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A Pony Kind of Christmas
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Published: December 25, 2016
© 2016 - 2019 The-Wizard-of-Art
The best kind there is.…

I really wanted to do an entirely original piece for Christmas and even had a few good ideas, but having finished Winter on the fourteenth (and a very detailed commission less than a week before that) I just didn't have the time to go through the whole composition process. I was listening to "It's a Pony Kind of Christmas" to try to get some inspiration, and noticed the pleasant little scene depicted in the cover art. Being sorely pressed for time and not seeing any better option I decided to do something I hardly ever do, copy. Well, sort of. Not much caring for the cool color scheme of the castle, I replaced it with the Golden Oak Library, a much more suitable backdrop for such a warm, cozy scene. I also completely changed Rainbow Dash's pose, and made more subtle changes to the rest of them. I certainly can't see myself making a habit of taking such blatant shortcuts, but this time around I thought it better than not doing anything.  Maybe next year I'll do myself a favor and start my yearly Christmas project in June.

Anyway, for all you 3100+ people who like my stuff well enough to watch me (and anyone else who happens to see this), have a very Merry and safe Christmas! Seriously, we're almost through 2016. Just a few more days!

Watercolor on 9x12 140 lb. Strathmore watercolor paper. Finished: 12/22/16.
Image size
6828x5077px 29.27 MB
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows
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ZiddersRoofurryHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hoppy Hearth'swarming. :D
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Rainbow-Flutter-DashHobbyist Writer
I've had this in my favourites and as part of my Hearth's Warming desktop slideshow for a year now, and while I noticed it was the Golden Oaks Library, I only just realised that Twilight is a unicorn...  I mean I probably noticed, I just didn't think about it. Such nostalgia. Emotipony Pathetic  I love this so much. Emotipony Heart It's just the sweetest, cutest and simplest little thing. Just like Season 1-2. Oh how I miss them...

Happy Hearth's Warming and Happy New Year!
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Yeah, those were the good old days. I considered drawing Twilight's wings on this one, but it just felt right to leave them out.
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Rainbow-Flutter-DashHobbyist Writer
Good choice, it's perfect. As usual. Keep it up, you're probably one of the best pony artists out there!
molly87's avatar
Unfortunately of course, Golden Oaks Library is now a pike of ash somewhere in Ponyville. But this is still good.
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ZiddersRoofurryHobbyist Traditional Artist
Headcanon is a wonderful thing. I don't see a castle I see a tree. :)
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TheTriforceMasterHobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is some of the best mlp art i've ever seen. It just has a warm cozy feel to it.
ColonelBSacquet's avatar
"The best kind there is."

Oh, yes. Definitely.
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SongbirdSerenadeHobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Amazing work!!
Jatheus's avatar
That is a wonderfully warm and inviting scene. :love: :thumbsup:
SeraChrysanthemum's avatar
couldn't have said it better!
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CMC--ScootalooHobbyist General Artist
Somepony is demonstrating again why he has his username.....

It is interesting, my first fanart from you is a Hearth's Warming Eve fanart as well, and most of the fanarts I have collected from you are such, and now I'm here again, another fanart for Hearth's Warming Eve, full of beautiful details.....
I just sat here for several minutes, letting my eyes wander over the picture and taking it all in, all the little details..... I'm astounded that this is even possible with watercolor.

I hope you won't mind if I use this picture for a little video I want to make tomorrow or over the next days. It is perfect for it.
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Helmie-DHobbyist General Artist
Replacing the castle with the library was a fantastic idea. Christmas always brings back old memories and you showed it here! I'm very impressed with all the shadows and the colors. Artwork polished to perfection...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
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Awesome work. Happy Holidays!
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EriarteHobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!! Faved and watched. Christmas hat (Request) 
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BB-KHobbyist Digital Artist
The best time of Christmas is being together.

:iconl4dfrancisplz: : "Merry Christmas!"
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CoconutHoundHobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh,it looks so majestic!
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LuneBatHobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, thank you, and Merry Christmas
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EverlastingJoyHobbyist Filmographer
Awww! These are the Christmas (or Hearthswarming Day as twere) scenes I love, the calm and cozy scenes with friends and families.

So it's a copy, that doesn't mean you can't put a spin on it nor does that mean the picture itself is automatically bad. In fact, I'd say this painting is proof that, and especially since you did put a spin to the original art itself, you can take what one did and make it even better. In this case, I like what you did with Dashie. It's cute!

Merry Christmas!
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There isn't enough good traditional art on dA anymore.

Faved and watched.
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The-Wizard-of-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
It's hard to compete with the sheer convenience and speed of digital art. And the canvases are really cheap too. :iconrdsmugplz:

Much appreciated!
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