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Twilight's Library by SpyroConspirator Twilight's Library by SpyroConspirator
This is the piece I've been working on pretty much exclusively for the last couple of weeks. I tried to put a lot of little hints at a story into this piece, and a lot of detail.

Feel free to criticize in the comments below!

Update: Wow, thank you all for the wonderful support! =D
~flameydramon has written a lovely short story inspired by my picture (and it's just been updated with a 2nd chapter =D)! You can read it here: [link]
~Woven-Word has also written a fanfic based off of this picture! [link]
Be sure to check them out. I think that they're both very interesting interpretations.
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LotusLender Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014

Let me give an attempt at exegesis:


The mill and the smoke stacks obviously imply a sort of industrial revolution. The rest of the picture implies that something was lost when technology progressed.


The tree house in the picture implies that the treehouse no longer exists (that was oddly prescient). The presence of pipe (a steam pipe?), square windows, and what looks like a river (I'm not sure) out the window give further evidence that this takes place in a different location than the library in the show.

The windows, pipes, and columns are covered in muck. I'm guessing spike is gone. The poster is decayed and old. Clearly this building has been around for a while, implying this is in the relatively distant future, and the mills did not spring up over night.

Rainbow Dash is holding goggles, so evidently she has a job that relates to flight, most probably as an airship pilot or some sort of profession related to the evident technological progress.

The words "Final Show" on the Wonderbolts poster is the most hauntingly tragic detail in a picture full of hauntingly tragic details. This just further emphasizes the running theme of "progress came and took its toll."

Rainbow Dash and Twilight are both sad, Rainbow Dash more so. This doesn't seem to be the sadness of a longstanding feeling of detachment and loss (which the other imagery in this picture invokes), but from a recent event or revelation. My guess is that Rainbow Dash has stopped by, wearing her work goggles, to see Twilight for the first time in years. They are both lamenting their lost friendship, a friendship lost because technological change has caused them to pursue vocation in different cities. Rainbow Dash's side glance indicates awkwardness, shame, or guilt, and Twilight's view over the railing indicates reminiscence.

Twilight's tiara is on the shelf. It's presence in the open (unlike in the show, where it was locked away) implies that it has recently been used or is expected to be used, but its location on the shelf indicates that Twilight doesn't have much love for it or what it represents any more.

Fluttershy's cutie mark is on a book. Did she write a book? I’m not sure what to make of this.

By far the most bizarre aspect of the whole picture is the fact that the ponies don't look a day older than they do in the show. Every detail, from the lighting to the dirt on windows works towards building a sense of loss. Why not invoke the image of lost youth as well? It looks like decades have past, but they are still young adults. Are they immortal? This is just a small oversight, I guess.

Not a thousand words, but definitely a respectable number. I guess a person could say a whole lot more about Rainbow Dash’s expression or that haunting poster, which alone is enough to put me into a miniature depression, but this was my attempt. I hope I did it justice.

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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to look at this so thoroughly and to share your thoughts!  As far as why I didn't age them, that's probably a combination of simple oversight and my desire to make them clearly identifiable, though I don't remember my exact thought process so it's entirely possible I had a more thoughtful justification for it at the time.  You definitely did it justice.  It's comments like yours that make me want to go back and try to do more things in this vein even years later.
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Storylover-Vodhr Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014   Writer
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

But this? This picture tells much, much more than that. 
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raw666 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
This feels like Ponys lost to something evil, the question is it there own and someone else. Very good artistic work, keep it up.
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KeissRandomKeissen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I can't even begin to say how much I love this, a dark industrial undertone, heavy expressions denote the weight of the world and framed pictures of what was home at one point. Change. I feel change, heavy heavy change. Very well done! 
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scooberk Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is amazing I can already think of a good story for it in my head, keep up the amazing work
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michaelajunker Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
The official ruling is in: You are too good at art. Please stop being so awesome.


Oh wait, that's totally wrong!

Keep on being awesome! Never give up on what you do well.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ Thanks, that means a lot to me!
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michaelajunker Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Well I love your artwork. I encourage all that try art to continue, and I support those that make fantastic art.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
You can't stop progress.
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