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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.)
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.
nightmarespirit-myst Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WAIIIT clever clover is clover the clever? i feel as dumb as a rock now.
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)
DanGuy96 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I like to think that Clover the Clever and Commander Hurricane were males, too.
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?
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
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.
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.
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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