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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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:iconmeto30:
meto30 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To everyone who calls AJ 'background pony', I say, we all are merely part of the background for someone else. That does not diminish anyone's importance, value, or innate attractiveness.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Digital Artist
You're the main character and a supporting cast member :)
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:iconmeto30:
meto30 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the point was that we're background to at least 1 other person, but yes, we're all main cast and primary supporting cast at once. :)

BTW, I am honored that you replied to my comment in person! :D Thank you.
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:iconseiya-meteorite:
Seiya-Meteorite Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
Don't be so sad, AJ; you look very pretty!
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner May 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Kind words are always appreciated.
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:iconseiya-meteorite:
Seiya-Meteorite Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah, I hope she takes those words to heart.
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:iconiamthejam:
iamthejam Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
"Are ponies like Trenderhoof...the only type of stallions who I can attract? The only type of stallions who'll think I'm pretty?"
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Would that be so terrible XD ?

And I'm sure she attracts plenty of ponies that are her type.
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:iconiamthejam:
iamthejam Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Sure, but she doesn't know that. And if she thinks only jerks like Trenderhoof will like her, that can bring anyone down.
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:icondeathclaw2014:
deathclaw2014 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Reflection

... be honest guys, you all saw that coming. How could I not put that in?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Aaaaand, you just kicked me in the nostalgia.
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:iconiamthejam:
iamthejam Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
She's also realizing that no stallion will approach her precisely because she's one of the Mane 6. If anyone touches the Mane 6, he/she could be charged with Treason (bringing harm to one of Equestria's main lines of defence).
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015   Digital Artist
... okay, THAT one I didn't think about.  Nice.

Then again, Hipster Pony (I don't remember his name) DID fall for her pretty hard.
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:iconiamthejam:
iamthejam Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Yeah, I covered that topic in my story "Only an Imaginary Friend".
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:iconpunchietheneko:
PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
If I make a joke about this, would that make me an a**hole?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Won't know 'til you make it.
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:iconpunchietheneko:
PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Filmographer
Eh, I'll take the high road.
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:iconconman17:
Conman17 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Applejack, there is absolutely nothing for you to be insecure about, you're beautiful.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Aww...
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:iconmlpegasis4898:
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaww... poor AJ... that sad face explains everything... :cry: :cry: :cry:
Wow... this piece of art is simply beautiful and also brings the feels... it's just amazing...!!! Love it...!!! :heart: :love: :heart:
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you.  It's actually one of my favorite pieces :)
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:iconnothing111111:
nothing111111 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hey man, i painted on this pic, here's the link: fav.me/d8dhjrc (i put you both in the name of the deviation and in the description)
i can take it down if that's a problem.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015   Digital Artist
It's fine.  I like it.  Plus you credited me, so no worries.

Good work.
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:iconnothing111111:
nothing111111 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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:iconjam-dive:
Jam-Dive Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to hug Apple Jack so badly
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Maybe she'd appreciate that.
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:iconmark-terron:
Mark-Terron Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
._.

She looks sad..
It really hurts when you realize you can't comfort her.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014   Digital Artist
:(
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:iconmizumi-no-okami:
Mizumi-No-Okami Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
if you ask me, Applejack is prettier than Rarity
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Digital Artist
:)
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:iconhexedecimal:
Hexedecimal Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Why so sad, Applejack?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Take your pick :)
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:icondungeonbrony:
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for listing some of the responses to this image in the description.
I thought of the first one first... but having read the others made me think deeper about it.

Applejack does have a lot of responsability, there must be times when she wonders what it would be like to have somepony care for her instead.
She has family, and friends, of course, and that means a lot.

I think there would be times, though, when she wonders: Could I be special to somepony?

Having support from others is wonderful, but feeling that you are special is... different.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014   Digital Artist
I figured those answers cover a good deal of possibilities.

Thanks for taking the time to read through them :)
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:iconretfarcimak:
retfarcimak Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Wait... Her mom..? Oh... That's sad. Kinda like me with my brother...
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:icontrapezoidgummy:
trapezoidgummy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I have the exact same feeling. Hug  Our brothers might meet? 
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:iconretfarcimak:
retfarcimak Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Maybe.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014   Digital Artist
:(
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:iconretfarcimak:
retfarcimak Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Try not to think about sad things much.
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:iconsongbreeze741:
Songbreeze741 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at this, I'm thinking it's either her first date or prom night...

Very expressive
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014   Digital Artist
That's a nice take that no one's mentioned yet.  Thanks.
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:iconsongbreeze741:
Songbreeze741 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course

Keep up the amazing work
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:iconshadowbolt17:
Shadowbolt17 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Alot of possibilities for a seemingly simple piece. Kudos.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconwinterontherooftop:
WinterOnTheRooftop Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how the whole drawing tells a story. It's a pretty simple concept, but very nice!
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconkone5497:
Kone5497 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
daaw,this picture makes me cry!
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Aww...
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
"Is being a lady, really that awful?" 
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:iconvintageeasack:
Vintageeasack Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   General Artist
Yes,yes it is.
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