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Twilight Velvet by harwicks-art Twilight Velvet by harwicks-art
Twilight's mom, apparently somewhat inspired by G1 Twilight. I was going to speculate on whether Twilight's parents were nobles (they did get a princess for a foal sitter, and Twilight's childhood bedroom certainly looked impressive) but I suppose it's a moot point now that both of her children have the Prince/Princess title. Their neighbors have to be sick of hearing about how they have to head to the castle for one of their kids' coronations and such.
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Djbunny8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student General Artist
adorable
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw!!! That face is so cute!!! :aww: :aww: :aww:
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TwiztidFurry Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014

I thought Twi's mothers name was Star Sparkle?

 

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jeremeymcdude Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight velvet is her cannon name
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twyllia Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
like a madam =)
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Proudest mom in all Equestria!
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Fang120812 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014

This has to be a proud mother.

 

One son is a Prince

One daughter is a Princess

Another son is the Hero of the Crystal Empire

And a daughter-in-law that's another Princess

 

Damn.

 

I love these portraits.

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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Twilight's parents look a bit glamorous in these pictures, and I think it's a nice touch.  Sort of like looking at pictures of your own parents, from before you were born, and realizing that they were these (comparatively) dashing people with exciting lives.  And that they (mostly) gave that up to become steady, responsible providers and limit-setters and teachers of thing you can't learn in school.  In short, parents.

(Not that the two are entirely mutually exclusive, but there are only so many hour in the day...)
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jeremeymcdude Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My dad drove truck and my mom works for Pearson checking assessment tests. Wow my life is impressive
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! ^^
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I absolutely love your interpretation of Twilight's mother, she is just so incredibly sweet! :heart: Beautifully soft-rendered shading here, especially on her face, and that expression is just perfect.
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RachBurns Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question please, if you don't mind answering. What did you do to make the figure (in this case, Twilight Velvet) stand out from the background? I've been dying to do a picture that "stands off the page" for ages and just don't know how. 
I'll look for a tutorial too, of course. :nod:

I love how you colored her hair and her eyes, too. Everything comes together so very well! And I LOVE the "frame" and work behind her as well. Beautiful work.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
It wouldn't surprise me if you're right about the bragging. I bet the neighbors wish Twilight would turn her into Mina a potted plant again. :)

In all seriousness, she looks like quite the sweet broodmare, and at least here she looks proud but not boastful. I think she's really happy for her kids, though perhaps a bit sad that they have to live so far away. If deep down she thinks that Equestria is much better now because her children are in high places then I can give her that much. :)
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She'll be truly insufferable once she has royal grand kids on the way...

I actually think that she's a somewhat sad figure, as she kind of gave up both of her kids to the betterment of Equestria.  Everyone focuses on Celestia's motherly status in Twilight's life, her eldest was serving Celestia in the military, and both ended up going off to fight insanely powerful figures repeatedly.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Deep down all good parents know that, if they do their job right, their children will become true adults and make their own way in the world. Sure, it's bittersweet, but she knows they're safe and strong. (.. apart from all the evil monsters that keep trying to destroy and devour them. It's a far cry from when Mom and Dad had to check under the bed for monsters every night.)

Oh man, when Cadence and Shining even think about having a foal Twilight Velvet will plant herself in the Crystal Empire and pester them worse than King Sombra. She'll make them chocolate treats and sunflower 'n saffron smoothies every day. Her life savings will be spent getting Barry Chrome and Bill Withers* to come sing for the couple. Then loudly (and all too obviously) she'll say how she's going to bed early, with earplugs in, and how she's so tired that no amount of noise could possibly wake her...

AAAAWWWKWWWAAARRRD!

