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Keynote by Auswren Keynote by Auswren
Keynote is based on a slice of my childhood. Her cutie mark is a barrel key (not skeleton, they're different okay?) with a slip of parchment wrapped around. Paper can be rolled inside barrel keys to pass information or hide secrets, a method I used often as a child. Her cutie mark indicates trustworthiness as a secret keeper. The overall shape of the key is inspired by Pottermore's Gringotts key. Her magical talent is locking and unlocking objects. I'd also like her to be able to affect other unicorns' magic by casting spells to visualize the magic patterns and unravel them, but this skill would come later in life after much study.

Keynote has two older brothers (my brothers' ponies - a pegasus named Tintype and an earth pony named Adam) and a pet named Clāvis (Latin for "key") who carries messages during her travels around Equestria. I'm still working out Clāvis' design.



* Please do not copy, steal, or alter elements of my pony to make her your own. That's not cool.

edit 8/4/13 Simplified cutie mark and changed eyelashes. Added shading.
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GreenPawPrints Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
zOmg! *dies of happiness*
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*hugs* Thanks! Haven't seen you around dA for a little bit. Been busy?

I'm making a model of Keynote now. Just hafta paint her eyes and cutie mark and she'll be done @u@
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GreenPawPrints Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I also haven't been able to draw anything new because I don't have photoshop (my grandfather deleted it because he fails. So, I'm a bit depressed and I don't want to use paint because it sucks..
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw...I'm sorry to hear that :'( Have you tried looking for art programs online? I hear gimp's not bad, and I know a few people who downloaded Corel Painter and they seem to like it. I've never used it though...
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GreenPawPrints Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can try. *flails* But that takes BRAIN POWER. Anywhu o-o Melodramatic Dubi aside, my life is going great. Howsabout you? o-o
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Things are going okay for the most part. Hit a rough spot and lost a friend, as I said on fb, but otherwise I guess I'm okay. Good to hear you're doing well! :D
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GreenPawPrints Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to know you're doing pretty okay even without that friend. At least you have me. :3
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what I'd do without you, Tangy :hug:
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Avipii Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness gracious gravy on taost aussie! She is adorable~ >w<
I lover her deisgn and the history behind her cutie mark.
:O you have a pottermore~! *must add* owo
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe thanks! ^///^
I don't check Pottermore much, kinda lost interest last September-ish. But my name's WildPatronus26 :3
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WishOnABlueMoon Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OmyOmyOmyOmyOmy that is so cute! i love her cutie mark! Great job! :D
Really? I knew one of your brothers like MLP but both? Sweet! Have you sung the BBBFF song to them yet? XD
What's their pony personas names?

I wish I could draw a pony xD
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eyup! My oldest brother got pulled in first but now the other one has joined the herd as well haha. The oldest sibling is an earth pony named TinType, he's obsessed with the 1800's and builds fabric airplanes/gliders and dresses sort of steampunk. The other one is a pegasus named Atom (possibly Atomic Clock, or just Adam, it's undecided). Atom is a scientist who doesn't believe in magic, he says it's just unexplored science. He's very cynical and I imagine Pinkie Pie would LOVE to try and make him smile just once lol! It's a dysfunctional family xD
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WishOnABlueMoon Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe Sounds like the best kind!
Those sound amazing! ^__^
So that means one of your parents has to be a unicorn and the other a Pegasus to have created you guys! =D
So who was the first to make a pony persona(?) or was it just a gradual thing?
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely, we'd need some mixed heritage down the line to make this work haha. I made my pony "WispySwift" first, then Atom came along just before I started on Keynote, and TinType is only in the planning stage. So in other words our ponies came into being exactly opposite my brother and me xD
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WishOnABlueMoon Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha that's what happens when you make a character! They'll turn out differently then you planned! xD
So who would be the "oldest" in this pony family? ^^
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TinType is the oldest sibling, or at least I'm assuming our pony ages will be in the same order as we are. I'm not giving up my position of youngest and only daughter, that's for sure! I like being spoiled sometimes xD
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WishOnABlueMoon Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehehe then what will become of Wispy? =O
Or will she be an aunt? xD
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno... I guess she's been demoted to being a friendly neigh-bor (get it? hur hur /shot)
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leayana Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
OHMYGOSH SHE IS THE CUTEST PONY EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

