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A Debt Repaid by WerdKcub A Debt Repaid by WerdKcub
If anypony owes somepony a life debt, it's Rarity for that one time when Rarity had wings, and then they got ruined, and then Rainbow Dash saved her from plummeting to her doom. After a lightning strike renders Dash unconcious and sends her falling over the edge of a cliff, Rarity is the only one around to save her.

I did this for the artist training grounds at EQD, where the prompt was to draw a pony following the noble dragon code. I experimented with my process this time around to try to focus on value and contrast. The story may have worked better as a series of panels, but I wanted to try and convey as much as I could in a single image.
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:icongxfan537:
Rainbow Blitz: Rainbow Dash! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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KopaLeo Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For a brief instant, I thought Rarity was going mad and threw Rainbow Dash off the cliff.
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:iconvimbert:
This, uh.

At first glance, I thought Rarity was throwing Rainbow Dash to her doom.
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:iconorion1836:
I thought the same thing! Revenge for leaving Rarity behind with Pinkie at Dodge Junction.
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ShadoWolfozo Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was concerned the reason she was falling was actually Rarity's doing until I had a better look at the image.
A little tip; if she was hit by lightning, perhaps a little burn mark on either side of her body the bolt hit or smoke or something that will identify her as being struck by lightning and ultimately the reason she's falling.
-otherwise it gives the impression Rarity was responsible.

RD has helped save most of them, the least they could do is promise to help if she ever needed it ;)

It's a really nice image, great work!
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WerdKcub Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice! I completely forgot to add the burn marks and a few stray feathers. That would have helped a bit. I struggled trying to convey a whole series of events in a single image. Maybe I was being a little optimistic in what I could actually pull off.
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ShadoWolfozo Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, it would work well if you went back and added burn marks/loose feathers. It would make a lot more sense seeing as how:

If the burn marks had been a result of Rarity attacking Rainbow Dash, she would not be then using her magic to save her. So it points to the lightning behind her being the reason for her fall. Plus 'A Debt Repaid' automatically points to Rarity saving her life as Rainbow Dash has never done anything terrible to her.

It's amazing how something as little as that changes the whole picture ;)
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:iconjustpeacheyy:
wow! this came out really well! i love the lighting and expressions!
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:iconmidnightwonko:
Oooooohhhhhh. When I saw this on EQD, I was thinking all like, "Woah, why is Rarity flinging Rainbow off a cliff?"
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