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Sparkle Ponies - Sunspot, Star Dancer and Twinkler
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Published: March 28, 2012
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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's avatar
SimbaSpyroHobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! <3 They're so cute! :3
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Thank you! Flirtatious 
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:iconfluttershyyayplz: You're welcome!
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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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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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Sparkle ponies rock sparkle vampires suck
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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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kinoliraHobbyist 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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liraleHobbyist 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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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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liraleHobbyist 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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Maybe something with a telescope? and you could do a white one... *goes off to design* LOL
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liraleHobbyist 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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:clap:
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:iconohstopityouplz:
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Sparkle ponies for the win!
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Yes!!! 8D They are the best!
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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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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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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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Rainbow-colored dots! :)
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Ah, okay. Thanks! I'll give it a try! :D
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I like how you updated their designs. :aww:
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