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A Solemn Summer Night - Vector by krazy3 A Solemn Summer Night - Vector by krazy3
I needed cover art for my story, so I spent a while making this. The full version will be up momentarily. I wanted a non-post-processed version up as well.

Oh, also, no reference image for you. Why? Because there wasn't one! This is freehanded, fillies and gentlecolts. :D

A little clarification: Applejack has died. Rainbow Dash has not stubbed her hoof. Yes, I'm a terrible person.

Read the story here!

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Sorry guys, but you're not allowed to use this one this time. :(

And because I'm having issues with *this* piece now, that means: You are not allowed to copy, modify, trace, share, or post this anywhere. Most of my vectors are free to use, this one is not.
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MisterKaos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcryforeverplz:
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phylos7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

On behalf of everything that makes me happy, I hate your rotten guts :'D


;w;

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RtDK Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
If you wanted to better show Applejack as being dead, I would make her face a bit more pale - not a lot more, just noticeably. Pallor generally implies illness or lack of well-being, and if you wanted to add bags under Applejack's eyes which imply the fact she hasn't slept in awhile, that'd add to the effect too.

And God damn you for making me leak liquid pride.  XD

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"Applejack, please. No! You can't die! You know why? 'Cause you'd break my heart if you did..." Rainbow sniffed, trying to keep her tears under control. She had to keep her brave face... She promised. "You'd break my heart. You swore you'd never break it. You promised!"

Applejack smiled wanly at Rainbow, weakly raising a hoof over her friend's.

"Ah'm... sorry, Sugarcube," she rasped. "Ah didn't mean to lie..."

The pale orange pony took a pained breath.

"Ah always promised to love ya... and Ah always will..." Applejack quivered in Rainbow Dash's hooves. Something changed in her expression. "I... lo-"

Applejack's once-lively green eyes became glazed with an expression Rainbow Dash had only seen in fear and surprise. Rainbow froze, as Applejack's breath caught in her throat. The earth pony became heavy, and began to lose her battle with gravity.

"Applejack?" She shook her friend. The earth pony slid down into her embrace, her expression unchanging.

Oh no.

"Applejack, please!" Rainbow wept. She never thought she could let tears flow so freely, but in that moment, she understood despair. "Please..." she begged whatever force of life and death was present to let her friend stay, to pass Applejack over. "Please don't leave me..."

But she knew. Applejack was gone.

"Applejack..." Rainbow Dash whimpered, shoving her muzzle into her friend's mane. "No..."

She couldn't form the words to express her sorrow - they kept catching in her throat, and Rainbow Dash's sorrow left in her escaped as a mournful bawl.

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It's ironic, if you think about it. I don't think Rainbow Dash would kick and scream and make a fuss with Applejack's death. Her impact would be much more profound than that. It would shake Rainbow Dash to the very core. She would lose her courage and confidence, and become a whimpering little foal who had no idea what to do.

Applejack's death would probably be the hardest of any of the ponies, just because she's the rock on which the group is built. Without her, it'd kind of crumble them like the rain to a mountain.

Wonderful picture. Now I need to go read something fluffy and happy.

Happy writing.  :)
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AppleJackShaman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:( Death. Every death is sad. Espically this one :(
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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree... YOU'RE AWFUL!!!!!!!!!

WHY AJ?!?!?!?!?!?? WHY??? D"X
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Artist
Because storytelling, that's why. I'm writing a whole universe around this in the form of fanfictions. The one that goes along with this is both the start and end. Look at it this way: AJ had a pretty awesome life, fell in love, and got to spend over 30 years with the pony she loves. It's a happy story when it comes right down to it. :3
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phylos7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

No it's not, she died -_-

And she didn't look 30 here, I would never have known :'O

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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, ok. that makes sense, but I can still be sad! :XD:
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Artist
I wouldn't have it any other way. Bittersweet is the intention and it would appear that I succeeded in expressing that. :P
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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true dat... true dat.
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Fallenpeach Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww how sad :c This is drawn very beautifully though. :heart: nice job.
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GamingFreak05 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I would be upset if she died as well
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Kiryuin-Satsuki Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
This is amazing :D
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Artist
Thanks :D
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Eagle3302 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Nightmare nights :( I didnt have nightmares for years now but remember that feeling :/
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Artist
This is a little worse than nightmares, I'm afraid. :(
However, that does seem to be the popular "alternate" interpretation of this. Myself? I'm saving the nightmares for later.
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EWU619 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Someone seems like she is having a night.....wait dead NUUUUUUUUUU
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Artist
Yup. :(
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EWU619 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Poor Dash
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Ticklemonster11 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Don't forget about poor ol applejack as well!
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EWU619 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Yeah
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Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconrarityfacedeskplz: why, why did the best pony ever have to die???!!!!
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Artist
Because Cutie Mark Crusaders fanfiction, yay!
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Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool, i guess
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Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ok
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Leyanor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Imma look at this in a different way than the story behind it ;p
I can't take any sadness if it comes to Appledash ;)
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Artist
:iconapplejackplz: Sounds like a plan to me!
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Are-you-jealous Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think maybe you could make Applejack look like a ghost? Like, fade her a bit maybe?
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Artist
:iconpinkiepienoesplz: Ah! Applejack's a ghost! :iconapplebuckplz:
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Are-you-jealous Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D: It's so tragic :(
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GhostlyJunkbot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
:'(
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IzayaGraeme Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Not Applejack D: you monster :O!
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Artist
I know. :(
The story makes it kind of happy. Kind of.
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Vunlinur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh yes, You are a terrible person making good vectors. But
HOW CULD YOU?? :(
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:iconkrazy3:
krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Artist
Because it makes a good story! :(
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0mnil0rd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I think AJ's head needs to hang down a little more. But otherwise, you hit the nail on the head... of my sadness. ;_;
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Artist
Hmm, yes. I agree! And... sorry? D: :hug:
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0mnil0rd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Is ok *Sniff*. I... I just need to be alone.
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Squee-Neji Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Applejack should be a bit more limp. Maybe making the ears flop down will do that. Maybe add a little bit of a tilt in the head as well, as if it's leaning on Rainbow.
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Artist
How's it look now?
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Squee-Neji Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Looks good. I would make it unnaturally limp, but she just died so it looks great the way it is.

Great fanfiction by the way. I ending the story a bubble of sad babbling.
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Artist
Thanks... and I still don't know how to respond to that. I've written something with the intention of making people sad and it's worked. But then I feel bad that I've gone and made them sad. :(
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Matackable Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your problem is that AppleJack doesn't look... Dead enough.

I get what you were trying to do, but it does look like she's still alive and sort of trying to comfort RD.

That and RD looks like she's in physical pain. Not emotional pain.
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Artist
Hmm, yes. I do see that. I'll see what I can do to touch this up and clarify it a bit.
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d3rb Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
a tear or two on RD should work
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krazy3 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Artist
I was in the process of doing just that, actually. The updated version has been uploaded now.
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flamegrell Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
cute
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