly was a huge influence on this image as well.)

So it was inevitable that I'd have to get around to designing such a ship for my own amusement... and who is more deserving of a tall ship and a star to steer her by than the Princess of the Night herself? The Mare Nubium ("Sea of Clouds") looks to be a personal vessel for nighttime cruises with a few steampunk touches. I admit, I'm very tempted to jump back in and design her a warship named "Mare Crisium" next, but I'll hopefully come to my senses when I recall how much of a pain it was to draw this one.

On a side note, I'm not sure there ever is a crescent moon hanging over Equestria... and yet one makes up Luna's Cutie Mark, so it seems like it would have to be possible. Don't ask me how such a thing would work with the whole bizarre rotations of heavenly bodies that the Princesses have going on. That kind of thing hurts to think about for too long.

Oh, and by all means, please click on the image above and look at the big version.
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Charmless-Crescent97 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What do I need to do to get you?!?!?!?! I'm kidding but seriously is this request, commission or something else.
Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a truly inspiring and elegant work of reminds me of a mythological story i once read,about a powerfull magical ship that sailed across the sky at midnight every night that gave dreams to children...tho i forget what culture it originated from.

interesting place to put spike and the steering wheel.
Quicksilver1987 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2015  Student
Excellent work! I love Apple Jack here! She looks so startled. I think it's because she's way out of her element. XD
LoudestWhispers Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
This has got to be one of THE greatest MLP FIM pieces of fanart that I have ever laid eyes on. This picture of yours gives off a variety of charming themes such as wonder, peacefulness, and adventure. The shading, coloring, and the atmosphere is just absolutely breathtaking. The parts that really caught my eye were Spike  steering the soaring ship in the glowing lantern(?), Pinkie's heroic stance on the beam, and Rarity fluttering through the nighttime sky with her lovely (temporary) wings. 

Now, I'm no art critic (mainly because my knowledge of the subject is slim) however, I give this a 11/10. Two thumbs up. Five stars. :)

Way to go. :D
Thyrai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
I agree. I've amassed an ungodly amount of artwork from this fandom over the years, and this has to be one of the top five for the above reasons
KawaiiWonder Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Incredible!!!!!! I wonder if the ponies might encounter some pirates in the 5th season!
Ravnos2 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor Applejack.
Twilight, don't bother saving your friend's hat--SAVE YOUR FRIEND, INSTEAD!
sjnibbe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I love, love, love Pinkey Pie in this! She looks like she is having so much fun. Sweet of Twilight to save AJ's hat, too.
Moonstarofsnowclan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Oh, no! Save Applejack! Arrr, I am Pirate Pie! All shall fear me!
I love it! Nice work!
RareTea Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work and detail. I've always loved flying air ships, but one with ponies is even better. The background is also very well done and just continues to add to the piece.
EarlAnnex Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Luna's on the ship.

Prepare thyself, for a pun cometh. 
Sailor Moon.

Feel free to throw stuff at me. I dare you.
Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you my friend,win the internet.
BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Talk about an overdose of magic! He heh.
ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
They look like they're having fun.
Indi008 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Ha! Look at that! Spike's at the helm!

Neat design!
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooaaahh... such an amazing scene... :omg: :omg: :omg:
Love it!!! The background looks really beautiful!!! :love: :love: :love:
PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found Luna!
PerlaMLP Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Me too!
PrincessLunaMoon15 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) hehe
Wolfywingedwolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm listening to the sound track of pete pan (live action) and it fits perfectly with this
ale20dm Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
o my god this is so awesome!
Quitepye7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Pinkie has a hook
yall better watch out
artwarrior1985 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Artist
Pinkie is a nut.
MariaFauna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist
I love this art!
MarcellaD20 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
That is amazing, nice :)
xormak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:iconrainbowdashplz: I never leave my friends hanging!
:iconxormak: *looks at AJ* ... Yeah, right ...
ninsennansen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hedgehogsrule412 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student
heck Ya!
ZhaoZoharEX Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap, I didn't even notice Luna in this picture! Took me like 2 months to realize that.
KairoAnyi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i really want that kind of  airship
Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Artist
I want a computer-animated film based on this
Drakon-Fireblade Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
This ship is awesome! HAzard would join in without even asking ;)
tammy1a Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Oh. I thought this was a treasure planet reference seeing as they have flying ships that take off from moon spaceports etc
Ajax94 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
XD pinkie! :D
jahaira263 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
thats cool
ravenelite Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
this is awesome done
and i love that it's luna that is the capten 
WellCookedFaces Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Have you ever read 'Earth and Sky' or 'Windfall'? I think you might enjoy them :3
Echo-Shock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of kick ass B-) (Cool) 
This is purely beautiful! 
Heart Heart Heart 
PepsiSlushie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Artist

I've come across this picture before, but never to notice these details:

Applejack lost her hat.


Spike driving the ship

And The north star


Nice detail XD

DiamondMonstersOC Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
rarity's a alicorn!!!
PonyXing Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this reminds me of treasure planet... am I the only one who knows what that is?:? (Confused) 
MARZillao Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
This DOES remind me of Treasure Planet!!!!! 
Toryii Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're not alone of knowing that and it does remind me of treasure planet :o
PonyXing Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay I'm not alone! :happybounce: 
BleyeStudios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
This is amazing :o
NoiLeo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Very good art.
spongebobandponies Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
This is great art.
PurpleDragonPaws Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You just, 'Whipped this up'?! Then.. Then... You must be the best artist EVER!

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