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Who's ready for a Rainbow? by harwicks-art Who's ready for a Rainbow? by harwicks-art
It's Dash Day over at Equestria Daily, and so it's time to get our party on in celebration of Rainbow Danger Professionalism Dash!  

This pony is such an entertaining mix of rough edges and heroic instincts.  In many ways she's near insufferable with her inflated ego, coarse attitude, and oblivious nature, but I find all of that just makes her more lovable when tempered with her fierce loyalty, buried insecurities and headstrong bravery.  It's a fun, classic mix in a character and Dash carries those traits better than most.  Of course, having such obvious flaws to her personality sometimes creates a stumbling block, and when the writers aren't careful her episodes can sometimes ring with the wrong note when all is said and done.  But when all of her appearances are taken collectively, she truly is as awesome as she thinks she is.
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LukecisMLP Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  New Deviant
Damn I wish I could make her this wet too haha Except you know, in other places ;)))  Great art as usual!
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FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rainbow Dash is my favorite out of all the characters XD  Great artwork ^^
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DragonKingAlpha Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
20% Way past awesome! 
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ShiningDragoon107 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Though Dashie is incredibly arrogant and hotheaded, her loyalty and good heart make up for it.
Which is why she's my favorite. :)
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MAYHEM-RESURGENCE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so pretty <3
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Cool!
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:iconktblade91:
KTBlade91 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job!
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mlpponydash360 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
nice  drawingTwilight Sparkle (Run) :fluttershy: *Free Icon/Emote* Twilight Hairball Pusheen Vinyl Scratch The DJ PON-3 Crazy seizurish Twilight GIF My Little Pony - Laugh 
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
She has a totally amazing personality and you've captured that beautifully in this piece:heart:
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:iconhoodie-stalker:
Hoodie-Stalker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work, as always. :)
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:iconseriousjupiter:
It's raining mares, hallelujah...

Excellent art as always. I agree with you, Rainbow Dash is one of the characters the writers seem to have most trouble with. She has never been one of my favorite ponies and many of her episodes have been among my least favorites. I'm not saying that her flaws make her completely unlikable - sometimes they can even be endearing. The real problem is the way her character development seems to get ignored all the time. (Now that I think about it, the same thing happens with Fluttershy too. I like Fluttershy, so it's extremely frustrating to watch episodes like Scare Master after all the times we've already seen her conquer her fears in various ways.) I know that no character is perfect, or more accurately, should not be perfect, but sometimes it feels like Rainbow Dash forgets everything she's learned just because the plot demands it. That's just outright bad writing. She can be humble and mature when she's preparing for the Equestria Games, but she can also blow up a weather factory for her pet tortoise and act like a complete douchebag to everypony with mean-spirited pranks? She should be way past that kind of stuff by now. She's one of Equestria's national heroes and an official Wonderbolt! Of course, Tanks for the Memories and 28 Pranks Later would have been terrible episodes in earlier seasons as well, but at least they would have made a LITTLE more sense back then, before Rainbow Dash became somewhat more mature.

All that said, Rainbow Dash has had good episodes too and I certainly don't hate her. She's reckless and self-centered, but also brave and loyal. I hope that season seven will treat her well, even though apparently all the old writers have now been replaced. Just give us more RD episodes like Stranger Than Fan Fiction and Top Bolt and I won't complain.
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friendofpie Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2017
I actually think S6 really fixed Fluttershy's problem and finally made her consistently show her growth (fixed Spike too but that problem wasn't so much "growth not being shown" and more "literally no one had any idea how to write him in a starring role nor seemed to really care about him enough to really try")

RD yeah... she's inconsistent and sadly always has been.
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SeriousJupiter Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Good points, I agree. Season six was much better than most seasons in some areas.
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
I'm SO ready for a rainbow!
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Tiger-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
awesome as all ways
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friendofpie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Iv always been kinda confused as to why the writers have consistently have had so much trouble with Dash focus... when Rarity is almost equally flawed yet is probably consistently the show's best written character. I think it's mostly just that she more often than other characters has to basically has the lesson slapped into her or is portrayed as not really being repentent for her mistakes in the episode, so it makes her look more unlikable than she actually is. 
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Well, which kind of character do you think the kind of people who become cartoon-show writers would have the most instinctive understanding of and sympathy for:

1) a geeky book-lover
2) a zany fun-lover
3) a melodramatic artist
4) a hardworking straight-talker
5) an animal-loving introvert
6) a champion athlete?

