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Twilight Sparkle: Studying Hanukkah by Closer-To-The-Sun Twilight Sparkle: Studying Hanukkah by Closer-To-The-Sun
"Honestly, Spike does not know what he is missing! This Hanukkah holiday is very interesting and rich in history. Let's see, I just lit the menorah for the first day, so now I get to play with the dreidel. Oh! What's this about chocolate gelt? That sounds very interesting to learn about! Oh, and potato pancakes? This is going to be so fun! I really don't see what Spike is doing to miss this!"

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More holiday art, this time touching a bit on my ancestor's traditions. Since Hanukkah is on the eighth this year, why not have some pony art to celebrate? And who better than everyponies favorite egghead? I really can see Twilight Sparkle studying about different traditions and holidays. Also, I was inspired by :icon123hamster:'s art work of humanized Twilight Sparkle (here and here) to go with Twilight being Jewish if she was human (though I do think if she was human, she could easily be Indian [as in India] or Filipino). And even if she's not, she would love to learn.

This was really fun to draw, but alas, I must get better and random objects like tables, books and, in this case, menorahs. One step at a time, right?

Twilight Sparkle belongs to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:

The songs that I listened to while drawing this:

"Nothing But The Sky" by Ivy
"Hotel Yorba" by The White Stripes
"Every Time" by The Radio Dept.
"Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction
"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap
"Cutie Chaser (Morning Mix)" by CLUB SPICE
"De-Luxe" by Lush
"VinterNoll2" by Kent

Other Holiday Ponies:
Fluttershy: [link]
Twilight Sparkle: You are here
Spike: [link]
Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash: [link]
Rarity: [link]
Applejack: [link]
Cutie Mark Crusaders: [link]
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fox-mccloud Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Looks like someone beat me to the fact that Tara Strong is Jewish. ^^; She even showed up late at a ponycon because she was attending a bar mitzvah previously. While I'm not Jewish (though I consider the Jews like cousins in my faith), I celebrate Hanukkah every year with a menorah and baked latkes (having gallstones prevents the traditional method). Here's to our dear Twilight and her continual search for knowledge and wisdom.
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, yes she is. And she is just quite awesome to say the least.

And I just found it would be fun to draw Twi studying a holiday, particularly one that I have some ancestral ties to.
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finn23rus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I always thought that Twilight s cutiemark looks like david star :P
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's not exactly like it, but when drawing her cutie mark, the thought did come to my mind as well.
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neme567 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Why Filipino?

(Not trying to be mean, just curious.)
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know. I just get a feeling like that. I see my best friend (who is FIlipino) and Twilight having so many similar qualities and traits. Guess it's just how I see her. We all have opinions on such.
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neme567 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Ok. Besides, I wonder how Twilight would react to the myths, especially that feared horse creature.
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, again, just my opinion of such.
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elr79655 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Shalom! Hanukkah starts tonight! There's just one thing wrong with this picture: menorah candles are lit from right to left, the same way one would read the Hebrew alphabet.
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Closer-To-The-Sun Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh darn. Well, it was done last year and didn't think much of it. So sorry!
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