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WeLoveFine My Little Pony Ponies Vs. Villians Contest entry:…

If I may ask you for your time to vote in the link above, I would very much appreciate it. Along with my other entries :) (You don't have to pick one, you can vote for them all)

"United we stand, divided we fall.
Friendship is Magic"

This is probably the entry I did for the most purposes. The entire concept behind this is an old one for me, one I had planned for After I hit 1000 Watchers here on DA. But I decided to make it an entry for the contest as well. To actually get me started working on this.
And I'll have to call this my very early 1000 watcher special, in heart it still is. Although I say to myself I should be able to let that go and make a fresh concept.

Coincidentally this is also going to be my first Time Lapse after 100 subscribers on youtube!
Seriously, y'all are amazing, thank you all for the watches and subscriptions. So much appreciation.

I did the during the final 3 days before the contest deadline... finished it before the final day because I wanted to avoid working then, cause time. But my gosh, so many hours in one go. 10 hours were made on a single day.
Since it's slightly rushed, it's not exactly the result I envisioned.

Edit: Also kind of forgot to mention an important, that yes, this is inspired a lot by a certain iconic memorial. :)
And I did not actually realise the close timing with Memorial Day in the US!

Edit2: I guess I should just state it, although a lot have already noticed it :), as to confirm that it is indeed referencing to the flag raising of Iwo Jima

FOBEquestria talked about this on their podcast here (about 2 minutes in):

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SelLillianna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, she certainly is doing more harm than good "raising" that flag.
I'm talking about you,

gamexpert1990 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I enjoy this piece of art. The only thing that I would consider disrespectful is what Pinkie is doing, but it does seem to fit her personality...
idislikecake Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say it's disrespectful.
True-Nostalgia Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my thoughts on this...

I personally like this a lot.  I understand fully what you did intended to do with it.  You didn't imply any negatives towards the original.

On the other hand, some of the underlying factors of those who do not like it still have not been explicit enough.  They say that it's disrespectful and whatnot, but I think what they really mean is this: even though the original was as broadcast and well known as it was, over time, younger generations have [naturally] lost the emotion and the heartfelt knowledge that existed with the original.  So, what many of them (those who don't like this) actually mean to say is: this can possibly take away meaning from the original (unintentionally, of course) because many youngsters today (heck, I myself am only 19, although I do know what the original was all about) may not remember or have even known what all was meant by the original image.  

Nonetheless, I give you kudos for making this.  The symbolism has been transferred into a meaning of progression - that of love and tolerance - so as to say that we have overcome past difficulties and times have changed.  It still retains the original meaning, but is only meant as a reminder that we have come a long way.

Thank you for this.  It is indeed inspirational.  I also must say you have done a wonderful job yourself defending the image in comments below.

To all of the opposed I must say: Do not take it for granted that this is the only alteration, for it is not.  It may be controversial in your eyes, but many many other new depictions of this have been created, and yet the original retains its meaning.  Respect that.  If you don't like this, move on.  You aren't being forced to like it.
gamexpert1990 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
You deserve a round of applause.
Beltran1998 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ART good, concept bad.
Beltran1998 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BULLSHIT to be honest with you, why do you bronies have to ponify every thing you guys touch?
bronyfriendzonied Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
i agree dude "haha"
The-Awesome-Blossom Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful 
DavusadnNewman Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Way to degrade the most symbolic picture of military heroism in existence. You fucking asshole.
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry to hear you feel about it the way you do.
Back earlier this year the folks at FOBEquestria had very interesting input about it on their pod cast, around the 2 min. mark (which I forgot to put in the description):
They raised some great points about the flag rising which has become an icon beyond what it "directly" represents. Some of it a sign of it being used in a form of propaganda given the famous photo is a second flag raised specifically for the photo.

This in no way is meant to degrade or insult in any way or form.
It is more something tied to that what became a huge symbol across the world, something that I'd prefer to see as a landmark to the end of horrible times.
There are no intentions to "glorify" or negatively picture the loss and sacrifice of the actual battle of Iwo Jima behind it, if anything I would be wanting to remind folks that that is also a part of it that shouldn't be forgotten.

