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Shining wooed by HareTrinity Shining wooed by HareTrinity
The contest was about challenging gender stereotypes, so:
- Due to their colouring, Shining and Cadence pull off the opposite gender's cliché colour* pretty well.
- Cadence is an alicorn, so I feel she should be bigger than Shining, and in some shots she is (by the tip of her horn) but I feel such shots are avoided for the "husbands should be taller" thing, soo... Fixed that. Here Cadence is a big alicorn and Shining's an average sized unicorn stallion. :p
- Love is Cadence's element: I bet she can be super-suave when she wants to! :nod: Plus I like drawing scenes that could be described with the word "suave" (what a great word).
- Pampered Shining. :)

There was a bunch more I wanted to do with this pic but I was already running late for the contest deadline, so... :shrug: Now I'm wondering if I should simplify Cadence's eye? Hm... Bleh, every picture takes me so long to do these days!

* Fun fact: It used to be that pink was for boys and blue was for girls until near the 1940s! When you think about it, colour-coding gender is weird anyway.
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Lactopi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty awesome :) I saw that contest about challenging gender stereotypes and I like what you chose to do for it.

I actually always liked those two colors' (especially Cadence's) but I didn't think about them being so typical pink for girl, blue for boy. Kind of neat you've pointed that out :D

I knew about the fact that the colors were reversed a while back. It's funny how cultures can change so much so quickly.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) Also, to go with their colour schemes they already have the opposite colours for their cutie marks (and, consequently, their magic), i.e. Cadence has blue magic to match the heart and Shining has pink magic to match the star on the shield.

And yes, cultural changes can be odd!
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LisaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014

Very interesting piece. I like it,


Are you working with a new art style?

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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) And I wanted to try something more elegant. Vectors lend themselves to it.
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LisaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
It looks really good I like it.
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Writer
From what I understand, the color reversal for genders was the result of a marketing campaign, but I don't know the details or why pink was subscribed to boys and blue to girls. Of course, color coding to genders has likely changed before in time and throughout different cultures as well, but its interesting to understand what the old associations with the colors were, even if the motivations for the change have been forgotten.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the setting of the colour codes was marketing, but why they switched around seems to be a bit of a mystery. As for why it was boys = pink and girls = blue, I have heard the theory that it's because pink is a pale red, and red is war/etc, whereas blue is more tranquil and connects to the Virgin Mary. Which just makes the switch more confusing. :o

Ah well. Seems weird anyway, why wouldn't companies want to market at both genders equally? Nowadays some people (both men and women) will avoid pink stuff purely because of its implications! How is that not a loss?

Society is odd. :p
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Writer
Well, the Virgin Mary cannot very well be associated with blood. That would rather contradict her status as a 'virgin.' Then again, she was initially referred to as a 'young woman,' and a case of translation error (or abuse) from Hebrew to Greek made her into the 'maiden,' or virgin Mary.

The thing is, societal norms state that men and women are equal, so everyone should be treated equally. That's true, that's something I subscribe to. But that's only the case so long as they act masculine, so no pink for older women. Pink is the 'girl's color.' 

Yes, society can be cruel and unforgiving, and culture fickle. All the same, its an interesting thing to study. Said the student double majoring in English and Anthropology. 
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, "virgin" can mean "young woman" without any implications about her sexual experience, but I said she was associated with blue, not blood.

And just a few days ago I heard a little girl tell her mum she'd prefer a yellow toy because she didn't like the colour pink. Pink is a "girly" colour and being a girl doesn't necessarily make one "girly".
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Writer
Ah.

That kinda ruins Fluttershy for a lot of characters, huh? She's a character with an alternative 'feminine' color, yellow, but still has pink hair. Pinkie is out straight out.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think people are prone to be a little more lenient on the colour when it's used for characters, but it's probably no coincidence that Rainbow Dash is also used in advertising a lot (more than AJ, Fluttershy, and Rarity).
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Writer
Not only is blue perhaps the most popular color these days, but her 'tomboy' personality is also attractive to a lot of people. Rainbow Dash commands and receives respect for being talented and awesome, so its natural that she draws a lot of people's attention. Which is a pity, since I feel that characters like AJ or Rarity are more realistic role models to aspire too, since they're both successful, proud and happy in their professions, and actually encounter conflict within their profession. Rainbow Dash, on the other hand, is so skilled that flying is second nature to her; her conflicts don't involve flight itself, but loyalty or her self-image.

But I'm probably being unfair to all three characters at this point; in the show, at least, they've encountered enough of their own share of problems and overcome them to deserve the attention they receive, if not more so in the case of Rarity and Applejack.


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firefanatic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I seriously wish there were more things like this in the fandom. It just fits so well. But for all intents and purposes, Shining and Cadance are about the same size, so I never saw too much of a problem. :P

Still, I bet Cadance was the one who proposed. :D
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mind them being similar sizes, I just wanted to draw Cadence as a big girl! :D Plus maybe make up for her fluctuating size in the show.

And aye, I don't see Cadence as the type to wait around for a proposal to come to her! ;)
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