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The Dressage Pony by wovenlines The Dressage Pony by wovenlines
All this little toy pony wants is to be accepted by the other horses...
Watercolour on paper. November 2012.
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OpheliaImmortal7 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww poor pony :( i love him :)
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Quartermile5 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god, how cute is that.. D:
I want to cuddle it, it looks so sad .. naaaw
Can I take it with me? ^^
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ElizabethSkynight Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wait till you see em' show!
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weird101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwwwww the blue pony is so cute it makes me want to pick it up and hug it :hug:
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rainbowdash406 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
awwwww
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artistcutie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
lol I love all the faces that are expressed :) Awesome idea! It looks great!
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Clerical-Error Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, this is heartbreaking! Absolutely beautiful though -- the rich shading is lovely, and the details make it amazingly realistic without being cartoonish at all. Very nicely done.
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fireheart885 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's the cutest thing ever! :D
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horsecrazy9356 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
so cute! love the expression in the ponies face!!!
Great job!!
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SashaZombie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very strong emotion indeed!
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Aw so sad and so gorgeous all at once! I'd love to read a whole story built from this picture!
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thandav Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
wowe cool pony
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AzureTiger17 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Sand and cute all at once great work :]
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infinitoscolores Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
SO cute! I just want to hug that pony :)
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SaraLynnCreative Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice, reminds me of the Jan Brett book "Fitz and the Beautiful Horses".
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MichaelHoweArts Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Very nice! It is wonderfully executed, and gets the emotions across really well (along with the CUTE!!!)

Good job!
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WingedSonar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   General Artist
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?
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Floetepus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that poor little toy pony! He looks so sad, but also just so incredibly cute:heart:
I love the faces of the horses, their expressions are human but still subtle and not overdone:love:Like one could almost see real horses smile like this x3 So perfect!
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cornelium Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! I really want to find this book now...
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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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?
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WingedSonar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   General Artist
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.
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ConnyG Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Naw!
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kirbynat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this would make an EXCELLENT storybook. :D
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TatsukiChan1994 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It already is one: The Velveteen Rabbit.
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wovenlines Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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!
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TatsukiChan1994 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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wovenlines Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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FROG-and-TOAD Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Well lets hope it does become a book. The feeling in your illustration is excellent.
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eediah23 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh poor wee horsey, Needs to find horse that will love him the way he is
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Cerberus-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor little toy pony...
I really like your illustration style and how you paint. :)
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wovenlines Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, you're very kind.
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Cerberus-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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samuraiegg Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
amazing
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Smilindolfin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
AWWWWW
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LazyHermitThing Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
It reminds me of the Velveteen rabbit. :D Very nice!
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SethBlizzard Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student
I came across this by total accident and I am so happy I did. Very beautiful picture, the horses are beautifully done. The emotion is strong, too.
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wovenlines Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I derive a lot of pleasure from trying to keep animals realistic whilst still conveying strong, anthropomorphisized emotions.
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