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November 4, 2012
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AJ and Dashie - Autumn run by Stabzor AJ and Dashie - Autumn run by Stabzor
I wanted to make another piece with two ponies together and came up with AJ and RD. I love the chemistry they have together :)

Had a lot of fun with the windy manes and tails, hope you like them too.

Also... memories, one year ago I made a trace from Find a pet song, RD and Fluttershy. I remember watching some noname player, Leenock wining the MLG... and here I am again watching another Leenock finals, drawing technicolor ponies... :)

EDIT: Added shading, I think it looks good, haven't really done it often. What do you think? Old version [link]
PS. Goddamn you DA... why have you changed the edit page... :(

SVG: [link]
It's quite messy, each pony on only one layer. For better pony SVGs (none shaded versions) check the background less uploads. If you want shaded ponies without the BG you have to get it from this SVG.

Noneshaded AJ and RD without BG:
AJ - [link]
RD - [link]


MLP:FiM © Lauren Faust and Hasbro
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AndyError Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student
I love it! It's very peaceful and serene, but at the same time very dynamic and fluid as well. It expresses happiness as well; it puts a smile on my face :)
Stabzor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Oh, thanks :)
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go AJ, GO!!! :eager:
ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Jakie słodkie zabawy Jesienne. :)

:empllama: :eyepopping: :emplllama:
Icon made by ~legendarydragon90
Farenazar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Chemistry you say...:D Vector alone looks great but you should consider shading. It's a great way to bring your vectors more to life.
MasterGraveheart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Nice picture, but chemistry? They argue to the point where Rainbow actually helped incite a riot against AJ and her family. And never apologized for it. That went beyond playful bickering and into a territory where AJ and her family were this close to being homeless and out on the street. Just to name ONE incident. This is not the bickering of an old married couple or long time friends, this is just Rainbow being self-centered and mean-spirited.

But, I digress, still a very nice picture.
Stabzor Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
... I guess that's one way to put it. Thanks :)

Now stay away from mah head canon =P
Lorntak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I'd like to think they're best friends, even if it might be a bit awkward. It's their personalities that bring them close; a rivalry of sorts between the two. They don't miss an opportunity to one-up another. They enjoy the challenge each offers to the other. It's playful and friendly.

The thing here is that Dash tries to hide how she actually feels, sometimes failing to do so (as we've seen). Applejack realizes this, and knows that despite how she may act, RD cares and is a good friend.
MasterGraveheart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
For my money, AJ's best friend is Twilight Sparkle. She was the first pony she really met when in Ponyville and they always are the ones who try to talk one another down when they're in over their heads or stressed out about something. Also, when one of them has wronged the other, they actually APOLOGIZE to one another, something Rainbow has only done twice, really, and neither time to AJ.

As much as the two do compete, Rainbow has taken several opportunities to wrong AJ, including insisting that her family's town upend itself, incited a cider riot against her, forced her into a picture with her (which by Rainbow's view was doing her a favor, that should sadly go to show how little she thinks of AJ), straight-out cheated AJ in several athletic events for the sake of her own personal gory rather than competition, and put-off helping her for the sake of napping on her farm. The worst part is that she never took the time to apologize to AJ. And whenever she does go out of the way for her, it's always in a group-mentality with the others.

Rainbow's hidden her true feelings before, but it's never really been about Applejack. She's hidden her love of reading and her fears of failure in the Best Young Flyer's competition, but those have usually been for the sake of her own image, which Rainbow covets most of all. It's why she wants to be a Wonderbolt, in the end. They're the famed fliers of Equestria and Rainbow wants to be talked about in that category.

Also, the thing about Rainbow and AJ is that they've never actually hidden ANYTHING about one another. This is why they've gotten into fights and have argued several times. Usually, it's because AJ's trying to talk her down from her own ego... almost always in vein. And when friendship /is/ shown on an individual level outside of a group-mentality, it's always AJ who initiates it.

I won't ever deny that Applejack and Rainbow Dash are friends. They're just not very good friends, which is sad, because I can see what they can /become/ as friends. Sadly, they're far from being there yet, it seems.
Lorntak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Rainbow has never intentionally wronged Applejack. In the apple cider case, Rainbow was saying what every other pony was thinking (shortages have always been common). Apple Bloom was the one that agreed to the contest, which almost got them kicked out of their home.

Rainbow is very competitive, it's how she is. Applejack responded in kind anyways. Expecting her to apologize for her often obnoxious and self-centered actions is expecting too much. She would never do something that would make her seem softer than the image she tries to prop up. After all, she broke into a hospital and stole a book, just to avoid admitting to the others she liked reading after all. She practically had a breakdown after she was trapped in a canyon (compared to the "confident and cool" Rainbow everypony knows). You think she'd apologize to Applejack, ever?

Rainbow has shown concern for Applejack before, notably during The Last Roundup when she scolded Applejack over running away, used Pinkie to get her to talk, and almost cried over her at the end. It's obvious Rainbow has problems expressing certain emotions. And this is something that Applejack understands, which is why she's the one to initiate conversations and what not.

It's a complicated relationship on the outside, I'll admit to that.
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