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The End of the High Road

I do love the interactions between Rarity and Applejack on the show. Over three seasons they have come to be the most consistent comedy pairing with classic chemistry at work between the fussy drama queen and the dependably rough-and-tumble workhorse. As they are often criminally overlooked by segments of the fandom (and even those producing merchandise for the show), I am always happy to revisit one or both of these ponies in some new art.

Of course, if there were ever to be a day celebrating these two, it surely should come on the birthday of a certain prominent Pony artist who is often the first name in drawing either of these two, namely the wonderful WhiteDiamonds :iconwhitediamondsltd:. (Happy Birthday my dear (and it still counts in your time zone!) I hope a quick drawing of two charming ponies adds a little extra to what has been a day filled with warm greetings from your many fans! You're a beloved part of this fandom for a reason.)

As it happens, I found her birthday arriving this year in the midst of a heavy workload on my job and, even more alarmingly, at a time when I really didn't have any new ideas for pony art (well, nothing that wasn't already in some stage of production, that is... and passing off something like that as a gift would be dishonest.) Still, why should I let the lack of an actual idea hold me back? The result is the image above, put together in snips of free time between assignments entirely in the last 24 hours. Credit again goes out to KP-Shadowsquirrel for the blank pony model which I used for a lighting and pose reference.

On a side note, a special thanks to :iconbest-of-mlp-fim: for their continuing support ever since I got into the fandom here. It's a great group that has generously featured my own work, as well as that of many outstandingly talented artists. Do check it out if you haven't already.
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LookOutHereComesTom's avatar
Rarity should've brought boots!  Or a magic carpet...or learned Starlight's flight-spell (look, ma!  no wings!)
Dr-InSean's avatar
Such a fantastic picture.  In just one image and with one little title, you captured 50% of the entire Rarijack entity (this 50% being how AJ keeps Rarity grounded and reminds her there's dirty work to be done, the other 50% being how Rarity keeps AJ from being a total slob and reminds her that there's more than just the straight-forward way to handle life).  The detailed, thoughtful comment about the technical details and characters of this picture is fantastic too; almost as good as the picture itself.
Abdisam-Billystorm's avatar
Just take it AJ,just eat that mushroom
92CaptainWolf's avatar
Hm! That is a good picture! :)
NightmareAsk's avatar
Raritys like No, I disagree! no
Catiacaterina's avatar
The fancy mare and country mare. :rarity:  :applejack: 
AinoBunnyApplejack's avatar
So sweet.
For Rarijack!
BrutalityInc's avatar
Rarity, of course, could cut the Gordian Knot and EXTEND said high road - by levitating that log with her own telekinesis over the mud, possibly with herself on it.
SomeRandomMinion's avatar
To which Applejack would annoyedly remark, "That's...cheatin'! Ah think."
BrutalityInc's avatar
And to which Rarity would just refute with. "I'm just using what I have." Wink/Razz 
SomeRandomMinion's avatar
[Cue AJ grumbling in defeat...] :lol:
TheOtterPony's avatar
Well, Rarity could levitate AJ over the mud too. ;)
Panquem's avatar
Totally agree with everything...Aj´s cute face its just...>.< i love it!!! the world deserves more of this ponies :D
EverlastingDerp's avatar
I totally agree with you in regards to Applejack and Rarity's chemistry. They play off each other in the most entertaining and often adorable ways. You captured these two perfectly! I love this! :love:
MLPegasis4898's avatar
Love the personalization you made on Rarity and AJ!!! :XD: :XD: :XD:
PooshkaRiotMLP's avatar
I love your range of cartoon to realistic. Am I doting? I noticed I comment on like all of your pieces...
xpegasus12's avatar
Looks amazing, and I love the symbolism used in this piece of art.
ragstart's avatar
Rarity and AJ, these rich, chunky colours. Perfect.
ManithMagesinger's avatar
I always thought that in the main six, each pony had somebody that they had the hardest time getting along with, Pinkie and Twilight, Dash and Fluttershy, and a prime example of Rarity and Applejack is his picture, Applejack is not afraid too get down and dirty, while Rarity is a very class lady and would avoid this kind of situation at all costs, and finally the look on where faces spells out what they are thinking perfectly, Rarity has a look of situation" you can't be serious", and Applejack just has the look of satisfaction, thinking about how Rarity will react to getting dirty, very well done sir.
VictorReisSobreira's avatar
filfhy earth poneis must stay in the mud, the superior  unicorn  master race saty in the top!
Galgus's avatar
Superior earth ponies get to their destination, silly unicorns get stuck on logs.
VictorReisSobreira's avatar
ur argument is invalid cuz magic
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