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Pinkie Pie Development Sketch by LadyDraconic Pinkie Pie Development Sketch by LadyDraconic
Here's the story. When the MLP FIM charity auctions were announced I sold off my entire Pokemon merchandise collection for the Pinkie Pie sketch. It really meant a lot to me.

Why? Because Pinkie Pie was pretty much me as a kid. I was the one bouncing around randomly singing songs about cardboard boxes or whatever I saw. People HATED me for it. The amount of abuse I dealt with for it was overwhelming and I ended up hating myself.

Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic helped me stop hating myself. The more I saw the character the more I realized there was nothing wrong with me to begin with. I figured the auctions would kill two birds with one stone. I'd be donating to help my favourite country, and I'd have a piece of the character's history. Needless to say Pinkie Pie means a lot to me.

$1,300 doesn't get you very far in an auction, and I was outbid within four hours. I made a post on Ponychan, not expecting anything just wanting to vent. To my surprise when I woke up I saw Lauren Faust herself had posted in the thread asking for me to contact her! I seriously was blown away!

So I donated the money to charity and this picture sits by my bed. I absolutely adore it, it captures the randomness of Pinkie Pie perfectly! I can never thank Ms. Faust enough for this, and I'll surely never forget it.

I wasn't going to post this, because I don't want her harassed by anyone but I'm sure others would want to see a piece of this character's history so I hope she doesn't mind. X_X

This is an original Pinkie Pie development sketch drawn by Ms Faust herself in 2008. The frame makes it appear slightly wrinkled unfortunately X_X
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Racingunicorn653 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
also check this is out is kinda creepy that she was planning to make her a pegasus :(
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Racingunicorn653 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
cute!!! i think she was based off surprise
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Emby-Spark Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, her name was originally going to be surprise as well! :3
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filledeneige Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I always wanted to be just like Pinkie Pie, but at the same time I would have wanted to fly! I wish she had been a Pegasus in the show; it would have been hilarious! Also I'm so glad you got something so special to you.
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samsam2000000 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME!!!!!! But, don't feel alone about randomness and singing, thats all me and my friend do at lunch XD
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Maruki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh. Who'd o thunk Pinkie Pie was originally planned to be a pegasus? I'm SO glad they didn't though. That'd make her only worse XD
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Wint3r-S Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its funny that even in the early stages of development, Pinkie still looks a whole bunch of fun (even if that includes breaking the laws of physics, which is always good fun)
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iaintyourmailgirl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet story:)



wait... she has wings.
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Saltythesovietseahob Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Originally, Pinkie Pie was another pony with a yellow mane and white fur called "Surprise" *I think*, but was later scrapped for Pinkie Pie. They just colour-swapped and removed the wings.

I think that's the story, anyway.

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:iconiaintyourmailgirl:
iaintyourmailgirl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
youre right. just wanted to test u. :P
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Saltythesovietseahob Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK I look like an idiot now XD
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iaintyourmailgirl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you know who's really an idiot?

me. :depressed:
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Sheimii Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
That's such a nice story! It's really sweet of Miss. Faust to give you that drawing.
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miss-glam-flipnote Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student General Artist
THE Lauren Faust? Y U ARE SO LUCKY? :iconyunoguyplz:
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Glitched-Moonveil Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that's a awesome story!!
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jelfes Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a really touching story. Ms Faust has solidified the respect I hold for her.
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I just found out about this story (I became a fan about a week ago) and I think its amazing. Shows your dedication pays off and Ms. Faust such a nice person. I actually went to the Equestria Daily and Ponychan sites and read your post. Amazing story you deserve it.
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TailsandCream Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That's great. You deserve it.
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TheLovelyChemist Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Wow! That's so great that you got it! ♥
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BoyfriendKisser Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so lucky!

And I know how you feel! I'm totally hyper and I sing out loud and everyone thinks I'm annoying! I'm not alone <3
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Otterlore Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice little story about getting it :)
And as I see many others have said, that's Surprise, the generation 1 pony whose name was changed and looks, but her personality stayed the same.
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RiverCocytus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Those of us of the more lighthearted bent probably all got our faces dragged through the dirt until we were sufficiently 'sober'. It was the reality of public school; sit at desk; do work that most people will forget about and never use; learn to kowtow to whoever is the 'coolest'. Some parts of a personality just don't adapt, though. I'll agree that when I was younger I was far too sensitive; that maybe I was bad at dealing with rougher forms of humor (and I can't blame most of the guys - they didn't know better really) but then again, there's just something that refuses to change or adapt, and maybe that thing is the corner, the very edge of, my true identity.

And somehow, like you, by the 26th episode, I had to admit that Pinkie Pie was my new mascot.

I'm glad she didn't make the show about 'social issues' in the political sense; but rather like a good novel, about personalities that are real. That much is definitely canon, and loving a good fairy tale is an opportunity no adult should pass up.

