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Applejack's Mirror by LateCustomer Applejack's Mirror by LateCustomer
Like Twilight, my first go at drawing Applejack didn't look as good as I'd like it to, so I wanted to try again using what I've learned since.

Applejack's such a strong character that it's rare to see a vulnerable side to her...

UPDATE 1:
It looks like "Why is she so sad?" is a common question. I would rather you fill in the blanks with your interpretation, my own being that this is a rare moment of insecurity for Applejack.

:icontelaros: is fairly close to what I originally thought as I drew this:
Sometimes... a girl... just wants to be a girl. "Why don't any pony tell me I look pretty too..." Applejack thought, thinking back to all the attention her other friends seem to get. Even ol' Twilight seems popular and she don't even notice. "I can be pretty if'n I wanted, I just- I just have more 'portant things to do..."

:iconswanlullaby:'s comment, "You look gorgeous, sweety!" might cheer up the AJ in the above interpretation (and I agree with the sentiment)

:iconstef0pal:(Stef0Pal)'s comment below mentions that AJ looks like her mother, so every time she looks in the mirror... This suggests a deep sadness, and would fit the image well.

:iconarcheonz:'s comment actually gave me some anxiety as I read it, going through a list of worries that AJ has to deal with on a daily basis as well as some close calls.

So, like I said, I prefer it when you fill in the blanks as it gives any number of interesting interpretations..
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UPDATE 2
:icontenrahsoj:'s short story, Stetson, pairs up with this pic. Warning, you may shed a tear or two.
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:iconsapphirelibra3:
SapphireLibra3 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Applejack's thoughts in my head canon:

AJ: Why doesn't he look at me like he does her?  I'm just as pretty as Rarity... right?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   Digital Artist
She sure is.
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:iconmrpickleshtf:
MrPicklesHtf Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful!
But she looks so sad...
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Then it's working :)
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:iconmrpickleshtf:
MrPicklesHtf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well... when I look in the mirror I never seem to be happy either.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Digital Artist
"When I don't smile on a picture I look sad." - Scootaloo


Actually, if I don't smile in the mirror (or pictures), I look mad.
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CrazyExperiment Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
shes prettier than rarity
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Digital Artist
She has her own appeal :)
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CrazyExperiment Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hehe :)
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Luhood Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Even a simple farm-mare can do some thinking and pondering at times. Wondering about what her future holds, what her past reminds her of, and how both affects her right now. Her worries, if she need to be worried about them, if she should be worrying about them, and why she shouldn't worry. But doubt has an easy way into one's mind.

Eye of the Beholder and all that, eh? I dunno, it's just her eyes. They tell me AJ doubts herself. Not pretty enough. Not girly enough. Not strong enough. Not quick enough. Simply not good enough. Reflecting back on "The Last Roundup" this feels like something AJ worries about often, whether she should or not. I like this one.
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