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This is an interesting piece. It has a lot of story behind it, and hinted in it itself. You can't get the full import of it without following and viewing the linked video. (And then you may well regret doing so, typical Gavalanche material.) Which raises questions about what interpretation to critique when doing this. I'll go for the more innocent one, lest my fragile mental state fail once more.

First up, background. You didn't attempt a background in this, which means the two figures contrast nicely with the white, standing out and looking rather solid. Indeed I'm not sure what kind of background could even be used here, and it is probably not necessary, this being more a 'slice of time' piece, a moment captured in a drawing.

This is brilliantly colored. The colorscheme here is yellow-orange and everything in the image follows it. Everything. There are hints of red and brown, and of course the eyes, but these all work with the basic colors, not against them. Especially nice is the red ribbon, (A red apple may also have sufficed.) which of course is the color of love and reflects nicely the blushes on both characters. In total everything here has a warm, close feeling to it.

The characters themselves are very well positioned. It seems you followed the traditional 'male led' paradigm here, with AJ leaning on and towards Braeburn who is both taller and standing straighter than her. I am not sure how well this would reflect canon, but given the subject material, it fits. I am not entirely sure of Braeburn's upright posture, it seems a little... flippant perhaps, especially the raised hoof.

The two individuals form a neat triangle, showing the connection of two into one and the relationship between them, at least at this point in time.

The expressions are another thing that work well here. While both share a common theme, closeness, trepidation, uncertainty, embarrassment, AJs is perhaps the more serious, the more impacting of the two, with Braeburn's being somewhat more aloof. I'm not sure I quite 'get' Braeburn's smile, though I can see the angle it is coming from. (I've seen a few exaggerated smiles like that IRL.) His wide eyes and smile give a more overblown, tense feel to him than Aj's half closed eyes and subdued smile. Again this seems to follow the male-leading paradigm.

The eyebrows over the hat are an odd, but not clashing addition. (And common enough in cartoons, though not in MLP. We need a background pony with eyebrows. Black eyebrows.)

I shan't go on, since these are the major points and I am sure others will be able to better phrase things, but overall this is a rather well done picture that becomes slightly unsettling once you know what it is based on. (Besides, inbreeding is for the royal family only, dirty mud pony. How else could we get Blueblood?)

Good job sir, good job!
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Kuylin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The apples are potatoes. Just try to un-see that.
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Jowesline Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Honestly, I do not care if they are cousins​​, I saw hundreds of people who ship Len x Rin from Kagamine (And they are siblings) and several people who hate BraeJack. :bored:

I mean, Braeburn and Applejack are just cousins​​, fictional ponies and aren't real.
I do not support incest, but I do not care if they are cousins​​ .. I ship them.

It's all fiction, guys, grow up.
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Chrissi-queen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"Honestly, I do not care if they are cousins​​, I saw hundreds of people who ship Len x Rin from Kagamine (And they are siblings) and several people who hate BraeJack"
Actually, Rin and Len are NOT siblings. Thye are mirrors - Rin is the genderbent version of Len, and Len is the genderbent version of Rin. Its selfcest, not incest.


"I mean, Braeburn and Applejack are just cousins​​, fictional ponies and aren't real.
I do not support incest, but I do not care if they are cousins​​ .. I ship them."
Exactly! They're fictional! Why do people care if a pairing incest/gay/pedophile? THEY AREN'T REAL! Thank you! :D
I actually do support incest, and I don't care that they are cousins either :)

"It's all fiction, guys, grow up."
Amen.
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Jowesline Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, I get it. Well, I used to thought before that Rin and Len were siblings, but now I know that they aren't. Thank you for the information. :)

About Applejack and Braeburn, YES! Thank you so much for agreeing! They're fictional characters, and everyone is allowed to ship whatever they want, well, that comment I made was old, but I actually don't hate or love incest, but I'm neutral about it, but if two persons have the same age and really do love each other, who cares, anyway?

And yes, amen to that, my dear friend. We can ship BraeJack if we want to.
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Chrissi-queen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, no problem :)

I hate it when someone complains about fictional pairs. Incest isn't much of a problem - people are allowed to love who they Turley love.
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Jowesline Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, exactly! I agree with you so much!
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mercenario1945 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
AJ IS MINE!
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EeveePikachuChan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHERE HAS THIS IMAGE BEEN HIDING FROM ME
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Fargosis16 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Braeburns cowboy hat evolved into a fedora
Fedora wants to learn hat swag
However your hat already knows 4 moves
Delete a move and replace it with hat swag?
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RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cute :)
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Nexus31907 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
:iconbuenoplz: implications...
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Please tell me that's not implied incest...
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CadetotheEndFTW Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I give it: 50/50 or 40/60 or 30/70 :p
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Nope. They just got drunk and... well, that's how AJ's first kiss happened.
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codepony Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
D'awwwww
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Now, who is more deserving of the Gav treatment... Gorilla Dash, Pinkie the anarcho-communist revolutionary, Thrackerzod, Elvis Scootley, Brick Top-lestia, Aurora, Pogo the Clown, the yellow one... so many good choices...
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ZeroPonyDement Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
something beautiful, nothing violent ... well I love it =D
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Shadowhand13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
and that's how applebloom was made
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MightyQuinn2021 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
And then they did it
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EAMR262 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Bah, I'm south american, over here is perfectly normal for two cousins (even first cousins) to marry each other, heck, most of the family from my dad's side is made up like that.

So for me there is absolutely nothing wrong with this :D

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Cirdec Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
It's been entirely too long since I've watched the Mentally Advanced Series.
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Penheart288 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Ah Applefamily incest jokes, never get old.
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Gavalanche Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I know the intent was to make a redneck incest joke in that episode, but I genuinely felt bad for AJ there. Especially when she was pleading with Rarity to keep it a secret.
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Penheart288 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
No Rarity is a total cunt in that episode, but no matter how bad you feel, you still chuckle.
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Gavalanche Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Sieg Heil, Sleep Nazi!"
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I love how she waves her hoof a bit at the end there.
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Penheart288 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
"Hail Celestia"
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IceRoadLion Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is my favorite shipping combo. I applaud you sir.
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