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This is Not an Apple...jack Plush by AssasinMonkey This is Not an Apple...jack Plush by AssasinMonkey
It's a digital painting. All photoshop.

Started out as just a regular face sketch, but the big eyes and round head reminded me of Nazegoreng's plush: For sale: Twilight Sparkle Custom Plush (So check her out if you want to see actual plushies)

So then I thought. I can probably not afford an actually awesome plush from her anytime soon, so I'll just paint my own right?! Having a little fun, with Applejack.

Intended to just keep it a speed painting, but it started involving several other things I've been wanting to do and have done in the past. Making something look like a figurine was where my entire current style came from (e.g. The Apple's Figure), and plushies are basically fabric figurines anyway right?

There was also the material practice. This ain't exactly my usual material I paint, so that was fun to figure out the intricate gradients for. But I also had to figure out how the colours worked with it. I wasn't exactly referencing an Orange pony, quite the opposite hah. So had to do some research on that and settle with something I thought made sense.

Then there's little things that fascinated me, like the darkness of the top of the nose, how that's done due to the material and light setup. Just wanted to paint that, because usually my nose tops are brighter lit.

And in the end there's the balance of how much refinement is needed to get the photo effect across, and not doing much more for little added impact.

Edit: The hair was my biggest struggle I think, because it was also the main thing that was my own design. I didn't base that on an existing plush, just my own regular hair style sketching. So I had to figure out how to translate that into plush myself.

Of course, it was all a scheme to just make another Applejack.

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:iconilovecoffee65:
ilovecoffee65 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
It looks so realistic! But the real plus he’s that stores sell always suck, but this is a work of art literally
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:iconpale-kingy:
Pale-Kingy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG the textures look so spot on! love it!
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:icontopzke:
Topzke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist
Its very nice but i don't got fooled because:
It's not a deep enpugh 3D
And a few parts look more like paper package textures than plush

But that are just very fine Details 😀
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:iconpinkymusic:
PinkyMusic Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018
Amazing!
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:iconcryingrightnow:
Cryingrightnow Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
OM GOSH THIS IS WITCH CRAFT WITCH CRAFT!
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:iconthecoffeeminion:
TheCoffeeMinion Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018
Holy CRAP this is amazing!  I saw this somewhere else and I seriously thought it was a plush!
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:icondocwario:
DocWario Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
AYEEEEE
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:iconsaloony78:
saloony78 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018
ITS SO BEAUTIFUL WTF !
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:icontaehyungs-husband:
TAEHYUNGS-HUSBAND Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I actually thought that was a plush at first. Damn.
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist
cool details
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:icontimgil:
timgil Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
Wow, you fooled EQD into making this pic the header for the plushie compilation, LOL.
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:iconcherymoon:
cherymoon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CALM DOWN THERE BUD THIS IS GETTING A LIL TO GOOD FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!
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:icongranpapony:
Granpapony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
Amazing! I thought for sure this was a plush at first glance!
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:iconfirestormdangerdash:
FirestormDangerDash Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
I know of some cheaper but still great plush makers if you really want one. Outside of 4De, i wouldnt of been able to get a really amazing plush at what most of them cost. My specific one I got is here  Dashie by LanaCraft

See if her prices interest you at all, haven't checked if they changed in the past few years.
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:icontwitchy-tremor:
Twitchy-Tremor Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is awesome! I didn't believe you at first when I saw that it a painting. It looks like a real plush so much it's not even funny.
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:iconyay295:
Yay295 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
lol
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:iconeqdbot:
EqDBot Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018
Hahaha, AssasinMonkey you got them !:D 
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:iconoinktweetstudios:
OinkTweetStudios Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
woah took me i little while before i noticed its drawn...impressive 
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:icontamatria:
tamatria Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
hermosooo
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:icondaregindemone04:
daregindemone04 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
i though was a sculture with details of a plush! amazing work!
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:icontikeyx:
Tikeyx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional Photographer
WOW... I tought its 3D...
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:iconth3ipodm0n:
Th3iPoDM0N Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Honestly, I thought this was a plush the first few times I looked at it until I read the description.


And now I really REALLY want one.
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:iconx-force02ranger:
X-Force02ranger Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
cute <3 and so realistic
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:iconmizukithesnake:
MizukiTheSnake Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
iT's NoT a PlUsH???/??///???
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:iconltblackcoat:
LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Good lord that's impressive.
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:iconmike19481976:
mike19481976 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  New Deviant
STILL THINKS CUTE ANY WAY
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:iconpoowndraww:
PoownDraww Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
You got me there :o
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:icontigergeekguy:
TigerGeekGuy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Amazing work!
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:iconcrystal-saber:
Crystal-Saber Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! :wow:
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:iconart-in-heart4va:
Art-in-heart4va Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Student
thought was a 3D drawing at first!
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:iconmarionette175:
Marionette175 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018   Artist
too real
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:iconhellmarked:
HellMarked Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
That's so beautiful!!
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:iconsolrac0:
Solrac0 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Awesome ! Even after knowing it's a drawing, I can still see it as a plush !
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:iconares12:
ares12 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
What unmistakable talent you have there.
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:iconcaptainfuz:
CaptainFuz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this was real like no joke it took me a good minute to realize it was a drawing
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:iconmiatdm:
MiaTDM Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Student Digital Artist
wow! looks SO realistic!! I love it!!! you did a fantastic job on it!!
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:iconjaderavenwing:
JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wow, you did a great job with this painting. I thought it was a plush at first too! So I suspect your intentions with it were successful!
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:icondoukz:
Doukz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought wow that's such a cool plush,,, wait.
This isn't... If I squint, it almost looks like...

This is so realistic, it's... Just... wOW. I can't even fathom how amazingly you've pulled this off <3
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:iconteam-friction:
Team-Friction Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
It's marvelous. Be proud.
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:iconironbeastz:
IronBeastz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oiii! What in the world?!?!? How'd you do that? Owo
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:iconscyphi:
Scyphi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
When you said it's not an actual plush but just a digital painting one, I looked back at the pic and was all "Whaaaaa? Nooooo..." *zooms in and squints* "oh wait...maybe...holy cow, it is!" :P
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:iconprince-leader:
Prince-Leader Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure looks like one!    X3

Really nice render.
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:iconpwhateverer:
PWhateverer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
This is next level like god DAMN :O
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:iconkalyandra:
Kalyandra Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
how the hell do you do this stuff
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:iconanthro-animals-rule:
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Wow!! It totally looks like a plush!  Link Shocked 

I feel like I'm gonna... Michael Rosen Mind Blown    lol 
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:iconrubyponywolf22:
RubyPonyWolf22 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude This Is So Damn Good I Mistaken It For A Plushie happy? not? 
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:iconlemontheboi:
LemonTheBoi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
Dis is not art dis is plush. This is not DeviantPlush
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:icondoukz:
Doukz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dis is art of plush uwu'' plush is art too
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:iconequinepalette:
equinepalette Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This totally tripped me up lol! I’m usually spot on at recognizing other plush artists pieces (especially the good ones) and I was immediately like “Holy cow, who made THAT one on the front page??? And where did they find a minky color like tha—Oh, wait, damn it’s a drawing!” Lol.
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