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s1e9 Bridle Gossip by Noben s1e9 Bridle Gossip by Noben
Season 1, Episode 9 "Bridle Gossip"
My interpretation of the scene.

Some were merely curious, others outright aggressive, and some looked down on her, or saw her as mysterious.. Being different can suck, but on the bright side you end up as awesome as Zecora.

Watching through "for the first time again", since it's been a long while, this episode was great.  There was a lot to show, so I figured the one spot to really draw was when Zecora first spoke.  No glowing eyes of terror, no mysterious magics, just a lone pony feeling just a tad surrounded by a bunch of colourful but complete strangers after leaving what she was beginning to believe was a ghost town..
Yeah, that would scare the hell out of me too.  She slipped away into the mist, giving just a warning as she went. "Beware, beware, pony folk! Those leaves of blue are not a joke! Beware!"  



Also, Flutterguy.


Paint Tool SAI and Manga Studio.


I'll reach an episode somewhere, that will teach me how to just relax more. Sorry.
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First off, awesome job. I'm not a skilled artist or anything, but I'll give the most accurate critique I can.
Ok, so vision. I'll give the vision a 5. I really think you did a good job of portraying the characters, and all the little details too. RD looks super pissed, Applebloom's not in the Poison Joke, and neither is Zecora. The fog and background come together with the details to make a great vision aspect to this artwork.

Originality. I'll give it a 4. I really like your style, and haven't seen a whole lot of other things like it. However, I've seen a ton of artworks of the Everfree forest, not to mention scenes from this episode. However, yours is higher quality than most.

Technique. Easy 5. Your detail, coloring, and shading is amazing. I almost feel like my vocabulary isn't large enough to describe how awesome the details of this artwork are.

Impact. 4.5. I think the impact deserves a 4.5 because your style really resonated with me and ensured that I'll be coming back a lot in the future to check out your work. Another fantastic impacting effect your work had is how well the colors of the mane 6 stand out. You nailed that.

Overall, I think you did an excellent job. Keep up the great work!
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I love this pic very much. It reminds me a lot of when another DA Brony Artist (assasinmonkey) does his own pics of various MLP Episodes. The emotions show up well in the pic and are so varied-AJ and RD's Anger, Pinkie and AB's confused looks, Flutters being her reserved self, Rarity's "huh" face, Twi's concerned face and Zecora's sad/"leave me ALONE!" face. You really feel for Zecora in this pic as she's having to deal w/ both being the new pony and the MLP version of racism in this Episode. A powerful piece overall and a great shoutout to the early parts of the series-showing how far the journey has gone in a mere five years.
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wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
This is great.
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Jatheus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
I love it! Zecora looks so good! The lighting is amazing!
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Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
LOVE the way you've depicted the characters here!!
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TsunamiHolmes Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY GOODNESS, ZECORAAAAAAAA
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ONE
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EmLiminator Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO DETAILED!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooaaahh...!!! The lights and shadings are amazing!!! And the background looks incredible...!!! :wow: :omg: :omfg: :O
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AlphaArt1234 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
beautiful art. wow 0_0
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DavidCurser Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
This! Yes, this! :iconawwyeahplz: They look all sooo good, their faces, very good job! :iconcookie-plz: Light setting, shading, the sun shining through and the glamour on Twy's and Flutter's hair, excellent!
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cobeoe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
hey noben if ur there i gotta know if u take requests?
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
What a fantastic pic!
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
I honestly never thought Fluttershy could sound like Barry White. =P
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Dark-Lemur Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
 Oh dear God. I'm going to have to actually watch this series, aren't I?
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SolarSourced Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
Nice lighting a depth, and you've captured the characters well.
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HoodedTomsi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very well done and I love it 
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Rapier4 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Only cute ponies on the internet. 
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AMTRAK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Nice one here.
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AlmostZab Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That was a great episode. It seems I remember it better in your head :P  So well done!
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SimeonLeonard Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Juxtaposed expressions (and personalities, by extension) seem to be a strong suit of yours. I suppose a good cast of characters helps, but you deserve credit for pulling it off so nicely. Great work!
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Underpable Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, your drawings always look so good. I especially love how stylish your ponies are
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
The story of "Bridle Gossip" reminds me an awful lot of the old Jim Stafford song "Swamp Witch."

