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EqD ATG II - Day 15 - An Inquisitive Pony by muffinshire EqD ATG II - Day 15 - An Inquisitive Pony by muffinshire
My entry for day 15 of Equestria Daily's Artist Training Grounds. The brief was "draw a pony being inquisitive".

This comic started as the idea of having filly Twilight surreptitiously investigating Celestia's quarters at the school of magic, and the notion of telling a short story (without making use of word balloons) grew out of that. This was quite an ambitious task to take on, but one I did for a reason - I have a bad habit of dallying too long on my lineart, and this means pieces often take far longer than they should. I used my day 14 piece as a conscious attempt to work on this problem, breaking down the image into distinct areas (each of the six main figures, the background and the sky), and setting time limits for each. Doing a comic was a way to continue this, as it is naturally broken down into segments, though this time I didn't use time limits - just having the panels helped me gauge the progress.

I would like to have coloured this, but time ran out on me and I had to resort to my backup plan, some basic half-toning to set the mood. I really need to be careful I'm not biting off more than I can chew with these daily challenges! If I find the time later, I will revisit the piece and colour it.
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Mike-Rosoft Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Lullay, moon princess; good night, sister mine ...
DracoDei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I choked up with moist eyes.

Of course, she waited until Twiight (and everypony else... *) was safely out of ear-shot before she started singing... 

*With one possible exception she hoped for... spell to send all the sound to the moon? According to the comics Equestria's moon has an atmosphere that allows for sound. Take the comics or leave them as you choose.
FluttershyCookie Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Smarty Pants can peek like Twily on the first panel. Strange.
3catsinatreehouse Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Bitter sweet.Waaaah! 
GJTProductions Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
This is a marvelous (and hopefully can be canonized by flashback) scene, but I also think Shining Armor did his fair share of this kind of comforting as well, then did the same for Luna to help her recover during the Season 1 timeframe. That kind of nobility and self-sacrifice proved to Celestia he was worthy to lead her guard and have Cadance as his wife.
DracoDei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I think Cadance mostly made her own decision in that regard... it IS her area of especial expertise after all..
Silentstar123 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

Awwww... that's so cute..


nayr513 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Part of me can't help but think, what if the show actually had moments like this... honestly fan work like this does so much to add this beautiful nuance to some of the themes and ideas the show presents or only briefly touches upon.
Eszra01 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWWW! Thats so cute! Little Twiligh under Celestia wing makes me think of the pegasus scene in Fantasia with the white mother and her many multi colored babies!
DracoDei Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Slight error in panel three in that you can't see part of the rim of the crown that is laying on its side through the bottom.

Good otherwise.
LeeshaJoy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
That's one of Celestia's shoes, not her crown.
DracoDei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
My Bad!
Blackwater154 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ReadingReader Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
(first few panals) well... twilight has been a curious kind of filly

(Last 2 panals).......................DAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW :3
MixedScales Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The power of a child's innocents. Why must you pull my heart like this D":
Socksthewarrior Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
so freaking emotion

i applaud this

great job
kite11 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
so much said without words in this piece
Mylietus1991 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Writer
too true!
roboticorn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww... it's so sweet.
Tigneon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Keep it monotone. It looks fantastic.

Panel 1 with Twi and Smarty Pants is adorable.
KaleidoscopeHeavens Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FatesHero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
man, you need to make a web comic based on mlp :) your very good at these :) to beable to them fast,. i could never make these in the time frame
DracoDei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
And now he has! "Twilight's First Day"... just in case you or anyone else reading this missed that.

First page:…
Fadri Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was beautiful... T__T

Actually, I like a lot this black and white version, it really fits for the story mood.
But I bet you can do the colored version to look great too. XD
KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I just love such comics that represents/play such mother-daughter relationships between these two. So damn adorable :3

Do more of them.
Renigami Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
You tackled alot in this. I don't think I could ever manage such a thing at my current level. I especially like your decision of comicking without any text. It leaves up to the imagination what text may have went on between panels. Looking forward to the colored version.
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