It does seem, from your descriptions, to be a new spin on the Velveteen Rabbit with a splash of Ugly Duckling. Your little pony seems to just want others to accept him for exactly what he is and who he is without having to compete or change. Not a bad message at all for the wee ones. : ) Will this be a story, or is this just a one-off illustration?
FloetepusFeatured By OwnerNov 27, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that poor little toy pony! He looks so sad, but also just so incredibly cute I love the faces of the horses, their expressions are human but still subtle and not overdoneLike one could almost see real horses smile like this x3 So perfect!
It's adorable and sad at the same time! You've painted it so beautifully and all the emotions are just there. I really like the white background, or I should rather say no background. It really stresses the story behind it. I only wonder what the horse on the left thinks?
I noticed that too. To me, since the little guy is crawling off toward him, he feels safer with him. As the left horse is staring at the other horses and not laughing himself, it gives me the impression that he's a character to give the pony emotional support. I'd love to a story about this non-dressage pony.
Not really. I don't think one story can have the monopoly on toys acting as though they're real, especially when it's something I think every child quite naturally believes about their toys at some point. This illustration is about as close to the Velveteen Rabbit as it is to Winnie the Pooh or Calvin and Hobbes (ie: not very similar at all, except on a very superficial level).
Incidentally, I hadn't heard of the Velveteen Rabbit before but would now like to read as it sounds very sweet, so thanks for bringing it to my attention!
Well...what I mean is this: The Velveteen Rabbit is a story about a toy rabbit that wants to fit in with living rabbits, but they make fun of him. So it's essentially the same story, but with a horse instead of a rabbit.
Having not read it myself I wouldn't know for sure, but the synopsis I read online seems to imply it's mostly about a toy rabbit being bullied by other toys and trying to become real by gaining the true love of its owner. I also felt the implied story in my illustration had more to do with the toy horse not being pretty enough to be a dressage pony; the horses accept that he is real, just ugly and different. Maybe it's more like The Ugly Duckling in that regard.