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Commission - Princess Celestia with baby Spike by PaintedHoofprints Commission - Princess Celestia with baby Spike by PaintedHoofprints
This was a commission for :iconbjarru:

They requested a double portrait of Celestia with baby Spike, something motherly, inspired by this quote found on the wiki:

"Lauren Faust, the show's developer, had suggested that after the entrance exam, it was Princess Celestia who raised and trained Spike before he ended up as Twilight Sparkle's assistant later in life, where Princess Celestia believed they did belong together since it was Twilight Sparkle who hatched him."

I think that idea ended up getting thrown out in a later episode, where Twilight mentions having raised Spike herself, but I'm not entirely positive. Either way, this was a fun project to work on! It's dripping with cutes!

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:iconchiny117:
chiny117 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
how did you do it ?
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, the cuteness.
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:iconluna-plasmius1234:
Luna-Plasmius1234 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Holy giraffe nugget, this is adorable!
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:iconponifiedjesus:
ponifiedjesus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Oh my goodness. Breathtaking
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:iconmoonmaiden2:
MoonMaiden2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I may not be a big fan of Celestia, but this work is absolutely gorgeous.
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:icontydyedx:
TyDyeDX Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Oh my Glob....this....this is just perfect. Not a single thing I would change or let get changed. It's just....amazing.
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:iconxemnas-sama:
Xemnas-sama Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Momma Celestia in all her glory. X3
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:iconepicburst:
Epicburst Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Could you make one of Spike and Twilight?
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:iconhcshannon:
HCShannon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost looks 3d/CGI! 
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:iconarielmlp:
Arielmlp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Aaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww
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:icon2wingo:
2wingo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And that is why I hold to the theory that Spike's "official Canterlot business" that makes him absent from some episodes is code for "Young man, come home and visit your mother."
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:iconultimateview:
UltimateView Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her mane is incredible!I et it took forever to make
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:iconmellowpurr:
Mellowpurr Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
thats sooo cute!
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:iconaldobronyjdc:
AldoBronyJDC Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cuteness overloaded! *-* :meow:
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:iconponyalfonso:
PonyAlfonso Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
this is wonderful! :)
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:iconshady-daze:
Shady-Daze Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Kawaii Overload!
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:iconthebluedreammaker:
TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KAWAII WITH CAPITALS!!!! ^^
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:iconagetian:
Agetian Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This is soooo lovely!! :love:
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:iconsomafan12:
SoMaFan12 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
aww so cute!
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:icongeorgfelis:
Georgfelis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
It's somewhat of a moot point, as Twilight was Celestia's student, and therefore spent a lot of time with her for ten or more years.  And baby makes three...
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Deadly-Rainbow13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Aww! :aww: 
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:iconknexfan100:
knexfan100 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
"Momlestia" this is a thing? this is a thing....... sweet.
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:iconnati11184:
nati11184 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhnnnnngplz:
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:iconnerokittyartist:
nerokittyartist Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
oh mah gawd ;-;
Celestia looks so gentle...
And her hair looks so soft XD
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:iconspartan545:
Spartan545 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student General Artist
youtu.be/vvo4S5iI8UA I listen to this everytime I look at these Momlestia concepts.
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:iconcosmic-brownie:
Cosmic-Brownie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmahgawd, that song. Memories, memories everywhere.
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:iconfoxred1988:
foxred1988 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cuuuuute :iconbigmeowplz:
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:icondemonpanther:
DemonPanther Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Baby Spike is adorabru >w<
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141188 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
:D FAVE
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:iconprojectbron3:
ProjectBron3 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
AWWW!!!
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LuminoZero Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
After all the hate Celestia gets in the fandom, it is nice to see some artists still portray her as she is.  I always thought of her as Spike's adopted mother (and him being Twilight's adopted brother, but that is besides the point).  I could just imagine Spike calling her 'Mom' when they were alone, and I am quite sure I once saw a picture (or maybe I imagined it?  o-O) that had Filly Twilight and Spike sleeping under Celestia's wing in her throne room during a thunder storm.

It's just maximum cuteness overload, and I really appreciate the artwork.  Thank you very much!
-Lumino
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Alexa0118 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygosomygosohmygos *o*
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Moon--Dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwww <3
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:iconnipplelickerofjustic:
all of my dawwwwwwww's :3
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:icon850i:
850i Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AWWWWW so cute!
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:iconlilacmouse:
LilacMouse Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww... Baby Spikey is so adorable!
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:iconcaptainpenguin:
CaptainPenguin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
celestia's big gentle face is too much
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:iconraynahalim:
raynahalim Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww, what a cute spike and Celestia
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Rattengoettin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Great work, I love the hair and eyes!
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:iconbunnairry:
Bunnairry Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless, all I can say is great lovely work~!
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they look very cute! good job!
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Scholar57 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A truly adorable piece. They really do look like mother and son, the way Celestia nuzzles Spike and how he's curled like a newborn, grasping a lock of mane, wanting to be close to his mama.

First of all, I love how the entire drawing is filled with the two subjects. Not an inch of canvas is wasted; every bit is used, which also cleverly illustrates the size of the adult Celestia compared to baby Spike.

The colors are smooth and lovely. I especially like Celestia's ethereal mane at the far right and how the colors layer each other. The lines are wonderfully drawn. They're not just simple lines, but different sized strokes combined with excellent values in light, giving depth to Celestia's mane. Her eyelashes have just the right curve, too.

You have a well defined texture. Celestia's smooth furry face and Spike's scales can almost be felt!

When I first laid eyes on this in Equestria Daily, I felt quite happy to finally see a work of art with Spike and Celestia together; they can be hard to find, you know. The idea of Princess Celestia being Spike's adoptive mother is an intriguing one and might be a hint towards Spike's origin. Obviously, from what we've seen in the course of the series, Twilight Sparkle is the pony Spike is closest to (as brother and sister), but I truly think he and Celestia might have some sort of bond. Maybe, when Twilight was in school or doing homework, Celestia babysat Spike during the first months or year(s) of his life. Being the only dragon in a kingdom of ponies, he would need somepony wise and tolerant to teach him the pony way of life. Once he was old enough, that job might've been passed to Twilight, when Spike was able to become her assistant.

Another hint at their possible relationship is the fact that Celestia was the one who taught Spike the spell to send scrolls with his fire breath. As far as I can see, he's the only one who knows how to do it. Perhaps that could be a sign of closeness between the two.

These are all just ideas and I have no grounds for them except my own speculation, but as Season 4 approaches, we might finally learn a thing or two about Spike's early life (at least, I hope so). Something tells me that if anypony knows anything about Spike's secret past, it's Princess Celestia. Perhaps she's waiting for the right time to tell him....

Once again, masterfully drawn. Perhaps my favorite element is the eye contact between the "mother and son". They look so affectionate for each other, and the eyes sort of lead the viewer back and forth between the alicorn and dragon.
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GodsOnVacation Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
damn that's cute.
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ZIM402 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
HNNNG >.<
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:iconchchcartoons:
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Celestia is not Spikes mom.
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:iconpaintedhoofprints:
PaintedHoofprints Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
That's fairly obvious, considering he's a dragon and she's not. ^^;
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:iconhbdhow:
hbdhow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!
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GlowFish011 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute! Ya know, this is really good. Good art and good er.. story. When people think of Spike's "other half" they think of Rarity or Twilight. But they forget who GAVE Twilight him in the first place. She must have had a connection by providing an egg.
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Christy1981 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
aww
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