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The Tao of Applejack by TopGull The Tao of Applejack by TopGull
I tried a new style of shading for this, inspired by the work of :iconruhje: Ruhje. As a result, most of the work was very slow and highly experimental, but I'm very excited about how it turned out and I'd like to continue practicing. Let me know what you think!

First in a series of Apple family Zen. Title by my good friend :iconquadforcefive: QF5, you should check him out.
Others in the series:
Big Macintosh: Zen and the Art of Apple Bucking
Granny Smith: Zen Apple Jam
Apple Bloom: Coming soon

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RuneSoldierDan Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
AJ, the world would be better if more ponies listened to you...
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legendario13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student General Artist
From the apple family reflections this is by far the one I liked the most, Not that the others don't hold their own valuable wisdom.
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ragnu Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I think you should also get some mane 6 zen. Either way, I love this!
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TopGull Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I suppose one does not spend most days bucking trees without developing a strong sense of balance. Lovely image & text.
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FallenShadow000 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Confucius say...

um...

uh...

... yeah, I've got nothing.
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hecmanstar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Hmm... I like it.
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is lovely. I can see a lot of great wisdom coming from AJ. She seems very well-grounded in a literal and figurative sense. :)

I love the posing on this, too. I imagine one develops a certain finesse after bucking thousands of apple trees. :)
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TopGull Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! AJ certainly has the most interesting pose of the series, and I think you hit the nail on the head as to why. Of course, this is pretty OOC for her, but I think that if she were in a pensive mood she could share plenty of sage insights on life.
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My reply is a bit late, but I heard something really interesting in an interview with Lauren Faust. She considered Applejack to be one of the smarter ponies in the group. While Twilight is very book-smart, Applejack would have a lot of sage, practical knowledge to share.

That makes me love AJ even more! :)
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