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The Teacher's Garden by MisterAibo The Teacher's Garden by MisterAibo
Once a great tactician, general and a warrior of unmatched skill, he now merely calls himself Teacher. The old stallion owns a beautiful garden at the outskirts of Canterlot and all candidates for the position in the Royal Guard must at some point go through his personal training course.

Unlike most drill sergeants who just try to get the ponies to work out, the Teacher does quick pop-quizzes during his training, ranging from questions about Equestrian history and politics to those about farm equipment. His student might have to debate ethics of monarchy while he does push ups, count by powers of three while he runs ten miles or recite poetry while standing on one hoof for half an hour.

The Teacher doesn't let his student leave to go further in the training process until he's satisfied with the results, meaning you can spend weeks with him or you can never get to the next step. This also means every single member of the Guard learns to be both quick on his hooves and nimble in mind.

From time to time, princess Celestia might strike conversation with a random guard and even she always feels like she's having discussion with the old master himself.


Download for glorious 30 fps, see description for the original SVG!

--- Commissioner
Commissioned by ~nos212.

--- Characters
Fleur and Gale (the later was created by myself).
"Sun Tsu pony" is my own fabrication, as is the mare in the back.
Hummingway makes a cameo as well.

--- Links
The final SVG, valid: [link]

Any input is appreciated, as always.

Would you like me to release some of the background resources separately? Let me know in the comments.
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LadyMooMoo Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How much do these cost? :) Lov it so much!
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:iconmisteraibo:
I think my last pricing is buried somewhere in my gallery. However, I won't be doing any more commissions for quite some time and when I open again, I will have different prices.
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LadyMooMoo Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ok. Thanks. When you reopen Ill see if I have enough points (I don't use real money)
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:iconengrishman:
Nice work on the smooth animation here! I like how the stallions are giving it all they've got and yet the mare is barely breaking a sweat XD
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:iconmisteraibo:
They're too competitive - they don't pace themselves. She knows that slow and steady wins the race. Kinda like Twilight at running of the leaves.
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:iconengrishman:
Ahhh. Brains over brawn, as they say. :)
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:iconsavedbygodsgrace777:
I thought about counting how many pushups they were doing but I realized that this is looped forever. :P
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Just-One-Drop Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is such an amazing work!
Smooth animations! Keep up the great work!
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Just-One-Drop Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Welcome! :)
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