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Sparkle Ponies - Sunspot, Star Dancer and Twinkler by lirale Sparkle Ponies - Sunspot, Star Dancer and Twinkler by lirale
Back when I was a kid, gifted with tons of G1 ponies, sparkle ponies were some of my favorites. I really, really, really loved them, all three of them (I only had three of the 6 : Sunspot, Twinkler and Star Hopper).

Fast forward today, being a huuuuge pony fan and still disappointed by how overlooked and ignored Luna is in ML:FiM, I decided that, damn, Sparkle Ponies are ponies that live by night, so that makes them Luna's perfect friends and subjects! I decided to update them to the Friendship is Magic style, went on sketching... and here are my first results, with some history behind my design and the character I envision for all of them.

Ah, sweet Sunspot! Bright orange with the softest pink hair, I couldn't help but see her as the big sister. She's helpful, resourceful, a real support for everypony around her. She tends to doubt herself, but hides it as best as she can behind loads of loving and cheerfulness, she tries to overcome her own insecurities by always doing more for others than she'd ever dare ask. I didn't feel like changing much of her original design, and simply gave her cuddly puffy hair to match her cuddly character. I diminished the sun's rays on her cutie mark and gave her trail-like rays to complement the sun, and compensate for the loss of rays ;)

Star Dancer, for one, was one of the two I changed most. I switched body colors with Sky Rocket as I saw Star Dancer as a colt, and pink and blue isn't quite fitting. His cutie mark fit way more with this color scheme anyway; I chose to make the stars look more like they're dancing, instead of simply holding each other's shoulders. Star Dancer is calm, logical and intelligent, but very saddened by the loneliness night ponies live through, so he tends to mope around a bit.

Twinkler, now! She's kind of the cool girl in town, likes to look good but doesn't focus too much on it. She's very practical and has a bit of a trouble planning ahead or thinking before she speaks. Nevertheless, she's a loyal and dependable friend always ready for some more fun! Design wise, I fiddled with her stars a little, changed the shape and quantity. Apart from that, she's the only pony to date I decided to accessorize, and has quite the good looking tail ribbon!

FYI, all the Sparkle ponies had tinsel, hence the awesome colored metal-like strands they have in their manes :) Also, seeing as anyway Sparkle ponies wouldn't be quite animation friendly, I gave them a hoof design that was hinted in some early MLP:FiM sketches.

That's it for the first three! Star Hopper, Napper and Sky Rocket coming next! :)

And PLEASE feel free to spread the love and reuse my designs in your fanarts! I'd love to see Luna drawn with some friends of the night TwT A quick link back to the design is all I ask for!

Edit! : Here are the next three ponies! fav.me/d4utwrl
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SimbaSpyro Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! <3 They're so cute! :3
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lirale Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! Flirtatious 
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SimbaSpyro Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfluttershyyayplz: You're welcome!
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hoppin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Love the sparklies! LOVE LOVE... also can totally hear a valley girl voice in my head when I look at twinkler now. xD

One point? Coal is a fossil fuel, a colt is a young male horse. ;)
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lirale Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Bwahahah! I know it's three quarter centuries later, but thank you for pointing out that typo XD It really made me laugh, I don't know how coal could get in there instead of colt, what a weird brain fart XD
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southpony98 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sparkle ponies rock sparkle vampires suck
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lirale Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That... that comment is amazing XD And random, and lovable. Now I have to draw a Twilight parody, I just have to!!! XD
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kinolira Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twinkler was one of my favorites as a kid and I absolutely adore your stylization for her! The metallic streaks in their manes for the tinsel looks great!
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lirale Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! :D I'm glad you like her, as Twinkler was also one of my favorite ponies it really means a lot :3
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Vitani-Yuy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg, so much love for Sunspot :D I look forward to the four fillies :D maybe you could design a couple more to go with them ;)

