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Starlight Applejack by TwilightFlopple Starlight Applejack by TwilightFlopple
:iconajnapplz: *yawn* "Ya'll alright, sugarcube?"

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I appear to be going through a "blue period" in my art....

Because Applejack is the cutest, I really wanted to draw her with her mane mussed up a little, what what better excuse than to see her in bed! Of course beds, moonlight, pillows and sheets are perennial Foxxy obsessions. This could be Apple Bloom's POV after a restless night, or anything else you like. :)

This didn't start going towards the blue/purple color until after I started finishing it, starting with a simple blue watercolor wash. From there I gradually built up the different blue shades using watercolors and blue colored pencils. I feel this is a much more successful piece than the somewhat similar "Twilight Sky" cover I attempted in September. I was also lots of fun to attempt to draw her mane untied in the back, and imply that lovely form lying under those sheets. I really just wanted to make Applejack look as pretty as possible. :heart:
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Writer
you stole all my obsessions foxxy give them back

...well, almost. It's not raining in this picture. ;)

I remain forever floored at how much you manage to accomplish using monochrome (with several slight variants here and there). And yet much like a black-and-white TV, I can somehow mentally fill in the color myself even though there's quite a lack of it--a testament to how well your watercolor-and-pencil combo preserves the lines and shades the moonlight covers.

If there's one thing I can think of to say that isn't gushy praise, it's that I wish you hadn't put those sleep-lines under her eyes. Yes, it makes physical sense, yes, it works for the character (she's gotta go buck apples at 5AM!) but it takes away from my ability to melt over just how cute AJ here looks even when barely awake. It's a personal problem, though. That said, dat mane makes up for quite a bit. :D

Definitely one of my favorites of your collection. You're probably more known for your fanservice pieces but it's the more subtle, quiet character moments like this that get me going. 'Course, I think you knew that already.
See you next picture, hon. :heart:
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Ballman64 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable, very well done.
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She's so sweet. I want to tuck her into bed.
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RedTheDog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
The color is amazing!
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dwreanpony Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I wonder if anyone else immediately had the "I'm blue" song in their head at "blue period"
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ScourgeFeather Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
She is pretty, love the mane! The blue makes it so peaceful looking. Beautiful piece, great job!
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AnuOjat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Offers mints* ^^
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WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist
I love AJ in this picture! And I especially love that bed mane :heart:
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MarinaFeld Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really like this one Foxxy, and her form is not hard to imagine under the blankets, awesome job!
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Dr-Neumes Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
"Because Applejack is cutest pony"

Truer words have never been spoken.
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Onix-ceptable Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's so rare that you see any picture of AJ with ANY blue in it, much less it being entirely blue. Great job! ^^
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Arcticwlf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Are you on another binge of BooBerry cereal sis? ;) (sorry all, really old in-joke)

Regardless, great art as usual Foxxy.
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Orhblin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmmmm this is very...... blue :iconthinkingplz:
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Bluapplejack. I actually approve. I've seen a few pieces of AJ running with predominantly blue colours and they've all turned out well. And I do love the range of blue colours here and the impression they produce when combined. Indeed, feels like what one could see waking up in the middle of the night, with everything in varied degrees of darkness.

I believe you are successful in your goal of making her look as beautiful as possible. In a sleepy way. That hair is indeed very good, well done. Love them individual hairs rendered so well. I really like the covers and the folds in it and the pillow, too. Same goes for the folds of the curtains. And the texture of the wallpapers and the wooden lower half of the wall. And it's a great window view, both of the window itself (that candle makes it look so cozy) and the wonderful night sky outside. And the landscape, 'course, even though it is shrouded by the night.
Well done!
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CalicoChris Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's adorable :D
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Jelenadbz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
cute
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