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Graduation Day by zoarvek Graduation Day by zoarvek
Rainbow Dash has finally become a full fledged Wonderbolt. As is tradition, during the graduation ceremony she gets to fly with them for the first time!

Just another boring routine flight, no surprises whatsoever, right?



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As promised, my hastily put ATG entry [link] made at least 20% cooler!

Will this be the first cider R.D. rejects?
Is Soarin gonna eat that? Or is it gonna end up on R.D.'s face?

Nopony truly knows!

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Edit: Added missing Wonderbolt suit marks.

Drawfriend Feature: [link]
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:iconkalenz123:
Kalenz123 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Spitfire: Hey Dash put on your goggles!
Dash: ok? *puts on goggles* and now?
Spitfire: OPEN FIRE!
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flutter-butter55678 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
haha XD
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:iconshadowldrago:
ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Rainbow Dash gulped looking at the cork as Spitfire grinned maliciously and Soaring snickered.
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:icontimmowarner:
timmowarner Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
This is awesome.
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:iconelementof-loyalty:
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I wants me some sparkling wine!
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:iconmlplover789:
mlplover789 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
spray,spray,spray,spray!
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:icongrowlie26:
Growlie26 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really neat!
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:iconstrawberryponyartist:
StrawberryPonyArtist Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww and YEY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icondolphinsilverwolf:
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Photo...COL Spitfire, LCL Soarin, LT Dash.
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:iconparan0i:
paran0i Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Guys, never go flying under the influence. You could pay a fine, or go to jail. Or be confined to a dungeon whist in exile.
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:icontimstro59:
timstro59 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
POP goes your eye.
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:icondrakkith:
Drakkith Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Soarin looks weird, but cool. Something about his face and the way his head is shaped...
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:iconwolfsbaneband:
WolfsBaneBand Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i expect a fanfic of this to crop up somewhere
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:iconzoarvek:
zoarvek Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really? I had assumed there would be a dozen like this already! o_O
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:iconwolfsbaneband:
WolfsBaneBand Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes im sure there are but i mean based on this particular artwork
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:icontimstro59:
timstro59 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I'm on it.
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:iconmarblemagic:
Marblemagic Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
dis is willy gud!
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:iconstickman00:
stickman00 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
It's not the Cider she's worried about. Rainbow Dash is worried that the cork is gonna hit her in the face
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:iconsparkstorm19:
SparkStorm19 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
that's the first thing I thought when I saw the bottle ;P
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:iconxnatox:
XNatoX Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Spitfire seems to be aiming that at Dash.
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:iconmarblemagic:
Marblemagic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
spitfire one will light herself on fire...
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:iconcrystal-secret:
Crystal-Secret Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dash looks so cute in the Wonder Bolt suit x3. Your coloring is reallly good ontop of the ponyart D: is jealous.
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ThahRadical Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spitfire: Let's celebrate! 83 AH GOT SHAMPANE!
Rainbow Dash: NO ACOHOL :icondonotwantplz:
Soarin: hehe :3
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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wahoo!

Somepony watch out for that cork!
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:iconhaloprime:
HaloPrime Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the way you drew the wings!
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:iconspaniardbrony:
spaniardbrony Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I see a pie.....
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:icondervonnebenaan:
dervonnebenaan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
That moment when you realize... prizeless! :D
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:iconskarmorythepg:
SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I've read enough clopfic to know where this is going.

... I kid. Love it!
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:icont-man13:
T-Man13 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Rainbow Dash's face is the best part of the picture. So cute.
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:iconcoolclaytony:
coolclaytony Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
SF: So Rainbow Dash now that your a Wonderbolt, time for your initiation. (Produces bottle)
Sor: Um Spit, maybe we could just skip the initiation this time around.
RD: The old "Flying Drunk" routine, eh sure I'll do it.
SP: Oh; that's not what you do with it.
RD: Yyyyooouuu, gotta stick it in. (cough)
RD: Stick it into what?
SP: You know... "Stick it in."
This scene then occurs... I have too much god-damned free time.
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:iconzoarvek:
zoarvek Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is such an... interesting interpretation.

