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Slipstream by fireflytwinkletoes Slipstream by fireflytwinkletoes
I finally finished designing my new OC! I LOVES her.

I'll give a more detailed description later, but for now: Slipstream is a pegasus whose talent is diving. There's nothing she loves more than flying up high and then plummeting into a cold ocean, wings locked to her sides. Her wings are modeled after a swallow's (not a seabird, I know, but I love the shape). The patterning on her legs is supposed to be like the patterns you get on the ocean floor when the sun shines through clear water.

Please do not use this character/design without my permission.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Heh -- I was thinking of designing a MLP pegasus pony that used her wings to swim instead of fly (like a penguin or a puffin), and when I started looking around to see if that idea had already been taken, I ended up here. Oops. :D

Very gorgeous character! I like her design as well as her description. Modelling her wings after a swallow's actually isn't that inappropriate, though -- one of the colloquial names for the tern (a small, oceangoing bird with a sharp beak and narrow wings) is "sea swallow". ;)
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well just because the idea has been used once, doesn't mean I own it! I think diving/seabird pegasi are an awesome idea (obviously :P) and would love to see more!

Thanks, I'm glad you like her! I know there are seabirds with similar wings to swallows, but they tend to have...hmmm, how do I describe it - more "solid" wings, like those of an albatross, without the soft feathery edges that many land birds' wings have. And I'm a huge fan of soft feathery edges on wings, so I was loathe to make them entirely like a seabird's. I am an unfortunate slave to my own sense of aesthetics ^^;
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Velvetstream Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
In my opinion, the wings of Tropicbirds* are very elegant and sort of soft - just a recommendation :) (Smile) 

*(the Red-tailed Tropicbird, in particular)
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
True, but there are very few diving tropical birds, and the ability to dive is what was most important for this character :P
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Velvetstream Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I think you may have misunderstood me- "Tropicbirds" (not tropical birds) do dive, just not from high up. 
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, I see! I did misunderstand. That's a neat looking bird, you're right - lovely wings :D
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Velvetstream Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
It's okay, it is very easy to misunderstand- The ornithologist who discovered that bird did an awful job with its common name.
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Harthric Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is SO coooooool! :D
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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LeafFox Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ooh she's lovely =D
I love how her feetsies look like water ^-^
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