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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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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
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
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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