* Hey, I didn't even have to ponify his name.
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batosan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are so NEAT! Want to put one onto a Jacquard dark shirt inkjet iron on... to see if they hold the detail after application to a black shirt!! (A one off... for private use ...please?)
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, knock yourself out...  All of my stuff is free to use as long as you don't resell it in any way or take credit for the art.
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batosan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Don't worry ...Private use only! I can pen in the original artist in the border and it's permanent!(basicly in the frame border a statement..."Used with permission..Art by Harwicks-Art")Again... Thank you!
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Flutterwry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Hum, that is interesting. Though such proclaimed theory is beyond my reasoning. But very interesting none the less. I would say same goes for the other one as well Night Light.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, the latest official comic suggests that she's the author of the Daring Do novels, so maybe royalties bought that upscale house.
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Monocade Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Wait, really? Which comic? 

(Also I love your work).

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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  And it was the latest comic...  Issue 11?  The first issue of the two-part story of how Cadance and Shining Armor fell in love.  In the background, on the walls of the family's home, are writing awards apparently for Daring Do.  The Hasbro blindbag figure of her previously had stated that she was a writer of adventure stories.


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Monocade Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I see, thanks for the info.
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Flutterwry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Perhaps, I do not keep up with such, so its something I do not know really. I will take your word for it.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is such a wonderful mom. :)
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She didn't do half bad, judging by her kids, did she?
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course of course. :)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
So beautiful!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I bet people use the "You didn't tell me you had a sister" line of flattery on her every time she's at a party with her Princess daughter.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
LOL! I'm sure they do that every time!
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dlazerous Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
you should have the framing image printed out on cardstock, I know people that would pay for that
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I did look into how much it would cost to do a run of playing cards out of these...
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think she's a rich housewife. :aww:
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think her blindbag figure says she's a writer... probably living high on the book royalties.
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely. 
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's a lovely pony.
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flash Fire: Oh yes no doubts there. Dragonking17: Yes most definitely. 
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TMNTFAN85 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
always saw her as the original G1 twilight.  i like to think the events of midnight castle the original g1 pilot happend many years ago, and that megan the human came to their world somehow? i dunno
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've never watched that original movie, I admit.  I saw a bit of the movie that the comic was recently referencing, with the bees and the sunstone and all, and that was hard to sit through.  Still, I do like the idea of working the G1 ponies in there, or at least giving them nods.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love everything about this. Her hair, her eyes, her smile. Very well done, my friend. :D
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's obviously good pony stock.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, of course. She's Gen 1. :D
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SullMaster Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Good to see you submitted this in your regular deviations and not your scraps Harwick, it's too good to belong in there.

Reminds me a lot of Rarity, lot of cheer and affection coming from her smile. You did a fantastic job capturing her mood perfectly, nice job!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's very much the proud mother whenever we see her... and with good reason, I suppose.
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SullMaster Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Considering her son is captain of the royal guard and married to a princess and her daughter is the newest princess in Equestria I'd say she's gotta be very proud ;)
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Lovely - the family resemblance is definitely there, yet at the same time she's obviously a different pony. I also like how you made her look older without making her look old.

I was going to speculate on whether Twilight's parents were nobles (they did get a princess for a foal sitter, and Twilight's childhood bedroom certainly looked impressive) but I suppose it's a moot point now that both of her children have the Prince/Princess title.

It's an interesting question, though. My personal take on it - and this is obviously just speculation that does not even rise to the level of headcanon - is that Cadance only became Twilight's foalsitter after the latter had been accepted by Princess Celestia as her personal protégé. Technically, I think Shining Armor's also just a prince consort, not a prince proper - although who knows how they do it in Equestria. :)
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly makes the most sense that Cadance became Twilight's foalsitter *after* Twilight became Celestia's student...  I've always wondered whether the lack of a cutie mark on Twilight in those flashback scenes was intentional, or just an error.  Either way, people have taken it as canon that Cadance was looking after her prior to her entrance exam at Celestia's school.

As for Shining Armor, I believe they introduced him as "Prince Shining Armor" to the Crystal Ponies last year, and the tourist from "Games Ponies Play" called him a prince as well, so I guess they don't quibble over titles with the consort idea.
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I've always wondered whether the lack of a cutie mark on Twilight in those flashback scenes was intentional, or just an error.

Ah, yes, good point; I hadn't considered that.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Kudos to you. More people should be doing art of the parents.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think Muffinshire has done more for Twilight's parents than most anyone.
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