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The Luna Moth Princess Ball by barbarasobczynska The Luna Moth Princess Ball by barbarasobczynska
an insects' dancing ball in the court of The Luna Moth Princess
a little picture made for :iconmhr79: (commissioned quite a long ago)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014   General Artist
Awesome :D
TNovais Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
deathnotemistress Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
~~ The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast ~~

Come, take up your hats, and away let us haste
To the Butterfly's ball and the Grasshopper's feast;
The trumpeter Gad-fly has summon'd the crew,
And the revels are now only waiting for you

On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the wood,
Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood,
See the children of earth, and tenants of air,
For evening's amusement together repair

And there came the Beetle, so blind and so black,
Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back;
And there came the Gnat, and the Dragon-fly too,
And all their relations, green, orange, and blue.

And there came the Moth with her plumage of down,
And the Hornet with jacket of yellow and brown
Who with the Wasp, his companion, did bring,
They promised that evening to lay by their sting.

Then the sly little Dormouse peep'd out of his hold,
And led to the feast his blind cousin the Mole;
And the Snail, with his horns peeping out of his shell,
Came fatigued with the distance, the length of an ell.

A mushroom the table, and on it were spread
A Water-dock-leaf, which their table-cloth made;
The viands were various, to each of their taste,
And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten the feast

With steps more majestic the Snail did advance,
And he promised the gazers a minute to dance;
But they all laughed so loudly he pulled in his head,
And went in his own little chamber to bed.

Then, as the evening gave way to the shadows of night,
Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with his light:
So home let us hasten, while yet we can see,
For no watchman is waiting for you or for me.

-William Roscoe (1753-1831)

this work of art made me think of this poem and, due to early morning madness, i decided to dig up the book and share it with you all! i know its super long but it is really beautiful. William Roscoe wrote it.
Jaded1011 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. i love this art.
28dragons Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Dreamlike and beautiful!
Karlkitty456 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
this is kinda out of place in the middle of all the ponies.... XD
Wilk170 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
it looks very scary D: but still awesome x3
MT-000 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Wonderful. reminds me of Thumbelina !
LouieLovell Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I could see this being a wonderful children's story
phootyraskel Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
strictlyamateur Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I love how whimsical this is <3
theSynysterPiggy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Charming and magical!! =) I adore this.
timetofrolic Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh my god... I think my eyes just popped out of my head. No, seriously.
All the details in this piece are absolutely gorgeous. What a lovely piece!
sakura-mars Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Gorgeous and so orginal!!! Just amazing!
MerryMeeper Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
You've created such a fantastic atmosphere here. I love the colors, and I can't believe the amount of detail you've put in to the floor, costumes, and curtains... really lovely.
Bluoltremare Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I like the characters in the background:) Good work
demonoftonight Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
beautiful !!
pinguino Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow, this is so pretty
noemz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
omg, ur so good! what media do u use?
marmota-b Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
This is the second time I "meet" a Luna moth in a short time... first time was on a sewing blog, as a costume in the making. The costume was very different from this one, though, and I must say yours reminds me of the moth much more!
I have one small criticism... the big bug on the right has four pairs of limbs like a spider.
Otherwise, it's completely enchanting, like usual... It also gives me a feeling that I've seen something similar done with bugs before, but unlike the previous commenters, I don't recall anything in particular. I guess it's just some sort of deja vu... and maybe it's also because the Luna moth princess' colours remind me of a certain insect, whose name I don't know, but whom I've always imagined to be actually fairies. :-) It's very delicate and magical in that.
incontactwithno1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have done it again...stunning

(from a huge fan)
AbderianViolet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
I love your illustrations, their color, their delicacy... you use watercolor or guache, yes? How do you get the white laid over top of the colors?
WeirdFaerie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Wow, this is incredible :aww:
glasspunk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
As usual, the detail is amazing!!!
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Awesome scene - the Princess's gown is incredible :wow:
squizzlenut Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is always so delicate, the costumes in this piece are really beautiful. :heart:
derkert Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
a bit scary but mostly nice
Wish-I-Was-a-Willow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010   Writer
Conceptually, this is brilliant. The art is stunning as well. A quick glance it isn't immeadiately obvious you are looking at insects. And the colors are amazing and the detail- especially in the floor- is mind blowing.
J4n3T Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: that little bee is my fave. ^_^
Romylyn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
haius Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist
I like the praying mantis woman quite a lot, because you don't immediately notice her... and the lady bug with her spotted gown... and the hawk beetle... I almost wish I had a bug book so I could look up all of them. This is terribly clever.
Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All the detail! :o :eyepopping:
I'd most probably be the bettle in that ball :nod: :XD:
FiftyForty Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Filmographer
This is gorgeous! I love the little girl and all the outfits. And I love how you put those glowy strands hanging around, it's really nice.
darklingwoods Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
ohhh! I'm a teensey bit afraid of bugs... *meep* but I love this! The moth princess is stunning and the floor!

(and your little bee girl.. so strange I just painted a little bee girl after attending a workshop that had a bee meditation)
kolaboy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
A wonderful piece :nod:
the-violet-lily Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
beautiful :heart:
awesome work on details.
MantisKing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
This is really great! It reminds me of a picture book of a moth king and queen I had as a little kid. I especially enjoy the little bee girl.
natalievonraven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Great characters =)
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
stunningly lovely.
SheSaidLetItRain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful
KModdities Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
another ethereal masterpiece! I love it.
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Lotopalanka Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Love it.
white-porcelain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Ladne! Kolory, kostiumy. Bardzo w karnawalowym duchu! Sliczne czolki ma ta cma! :D
digitalTouch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
ah, it reminds me very much of Thumbelina, I love this artwork, so beautiful and magical!
mokosza Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
piękne, piękne absolutnie piękne! pomysł i wykonanie.
BeatriceCoffee Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
This is so magical and beautiful ;)
I love your style, It's all always so charming ;)
thoughtsspinslowfast Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love how beautifully luminescent this is!This is done on black paper yes?

I especially love the translucent sleeves and the hem of her gown,really captures the "ghostly" beauty of moths.:love:
Yantus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student General Artist
The floor is amazing!
RADification Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
the traits of the bugs have been worked into their costumes so perfectly and the little one by the edge of the floor made me smile. i was thinking to myself this morning that it would be great to see more art from you so thanks, much obliged.
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