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That's how unicorns shoot bows. Commission for :iconbla1334:
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:iconalpha1ance:
Alpha1ance Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I LOVE IT!!
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DinoGalaxy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cute! Though it would be easier to just have the bow floating next to him all strung and ready to kill....maybe you'd have to be a very skilled archer/magic pony... questions we all have for MLP. :XD:
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hamstap85 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Don't let it snap. That'd hurt!!
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Pixelsnaxs Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
love the perspective!
and the blur effect!
O,O
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:iconanthony-gs:
Anthony-GS Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I love the design of everything here.
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:iconarigato30:
arigato30 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
Peircing arrow: I love your bow. Steampunk made me one*blushes*
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:iconeune7:
EUNE7 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aim and shoot I am robin hood pony
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CanadianDesperado Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Loooooooool! Being an archer, I can't help but laugh! Dear sweet unicorn, you can't grip a bowstring with your teeth in that manner, you'd have more succes turning your head sideways, or the bow sideways, and after that I still wouldn't suggest shooting a bow in that manner, unless you enjoy frequent visits with the dentist. You've got magic, just grip the handle and the string, no need to grip the limbs of the bow as well.
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:iconthe-chaos-controller:
The-Chaos-Controller Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
of course... isn't that how you shoot a bow?
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Lepperb0y Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Very original. I like your artstyle! =D
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:iconneonredwings:
NeonRedWings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks awesome!
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:icontheartistgod:
theartistGOD Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
unicorns:magic
pegasus:wings
earth ponies:???
how do earth ponies use bows?
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SonOfTheNorthe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I propose that all ponies are magical. All ponies have an inherent short-range telekinesis located on their hooves, allowing them to pick things up.
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:icontheartistgod:
theartistGOD Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
So basically magical fingers?
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DCxREVOLVER Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
They don't need to, they can just hit 'em with a hammer :)
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:icontheartistgod:
theartistGOD Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Pony don't look right with hammers, personally, I want to see spike with a war hammer
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IlukaAppledash Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanna know how earth ponies do war? Horses dont really fight they just run and kick backwards while they flee.
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:iconjonruy:
Jonruy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Not necessarily. Warhorses used in combat in the middle ages would rear up and kick with their forelegs in combat, or stomp on downed opponents.
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:iconilukaappledash:
IlukaAppledash Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm thats true
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kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I feel that unicorns just starting to use the bow and arrow, would first begin their training by using their teeth to pull the string back. As they become more familiar with holding the bow steady with their magic, they can start training themselves to pull the string back with their magic, thereby fully enveloping the bow and the string. The advantages to this are numerous, such as not having any part of the bow blocking the unicorn's vision and also not having to be in close proximity to the bow. 

Ultimately, a master archer of the unicorn race can use several bows simultaneously, be pin-point accurate (that's a given), and be able to shoot in any direction with a 360 degree cone of vision. 

This summary only covers the bow aspect of the archer. As for ammunition, unicorns can summon different types of arrows (holy, dark, frozen, fire, etc.). They can also use their magic to make arrows explode, to make arrows go faster with the element of wind to pierce certain targets, or even make arrows curve and hit targets behind cover. The possibilities are certainly endless. 
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Chester200100 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
If they can levitate a bow using magic why don't they use magic to pull the string and place an arrow? Trained unicorns could do it, much like real archers take years to master their skills.
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:iconjonruy:
Jonruy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Or, you could just skip the bow entirely and launch the arrow itself with magic.
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CanadianDesperado Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why expend your energy when you can use the energy already stored in the limbs of the bow? That's why we use bows instead of just throwing the arrows by hand.
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Jonruy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Bows don't actually work that way. There isn't any energy "stored" in the bow beforehand, like it's got some kind of internal reactor. Remember conservation of energy: all the force behind the arrow comes from the archer when the arrow is drawn. The archer applies force to the bow by pulling back on the string and pushing against the handle. This is two forces being applied relatively slowly, causing the limbs to bend and store the energy from the archer's arms. Then once the string is released, the limbs bend back to a resting state and pull the string and the arrow along with them. Furthermore, the reflexiveness of the wood causes the arrow to accelerate very quickly - faster than the archer can swing his arm.

