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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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:iconrebelpie:
rebelpie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
this is amazing, do you take commissions? if so how much?
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I'm closed at the moment, but I expect to be opening again soon. See  journal.
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:icondigital-quill-studio:
Digital-Quill-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm getting tired just looking at this
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:iconladymoomoo:
LadyMooMoo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How much do these cost? :) Lov it so much!
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
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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:iconladymoomoo:
LadyMooMoo Featured By Owner 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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:iconberrypawnch:
BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
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:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
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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:iconberrypawnch:
BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Ahhh. Brains over brawn, as they say. :)
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SavedByGODsGrace777 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I thought about counting how many pushups they were doing but I realized that this is looped forever. :P
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:iconjust-one-drop:
Just-One-Drop Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is such an amazing work!
Smooth animations! Keep up the great work!
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconjust-one-drop:
Just-One-Drop Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Welcome! :)
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:iconchrismilesprower:
Chrismilesprower Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's so amazing.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thanks.
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:iconchrismilesprower:
Chrismilesprower Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome.
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:iconfruitimango:
FruitiMango Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Your animation is so clean! It looks just like the animation in the show too! Great work here ^^
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thank you. I try.
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:iconsketchy-wolves:
Sketchy-wolves Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student General Artist
this is great
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconk9-the-first:
K9-The-First Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
This.... Is most impressive.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thank you.
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:icondrawponies:
drawponies Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is AWESOME
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconhelsaabi:
Helsaabi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Amazing work! <3

I really love your animator! >w<b
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thanks. I think you meant animations though - I do them myself.
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:iconhelsaabi:
Helsaabi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
You're welcome :)
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:iconlittlebigkid2000:
LittleBigKid2000 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Why would pushups be so hard as a pony?
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Why would they be hard for a human? They aren't. It's just that you do get a bit tired when you do a hundred of them. :)
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:iconjackkrane:
JackKrane Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
gandolpe?
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:iconmatty4z:
matty4z Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
simple but i like all your work :3
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Well, it's not complicated per se. There's just a lot of simple things to do.
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:iconmatty4z:
matty4z Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
simple as it is iv no idea how to do it ,
but the work alone i find great
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:iconthecowpony:
TheCowpony Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Forever doing... pressups
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
They're gonna end up pretty buffed, aren't they?
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Looks pretty good. You got a lot going on and your using inkscape animations I haven't seen you use before. I'm not gonna go through the strain of finding flaws, except whatever's on that black maned ponies face, it but I will give you some input.

I like the theme, coloring, and openness of this piece of work. Art design of characters pretty good. The moving shadows are cool. Finally the bits of smaller animations are great touch.

Only thing I can think of which doesn't apply here that could use improving is object/character shading, as you've pretty much got this down from the looks of it. =P
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
The thing that's on Gale's face is actually just a strand of hair that's behind it. He wears the mane a bit over his left eye so ponies don't necessary notice the eye's not there. [link]

I don't think I will be using this kind of dynamic shading much in the future. It's really just applicable for high-contrast shadows anyway, since you can't do much blurring due to the GIF format (color palette, bleh).
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:iconjeremis:
JeremiS Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure that's either a small beard or the tip of his mane.
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:iconpalautus:
Palautus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
You're so good at these.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you. It's just a matter of patience.
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:iconmuffintoppz:
MuffinToppz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I love how the colts are like strugglnig and then theres the filly in the back not showing any emotion XD
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
You could say she's pretty chilled about this stuff. *badam tish*
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:iconmuffintoppz:
MuffinToppz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student General Artist
LOL xd
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:iconrecklesskaiser:
RecklessKaiser Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Your animations just keep getting more and more smooth, specially one like this! <3 Very nicely done, dude, it came out great~ :thumbsup:
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you.
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:iconrecklesskaiser:
RecklessKaiser Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
No worries~!
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:iconcolorcoatedart:
ColorCoatedArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:wow: This is amazing! =D
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Well done.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you.
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