Although your approach to your comment I won't exactly agree with, I respect your view on this and understand where you're coming from. I might not change your mind or view, nor did I intent to do so, I did want to make clear that the idea behind this picture is aimed to be light-hearted like MLP:FIM, while still aware of the actual background of the reference, Iwo Jima's flag raising although not targeted on those darker aspects.
DavusadnNewman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I'm sorry for being callous initially, but I still think that the symbolism of that flag raising and the symbolism of the magic of friendship are completely disparate. In no way is MLP correlated to the macabre battle by which this painting is inspired.
Fixap Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
DavidCurser Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I like Rarity's hair most
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Looks great! Love the detail! :+favlove:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
They Ruined Iwo Jima! If Luna is behind this I'm gonna kill her!
somercet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Jlargent Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
You sir earned yourself a cookie.
TwilightPoopSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*steals cookie*

Legate47 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Somethingguy912 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Writer
we will JOIN THE HERD.
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Awesome! :D
Gapeagle Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Applejack is the only one actually pushing it upwards. Well, RD maybe helping, but not much.
UberImperialGuard Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I like how Rarity is pushing Twilight's bum xD
JasonSonicZombie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Writer
It looks like Twi has got a spark beneath her eye.
sucieFue Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
just laugh that RD would actually be stronger than shown here
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! It's a heavy pole okay...
Karach0s Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Too bad we can't see the rest of the scenery in the pic. I bet there is at least a few destroyed cities below. Probably even human. :P
They had to conquer something before raising the flag, right?
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yea I suppose so.
I guess there might even be a bunch of humans bowing down to their new Equine overlords.
I know I'd be amongst them :P
klokateer666 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Easle-Darkpaws Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jarkes Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
:iconapplejackplz: :iconsaysplz: So... why exactly are we raising this one when we already raised one?
:icontwilightsparkleplz: :iconsaysplz: Because the first flag was too small to get a really awesome picture with.

(Not making that up; the iconic flag raising picture? That was the second flag.)
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I suspect the same would've happened in Equestria.

Either way, looking at how iconic it became, it was worth the second flag.
meto30 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aye, 'tis quite a famous story, is it not? I remember the movie "Flag of our Fathers" fondly. OK, maybe not too fondly, but still XD
Camsy34 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, this is awesome! :D
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
So Awesome! The spread of ponies has now reached an all time high. Soon, we will see this pivotal moment all around the world!

btw love the Iwo Jima reference!
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D it's always nice to see a reference being so iconic a that it doesn't even need to be put in the description in order to be seen
Pri1ncessLuna Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I am really loving the style of this as well as the resonance that this has with the original piece! The shading is done wonderfully and even though you have implemented whisps of color, the quality of the details manages to shine through in a very gorgeous way. If I were to describe this in one wrod it would have to be majestic! The way that all the deatils and elements like the lighting and character design come together, adds so much life to this and makes the piece truly magnificent! I would love to see more from you in the near future! Great work! Kind regards, Princess Luna
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
D'aw, such kind words are most appreciated, thank you :)
Really nice to hear all the different things you like.
I would love to make more art along those lines.
Codyzfluff Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The original statue has 13 hands, but only 6 soldiers.
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
The extra is some severed limb that had rigor mortis while still holding the flagpole.
Saunter-Hoof Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
OH, this is too good!
batosan Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!
SAINT-I Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Rarity seems to have her hoofs on Twilights flank.

AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's only trying to help raise the flag! nothing else! :iconajliarplz:
SAINT-I Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Yeeaahh... :iconmhmmplz:
ZeroZi Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
MWTM Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
"Every thing thats been asked of us, we've done. Every night spent in a muddy foxhole, praying that the changelings won't slit our throats. The wait is over. The enemy may be dug in deep, but this is their last stand. When the Changeling castle falls, we all go home"

Twilight Sparkle, battle for ewe-o-jima, 1944
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That was great!
I giggled at the "ewe-o-jima" that's a good one.
MWTM Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Your welcome.
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