Only there really needs to be a blue one lol
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lirale Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
OMG, yes, we need blue! :la: You are so right! Designing a few original sparkles would indeed be a lot of fun ~:music: But before that, I'll get started on those fillies and will draw at least one picture of Luna with the sparkle ponies. She deserves friends and good company during the night! XD
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Vitani-Yuy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe something with a telescope? and you could do a white one... *goes off to design* LOL
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lirale Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yeah, a telescope would fit the sparkle ponies theme perfectly! And a white one would be so cute too! *.* Me gusta this brainstorm commenting XD
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
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lirale Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
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rozga-chan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Sparkle ponies for the win!
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lirale Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yes!!! 8D They are the best!
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Sound-of-Heaven Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you make them look "sparkly"? I've been making up my own OC ponies and I wanted to make one of them a Sparkle Pony, but I can't figure out how to get that effect.
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lirale Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm a masochist, so the sparkle is actually a combination of three layers XD One rainbow underneath with patiently sprinkled dots, a duplicate of that layer on top but white, and a third layer on top of the two others that has big, star-shaped sparkle. Having the rainbow-colored bottom layer really helps toning down that whole sparkle stuff, that can look too fake if you overdo it. :) Hope that helps!
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Sound-of-Heaven Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like it would be hard to get it right, but there's no reason not to try! Just one thing I'm not quite clear on: for the bottom layer, do you mean the whole layer is rainbow and then you put dots on it, or is it just a layer full of rainbow-colored dots?
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lirale Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Rainbow-colored dots! :)
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Sound-of-Heaven Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay. Thanks! I'll give it a try! :D
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NormaLeeInsane Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you updated their designs. :aww:
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lirale Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! ^w^
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hinoraito Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Est-ce que tu aimes les bananes?
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GearHorn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow nice designs...yah wow
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! :D
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You...are officially awesome for this! I always loved the Sparkle ponies, though I only have Sunspot, Sky Rocket (tailless) and Twinkler (tail comes out, but I still have it) and the 4 babies. Twinkler is by far my favorite, and she looks simply awesome here, nice job making FiM versions of them, and I love the fact that you made them nocturnal/Luna's allies. That really makes a lot of sense, and makes me identify with them even more, since I myself am kind of nocturnal, and always figured, "Why does Luna have to be the only nocturnal pony? There has to be more..."

Anyway...might be cool to see the sparkle babies in this style. :D
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh I sooo agree with you! :D I'm lucky with the original ponies; as a kid, I only had Sunspot, Twinkler and Star Hopper, but a friend has been a real darling and gave me Star Dancer, Napper and Sky Rocket too! So I've got all of them in mint condition :3 They sit on my desk as I draw them^^

And... just as the other three Sparkle ponies are coming (inking done, working on colors!) I planned on doing the sparkle babies as well! :) The night needs cute fillies! XD I also just might sparkle-ify the Glow'n'show too! Luna needs lotsa subjects of the night! 8D So stay tuned! :3
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only had Twinkler as a child...and two of the babies (one of which I lost (baby [sparkle] North Star), and then traded the other one I had to a friend to get baby [sparkle] North Star again (because I loved that one, and hated the fact that I had lost her XD; ) I went to a pony-meet several years ago, and got all the rest of the babies) I got Sunspot and Sky Rocket at either a garage sale or thrift store, I forget which.

Oh yeah...the glow and show's are cool too! (but sparkles are slightly better, IMO) I only have one of them though (the orange one)
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're very lucky! Sparkle babies are the cutest and I only ever had one (given to me by my friend with the other three adults) I hope you can get your hands on the other ones! :3

I never had any Glow'n'Show and I think the stuff you can see in their bodies is a bit... disturbing XD That's why I'll turn them into awesome sparkle ponies! Yaaaay 8D
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute way of changing the Sparkle Ponies into FiM charas. :) I love Twinkler, her design is great. But the other two fit, too. :D
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!! Twinkler was challenging, I was afraid she might come out too similar to Twilight Sparkle. I'm really glad you love her! :) Plus she usually was my favorite Sparkle pony so I put a lot of effort into her (although some days Sunspot and Star Hopper take the spot lol)
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Nice colours and I love the expressions.
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yay thanks! :D
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
You're welcoooome.
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Rubynite Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<333
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
8D
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Rubynite Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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iluvchedda Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh!! This is soso amazing!! I absolutely adore how you styled their hair, so cute and full of personality! I love this. I love this a lot. :D
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lirale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you soso much! ^w^ I'm really glad you love htem that much :D
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