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The downside of the Change is that people often end up something they don't expect, and often, initially don't like, either. But the upside is that many needs have new and unusual solutions that weren't available before. So goes the U.S. Department of Transporation's Drider Bridge Corps, for example. Spider silk is significantly stronger than steel, and any bridge built by driders would likely outlast the mountains it was built on. Suddenly driders went from scary to highly valued, almost overnight.

Jacqueline here was a secretary before the Change, but after, the USDOT DBC offered her six figures a year, free food and water, and all the sunshine and fresh air she could ever want. How could anyone turn down an offer like that? And even when a bridge needs repairs, like this one does, it's not exactly terrible work.

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This was an old sketch that was too incomplete to ever quite make it into the Incompleted Projects Bin. I had... well, I had a lot of time to kill today, so I took it from a sketch to what you see here. Jacqueline's colors were chosen by my fiancée, right down to the freckles.

This probably needs more shading and detail work (where are the cars?), but it's done enough that it's worth posting. This is... I dunno, maybe ten hours of work total, and, as usual, all vector art in CorelDRAW.
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Grendelkin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. :D
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WhiskeyFox Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
I think she is simply lovely!
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
:iconapplejackplz:?
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not intentionally.  I drew this picture long before that show was even a glimmer in Lauren Faust's eye.  The colors just work well together.
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Enron-II Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Yeah, I knew this was made in 2008, but gotta admit, when viewed in a 2015 lens, the coincidence of her color scheme, eye color, and hairstyle together matching a certain apple pone is quite funny.


Of course, it IS just coincidence. We don't have time travel just yet... Applejack liar


Also, spider silk bridges would be friggin' awesome to have. Cheap to maintain, and as you said, ridiculously strong and durable.
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AwesomeAlex2001 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey uhh does she spin webs and Cocoon her victims?
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:iconawesomealex2001:
AwesomeAlex2001 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Uhhhhhh whats that area where theres a hole that the webs come out?
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not really a hole.  There are organs there that produce silk, called spinnerets.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinnere…
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AwesomeAlex2001 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ahh it looks kinda cute
Like its very detailed
So does she cocoon stuff
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Moonbow69 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Artist
Possibly. Also, if I had a stack of hundreds for every Bill Cipher I've seen, I'd be pretty damn rich.
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AwesomeAlex2001 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wym?
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PatricktheHenchman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess she gets assigned to repair the Golden Gate bridge a lot, seeing how many times we that bridge getting destroyed.
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redbellcat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I love her! She's so cute and looks happy >A<
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GuesssWho9 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You should write a whole story.
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MrNiceGuy4 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 14, 2014
Reminds me of how biotechnologists are still trying to produce spider silk for applications such as this. Since spider silk is such a big protein, they're using goat mammary glands. They've created genetically engineered goats that produce it in their milk. (They're only 0.0000001% spider...but technically they ARE "spider-goats".) They got the protein isolated, but, unfortunately, it fell through for one major reason: producing the protein is only "half" of the equation. Apparently the "spinneret" organ is just as essential to properly assemble the proteins into strands that make high quality silk that has the desired properties. Attempts to "replicate" the spinneret so far have yielded product inferior to steel... We'll have to actually make a synthetic spinneret itself to get it to work, which is a problem because biologists don't really understand how the spinneret works yet.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Centaur71 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I think she needs to be an internet specialist; she's good working on the WEB *rimshot*
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Adam95F Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Interesting universe. Also love the art.
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aintn0body Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I've noticed you keep referring to "the change" in your descriptions. Is it some kind of widespread medical condition in this setting?
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go read "Caity's World" [link] :)
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aintn0body Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
...Hoo boy, this could take a while.
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Green-Espeon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Interesting work here. Good to see that a 'monster' has been allowed to do something useful for society, instead of eating derelects in some dark alley. Good job, decent taste.

As for the lack of cars, maybe they closed the bridge for repairs?
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laughingvulcan Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SUCH a cool use of a Drider! Very much a fave!
For some reason, I want to toss her a bottled Ice Tea and then talk to her on her break...

*Adds 'Drider' to list of beings he wants to sketch* :) :squee:
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DS45 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
a asewome edie to yous spider silk and it will by easy for her two clim hi playsis asewome job
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Keeshaba Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ingenious idea! Bravo!
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ttobserve Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Brilliant idea! :neom:
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Baz-T-Yat Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
That's actually pretty cool
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:icontriffraff:
TriffRaff Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Clever. Very clever!
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centaurlink1121 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Is this the same Change as in Caity's World(hope I spelled it right)?
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought so when I drew this. I'm not so sure now. Consider that an interesting side possibility.
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appletreeyaoi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
WOAH! awesome. i love it!
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I bet you don't see that every day, now, do you? ;)
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appletreeyaoi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
if it weren't for my stubborn arachnophopia, i'd love to see it every day xD
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MitchellTF Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
W00T!
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KazaraYume Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
An excellent way for driders to be useful and practical in a modern setting. Though, I do hope all driders eat enough protein, because making that quantity of silk would be very draining, I'd think.

Keep up the good work, you just earned another watcher.
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amethystamy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Nice!
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Tora044 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa awesome, very unique concept about Driders :)
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Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
great job the story makes the picture more interesting :D
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centaurlink1121 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Thats LAZOR to you.
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Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
???O.O??
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Artificer-Urza Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Strong as steel; works by feel; for one gives room; for others brings doom. What am I?
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poetic?
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Artificer-Urza Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Ha ha, funny. I'm sure you know, but I'll say it anyways: it's a riddle, the answer to which is 'spider thread'
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QwertyChris Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is a cute and clever picture. And another good thing is that spiders are extreamly fast web-spinners. No doubt the same would incline to dridders also. Excellent work :)
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ericnthered123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Great pic, nice detail and info.
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, god, I wish it would be that easy! :XD:
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yah, cheap and easy money, although I suppose your spinnarets might be sore and tired at the end of every day:
"Honey, can you make me a hammock?"
"I'm tired, dear; just use the rope one in the garage."
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jkrolak Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
To say nothing of their large protein needs to generate new thread. In the wild, spiders will often consume old web to conserve that particular resource.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My guess is she wouldn't want to eat thread that's been up on the bridge for a few years, so I'm thinking cheeseburgers, and lots of 'em. ;)
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