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Here's a little something I've been working on during the weekend and finished it today. The concept is fairly simple; just a scenic image of Twilight and Applejack having a little conversation while using their modes of transportation. Felt like drawing with nice lighting and fall season late in the evening is very suited for that.

And here it is for your childish amusement, enjoy.
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SharpySaber Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
I think rural England has better countryside than Dutch Podders No offense.

I do however like how when you draw MLP you seem to bring out the European aspect of the show. (Since it is European)
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Can't really blame you. While Dutch polders have their distinct charm, it gets boring fairly quickly since it's essentially large stretches of flat farmland with villages sprinkled in between, which all makes it look very artificial. English countryside has hills, more ye olde buildings and the way they fence off their farms with stones and hedges makes for a picturesque sight.

My depiction of humanized Equestria takes elements of the places I visited combined with the visual cues from the show. Most of Ponyville is essentially Bavaria with ponies, while Manehattan does not shy away from its very American, New York vibe. It appears the show is still very America-centric in its setting, but it clearly takes elements from Europe and Greek mythology as well.
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SharpySaber Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
I love how you study those little aspects from the show and relate to real life things. Speaking of  Ponies which character would you find more Dutch Applejack or Dashie.

yes I think that's the main reason why many RPG games don't relate their  background countryside due to the fact that it looks more modern than other European Countrysides. Though I  said the no offense part because polders are unquie aspect of Dutch culture and it would be very unwise for me to disrespect that.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Applejack, but that's only because I imagine he with a thick rural Limburg accent.

And I get that people prefer one thing over another; it doesn't necessarily mean that they automatically think the other thing is bad. I prefer the UK version of The Office over the US version, but they are both amusing to watch.
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SharpySaber Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
An that Applejack ist blond und taller than die rest of the Mane 6.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
In my humanized headcanon she is the tallest, so I suppose that makes sense.
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SharpySaber Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Alright so what kind of European whould Dashie be then?
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ignoring the crazy rainbow hair, I'd say Italian. They really are quite a passionate and energetic bunch.
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sbaptd97 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
 Equestria girls films were quite good shots, I think, but works like yours show there are some ways to do much better, even in a single picture. Great job.   ;-)
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leairon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
man this is awesome i love the fact u implementend more human devices in the drawing
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brongaar Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
John Deere, eeyup.. I kept my John Deere Key... nothing is safe muahahahaha! joking y'all.
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great scene and I like the traveling idea.
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DitzyKitt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aw it's nice to see a simple yet cute scene for MLP. Nice work ^^
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benjaminpotter Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
nice work 
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Airsoftbronydude Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
geder done
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I always like morning/evening shots.
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
awesome.
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Could tell where this was from immediately from the sign and the... ehm... "fietssuggestiestrook" The english language just doesn't have a word to fully describe this glorious invention.
Great piece of work!
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's probably okay to just call them "bicycle lanes" as they are known as throughout the Anglosphere. Dedicated roads for bicycling are commonly referred to as "bicycle paths". It is true that the road as depicted here is a relatively recent thing on country roads seen in the Netherlands and Belgium, and I think the majority of motorists don't know how to properly use them.

And thanks.
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Obsequiosity Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have expected AJ to have an orchard tractor with all the fancy streamlined sheetmetal covering the tires so they don't catch branches. Still, I like this piece; something about the low perspective line and general composition is just pleasing...
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Internet, I learned something today.

Though nothing's stopping the Apple family from having more than one tractor.
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Obsequiosity Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh. I'm the black sheep in a family of three generations of tractor mechanics. And again, nice piece!
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MonsieurLeBattlier Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my god, it's the artrix ant! now generations to come will know this is indeed a genuine artrix.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should become an art auctioneer.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
:icondashangry1plz::iconsaysplz:Stupid slow farm equipment!

*honk* *honk* *honk*

:iconrainbowdashlouderplz::iconsaysplz:Get off the road!
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And then Rainbow Dash landed her overpowered Volkswagen Polo into a ditch. Lucky for her, Applejack was right there to pull it out.
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AdmiralTigerclaw Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013

Should of used the sum symbol on the license plate instead of the 2.

 

Otherwise, just add my comment to the droning masses of 'good job' or 'nice work'.

