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One thing I noticed in the past season is that we never really got to see the Cutie Mark Crusaders use the abilities of their type of pony; we don't really see Scootaloo fly, we don't see Sweetie Belle do magic, and Applebloom... still not sure what's special about an earth pony other than some vague notion that they have some innate magical bond with the earth? I dunno.

I was looking for an excuse to draw a dangerously adorable humanized Sweetie Belle. She has grown to become my favorite Cutie Mark Crusader so that became pretty much obligatory. Then it dawned to me; why would Rarity try and teach her sister some magic if she can ask the most gifted magician is Ponyville to show her the ropes. Also, it makes for dorky-Twilight, which is always the preferred mode of Twilight.

So here's Sweetie Belle starting out with some basic telekinesis.

I'm also planning to do one with Scootaloo and Applebloom.

EDIT
Made some changes to Twilight's face and glasses, and some other minor changes.

Scootaloo: First flight


Applebloom: First repair
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:iconcaballero-nocturno:
caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
nice :3
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sucieFue Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Twilight Time? lol
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great idea and I really love Sweetie Belle's expression here. She looks so into it.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's really what I liked about this picture as well.
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UnseenVision Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I can see this happening on the show, at least I hope it does, especially now that we've seen Sweetie's horn glowing in season 4 ep 1.
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That would be pretty awesome, it would give us world building and Sweetie Belle being alarmingly adorable.
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UnseenVision Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
If Sweetie Belle put even half the energy into learning magic that she puts into crusading I think she'd do very well indeed. :)

On a related note I believe that her cutie mark will be a hazard symbol with a heart in the middle - for I believe that she is the key to weaponising cuteness and when that happens none of us will be safe!
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She'd probably take after her sister; not great at magic overall but really good at a set of specialized spells. Also, generic things like telekinesis.
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Anonimo614 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good, but Twilight's nose looks weird
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:icontheartrix:
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I'm aware of this. The way I draw Twilight now is quite different.
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:iconmybat:
mybat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist
!yay!!!
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
cool :D
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thewatcher509 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Dat Face
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Awesome and adorebale
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IGoldenHeart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Awww
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Loeden Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Sweetie-bot set mode = success!
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ScarletLightning565 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love all 3 of this series, but I think you should do away with Twilight's glasses. She dosn't have them in the show, so they look a bit wrong here.
Just saying.
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barney-nedward Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Hopefully they don't detonate the vermin bomb Spike planted to get rid of pests
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Goblin-Time Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Interesting scene! I like how you went for the hornless variety of humanfied pony in this scene. Makes sense for Twilight to be helping Sweetie Belle in this, the cute dorky expression on her face is gold.
Nice background with the image, as well as it being gently out of focus. It's there, but not overly so.
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BenRG Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
"It worked Twilight! I could feel the coathanger!"

"Well done, my little pony! You've taken your first step into a far larger world!"

Dear Princess Celestia,

Is it possible for an Apprentice to have an apprentice of her own...?
"
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
+1 for the reference, and the "Dear Princess Celestia" note at the end made me laugh. :D
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pandacriss Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
sweetie belle is may favorite CMC too
may be my favorite at all
is so adorable
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VampireLouislove Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Writer
Actually, in an article I read from some of the story board artists, they said that Scootaloo is too young to fly properly and Sweetie Belle can only do instinctual (like for survival) types of magic, because she's too young to be trained yet. Basically, they'll learn when they get older.
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greycanbehappy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
That would normally make sense to me--but then what about all those baby ponies that are flying and using magic? Like the Cakes' twins?
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
The way I saw it, I believe Pound Cake will be the Rainbow Dash of the next generation in terms of flying prowess, and Pumpkin Cake will be her generation's Twilight Sparkle, if not a Star Swirl the Bearded, in terms of raw magical power. :)
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VampireLouislove Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Writer
Yeah, I don't know, I knod of attributed it to Fairly Oddparent's logic. Baby is unusually strong because of uncontrolled magic/blah blah blah, etc etc
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greycanbehappy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Oh yeah--that would also make sense.
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VampireLouislove Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Writer
Yeah, though you're right, I wish there was more of an explanation about it. Also, going off the Mane Six's stories, Twilight and Rarity had a fair amount of control over their magic, and dash and fluttershy could fly, so sense the CMC aren't in control of their magic or flying abilities, I would assume that means they're too young to get their cutie marks. Also, that one skinny colt in the gossip episode could fly, so...
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greycanbehappy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:icontwilightderpplz:
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VampireLouislove Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Writer
CAN'T DO DERP.
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greycanbehappy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
huh?
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Meatabex Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight almost looks like an old granny with those glasses... :D
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ShadowWing09 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I really like this concept, and the artwork is fairly sharp

I particularly like Twilight's design (Other then the nose, which I didn't notice till others pointed it out, thanks alot, guys -_- )

I especially like seeing any positive interaction between Twilight and the CMC after the events of "Lesson Zero"
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Dhatz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Does it bring the noize?
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PivotNaza Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Twilight´s nose looks weird.. BUT EVERYTHING IS PERFECT AFTER THAT
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its-ok-to-smile Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Maybe earth-ponies are naturally stronger than the other types, AppleJack can knock all the apples of a tree(on a good day), and at the gala Pinkie lifted a pony with just her head.

Great picture by the way, liking the shadows :)
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Liam-Shotson Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Dear princess celestia, today I touched sweetie-belles tits.
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lazkopat24 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Good point
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Since when do we call a flat chest "tits"? Come on, she's as flat as a board, and rightfully so ;]

To quote Pinkie Pie; "Give her time".
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thefan2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
learn on young Sweetie Bell learn on.
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir..
...have just won all of my free internet!
:iconribbonplz::iconfreeinternetplz: Congrazzies! :D
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Team-Friction Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Next up: Shooting birds out of the air with a bow made of magical energy.
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coolclaytony Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
I always assumed that earth ponies were just stronger than the other two breeds.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's very likely, and their power has been shown on several occasions. It's just that the kind of strength these ponies have poorly translate to humans without it looking ridiculous. I figured that the strength in humans is not their physical strength, as even the strongest humans aren't able to lift the kinds of weight that machinery can. Therefore, making earth ponies to be the engineers of society makes more sense to me, and makes for more interesting imagery.
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TheDragonWarlock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Excellent! I love seeing how Sweetie Belle is learning how to use magic. :D
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rinipanini Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
unicorns are awesome....magical humans even more so! i love this!
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jakehunter Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Thats cute keep up the good work dude
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Vladdyboy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe Sweetie Bell will get her Dry Cleaning cutie mark.
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EverWerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
I WILL SOON CRAWL THROUGH YOUR GALLERY, UNDETECTED, BUT YOU WILL KNOW I WILL BE THERE, AND IT WILL ANGER YOU. ALL BECAUSE THIS IS AMAZING.
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Kapten-N Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
According to the MLP wiki Scootaloo haven't mastered flying yet.
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