Plus the fact that 90% of Pinkie's songs / efforts fail? That my friends is so accurate as to be scary.
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AngelKat34 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I'm not sure that is Pinkie...
That may be Surprise,she was supposed to be Pinkie Pie [link]
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MutheSquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Awww, that story made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! In a very manly way of course. Ahem...
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artemis3120 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I know what you mean! When the series first started up, I thought Pinkie was just that spaz character that's always tossed in there. But then I saw the episode, Party of One, and I was like, "Whoa, this is uncomfortably familiar territory here..." I'd never really thought about it in relation to the show before, but when I was younger I used to have horrible anxiety and paranoia about my friends sneaking behind my back and lying to me, and maybe not even being my friends for real, just keeping me around for someone to laugh at. I've gotten better since then, but that one episode brought it back. I suppose some people would find that a bit silly, but not anyone who's been there, emotionally.

While not exactly parallel with your situation, I guess I kinda bonded with Pinkie's character after that, and that's when I really fell in love with the show. Lauren is seriously the best, and she has a heart the size of Cleveland, or some other large metropolis area. Congratulations on getting your own little piece of the Pinkie Pie! 8D
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Pizza-niichan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   Writer
Surprise..

D'aw. It's Surprise. Surprise is adorable.
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sabarjp Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Very cool story! Keep being yourself. I learned that when I was quite young and never looked back.
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incarnation982 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very touching story. This is also really awesome.
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cottagechees Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pinkie pie probably reminds a lot of people of themselves as kids (including me). When I was watching party of one, I was thinking "I know that feel bro!"
Your so lucky!
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Elistariel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
The pegasus Pinkie Pie idea was probably scrapped because there was already a party pony pegasus before. Surprise - a bright yellowed haired white pegasus with purple balloons for her cutie mark.
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InvaderZggam Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Wow, what a touching story. I'm so glad I bothered to read the description.
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ALonelyWeeaboo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Artist
Weren't these just Fan Art Originally?
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Residentfriendly Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the story! Very nice of Ms. Faust to do something like this~
lol and just curious.... is the thread still up on ponychan?
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hotarubrokenwings Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
That is an amazing drawing and an amazing story and even more amazing because you're so connected to Pinkie Pie! From one Pinkie to another, never let yourself start hating yourself again. You're much too worth it. The world desperately needs more Pinkie.
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ringwraith10 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, that's amazing! I'm glad you could get your sketch. :)
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TakigiKitsu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Aww, that's such a sweet story! I think it's so sweet that Ms. Faust would do something like that. :heart:
And this is such a cute little sketch.
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EthePony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Horray! After our discussion I was really hoping to see the sketch!
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B127 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
I remember that ponychan thread too! It's very considerate of you that you now actually post this sketch and tell us how that story had ended. I guess it's now on the community not to turn that into any kind of drama again. But I'm positive we can do that. :iconfluttershyishappyplz:
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your story is so sweet :hug: and it's so amazing :) you're really generous!! :D
And the picture is just so epic Pinkie Pie :XD:

did you know Lauren Faust has a dA account?? it's :iconfyre-flye: ;)
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Nazgul100 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I think youre cool for donating 1,3 thousad dollars.
And yeah, I can imagine it would be hard to be a Pinkie Pie in real life.
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Citrus--Rain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an awesome story. O_O
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VirgaRainboom Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
That is just Rainbow Dash Awesome! How nice of Lauren Faust to do that for you, and for you to make your donation. I see that we are backing the right pony in FiM. :) Thanks, LadyDraconic for sharing your story and this image of Proto Pinkie, and to Ms. Faust for creating such a wonderful series of PONIES!
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articsocean Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is such a touching story, and you can see that the picture really has a special meaning for you. I rember seeing this board and thinking,"Oh, I hope this story has a happy ending!" And so it did. <3
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blayzebright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student Artist
You know that's not dissimilar from me. As a kid I was really outgoing and excitable but got so much grief for it that I ended up a complete shut in by the time I was an adult.

But yes, Pinkie Pie is the best pony ^_^
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AeroNumi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for sharing this amazing picture and your beautiful story!
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RBDash47 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What a great story! Congratulations to you.
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saeth-kaleanae Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Interesting. Does make me wonder what happened with whomever made the final bid though.

I was willing to go to 2300 for AJ, if I recall correctly. It would have been more then I could justify spending, really. It wasn't enough.

Anyway, I'll assume Lauren worked things out with the winning bidder. Congratulations ^^
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bartekko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Wait... a pegasi???
Ah, yea, ofc
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Mike-O-Shay Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
That is a beautiful story. Amazing-adorable sketch. Since I was first aware of how well she's worked with this fanbase, I've been a huge fan of Ms. Faust just as a person, but this brings it up another level. She is so amazingly nice to us bronies.
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