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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Except I'm sure that the Equestrian government doesn't issue plates with anything but the standard alpha-numeral characters. The two is supposed to be 1337 for S (though, granted, 5 would make more sense), making it "Buy some apples".

If you've been in this fandom long enough, I'm sure you know what this is an allusion to.
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AdmiralTigerclaw Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013

Maybe, but yeah, the five would have been better than a 2.

 

But you know...  If you think about what I was suggesting:

 

BYΣAPL

 

Buy [SUM] Apples.

 

Math geeks will get it, so will engineers.

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JasonShadow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I've never had the occasion to ride a bike while wearing a skirt, but it probably requires plenty of practice...
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a very common practice to the point that there are "male" and "female" bicycles. Female bicycles have a different frame that is meant to allow a woman's dress to move freely. This would be difficult on a male bike as the dress would need to go over the top bar of the frame.

Besides, Twilight's dress only goes slightly over her knees, it's not that long.
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dervonnebenaan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
You, sir, have just made me overcome my primeval fears: I'm going to watch Equestria Girls.

Hm. Those roadsigns. Those marks on the road. Let me guess: You're french, right?
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Equestria Girls isn't anything like this; it is essentially high school sitcom with ponies... that are human.

And I'm Dutch.
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dervonnebenaan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
ok, thanks for the warning. But as far as I know me, I will give in sooner or later anyway.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could be British, those hazard signs are also used in the UK
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SUPERLUIGI111 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'm quite sure they're British, but maybe French. Considering the artist I believe is from the Netherlands, my guess is that these signs, while I believed were only seen here in Britain, may be used all through Europe.
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
All European countries follow the Vienna convention, which stipulates uniform traffic signs. The only real deviation being Ireland for some reason.

The Vienna convention is not limited to Europe, though, and it seems that Equestria has adopted it as well.
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SgtGrub Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
How would they be able to hear each other? Tractors are, like, really loud...
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Uuuuh, suspension of disbelief?

Honestly didn't take this into consideration.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actual farmer here: even moving at safe bicycle speeds, an open-cab tractor would be too loud for Applejack to hear Twilight. This looks like a closed cab, but it could just as easily be open on either side.

I can think of eight different handwaves for the situation, though. So it's not a big deal. Maybe Equestria's tractors run really quiet, or maybe Twilight's only just saying "hello" right here and AJ's slowing down to stop. Perhaps it's a cute image and being anal about it isn't solving anything but I'm compelled to do it anyway because this is my one area of expertise. :iconitisamysteryplz:

(Apple Bloom remains blissfully unaware there's even a conversation going on next to her, and for that I smiled)
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This comment is deliciously reddit-ish. I should know better since one of my elementary-school mates was (and probably is) a farmer and we used to ride the tractor all the time. Good times.

But yes, for all we know, Twilight is just saying hi. Can't imagine them discussing the laws of thermodynamics this way.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Practicing a new voice-carrying spell? Then again this is humanized... hmmm

...I don't even Reddit. :[
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TheArtrix Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's just the way you prefaced your post with "actual farmer here:". It's common that any given subject is followed by someone with a relevant occupation chiming in.
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SgtGrub Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
My disbelief is thoroughly suspended for the time being. :p
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wolfzoon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
The tractor would barely make sound, it's not like it's doing any labor. Throttle's probably all the way down.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actual farmer here: even moving at safe bicycle speeds, an open-cab tractor would be too loud for Applejack to hear Twilight.

I can think of eight different handwaves for the situation, though. So it's not a big deal. Maybe Equestria's tractors run on magic and are really quiet, or maybe Twilight's only just saying "hello" right here and AJ's slowing down to stop. Perhaps it's a cute image and being anal about it isn't solving anything but I'm compelled to do it anyway because this is my one area of expertise. :iconitisamysteryplz:

(Apple Bloom remains blissfully unaware there's even a conversation going on next to her)
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Roberthaha Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
:iconapplebloomplz::iconsaysplz:Can ah play on the tractor?
:iconraritysadplz::iconsaysplz:Can I play on the tractor too?
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newlunarepublic Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I absolutely love the way you draw human Ponyville, it's so beautiful
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Roberthaha Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Humanville!
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