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The End of the High Road by harwicks-art The End of the High Road by harwicks-art
I do love the interactions between Rarity and Applejack on the show. Over three seasons they have come to be the most consistent comedy pairing with classic chemistry at work between the fussy drama queen and the dependably rough-and-tumble workhorse. As they are often criminally overlooked by segments of the fandom (and even those producing merchandise for the show), I am always happy to revisit one or both of these ponies in some new art.

Of course, if there were ever to be a day celebrating these two, it surely should come on the birthday of a certain prominent Pony artist who is often the first name in drawing either of these two, namely the wonderful WhiteDiamonds :iconwhitediamondsltd:. (Happy Birthday my dear (and it still counts in your time zone!) I hope a quick drawing of two charming ponies adds a little extra to what has been a day filled with warm greetings from your many fans! You're a beloved part of this fandom for a reason.)

As it happens, I found her birthday arriving this year in the midst of a heavy workload on my job and, even more alarmingly, at a time when I really didn't have any new ideas for pony art (well, nothing that wasn't already in some stage of production, that is... and passing off something like that as a gift would be dishonest.) Still, why should I let the lack of an actual idea hold me back? The result is the image above, put together in snips of free time between assignments entirely in the last 24 hours. Credit again goes out to KP-Shadowsquirrel for the blank pony model which I used for a lighting and pose reference.



On a side note, a special thanks to :iconbest-of-mlp-fim: for their continuing support ever since I got into the fandom here. It's a great group that has generously featured my own work, as well as that of many outstandingly talented artists. Do check it out if you haven't already.
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:icon92captainwolf:
92CaptainWolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm! That is a good picture! :)
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:iconnightmareask:
NightmareAsk Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Raritys like No, I disagree! no
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:iconcatiacaterina:
Catiacaterina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The fancy mare and country mare. :rarity:  :applejack: 
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:iconapplejack-1982:
Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So sweet.
For Rarijack!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Rarity, of course, could cut the Gordian Knot and EXTEND said high road - by levitating that log with her own telekinesis over the mud, possibly with herself on it.
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
To which Applejack would annoyedly remark, "That's...cheatin'! Ah think."
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
And to which Rarity would just refute with. "I'm just using what I have." Wink/Razz 
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
[Cue AJ grumbling in defeat...] :lol:
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OtterP Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Well, Rarity could levitate AJ over the mud too. ;)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Heh, true. :)
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:iconpanquem:
Panquem Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agree with everything...Aj´s cute face its just...>.< i love it!!! the world deserves more of this ponies :D
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EverlastingDerp Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree with you in regards to Applejack and Rarity's chemistry. They play off each other in the most entertaining and often adorable ways. You captured these two perfectly! I love this! :love:
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BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Differences.
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the personalization you made on Rarity and AJ!!! :XD: :XD: :XD:
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:iconpooshkariotmlp:
PooshkaRiotMLP Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your range of cartoon to realistic. Am I doting? I noticed I comment on like all of your pieces...
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xpegasus12 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Looks amazing, and I love the symbolism used in this piece of art.
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:iconragstart:
ragstart Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Rarity and AJ, these rich, chunky colours. Perfect.
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:iconmanithmagesinger:
ManithMagesinger Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I always thought that in the main six, each pony had somebody that they had the hardest time getting along with, Pinkie and Twilight, Dash and Fluttershy, and a prime example of Rarity and Applejack is his picture, Applejack is not afraid too get down and dirty, while Rarity is a very class lady and would avoid this kind of situation at all costs, and finally the look on where faces spells out what they are thinking perfectly, Rarity has a look of situation" you can't be serious", and Applejack just has the look of satisfaction, thinking about how Rarity will react to getting dirty, very well done sir.
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VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
filfhy earth poneis must stay in the mud, the superior  unicorn  master race saty in the top!
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:icongalgus:
Galgus Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Superior earth ponies get to their destination, silly unicorns get stuck on logs.
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VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur argument is invalid cuz magic
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CostumePartyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I can see Applejack teasing Rarity about having  to get into the mud, then ending up helping her across so she doesn't get dirty at all. 
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:iconstuntpony:
Stuntpony Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
The line, where limos and crossovers stop, and offroaders go. =)
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Padlinerro Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a badge with your art! :D
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Sethmonster Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This kind of reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbes comic, only in the newer 'hyper realism' style of modern digital art rather than the classic comic Waterson used.  Great job on the scene (use of color, leading the eye, and negative space especially), it really captures the occasional  oddities of their friendship.
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cRaZyKiD9219 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
friendship is filthy hooves.
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:iconexurgentnight:
ExurgentNight Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Yes, icky-ness is often a side effect of hard work."
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:iconask-sodafountain:
Ask-SodaFountain Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Wow, it's different from the others, but still awesome work. I like this style. :meow:
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:iconaramadon:
aramadon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Ooh, shipping idea - Applejack carries Rarity after this.
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:iconflutterbrony16:
flutterbrony16 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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SecondStationPass Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing<3
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BellaSwon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
WooW
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:iconsomercet:
somercet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Very nice work!
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:iconfoxofwar:
FoxOFWar Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are indeed one great pair that people should draw more. Especially in gorgeous pics like this.

On a nonrelated note, I have found a new background for my computer. <3
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Pink-Pastel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :airborne: :iconrarityplz:
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RociCandyPop Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaw! Cute one
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MidnightWave Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I just absolutely love how you put so much detail into your artwork.
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camila147896325 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Artist
very very very very cute!! :)
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:icongalgus:
Galgus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Applejack is my favorite character in the show, and I've always enjoyed her interactions with Rarity.

They seem to have a special kind a friendship, despite their differences.
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Moguryuu Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks for drawing this!! i don't see many pictures of these two as a couple or bffs or anything like that, and this is my otp!! :)
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:iconhailrarity:
HailRarity Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I think this is beautiful artwork, regardless of the characters behind it, whose relationship is equally cute. Great job!
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:iconthebearbones:
TheBearBones Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could the contrasting characters of these two possibly be captured more perfectly or simply than in this?
(Hint: The answer is not yes)
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SolidSnake1710 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
This is both kinda cute and funny.
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:iconnukepizza:
NukePizza Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
very nice drawing :)
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JustinBaker23 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love this!
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:iconoctaviamelody:
OctaviaMelody Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Wow, the details are very felicitous!
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:icontomfraggle:
TomFraggle Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Looks great! Love the detail! :+fav:
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Cocatrola Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love it !!!
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:iconalbinocyndaquil:
AlbinoCyndaquil Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is so amazing
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:icongray--day:
Gray--Day Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
♫ Rarity took the high road... ♪
♪ And AJ took the low road... ♫
♫ And she got to Ponyville befooooore her! ♪
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