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The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship by harwicks-art The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship by harwicks-art
After a few images that I hadn't really planned out, here's one that was a little more intentional all the way around. Of course, even on this one I originally just thought "I need to draw something with Smartypants" and it kind of snowballed from there. I hadn't expected it to take form quite so quickly (and had really thought that events in my personal life would keep new fanart from appearing for a while), but here we are...

I truly love the back-story hinted at in the show, and am delighted whenever they add another piece to it. Tales of destiny waiting to be achieved are a dime a dozen in fantasy, of course, but that doesn't kill the appeal for me. Fans have done a great job of exploring the untold parts of the history in art, comics and stories, and these are among my favorite works in the fandom.

There was an idea by Viktor E. Frankl that strikes me as relevant to ponies. In essence, it states that the only way to truly recognize the full potential in another is through loving them, and it is through this love itself that the beloved is enabled to actualize that potential within them. This seems to fit well to Twilight's story, in my opinion. In the end I do think that we hold the keys to helping each other succeed in ways that we ourselves cannot even imagine.

Not that ancient, all-powerful tiaras wouldn't help out now and then.
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MagicSmall Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  New member Student Writer
So cute... and awesome idea for picture.
StormSwirl1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alternate title: tia watching cadance watching twilight watching spike watching smarty pants 
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
A beautiful friendship indeed. :)
santamouse23 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Artist
i like celestias mane. it looks very bright like its lit up :D
ari-6 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Artist
Wow, Celestia's mane looks really flipping AMAZING!!!
AuRoraNightray Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wooooow *-* I love this one very much!!!
How did ya do the mane of Tia, sugarcube? It's look so bright and glass-like *o* I love it so much!
Kitty Glasses 
BBOFF Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cute! Celestia's mane seems to have a luminescence. Very well done.
Xavius-Windsong Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so adorable! I love this piece; you've done an excellent job with the cute levels here.
cutecatz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the flourecent lighting is amazing and it really takes me back to mlp in it's days of glory. it also lights up twilight's past
Princesstekki Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is by far the most beautiful style of coloring Celestia I've ever seen.
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