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The Number One, Greatest, Perfectest Pet by harwicks-art The Number One, Greatest, Perfectest Pet by harwicks-art
There was a moment somewhere in fleshing out a simple sketch into the image above where I thought "Maybe I'm going a little over the top". Luckily my inner Dash stomped on that idea, then lit it on fire. In fairness, judging by her part in the "Find a Pet" song, this is pretty much how she sees the world every day anyway.

I vaguely recall a time when the pony pets were controversial and unwelcome. I recall reading opinions about how they were forced into the show to give Hasbro more toys to market (as if they had needed any excuse to package a pony with a random animal anyway, as I understand it. At this point, I imagine getting a chance to buy show-accurate versions of the pets would be greated with great enthusiasm.) "That damn owl" was a phrase I heard repeatedly in regards to Owlowiscious, often voiced with the hope that we'd never see him again. I'm not sure if any of those viewpoints still exist, but personally I love the various pets (and that damn owl especially.) "Just for Sidekicks" was a highly entertaining episode in my book, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them in the future. (I still say that it's a crime that "sleeping Owlowiscious on a perch" isn't a regular background asset for Library scenes. He'd work just fine as furniture, and make for an easy cameo.)

If you suspected that all of that was a rambling preamble to "Equestria Girls" talk, you weren't entirely off the mark. Personally, I just find the whole thing funny. No, it's nothing I would have asked for, and when viewed as the only (to date) MLP:FIM movie it's certainly a let down as a premise, but beyond that I really have no issue with it. There were some good chuckles to be had in the trailer, and I know I'll have to watch it eventually to satisfy my curiosity, so I may as well go into it being open enough to give it a chance. I really started drawing these fanarts in order to share in my little cousin's enthusiasm for the show, and she's eagerly awaiting the film, so I hope she has a blast with it at the very least.

Ultimately, though, the characters just look so much better as ponies.

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Edited 9/18/2013:

"But Harwick... she still looks completely deranged."

Yes. Yes she does.
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:iconredwallfvs:
redwallfvs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Rainbow Dash looks AWESOME! ^^
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Penguinator24 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'aaaww!!! How cuuute!!! :meow: :meow: :meow:
Perfectest is not a word, lol... :paranoid:
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Darkenlite Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
I never minded the pets really.  I guess since I never really started as "bronie" or whatever Pony fans are called.  
Beautiful artwork and I'm just looking though your gallery.

Have you seen Equestria Girls yet?  I saw it on Netflix.  I am not convinced whatsoever to buy the dolls but I do enjoy the movie for what it is.  Just another adventure for Twilight and Spike is how I feel about it. I thought it was cute, amusing and thoughtful of the writers to put in the little things like Twilight learning to walk and all in the show.  Or her friends in that world and how she reacts.
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K-Jackson-Katss Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
<chuckle> Perfect.
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r0b0tic-k47 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I don't see what is so controversial about pets. Personally, I see my cat as being a part of the family and a good companion, he is far from being just an animal to me. Why wouldn't the ponies desire companionship from their animal friend as well? Perhaps some of them may even like their pets better than other ponies.
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
What people new to Hasbro fandoms must understand is that Hasbro does two things:

1. Do what they can to keep the fanbase happy

2. Do what they can to keep afloat since their stock is down the shitter

Everyone in the Transformers fandom is used to Hasbro's behavior, and I think most people who came from that fandom understand Hasbro's behavior. I hope as the brony fandom matures in the same sense the Transformers fandom has, we grow more resilient to money-grabs.

The Transformers fandom is super interesting, actually, because of it's prevalence in the early days of the Internet. There is much that we have to thank them for- One of the first fandoms to organize online, trade merch online, etc etc
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JadeSpiritTigress Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
puke
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Mashaa45 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That smile, Hahahah.
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PonyXing Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dat Face. :happybounce:  RD's Face sooooo cracks me up.
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PonyPlush Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
So much awesome!
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Mistykittyartist829 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!
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MyLegendOfMinePortal Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I share the same opinion about Equestria Girls. It was really kind of funny, I had to take a short break after every 5 minutes i was laughing so much. But all in all, it was an ok movie.
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xDerpyMuffinzx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Either way it's still awesome.
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xDerpyMuffinzx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Dat face...... what does it remind me of.... smile dog? yes I think so...
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:iconazureblazestarz:
AzureBlazeStarz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful! :D :rose:
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Queen-Sombrea Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dat face o-o
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well done!!
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immortalisss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
The rainbow face is very ugly
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Andypony Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
^
Agreed D::
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DDDMEMAYBE Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Dat face. good god
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:iconfurpuff:
FurPuff Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is incredible
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:iconmazexx:
MAZExx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AWESOME
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Desfinity Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My opinions for the upcoming movie are pretty optimistic. I am, after all, going to drive an hour just to get to the nearest theater and see it. My opinions on your art are the fantastic design aspects that make up your background make me happy and give that really cool circus look I don't see much of. I also agree we do not see much work of the pets, and I was fine with them from the start.
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Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the pets! Thankfully I got involved in FiM shortly after season 2 ended, so I missed the pet-related crapstorm.

