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Applejack Pollock - Art series #2 by janeesper Applejack Pollock - Art series #2 by janeesper
EDIT: <soapbox> I am compelled to point out what I find obvious because it's not translating well. The canvas is a NEW project; the paint splashes are OLD. It be physically impossible for her to paint a wall without painting the thing in front of it. I like to think that the existing splashes reveal her previous work and what they might look like had I actually decided to show them - if you notice, the colors have their own internal logic. </soapbox>

Applejack and Jackson Pollock (last punned name I'm afraid - Twilight Sparkle, i mean seriously I can't even work with that). This is more of a "process" combination than a "content" one like with Pinkie Pie. But I think the inherent nature of Pollock's work is well-suited to AJ. Both are unpretentious, direct, and thoughtful.

I have to say as I was drawing this that with AJ, as well as Pinkie Pie, I really like her mane! Such fun to draw. Fluttershy is next and, of course, her tail is EPIC.

Painted in Photoshop
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DarthTallis Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
"Paint this art. Paint this art! One." *BUCK* "Two." *BUCK* "Three." *BUCK* "Four." *BUCK*
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janeesper Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this comment =D
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
"Got myself a canvas an' a bottle o' paint:
Five minutes work is gonna make me a saint!
Baby, I'm a fine ar-tiste,
An' maybe I deserve to be kissed."

--Robert Crumb (and his Cheap Suit Serenaders), "Fine Artiste Blues" [link]

("Ah do believe Ah'm a genius!")
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Ruby-Hooves Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Awesome background, awesome subject matter, this is just an awesome pic in general.
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ShineyLuna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Oooo!
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rainbowdashed344 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
THATS IMPOSSIBLE
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Ahknorai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I wonder how ofter those buckets would need replacing, after so many kicks.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
:iconapplejackproudplz::iconsaysplz:Ah call this "Vision of an Apple Tree #437."
:icontwilighthuhplz::iconsaysplz:Maybe you should try working with some different themes, Applejack.
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InfiniteBadness Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Apple Trees are a vision.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hah! this made me smile. thanks.
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Da--Master Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Not a fan of Jackson Pollock's work in the SLIGHTEST, but I still got a smile out of this one. And the piece as a whole is a lovely little charm between what has happened and what's about to happen. And the the bottles of cider are a clever joke about the former Pollock's drinking problems. :D

Should've been called 'Applejackson Pollock.'
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janeesper Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! i'm glad every time someone appreciates that little moment. i did think about that title variation, but that extra syllable doesn't scan well, and it would have opened up the other titles in the series to variation, and i really dislike spending time naming things.
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Da--Master Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Well, what sort of artist would I be, expecting others to appreciate my work when I don't take the time and decency to appreciate theirs? (I've been trying to take the same approach at FiMFiction.net... hasn't been working as well, unfortunately... do you read teh fanfictions much?)

It's funny, though; I've had lengthy conversations with my younger brothers about art before, and when the topic has steered towards modern artists whose work we couldn't stand, Pollock almost always comes up. And yet here I've finding this the tasty little treat. I'll admit that it has a lot to do with the combination of ponies, but bucking cans of paint at a canvas feels much more like AJ, both because of her knack for kicking things and aforementioned method does seem more like something she'd resort to, save herself having to learn all those fancy-schmancy intricate and finite techniques of art. At the same time though, this feels much more lively because it's about Applejack and her work, giving a breath of air into the slice of life instead of just being solely focused on splatter.

True, but some of the others could've easily been named with the same mannerisms; Rainbow Kandashky, Pablo Pinkasso (alternatively, Pinkie Piecasso), Pierre-Augusta Renoirarity, and I just pulled those off the top of my head. Unless you're really not a fan of portmanteaus. But taking time never really bothered me beyond how much time it takes. Trying to come up with the official name for the next chapter in the fan fiction I', collaborating on took me and one of the other writers working on it about five to ten minutes to finalize, it took me over twenty minutes to come up with the name for chapter two, and back when I still had the time to waste on Poke'mon, I spent almost an hour trying to think of a fitting name for my Tyranitar. (I finally came up with 'Tarock,' and when I did I felt like a f:iconfluttershysqueeplz:cking genius.), Hell, this whole comment alone took me over thirty minutes to write.