I loveeee her design and everything about her! She's got the coolest ability and the cutie mark is really clever and nicely drawn! You drew the style so well! I'm jealous XD.
I love hoer short hair and tail - they're very fitting!
Gosh, how did you draw the pony so well?! Anyways - I love her colours, they're all so natural looking. Her hat's really adorable too! I wanted to add a similar hat to my pony but I decided against it - it's a very hitting hat for yours though! And by hitting, I mean fitting (geez, what's with me and typing?)

Also like how you used keys to show the different shades - very cute! But man, I think I'm falling in love with the cutie mark! How did you draw the key?! it looks so AWESOME! Very fitting in therms of their style too!

And your childhood sounds like a lot of fun XD! I always wanted to pass around secret messages or something, but I mainly just shouted everything XD.
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I love your comments xD I used a reference for the pony but it's a fairly simple style overall so it's not too hard to duplicate. I wibbled on the hat for awhile actually because I wasn't sure if I wanted that hole in it or not but I think it works okay. The key is from Pottermore, it's the Gringott's key except I simplified and recolored it so it would work for this purpose.

My grandpa was a locksmith and my mom inherited the business, so a lot of my childhood memories involve locks and keys. I've always been a quiet person so even as a child I preferred to pass silent notes and be secretive about it instead of announcing my thoughts loudly although I'm sure shouting gets the point across faster! xD
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leayana Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I'll take that as a compliment then XD. By hole, you mean having the horn right? I think it was a good idea, since that way you can actually tell she's a unicorn XD.
That key still looks so amazing though!

I have like a little fetish over keys since Kingdom Hearts so I kind of have a thing for them XD. Possibly makes Keynote all the more awesome as a pony.

Oh yes, shouting is very effective =D
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good, it was intended as a compliment xD Yeah the hole for her horn... I had the hat in several positions before I settled on how it is now. I really want to draw her from the front now to see if I can get the hat right at that angle.

You're not alone, a lot of people like keys. We get collectors at our lock shop all the time who want to buy antique keys, locks, and doorknobs. But we only sell those to people who need them for restoration purposes. Lots of historical buildings around here and the owners want to keep everything as original as possible.
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leayana Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
WOW REALLY?! You guys have antique keys too?! Gosh that is the COOLEST THING EVER. I must visit you and your keystore! It sounds so neat!
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catine27 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg. So. Cute owo Awesomely awesome design is awesome :la:
And I would totally be interested in long descriptions. Long descriptions are awesome, until I need to scroll XD
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha you might need to scroll, I got a little carried away and then I started rewriting parts anyway xD
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catine27 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, as long as I don't have a scroll bar that's smaller than the letter "l" on 12 font, I should be fine XD
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Rainshade Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
This is a really cool idea for a pony! I love her design; that hat is so cute. C:

I was telling Sarang about my idea for a pony a while ago - which I'm not sure I'll draw up for lack of time - but her name would be Baladina, she would write songs and she would be a unicorn type except she is incapable of magic regardless, so she writes by dipping the end of her horn in ink. She has done this for so long that the tip is permanently stained.
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^ I like your idea of a magic-less unicorn, I haven't heard of a fanmade pony like that before. Cute name too. Would she sing then, or does she have an instrument she can play earth pony style?
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Rainshade Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Her strong suit would be writing songs, but she might sing. I don't want her to appear too godly and talented; I really try to avoid Mary Sues. That's also why I decided on the no-magic cripple.
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Capricious-Spider Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ZOMG you're in Pottermore, too? o3o We should totally hook up.

And I like your pony~ I lack creativity to draw a good looking pony, so I'll just bask in my envy of yours. xD
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Auswren Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I joined back in August. WildPatronus26

Yay my pony is liked xD I bet you could make a really cool pony.
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Capricious-Spider Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's mainly the dimensions and the whole "thick line, big eyes" concept. xD I can't draw animals anyway, especially the ones that don't have paws.
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