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A Fiddler's Heart by Rainspeak A Fiddler's Heart by Rainspeak
This is a gift for :iconjohansrobot:. I offered to draw him something since he drew a gorgeous picture of my OC a while back, so he asked for a picture of Fiddlesticks involving the idea "fiddler on the roof".

This was also my second "I really should draw more backgrounds" practice. She's standing on top of the Apple family barn by the way, in case anyone was wondering.
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:iconaussiegriffin:
AussieGriffin Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I'm sure there's a Jewish theatre joke here... -.-
A.G.
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Hazzdawg Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think art is more than just drawing pretty... it's taking an idea and sharing it, making it jump off the screen and into someone elses brain.
I love the effort you've gone to to add the sky and curving horizon to this piece. You've elevated an idea of "Fiddlesticks on a roof" to something that really instills a sense of freedom and peace.

I also really like how you've used just some swirly lines to really add texture to the wood grain and also her mane and tail. You make it look SO EASY!

Did I already say you do clouds really well?
You do clouds really well :3
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments!  I really appreciate it. :hug: Very eloquent.
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Aprion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome ^_^ you just made DA 20% cooler :3
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
You may ask "How did this tradition begin ?". I'll tell you ... *embarrassed look* ... I don't know.
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FiddleArts Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is excellent, very well done ^^
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconprofessionalpuppy:
ProfessionalPuppy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
This is so amazing!!
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thank you! :D
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
That's lovely. The background's really very nice, and Fiddlesticks? You just can't go wrong with her. :)
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Beautiful work.
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
My pleasure
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Nanorider426 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
The Fiddler on the Roof" is one of my favourite films! I love this! :D (Big Grin)
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear! :)
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sdyoshi123 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
TRADITION!
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TRADITION!
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sdyoshi123 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Screw tradition I have ponies.
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:iconcifyra:
Cifyra Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spoilers: The Apples get evicted by Celestia at the end
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcutecryplz:
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DillonGrubbs Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student
Beautiful.
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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serfurius Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
just beautiful
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
This looks so beautiful!
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks! :iconblushplz:
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ghostcrab311 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
sweet! one of my favorite background ponies!!! :D looks fantastic. the vertiginous perspective of being so high up for the viewer, and she doesnt even notice, she is so wrapped up in the music!
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Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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cuddleskitty Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!  I love it, considering I'm a fiddler myself:D

Nice work!
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! That's really cool that you play fiddle. What's your favourite song and genres to play?
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cuddleskitty Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite song to play on my fiddle is called "Cold Frosty Mornin".  Genres?  Hm.  I dunno.:D
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hadn`t heard that song before, but I just googled it and it sounds really nice!
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cuddleskitty Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup!:D
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hrostami Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
This is beautiful. Hug
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :tighthug:
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hrostami Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Hey... hey. don't strangle me... ukh. :dead:

:D
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:iconrainspeak:
Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no, a dead body! *Grabs a shovel*
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hrostami Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
:iconlooolplz:
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Gapeagle Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TRADITION!!!!!
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AlexMichanikos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great :D
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Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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MalWinters Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is just a fantastic piece :3 The lines in the clouds along with the flow of her mane and tail really give the feeling of the wind. I like that you went with an exaggerated curve for the horizon, gives the whole piece a panoramic feeling and quite a bit of depth. That, along with the details like the wood grain and the texture on the shingles just heightens that sense. The shading and highlights on Fiddlesticks are just magnificent as well, soft without losing definition. Well done. :3
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Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D I really appreciate the detailed feedback.
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PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013

A fiddler on the barnroof. Sounds crazy, no? But here in our little village of Ponytevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof: Trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune, without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask, why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous? We stay because, Ponytevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That, I can tell you, in one word: TRADITION!

Traditioooon! Tradition! Traditioooon! Tradition!

Because of our traditions, we've kept our balance for many, many moons. We have traditions for everything: how to eat, how to sleep, how to wear clothes. F'rinstance, we always keep our manes covered, and we always wear a little prayer saddle blanket. This shows our constant devotion to Celestia and Luna. You may ask, "How did this tradition get started?" I'll tell you: I don't know! BUT IT'S A TRADITION! And because of our traditions, everypony knows who he is, and what Celestia and Luna expect us to do.

Who, day and night, must scramble for a living

Feed a wife and foalings

Say his daily prayers?

And who has the right as master of the stable to have the final word at home?

The stallions! The stallions! Tradition!

The stallions! The stallions! Tradition!

Who must know the way to make a proper home?

A quiet home, a kosher home?

And who must know the way to run the home

While Stallion's free to read the Holy Book?

The mares! The mares! Tradition!

The mares! The mares! Tradition!

At three I started Horsebrew School

At ten I learned a trade

I hear they picked a filly for me

I hope she's pretty

The colts! The colts! Tradition!

The colts! The colts! Tradition!

And who does the mare teach

To mend and tend and fix

Preparing her to marry

Whoever Stallion picks?

The fillies! The fillies! Tradition!

The Stallions!

Mares!

Colts!

Fillies!

Tradition!

And in the roundpen of our little village, we have always had our special types. For instance, there's Nagte the Matchmaker, Neighum, the Beggar, and most important of all, our beloved Rabbarn.

Rabbarn, may I ask you a question?

Certainly, Neighbesh.

Is there a proper blessing, for the Lippazaner?

A blessing for the Lippazaner? Of course. May the Princesses bless and keep the Lippazaner, far away from us!

Neigh-neigh-neigh

Neigh-neigh-neigh

Neigh-neigh-neigh-neigh-neigh-neigh-neigh-neigh-neigh

Then there are the others in our village. They make a much bigger roundpen. His Honor Con-Stable. His Honor Friese. His Honor many-many-others. We don't bother them, and so far they don't bother us. And among ourselves, we get along perfectly. Of course, there was the time that Trotzek sold Reb Gallop a saddlebag, and told him it was made of real leather, when it was really made of terrycloth! But now, it's all over, and everything is peaceful, again.

It was made of terrycloth!

That was real leather!

Trotye knows it was terrycloth!

Traditioooooon! Tradition!

Traditioooooon! Tradition!

Traditions, traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as...as...a fiddler on the barnroof!

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NobodyImportant19 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Dang. Beaten to it, and by someone who either has a lot more of Fiddler memorized than I do or simply went and Googled.

Ah well, very nicely done.
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PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
A little bit of both.  I have the soundtrack, and have listened to it Celestia knows how many times, but I still pulled it up just to double-check myself.
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Writer
Now THAT'S fan love!
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PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
I need to dig up a lot of the ponyfied songs I've done in the past.  I once did "Ballad of the Green Berets" (called "Ballad of the Green Long Manes") a couple of years ago, in response to a rage comic somepony did of being in the military, having a sister who liked ponies, and keeping a Fluttershy figure in a breast pocket, which turned out to save his life.  Some shrapnel flew up, and hit the figure, destroying it.  Had he not had the figure, he would have been dead.


I don't play music, but I can write new lyrics to match just about any fandom or theme.  I used to post a lot of "Lolspeek" versions of songs, if some picture on one of those Cheezburger sites seemed to call up a song in my head.
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Rainspeak Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconponyclapplz: I'm very impressed.
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