As diarch of Equestria it is Celestia's responsibility to protect her subjects from harm... even when it means losing her sister in defeating Nightmare Moon. Eternal night it was confirmed would have brought cold and starvation, Equestria would have died. It was a decision Celestia and to make... and was forced to live with for a 1000 years. The guilt, the pain, the loneliness all this Celestia had to bare until she was able to help make sure her sister could be saved later on.
Well when Lauren Faust was still with the show she confirmed that eternal night would have essentially meant the end of Equestria. Also as it was shown in Princess Twilight Sparkle, Celestia was in tears after gaining the Elements and during the final confrontation with Nightmare Moon. Lastly, if you allow the comics to be considered as canon, it is show that Nightmare Moon was Luna taken control by a dark entity.
Yet despite all this it is your choice not to be convinces, it is a good thing you don't frequent MLP Forums as I play Princess Celestia there.
A showboat? Princess Celestia does not go out of her way to make her presence know, heck a certain princess who insists on dramatic thunder and using the Canterlot Voice is more of a showboat while also making even less effort to defend her subjects then her older sister (unless on takes the comics into consideration like I do. Where was she when the changling queen had taken Cadance's place and then sends her changlings in for the attack? Where was she when Discord was slowly turning Equestria into a World of Chaos?
There is only one other thing that I think would really nail down the emotion that you have created in her. some eye moisture in the form of a single tear or similar, fashioned out of clear acrylic. Hope you don't mind me making these suggestions.After all, she is done very nicely as she is.
I had considerd doing something along those lines but decied to keep the piece nice and simple. I thought it might have been a little heavy handed and also to let the viewer to come up with their own interpretations.
Ha ha. Once in a while they do strike me. Not very often. They hurt my head. The interesting thing about the idea is that, since the figure has been sculpted separately, you could easily test whether it would work or not. If it turns out that she works better alone then the most you will have wasted is a bit of time and clay. Personally, I still think a couple of props would help the illusion.
I looked at the piece that you took your avatar pic from. Very nice. You have some good energy in your posing. Eye catching.Do you ever sell your stuff or is it mostly for your own collection?