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Still Beautiful by WillisNinety-Six Still Beautiful by WillisNinety-Six
WHOA!! I think I outdid myself this time!

Needless to say, I had a really fun time making this, It's the first time in a while I felt this much joy making art. I learned new techniques, challenged myself, and tried new things. Today has been a good day :)

And yep, that's Rarity as a dragon.
I guess the backstory is that she accidentally turned herself into a dragon by trying a spell. And because of this, she thinks she's hideous and she flies near the mountains, but not without Spike seeing her. So Spike goes after Rarity and finally catches up to her. Spike sees her crying and asks her what's wrong. Rarity then replies she thinks that she's hideous. However, Spike replies that he thinks she is still beautiful even as a dragon, and he doesn't mind what she looks like. After saying that, he pulls out a rose. Rarity then smiles, picks him up and thanks him for the kind gesture as the moonlight touches them both....

PLEASE READ. Some of you might wonder, why Rarity has the design of a greedy Dragon. Well, to be honest, I don't think we've seen a normal, non-greedy dragon all grown up. Yeah there was that Dragon Quest episode where Spike meets all the dragons. But, I think all those dragons were teenagers or pre-teens. I'm not sure I could be wrong :/

And holy moly!! Did I just get premium membership?? I'm looking right now and I see I have the option to have critiques! (We're not having another free premium membership day are we?) Well, I didn't get it myself, so that means someone gave it to me! Whoever gave me premium, Thank you!!! It's very much appreciated! :boogie:

EDIT: I guess it is one day premium membership lol XD

EDIT 2: this time I got Premium membership for real lol. And thank you all for the positive comments! Even if the pic has some flaws :D

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:iconmatthais123:
Vision: You vision was basically a "half role reversal". Instead of Dragon!Rarity and Pony!Spike, you just had Dragon!Rarity and normal Spike. This was an expression of Spike's unconditional love for Rarity, as well as the tenacity of his love for her, no matter what. 5 out of 5 stars!

Originality: This kind of scenario is very original! Who would have thought of Rarity turning into a big dragon. Like I said, I'm sure role reversal has been done, but this is something very original and different. 5 out of 5 stars!

Technique: The shading, the background, they way you drew Dragon!Rarity. It's such a beautiful image. The clouds and the sun just seem to pop out of the sky. the mountains almost look real. The slight blush and joyful tears on Rarity's face. Genius. Also, you kept the age difference. Rarity is older than Spike, so Dragon!Rarity would be bigger than him. Good thinking! You even put a purple version of Spike's "ear-thingies" on Rarity! Clever! You made this like an elegant oil painting! Marvelous! 5 out of 5 stars!

Impact: That title. "Still Beautiful". You can feel it in your heart. Touching. Heartwarming. The way Spike is just standing there with a cute little smile while holding the rose, and how Rarity is just filled with joy and love for this adorable little dragon who cares so much about her. It almost make you want to cry tears of joy yourself. 5 out of 5 stars!

20 STARS!!! You are a genius! This was a masterpiece, I must say. Keep up the good art work!
This is Matthais123 signing off!
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Critique by joshio1 Aug 26, 2012, 11:40:39 PM
Vision: I love what you did here. This is a very nice drawing that was put alot of thought on, especially on getting Rarity as perfect as she is as a pony, but in dragon.
Originality: This is certainly different, since actually making a character and converting her into a whole different creature without any actual references to help you and still capturing the essence of Rarity and making her a dragon is simply outstanding.
Technique:Your shading is really accurate(which is good). It fits the scene perfectly and THE SCENE (backround) MAN. It is like so f'in romantic. Plus, the toned blush and tears on Rarity? GENIUS. And i just love how cute Spike looks with that smile holding the rose. ;u;
Impact:This just really touched me. Never in my life have i ever had an impact as to when i saw this, never. Not even in award winning romantic movies. The title "Still Beautiful" is just perfect and when i saw this in my messages about 2 days ago, it brought tears to my eyes. Honestly, this is just a genius and wonderful work of art.

Keep up the good work man ;) i really liked this drawing and it is definitely going to my favorites. 20 out of 20 stars. Peace out, and Joshio1 wishes you well.
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eta-gamma-14 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2017
I can see (or should I say hear) it going down like this

