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Steadfast Apple by AssasinMonkey Steadfast Apple by AssasinMonkey
Because I did not have enough Apple in the last weeks

Wanted to do something more rough, dirty brushwork but also drama, movement, and not spending to much time. Changelings are a great opponent in MLP pieces :XD:

Spend minimal time putting down the values, kinda following the lines of 'Toadily a swamp' and 'Dragon Repellent Required'
Still different, though. WIP shows my early silhouette and sketch work, which functioned as a base for "softer" brushwork on top. Working directly with colours, though I of course adjusted those at the end.

Anyhow, so here we go, another pony centric MLP piece again in my gallery, and another Applejack :D


Approx Time: 5 hours
Steadfast Apple [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS PIECE! The way you, somehow, manage to show more realism in Applejack's mane and tail is outstanding! I can actually picture this as an action shot in some dark MLP-like movie or something. You actually give the Changeling drones more ferocity (And justice, in my opinion) then most, including the Canon depictions of them. There is a very nice blending of colors and a nice contrast with the foreground (Where Applejack is) and the background, with the whole "fading" technique and such. This is quite a masterpiece, and I would view this as on par with some of the Masterpieces of some of the famous artists, like Van Gough.
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This is AMAZING!!!! OMG! Applejack's mane and tail are so frizzy-looking. Love that! The changlings are seriously evil, while Applejack is taking this battle seriously. This is going to be the best shot of a really famous mlp moive (My opinion) I also see that you added some effects the first thing I noticed was the backgrounds' colors it looks like blended earth tones, the second thing that was effects are the chagling's, the last effect that Apple jack is cryig !!! A little! How cool, wiclked-cool right? The really cool, awesome, and amazing part of this work of art is that seem to blend through or meet and made earth tones. Keep up the good work
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Budgiefalco Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfull depth!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's ready to beat them all.
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everythingelse07 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
This is beautiful! I particularly love the muted color palette--it really makes you feel as if you're in the middle of a battle.
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ClockupFlowers Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tears really add a whole new mood to this image. Bravo. 
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MagicBIaze Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Yep good luck AJ.
[She's gonna get pwn. :l]
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:iconkrazzulimaii:
Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa. Looks very cinematic. Nice motion and atmosphere
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:iconajax94:
Ajax94 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Awesome job! :D
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:iconprism-s:
Prism-S Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you.
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:icontheexhorsecist:
TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Wow.  Great composition.  You really have captured the feeling of a melee!
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I-DigAPony Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Applejack appears to be in a surprised/defensive pose.  What I find impressive is her immediate reaction reflects far more fury than fear. 

It's difficult to determine the location - is this in a cave (my daughter's thought) or in a forest? (My thought)
The title suggests that she has been tasked with defending a position.  Good choice.

Excellent job of straddling the more complex medium and the flash style of the show, a difficult transition to be sure. 

With your permission I'd like to include this in the second book of an epic that will take AJ outside (way outside) of Ponyville.
The first book is almost complete.  If you're interested in some more details, let me know.

I too, love Applejack. Utterly.  In fact the first time I saw Simple Ways I spoke the exact words as Trenderhoof said them because I exactly what I would say in that situation:

Who - Is - That???!!
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JodeOnslow Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I just.. wow. I've never ever thought of MLP FiM as having the potential to be epic... until now. It's hard to believe you've based that off a cartoon series. The composition, lighting colours... just. Seriously awesome dude!
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the dynamic action!
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:iconihniwid:
Ihniwid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! Now this, this is a drawing I need the story behind.
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!!! Looks awesome!!! :D :D :D
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LordMoonBiscuit Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i love the messy brush strokes!
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Awesome~!!
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:iconfixap:
Fixap Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
NICE!
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Paulicus1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
This is very gritty (in a good way). AJ being a total badass.
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:iconartention:
Artention Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ! :D
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome 
APPLEJACK APPLEJACK APPLEJACK :D
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unlikeablePony Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Dang, this is Incredible! Love AJ's expression and the coloring on the changelings in this one!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Your love for Applejack really made you create incredible artwork pieces renditioning her.

