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I usually draw ponies in a style closer to the show as most people seem to like it better. After doing so much for the conventions I went to I had to do something that was more my style that you guys don't see too much. I have done it a couple times, with minimal approval from everyone, so enjoy.

Big mac going head to head with Applebloom
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Minjask6572 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I like the way they resemble actual horses, but don't look like abominations the way recolored actual horses do
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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TiGGs96 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
I appreciate the style, but it is nice to see someone using their own touch.
I like it!

^^
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Make-A-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
It's absolutely adorable. <3
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like the more realistic style. Looks super cute
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PSponyartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute!!! :D
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh!  I love it!  It looks like my Fjord and my mini out in the pasture!
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PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Like I pointed out below, I love how you made Big Mac into a draft.  Not just any draft, but a Shire.  He definitely has the build, stamina, strength, and personality of most drafts.  A light horse (which most of the other ponies would be) would freak out if a leaf falls on the ground, but most drafts would just stare it it as if to say, "Huh.  A leaf fell on the ground.  Will be getting colder soon."
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
LOL! I love the idea of the leaf scenario and I WILL be using that!
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully done!
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Personally I love this style! Really shows off Big Mac's build and Applebloom's scrappiness.
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
It always makes me happy when people like how i draw
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Starbolt-81 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is this not in my faves? I must fix!

Love the style you have here, its really unique and yet distinctly MLP. Show accurate art is a dime a dozen, I think its wonderful when artists apply their own style to their work :)
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JazzyLick Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Don't let yourself be pressured into doing what the public wants. Just draw and be yourself. I cannot stand when people try to push me into drawing some specific way[when it's not a request, of course]. I personally like your style. A lot. It's very unique and creative, and it's refreshing to see something new every once in a while. Just draw, color, paint, whatever however you want and whenever you want. Art is about the author, not the audience. <3
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DRSTRANGELOVE3 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
He he
that's cute.
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
he looks like a Clydesdale 
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Actually he was based on a shire
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PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Love how you did his feathers and build.  He truly looks like a Shire.

I've always pegged Big Mac as being a Shire or Clyde, mainly Shire.  It always makes me happy when fans depict him as some kind of draft.

My mom raised Shires and Shire-Appaloosa crosses.  From the first time I saw the show and saw Big Mac the first time, I pointed to the screen and yelled, "SHIRE!"  Unfortunately my mom wasn't around to hear it.  When I her tell this one day, she might end up wanting to watch the show.

Big Mac is probably my second-favorite pony.  First-favorite is of course Applejack.
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
I dont know if I have a favorite, but Mac is up there. I dont know why, but the apples are the most fun to play with!
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh still draft horses are the most awesome
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CosmicWaltz Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's got a lot of growing up yet to do.
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I love it. I'm not usually impressed when a realistic style is combined with the show's style, but I really enjoy this one. It's very well put together.

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RastaRush Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Reminds me of sweetapple massacre T.T
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Thatguy368 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Why would you say that?
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Love when they look more like ponies
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MySweetQueen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
awww so sweet! and Big Mac looks so sexy here :heart:
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Arekpl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Bigjack would crash her, but its her sister so he dont do it xD and nice picture :3
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AllonsoBronyguy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Minimal approval? What the hell is wrong with people? I love it when someone draws ponies like this. 
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Myxprint Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really love your personal style, it shows so much more character and realism to the ponies. :heart:
I love this image in particular, Big Mac and Apple Bloom look super cute!
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Thegreaserpony Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow that style is amazing! i tip my hat to you!
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FoxTone Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Very cute! I love the style that is in!
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Tom-Addo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the more realistic style. Love
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Movielie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your style makes Big Mac look more like the gentle giant he is, which is to die for! :3
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Keep it up, I love more realistic MLP horses.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I think the ponies have such a strong personnality that even drawn as real ponies or horses you can identify and like them.

Wonderful and adorable work
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EmoMizzi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I wanna see this picture without Big Macs apple and Appleblooms bow :)
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SunnieDoodles Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This style is beautiful! I mean it! I myself love horses, and it's nice seeing something more realistic every now and then!
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bluedragon9r Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
This is an awesome piece.  Would you have a higher-resolution version available?  I'd love to have this as a wallpaper.
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AverageName Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
These two are so cute together. I wish there were more sibling scenes in the show.

I like this style. :) Different, but they still resemble themselves. I think it looks great.
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Panai Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this <3 I think this style gives Big Mac a little more personality than the style used in the show, which is super cool!
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Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I like it. :)
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, don't be bothered too much by people's judgement. This style of yours is fantastic.
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Drawing-Stars-02 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing style! I wish to see it MORE! ^u^ <333
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOOOVE this style!!! In fact, I personally like it better than the style used in the show.  Whenever I draw pony fan art, I NEVER draw them as they appear in the show.  I just . . . don't like it.  This, to me, is PERFECT!
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Thelonebrony Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This so cute.
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spartan050 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
i dont know about anyone else but i like it when artists stray from the shows look.
i love this but i wish you had one with apple jack so i can see more of the contrast of body types
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HaywireSpark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I second that motion, artistic creativity trumps accuracy any day.
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CSKazaam Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I love your style! I think it's much more appealing than the show's style. The best thing an artist can do is to draw a character in their own style rather than try to copy the official artwork. The only reason I go to conventions in the first place is to get fanart of my favorite characters in someone else's style. I'll actually avoid the official style, because there's just no point in buying something I can see just by watching the show.

Anyway, I love the expressions here! Big Mac, especially, is definitely improved in your style. Wonderful build! :)
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TwistedKestrel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I think this style looks great! And this is cute :P
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attack193 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Daawww!! 

Also: FUCK! Big Mac looks like a complete BADASS! XD
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