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Realistic AJ by shottsy85 Realistic AJ by shottsy85
I am a HUGE MLP FIM fan, but I have yet to see any successful realistic renditions of the characters. So I decided to give it a go. Sadly on this site it seems that fanart gets the most attention, so even though I don't do fanart much anymore, I thought I'd do some in a more difficult style, to hopefully garnish some notice.

I plan on doing all the main six, as well as possibly some other background characters in this style eventually. Maybe after my Joe Murray class is finished. Did this at work and thought I'd leave you all with something non class related before I am crazy busy :) (there is more I should have refined and painted and blended but its done enough to post I think)
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Spasticpug Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mooooom
i lolled my pants
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
BETTER DRAWING'D!

Applejack: I'm a real girl!

[A DA point to the first to guess the reference ;) ]
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MironW Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to hug him/her ^^!
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foxylilmpwife Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
i love it, and i totaly agree that the lack of the realistic ponies is a bit disturbing, then again a lot of people get nervous at drawing or painting a horse....i would like to see the cutiemark crusaders eventually.
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you! I'm actually planning to take thsi and tweak it more and do the other mane six I may make these as prints and bags or something :)
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foxylilmpwife Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
awsome, i can see Rarity as a Lepizenier, Aj is a Mustang from what I can tell, Big Mac coul be a clydesdale, RainbowDash could be an Arabian like Pegasis, while Fluttershy a tinnesseewalker like, twilight a morigan, pinkie could be a quarter horse...
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
actually since they are all ponies to keep them looking accurate but still realistic I've been using Mini Horses because it gives them that stumpy cute look, but I am still keeping them looking like their characters as well :)
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foxylilmpwife Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
makes since to me
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fiszike Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely, yesterday I was dreaming about some realistic ponies:)
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome! Hopefully I'll get more time I started a fluttershy one that I think people will like if it comes out like I hope.
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ChristopherDavies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good work! :iconeeyupplz:*stares at :iconeeyupplz:* Oh my God. MLP IS TAKING OVER MY LIFE!!!!!!!Look at my Favorites! I don't even watch the show for crying out loud! Read my story! And please comment!
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks so much! I have ALWAYS loved MLP but I really love the stories and characters in this one! Well all but pinky.. I can't STAND her hahaha. But its very clever and fun and well written!
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ChristopherDavies Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha. I agree. Even if I do not watch it. Oh, and by the way: Please read my story. And comment!
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hezaa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is fantastic!
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really GOOD, hun! The mane and tail especially! Your detailed work is excellent - can't wait to see moar. :heart:
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awwww thanks so much! I'm so glad you like it! I hope to get time to do the other 5 at some point, then perhaps I will do some bg ponies too if I ever get time :D I am SUCH a Pegasister lol I LOVE this show.
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with what someone else said about this piece too. It's bizarre that some of the FiM art I've seen is SHIT and has a billion faves/comments and views, but this... a real work of art, seems to have been completely overlooked. dA is so weird. :hug:
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
sorry it took me so long to reply, sort of been having a crap ton of life drama right now, as well as being in another online class. Thanks so much for the compliment! I really appreciate it. It DOES get frustrating sometimes when you put a ton of work into something and it gets like no notice. I think that hilarious video on youtube about Deviantart sums it up best though haha.
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a hilarious vid on youtube about dA? Why have I not seen this? :o
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
had to find it here it is HAHAH this needs more views! [link]
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah geez, that has made my day. :lol:
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahahah zomg I KNOW I cracked up SOOOOOO hard!! Actually.. that fat donkey pic at the end.. I drew that for a friend because she was the first person to help me get set up on this site 7 years ago, and she requested that. ZOMG I can draw SOOO much better now hahahah but yea.. it is mine but shhh don't tell anyone.
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ChristopherDavies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconeeyupplz::squee:!
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MoiderahOfSanity Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
...Holy fuck, this is awesome.
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha thank yoU!!
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sarkeh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Okay.......DAMN!!!! THIS IS KEWL SAUCE !!!!!!!!!!!
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
THanks! That's a good sauce to have! lol :)
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Mafon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
o-ho!
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Nakalla Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is amazing!
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
aww thank yoU!
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Atomikamikaze Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Digital Artist
This only got a few faves? While the Pony recolors get tons? WTF is with DA? This is great man! :D
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I KNOW! I have been a member here for 7 years, and I get so irritated with this site as far as notice, or appreciation go. People that poop out generic fanart seem to get a LOT Of notice, while someone that puts a lot of time into something more unique doesn't get much attention. So I TRIED to combine the two lol, so we'll see how this does. It's sort of a DA experiment lol.
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Atomikamikaze Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012   Digital Artist
And you have an awesome gallery too! Oh do I know the feeling of unnoticed, god forbid you have anything that's original on deviantArt. :P Of course any video game that's been ponyfied gets thousands of faves while something with effort and thought put into it gets maybe 5 or so. I personally think this is my favorite MLP fanart, since you did a fantastic job on the musculature and lighting!

(I've experimented too with the bronies, XD You're not the only one!)
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well THANK you! That is so sweet of you to say! I think I am going to do Rarity next perhaps. Should be fun. Thanks so much for the compliment on my gallery as well!
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ChristopherDavies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw! Whynot doBigMacintosh?
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I plan on first doing the main six and then perhaps the others, just haven't had any time to get back to them yet, since I am in a class :)
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ChristopherDavies Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.
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Yin-Yang-MLP Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I imagine the reason is because people who match the art that someone already likes, they'll likely like what you did. And if you do random scenes, people can get giggles imaging those characters reactions to said scene or situation. Whereas if it's just to being creative, the art style and such might not match with what people like. Like some prefer more sketchy art whereas others prefer inked and colored and everything.

Like me, I like more sketchy and cartoon style. So this particular picture doesn't appeal to me. I can see it's well made and appreciate the effort and such put into it, but to me I wouldn't fave it.

Does that make any sense?
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Makes perfect sense. I actually do more toony stuff quite frequently as I am an animation major, but I think its nice once in a while to show some more realistic work so I don't lose my foundations.
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Yin-Yang-MLP Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is quite true. I can understand that, although I personally couldn't do realistic stuff if my life depending on it.
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Witch-of-Endor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Bronies like this? I thought they liked deformed animals that look nothing like horses.

Oh wait, I'm right.
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL I guess perhaps its because if its more of a fantasy character its not bestiality?
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Witch-of-Endor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
English? :icontroll-marisaplz:
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falconstreaker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nope. We like ponies because they're funny, well voiced, and the show has stuff that older than 7 year olds can appreciate!
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
The above was a joke and response the previous comment. I love ponies too! :) Whenever a show becomes really popular there are always people that can't understand it or are "Neigh" sayers lol.
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falconstreaker Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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Witch-of-Endor Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Funny and well voiced

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older than 7 year olds 30 year old men can appreciate!

I can't argue with that :iconmeilingtrollfaceplz:
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome work! She looks, on all counts, like a workhorse! Fantastic work ^_^
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shottsy85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I used a mini horse for reference since they ARE ponies afterall so she needed short legs, but I wanted to keep her almost looking like a cart pony or something.
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