It's really graceful and strangely simple-feeling. I always enjoy Celestia sans regalia and this is executed just brilliantly. It's contemplative and somber and reverent and it feels like Celestia is making a real, personal appearance - a real statement. Wonderful coloration and the shadowing is excellent, I'd be hard pressed to find a Celly vector I like better~!
Regalia-less Celestia feels somehow less official-like and more personal. And softer, and gentler. You did some nice work here. The shading's variability is beautiful for vectors. And the pastel colours really do align together for a soft impression here. Well done.
Thank you! I thought having the crown and all the jewels and everything would make her too regal and authoritative instead of the intimate and personal look at her which I intended. Completely strips her of all regal importance and focuses more on what she's feeling; the turmoil of having to banish her own sister away, the thousand years of loneliness afterwards, all that shows when you take off her symbols of power and you're left with an anguished pony.
"my namne is darknessblade, lunas second in command of the new lnar republic. if you mess with luna you have to go trough me first. i willl use my magic to vanquish the followers of celesta using my katana made from the strongest medal in equestria. DOWN WITH TE SOLAR EMPIRE!!!! LONG LIVE THE NEW LUNAR REUPBLIC!! '