Also remember: Force = Mass * Acceleration. The mass of the arrow is constant; it's a matter of how fast that mass is accelerated from a resting state. What makes a bow superior to throwing is the bow's ability to hold and *rapidly release* energy.

This situation has a unicorn magically pushing on the bow and pulling on the string with his teeth. Obviously, a unicorn has different capabilities than a human. So, then, the question is whether or not his magic can *accelerate* the arrow faster than the bow, since the mass will be the same either way. This cannot realistically be answered, however, so it is debatable.

Also another thing I'd like to point out: he's probably holding the bow incorrectly. If he's "gripping" the limbs of the bow with his magic - as opposed to just the handle - that force would likely interfere with the reflexive action of the bow, causing his shots to be weaker and shorter.
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CanadianDesperado Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wrong, there is in fact energy stored in the bow beforehand, it's called tension. If it did not have tension in the limbs of the bow, the string would be slack. It's because there is tension in the bow before pulling the string that there is so much energy transferred into the arrow when fired. If there were no tension, most of the energy created by the action of pulling the string back and applying more tension to the limbs would be drained into the string as the arrow is released instead of being dumped into the arrow. Any bow that is "stringed" is in fact storing energy via the tension in it's limbs (any bow worth anything, that is). The rest of what you say is true, and in fact I do point out the bit about holding the bow's limbs in a comment further above. And trust me, it is far easier to pull on a bow than it is to expend the amount of energy it would require to hurl an arrow with the same speed and force by hand.

When you pull on a bow string, you're not expending the same energy the bow puts out when it fires. You're merely activating the energy already stored in the bow through the tension in the limbs. This does still require a fair bit of energy on the part of the user, yes, but the energy yielded by the design of the bow is far greater than that expended by the user.
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Bobthestickman02 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
...genius.
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Nalenthi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder how other ponies would fire a bow.
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HeimoBauss Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense!
And he's tense!
He's gonna shoot a fence!
SOMEONE GET HIM A NEW LENS!
Yea yea...

...

I don't even know anymore •_•
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charliefreire Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I like this picture! :D
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baconboy1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... I wonder... Do they pull on the string with their mouths, or do they levitate the bow away from their mouths...
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baconboy1 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Otherwise, very good drawing
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
:#1:
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Roflmao-the-Clown Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How does it work with Pegasi and earth ponies?
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NightFury173 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
You hold the bow with the mouth and shoot the arrow with the wing!

And Earthies are pretty much bucked, at least they can use their superior strength with Greatswords! 
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
very cool :D xD
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Changsta-187 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that's one of the many ways to do it I suppose.

Wouldn't have to worry about getting bracers or somethin'.
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
make sense to mee as well 
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Fascist-Templar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Strange how everything they do requires the strength of their teeth
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deathangelSR Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
It's a good thing though. They can't pick things up with their feet. They do have strong teeth too. Have you been bitten by a horse/pony? It hurts like getting hit in the crotch. (Worstsummerever) >~<
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Fascist-Templar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
ouch....
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:iconthelastlonewolf:
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
horse related pain thread?
i've been kicked by a horse once. not fun.
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deathangelSR Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Yeah I had a horse stomp on my foot in 2009. Crushed three toes.
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:iconpersistant:
persistant Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Saame thing happened to me. My sister haven't mocked me for wearing steeltoed boots since.
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thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ow.
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bently96 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Hehe, amusing concept :)
Nice job ))
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:iconbently96:
bently96 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Hehe, amusing concept :)
Nice jon ))
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Itachifan137 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
makes perfect sense! watchu talkin bout?

very nice~ n.n
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Trackings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Very Good Drawing :3
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