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Lesson on Windegos by Dembai Lesson on Windegos by Dembai
Star Swirl the Bearded teaches his faithful student Clover the Clever about the horrors known only as Windegos!

This took me about 18 hours and 100 layers to complete and BOY did PS7 not like me for having that many layers! I had to buckle and merge some just to make it stop chugging so hard. XD

Star Swirl is older in this image than my other one and has a grey beard now. I wanted him to look much older (and give him all his bells) so that Clover would look far younger in comparison.

I made Clover male - I thought a sort of ever-patient advisor for the prissy unicorn princess would have some impact as a male. Not to mention there's just not nearly enough strong male characters in MLP!

Clover's design is inspired by three ponies: G1 Clover (a pink mare with blue hair), G2 Clever Clover (a blue stallion with mint/purple/blue hair) and Twilight Sparkle herself. In general, I didn't want him to look EXACTLY like Clever Clover because Star Swirl is very blue on his own, so I lifted the color from Clever Clover/Clover's cutie marks (which are mint-colored) - and as I was working out his hair, I made it pink-striped on a whim and realized that made him look a little like Twilight. XD So I kept it. (He also looks like a popple. <3)

If there's interest, I can also turn OFF the Windegos so you can take a look at the characters and background in more detail.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I always pictured Clover as a mare instead of a stallion.
Basically because Clover was played by Twilight during the play. And some of the actors of that play were mares and other stallions. So if they had actors of both genders, why not have a stallion play Clover instead of Twilight?

Then again, Equestrian plays may work like the old Sheaksperean theathers, where gender didn't matter in what role you got, but how good you were as an actor. (And yes, that means that in the old days, Romeo and Juliet was interpreted by two dudes.)
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Dembai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I figured with 6 main characters and Twilight having 5 friends Princess Celestia had them do the play and genders be damned. Sort of like how the wise 'men' in my nativity plays as a child were always girls. XD I also have considered that Puddinghead may have been a guy too. The rest girls.
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Alptraum-Gheist Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WAIIIT clever clover is clover the clever? i feel as dumb as a rock now.
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's just my assertion. But it seems likely even if he was a G2 pony and not a G1 (which are the ones that Faust and I both dealt with back in the day, lol)
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DanGuy96 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I like to think that Clover the Clever and Commander Hurricane were males, too.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Is Starswirl's mane really white, or was it pink when he was young and now is white because he's old?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In my version of Starswirl, yes, his hair is only white when he is older. But people seem to like him with pink hair. X3
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
It looks good no doubt about that.
Besides, it does fit better like this in my head canon, in which Starswirl did teach magic to Clover the Clever, but during the events of the first Hearts Warming Eve he was already dead. Why do I think that? Well, simple: If he wasn't dead, then why wasn't he the one that identified the Windegos when everypony was freezing at the cave? Because he was dead, and Clover the Clever was the one that was carrying his legacy of magical knowledge.
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Dembai Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Or he was already turned into Discord. I like the fanon that says that's who Discord is.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Really? I actually heard of that fanon theory, but I don't really like it that much, on the grounds of this: If the Elements of Harmony can turn Nightmare Moon back into Princess Luna, then why can't they turn Discord back to Starswirl?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think it has something to do with Discord/Starswirl's final spell - the one he was working on creating, but failed to fix. It clearly gave him at least the power to mess with cutiemarks (which could be put out as 'change fate'). And instead of becoming an alicorn by reversing that spell, he furthered that spell to attempt to give himself power over all of destiny - but it backfired and turned him into a dracoequus instead - giving him unlimited power, but also driving him mad. The elements couldn't fix him, only incarcerate him. That's the reason why Celestia may have needed Discord's help - to find out what went wrong and find a way to reverse it, so that Discord could one day go back to normal.

Of course, that's just fanon and a story that's been itching to be written down in my headcanon, but I could see it happening. If anything just to bring Discord back again. X3

Nightmare Moon is just Luna's bad side as far as we know, and certainly, it happened to her after she became a Princess.
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Daedelean Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This is awesome. Could I use this as cover art for my Star Swirl & Clover-oriented fanfic?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry - a few people have asked and I've had to decline - I may be writing one at some point and would like to keep my art reversed for that reason.
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Daedelean Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Fair enough
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Daedelean Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
With a link back here of course.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
"Windigoes. No one knew what they are, or where they came from, but one thing is certain - they feed on hatred, and only through Love and Friendship shall they be defeated."