I'm not that excited about Equestria Girls, but I'm not against it either, especially since I heard it will be a one-off that has no impact on the FiM continuity. And I like the "What am I?" line.

Anyway, Dash and Tank look fantastic.
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anyimakiko678 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
AWESOMEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconzombietator:
ZombieTator Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
My favorite part of this is Dash's wings. You did a wonderful job on them!
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:iconmushroomjardin:
mushroomjardin Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
SO MUCH BLING BLANG :D
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DPV111 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Heh. So rare to see art with Dash's cutie mark the right way around.

Also:
Dash: "C'mon Tank, my teeth need filing down and that propeller should do the trick!
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Obsequiosity Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HEH. The world through RD's eyes. I do enjoy the pets. The bit where RD rubs noses with Tank when no one's looking is one of my favorite RD moments.
(Needs a few lens flares.)
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Z4K474K Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
awesome! i love how vivid everything is!
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:iconramamole-crowforest:
Ramamole-Crowforest Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That. Is. AWESOME! Easily 20% cooler than other Rainbow Dash art!
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Some people will find anything to complain about. It all leads back to pride.

This is so colorful and spectacular! Wow!
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Prancypants Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
It's always wonderful to pop onto dA and be surprised with something new and amazing from you! This piece is especially fun, with how you've drawn it in "Dash-vision." I'm sure she does see the world as one big fireworks show, with her as the fighter jet that inevitably does a fly-by. Like everyone else, I'm thoroughly amused by Dash's toothy grin - nobody does pony teeth quite like you - and I love the vivid saturated colors you paint with. This one is super fun!

I also quite like and agree with everything you wrote about the pets, and EQG. Thanks for sharing something wonderful again!
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theNekk Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha love it!
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Nightfall777 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dashie has such an adorkable face! =)

I was astonished when I saw an EG trailer. My first thought was that Hasbro must be trying to attract a broader audience to MLP. Human characters are more universal, more neutral, so they might interest those people who disregarded MLP due to it being a pony cartoon. You can even draw a parallel between EG and Looney Tunes Show - the latter too had a shift of perspective to more casual themes of roommates, work in the office, everyday life, neighbors an so on. With MLPEG the cartoon goes into highly recognizable environment of attending school. What I didn't get is how ponies are supposed to go to school if they are already past that stage according to the FiM?

All in all I'm a little disappointed as the whole cartoon could have been in canon pony style, which I love so much. I will definitely watch it regardless, because I have already judged one book by its cover (if you know what I mean). Still I hope the trend won't catch on and we will have more proper pony sequels and spin-offs in the future.
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LordCronthus Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Amazing! Totally amazing!!! :omfg:
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:icondstears:
dstears Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Great piece as always. I'm also a bit disappointed the pets don't make more appearances, even just as cameos.
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cajobif Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Something tells me that a phrase that would describe Rainbow Dash mind in this case: "Life is an adventure and I'll always be the awesome hero in it". Perhaps too much?

You did an amazing work on this
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Turtles are always the number-one guys.

In "Over the Hedge," Verne is the only one who's really clued in. Churchy la Femme wears a pirate hat and plays lead guitar (well...mandolin). And the ENTIRE DISCWORLD is carried on the back of a turtle.

Slow an' steady, etc.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And sometimes they're ninjas too. A very versatile reptile.
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
YEAH YEAH I WAS TOTALLY GONNA SAY THAT BUT THE INTERNAT WAS ALL LIKE...

OK, you got me :-D
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KingdomCrasher Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Tank and Gummy are best pets x3
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One vote for the cold-blooded contingent!
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stewi0001 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
RD looks a tad creepy at that angle :XD:
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"Here's DASHIE!"
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stewi0001 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yea, that sums it up
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:iconquodfuero:
quodfuero Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Man that tortoise sure does have a cool pet.
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, but she's a real pain to try and train, and good luck keeping her off the furniture.
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MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
LOL this is so awesome! I really like their faces!
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