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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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:iconluhood:
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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:iconhrou00:
There's a day when everyone begins to doubt everything, but it doesn't last that long(sometimes). It seems AJ has found her day. She fears that her honesty may one day dry up. She could always blame her lying on Discord, saying that he's forcing her to lie, but then she really will be lying then. What will she do?

((Theory! Not saying or thinking that this is real.)
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:iconhrou00:
Or as real as a cartoon can be.
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:iconprjc1116:
PRJC1116 Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why is she sad,is she worried of Applebloom being bullied by Diamond Tiara?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Mar 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Many people have posted their own ideas, and I've added a selection of them to the description :)
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:iconprjc1116:
PRJC1116 Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see her thinking "sigh,poor,poor little sis" :(
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:iconhigh-field-brony:
awwww, poor AJ
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Feb 25, 2014   Digital Artist
:(
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:iconhigh-field-brony:
 I KNOW RIGHT
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:iconcloppusmaximus:
CloppusMaximus Feb 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, at least one of those theories went out the window now :D
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