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Pony Fluff by Arcticwaters Pony Fluff by Arcticwaters
I don't know how to title my stuff anymore fuuuuu

Had to draw my pairings after watching the S3 premiere (so much Appledash did anyone else notice? And boom suddenly Rarilight in the end, not much Pinkieshy though.) which I quite liked. Maybe not as good as S2 - Discord was just too awesome - but a solid opening.

[Possible spoilers:] Maybe it's just the shipper in me, but I was really hoping Rarity would go with Twilight and Spike to find the Crystal Heart thing. She's great with magic too, I mean c'mon, show case that more guys, unicorn bonding! (Though they probably would have thrown in random unnecessary Spike/Rarity moments so I guess no unicorn bonding is the lesser of two evils for me.)


MLP: FiM (c) Lauren Faust, Hasbro and co
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:iconthemysteriousneon:
TheMysteriousNeon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love these ships!
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:iconryoshockwave:
ryoshockwave Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Omg, the AppleDash one!
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:iconsailorseiyadigijem:
SailorSeiyaDigiJem Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They all so cute:love:
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Spocins01 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
you did the shipping right ! :D 
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:iconthemysteriousneon:
TheMysteriousNeon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ikr
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:iconcleverpelt:
Cleverpelt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I HAD to ship, (I don't ship the female ponies together.... It's just... wrong to me) these are the ones I would ship.
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woundstar1999 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nah rainbowpie twilightshy and applerare
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:iconarcticwaters:
Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Complete and total no to Raindowpie, but the others are fine. Rarijack is very cute.
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:iconwoundstar1999:
woundstar1999 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ya XD but i do like rainbowpie still :/
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:iconraritwirules15:
RariTwirules15 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Writer
I just adore how Rarity picks up Twilight and carries that whole 'there's my pretty little lady' expression!  Meow :3
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gigandjett Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally think RariTwi and AppleDash, totally. Not 100% on PinkieShy, but I still think this is so wonderful!
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:iconmargaretlovez:
MargaretLovez Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I ship them the same way as you :D
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:iconzora-artist:
zora-artist Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
X3 this is the perfect universe to me; AppleDash, PinkieShy and RairTwi!
your drawings are amazing articwaters! keep doing amazing job!
and dont care for the titles XD lol
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:iconarcticwaters:
Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thank you ^-^
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:iconitsover9000ish:
ITSOVER9000ish Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I like Appledash, but I prefer PinkieSparkle and Rarishy to PinkieShy and Rarilight.
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alexrussorox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
AGREED 1,000,000,000,000%
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Babileilei Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, when I heard it was the CRYSTAL Empire, I thought for SURE Rarity would get a lot of the lyme light in this episode. I mean, they had to search for a CRYSTAL heart - not QUITE a gem stone, but I'm sure Rarity could have altered her spell a little in or something to try and find it. And yeah, Appledash <3
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subarashi-sama99 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only one I don't support? You, my friend, are awesome
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foxesgoquack Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I have to disagree; I didn't notice much AppleDash at all. What I did notice was BAM BAM BAM Rarijack errywhere. o3o I don't mind either Rarity ships (to be honest, either could probably work), but I wouldn't ship them since they go against Sparity, which is practically canon.
And did you see the FlutterDash especially the end when they sang together SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Anyways, this is a REALLY good drawing overall. :3 You have a very admirable style of drawing ponies, even if I don't support any of the pairings here. I just, uh...enjoy talking about shipping. XD
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Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awwww very cute!

i totally saw all the appledash, my little sister thought i was crazy
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PrinceCronos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very cute
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NikkiiTehFurry Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Awww! These are all my OTPS!
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like your art style and all of the facial expressions you draw. All of the ponies look and feel very much like themselves. :)
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Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Thank you ^-^
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:iconadan-cricjer:
Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, but what you REALLY want to do is geek out over how Pinkie Pie is joyfully lifting up Fluttershy...RIGHT? :D
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Actually! As much as I adore FlutterPie--and I very much adore FlutterPie--it's the Rarilight I like best here. Just something about the expressions on both Rarity's and Twi's faces ...

But really, that's like picking out a cutest puppy out of a big, fluffy pile of cute puppies. They're ALL cute puppies. :)
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Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'aaaaaawwwww this is true.

"Just something about the expressions on both Rarity's and Twi's faces ..."

Personally what I noticed is that ArcticWaters has given Twi a rather ordinary smile with the eye brows raised as to only indicate slight surprise. It says, "Rarity, wha--oh, you want kisses?" as though getting lifted up by her partner like this isn't out of the ordinary for her. The way her legs hang down compliantly as Rarity lifts her emphasizes this kind of feeling.

