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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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: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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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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:iconbuddy-briefcase:
Buddy-Briefcase Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  New member 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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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Aww..
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
We shouldn't mind appearances of others, as long as they are competent and morally upright. 
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:iconrtdk:
RtDK Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Rainbow would tell her she's pretty.  ^^
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   Digital Artist
RD: "... look, you're pretty, okay? There, I said it!"
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:iconrtdk:
RtDK Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
That's the basic idea, yes.  =P
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:iconminecraftxyo:
MinecraftXyo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Applejack is by far my favorite pony to draw.
I'm not sure what it is, but I find her really pretty. I don't know why, but I love all Applejack art.
I'm not sure how to describe the feels that Applejack pictures give me, but imo, she has the best pony design in the show.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Funny, I find myself drawing a lot of Pinkie Pie.  She just lends herself to 'fun' drawing.
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:iconminecraftxyo:
MinecraftXyo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinkie Pie and Rarity's manes are the banes of my existence. IDK how people do those really detailed drawings yet keep their manes so perfect.
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Insanity?
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:iconminecraftxyo:
MinecraftXyo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Witchcraft!
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:iconapplejack-tumblr:
Applejack-Tumblr Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
whats the thing on her hoof..?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Horse brush.
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Applejack-Tumblr Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
oh
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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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:iconminecraftxyo:
MinecraftXyo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WRONG!

She's prettier than Rarity. ;)
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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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