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Cadance by harwicks-art Cadance by harwicks-art
With the release of the latest issues of the comic, I think it's time to put up the portraits of two other members of Twilight's family. I admit to being curious to Cadance's history... I understand one of the tie-in books to the show revealed that she was originally a pegasus who "ascended" or whatever to alicorn and princess status much like Twilight did (albeit not through completing a spell). But where did she come from? Was she always in Canterlot and just unmentioned? It's surely not a coincidence that her cutie mark is the crystal heart, and that she has the same sheen to her hair as the crystal ponies do, despite not sharing their general "crystalliness". But how does she tie in to an Empire that had vanished 1000 years ago?
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MlpLovah123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Title spelling error its Cadence
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
On all official merchandise I've seen it's spelled "Cadance", presumably to allow Hasbro to trademark the name.
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MlpLovah123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
OOOOOHHHHHH ok
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OperativeNumbuh227 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, she could be descendant of the true crystal rulers before Sombra came to power. I mean, the royal family could have send their heir away and that heir was Cady's ancestor and her cutie mark relates to her heritage. So she's part crystal pony!
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SugarCloudPony Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
I love this picture, great job! :heart:
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ZalgoPrincessCadance Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Omg.. *auto fave*

* Cadance
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puppy-eyes-6 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Trying not to get too tied in with the whole cutie mark concept, I think that when she got her cutie mark, it was just to show that she was meant to spread love. When it turned to the empire, her destiny was truly revealed. She may not have been intended to rule, but she had an extremely rare kind of magic, so I guess she was the only pony for the job at the time. I would explain more but then I'd be theorizing about cutie marks and the timeline of the entire show and I just really don't wanna.
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Pretty.
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victortky Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Such beauty! XD And I wonder what's her origins!
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Great pic! Will we be seeing Celestia, Luna and the mane cast soon? 
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SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a lot of interesting questions all right. You making me curious also! DX
Really nice and beautiful drawing btw :3
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iluvdevilschild Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOU ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS AND I CAN'T COME UP WITH ANSWERS. I have pondered these since the wedding.
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saber360 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
very nice :)
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Slasher0001 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
She's so pretty! :D
Fantastic drawing!
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Keithsterling Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice cadance
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful pic
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really have to say dear, I find this picture in particular quite fascinating. There's just something about that expression... it is absolutely a study in subtlety. She is appropriately cute, and overall quite sweet-looking yet I just can't help feeling that there is something else lurking beneath that benign exterior.

I really ought to draw Cadance sometime...
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
If you accept the EU origin story, she was born a pegasus, and I think there's certain things about a pegasus that they are "hard-wired" to be (the "nature" in the "nature vs. nurture" argument). Every major pegasus character we've seen has a certain feistiness and determination about them - they're more emotionally driven than unicorns or Earth ponies, I think. (Yes, even Fluttershy - her "nurture" usually makes her the exception to this rule, but push her hard enough and the same "nature" patterns the other pegasi have come out in force.)

In the case of Cadance, that nature comes out as her being more relatable and outspoken than Celestia and Luna are, as well as being a little "frisky" - mostly following in the Trollestia tradition. In other words, there's a dash of spice under that sugar. You get what I'm sayin'? ;)
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Just as lovely as the others.

There are two things I'd like to see done with Cadance...one is flashbacks to the origin story in CHS, the other is watching her spend some downtime with her siblings. Both of them, if only to establish that Spike actually has a family. He helped save her kingdom, she saved his life, yet they've exchanged fewer words (none) than Spike and Celestia (six).
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Kudos on your portrait series.
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batosan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And yet again folks it's broken record time........I LOVE THIS WORK! The facial expressions are priceless! You have made it feel like they really were there for a Professional Portrait shoot.....FUN! (My wife was a professional Portrait Photographer many years ago and the contact sheets were hilarious! Both kids and adults are so funny when told to "Hold still!.....Smile! .....Look at the dot on the wall not the camera!.....OK...huh....Lets try that again!."...)heheheheheh!
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hrostami Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
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Flutterwry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Cadence does indeed have a weird mystery, as to ever knowing, cannot say, but most is can hope for some story to her past.

Guess the mystery background to her, is what makes her unique. Guess I cannot argue with that.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Love it!
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I'm glad the fans accepted her rather quickly when she came out of nowhere. The novel greatly helped with her origin. Just got the new comic today, can't wait to see how she met Shiny...
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Isseus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

She's so very... PINK. 


According to the G.M. Berrow book she grew up in a tiny village in the hicks and had to confront an evil witch as a filly to bring love into her heart and remove a curse from her village. She then grew a horn and moved to C-lot. Good read, even for an adult. Recommended. 

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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. 
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Akernis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would love to find out more about her, always found her nice and interesting character :)

Great work on her as well, nice to see the family complete, nice work with the, as you said, crystalline sheen in her hair :)
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I'll have to work in sets on some of the other pony families as I go forward.
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Akernis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to those :)
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Long lost descendant of the rightful ruling family, I'd presume.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly seems like she must be, doesn't it?
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Indeed. Kinda hard to see it being anything else.
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waffules Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Beautiful Clap 
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's a pretty pony, certainly.
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Writer
I am much interested in the issue you raised. perhaps I will wait for season 4 to find if they will answer.


oh, and one more thing... I am a fan and I like this. She might seem lifeless in here but that is more the color than anything else.
still, she looks lovely to look at.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoy them...  I feel they're nice little bonus bits worth sharing.
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Writer
*nods wisely* yes, yes ^v^
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AngelCakexxx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
This is amazing! :love:

and Ink Rose has a pretty good backstory for Cadence
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not aware of it, but I do like fanfics.  The "Cadance of Cloudsdale" stories are quite good, I think.
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AngelCakexxx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I think you should listen to some of her head cannons, she reads them like fanfics, they're quite good :)
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shyflutter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I don't like it and I'm Harwick's fan.

I suppose the portraits would look cool if they were used somewhere, in a game or as an illustration to text. Otherwise they look bland and lifeless to me.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough...  These are a little side project, and originally in the scraps folder for just that reason.  More elaborate artwork is coming soon.
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RainbowDashie41 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
must say you did a great job at Cadence but i know she was a Pegasus and found in the woods and i don't know her family it might be her family died from King Sombra and one of the guards took her and then found in the woods. Cadence is my Favorite Princess then any other princesses like Celestia Twilight and Luna she is kind hearted and a good foasitter to Twilight Sparkle that's why i like her and soon she might be a mother maybe in season 4 but i don't think so. 
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is a possibility that Cadance somehow returned to modern times slightly ahead of the rest of the Crystal Empire...  I do find the idea that she's an orphan found in the woods interesting.
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RainbowDashie41 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
That would be good if Cadence was in her bed then the ghost of the past came and show her what happened to the Crystal Empire back when she was just a foal and her family history how they where attacked by King Sombra and his guards then the baby was taking to the woods and left there in the basket
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Fox-Starwing Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Hmmm, good questions! I hope they explore the answers in season 4 (fingers crossed.)
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We'll see what they have in store... I'm sure we'll be heading back to the Crystal Empire for the Equestrian Games, at least.  The season premiere seems to delve into some princess history as well, so maybe it'll touch on more than Celestia and Luna.
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Kh0nAn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's so cute, i love Cadence ^^
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know some people resent Hasbro creating a pink princess, but I think she has a pretty neat design.
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