Now if you excuse me, I'll go meditate on whether this made my day or ruined it. *cough*
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthumbsdownplz:
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:iconzoarvek:
zoarvek Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like it either. Maybe some day I'll have the skill to make something I actually like. But if I waited until then, I wouldn't have a gallery right now, thus denying it to the people who actually like it. *shrugs*

Just a random thought, nothing personal.
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As is most of the time, I don't have a problem with your art skills or the way you drew this. I just so happen to detest combining innocent ponies with the scum of our world. Alcohol is an example.
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ThahRadical Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well they do make alcoholic jokes in the show, innocence, really? xD
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:iconkomatsuzaki-xingqi:
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An illusion to something is not the same thing as the actual content. :meow:
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:iconthahradical:
ThahRadical Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah but they are still not innocent. This is fan art it doesn't have to be the same content from the actual show. :D
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, they are. Your own perverse "interpretations" of the show doesn't make it right. Fan art is free to "deviate" from the shows innocence, but that doesn't take away from it's trashy smutty crap.
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SirJames314 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Perverse? Trashy? Smutty? :ohmygod:

Regardless of your personal/LDS take on alcohol, I think you undermine your point by overreacting about Champagne, of all things, especially as it's not even being consumed in an irresponsible way. You are quite right that fans of MLP far too often take innocent things in absurd directions, but ragging on a traditional celebratory drink ordinarily served in amounts that cannot possibly lead to drunkenness comes off (to me, anyway) as presumptuous and mean-spirited. :(

Besides, who's to say it's real Champagne (other than the artist)? I've celebrated nearly every new year in my life with Martinelli's (non-alcoholic) sparkling cider, so maybe the Apple family has just hooked up the Wonderbolts... :party:
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ThahRadical Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This ain't trashy or smutty, that's insulting for the artist, dude. The artist is free to make the art at any content he\she wants it to be. Don't like don't comment.
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zoarvek Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this.

Being sober myself, I cannot agree more. With skills I also meant the ability to get a point across without having to incur into, well, the scum of our world. I guess this concept was a bit forced, because ATG prompt deadline and what not.

I'll make sure to keep this in mind for future stuff. Though I'll have to admit I have a couple ideas that demand it, I'll try to avoid it when it's not the case, such as here.
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:iconkomatsuzaki-xingqi:
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, I guess? You're free to draw this type of thing again. The most you'll get from me is probably another "thumbs down" or even a little mini-rant. If you want to abstain from drawing this sort of thing because you sincerely want to, then that's pretty cool. You don't have to impress me. :)
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cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Yeah. We can't wait that day.

Wonderful work. I really like the way you've drawn their wings.
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UtterlyLudicrous Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the idea, but Soarin looks a little old. Maybe take away the little wrinkle underneath his eye?
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:iconzoarvek:
zoarvek Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soarin always has a little wrinkle underneath his eye. I wonder why tho.
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UtterlyLudicrous Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
too much pie hath aged him i suppose
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:iconzoarvek:
zoarvek Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe he just doesn't get enough sleep.

My headcanon is that, since he is basically the image of the Wonderbolts (autographs/posters Spitfire signs), and their insignia is exactly the same as his cutie mark (maybe animators were lazy?) which he and only he wears while the others (Spitfire included) simply wear the bolt without wings - which I didn't fix cause I like it as it is - tells me that he might in fact be the founder of the wonderbolts.

As to why Spitfire is the captain, who knows. Maybe Soarin is retired, or he doesn't have the spare time anymore because of his probable military career? Since most real-life aerial show teams use combat aircrafts and the such.
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UtterlyLudicrous Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You've got this down to a tee, haven't you?
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:iconutterlyludicrous:
UtterlyLudicrous Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Other than that, though, fantastic work :D
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Farel13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, very well done, I'm impressed! The winds are very well made too, I never got em that well!
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