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by Bahlam
Year of the Spike
Sandy Prance
Happy Hearts and Hooves Day everypony!  Here's a picture of Spike and Rarity sharing a little romantic moment.  (with Rarity plot)

I haven't watched the leaked episode so I'll be catching it in a bit when it actually runs on Tha Hub.  

I hadn't drawn Rarity's mane and tail before and had the worst trouble with it at first.  I hated that mane.  Now after starting to see how it works and drawing it I really like her mane.  The design is beautiful and I like how it came out both in lineart and in color.  I think I'm beginning to really 'get' G4 pony proportions too.  I tried to do some shadows while keeping the mostly flat cell shading style of the show so hopefully it looks okay.  

I've drawn Spike a little taller and more mature looking than he usually is in the show.  In sketches their heights just didn't mesh very well for a romantic kiss without Spike standing on a box.  I like to think he'll grow up somewhat like he appeared in Cutie Mark Chronicles instead of his brief maturity in The Secret of my Excess.  I just love drawing his tailspike in three dimensions.  

This is a larger pixel size than I usually do for fanart.  The file with all layers ended up about 117 MB.  It's not that complex, just big.  

male 993,451, female 879,053, dragon 123,179, pony 94,665, my little pony 57,513, my little pony friendship is magic 22,909, love 21,959, kiss 12,302, romance 7,304, rarity 6,167, spike 5,748, plot 2,742, mountains 1,665, waterfall 1,015, smooch 947, sparity 296, balcony 286, railing 105, canterlot 74
Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 10 years, 11 months ago
Rating: General

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10 years, 11 months ago
*sighs*  that's just precious.   :)
10 years, 11 months ago
I'm convinced that both his magical growth in Cutie Mark Chronicles and his greed-inspired growth spurt in Secret of My Excess are abnormal, not indicative of the normal progression of dragon growth. He will probably grow in cunning and intellect as he approaches the size of the dragon from Dragonshy, and with Twilight's guidance will not allow greed to overtake his better judgment again.

(There seems to be a trend with emotions taking over a character's entire being in MLP:FiM. From the mane cast's "crazy moments" eg. Party of One, The Best Night Ever, Lesson Zero, to Spike's greed-fueled rampage, to Luna's bitterness and jealousy turning her into an entirely different person for a thousand years...)
10 years, 11 months ago
That's true.  IT does seem to be a running theme in the show.  With Spike's self-image as a square-jawed hero in Dog and Pony Show it makes me wonder if he might become something like that too.  Hopefully a bit more draconic.  The one transformation I'm hoping he could reach is sprouting wings.  

Oh yes, squee!  Official Trixie toy coming!
10 years, 11 months ago
I dont understand, why is there so many bronies who are into Trixie? shes not too nice =c
10 years, 11 months ago
She's a bad girl and definitely has some appeal.  
10 years, 11 months ago
Awwwwwwww <3 that is just adorable.
10 years, 11 months ago
cutsey! <3
10 years, 11 months ago
Awww she's his special somepony!
10 years, 11 months ago
Awesome ^^
10 years, 11 months ago
I've seen this before. Suffice to say I am not surprised.
10 years, 11 months ago
10 years, 11 months ago
It's hard to interpret this now.
10 years, 11 months ago
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :3
10 years, 11 months ago
I like it
10 years, 11 months ago
10 years, 11 months ago
Spike x Rarity romancing? You got a watcher :3
10 years, 11 months ago
Kissing leads to sex which leads to pregnancy which lead to moar sex and more kids X3
10 years, 11 months ago
I've always wondered about that.  Can dragons and ponies cross in Equestria?  If so would the hybrids look like those critters in the Shrek movies?  If they can't would they raise little ones by proxy?  I imagine Spike would do most of the work in either case.  
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