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Time Off: Threading the Arrow by ExplosiveGent Time Off: Threading the Arrow by ExplosiveGent
"Fabulous as she is generous, Rarity is the quintessential noble artist at heart, tirelessly seeking to reflect the true inner beauty from all things in life, be it from the ground, from her dresses, or from her friends."


Thus begins the Time Off Series. This series is a project I started in the Summer of 2011 that depicts what each of the main six from MLP FiM do in their time off, away from what they normally do. My goal with this project hopefully is to present each of the characters in a more introspective and personal light than in the show while still remaining faithful the show's tone. These comics rely primarily on visual story telling with little to no dialogue, mostly because I enjoy showing the story a lot more than telling it.


Part 1: You are here
Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: TBA
Part 5: TBA
Part 6: TBA

MLP Lauren Faust, Hasbro.
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bax590 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
God damn, I remember when I first saw this on EQD wayyyy back in the day. 4 years man...holy moly. 
PlotTwistthePegasus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  New Deviant
Man, so awesome! Is this symbolism for something, or just pure cool?
1DATMLP Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student General Artist
I love this, but I have one question. What exactly is she trying to do? On the 7th panel, she looks disappointed, but she got a perfect bullseye.
TM2-Dinobot Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional Writer
That "Release" is the coolest shot ever, right there.
RidgeRunner5 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Love it! Great faces, shows her expressions well.
samykhadre Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Wow WOW WOOOW !!!!!
Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
The reason why unicorns are the superior pony species.
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really amazing work.
Your art and your story are both expectional here :).
Cake4Fluttershy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Too great DX
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
Robin Hood, eat your heart out. 
zorkfox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is quite delightful! I love how she's still a perfectionist, and I think the use of force fields as a stand-in for a bow is quite brilliant on your part.
Ashoof Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
oh wow! what a wonderful comic! i REALLy like this! PLEASE! keep it up!
timstro59 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Rarity looks good with her mane that way.
chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my headcanon now - Rarity uses what is basically bow-sniper training for relaxing and meditation.
bico-kun Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how her cutie mark glows when she releases. I suppose it makes sense since the arrows seem to be diamond-tipped. Her focused and worried expressions until she finally finishes her project, ending in an abrupt outburst of laughter, also reminds me of when I'm working on an important project. That feeling is captured so perfectly here.
Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
wow... I just saw this on pony comics.
I am in the middle of a fanfic writing that also features Rarity with bow and arrow the the bow and arrows she uses are heirlooms from ancient times.
ssj13samurai Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
This is one of my fave pics of Rarity and one of the reasons I like using her beauty in fics
Ephemurai Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! And very nicely drawn
db1993 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
WhiteHorseGirl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   General Artist
This like the other parts is very beautiful, but best of all I like your quote. At last, someone who truly understands Rarity
Wego7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
So glad you're on DA now. I saw this comic a while ago and loved it instantly. I decided to look it up yesterday and ended up finding out about all the other stuff you've made! :D
SilencedMi6 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I can't remember if I've commented already, but this has been a favorite of mine for a while now, just not in my favorites! I do hope you continue this series, it's really quite beautiful both in concept and execution.
foxnightly2010 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Omg, Rarity she shoots with bow and arrow like a boss hehe
Nice work, got my fav, dear
equigoyle Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember seeing this . . . . wow, almost a year ago? Longer? It's still so pretty. It's Rarity to a tea. :)
Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Writer
this is just shockingly cool. one would never expect such act of her!
DracoWolf0-0 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow these are amazing cant wait for more
chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stuff like this is why Rarity is Best Pony.
iPan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I love the way you styled Rarity's hair. And the way you drew her when she takes the shot. It all so GORGEOUS!!!
WheelJackson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   General Artist
Awesome!! ^^
Sebastian1314 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow. FOUR back to back Robin Hoods with a RECURVE bow?!

That takes some serious skill.

(Also, great comic! =D)
Bellum-Civille Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Brilliant. Love the last panel, she just looks so content. You, good sir, have a new watcher.
crazydude2344 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
This... is a very interesting, and... very innovative... use for unicorn magic. She would have to speed the arrow up in mid-air to do this... and manipulate the target arrow with the magic as well. Of all ponies, she would make an art form of it.
Nepetarocks Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the frame where she lets go of the arow. It's absaloutly fabilous!! <3
LoveTheMess Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
Jane-the-Unknowing Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Writer
WraithKate Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy freaking hay! That was AWESOME! and perfectly Rarity too.
HarukoHoshiko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would make some statement about how beautiful this all is, but Rarity would be dissapointed with it, so I'll just quietly smile, nod and be off. ^_^
some0random0guy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
this is amazing
TommyOliverDraws Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Words fail me on how amazing this is
ManaSparks Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Such beautiful precision! She is an inspiration to all performance artists. Also, she reminded me of Uryu Ishida from bleach. Well drawn! :D
mochiiico Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
true beauty
brianshrode72 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I am now reminded of The Hunger Games.
Eromus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Holy hell. Rarity's a badass.
furry-jackal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been LOOKing for the artist who did this comic! I'm so glad I finally found you! I love this and it actually inspired my City of Heroes Rarity-archer.
Sabathamk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Wow. This is amazing!
AppleLocks Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
beautiful work
Alastorhell13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing job!
PMurphy90s Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Not sure if this has been brought up yet, but this is heavily reminiscent of the recent preview clip for Pixar's "Brave." This one will undoubtedly rub out the stain that was "Cars 2."
ExplosiveGent Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Cars what now?
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