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Know When to Fold 'Em by harwicks-art Know When to Fold 'Em by harwicks-art
Why should dogs get all of the poker related fine art?

I have to wonder where Twilight gets her money. I suppose being the town librarian pays something, but then again she's already getting free living space there. Fluttershy's income is also a mystery, but perhaps her little animal commune is self-sufficient. Or maybe Angel just helps her rake it in on Poker Night.

As for how the non-unicorns hold the cards, I'm going with "sticky hooves"... which, come to think of it, would be a pretty good name for a pick-pocket pony.

I obviously need more sleep.

UPDATED 12/17/2011:

Wow. Okay, so apparently people like this one. I've gone back and made some minor touch ups to it (and yes, I've added hints of the missing Cutie Marks... no wonder the poor CMC's obsess over them, what with the way people react when they're not apparent.) Perhaps doing corrections now is closing the barn door after 27,000 horses have gone through, but what the hell.

I've also changed the download to the full sized work image, which was 2x the resolution of what was available before. I warn you, if you think the artwork looks particularly pretty or meticulously done, prepare to have your illusions shattered by a close look. I have no hesitation to cut and paste and push pixels around like they were fingerpaints... and again, finishing this one was a rush job to get it out the door before the holidays, so there's not much of a final polish on it.

Not that there ever is on my fan stuff... It's all done in good fun. I just feel like I suddenly have some kind of reputation to live up to. The comments and response so far have been wonderful, but what people are really reacting to are the characters themselves, and all credit for them goes to Lauren Faust and Studio B for their work on the show.


As always, if you're looking to ask me for permission to use this artwork in a non-commercial way, feel free and make something awesome with it, but know that I neither created nor own the characters. And, of course, please don't take credit for my work. It's just not a nice thing to do.
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I love the expressions in this :D
Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  New member Student Filmographer
I feel a sense of fun and joy, a beautiful and classic paintings :D (Big Grin) 
GT4tube Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome! xD
PhantomVulpix Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
this just made my day. lol
Gamzguy17 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic! Not only did you manage to get the style of this classic album down, but you've spiced it up with M.L.P. flavour and personality. Clap Clap Even the gorgeous art style you did it in is reminiscent to the album. :D
Love the scenario going on between Spike and Twilight too. XD
Keep in mind, you gotta know when to hold 'em too :P
Stay artsy dude! Again, fantastic work! 
Akara-Legend Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Mariachiman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This is the most beautiful and kitsch thing I have ever seen in my whole life
Adeanwolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Rainbow dash won Twilght's crown.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
AJ : "Rainbow ... d'ya know you must win ... without cheating ?" :iconapplejackmadplz:
ZacBucklin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great work here.
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