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and that's how equestria was made by egophiliac and that's how equestria was made by egophiliac

I will no longer be responding to questions that are answered here in the description.

This includes: who [x] pony is, why [x] pony wasn't included, who Megan is, why "Lauren Faust" is blond, and so on. All of these things are answered if you just scroll down slightly; therefore, I will no longer reply to any of these sorts of questions.




My entry for the December Draw-Off! ...This is one of those things that looked totally epic in my head, and not so much on the screen. :icondashfacehoofplz: Had to rush a bit because I've got so much to do the rest of this month, but it went pretty fast regardless. I just wish I'd done it better.

Anyway, here's a rough chronology of MLP in the style of one of the stained-glass windows from FiM. I tried to keep the number of ponies in it to a minimum, because otherwise it would have been absolutely insane with them, even just sticking to the ones that were in the cartoons. For instance, G1 is based mostly off of Rescue at Midnight Castle (with Sundance thrown in because you can't have Megan without Sundance) and G3 is just the core seven plus Minty to round it out.

Some ponies were in multiple gens, of course; you could consider them ancestors, or just take it in stride. This is pretty much just a meta-history and isn't supposed to fit in with any of the canons. c:

Special thanks to Texel and his inexplicably in-depth knowledge of classical stained-glass windows. (He keeps reminding me that the downwards arch from G1 into Tales is not physically possible, so if anyone else is bothered by that, let me just say that I am aware and I'm calling artistic license on it. :iconrdglassesplz:)

oh my goodness every time I look at this I just see more and more mistakes :iconcelestiassakeplz:


So I hear you guys like speedruns?



List of ponies (left-to-right, top down)

Frame: Surprise; Ditzy Doo

G1: Medley; Firefly; Bow-Tie; Applejack; Ember; Megan (an honorary pony!); Sundance; Twilight

Tales: Bon-Bon; Patch; Bright-Eyes; Starlight; Sweetheart; Clover; Melody

G3: Minty; Cheerilee; Scootaloo; Pinkie Pie; Starsong; Sweetie Bell; Rainbow Dash; Toola-Roola

G4: Princess Celestia; Pinkie Pie; Rarity; Twilight Sparkle; Rainbow Dash; Applejack; Fluttershy; Princess Luna
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LuluCalliope Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you imagine what the next generation will be like?

...neither can I!
egophiliac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
what makes it hard is imagining what the trends will be when the next gen comes out -- if G5 came out now, they would have an even more streamlined and angular aesthetic, probably a lot closer to alicorn proportions, with more elaborate face and cutie mark screenings (likely incorporating a lot of spirals), and more emphasis on the outfits/accessories and mix-and-match aspect. that's all very trendy atm for kids' toys and you can already see some of it being applied, especially in the upcoming Cutie Mark Magic line (which I'm super excited for, I've wanted a Twice as Fancy line for G4 for forever). :) they would also probably have more elaborately-rooted and styled hair, since Hasbro is looking to revamp their hair-rooting procedures in preparation for their Disney Princess dolls...although they may choose not to carry that over to ponies, just speculating at this point.

of course G4 is going really strong at the moment and probably isn't going to stop for several years, so when we do eventually get a G5, it'll fit into whatever the current aesthetic and trends are. if you look back at the late-2000s, when G4 was being developed, you can see a lot of what influenced the designs towards the very slick, anime-esque style we ended up with. I'm not good at predicting trends so I can't say what'll be big in 5-10 years, but it'll be interesting to see what G5 looks like when the time comes! there better be lots of princesses that's all I'm saying
Cyb3rSamurai Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
And that's truly how Equestria was made
RedShoebox Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing!! I love how all of the generations are in there, and I love the story it tells. It's a beautiful piece!
MARZillao Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Now THIS got my attention! Amazing & detailed!! I may not have seen the older versions of MLP, but I have to say, love the way you combined old & new. Love the stained glass style as well. 10/10 stars!!
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darkoak213 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
can I use this in one of my comics? I'll credit you and everything I just want to show this as the stained glass in Celestia palace.
egophiliac Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would prefer if you didn't, but thanks for asking! :)
darkoak213 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*can I use this one for my comic* I meant to say.
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