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Starswirl the Grumpy by SilFoe Starswirl the Grumpy by SilFoe
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 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
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 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
He probably just did it to see if it was possible. That's what mad scientists do  :D
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Blarts203 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Heart-meltingly adorable. This cannot be described any other way.
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KironStrife Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL! I see Luna doing a little butt wiggle before she pounces on the beard. 
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Obviously. Butt wiggles are required for pouncing
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Clockblockers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Especially in kitties.
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DaisyAzuras Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a cute headcanon, gosh. I like it.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
:D
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
TOOOO cuuuute :D love mr grumpy face ther :D
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Reed-Rankin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!

No background. This is over with and done.
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NightWolfEclipse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
:iconlunaclapplz: :iconcelestiaclapplz: awsome
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POLE7645 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist
I had completely forgotten about him! You're right! It's perfect.
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Krazylec Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
You really did a good job making him look lanky and wizened like that!
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LeDaverix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thaha.. so awsome, and so cute :D
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
So starswirl spanked Woona for messing with his mane right?
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UnknownAlicorn Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!!:D
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awadd Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I love Celestia's face. I can practically hear her thinking "Oh crap, he noticed."
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unlikeablePony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
>that luna

why do ponies always look so incredible when drawn as if they were cats?
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cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Because real horses has small legs and a big body. The ponies of the show were created the way they have a much better appeal to the viewers with different body proportions, but still as quadrupedals. No existing horse would be this agile (neither flexible and intelligent). It feel like they had a mix of canine and feline in that equine anatomy because of the poses and actions. But still still are ponies with a strong and sturdy body.
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
hahaha xDD
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I don't know what I like most: his expression, Celestia's or Luna playing with the beard XD
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Fragnostic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Headcanon assimilated.
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! This is perfect! I can totally see Starswirl as being this total curmudgeon. I love this!
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Icesticker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that luna is precious 
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