Cheerilee fallen asleep in the classroom of the Ponyville schoolhouse, while the morning light is about to wake her. She must be a very dedicated teacher, working through the night on her students' assignments.
The classroom is quite an interesting scene to draw, and this piece is closely based on the imagery you can see in the show. The globe and the pictures on the wall are all there, though I did simplify it a bit by leaving out a few other objects. The writing on the blackboard is straight from the show though. It looks like advanced mathematics to me, if that really is a differential operator there. Man, those schoolchildren must be geniuses.
There are a lot of interesting aspects to the image. I initially started working on it as a study in lighting, trying to realistically capture the morning light shining through the window. The light rays were somewhat tricky to get right, but I'm pretty satisfied with the result. Also a fair bit of perspective construction was required to get a convincing looking scene.
Created with Gimp and Wacom Bamboo tablet.
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Cheerilee from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (c) Hasbro