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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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PooshkaRiotMLP Mar 21, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
To answer your money question, Twi's funded by Celestia to live in Ponyville, (I'm, like, 95% sure), I'm pretty sure Fluttershy takes care of people's animals for money, or maybe your right about the self-sufficiant animal commune thing.
Wait are they playing Poker? Poker is with two cards and four cards in the middle. Or is it a modified Equestrian Poker? Also that Discord-Jack. (Or as I like to call it knave.)
harwicks-art Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Five card draw, most likely.
tophxomi Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do a version with MLP CCG cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!plsplsplsplsplspls
Druce-White-Owl Jan 5, 2014  Professional Writer
This is just priceless, I love all the little details: Rarity's pouting over having to fold, Pinkie Pie's ridiculous 'poker face' making you question whether she doesn't know how to bluff or if she's actually playing one MASSIVE bluff, Fluttershy letting Angel make the calls on what she does with her cards, Twilight frantically attempting to reclaim her losses through book-learnin'; it's all glorious!
Don't forget Rainbow Dash cheating (look at the card sticking out of her wing :XD:) and Applejack giving her a suspicious glance^^
Really a brilliant piece, I love it so much!
batosan Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely MONSTER! Now where is the black velvet? heheheheheheh!
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