This is one amazing work.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you kidding me!? This is insane. How can you improve so fast? Do you even eat anymore? Because it must take most of your time to draw as much as you do. I'm beyond jealous.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think I might be addicted to streaming, which helps me procrastinate art by making more art or something. :O
The energy I get from viewers, fans, reactions, questions, etc. is astonishing. The constant joy is fuelling me maybe. No time to eat, no time to sleep, only pony, Applejack... and art... and streams... and oh that other thing.. and....

Still, what you've been making and up to is very commendable as well.
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
As a viewer multistreams are even more addicting and make a lot more fuel imo. Should totally do those as well more often. xD
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh the madness that is multistream. Yes, yes. Those Saturdays took quite a turn with those, a turn into good madness.
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supervader2 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Wy zombies
what so fun about them??
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:iconskittylover2012:
SkittyLover2012 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what zombies? Those are changelings...
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High-Field-Brony Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
4/kevin   Very good 
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SuperSaiyanBrony Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
Awesome artwork 11/10-IGN
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Ponkool4 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Fantastic! I love how the foreground changelings are out of focus, as if the camera is focused on AJ.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
"Is tha' it? Is this all ye have?! Do ye think this'll make me 'fraid of you?!

Come'on then! I'm gonna TEACH ya fear!"
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
[Mid-Boast, A Changeling hit AJ upside the head from behind with a baseball bat]

Changeling: "BONK!" :evillaugh:
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
[Only for AJ to turn her head towards said Changeling, snorting angrily, completely unfazed by the blow]

Applejack: "Ah've had heavier things fallin' on my head and comin' out withou'a scratch!"

[Bucks Changeling TF2-Scout-wannabe to next Thursday]
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
[With a howl of profanity, the Changeling goes flying, landing in...a busy restaurant. He groans on the floor, and spots...HIMSELF?!...sitting at a both eating pancakes. A surprised earth pony mare is setting next to his double, likewise eating.]

Changeling: :wtf: "...Wha?! But...?! WHAT?!"

Next-Week!Changeling: [Sips orange juice] "Yes, you were LITERALLY knocked into next week. See?" [Points to a calender on the wall, marked with that date] "And no, I can't tell you why you'd be undisguised in public as early as--er, now; let alone eating breakfast at a pony restaurant. Oh, and you interrupted my date. Sweetheart....?"

[The Past!Changeling can only stammer in utter confusion before he is smacked by the mare's cream-colored hoof, rocketing him back to his proper timeline]

Next-Week!Changeling: "Good punch! Those classes we took are paying off, honey!"

Coco Pommel: "Um...thanks. So...why did I just punch a time-traveling...you?"

Next-Week!Changeling: "Pardoxes are pesky things. If we let him/me hang around, he/I would end up wrecking our breakfast. Just don't worry about it."

Coco Pommel: "...Okay. Pass the blueberry syrup, please." :meow:

 
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
:rofl:
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
[Thought you'd find that funny! At least he gets a date in a week, right?]
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
[ And two bruises :lol: ]
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
[Well, that's the trouble with time travel! :D]
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saxumsando Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ho wow is amazing
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Nice.                                                                                                         Clapping Pony Icon - Applejack Clapping Pony Icon - Changeling 
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really love the subtle colors of this one, as well as the great movement of the characters...  Beautiful work!
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LaRomanceWriter Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Writer
Oooh, nice!
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Blairaptor Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice work! I love the composition and the close focus on AJ. Also interesting how she's facing away from the viewer. I like it!
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Four changelings against one pony?! That´s just cruel! I mean, poor bugs!
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Arrancar9021 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is amazing. I love how things in the foreground have a "blurred" or "fuzzy" appearance, while those in the background are more clear. That is wonderful perspective. Also, like others have said, the realism of this is spectacular. The focus and subject of this piece, Applejack, is clearly made.
Beautiful work! Clapping Pony Icon - Applejack 
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ardashir Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Great art here. AJ looks very 'real', like an actual living being, and the changelings share in her 'natural' look. I also love the feel of motion here, like the picture caught a second out of a confrontation. Great, great work.
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bramsonart Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Great picture and technique.
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wolf12832 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I love this and made a Critique on it.
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chaosmalefic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ... wow
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