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1920x1080 version here [link]

Okay, I got some sleep. Time to write then.
You know what? I think I know why I haven't drawn Octavia before. It's this goddamn... cello... double bass... whatever. I don't even know what is it! Bass has a slightly different shape, but cello has longer spike. Can't tell anything about the size because ponies.
Anyways, it was pretty difficult to draw.

UPDATE: Okay, you say it's cello and I believe you.

But apart from this cello Octavia is a pleasure to draw. Long, curvy lines, toned colors, elegant clothing... Speaking of clothing - why doesn't she wear a dress? Well, I always magine her as a very elegant pony, but more into men's fashion - suits and so. It just fits her so well!

Other Steampunk Ponies:
The Inventor - Twilight Sparkle [link]
The Timid - Fluttershy [link]
The Lady - Rarity [link]
The Mechanic - Applejack [link]
The Pilot - Rainbow Dash [link]
The Random - Pinkie Pie [link]
The Princesses - Celestia and Nightmare Moon [link]
The Dentist - Colgate [link]
The Flyers - Spitfire and Soarin' [link]
The Smuggler - Carrot Top [link]
The Messenger - Derpy Hooves [link]
The Dreamer - Lyra [link]
The Professor - Cheerilee [link]
The Evil Queen - Chrysalis [link]
The DJ - Vinyl Scratch [link]
The Soldier - Big Macintosh [link]
The Illusionist - Trixie [link]
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Cyberwolf02 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
SaphiraBjarskular Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
This is my favourite...
WhenDarknessStrikes Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not even that big into My Little Pony but HOLY CRAP THIS
it's just...
that good.
redwallfvs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
You're really, really good at drawing ponies....

I'm not kidding.

I'm also not kidding that someone should make this statement a stamp.
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
MajeczkaSlasher Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Uwielbiam jej włosy :D
Przepiękny art.
TheNinJay Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, for a human it would be a cello.. But if the instruments were smaller, it's definitely a bass sized instrument. Of course, the community has already decided that it's a cello, so...
SnowScales-IceFire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
ctrlaltBATMAN Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I'm running out of superlatives for your work...!
locomore Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist



beautiful <3
Blitz2423 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
all of you steampunked ponies all simply amazing
Sheat101 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
You're right. Octavia looks smashing with her current outfit.
Sheat101 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
You're right. Octavia looks smashing with her current outfit.
xXDoctorMythXx Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Artist
yeah for music
Frukolitkaa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Moja tapeta! Art jest przepiękny :love:
Arcedemius Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this one.
just can't stop looking at it. :D
Dein-Albtraum Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This as awesome. I like all your steampunk ponies, but Octavia is really exellent.

Can I ask for simply-background (or even transparent background) picture of Octavia? I want to use this as wallpaper, but it doesn't fit for widescreen monitors.
NastyLady Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The 1920x1080 linked version doesn't fit your monitor?
Dein-Albtraum Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Terribly sorry.
I failed to see this link before.
My bad.

By the way — amazing art, thank you again for sharing.
NastyLady Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, glad you found it eventually!
And thank you!
CrystalGem523 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaaaaaaah steampunk Cello... :iconamgtouchplz:
demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
epic take on a classic!
raschi23 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.. fantastic drawings! Wonderful style! I love it :)
randomfandom22 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I love your style of drawing, it's unique and personal.
Featherthefurry Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
she is just... AMAZING!!!!!!!
MyLittleSonic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Such a lovely image. :love:
For some reason, this one in particular speaks to me...
Langerd Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful ... To the favs :D
cat-in-the-web Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
i really luv your style ^o^ /) the sketchyness and the steampunk... just awesomeX33 to be exact it's 20% more awesome XD
Maka-Evan-De-arimasu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Artist
i. love. your. art.
The details in the cello/double bass are gorgeous and the the way her hair is in motion is lovely.
insane-kraken Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I believe that this is my favorite image in all of fandom.

Not pony fandom, not steampunk fandom.

All of it.

Rather happy I finally stumbled upon it's source, it's all over the internets>.>
NastyLady Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Are you serious?
I feel... proud right now?
insane-kraken Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
That was the idea, yeah.
Keep on rockin'

or..whatever it is you visual artists say to each other.
toupsz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Paw07 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, another steampunk pony. I love this set. :D
hezaa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
hopeira9 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
:icondashepiphanyplz:YUS! FINALLY! OCTAVIAAAAA!!!!!!!!
Cascadejackal Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great, but it feels like it's missing something... maybe a Mona Lisa smile?

Yeah, that's what it's missing! It just feels too flat, too emotionless. It's great, don't get me wrong, but that small smile would make a huge difference. ^_^
Ians95 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student
I like this one, I've always loved Octavia, but... wow she looks pretty good wearing those clothes and I like your style, I really love how you drew the cello and I think is a pretty good artwork :D. Keep it up and still drawing steampunk ponies :D
BioMutt70 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
very lovely
Gamafort Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Man, I love the entire picture series, but this is my favorite. I dig the curvy mane and tail especially.
horserat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Its obviously a cello, because of the sound it makes:[link] 16:35

and you see how the cellos tuning pegs are going out to the sides? well a basses tuning pegs face forward.
And in the show: [link] and you zoom in, you can see that they are going to the side.
Plus, if you listen here: [link] at 28:19-28:27, he clearly says cello.
I think that Ive made my point.
NastyLady Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm an ignorant when it comes to music, so every comment like yours helps me a lot. I haven't noticed the difference about tuning pegs nor watched the comic-con panel. I also can't tell if the sound belongs to a cello ar something else.
So thank you very much, I can tell now "Octavia is a cellist" without any doubts.
horserat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
You are very welcome!! I guess it was easier for me because I myself am a cellist. LOL
horserat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
But I am also open to the idea that she also plays double bass. The bassists out there need love too!
MLPDragonWriter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Does anyone know any pony that plays the violin in MLP:FIM?
elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
owo This is epic....
Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Octavia is probably my favorite background pony. Steampunkifying her solidifies that fact.
Delnum Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Octovia has to be my favorite background pony. Her classy personality and colours are beautiful. ^^
I play the Cello, and yes, I've had some difficulty distinguishing whether it's a cello or double bass, but i'm pretty sure it's a cello, considering her size. Cellos do have longer pins (spikes), but you can shorten them to any length. When bowing, you bow next to the bridge of the instrument. You never usually bow on the fingerboard, unless you want a very 'soft' sound. That's what the two dips in the instrument are for. This is just for future ref though, you did a fantastic job with the cello considering you've never played one before. :D I would love to have a cello like that...

I also agree with you on Octovia wearing more 'men' inspired clothing. I can sort of imagine her in a dress, but I think she looks better in vests, tuxedos , ect. She already wears the bow-tie. :aww: I love her suit in this picture. It makes me really want to buy a suit like this online.

In all, fabulous job! I love her all steampunk like this. It really looks good on her.
NastyLady Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I don't know much about music and stuff, so every comment like yours really helps me. I finally can tell "Octavia plays the cello" withot doubts!
And oh, I kinda knew that she should bow a bit lower, but I really liked the way she's holding the fiddlestick now and didn't really want to fix that :P

Once again, thank you!
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