So it's kind of like Fluttershy's reaction to Pinkie picking her up, whereas past drawings of the two by the same artist had Shy and Twi being more surprised. It's an expression that suggests Twi and Rarity have been together for awhile now and Twi's feeling quite comfortable in this relationship.
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you're gonna be with Rarity or Pinkie Pie, you gotta learn to roll with the punches. :)

I really like what you noticed. That's lovely.
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Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"I don't know how to title my stuff anymore fuuuuu"

What? "Pony Fluff" is a perfectly good title! After all this is pony fluff and it is good part of a balanced diet alongside "D'aaaaaaawwwww..." and "Hhhhhhhgggggghhhh!" You should feel good that you drew this pony fluff and appropriately labelled it for those of us needing it!

Flutterpie - a friend of mine once said she'd rather be an earth pony than a pegasus or a unicorn because she feels that earth ponies would have more energy. That's the feeling I get from this as I see Pinkie Pie joyfully lift Fluttershy into the air. I admit, now that I've seen it I'm surprised that other artists haven't done this with Pinkie Pie ship pics since it's actually a very Pinkie Pie behaviour. And it's cute. Moreso, seeing Shy's delighted smile - as opposed to the surprise we'd normally expect of her - suggests that she's finally feeling comfortable in her relationship with Pinkie.

Rarilight - I think it's quite cute that Rarity just lifts Twilight over using her magic and how Twilight hangs compliantly as though Rarity has done this before. "What's that Rarity? Oh! You want to make out?"

AppleDash - Well for this one I would...

...

EEEEEEEEEEEEE! APPLEDASH TAIL NIBBLY!

...I mean I like how you drew AJ's wry expression and...

EEEEEEEEEEEEE! TAIL NIBBLY!
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Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Thanks man :D Though I imagine Flutter's usually always comfortable with Pinkie, bar spontaneous kisses [link] x3

I had Twilight looking surprised at first like it was supposed to be the first time Rarity's done that, but decided to change it so it was more like "oh my girlfriend's using magic on me that's awesome."
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:iconadan-cricjer:
Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.

I do think that you made the best decision in changing Twilight's expression to what it currently is. In the context of your previous drawings this shows a different facet of Twilight and Rarity's relationship. In this case we get to see them as a couple comfortable with each other, namely an introverted, workaholic like Twi just happily going along with her girlfriend dragging her from whatever she's doing via magic for smoochies. I'm not a Rarilight shipper, but you may be pulling me in that direction.
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:iconarcticwaters:
Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Man you're so good at analyzing xD
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:iconadan-cricjer:
Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yet somehow I don't update my blog with text posts more often. ;p
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Tchernobyl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Oh gods yes, the Appledash! So much appledash <3
And these are pretty much the pairings for my next fic >.>
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Adan-Cricjer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pairings for your next fic?

O_O

:love:
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Tchernobyl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
:iconapplejacklieplz:
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:iconiraecoal:
IraeCoal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, that ending had so much Rarilight it was adorable! The close of of her holding Twilights hand, simply perfect!

I think it was a great shipping episode all around really. AppleDash was in there too but I felt it was rather downplayed myself, not at much as some of the others. But man did we get some RariJack this episode as well! A little DASH of RainbowPie. Could count AppleSpark for some of it too. I dont agree with the ship, but I think Twispike shippers had a fun time as well ^^. There was just about every ship except FlutterDash(more reason it doesnt work but they are getting less polar) Twishy and TwinkiePie.

Surely we could all find hints in anything, but I felt this was mostly a RariJack/AppleDash/Rarilight episode. Liked seeing some of my RainbowPie though, showed at least they were a little more buddy buddy than recent episodes.
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Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
There was FlutterDash in Part 2 with the jousting scene. (Obviously I didn't personally see it as "a shipping moment" but only cause I don't ship it but it was "a moment.")

Oh definitely a lot of RariAppleDash, those three were all over each other xD
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IraeCoal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh I MYSELF didn't see it as a moment, but I just know some will so I included it. I actually think it made their relationship worse. RD still seems to have little to no respect for Fluttershy, and guilt tripping her like that showed that. I did think they are getting closer as friends because of Hurricane Fluttershy, mainly only the ending, but overall they still have a long way to go to even be seen as close friends to me.