See, "Champion athlete" and "person who gets a job writing cartoon shows" are a Venn diagram where the circles don't overlap much.  If at all. 

And now that I've talked myself into an XKCD Cartoon--LOOK!  IT'S HALEY'S COMET! *runs away* :-)
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happyshorty Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Dash all wet and ready for take off!
Awesome x2 image!!
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TheSleepyDrizzle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
In ten seconds flat there will be rainbows all over the sky)
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TheStig28 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  New Deviant
Nice job! Love the style.
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I appreciate it.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
She had her good and her bad times. But I still like her as much as the beginning. In my top three with Luna and Twilight. It's that rough, but cute by times attitude, I guess. She doesn't leave people indifferent.

Wonderful work
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I can always forgive the Mane cast anything...  I enjoy them all!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Do you consider Starlight being part?
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LookOutHereComesTom Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Nice!

Reminds me that there was a raingear set back in G-1 called "Ready for Rainbows"...!
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That's a deep cut from the merchandising side!
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:icontheexhorsecist:
TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
She could be Warren Zevon's kid sister.  With hooves.  And wings.
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Warren seems an accepting kind of guy, so I doubt those are deal breakers.
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J-v-0 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine!!! ;3
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
If you can keep up with her...
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J-v-0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your pony art is awesome, really. You have created various of my all time favourites.
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NeverLastStanding Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist
That puddle <3
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
She's not one to pass up making a splash!
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:iconlofisuniverse:
Lofisuniverse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RainbowDash needs some new hair-coloring. the old one is gone in the rain
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's like Skittles when they get wet.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017

I am!

 

You did a wonderfully lovely job on the playful and unstoppable pegasus. Rainbow Dash looks like she's even happier for the heavy rain to make her fierce flying more challenging and make her sense of accomplishment even greater once she's won the day. Gorgeous work on her form, with awesome colors and shading that bring her great depth and life. The saturated colors add a sense of energy, and the effects for those gleaming eyes came out awesomely. Beautiful work on the evening sky, plus the water effects for the puddle look great. Thanks for making it such a great day to celebrate her.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  She's such a fun dynamic character, but her Mane and tail always take me forever.  I wanted to try to get some naturally-occurring Rainbow conditions represented in the image, with the suggestion of rain and the sun breaking through. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks again for the comments!
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TooCliched Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Writer
Dash Day! We are due for a big old storm followed by one beautiful rainbow!
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
And maybe some teeth-rattling prismatic explosions!
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:icontoocliched:
TooCliched Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Student Writer
That's genius!
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:iconvanessako:
VanessaKo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Beautiful 😃

Who will be next? 💛💖
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I have something in the wings with a princess and one of the Mane 6 coming up... but not a usual pairing.
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SpectralBolt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
A piece of art as awesome as its subject! :D Great job, and go Rainbow Dash!
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks... I'm glad that you think so!
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
She can rub me the wrong way sometimes due to her ego (and her attempts at solving personal/others problems), but I do like it when she opens up about herself and actually listens to her friends (and sometimes herself) for advice and self reflection.

Nice description and artwork =)
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The ego isn't always pretty, no, but she gets her moments to shine as a good pony...  thanks for the kind words!
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2017  Student Writer
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:iconharwicks-art:
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That's all she does!
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Isseus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Whenever it rains, I know who's behind it all, and somehow everything's okay again. :)
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