Time; why do I never have enough of it?
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janeesper Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't get to read the community fanfiction that much. i do have a friend who recommends good ones, and when i have the time i try to check them out.

all i have to say to that second paragraph is, "thank you!" and "exactly!". i wrote in a previous post that i disliked Pollock's art until i actually attempted to recreate it, and i realized that it was really a puzzle of composition and paint density rather than a focus on something usual like emotional content or a narrative. it still does nothing for me, but i can at least appreciate it as a process.

i was actively avoiding portmanteaus (but i'm a fan of Kandashsky, you win five internets for that pun) since i wanted the artist name to be completely legible for those unfamiliar with the name, who didn't read my description, and who wanted to look up the actual art. i enjoy the game of being witty, but with my art, ultimately, i strive to inform or enlighten.
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Da--Master Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Oh? Who is this friend of yours? I would very much wish to discuss things with them.

O rly? I did figure that there was more to it than just non-cohesive splatter, and to give Pollock some credit, he does (did) make use of the entire canvas. There is a proper process to everything, but I'm still with you on your other point; Pollock's work says nothing to me, to the point of where I feel that those who claim it says something are putting words in it's mouth. Not to say that I abhor splatter, because I've actually seen splatter pieces before that I was very generous (lol) in my praises to. (It was this piece, in fact [link]).

That reminds me; I still need to look into ways on how to splatter paint a phoenix onto my guitar, because a guitar isn't your guitar unless you name it and paint a mural onto it. (I named it 'Phlex,' as sort of a cross between the words 'Phoenix' and 'flecks.' The former because getting that guitar was a revival of my music practices after my acoustic guitar (named 'Threshold') kept breaking, and the later because of an incident when I first tried playing and rocking the hell out at the same time, where do to my inexperience I kept jamming my index finger onto the sixth string until I gashed it open and splattered blood all over it, and I didn't even notice until I stopped playing.)

Your award of internets is well appreciated; thank you. I do see the wisdom in your choice, but such is the fame of the aforementioned artists that the only ones I didn't recognize right of the bat where Renoir and Kandinsky, and Renoir's work I've seen before, I just didn't remember his name. Probably the same goes for Kandinsky. And even if you had gone with the portmanteau option, you could've just as easily put the name of the artist in the description, opening up a 'i c wat u did thar' moment for your viewers. Still, 'twas ultimately thine discretion.

But I am right with you on goals on enlightenment through art; even with my fan artwork and album cover parodies, I was always trying to find something new. Though I'll admit that most of what I was looking for was more of an introspective venture, applying myself to a given situation and gauging my response; throwing myself against the wall and calibrating my collisions for study. I don't do that as much anymore, though; I'm not even a shred as depressed as I used to be.

As pathetic as it may sound, I sometimes miss the creative energy whose endeavors would either prove or condemn my self worth as I balanced on a needle over despair. Sure, I was perpetually miserable, but some of the best work in your life comes when you burn yourself down to make graphite from your ashes.
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KopaLeo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The hand of the chimpanzee is quasi-human; the hand of Jackson Pollock is totally animal!
- Dalý

Dali said this after seeing some abstract art produced by chimps with canvas and painting brushes.
BTW, the only problem with abstractism chimps is that, if you don't pull away the canvas in time, they'll proceed to completely cover it with paint.
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Celebrinborn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Until I saw you comment, I thought that this was a (quite funny) joke at applejack's expense. It looked like she was trying to paint but was so bad that she painted everything but the canvas lol
This is cool too
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ReadToasts Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AJ didn't learn anything from life, was a drinker and died in a car accident with two cute fillies. Oh and her wife was abroad.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thankfully the correlation isn't perfect. i really didn't like Pollock as a person either.
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ReadToasts Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im just sad for him. ^^
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zora-artist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XD awesome!
lol the paint over all the wall except where is suppose should go XD haha
funnt touch!
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janeesper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
read the description please.
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ReadToasts Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually understood the meaning of the blank canvas as a starting project. Have compassion for those silly pony souls. :D
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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
The white canvas in front of the old paint splashes actually looks like a pretty cool work of art in and of itself
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batosan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FUN!
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Enmar123 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
dat face
:D
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byter75 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
When I first saw this, I laughed....Because I thought it was about AJ being a background pony ;)
It looked like, AJ couldn't add a foreground to the canvas. Tied in with her rather... direct expression :D

But I do love this piece. Would look forward to seeing everyone from the show, being turned into 'my little artists'...
On that topic, we have 2 music ponies (Octy & Vinyl) but where's the drawing pony from the show?!?
(& horse drawn, horse-drawn carriages don't count)
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byter75 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
AJ does have many character centric episodes & features a lot in the show. So why would people consider her to be a 'background' pony?
Probably because AJ's personality has been presented in a 'background-y' way*. Being reliable and honest makes it hard to write drama/character-arcs around her...