I was thinking of what my favorite OT3 would be, RariAppleDash was one of them, now they are likely my mane XD.
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Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I think they're ok friends wise; not the BEST OF FRIENDS like I think the fandom likes to make them out to be, but still friends. Like I personally think ALL of them find Pinkie annoying and grating (except Fluttershy, but maybe that's just me) but still love and cherish her anyway. Rainbow and Flutter's personalities don't match at all, but they can still be good friends, especially if they focus on each other's good qualities. I think it says a lot that Rainbow picked Flutter to joust with, despite someone like Pinkie being a better more willing choice; I think there's some level of trust and affection on Dash's part there. (So basically I agree with what you said in journal about Dash pairings, that they would NOT make a good couple, but there's potential for a great friendship.)

If I had to pick an OT3, it would be a tie between RariTwiDash and RariAppleDash. The latter would probably actually be in first though cause I love AppleDash, really like RariDash and can totally see the appeal of Rarijack. For the former though, I can't really get behind TwiDash... but my love for RariTwi is insane, so I don't even know what my OT3 would be xD OBVIOUSLY THE SOLUTION IS AN OT6.
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IraeCoal Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
One big Mane Orgy! XD we're bronies, who will stop us?! XD

But seriously yet, I can see them as closer friends, mainly with this unspoken bond that they have held for the longest, but they can never really meet on the same level, but there is this silent understanding and affection. I way prefer Pinkie with Rainbow than I do with Flutter(FlutterDash not referring to FlutterPie) I would like to think she chose Flutter because Pinkie was the best distraction aside from the joust, so it would make sure all the ponies were serving as a distraction. I could see maybe her wanting to do something with Fluttershy, but then guilt tripping her like a bitch ruined it for me XD. But yes...NEVER a couple. I'm sure Rainbow would have some sort of trust with Fluttershy, knowing if she came to her with something, Fluttershy would keep it to herself and be more understanding then some, but I can see the same with Pinkie so XD

I cant get behind Twidash fully. As I said, makes total sense, even starts to be cute, but when I see it I dont "DAWW" so yeah. Still I can see and agree where people see it, but it may take me awhile to be on the same level. Mine I would have to say...RariAppleDash, TwiPieShy, RariTwiShy. I love Twishy and I can see Pinkie or Rarity being with both and either of them so I can see them just making it a threesome. But I just love the dynamic more for RariAppleDash, two boysih roughians with their lovely girly girl and yet she is the one to have both wrapped around her finger ^^. They would be "My boys<3" and then AppleDash can still be in love and have their "guy love" and it just seems so perfect.
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Tchernobyl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
AppleDashLight would be even cuter, I think. The dorky nerd with the two tomboys ;)
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IraeCoal Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Eh could work, Im just not a big TwiDash shipper. I see where its coming from and it makes sense, and Im starting to see how adorable it can be. However, I dont get any feels when I see them shipped together. I dont react like I do with other ships in D'AWWW factor so Im not as inclined to ship it.

AppleSpark I do like ^^ but again, not as much daw but more so than TwiDash. I guess I just see them all more as friends than feeling the romance between them?

Anyway, but with RariAppleDash, I see all three of them together and love the individual RariDash,RariJack and AppleDash together <3 So that would be my top. Then again TwiPieShy because I LOVE Twishy and I like Twinkie and FlutterPie alright, both dont do it like Twishy does for me, but I definitely see them all working.
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Tchernobyl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Here is evidence for AppleDashLight adorableness:
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Tchernobyl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Oddly enough I picture the AppleSpark happening first, and then somehow they end up pining for Dash, and, er, "rope" her in :D
And I hear you. The only one I really react to is AppleDash :D
I think I actually prefer Rarishy (although PieShy is utterly adorable), just so that TwiPie is possible. Because Pinkie would just drive Twilight insane, and insane with love as well :D.
My problem with RariJack is that I picture it being fairly passionate, but the fire burns maybe a bit too brightly - they'd be at each other's throats incredibly quickly/easily, and that's just not healthy :x
RariDash... well, it's an odd pairing that I can't quite see myself.

AppleDashLight and RariPieShy... just seem entirely too adorable for words :x
(sorry, rambling, and writing this at work xD)
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Selective-Yellow Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was PinkieShy for me that Pinkie went to the trouble to make a Fluttershy suit. Good enough for me!

Also I agree with the idea, that the help of another unicorn would have been helpful BUT Twilight barely wanted Spike to go so I can see why she wouldn't invite anyone else x:
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Arcticwaters Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
YEAH THAT COUNTS I'LL TAKE IT

Yeah, I get that cause it was her test and all, but it would have been cool x3
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blackdragonthebad Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
"fluff"?
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derpy526 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
fluff!!!!!!!!
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blackdragonthebad Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Fluff...
eeew...
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