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Apple Constables in a School by Bakuel Apple Constables in a School by Bakuel

And now for something completely different.

This was originally just a sketch of alternative universe fantasy 19th century anthro-ish Applejack and Big Mac as constables. I thought it was humorous enough that I decided to color it and make a simple background and then it just grew from there. They are constables visiting the local school on career day, to take a break from hunting vampire Rarity. Applejack thinks she's the awesome Big Sis ponies only wish they had, Big Mac wishes he was somewhere else, and Cheerilee wonders why she got the two country bumpkins on the force. Silver Spoon is, of course, not amused.

I went with more of a modern comic booky animu cell shading style. I still want to make a pony comic someday, and layer shading and linework is one of the most economical ways to get something to look like something quick and uniform across multiple panels and pages. Even if hard-core painting-type/color blending stuff is probably the higher/harder road to travel. But that's just an opinion. Sadly, my line art is questionable and I'm working on it. Just like everything else.

The foreground students are supposed to have a bit of a blur thing going on which may or may not be effective.

AJ's in dress uniform, don't worry, she doesn't go out on beat like that. She doesn't care for the dress per se, but she probably likes the hat. AJ's a head constable, Big Mac is just a normal constable. Actually, Big Mac is the only first-rank office at the local police station. The rest of the ponies have crazy titles. Inspector Fluttershy thought it would make everypony happy.

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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
E-yep.
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Bakuel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Big Mac wrote the book on pony stoicism.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No kidding.
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Dragaun Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I love this Applejack looks so cute
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BrosephStalin2point Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Constables is filmed on location with the men and women of British law enforcement.
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blinkingstarBS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
... wouldn't Lyra be jelly to see AJ with finger.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I love that "Not again" look Cheerilee seems to be sporting.
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GraveHaunter92 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
AJ is really damn cute in the picture!  The rest of the scene seems a bit dreary, I would think that was intentional because it highlights all the brightness in the center around Applejack and that smile of hers.

As an aside, I think its become a staple in a lot of art to show AJ embarassing her sis at school in some manner.  I swear I've seen a few pieces like that by now.
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Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
The dreary drab colors are both the intentional old dreary old London effect, and the fact that I *do* overuse dreary colors from time to time. It has been pointed out many times by many people. That's something that I'm working on.
Thank you for the comment! :D
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Andergrin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you make separate  Applejack Constable? Because she is awesome!
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I probably will, I may do that next weekend or over thanksgiving if I have the time. A simple single character full-body portrait would be a good change of pace. Maybe in a daytime urban 19th century London environment as a background? That would be nice. A single character would force me to get into the details a little.
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Wiregeek Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
walkin' along, whistling a jolly tune whilst twirling her baton, Vampire Rarity watching from the shadows, hearts in her eyes...
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
If there was shipping, I always imagined that it would be slightly tsundere-like on Rarity's side. I may be crazy though.
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calvinthedestroyer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Nice, hey, ,, Monty Python as ponies? hehe
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hrostami Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
:iconapplejackclapplz:
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:iconjkunblade:
jkunblade Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute!
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:icondakathi666:
Dakathi666 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Very nice.
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Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice exectution, the characters are cute and expressive. 
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thank you for the kind words and thanks for the fave!
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:iconbioshock140:
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Simply awesome!
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thank you! :D
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
You're welcome.
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Lagmobile Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Applejack looks like shes saying something so embarrassing even Cherrilee is embarrassed for Applebloom.

I can totally see that actually happening 'cause that just fits so well with her character.
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thank you! :D 
 I have watched so much pony, the characters come easily... Maybe I'm going insane.
Thanks for the fave!
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Archon-Inkie-Pie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Love the picture, love the story that goes with it. Right on! :)
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thank you for the kind words. :D
Also happy to hear someone's reading my ramblings! 
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
What inspired this?
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013

The sad part is, I'm not too sure. I wanted ponies as police. In fantasy england. Fighting vampire ponies. Comically. Then it sort of grew. The actually career day scenario comes from having to look after children during one too many career days. :( 

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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
HOT FUZZ!!!
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Thanks to your comment, I had to hunt down and watch that movie. :D
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
It so fits.

"Is it true that there's a spot in your head that if you shoot it, it will blow up?"
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
It does fit.:D

Also the simple statement, "Danny, no". Never has a betrayal cut so deep. 
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Well hopefully I inspired you.

Equestria is so idyllic because there is a secret commune to eliminate anything that breeds disharmony.
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
big mac looks boss.

nice twist. I see the accsent went from "South states" to I imagine Yorkshire (even the stereotype "west county")

like the slate building over in the window.

note big mac has a MASSIVE foot.
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Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Thanks! :D 

I edited Big Mac's foot and shrunk it down a slither, as much as I could in the picture. Big Mac has big feet/hooves, but that may have been a bit much. These designs are very much a work in progress so thanks for the feedback. I'll have to play around with them a bit more.
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
theirs a door behind big mac the color your used for the space is inappropriate. NP mate.
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Sad art flub! Can't keep editing it though. Part of my new mental "post more to deviant-art" mindset was to stop editing out mistakes. The first 24 hours or so is fine, missing cutiemarks, silly big feet. But after that, it's just time to note the mistakes, learn the lessons and leave the mistakes up there as a shameful reminder to myself. Otherwise, I tend to get a bit carried away and stop working on new stuff.
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
A wise course of action if I followed it I may produce more art and of better quality anyway.
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:iconbamart19:
BAMART19 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Busting crime the England way!
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
The Apple family also bring the best dialects to the streets of England! :D
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BAMART19 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
That's because Applejack is the best darn pony! For making this art work I'll pay ten million bits!
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I thank ya kindly! :D


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:iconbamart19:
BAMART19 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I enjoy being kind to artist such as you who makes art that's great to enjoy.
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
That's the only way to do art. Even if everyone else ends up thinking your insane, you still need to make the kind of art you want to see in the world! That's my motto. 
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BAMART19 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I like that motto! You will now be made the Captain of the London Police Force in Equestria!
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Yay! :D
Now if only the title came with a silly hat...
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmm pretty good. This is literally one of the first anthro things I've liked. I guess they look way more pony than human.
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Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Thank you! 
I'm really happy that the anthro style seems to work. Awhile ago I tried other pony anthro styles but it always looked off, the characters lost the special ponyness that made them ponies. More realistic proportions looked especially bad. Other artists can sometimes make it work but it wasn't working for me. Since ponies are cute cartoon horses, I begin looking for cute cartoon anatomy. For anatomy proportions I was heavily influenced by manga like Astro Boy and Princess Knight, as well as the more cartoony Megaman art. I figured, these are cartoony, somewhat cute, yet still functional human-like proportions, may as well take a look at them! 
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ya, I think that is why I didn't like EQG lol
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:iconbakuel:
Bakuel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Ah yes, that wonderfully boring world of bratz ponies. :D
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