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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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:icondallasblack:
DallasBlack Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
I've expressed my love for this piece before, but I was going through your gallery for a journal I'm working so must reiterate my love for this piece. One of my all time favorite pony pics!
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016   Digital Artist
It's also one of my most referenced and talked about pieces.  I just want to pick her up, hug her, and ask her what's wrong.
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
Aj, was the first character I liked off the bat when I watched the show back in SDCC2010, as she was the only one I couldn't call out for some redundant BS.

Since then Celestia has taken the #1 spot, but aand shy are just under her.
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016   Digital Artist
Applejack is, without a doubt in my mind, the best of the six. Not saying "best pony" as in favorite.  She is as loyal as Dash, almost as kind as Fluttershy, matches Rarity's generosity, knows how to bring a smile to others (but, admittedly, Pinkie outshines her here), and yes, she's as honest as they come.  
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
I don't believe in best pony, they all are great even DT and... eugh rarity

But I do have a preferred XD, and I do agree that compared to the rest of the mane 6, the most outwardly balanced, which I suppose attributes to why people thinks she's boring, because she doesn't allow, or at least show emotional or physical off balance in public, except for when she gets stubborn and tries to tackle something bigger than herself Al la "apple-bucking season" and "the last round up".
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016   Digital Artist
For the record, Rarity is the other side of the coin toss for my personal "best pony", as in favorite ;)
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Dreadmaster231 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
I do not like rarity, it's gotten better over the last 5 years, But she has some quirk that do not sit well with me XD.
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rjarts15 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought a picture with a cartoon horse looking thoughtfully into a mirror would give me such strong feelings. And for that, I salute you! It inspires me to reflect upon myself, which I believe is a vitally important thing for anyone to do. Thanks for this.
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016   Digital Artist
I owe these cartoon horses a lot.  I'm glad you took the time to share your thoughts and feelings on this older piece of mine :)
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rjarts15 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I only just realised that your username suits my status right now! I am a "late customer" to this piece :D
You're welcome. I remember seeing this a couple of years back or so, but I wasn't a member then. Still evocative today.
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You know... its very rare I ever find a picture that makes me think... and I mean really think...
Listening to the Kingdom Hearts OST doesn't help any with this image cutting into my heart.

I see a lot of good reasons as to why she's sad down below and in the description... my take on this?
I think it would involve her parents, and their passing to some degree. It's nighttime, it's the anniversary of their death and she finds herself thinking of them, possibly wondering if they're proud of her and the decisions she's made with the farm, Apple Bloom and what have you.

idk, take that how you will.
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for the addition.  And thanks for the comment.  Glad you enjoyed this.
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome for both LC.
It might not be as insightful as the others, but it's all I got.
Keep up the good work...

I'm going to read some AJ centered fics now.
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wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
She looks lost in thought.
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Maldrete Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
She represents honesty and truth. Maybe she's taking a long, honest look at herself, reflecting on all her past mistakes and missed opportunities.

Taking time to look into yourself can be quite painful sometimes, but it needs to be done, as you should be comfortable looking into your own reflection.

As a final thought, how about this: If that reflection was another person, would you be proud of them?
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015   Digital Artist
That's one of the hardest things anyone can do, which is taking a good, hard look at themselves.

Thanks for your comment.
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WolfVirindis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Photographer
AJ's my fav character. She's strong and beautiful. Much more beautiful than rest of those yellow-belly ponies around. She's just great. If I'd be her cousin I'd love to learn from her how to live. No matter if I'd be a unicorn or a pegasus. Because nobody's that pretty and strong in one, so she can gather more 'pples than any other strong hooved ponies.

PS: When I got money, time an' workin' paypal, I'd like to ask mr. Customer to do a commission with mah Flare and AJ as cousins. Art is great, but sorry, not so great as AJ's. Nobody's sayin' her truth 'bout her, 'cause they're jellous about her strongness and beautifulness. Sorrey for my english, yah!
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BlueStrike01 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I could imagen she thinks: Am i to honest to others? I do much for others, but what do i for myself?
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:iconlatecustomer:
LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015   Digital Artist
That does fit.
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CloudtheLegend2005 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
You ARE beautiful Applejack, and not just on the outside
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015   Digital Artist
:3
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meto30 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  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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LateCustomer Featured By Owner May 16, 2015   Digital Artist
You're the main character and a supporting cast member :)
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meto30 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  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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Seiya-Meteorite Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Don't be so sad, AJ; you look very pretty!
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner May 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Kind words are always appreciated.
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Seiya-Meteorite Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah, I hope she takes those words to heart.
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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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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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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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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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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Aaaaand, you just kicked me in the nostalgia.
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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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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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iamthejam Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Yeah, I covered that topic in my story "Only an Imaginary Friend".
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Artist
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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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Artist
Eh, I'll take the high road.
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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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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Aww...
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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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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you.  It's actually one of my favorite pieces :)
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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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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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nothing111111 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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Shellswitch 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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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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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014   Digital Artist
:(
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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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