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My Past is Not Today by Didj My Past is Not Today by Didj
The moment I saw that new Rainbow Rocks music video "My Past is Not Today", I knew that I had to draw Sunset Shimmer in her triumphant phoenix pose at the end. If you haven't seen it yet, here's a link www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqnbYU… At first I was planning on doing a collage illustrating what was featured in the three new music videos. But then I decided to do something that celebrated the story arch of Sunset Shimmer. This is a character who went from being a power hungry stereotypical "mean girl" villain of a high school musical plot, to being one of the most endearing and sympathetic characters in the franchise. And my favorite thing about it all, is that her transition is paced out and very believable. It's one thing for the villain to redeem themselves at the end of the story, it's quite another thing to go into how said character struggles to find compassion and forgiveness after she threatened to enslave her school as a raging she-demon.... uh, no offense.
:iconsunsetshimmerplz::iconsaysplz:Sigh, none taken.
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:iconblackfaithstar:
BlackFaithStar Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1000th like :D
Awesome piece you got here!
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Son-of-Dromund-Kaas Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
1: Descent
2: Realisation
3: Struggle
4: Rise
5: Triumph

Damn good work mate. 
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Cherry-Draws Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I agree.
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EnigmusPrime Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2017  Student General Artist
*sniff* Our little girl's all grown up... Judy - (Crying) Icon 
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Ggunsailor Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Student Writer
Beautiful!
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SketchyGirl15 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw on YouTube that someone used this photo without crediting you, idk if you are ok with this but i just want you to be aware of this:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsnG1O…
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Didj Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
That's quite alright. They are just using it as a background image to their song. Happens often.
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bluethunder25 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
I've said this before and I will say it again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again AND AGAIN until the day I die and beyond, I like that Sunset is good now, but what pisses me off about it is not that it came out of nowhere, but how Twilight verbally chastised her while she was broken beaten and humiliated in the middle of a crater. I know what Sunset did, but she did not know she would turn into a demon!! Did you all not see how she was crying during her transformation?! Well....DIDN'T YOU?!?!!?!?!?!?! And yet despite that, you and everyone else have the gol, THE NERVE, to be all, 'go to hell, Sunset, burn the witch!!!!' Look, a lot of you probably to realize this, but when you have all the talent in the world and you don't what you feel is rightfully yours, it can suck and that's what happened to Sunset; she had all the talent, but Celestia wouldn't make her an alicorn and it pissed her off. I relate to Sunset in a way because I understand that kind of feeling.
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Didj Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
I think that a lot of the humane six chastising her was in regards to the uber bitch that she was being through the whole movie, and not just when she turned into a raging she-demon (I fault the sloppy writing in the first film mostly). But you'll notice that in the third movie, Sunset has a moment where she chastises (and completely justifiably so) Sci-Twi for her magical stealing shenanigans even though she was doing it out of naivete and not malicious intent.
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bluethunder25 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017
I still say Twilight was out of line for doing what she did.
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SunsetDash363 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
OMG
HOW DID YOU DRAW THAT- 
THAT´S IMPOSSIBLE- 
OMG- 
#ThisismyfavdrawingXDD
Lol sorry but I have NO idea how people can draw things like that XD
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Cool picture! And I agree with you: Sunset Shimmer became a better person and a good character in the Equestria Girls universe.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Although I wonder if Sunset's form at the end of the music video is the humanized version of an Alicorn.
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R-ubyy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Pretty sure its Daydream Shimmer from Friendship Games (spoilers)
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Your right, it just took time to sink into my head.
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R-ubyy Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Mmk!
But with no horn, its quite hard to tell..
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Although honestly the previous film was better than this one.
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R-ubyy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
True
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EpicCartoonsFan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Student Artist
First movie, second movie, then music video! Awesome!!
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Miss-dreamerkat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing
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R-M-H Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Did anyone notice that Sunset Shimmer is the first out of the Human 6 to have a 'normal outfit' that includes pants?

Just a thought...
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Sigma012 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I can't get over how awesome this is.
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SpookyRov90 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
beatiful 
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rosyneko Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
my past does NOT define me 'cause my past is not today!
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megavipersnake Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
This really shows, Sunset Shimmers Character Development over time.

Great work, it really sums op the song in the general.
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CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome art!
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Sandalaia Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Cool! I like the last mode, with Sunset is transforming in a Phoenix!
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CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Does that mean that she's an alicorn phoenix or something like that?
Since she's already an unicorn,and now that she's got phoenix wings,that must mean that she's an alicorn.
Her wings must have been hidden all this time,or maybe im just overreacting too much XD
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Paxequinas Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps she has the capacity to become an alicorn?
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CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Could be
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Darkvader2016 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018   Artist
She might be an Alicorn. She just needs one more push too finally become like Twilight.
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Fedeltaflame Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is epic. Wonderful depiction of her evolution as a character.
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CasanovaGuy01 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Artist
I love you ,Sunset.
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ElementShimmer Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is wow
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AliceCherie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
:iconyoyowowplz::iconsaysplz:Is beautiful
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LadyRoyal34 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
L.R little sister: awesome
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PrettyCelestia Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sunset Shimmer EqG (transformation) plz This is the best Sunset Shimmer photo I've seen in a while! Awesome Job!Sunset Shimmer EqG (transformation) plzEQG Sunset Shimmer Cute Smile Plz transformacion de sunset shimmer EQG Sunset Shimmer Adorably Cute Plz  Sunset Shimmer Emote Sunset Shimmer EqG (run) plz Sunset Shimmer EqG (clapping) plz 
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DarkCog Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Love! :heart: 
It is strange that one of my least favorite characters of the show (due to poor writing), ends up being one of my favorites now. How strange is that?
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yuiopdude Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
THANK you, not ONLY is this a pretty awesome piece, but you are the FIRST person I've seen to LINK THE VIDEO THIS IS FROM! I've seen stuff like this ALL OVER the place, and not ONE links the original video. Maybe I've just been unlucky, but STILL.
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Skyclawpaw772 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
this is just so beautiful 
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AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is just perfect! :D
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gamergir8 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Awesome! Mind if I use this in a video? I'll give you full credit and a link in the description! :D
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Didj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Go for it.
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gamergir8 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Thx! Here's a link! :D www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEaXgj…
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Didj Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Awesome.
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gamergir8 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Thx! :D
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Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I wish we could get to see more of her in eqg3
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Didj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
We probably will. I just hope that the studio continues the path of quality that they reached in EQG2. Seems that the upcoming theme will be sports, so I'm a little skeptical since the last movie's musical rock theme was what I found so appealing about it.
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Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm pretty sure the third one would be better like whar RR did to EQG
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RocknRumble Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Fall as a demon...reborn like a Phoenix. Awesome!
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