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Starswirl the Grumpy
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Published: February 20, 2014
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Equestria's most famous sorcerer had spent his later years teaching and babysitting a pair of precocious little fillies. He begrudgingly accepted his royally assigned duties... but eventually came to love his little charges.

I like the idea of him being a grump. He'd be kinda like Gru from Despicable Me. Super grumpy at first but eventually warms up to them. Also, age is not kind. Not even to the old wizard.

1-hour for the linework. It was originally a warm-up, speedpaint requested by patchworkpoltergeist. I then found it much later and threw color on it.
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Articunos-Bitch's avatar
Why did he create the spell to change ponies destinies?
I don't know. Maybe a pony could use it if they were an all powerful unicorn who's talents were being wasted by teaching a pair of bratty children? Just a thought. You know anyone like that?
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TheNerd0918|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would first think of it as for wanting power. But even then it might just have been to see if he could.
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Jarlla's avatar
He probably just did it to see if it was possible. That's what mad scientists do  :D
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Blarts203's avatar
Heart-meltingly adorable. This cannot be described any other way.
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KironStrife's avatar
KironStrife|Hobbyist Photographer
LOL! I see Luna doing a little butt wiggle before she pounces on the beard. 
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SilFoe's avatar
SilFoe| Digital Artist
Obviously. Butt wiggles are required for pouncing
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Clockblockers's avatar
Clockblockers|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Especially in kitties.
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DaisyAzuras|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I love this sketchy look. It feels so organic. I love the character design too. Very well done.
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cajobif's avatar
Why they never made an episode in the show with him in it. Or rather the filly princesses past with him in it. *sigh* One day maybe... one day. But they actually depicted him in "Three's a crowd" as a white beared white unicorn. mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Swirl_…

Very cute the way you drew Tia and Luna.
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CastoroChiaro|Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a cute headcanon, gosh. I like it.
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Ashoof's avatar
TOOOO cuuuute :D love mr grumpy face ther :D
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Reed-Rankin|Hobbyist Writer
Nice
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schneelocke's avatar
Good one! I love those expressions, and Celestia and Luna are quite cute. (Actually, so's Starswirl, but don't let him hear that!)

Any plans to add a background to this, perhaps?
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SilFoe| Digital Artist
Thanks!

No background. This is over with and done.
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POLE7645's avatar
So, Starswirl the Bearded is pretty much like Disney's incarnation of Merlin (from "The Sword in the Stone")

"I'm an ugly, horrible, grouchy old man!!!"

Seriously. That's what he reminds me of.
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SilFoe| Digital Artist
I had completely forgotten about him! You're right! It's perfect.
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Krazylec's avatar
You really did a good job making him look lanky and wizened like that!
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LeDaverix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thaha.. so awsome, and so cute :D
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MoppyPuppy's avatar
So starswirl spanked Woona for messing with his mane right?
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UnknownAlicorn|Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!!:D
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awadd's avatar
I love Celestia's face. I can practically hear her thinking "Oh crap, he noticed."
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unlikeablePony's avatar
>that luna

why do ponies always look so incredible when drawn as if they were cats?
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