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A Pony Kind of Christmas by The-Wizard-of-Art A Pony Kind of Christmas by The-Wizard-of-Art
The best kind there is. www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3uPwR…

I really wanted to do an entirely original piece for Christmas and even had a few good ideas, but having finished Winter on the fourteenth (and a very detailed commission less than a week before that) I just didn't have the time to go through the whole composition process. I was listening to "It's a Pony Kind of Christmas" to try to get some inspiration, and noticed the pleasant little scene depicted in the cover art. Being sorely pressed for time and not seeing any better option I decided to do something I hardly ever do, copy. Well, sort of. Not much caring for the cool color scheme of the castle, I replaced it with the Golden Oak Library, a much more suitable backdrop for such a warm, cozy scene. I also completely changed Rainbow Dash's pose, and made more subtle changes to the rest of them. I certainly can't see myself making a habit of taking such blatant shortcuts, but this time around I thought it better than not doing anything.  Maybe next year I'll do myself a favor and start my yearly Christmas project in June.

Anyway, for all you 3100+ people who like my stuff well enough to watch me (and anyone else who happens to see this), have a very Merry and safe Christmas! Seriously, we're almost through 2016. Just a few more days!

Watercolor on 9x12 140 lb. Strathmore watercolor paper. Finished: 12/22/16.
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:iconthetriforcemaster:
TheTriforceMaster Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is some of the best mlp art i've ever seen. It just has a warm cozy feel to it.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
"The best kind there is."

Oh, yes. Definitely.
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SongbirdSerenade Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Amazing work!!
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:iconjatheus:
Jatheus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
That is a wonderfully warm and inviting scene. :love: :thumbsup:
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SeraChrysanthemum Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
couldn't have said it better!
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Somepony is demonstrating again why he has his username.....

It is interesting, my first fanart from you is a Hearth's Warming Eve fanart as well, and most of the fanarts I have collected from you are such, and now I'm here again, another fanart for Hearth's Warming Eve, full of beautiful details.....
I just sat here for several minutes, letting my eyes wander over the picture and taking it all in, all the little details..... I'm astounded that this is even possible with watercolor.


I hope you won't mind if I use this picture for a little video I want to make tomorrow or over the next days. It is perfect for it.
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Helmie-D Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Replacing the castle with the library was a fantastic idea. Christmas always brings back old memories and you showed it here! I'm very impressed with all the shadows and the colors. Artwork polished to perfection...
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Awesome work. Happy Holidays!
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:iconbrother-malachai:
Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Ooh, this looks nice.
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:iconeriarte:
Eriarte Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!! Faved and watched. Christmas hat (Request) 
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:icontemplar127:
templar127 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Suu CUTE!
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:iconbb-k:
BB-K Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The best time of Christmas is being together.

:iconl4dfrancisplz: : "Merry Christmas!"
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:iconcoconuthound:
CoconutHound Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh,it looks so majestic!
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:iconrevealdance19:
Revealdance19 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, thank you, and Merry Christmas
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awww! These are the Christmas (or Hearthswarming Day as twere) scenes I love, the calm and cozy scenes with friends and families.

So it's a copy, that doesn't mean you can't put a spin on it nor does that mean the picture itself is automatically bad. In fact, I'd say this painting is proof that, and especially since you did put a spin to the original art itself, you can take what one did and make it even better. In this case, I like what you did with Dashie. It's cute!

Merry Christmas!
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!
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:iconmisterjones4899:
MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
There isn't enough good traditional art on dA anymore.

Faved and watched.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It's hard to compete with the sheer convenience and speed of digital art. And the canvases are really cheap too. :iconrdsmugplz:

Much appreciated!
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:iconthepenvsthesword:
ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student Writer
This is excellent!
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconthepenvsthesword:
ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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:icondev-i:
Dev-i Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank ya!
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:iconzsparkonequus:
ZSparkonequus Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, everypony is cute here but Rarity is specially beautiful! Her face and expression is just perfect here.
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was a little worried about her being too washed out with all that light on her, but I guess she turned out all right.
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Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist
Beautiful here.
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:iconjncd:
JNCD Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful drawing!!
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wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
So great, has Santa hooves started yet? ;)
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:iconurbancowboy117:
UrbanCowboy117 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
More art from best artist, yay! My Christmas just went from good to a little bit better than good :)
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
And that's the whole reason I did it. :iconrainbowdashnodplz:
I might need to put in another twenty or thirty years of drawing before I can claim the title of "Best" though.
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016

This is a gorgeous scene, so warm and loving despite the chilly weather outside. The ponies all look fantastic being so cheerful to celebrate the holiday. Also, it's really nice for a look back before Twilight became a princess and, better yet, the Golden Oaks library was still standing. You did a fantastic job on the place, and I love all of the details in the design and so many wonderful books and decorations and other trinkets placed throughout; the snow sticking to the tracery of those unique windows (which I've always loved) adds to the feeling of how cold and windy it is outside. Fortunately the roaring fire and the glow of its light – and the glow of happiness surrounding the ponies and dragon – make it all feel wonderfully safe and comfortable. Of course Twilight would be reading as part of the celebration, and it seems that Spike and a few of the others are happy to listen. Fluttershy looks so adorable with that big bright smile as she serves the holiday treats. It's also wonderful to see Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash working together so happily to put the finishing touches on the tree. Rarity looks fabulous in her holiday dress, and she shines more than the light of her magic as she offers up a gift.

 

TLTR, you did a fantastically detailed and beautiful job all around. Thanks, and have at least as wonderful a Christmas yourself.
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The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! It was a lot of fun to do a fire-lit scene again, especially since I've gotten so much better at it. That snow on the windows is one of my favorite things about this picture.
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Looks really awesome :D
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank you!
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ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work, really captures that cozy and warm feeling of the holiday.
Merry Christmas! ^^
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
Merry (late) Christmas!
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Rainbow-Flutter-Dash Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this amazing picture. This was just what I needed for Christmas... no Twilicorn, No Discord, no Starlight, no stupid Castle... just the Mane Six and Spike in the Library... like it used to be. Emotipony Pathetic Thank you so much, Wizard-of-Art. You've always been one of the best pony artists ever. Happy Hearth's Warming!!!! Emotipony Smile2 
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You are quite welcome. It truly was a better place, a sweeter time. Things were so much simpler.
Thank you, and Happy Hearth's Warming to you too!
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Rainbow-Flutter-Dash Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I quite agree. :)

And a Happy New Year! 
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nerdboy20950 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Like many of the comments before me, I'd like to say I don't care that you "copied" this picture. You did an exquisite job on it (as always)!
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I didn't expect to rustle too many jimmies by copying. Thank you!
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:iconmaphisto86:
Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Twilight's old place does seem cozier, doesn't it? You captured the warmth of the scene very well and I like the placement of the characters. 
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It really does, and I still miss it.
Thanks very much!
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ooReiko Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student Artist
wow amazing work of art =)=)=) <3
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Lunar-White-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! *o* I just love the colors and the atmosphere! 
Merry Christmas! ^^
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Very much!
Marry (late) Christmas!
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:iconziddersroofurry:
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Hearth's Warming!
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TrayusAcademy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
No Starlight?
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Now what sense would that make? They're in the library. Twilight is a unicorn. This scene is taking place at minimum twenty seven episodes before Starlight's first appearance.
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