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Zecora encounters a manticore in the snow.
I had fun with this one. <3

I imagine Zebras to be an in-between of unicorns and earth ponies; where they have some magical abilities and skills, but not others.
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RednessShadow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what program did you use to make this?
springheel Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
NoradTwo Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2015
Cross between an earth pony a and unicorn = cross between a warrior and a mage = Knight-Enchanter.

That manticore is screwed.
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
ooooh the manticore looks so cool. Also I pricture zebras to be more like the original earth ponies: still very in tune with the natural magic of the land. As such they have some sway/manipulation over it and can read it well. Hence the potion making which was unfamiliar to Twilight. I don't imagine them able to do arcane style magic like unicorns, but more tap into the inate wild magic around them. We've basically seen that previous generations of earth ponies had to be aware of it: given how Granny Smith and her parents had to handle the zap apples. I think in general causing the plants to grow in this world is knowing how to pay attention to that kind of magic, and I wouldn't be surprised if earth ponies were the only ones who could truly sense it.

Anyway we all have our own in-head explinations. Either way this looks amazing!
2wingo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconzecoraplz:: "Oversized cats are not among my fears. Leave now, or I'll kick your ass up between your ears!"
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Hahahaha! Nice. 

Made me smile. 
CyrisDarkness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can I use part of it (Zecora) as a cover for my fanfiction (in polish)?
awadd Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
What the hell? I discovered this picture like, a year ago, and I somehow forgot to add it to my favorites!?
Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist

But Zebras are not Ponies at all.


Oh, an here's some suiting music:…

Amadhia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Artist
Oh my gosh! This is AMAZING!!! O.o
DragonThunder123 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This song would be perfect for this situation. [link]
KarrinBlue Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
That manticore is going to get pwned.
mrepicpony Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is awesome and super epic.
omgwtfsteph Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
>x> let's see you rhyme your way out of this one, Zecora.
Northwestcore Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly epic, nice job.
Amy-Vi-Li Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Awwwwww..... o3o
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
MadisonTourmaline Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great. It's a scene, so unlike the art style of the show, with actual depth and a visual inertia I can't take my eyes off of.
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap! This looks utterly amazing!
mzphit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I love the movement of this.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Thank you. :)
creamwolfgurl Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
You don't mess with Zecora! :D
Xyn-Brae Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ohhhhh yessss Love this
browntail Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Zecora vs manticore is not fair at all.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Oh, I know...

...that poor manticore.
browntail Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I pity it.
Senthai Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Zecora lives in the Everfree Forest, where threats like this abound. I'm sure she can handle this big pussycat. At the very least she is a mistress of illusion, so it shouldn't be too hard for her to leave the Manticore to grapple with an incorporeal, intangible monster while she calmly proceeds onwards.
CelestialShinigami Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
woah thats beast :O
MariaRuta Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
karasuma-chan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! Awesome job!
mimiclone Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
i add this to my fave
mimiclone Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
omd this is epic.....
Kmn483 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011   Digital Artist
StoneHellway Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
This song was stuck in my head while I saw your drawing. [link]
mewtwo3291 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of that one awesome scene in the movie 300!! XD
CaptainSparklz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Hmm,I do believe Ms. Zecora is in need of Glamdring's assistance ;) Through trudge and snow and wind and rain,stand fearless against the Dark Lords reign. For when in doubt,call thy name: Glamdring,the sword of evils bane!
Senthai Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Wait a sec... you be the one who created that Minecraft vid, TNT?
frey01 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
holy crap i saw this a while ago and was like thats amazing, but never found the artist, you sir are amazing. gald i fonud u/
acidic-fire Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
your MLP art is just beyond epic.
Divided-Chaos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Zecora is so bad ass!!! Go Zecora go!
plumQ Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's a good theory. I wonder where other horse-kin species fit into the mix. This actually makes a lot of sense. Perhaps in Equestria it accounts for their stripes? A mutation of Unicorn and Earth pony genes mixing?

Also, I've seen so little Zecora fan art. And while she's not got my favorite design, I love her as a character. So glad zebras get cutie marks too.
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Interesting how Hasbro had Zecora be the equivalent of a Native African, thus making Applehack's reaction to her all the more interesting. That and I think the mark on her flank might just be a tattoo or something. Though it is possible it is a cutie mark as she is talented at gathering herbs. But at the very least if it is a cutie mark, Zecora's is very different from the others.
plumQ Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hn, I assumed it was a cutie mark, since Zebras are a species of wild horse and the animation crew made a point of giving her one. Though I thought maybe their marks were a little more symbolic in appearance than the cute icons on the other ponies, which are variations of the domestic horse.

Also, I noticed The whole AJ/Zecora thing too. I wonder if that was intentional. Granted, AJ is based on the southern culture, and after growing up in the south, I can say that the culture here as a whole tends to fear anything it can't immediately understand or is radically different from itself.

(Unicorns weren't originally horses though, but I'm not going to go into that particular mythology-nerd turf, lol.)
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Actually in my roleplays I am having it be a bit different. Zebras do not have cutie marks but instead tribal tattoos that one gets after proving themselves in some task or another, a mark given to a zebra by their family or clan.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
There's not a lot of members of the equine family unfortunately... at least not many that would make for a graceful and interesting character like Zecora.
There are wild asses... but (for obvious, immature, reasons) they're not as cool as zebras.

There is an extinct member of the equine family called the quagga, and I think that would make for a very interesting character much like Zecora.
I have an idea for a quagga character... when I have the time I should draw it. <3
Scorched-Feathers Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
If we (read the signature for explanation) speak correctly they found the quagga to be a plains zebra subspecies (the quagga being discovered/named first also puts both the average plains zebra and quagga's scientific naming under debate. By scientific rules the plains zebra should already be classified as Equus quagga while the quagga should be Equus quagga quagga). As an extinct subspecies its genes can be found in the base genus (Plains Zebra) and thus be recreated by selective breeding (depends on ones definition. Kind of like recreating Aurochs using its descendant/domestic form the cow). Thus the Quagga Project was born and these little guys exist, the Quagga 2.0s.
The project is still running.

Also we both love this drawing. The snow and manitcore are wonderfully detailed while Zecora is kept just vague enough as to prevent a creepy mash up of realistic proportions and MLP proportion while still keeping it detailed enough to fit perfectly.
plumQ Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I've heard of quaggas. Shame there aren't any left. Zebras are really the only wild equine left, beyond asses (donkeys, for those who are sensitive) and horses as we know them that have gone feral. That explains why I couldn't think of any beyond zebras when I left you that comment.
trollcoal Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Actually, there is one species of truly wold horse left: [link]
plumQ Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ooo! I'd forgotten about these guys.
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