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This is basically a comparison photo. I decided to play around with a little bit of needle sculpting on Rainbow Dash's face last night. It's not very good because I did it on a whim at 5:00am yesterday, I didn't have any instructions and free-handed it, and I couldn't adjust the stuffing because the head was already sewn to the body. But I think it's okay looking considering that I totally winged it. They're just little modifications in the mouth, the nostrils, and the bridge of the nose. They're a bit clearer in the full-size image.

Now I need your help. Which do you think looks better? The needle-sculpted Rainbow Dash face, or the unaltered Daring Do face? This isn't a question of favourite character, but of technique. It people prefer the more contoured needle-sculpted face (Rainbow Dash's), I'll start doing that with all my ponies (though it'll probably look better and more symmetrical [especially around the mouth] as I practice more and hone my methods). But if people prefer the smoother, more continuous curves of the chin and nose (Daring Do's) then I'll just continue as I am. Go here to vote [link] ! 
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:iconrainbowcupcakefactor:
RainbowCupcakeFactor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Did anyone know that Daring Doo is just a recolored version of RD? -Just for people who don't know.-
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I remember thinking that the first time they showed Daring Do. Until season 4, I figured it was supposed to be Rainbow's projection of herself in the books.
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:iconrainbowcupcakefactor:
RainbowCupcakeFactor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
X3
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:iconponyfreak123:
PonyFreak123 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
DaringDash
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:iconnachtana:
Nachtana Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Luckily for me you wrote the differences. Oherwhise,  i'll never got them. I was so focused on the eyes, i forgot the rest of the face. The differences are minimal and if i have the money ill buy both. Besides on this small difference the main purchase driver will be the pony chraracter. I'll do it that way.
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:iconvamphira:
Vamphira Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Artist
awesome <3
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:iconzuckerschnuti:
zuckerschnuti Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
daring do's face is better, the scnout looks cuter and softer <3
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:iconlordcj:
LordCJ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Aww, these are adorable! Are they completely custom?
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

And, yep, they're custom! Made the pattern, digitized the embroidery cut and sewed the ponies myself.
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:iconlordcj:
LordCJ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
That's wonderful. Excellent work.
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:iconowlity:
owlity Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Oh wow, these are both really nice! I like the pattern you used.
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:iconspideride:
spideride Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
i like rainbow's mouth a fair bit, but those sculpted nostrils are bothering me :s
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, they kind of bother me too. Didn't turn out quite as I hoped. I was kind of shooting for a hollowed out look. I'll probably be omitting the nose in the future.
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spideride Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
i think i get what you were trying to do. maybe try a little french knot in place of the indent?
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:iconlittlenespa:
LittleNespa Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
very nice :)
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:iconhuman-pon3:
Human-pon3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG SO COOL DO WANT
they look so soft and cuddly... :huggle:
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SamanthaWolfox Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMGOMGOGMOGM MUST HAVE
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:iconcookie-le-creepe:
Cookie-Le-Creepe Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
POTTA FAN HERE
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woohoo! Go Potter fans!
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:iconcookie-le-creepe:
Cookie-Le-Creepe Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Yayaz
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silverstream41 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
trop beau
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Merci.
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:iconsilverstream41:
silverstream41 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
de rien ^^
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:iconchesiire-strawberii:
Chesiire-Strawberii Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where do you get the eyes?
Do make them?
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, I make them. They are embroidered directly onto the fabric, as are the cutie marks.
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DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing job! :wow:
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
It deserved! :highfive:
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:iconicesticker:
Icesticker Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
The Dash seems too pointy. I like the Daring one a little better. They are both pretty awesome though.
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's the nose/bridge isn't it? Thanks for the input though! And I'm glad you like them!
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Icesticker Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
At least in my opinion it where the nose starts to go out of the end it looks to sharp. It looks like the angle could have been a tiny bit more sloped, not much but just enough to get rid of the sudden cut out of the face look that it has. That is just my personal opinion. I would not complain about either of them if I had one.
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:iconbannylou:
bannylou Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see you've heard about The Sorcerer's Stone...THE MIRROR OF DESIRE....
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Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Blasphemy! 'Tis the Philosopher's stone! Haha, I read the Canadian editions. Do they actually call it the Sorcerer's stone in the US printings? I thought it was just for the title. It sort of loses its connections to real life and history though.
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bannylou Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the book and movie calls it the Sorcerer's stone, though.
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Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Interestingly enough, that's only the case in the US. They edited it because they thought kid's wouldn't want to read a book that had the word 'philospher' in the title, so Rowling suggested a different title (though she claims to have regretted the change and wishes she had fought against it). I think it's a bit of a shame considering there was a real Nicolas Flamel and he really did work on making a philosopher's stone, so that tie to history is a bit lost. Though I think they say 'philosopher' in the movie, and only changed the title to match the book. Unless they shot the scenes twice. Once for the US version, and the other time for everyone else. There are other little edits in the US edition as well, such as changing 'mum' to 'mom' and 'crumpets' to 'muffins'.

As far as I'm aware, all the other English editions (Canada, Australia, etc.) keep the text and titles of the original UK editions.
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bannylou Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmm, muffins!
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AnimalAnimeFan Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
i like the face *shape* on Daring, but i like Dash's mouth way better. sorry idk if that was at all helpful, lol
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any and all input is helpful! I'm trying to find a happy medium between the two.
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AnimalAnimeFan Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:)
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TheShadowKitty Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think the needle sculpted mouth is better, maybe without the bridge of the nose being altered, then again I'm biased because I love needle sculpting mouths. >D
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll keep that in mind, thanks! I'm trying to find a middle ground between the two styles.
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
They both look great. <3 <3 <3
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconheroace:
HeroAce Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Looks really good! Some skill has been used here!
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:iconlykaios-avery:
Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, thank you!
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:iconshamblezz:
Shamblezz Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how does needle sculpting work? is it just poking?
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Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure how to explain it... It's using thread anchored at certain points to give more shape the face. The tension of the pulled thread can be used to bring eyes closer together, or add more definition to a mouth. Stuff like that.
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Shamblezz Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I get the idea i think! thanks so much i'll give it a shot!
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MusePony Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I prefer the needle sculpting on Dash's nose, but the underside/mouth is better on Daring - this isn't necessarily a reflection that you need more practice, I just prefer the smoother mouth, but the indented nose
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Lykaios-Avery Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My problem is that I'm undecided. I prefer the smooth, more show-accurate looking shape to Daring's head, but I do like the fact that Rainbow's mouth is more defined and that I can guarantee that. The smile on Daring is how I've always done it, but the visibility can vary a bit from pony to pony.

I do need a bit more practice though, and I usually need to do things twice to make the major changes, then it's little tweaks from there on out. As it turns out, 2 of the people for whom I'm working on ponies like the sculpting, so I'm going to try and strike a happy medium between the two styles when I do theirs, then maybe ask everyone's opinion again.
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