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My Little Cervine: Friendship Has Ended by Whitestar1802 My Little Cervine: Friendship Has Ended by Whitestar1802
Yep. Ponies as deer. I think I'm actually the first person to do this? I've seen ponies as humans, dragons, dogs, cats, real horses, their pets, and I believe I once saw a pic of them as hippos. But in my two years of bronyhood I've never seen any of the cast converted into deer. :shrug:

Just something fun I thought I'd do to help with my obsession with deer lately. I thought a pic like this would look better in a more painterly style, and I told myself not to spend more than three days on this, so I just kept the thing sort of sloppy and used Hubble space pics to finish the background more quickly. (I snuck a certain nebula in the bg, as a joke if you can find it. ;D ) I also had fun looking up different species and such to make these mostly accurate, so here are some things about each conversion:

Nightmare Moon: Pretty standard doe with armor here. I gave her antlers because I thought it made her look more royal and god-like. A few female deer actually have antlers (but mostly it's a genetic fluke. Only Caribou females have antlers as the norm), so I'll just roll with it. Deer don't have manes either, but NMM just wouldn't be NMM without the cloud of stars she trails.

Chrissie: It was difficult combining cervine and insect, but after I gave her multi-branched antlers, I thought of the Shishigami from Princess Mononoke, and went with making her more like the Asian Giant Hornet (my thought process is all over the place). Antkers don't usually grow like this, but when they do it looks pretty awesome: [link] The massive antlers work to give her a sort of crown from which her hair falls like a veil.

Sombra: Not much to say here. Instead of regular antlers, I have him single branch, curved antlers like a Gazelle (which, like antlers on does, is possible in many species). One is broken, however, to give a sense of the many battles he's been in.

Discord: The most fun to work on. Since Discord already has several deer-like properties, I decided to make him resemble a deer's predator instead. He walks on all fours, with a body more bulky like a lion, but silent and graceful like a wolf. It also explains the creepy predator look he's got going on. :lol: After I had that figured out, I just went wild stylizing everything and replaced his deer antler with that of a moose because reasons.

Fun fact: I was going to nix the fangs on everyone originally, but then I found out some deer actually have them. Specifically the Chinese Water Deer and the Muntjac (one of which I shall own someday): [link] [link]

Enjoy. :>

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:icongato303co:
gato303co Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting
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xpegasus12 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Wow, this is incredible. they all look amazing, I think that the way you translated their designs into deer is simply fantastic.
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JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Interesting. The deer horns really work for Nightmare Moon ( I really like the design you gave her).
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Clarice Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Oh my gosh.  This is so awesome!
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crunchybeandip Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Well done with this drawing, and I am glad I am not the only one who is using the deer for ponies.

I am writing a story based off of the fanfic, Its a Dangerous Business Going Out Your Door, which has the Deer as the equivalent of Tolkein's Elves. My story is called Eldritch Designs.

Was Dangerous Business what drove your interest in the deer as well?
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
An amazing piece of art.  The detail is just stunning beyond words.  :+favlove:
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Minister-Masket Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I was actually drawn to the Horsehead Nebula in the background there. But then I'm a space nut.
Excellent work!
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Caro-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I cannot even put into words how much I love this piece :heart:
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donkeylongears Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Simply WOW
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bubdub762 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
also diggin' the horsehead nebula in the background... i always imagined that's were equestia is, if its a planet not another dimension
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bubdub762 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
i have the hope they include deer in season 4, imagine... the sylvan race lives deep in the ever free forest, ponies rarely see them as they are highly xenophobic. distrusting unicorns as witches and pegasi as over evasive cowards they are pragmatic warriors and its twilights job to get them to not hate ponies FUN! also if the buffalo are Indians the sylvan can be stylized after druids, if possible complete with there warriors wearing pony skulls as helmets tell me what ya think! ps love to see ya draw one ;-)
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DarkstarWolf53 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be AWESOME!
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DarkstarWolf53 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And on that same topic, I think I may have deer as druids in a fanfic I've been working on.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Incredibly piece! (Will there be a Celestia, Cadence, Luna, manecast one?) :) 
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe sometime in the future, if I get the time. :)
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Lol, I like. The concept is strange but the picture is really well done. gj!
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Redtriangle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have to say, Chrysalis' antlers make her look like a tree.
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was sort of the idea. :)
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opus-13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
This one turned out wonderfully! Love your take on the villains as deer. I think Chrysalis is my favorite. ^_^
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CausticFlower Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful and well designed!
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Kronoxus Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
EPIC! YES!
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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who-the-moon-is Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool, very evil concept! I quite like it. :) And I had no idea some breeds of deer had fangs, which is unnerving. I guess you have to learn something new every day. *hides under bed*
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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ParasiteGal Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing idea! Of all the animals, a deer definitely fits it all.
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :la:
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ParasiteGal Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Writer
So welcome!
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viking38 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
love the concept
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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viking38 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
you're welcome
very nice art style !
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MomijiNeko Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
love it. Just love it XD
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :la:
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cat-in-the-web Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
wow that's really stunning O.o i luv it^.^ especially chrysalis X3
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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cat-in-the-web Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
you're welcome^^
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Freefox Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Oh men Love Chryssy´s horns
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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RainbowDash65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
You should have named it "Villains unite'.
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmm, maybe next time.
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RainbowDash65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey. I was wondering, maybe we can be friends...
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can't just become friends. It's like a flower that takes time to grow. If you just be cool, and be yourself, then yeah. We might become friends eventually. Just don't be one of those people that spams you with questions and crap.
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RainbowDash65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oops, sorry. Sometimes, I can be a little stupid...ok, alot.
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, where did I say you were stupid?? I said sure, just don't be clingy or right now you're being depressing. Don't get down on yourself. If you want to make friends, you need to present yourself like you would in real life. No "I'm so beneath you" or "I'm taking over your messages" crap because that's how half the kids on this site do when approaching artists. We're not some sort of almighty godly race, we just doodle well. That's it. So instead of being down, just be yourself.
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RainbowDash65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure.Thanks for the tip.
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
And Sombra looks like one of those goat creatures a Satanist would conjure up. =P
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I like the antler design on Crysalis in this one! :)
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:iconwhitestar1802:
Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
this is way more awesome
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Whitestar1802 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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