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Always an apple amongst apples by AssasinMonkey Always an apple amongst apples by AssasinMonkey
Been working so much on Applejack, I realised I barely had her best companion! Winona!
The only time I made her was during my 24 hour Sweet Apple Acre session.

Initially planned this to be a more... light hearted piece, which sketches I've included in the WIP.
I think during sketching that made it even more heart breaking for me to go with this theme... but I... just... I hope the piece speaks for itself, but I'll have some words as well

I'd look at Winona as a true part of the Apple Family, to me she's best pet. Maybe also because of my view on Applejack of course :P
I guess sometimes we don't know how much we cared for what we had until we lose it.
She always seemed to smile, tail up, happy, loyal and to business when needed.
It kind of feels weird that this is my first real Winona I've done, but I'll certainly always remember her.

Kind of seemed to be a bit fast piece, but I focused a bit more on tone and feeling, so I felt like I didn't need to do a lot more, keeping it simple but effective.
Also, rain.

Edit: I think I've got the proper words to elaborate on this piece.
Even though it's a scene of loss, the good memories should outshine the darkness.
The times that will be remembered the longest.

I didn't want to make something outright depressing. Instead I wanted something sad that can also create a smile. Happy, the way she is.

Approx Time: 6 hours

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I absolutely love this piece. My eyes started welling up as I took it in. This piece is absolutely stunning. From my perspective however, I could imagine the picture going into even more detail. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, why not make sure those thousand words stand out. Changing the location would be a great start. while the woods are good, it doesn't have the apple feel to it. On a hill overlooking an orchard or even the family farm were the first things that come to my mind. I love the rain look, you were spot on with that. The statue base could use some work making sure the lines are crisp and straight (it is a statue after all). A plaque could be add a lot of depth as well along with a caption like "Winona- a true member of the apple family" or even the title of the piece. The collar could be focused on more, it could even be Winona's actual collar, to me that would say a lot. I would focus on the apple in the picture, make it look fresh like the statue was just visited. An amazing addition to the piece would be a leash (although I don't think I've ever seen Winona using one) or even Aj's hat in the picture. Thank you for reading this, sorry if it wasn't very well written or you don't like my suggestions, this was my first Critique and I felt I had to because the picture spoke to me that much I believed it could be added to and made even stronger. I have doodled and drawn myself but am not nearly as good as yourself though I feel I have some artistic vision. I hope this helps. feel free to contact me if you want.
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Much like the other Critique above mine, I find this to be an extremely touching piece of work. The rain was not only spot on, but had required a certain amount of skill and time to have the correct effect of sadness on the viewer. Particularly like the rain hitting the statue effect. However, compared to the other review, I'd prefer the statue as it is, the slightly uneven base and lack of a plaque only adds to the idea that this was a simple design, much like the apples themselves. Now onto things I agree about with the other critic, the apple could either look fresher to signify a recent visit or it could look slightly rotten, to show that time has passed. AJ's hat upturned in front of the statue with a pool of rainwater in it would have added a spectacular emotional effect to this image in my humble opinion.

Now to end off, someone once told me pictures and images are a window into someone else's life and this no doubt fill that role, a look into a world without Winoa.

Hope this has been helpful and fair to you, do message me if there are points i have listed that you disagree with, or specifically left out in order to achieve an effect I may have overlooked, cheers.
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Teru-Erica Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist
a really strong image, beautiful even if it is dark.
I have a puppy that I am incredibly fond of and love whid all my heart.
and I actually started crying when I realized what the picture actually what the.
DigitalRicochet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Oh, how cute! It's.....o_o It's..... *Curls up on the ground and cries* Cry emote 
HailMyself Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
He come and go
Bring sad and fun
Such a circle of life
Rest in Peace
RaizerNinja Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Too many people exclude Winona from deviations and stories about the Apple Family. Even the producers left Winona out of the most recent episode where Pinkie Pie discovers she's related to the apples. As far as I'm concerned she's more a part of the Apple's family then any of the other pony pets are to their respective owner's family. We all know Applejack loves her and the two of them certainly work well as a team. Losing Winona would probably crush poor Applejack's heart
whoeveriam0iam14222 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
reminds me of that dog in The 10th Kingdom. that also helps me think she'll be unstoned
TMGreycoat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Ahhh I think there's something in my eye
cebagaye Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
personally my touching..........with a taste of beautiful memoriesEmoji05 
sapiking Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Apples forever...
KittenLollipop Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flutter-SHED Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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