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The Cause for Apples

Bonus addition for my Season 5 Episode Art!
Season 5, Episode 25 & 26 - The Cutie Re-Mark
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Plan was to make more finale episode art. Of course it had to be Applejack in her latest outfit. This timeline was pretty darn serious, though. It implied a total war. Every single citizen involved, young, old, strong, etc. Putting war in a family show is one thing, full on total war is another. But they did so in one of the more interesting ways, showing not just the frontline, but also the immense struggle and effort from those back home.

Then there was Sombra, who made the situation that much more darker. Enslaving ponies, putting up ponies against other ponies, all probably aware it's against their will. Fighting against your own kind you know is a helpless victim deep within.

So dark, but oh do I love the creators for doing that. Also partially because of my "First Contact War" which is going down darker paths as well. War is even in the name, and in the show it was already fun just hearing the word, like back with the Yaks. But then they take it to the next level. Perfect. It almost kinda excuses my universe for even existing, it makes it that bit more plausible.

Anyhow, had to make Applejack, in a style I where I specifically thought about an older piece, Warm Adventure Flow
I still like what I ended up with in that, and I wanted to get back to that again. A certain type of focus.

Now I don't know if I'll actually do the other Mane 6 in their outfits. I wasn't exactly planning on that. It's just that this was AJ. I do want to have a big piece with all of them together, like in the ending, though.

Approx Time: ~11 hours
Photoshop CC 2015
The Cause for Apples [WIP] by AssasinMonkeyRare Nights by AssasinMonkey

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Cupcakes155's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Vision: I love the artwork! You really captured her outfit, and the settings around her. The only reason I didn't put 5 stars is because the background is blurry, it would have been better if you put more detail in the pipes, smoke, and sky.

Originality: I Love how you used the scenery to capture certain elements on the outfit, it looks great. Her facial expression looks just like everything else in the picture, sad. (I mean it in a good way). The Camouflage certainly shows off the southern look of her, great job.

Technique: I absolutely love how you made her look 3D! She definitely has her curves and edges. The clothes are stained in mud, great detail!

I can;t really say anything about how this impacts me... But its great!
GJ301's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
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What I like most about this deviation is the impact it has on you. I mean, just look at Applejack's facial expression and tell me that you don't feel intimidated. Because she has never experienced true friendship in this future, Applejack has grown callous towards others, not wanting to have any part in others' lives. It also doesn't help that she's been working in a factory for the majority of her life, thus increasing the amount of stress she's under. So that makes her frightening enough. But what really makes her look scary is the angle that the picture is at. It's like the camera was placed on the ground, thus making the viewer feel like they're as small as an ant. Because of this, Applejack feels even more alarming as she gazes into your soul with those serious, unsettling eyes. You just feel so helpless as the friendless mare stares you down. The rest of the picture is well put together as well. I love how the factory buildings blend into the background, making the structure feel more menacing than it was before, and how the sky turns darker as you ascend. Leaves and/or particles are flying everywhere, creating a moos that's just as terrifying as Applejack's stare. And that's the exact word that I would use to describe this piece: terrifying. The war-oriented future is intimidating; it's a dark and unpleasant time where no pony is safe, and this illustration captures that brilliantly. I have to say that this is some quality drawing.
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Another excellent Applejack portrait. I was truly surprised by her appearance in this alternate timeline. Knowing the kind of mare that she is (strong, independent, and could kick some serious flank), I almost expected her to have a role more similar to Rainbow Dash fighting on the front lines. When I first saw the "industrialized" Sweet Apple Acres in the promo trailer with the factory and the smokestacks against the clouds, my first thought was that the Flimflam Brothers had taken over the farm (but they got their own timeline, so... yeah).

After seeing this, it makes me wonder what had to have happened for AJ and her family to abandon/change their ways and start canning apples (the Sombra War is probably the obvious answer, but still). I really like it. Keep it up.
CatsAndMcmuffins's avatar
i thought this was a 3d model at first. daaamn
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GreenCoder's avatar
I think the camo-clothing looks quite realistic!
Brittank88's avatar
reminds me of "How Applejack Won The War":…
Sipioc's avatar
There is something "Rosie the Riveter" about this.
Dragon101k's avatar
It was time to show the Apples could win the war!
MochaStarOC's avatar
Wow, this is beautiful.  The emotion captured and realism of the world she lives in is just on point.
everythingelse07's avatar
Ooh...awesome! Reminds me of Rosie the Riveter.
princess0kitty's avatar
I love her snood! she's like a badass 40s lady SQUEE!
fellroar86's avatar
Once again great work on the character detail, the coat, the mane and the clothes, everything, so realistic! It looks like to me from the WIP's that you use a 3D model program in conjunction with Photoshop, is this true?
AssasinMonkey's avatar
Nope! Everything here was made in just Photoshop. :D
I do definitely appreciate the compliment! I've been having a fun time trying to get to that "3D figurine" look.
fellroar86's avatar
WOW! that is just incredibility awesome then, and its my pleasure, keep up the good work!
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ManeFunction's avatar
You are the best!
Marrow-Pony's avatar
I definitly love the style you went back to on this one. I think it really compliments the eyes which are almost always my favorite part.
mlpdarksparx's avatar
I remember in that whole first future I noticed that none of the mane six had their flank showing, so I assumed in that future NONE of them got their cutiemarks. >.<

I wish they spent more time in this story though. It's got a lot of potential!
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