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Fears by vest Fears by vest

[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
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