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Post Harvest Downtime

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Applejack Day has arrived once again...  It always seems to be just around the corner, somehow.  This time, I thought AJ kicking back after a busy season seemed appropriate.  I know that there are still people who haven't seen all of Season 7, but even those waiting for the US broadcast will be able to catch the finale before the month is out, and so we'll be entering the hiatus... Post movie this time, as well.

There have been many changes over the years, both in the show and out.  The shape of the fandom is ever shifting as people come and go while the creative staff and the show itself changes with each new season.  Beyond that, Lord knows that the real world seems to be spinning frantically with events to keep things feeling ever off-balance with each news cycle.  So there's just something that I find comfortably Zen about revisiting Applejack again and again for these art days.  Maybe it's that she is such a steady presence in the show, or that her role hasn't changed nearly as much as those of other characters.  (Although learning that she was half-pear was certainly a momentous event this season, and likely the highlight episode for me.)  Maybe it's that something about her feels pure to the heart of the show that keeps bringing me back. 

Or maybe I just want to be lying back in the warm sunlight on a crisp, Autumn day with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling like I know my exact place in the world and couldn't be more content with it. 
That would be pretty great, I would think.
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Sal-is-ded's avatar
Omigod, this just..... EPIC
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KindergartenTeacher's avatar
She looks very relaxed! :relax:

And those carvings in the wood look real! :eyepopping:
MustachedBain's avatar
Oh nooo...
I HAVE SEEN MAGNIFICENCE! <333
92CaptainWolf's avatar
He, what a relaxing sleeping pose she does there. Neat. :)
But actually very nice.
Kyoshyu's avatar
Need to rest sometimes. :)
NoraGoth's avatar
Lovely. The details are so well done. I just kept expecting her to move, or yawn or something.
Envirotech's avatar
So gorgeous <3 <3   Love how you have this framed with her rope and hat off to either side, she's just adorable in that position.  I love the details of the top piece of wood being all old and weathered like that.. Great art! :D
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NeverLastStanding's avatar
Applejack <333333333333 I adore her in your art style
TheExhorsecist's avatar
Girl
It's a hard hard world
If it gets ya down.
Dreams
Often fade and die
In a bad bad world--
I'll take ya where real animals are playin'..."
SeriousJupiter's avatar
Excellent art and I agree with everything you said. I missed Applejack Day, but I don't mind. She's my favorite every day of the year.
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Or maybe it is by watching her farming lifestyle, her hard working days of harvesting the apples for the town and surroundings, being a sister, a model and a teacher for her sister, remaining strong for her family, being always close to her family and friends and this while remaining down to earth, humble and honest to others and herself. All this make her earn respect. Because she's doesn't use magic, but the strength of her heart.

Awesome work on great pony.
Wisdom-Thumbs's avatar
The way you've textured every material here is jaw-dropping, good god. Applejack still looks like she fits there, but when I zoomed in it was a minor shock to see how smooth she is. Not a bad shock, though. Your lighting is stunning on every bit of hair and every orange surface!

Great description, too. I needed that.
Mokey1980s's avatar
Very calming, I love the chipped and peeling paint on the window, give it a nice rustic atmosphere.

And in regards to your last statement on your description, I too would love that =p
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OddEyesDragoon's avatar
Get some rest AJ, you've earned it.
Happy Applejack Day!
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A happy Applejack is a perfect Applejack. It's great to see the hard-working yet (usually) conscientious mare looking so contented now that she can take a well-deserved break. That satisfied smile also reveals her positive outlook and friendly nature.

As gorgeous a job you did on the earth pony, the barn itself and her tools of the trade look fantastic. That decorative trim, worn and peeling as it is, has just the right kind of happy charm for the place; meanwhile the gorgeous autumn landscape and its glow add an extra bit of softness to both her form and the scene. Thanks for such a sweet mood for this great pony.
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This is very nicely composed!  As is AJ herself, it seems :-)
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Beautiful work as always.
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