Spike sees Rarity
 Spike: Rarity!!! (very happy)
Rarity: Spike? (relieved until she realizes what she is again) Don't look at me!! I'm a monster!!!
Spike: No, you're not. Rarity, please come back home. Everypony's worried about you.
Rarity: No, Spike. I'm better off on my own out here. Besides, who would ever love somepony- something- as hideous and disgusting as me?? (begins to sob a little)
Spike: No, no, Rarity, you've got it all wrong. You're not hideous or disgusting. You're every bit as beautiful as when I first saw you. Even more beautiful, even.
Rarity: It's no use, Spike (keeps sobbing) I can't be around other ponies now that I'm a dragon. I cringe every time I look at my reflection in water or a piece of ice. (sniffles and wipes away a few of her tears) And it's for the best that I'm out here. Remember when you grew to mega dragon size? You leveled nearly half of Ponyville!! I don't want to do anything like that.
Spike: (about to give up until he realizes something) Yeah, you're right about that, Rarity. But... you know who turned me back to normal? You did. You reminded me of who I was on the inside- not a monster, but a caring and considerate little dragon who is always generous and cares for his friends and family. You helped me turn back to myself, Rarity. I'm here to do the same for you now.
Rarity: You...mean it?
Spike: Of course. I love you, Rarity. I loved you from the first day I smelled your flawless Graceful Swan perfume and looked into your sparkling sapphire-blue eyes. I loved you every time you wore a new dress or sang a different song in that magnificent falsetto voice or kissed my cheek and called me "Spikey-Wikey". I loved you every moment we spent together. I loved you as a pony, and Celestia as my witness, I love you as a dragon, too.
Rarity: Oh Spike, you...you're so sweet!!
Spike: (lifts up his rose) Come back to me, my sweet Rarity. I know you say you don't want to hurt anypony, but you're hurting me by staying out here.
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EmilyAckroyd Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh beautiful beautiful beautiful
All the kisses 
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brainbow97 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you made Rarity very good as dragon. I love itRarity (SO FABULOUS) Plz 
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:iconsora200:
Sora200 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I know everyone loves this pairing, but does no one realize that she is way too old for him?
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Rarity, 'Why can't I stop thinking how cute Spike is now?' 
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DragonTamer360 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rarity if looking OVER spike!
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No1MporXant Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
If I were Spike right now, I would do anything to please that woman, if you catch my drift.
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:iconkhialat:
Khialat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, this is sweet :D And she IS still beautiful as a dragon!
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:iconrexlare:
Rexlare Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's just too damn sweet.
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:iconpsychopathneb:
psychopathneb Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Artist
his dream
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Bronytrainman Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Awwww that's so sweet!
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"You're only saying that because now I'm the same species as you..."
"Dragon or Pony, you're always beautiful in my eyes."
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bloodthirstyponys Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
She is so cute. But if they kissed spike will be eaten
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AmberThePony Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
butey is on the inside

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Jakered3 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No, Rarity's Stomach is! :XD:
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
 Is weird and unexpected see Rarity turned in a huge dragoness. :omg: However,the blush on the face the sweetness and light on her eyes, show that she still been the wonderful pony that she always was! :toocool: Now,IŽd like say that this scene deserve a good story,to elucidate how the turning happens. :hmm: I can try do one,if youŽre interested. :greetings:
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ATB1996 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Woah, Dragon Rarity is kinda hot. 
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BluDraconoid Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's very phenomenal.
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Mexicanightbat Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If only Rarity were a dragon or Spike a ponyNo, I disagree! Waaaah! 
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Over4000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Need a heart attack? Look at this pic now!!
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The-Chaos-Controller Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
my question is how did this happen?
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:iconstoneger:
StoneGER Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh the feels~
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Sabrina333 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist
I'd say, she's even prettier to Spike now... and more matching <3
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DracoDei Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would have left out the partial mane, even though that would have made it harder to understand.
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FenLlas Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute! I love the mountains; it looks like they're sugar-glazed :]
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SnowTails Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow all i can say is wow rarity as a dragon im a big rarity fan and this his the nail on the head i just have to say its amazing great job *hoofs up* :3
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yannick122 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Nice
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1127779 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:*)
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ECWfan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Very Smexy
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Reginald1648 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I don't think I've ever seen your art before, but I still agree that you outdid yourself!
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Over4000 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart attack from the cute :iconheartattack:
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W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
sexiest dragon ever!!!
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friendlyghost666 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
NOW I could see "this" happening.
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Legate47 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I could actually imagine something like this happening in an episode.
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Ideaguy1998 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
I imagine that Garble and those other teenage dragons would get attracted to Rarity in such a case.
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Over4000 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg your left wait right lol
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MichiruYami Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so sweet 6.6 I don't watch My Little Pony, but I'm a sucker for squishy romance pic :3 Lovely work!
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ARTIST-SRF Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:omfg: WICKED! :D
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mira-stripe Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Yeah, she is still beautiful. Spike is loyal when it comes to love.
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TheAmazingPeanuts Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
How nice
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Over4000 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Megusta
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DoctorWhoovesXDerpy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OMG! If you take requests that would be awesome!
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Hawkksight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I absolutely love this one.
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ToxicITZI Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Well, the only complaint and I'm very sad to call it out, would be her hair. I mean, with the scales and crest in place, it seems kind of overstuffed at that part.
One or the other would be better, but I think the scales gets the general idea going and they looked really good too, they look very fashionable and presentable. :)

I don't know, I think it's more of a personal preference for me since the pony and dragon biology seems to indicate a bit of difference in having scales play the part of the mane, horns being a replacer for the unicorns, or bat wings being the sole replacer of a pegasus.
I guess giving Rarity horns would be a challenge in of itself, since they would have to look appealing and fashionable too, which is rarely the case with something that is such a transparently evil attire.
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ConorXPetunia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should think Spike would be happy that she's a dragon - now they're the same species. :giggle:
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Hors1988 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! que tiernooooooo!!! mi dios! me partio al medio esto :S
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Morlord Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Rarity as a dragoon looks very cool :D
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StonegazeFIN Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Damn it! This made me feel all warm and fuzzy from the inside.
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kyanjohansson Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
Nice one. This setting could actually be a canon episode. Of course it would give the shippers more fuel, but I don't mind. :)
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subarashi-sama99 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWW!!!!! :iconraritycryplz: So frigging cute!
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