Which in the context above deviation: that AJ was trying really hard to splash paint over the canvas, but however hard she tries, the canvas literally stays a background (white) colour; is applicable to her 'background-y'-ness in the show... (was what I thought when I first saw it)

The drawing I was referring was in Over a Barrel, of which 3 were shown (being drawn) during Bradeburn's introductory speech (& he mentions them directly as 'horse drawn, horse-drawn carriages').
I was asking why there wasn't any artists who work(s (best)) on canvas in the show? Where's the equivalent of Pollock/Picasso/Edward Much/Van Gogh/person known for their work on canvas.

*Take 'Applebuck Season' & 'The Last Roundup' are the same story/arc. Where AJ stubbornly hides herself & the 'rest'/Twilight chase after her (where the majority of those episodes are from the perspective of the rest/Twi). Compare this to 'Sweet and Elite'/LZ/'Party of one', where we stick with the main lead throughout each of those episodes. i.e. even in AJ episodes she's in the background/not-the-protagonist.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're reading too much into it: the splashes on the wall and floor were from previous paintings.

and i disagree that it's hard to write drama around an honest character. all of Shakespeare's more noble characters are essentially honest people, more often than not, surrounded by treachery. any stories with reliable narrators, in the literary sense, like Ishmael from Moby Dick are actually reliable which is the reason we can allow ourselves to be drawn into the story.

children's comedy (and by extension, the comedy of adults who never really matured) often relies on buffoonery and ineptitude and the pathos of liars. FiM is far more clever. the heroic team is brimming with competence and AJ is the most competent of them all.

regarding your other point, quite reasonably, Ponyville lacks serious art movements. it is a pedestrian (by which i mean ordinary) paradise, and not some cultural hub. THAT dubious honor goes to Canterlot or Manehattan or Los Pegasus (which according to the official map contains a Hollywood equivalent). and in "Sweet and Elite" we see not only a Salvador Dali painting in an art exhibition, but a ponified Andy Warhol. that episode was a primary inspiration for this series. it informed me that not only COULD i do what i'm doing, but i'd better get going before the actual concept team at DHX takes away the best candidates in some future episode.
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byter75 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I know my reading was too in depth, but as I said. That was my initial thoughts what the picture meant... (i.e. I was too deep thinking to fast. ;) and it made me laugh)

My claim about 'lack of depth'/'background pony' about AJ, is within the context of the show thus far. My claim about it being 'hard' to write (=/= impossible), it is within the context of writing (drama) about AJ in the Mlp:Fim universe...
Compare: AJ's 2 S2 episodes 'The Last Roundup' & 'TSSCS6000'. Where she 'couldn't live up 2 her promises (again)' & "didn't learn anything..."
Compared to... Spike. Who learns of his own kind's nature & redeems himself with deeds of generosity/loyalty to his friends.

It's not like I hate her. But for me minor characters like spike have-been/are developed far more than her. Thus far: Spike > AJ in my books.

Also, yes I forgot about the art gallery in Sweet & Elite. Need more stuff like that then.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i adore AJ. compared to the rest of the Mane Six, her personality is very quiet, but that's hardly a consideration for background statue.

which drawing pony are you talking about? the painter whose canvas Applebloom ruined in "Call of the Cutie"? or are you asking why there aren't any "artists" in general, because i would argue that Rarity is an artist.
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Hah, nice!
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Innak Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Message from Kkat:

Perfect! I love Pollock's work. And seeing it ponified through Applejack is exquisite.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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opus-13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Great pairing! Definitely seems like a fitting combination. I'm thinking this method of painting might be dangerous for bystanders though. Apple-bucks can be deadly! XD
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed! thanks for commenting.
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Yoka-the-Changeling Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Go Art!
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no1wantsthisname Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Applejackson Pollock...this is so clever and inspired. I'm in love!
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your love is very welcome. thank you.
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no1wantsthisname Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Huzzah!! Yer welcome. ^u^
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ambivalentgod Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it! You have crafted a masterful work with keen insight to what is with interest and also completely adorable.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks.
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coolclaytony Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Hmm, she has painted everything but the canvas... genious! Her work screams metaphores.
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it pains me to have to point out that she's working with a new canvas and the paint splashes were from previous works.
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coolclaytony Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Oh... but why then does she look so frustrated?
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
concentration
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right, this really does suit Applejack!
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, I can imagine her doing this.

How about Salvadore Twily or Leonardo da Twily? It at least sounds similar...
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janeesper Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Salvador Dali was already parodied in "Sweet and Elite". and Leonardo da Vinci is far from being from the 20th century.
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