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The Joshua Tree by WillisNinety-Six The Joshua Tree by WillisNinety-Six
Poor Applejack :(

Well this is weird, when I was drawing this picture I had no Idea there was this "Applejack appreciation day coming up!

And this is Applejack as a filly, so It'll explain the blank flank and seemingly huge hat

But anyways, my theory is that both of AJ, Big Mac & Applebloom's parents are dead. However, I don't think they both died at the same time. I think the father might have been killed in an accident on the farm, and the mother got terribly ill. It's really sad to think about, but I think it also makes Applejack's character more interesting. I also think her hat belonged to her father.

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Critique requested? I cant give you a critique! This is amazing, well done, well thought out, everything is just amazing! There is nothing wrong, it is all so brilliant! The shading is perfect, the emotion is real, the sky is clear, the word Papa can be clearly read. Even the mountains have shading! There is nothing I, an amateur at best, could say. Amazing, 5 star material. I'm sure you know how amazing this is, after all, you made it, but I am in aw. There is no way I could draw something like that, this is just too amazing!
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I agree with the others on this, its quite sad and it shows right here. I like how all the shadowing actually fits the mood of it, even though its at night. Hell, even the star makes me smile. Its as if to say "Applejack, I'm always watching out for you, even when I'm gone." Though, I can't particularly understand why it seems more like a desert area than an area near ponyville or the forest. (Maybe that's just me)Anyway, this was supposed to be the cannon idea, where Apple Jack's parents died, but the creators thought that was too sad for a theme. (Even though they left out more details about the other ponies)So, for them, their parents go away a lot, so they might as well have died.
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Ro994 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Beautiful artwork, both amazing and sad :S :sniff: 
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
extreme TT^TT
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, poor AJ.
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:iconmadeline-mclean:
Madeline-Mclean Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Artist
i-i just....stop! no more! just stop!
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StarSpangledFreedom Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
*puts wing around Applejack*
I know how you feel, favorite pony.:saddestthingintheworld 

Very emotional. Great Job. 
Sad Pony 
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summersheartyolo252 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!
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WanderSong Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Aww! Poor AJ.
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CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
'But he still didn't find..what he was looking for...'.

Sweet fucking Faust,it's more sad looking at this drawing and listening to the song as well..
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Real sad there. ;n; Btw, mind if we talk about AJ's parent's if you want to? I'm concerned about it.
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GhostintheMachine92 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
May I use this for a video I am making?
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:iconwillisninety-six:
WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Sure!
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SamuelJCollins1990 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Oh, Applejack! *cries* Please don't be grieved! *cries even more*
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:iconmorlord:
Morlord Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Poor applejack :(
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:iconequestriallights:
EquestrialLights Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I am crying
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:iconambercatlucky2:
Ambercatlucky2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
*sob* this is heart breakingly beautiful...
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peachwookiee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I think your theory makes perfect sense and that AJ's mom was expecting Apple Bloom when her dad died.
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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Read "To Fix You" and then "What If?"

You'll see why I hate Applejack's father more than I knew you could hate any one thing.
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My theory is that her father was a farmer, but was later drafted into the military where he was killed in...some....big war....with.....um........gryphons...or something.
Her mom, on the other hoof, died only minutes after Apple Bloom's birth.
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Centaur71 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
...
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:iconill-fated-jedi:
Ill-Fated-Jedi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Mind if I use this as the cover to my Fim Fic post? I'll cite you as my source and provide a link
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:iconwillisninety-six:
WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Sure, go ahead!
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:iconchrismilesprower:
Chrismilesprower Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So sad. When you lose some people you love.
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:iconfromlatviawithlove:
fromlatviawithlove Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The location and the Joshua tree actually work out really well with something that I had in mind.
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Killercroc024 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Photographer
Poor thing, this is how I feel on this day.
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dragonpeach Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Tear.*

I've never cried at a MLP picture...
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KeThuzE Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a very nice picture. You've certainly captured the emotion of Applejack losing her father, and you're theory is an interesting one... one that seems to make sense. Also, nice perspective and lighting~
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CharmingChaos2012 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think this is a... I don't know, I'm bad with words. Anyways, I guess I think that it's a really... nice way to solve the Applejack parent mystery. A little sad, yes, but still my favourite so far.
Oh, and good job on the drawing, too. It's beautiful.
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KuroiTsubasaTenshi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, somepony needs a hug. *hugs*
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NinjaBrony43009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait a second, did you seriously copy/paste that same bush all over the background?
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WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Yeah ^^;
After I found out I could make my own brush tool I figured, I would try it out for this pic.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
beautiful colors.
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gear9242 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As a guy who grew up in JT and worked at the National Park, I wholeheartedly approve of this.
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Director-Julius Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I live in one of the few places those grow, this is beautiful.
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CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
......I think this is a really sad picture,and honestly one of the best involving Applejack and her parents,whether dead or alive.

For some odd reason,I have the song 'Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' in my head.I think it's the title <_<.
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:iconmrspartin:
MrSpartin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconbatmanplz: Her parents are DEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!
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:icongiromcalica:
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Star of Bethlehem.
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:iconreikomuffin:
Reikomuffin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how you did the skies. Vert pretty :D
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:iconreikomuffin:
Reikomuffin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very* Ugh.
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JenniferGerbil123 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student
I don't think you need a Critique to tell you how amazing this is...
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DeloreandudeTommy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OUCH! Right in the feels.
Seriously, though, this is a VERY emotional image. I love the style as well. It makes me want to jump into the picture and give poor ol' AJ a great big hug.
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ParaspriteHugger Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Ouch.

Right into my feels.
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Jaref Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
D'awww, poor Applejack *hug*

Beautiful work, love the scenery
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
I don't think they would mark graves with a cross in Equestria, but I still love the picture.
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WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist
The problem was, I couldn't think of any other way to show that someone died, so I just went with the cross ^^;

Glad you loved the picture :aww:
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
How about a tombstone, with pepperoni of course.
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WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist
:D
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portaljumper339 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This makes me sad, but also sort of... I don't know the right word, but sort of not sad. Your pictures always do such a good job at showing emotion.

My personal headcanon isn't that her folks are dead, but that they moved off of the farm because her father got a new job in a far away city, but didn't want to tear AJ and Big Mac away from the life that they had in Ponyville. As a last farewell to them, their father gave AJ his hat, and their mother gave Apple Bloom (just a foal at the time) her bow, as something to remember them by.
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Kai-t-linbee Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poor aj :(
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Aww. ;( Poor AJ.

Btw, I think the theory might make sense there, Willis.
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