With Zecora standing in for Blackwater Hattie, the Everfree Forest for the Black Bayou, and a big black round vat full of gurgling goo for...a big black round vat full of gurgling goo.

And Pinkie's lyric ("She's an evil enchantress and she does evil dances") seems to be a reference to the song itself:

Way up the road from Hattie's shack lies a sleepy little Okeechobee town
Talk of Swamp Witch Hattie'd lock you in when the sun go down:
Rumors of what she'd done
Rumors of what she'd do
Kept folks off the track of Hattie's shack
In the back of the Black Bayou


--it even gets sung in a Jim-Stafford-ish voice thanks to the...but I wouldn't want to spoil it if you haven't seen it. ;-)

A very nice picture that neatly summarizes all the chaotic and conflicting feelings the story evokes along the way!
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phasingirl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is ridiculously gorgeous.
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Artist
Lovely :)
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Tarascus101 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Oh my, this art is simply awesome. Just keep it up.
Brohoof /)
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome and beautiful pic I love it :D
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silberhase Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Very nice how you did the angry and insecure expressions of the mane six.
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DiscordFangirl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
As much I hate this episode, the art is amazing. Freaking Flutters doe.
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FralLeman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Damn!  You're art is awesome!  I love the way you drew this!Love 
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LeeNSendo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! <3
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BillieH01 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicely done. Clap 
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IJoinedForPonies Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
That is amazing art, excellent work! ^^
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I like.                                                                                                        Zecora Emote 
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   General Artist
This is awesome. :D
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Starbolt-81 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I really liked this episode too, i think Zecora adds some great diversity to the cast. I just wish they hadn't made speaking in rhyme her 'thing', it must make it difficult to give her any substantial speaking roles.
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Noben Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Digital Artist
I like to think she's under constant effects of the Poison Joke, just never cured herself of it.
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Starbolt-81 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh plot twist! I like it :P
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Awesome work! :)
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kittizak Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like how you do their hair
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Merc-King Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Season 1 is always the landmark season for me. It built the world nicely, and the fact that it tackle issues like social and racial prejudice like is what make it awesome. 
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Jahuty Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Flutterguy~ :O
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andaverde Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
ill say it
thats a bit racist on there part :P
though im pretty sure that jokes been made
though im really loving these pictures, i hope to see the whole series done at some point X3
cant wait for the Discord changelings Sombra and tirek ones X3
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Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I think that was the point of said Episode.  To show what a dick move it is to be a racist. 
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andaverde Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
yeah XD
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WhiteCloud72988 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
LOVE how Zecora looks in this picture o3o
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xargos32 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I rather like your interpretation of this scene. Very smooth shading and lighting. The facial expressions also work very well.
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Dev-i Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The evil enchantress!
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Beautiful work, man. The atmosphere, foggy and mysterious as it is, really takes the cake here. The cast...not quite as much. Not to say they're lackluster; the entire group is as skillfully illustrated as the environment, but only three of them look exceptionally expressive to my eyes.

Lovely as it is, I'd be ecstatic if more artists (especially the fantastic ones, such as yourself) would make a habit of slipping Spike into full-six scene interpretations like this one, as sort of a "middle finger" to canon. Sure would be nice to see him at Twilight's birthday party, keeping up with Daring Do, or meeting Maud. :unimpressed:

"Being different can suck, but on the bright side you end up as awesome as Zecora."

And if you're even more different, you end up being awesome enough to join these ponies on the occasional outing, and save the Crystal Empire twice.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
:love:

:#1:
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LupusTelum Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Impressive. It's so perfect. An excellently unique style.
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chrisTULA092 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I always loved how you do your works :D it's as if it was a scene from a movie *O*
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Krazylec Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Ah, wonderful, as always!
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