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...is this a thing? Rarity vs a giant crab. So random. (Value study ~ 1 hour)

Edit: OK, I did some research and for those of you, like me, who were wondering... *Whatsapokemon commissioned many artists to draw Rarity fighting a crab, and it has begun to catch on as a meme.  Apparently he had no other reason (other than being random) to request art of this specific subject.

My best guess was that the original concept came from two internet phenomena: The Giant Enemy Crab derives from an awkward E3 game presentation which "features battles which actually happened in Japan" where you fight said crab. (More info) And Rule of the Internet #35.2 (from rules of the internet), states, "If no pony is found of it, it will be made." As a result, we now have Rarity fighting crabs.  But, at this point, you're free to come up with your own guesses.

Edit2: This was featured by the Cutie Art Crusaders in Episode 43 - Crab Battle! Thanks for the critique, and I made a quick correction to Rarity's anatomy. Thanks for pointing that out! : D
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Kylami Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh wow! NOW I know too~! Thanks for that info!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, no problem! : )
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ThornwindFairy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
hehe, I enjoyed listening to those guys' critique. You totally deserved the feature ^_^
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thanks, Thornwind!  I was quite happy they chose to feature my work.
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shademaster24601 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
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ZombieMonkey7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
This is just so fucking cool, I really hope even more artist continue this
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! Yep, I hope so too!
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JosD Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
at the end the crab turns into this
[link]
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe xD
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SuperPeasentNajeeb Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I dont know WHY its a thing.
But I love that it is. :P

GREAT take on it btw! Easily one of the best ones out there.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh, thanks ^^
Yeah, this subject is hilarious :XD:
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Greenrob Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
well this helps a lot for some who did not understand
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, just trying to alleviate some confusion!
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Greenrob Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
indeed.
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ShadowofaDemon88 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rule 35.2 thats a new one...and I love it! So that is the origins of this meme

geez man thank you so much!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to help =)
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Japanimal179 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Hey, so I hope you find it as funny as I do when I say thatI decided to analyze this for a small project in school.

I know, Hilarious, right? I mean rarity's fighting a big crab, ART!
anyway, I've got a couple of questions it'd be cool if you answered, one brony to another with a school project due in a day xD
1) what was the artist's statement in this work?
2) Do you think there are things in the artwork that represent other things-symbols?
7. Why do you think that the artist chose to work in this manner and made these kinds of artistic decisions?
8. Why did the artist create this artwork?

It'd be cool if I could get a statement from the actual artist, but I can always 'interpret' if'n you can't get me an answer soon.

this is so crazy, nice picture by the way
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, you're awesome. And thanks!

1) Although making a statement wasn't at all my intention, other than promoting humor, there is one that comes to mind, but it derives from a subconscious level. I created this for practice, studying the fundamentals of art -- values, perspective, form, and composition -- and I suppose I have an underlying desire to help expose the brony community to the application of these principles. I enjoy helping people improve in art, and I highly encourage artists to practice and experiment with techniques outside of their comfort zones. While I appreciate artists for whatever they produce, I feel they aren't tapping into their potential if they stagnate with one genre or style. So, the statement I'm making with this piece, although subtle, could be something along the lines of "fan art of a cartoon show can be more than just cartoons, so try to push yourselves!"

2) Well, you'll have to ask *Whatsapokemon about the original concept. I was merely reproducing a running gag. I think whatsapokemon was responsible for commissioning artists with this subject in the first place. If you want my thoughts, I suppose you could consider the whole piece as analogous to the brony community. Both Rarity fighting a giant crab in an epic scenario and adult men watching MLP are rather ridiculous concepts to the common spectator, but if take time to examine the details, there are things to appreciate about what the art or community has to offer.

7) My explanation for the techniques used and decisions made is that it was for practice. Everything, was intentional. The lighting, poses, and perspective were part of my attempt to deliver drama and excitement. The high contrast between dark and light makes the figures "pop out"; the tilted camera keeps the eye moving around the canvas; the crab having a higher elevation, and its figure standing taller than the horizon/background adds to how intimidating it looks, and Rarity's pose and body angle suggests a confrontation is imminent! (I'm doing my best to apply what I've learned from Feng Zhu's tutorials on illustration and design. He says it's always good to try to tell a story with your pictures. Go check out his free videos if you're interested!)

8) The primary reason was for practice. It was an hour long study in applying the fundamentals of art. My secondary motive was to spread humor and promote a meme.
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Japanimal179 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I haven't laughed so hard in awhile, seeing as I got a serious comment on this. Thanks for the help, love the picture if I haven't mentioned it before. Do you want a copy of the assignment when it's done? I hope you get as good of a laugh out of it as I did.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, glad to help. I'd be happy to see what you do for the assignment, please send me a copy as a note =)
I hope your class gets a kick out of it too!
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hellenion Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most daunting giant crab I've seen so far.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully, it won't be the last xD
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ColoredSpice Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Grey scales and sub internet rules huzzah!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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RBSPony Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Wow, ponies have their own internet rule now? That's kind of kick ass.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was bound to happen at some point :]
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largent2005 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Epic Rarity vs. Giant Crab!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! :D
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BlackAttack1840 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I swear, every Rarity Crab Battle I see makes me smile super hard
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
: D
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ak399 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Where in Tartarus did this crab meme come from?
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I put my best guess in the comment: a combination funny E3 presentation about a game featuring a Giant Enemy Crab and rule #35.2 of the internet, "If no pony is found of it, it will be made." Someone also commissioned multiple artists to draw them.
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ak399 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
And I mean, why Rarity in particular?
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largent2005 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Why NOT Rarity? Rarity is Awesome! Granted, she can be a little, itsy-bitsy bit Extremely whiny. But under the right circumstances, she can totally kick ass! That crab doesn't stand a chance!

Try reading "The Immortal Game," it's a little bit into the story, but Rarity really shows how bad ass she can be!
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks so stunning.
I especially love the detail in the water, and the contrast and wow, I can't even adequately explain how awesome it is.

<3
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EnteringTheNethery Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
So, you're the one behind all of this! With your commissions!


I think I love you.
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the best thing ever.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Whatsapokemon! And thank you for adding this to your collection of Rarity fighting crabs. It's nice to see how this meme has evolved over time.

This piece was created for practicing the fundamentals of art which I learned from Fend Zhu's free tutorials. I encourage you to check them out if you like this art style =)
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that this has become a meme so much! I never expected that it would stay around for long :D

Also, thanks for the link! It looks like it contains a lot of useful information. I shall watch through these.
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Freefox Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Now this is not about survival is about being delicious
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
more bloodied crabs

:iconwhatsapokemon:, you're awesome
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, yep
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ScreenedPlum Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Will she attack its weak spot for massive damage?
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Aramaru Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Five hundred and ninety nine Equestrian bits.
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liesder Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Yes, I guess.. but only if she do some real-time weapon changing..
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Find out next time...!
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neuralshock7 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
More giant enemy crabs? Well you know what to do...
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Make more?
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neuralshock7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I was thinking attack its weak point but that works too!
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