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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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:iconalanj2007games:
Alanj2007Games Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Student Filmographer
This is truly masterpiece! :3
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FralLeman Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
This looks great!  
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Celestrina Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
this is beyond words gorgeous! I love the back story and the colors! the design... everything is so good. You have awesome designs and imagination!
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Greypon3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
This is a great back-story picture. The looks on their faces are just perfect.
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EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
[drools over Tia's mane. And everything else, ever.] How do you have the time to put all this beauty and detail into every single inch of your work? I'm surprised there are enough hours in a day.
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MagicSmall Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute... and awesome idea for picture.
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StormSwirl1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
alternate title: tia watching cadance watching twilight watching spike watching smarty pants 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
A beautiful friendship indeed. :)
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santamouse23 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
i like celestias mane. it looks very bright like its lit up :D
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:iconari-6:
ari-6 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Artist
Wow, Celestia's mane looks really flipping AMAZING!!!
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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 
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BBOFF Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cute! Celestia's mane seems to have a luminescence. Very well done.
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:iconxavius-windsong:
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.
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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
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:iconprincesstekki:
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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BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
:) Must have been long ago...
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:icontifa22:
Tifa22 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, little Twily and Spike are so cute! :heart:
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Crystal2013 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuteeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!Omg so cute Omg so cute Omg so cute Omg so cute Omg so cute Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle twilight sparkle icon twilight sparkle icon Spike Emote Spike Emote Spike Emote 
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Tifa22 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ikr :D
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Crystal2013 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wink/Razz 
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I LOVE how you do Celestia's mane. I could swear it was actually glowing.

And yes, as everyone is saying, very creepy/touching bit with the moon. Love it.
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Tarascus101 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
So yust adorable and the colours are amaizing. Very nice job.
Brohoof
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ironey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
The moon is my favorite bit. Very haunting. I also love the how each character is looking down at someone.
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Powerpunk561 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome I LOVE how you did her mane!!!!
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TinyMeowMix Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia's mane looks absolutely gorgeous UvU
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some-girl-who-draws Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a warm little moment! So cute!

I love how Celestia's mane looks like water. At least to me, anyway.
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw!!! What an adorable scene!!! Twilight's face is too cute!!! :aww: :aww: :aww:
And Celestia's mane is sooo shiiiny!!! :omg: :omg: :omg:
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PooshkaRiotMLP Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore the way you do Celestias mane
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lillywintersIV Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
SO CUTE! *pops*
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charliIZkool Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
OMG MR SMARTYPANTS DID ANYONE THINK ABOUT HIM?!?!?"omgomgomg" 
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LunaStar7 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
 AMAZING! LOVE THIS! Heart Love 
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Deadly-Rainbow13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I love Tia's hair. Just beautiful. Princess Celestia Icon Profile 
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kiinastar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Aww, very cute!
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AngelicCattt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure who's friendship are we talking about, Spike and Twilight's or Twilight and Cadence's.
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
I think the answer is both, actually.
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Boodle16 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Celestia's mane is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! ITS JUST SO COOL I LOVE THIS PIC!!!! everything is just so WOW!!
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T0y-B0nnIe Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I Love how Celestia's mane looks like its glowing, I also like the details and the looks on their faces
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No1MporXant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Well, as they say in Japan, KAWAII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Inspire-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
super cute! and i love Celestia's hair
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Duraciam Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Cadence Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle 
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hovesoffire48 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
soooooo cute!!!Rainbow Dash Licking gif Never Fear Your Friendly hero is here! :spongebob: Minionla By Pappaprime Flufflepuff What Does The Fox Say Raphael emoticon revamp 2012:rainbowflash: PIXEL TV friend :applejack: 
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HardSciFiGuru Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Aaah! The cuteness! The cuteness! ^__^
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Rattleshakelover1673 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So cute! I love the little spike
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Patrick (Santa) Patrick (Santa) Patrick (Santa) SpongeBob (Santa) SpongeBob (Santa) SpongeBob (Santa) SpongeBob (Santa) Clapping Pony Icon - Dinky Hooves Bensonclapplz Clapping Pony Icon - Soarin - Wonderbolt Uniform Seisure Clapping Pony Icon - Applebloom Yay Yay Clapping Pony Icon - Scootaloo 
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Taekeen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Cute Twilight! :3
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Natsumi-Nyan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Cadence This is beautiful !Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Celestia 
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lainybabby Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Celestias Mane Is SOOO Pretty!
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Yarrix Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Celestias mane looks EPIC AWESOME!!!  Jawdrop 
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Chamber-K6821 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Celestia has the cutest nostrils I've ever seen.
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thegreatrouge Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I REALLY LIKE TIA'S MANE!!Doge 
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ponywarriorcats Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Awww, Filly Twi and Spike are cute :D

OMG. Tia's mane :iconclapplz: SO AWESOME!!
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