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[Time Lapse Paint Process]

[EQD Feature]

[Cover Art for Olden Pony by Jasper Synth]





Such an awesome episode.

So we're on a snag of a juxtuposition in a dream. We have one fear that we overcome, for we know that it is all in our head.

But there are other fears...even greater for they are not only real, but there is no benevolent force that'll band together to defeat it. It is the trepidation of real life, of what we endure everyday, the small stuff, that can really get to you and linger.

Confront them head on.

Face your fears.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (c) Hasbro
Character designs (c) Lauren Faust

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JasperSynth Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Mind if I use this for a song I am working on?
Credit will be given.
vest Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Absolutely, go right on ahead! Please also send me a [link] to the song when it's posted so I can link to it in the image description so people know I gave it permission. Thanks!
Suiish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as im unfamilar with this episode, im not toosure what the reflection in the pond means, i love the composition of it though, your colouring skills are amazing and SO ARE YOUR DRAWING SKILLS. really amazing stuff man, i love your pony pictures they really are the best fan art ive seen anyway <3 really like the almost hazy fee to this one !
vest Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thanks. The reflection in the pond is to represent that conquering the fears in our heads is trivial to those we face in real life. For me, personally, I could have a lot of made-up fears haunting me; alien invasions, brain microchips, asteroid impacts, etc. But those are all in my head (or out of my control). The fears I should truly attempt to overcome are the real ones that I face every day, and while they're not as big as a zombie apocalypse, I do have worries about my job security. I worry about deadlines. I sometimes fear my friends have forgotten about me sometimes.

Here, Scootaloo is told a frightening campfire story about an old creeping mare who haunts the woods, seeking her lost rusty shoe. If she finds you, and you don't have it, words can't describe what she does to you. The story leaves Scootaloo absolutely terrified, and metaphorically running from a mental projection of the old mare in her inevitable nightmares.

But we learn that her true greatest fear is not the one in her head. She's terrified that Dash would learn that she's not as tough as she presents herself to be, and let a silly little campfire story embed deep into her nightmares. Sure, she could have just as easily faced the mare in the dream, bringing a happy resolution. But that wouldn't make the root problem go away. It's not the mare, not the story that scares her most. It's her idol seeing that she was scared by a story.
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Of course the brain microchips are in your head, otherwise the government couldn't read your thoughts!


But really, beautiful scene, nicely detailed and even symbolism! Three thumbs up from me.
Suiish Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw i so need to catch up on this series, ive seen the first season and some of the second :3 i loved the stories and more so the morals behind them too and ponies are just great to look at anyways XD Thanks very much for the explanation! Very well put!! :3
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Those are seriously creepy trees. Love the way the reflection is handled too. The whole scene comes together beautifully!
MirandaRoberts Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Incredible detail!
CMoretzfan19 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
whoa that's cool how you did the reflection thingy :p showing what scootaloo is really scared of, I love it
7331Dude Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Wow! Great tribute and smooth colors make for a great piece
Freefox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Cool colors
cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
It was an awesome episode. With a very touching end. But Luna is part of this awesomeness. We can't deny it.

Fear? I know the feeling.

Wonderful work and composition.
EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
The pool reflection sells this for me. Very well done!
RainbowThis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That reflection :D
TheLivingShadow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
looks awesome
revicam Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
beautiful picture! the colors, and shading were beautiful and I LOOOOVED the reflection in the water
mitchellsi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student
I love it
Catflail Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
:3 simply amazing, very well done. Love the over all shading and lighting and concept. Bravo
BestiaAuris Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Oh, pretty. I quite like your parallel in the reflection.

I'm not quite sure if I love the colour, but it works quite well. Good job!
vest Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Yeah, it's actually kinda funny if you play the Livestream playback, you'll see that it all goes well for a while until I actually position Scootaloo against the background in the intended position, then realize to my horror I put a bright dull-orange character silhouetted against a bright dull-orange backlight with no justifiable amounts of rim lighting able to get the intended separation. So that's why she kinda appears darker and doesn't blend too well with the ground; I totally botched on the choice in background color too early on, and since I treated it like a speed painting, didn't take the time to analyze the color composition properly before laying everything down.

Since this was just a drawing exercise for myself, and created with the sole intent of having another idle video for my Livestream channel's offline mode, I'm not horribly worried about it.
Macbow333 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
A dream of fear to hide the true fear. A fear conquered while the fear remains at large.

That's the struggle with dreams: sometimes, they mean something, while other times, they're just dreams.
vest Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Also indicative of the unfortunate reality that while you may conquer the fears that haunt you in your dreams, you cannot shy away from those after you wake.
Macbow333 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
VampOrchid Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE the reflection in the water. This is really spooky and perrrrty all at once!
lyokian Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Nice work with conveying the meaning of Scootaloo facing her fears. The pic looks very dynamic.
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Very great
Hyenaworks Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice depth again. You seem to have that down pretty good.
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
beautiful composition and lighting here. good job man.
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Ahhh, nice touch with the reflection there... that wasn't in the episode and I just missed it like a derp was it?
Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It is an excellent episode. Good work illustrating it!
Xertex Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Now that's some piece of artwork. The perspective - mmmm, love it! XD
DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really awesome. At first it seems like just a fun image with the horseshoe, then you notice the reflection. Suddenly it takes a darker light.
NavelColt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's truly incredible <3 Love reflection pieces that use water like this. Easily best S3 episode, for making Scootalove canon, and being a terrific episode all around.
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