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Surprise by NadnerbD Surprise by NadnerbD
Played with the poneatomy a little. This is what came of trying a new style of sketching. I've been sitting on it for a week or so trying to decide whether having lineart is incompatible with my shading. Decided to just post it.
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:iconemseeare:
EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
This is one of the best Rainbow Dash illustrations I've come across in a long while.
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EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
She looks so scared
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:iconkarts6:
karts6 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your artwork in my wallpaper
Final Fall by karts6
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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Did I say this is wing tastic?
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:iconthemysterioussong:
TheMysteriousSong Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
// quickly spots the pun // RAAHHHH!! NOOOO! NOT DE PUNNNSSS!
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:iconnadnerbd:
NadnerbD Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015   Digital Artist
You hadn't. Until you did. I'm glad you think so. :D
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
That's how she would react if she saw Applejack with wings flying  by.

Wonderful work
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:iconneytirislover51:
Neytirislover51 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Just amazing in every way!
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:iconagentdd2950:
AgentDD2950 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding work of art. I simple love it. I think I should move on drawing pony characters, but I am taking my time right know. I admire your work. Keep them up. You are awesome.
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks sooo amazing!!! Simply love the lights and shadings here! :squee: :squee: :squee:
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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Good anatomy and expression
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:iconelwisfrompoland:
ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
My bet is, she saw Scootaloo with Apple Bloom flying on a baloon, right next to her. :P
Nicely done.
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:iconjyroman53:
jyroman53 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sticky jump*
KA-PUUUUMMM 
AAAAARREREAAAAAAAAAaaa......*ding*
Hehehe nice view we got there ! oh wait is dis RD ???
RD MOVE MOVE MOVE !!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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:iconelwisfrompoland:
ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
That's why the B.A.S.E Jumper have been invented - use it next time!
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:iconjyroman53:
jyroman53 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*respawn* Ya ! I should take not of dis ! Now time to get RD to MEDIC !
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:iconelwisfrompoland:
ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
It's time for Dash, to hear Ze Sound Of Medicine!
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:iconjyroman53:
jyroman53 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MEDIC ! can ye repair her ?
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ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
:iconihavenoideamedicplz:
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jyroman53 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welp better git Twilight !
*inahle*
FREEEEE BOOOKKKZZZ HERE !!!!!
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ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
:icontwilightcrazyplz: *appears* WHERE!?
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:iconworldoftanks:
WorldofTanks Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Did a fighter jet suddenly zoom past her or something xD 
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:iconcrazygraehawkatoo:
CrazyGraeHawkatoo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like she saw Dusty shoot up in front of her...lol silly crop duster.
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:iconwhazzam95:
Whazzam95 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well made anatomy-wise. Congrats on making it to Drawfriend, you caught my attention.
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:icondejiko07:
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
D'awwwww...
Dashie looks cute when she's surprised! :)
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:iconformoy1:
Formoy1 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Awesome!!
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! The shock on R.D.'s face is priceless! Think you've got it!
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:iconsinn2r:
Sinn2R Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
I find everything in this picture appealing. Excellent work!
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:iconwisdom-thumbs:
Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is really nice shading. Also the whole mouth/snout area is goodly done. Much like.
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:iconmatrilwood:
Matrilwood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
"The Night Lords are coming!!!"
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:iconjacobellinger:
Jacobellinger Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
she hit an invisible wall 
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:iconthesleepydrizzle:
TheSleepyDrizzle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
More like invisible lamp post)
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:iconkyoshyu:
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"YIE!"
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:iconblastersky:
blastersky Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow the wings, shading, lines, and everything is great! Good work!!
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:iconaffinityshy:
AffinityShy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Filmographer
I like this style! ^^ Anatomy, shading, everything is very appealing. The linework looks great with this shading style; everything feels unified. Awesome work! :iconrainbowdashdowantplz:
I wonder what, or who, the surprise could be? :iconsurprizemlpplz:
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:iconverulence:
verulence Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it looks great! I love this look. Also those foreshortened feathers are really well done like wow. I'd say the way you did the lines with the shading 100% works :heart: 
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:iconnadnerbd:
NadnerbD Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D I was pretty happy with those wings, even though the lineart kinda kept me from shading them the way I have in the past.
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verulence Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah man. That line color choice and line hierarchy? Fantastic. I absolutely love both ways you render stuff so go at it how you feel. I could eat it up all day. ALL DAY SON.
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locoindigo Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015
Incidentally I think the shading works great with the lines here. It's a high, stark place up there full of sudden dangers! so those blues and sharp terminator lines really make it seem like she's being pranged and punked by something diving out of bright, dizzying sunlight.

Other than that I guess: lines and abstraction for inviting us into the character and imagining ourselves in their horseshoes, or lineless and more realism for slightly unreachable grace and power and/or conveying subtleties in a pony's character? But those are so totally just artfart guidelines; I dig this piece. Thank you for sharing!
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NadnerbD Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Digital Artist
Heey, thanks for the deep thoughts about art symbolism and stuff. :D

To be honest, I often don't think about what I'm trying to convey in a piece, beyond the literal "this is a thing which you can see", so my style choices tend to be just sort of my attempts to aim at whatever looks good to me at the time. Sometimes this works.
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locoindigo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
I get the sense of something fwipp!-ing past her and the pause before the tumbling shockwave.

Pony with quick reactions. That's our Dashie. But will that save her? Stay tuned for grit, determination and heroic valour!
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:iconnadnerbd:
NadnerbD Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Digital Artist
Though I have to say I really like this interpretation of what's happening here.
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g-haze Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How does one anatomy, not just anatomy, but pony anatomy.
I can not anatomy. =P
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CaptainPudgeMuffin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist
I love it. :heart: You should definitely keep this style.
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:iconnadnerbd:
NadnerbD Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015   Digital Artist
I'll keep it in my back pocket in case of ponemergency. :D
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
"What in the name of thunder and lightning WAS that?!"
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Fluttershy: "Um, it looked like some kind of flying machine..."
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Edited Mar 14, 2015
"That was AWESOME! I felt as if my blood was flowing right into my hooves! Tell GMA that those aerobatic fly-boys from overseas are cleared to start practicing with this plane for the Exhibition, and send the eggheads who designed and built this my regards!"

--- Earth-pony pilot, after a test flight with one of Golden Meteor Aircraft company's new Martin 262 jet aircraft, a few weeks before its premiere at the 20th international Pegasus Aviation Exhibition.

(And now we have continuity! btedge116.deviantart.com/art/P…)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
"So, what's Yer take on that contraption, Rainbow? Yer the hotshot flier here, what do YOU think about lettin' anyone who can fit in teh seat of some machine, just zoom around the sky like that? Didn't think somethin' made ah that much metal could even fly AT ALL, mahself..."

--- Applejack, to Rainbow Dash after the Aviation Exhibit a few days later, during which the former saw the Ma-262 in action.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Nice! :D Seems the sky doesn't just belong to those with wings any more.
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist
I love her expression. The loose feather is a nice touch, too.
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