"Well, that should be easy enough; just tell the other ponies to stop hating each other and everything would just fine ... right?"

[Starswirl looked at his student incredulously, with raised eyebrow]

*Sigh* "This isn't going to end well, is it...?"
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3 I like it!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Thanks.
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mylhendir Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
!!!! <3
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Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is cool,i realy like the regal stature you gave starswirl.
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Dembai Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Digital Artist
I just got done watching the hobbit - now I'm writing an small scene where gandaff and biblo are replaced with star swirl and Clover :D

But just one thing...isn't clover a mare?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No pronouns were used in reference to Clover the Clever during the ep. I got the idea to have him be a stallion when I looked up the toy - in G2 the only "Clover" is actually "Clever Clover" and male!
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
hmm...interesting... :D
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Starswirl looks so Dumbledore-like in this, and I like Clover the Clever's colour scheme!
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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tunipeace Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
watch clover be twilight's ancestor
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OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Clover the Clever :love: :huggle: I thought of him as a male too, rather than female.;)
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OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should enter this in :iconponies-for-everypony: in the royalty contest.
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matty4z Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
wow massive effort put into this , i like
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A-Splashing-Koi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
HOLY CRAP, A MALE CLOVER THE CLEVER. LET ME LOVE YOU. :iconglompplz:
-cough- Now that that's out of the way, I'll say that this picture is really well-done! :)
Star Swirl and Clover's expressions are very fitting, and the coloring of the Windigos is spot-on. They remind me of Dumbledore and Harry Potter here. :XD:
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RW120 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow just wow ( this is too cool to describe XD)
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Chinesegal Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
When I saw Star swirl I thought he was a ponyfied version of Albus Dumbledore!
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
There's actually a Harry Potter reference in Star Swirl's name, if you pay close enough attention to Twilight's monologue; he's a bearded magician, right? And one of his most famous spells was the "amniomorphic" - Greek for "jar/pot-making" - one. So, since beards are made out of hair, and one of his crowning achievements was something along the lines of using magic to make pots (at least if you take the spell's name literally), you could say he was a "hairy potter". ;)

...this particular image of him and Clover reminds me of the scene in Prisoner of Azkaban where Lupin is teaching Harry how to create a Patronus. :)
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splatter789 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right? Ahh a potterhead who is also a brony/pegasister BROHOOF! /)
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow!
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Was brought to this image through Birdco's page.

This is certainly an extraordinary image. Star Swirl the bearded evokes the wise old pony wizard persona here! Reminds me of Gandalf. His young pony apprentice could probably make a good Frodo Baggins. :)
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Dembai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
X3 Thank you!
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Awesome-hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what are those ghosted sppirits?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They're just an illusion - but they are of the Windegos that show up in the Hearth's Warming Eve episode.
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Awesome-hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
those, i eat them for breakfast, literally.
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Irony - considering a wendigo (what they're based on) are cannibals. X3
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Awesome-hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a what?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just google "wendigo" - they're quite disturbing creatures, for something that snuck into a kids TV show.
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Awesome-hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay.
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Dragonchampion1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
The muzzle shape here makes me think Clover is a guy. Just my thoughts. :s
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yep. He's a guy. A little more effeminate next to the manliness of Star Swirl, but definitely a guy!
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Dragonchampion1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Wasn't Clover a girl in the pageant? Or did they just decide to use Twilight to use the mane 6? Where did you get the idea that Clover's a guy?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Clover is merely a character in the pageant. There's no confirmation that any of them were male or female (other than possibly Commander Hurricane - where Pansy refers to the character as a "she" - as well as Princess Platinum, for obvious reasons!) - other than that I just figured they were up for grabs, and it didn't matter which gender they ACTUALLY were.

In my Headcanon, I see Clover and Puddinghead as male. The rest of them female.
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