Did a quick doodle for the Infected!AU again, this time of Big Mac and Granny Smith! I’ve been itching to draw the two of them; it’s been quite a while since I last did, and I’m happy with the result. Also the first time I’ve drawn them anthromorphic! :3 Once again, though, don’t mind what he’s holding too much; it isn’t his actual weapon, it’s a farming tool, and the only reason it’s here is just to give him something to hold over his shoulder (like I did with AJ). Could I have done a gun? Yes. Was I too lazy to draw one? Yes. As for the fam pic, it was mostly to put them all together and partly to show off the height differences. Big Mac’s clockin’ in at about 7ft there.
Anyway, the characters: let’s start with Big Mac. He, like the rest of his family, are the de-facto lead farmers of the settlement (which I’ve started to tentatively call “Sanctuary”) Shining leads. Aside from farming and the occasional outing to hunt, Big Mac is basically a “blacksmith”, if you can call it that. Not in the traditional sense, but in the sense that he’s really handy stallion that can fix and build primarily weapons and tools, given the right supplies. He can kinda work on cars too, but that’s more Caramel’s thing.
In this AU Big Mac still doesn’t talk much, but moreso if that’s at all possible. His usual quips of “eeyup” and “eenope” don’t happen as often, and he opts to answer with his expressions, body language, or huffs of sound (grunts, laughs, snorts, you get it). There’s rumors among the kids that it’s because he remained quiet to avoid getting found by the Infected for so long that he forgot how to speak. Which honestly isn’t too far from the truth: not that he’s forgotten how to speak, but he prefers to listen and watch than to speak. You never know what’s lurking in this world, so Big Mac makes it his own personal job to do a lot of the listening and watching so the others won’t have to be as hyper aware. It’s because of his attentiveness that he barely misses anything; he’s usually the first to catch on to when things aren’t quite like they seem (Mac was the first to realize Twi was bitten but that her bite was actually healing when she returned to the settlement, something the bite wounds shouldn’t actually do if it were a normal infection). His silence makes him all the more intimidating and, as he should, he isn’t quick to trust, but he can still be the gentle giant we know him to be.
Fun notes: the watch he’s wearing belonged to his father, and he’s wearing two lockets: one contains a family photo of him and the Apples, the other contains a photo of him and his spouses, Caramel and Cheerilee.
So now Granny Smith! Whenever I watch MLP and Granny’s featured, despite the way she sometimes move she doesn’t seem like and elder who is fragile or “rickety” as it were. Despite her age, Granny moves like someone half her age, and though she sometimes needs aid moving about with her cane she doesn’t let that stop her from helping as much as she can. The elder mare can often be seen either working the farm, planting or harvesting crops, acting as the settlement chef, sewing and making clothes, tinkering… she’s pretty good at a lot of things, farming and handling a gun specifically. She’s good enough to be one of the teachers for the youngsters in how to properly handle a weapon, anyway, and she can be a mean strategist, what once being in the army in her younger years and all. Even still, Granny remains a steadfast matriarch of the Apple Family and basically is everyone’s grandma in Sanctuary; special treats, sneaks the kids cookies before desert (when they have the ingredients to actually make cookies anyway), that sort of thing. As for her eye? She lost it a long time ago and usually wears an eyepatch on it (the thing she’s holding). She loves telling the gruesome story of how she lost it to youngsters, and they eat it up every time.
So yeah! I hope you guys enjoy the image and thank you for takin’ a look! You’re more than free to ask me questions if you have any about this AU. ^.^
And that’s all of the guest art updates I’ve received so far! I really can’t thank all of my guest artists enough for giving me something to update with while I’ve been working behind the scenes, though it seems that it’s now time for Motherly to go into slumber for a month~
If I get more guest updates I’ll post them, but until then Motherly will properly return April 4th! See you then~
More reverse au stuff I’ve been working on. I drew the Pinkie/Spike pic before I decide to swap Spike for Gummy, so don’t take it as canon.
Even moore facts:
-Bigmac and Cadence are a happily married couple here. Bigmac is the prince of the Crystal Empire while Cadence is the captain of the Crystal Guard. and lemme tell you there’s nothing more awesome than captain cadence
-look I know I said appledash was a canon couple in this au but RARIJACK. but seriously I just needed to do it, and i already said rares and aj made out previously so yeah
-Working around with the concept of Rarity wanting to become a guard. She’s even trained by Cadence. And Rares is lowkey gay for her because Cadence is just SO stunning and pretty
-Alicorn princess Pinkie?? I still gotta get used to her design because it’s weird as hell but lol
-Some EQG designs made for the funsies. Rarity, Rainbow and Pinkie are my faves. Twilight looks like scitwi lol
Apple-Pear family 🍐🍎😭 such a good episode uuuugh 💔 we still don’t know when exactly did they *ahem* died…? I really had trouble with Applebloom here, let me know what you guys think 😊 will color this later!!
oH YEAH FOrgot to post this in here. Pic of the royal family in the reverse au. Here Big Macintosh rules the Crystal Empire and is married to Cadence and they have a beautiful filly, Honeycrisp Blossom :333
Twilight Velvet and Night Light - Parents of Shining Armor and Twilight Sparkle, in-laws of Princess Cadence and grandparents of Flurry Heart
Igneous Rock Pie and Cloudy Quartz - Parents of Limestone Pie, Maud Pie, Pinkie Pie and Marble Pie
Hondo Flanks and Cookie Crumbles - Parents of Rarity and Sweetie Belle
Mr and Mrs Shy - Parents of Fluttershy and Zephyr Breeze
Bow Hothoof and Windy Whistles - Parents of Rainbow Dash, appear to be honorary parents of Scootaloo
Pear Butter and Bright Mac - Parents of Big Macintosh, Applejack and Apple Bloom (sadly deceased)
Later, AJ comes back with the rolling pin and marvels at the perfectly round, smooth pastry on the table. Turns out being competent enough to flatten out pastry with your face and being competent enough not to try do not go hoof in hoof.