Twilight: Twilight Sparkle's earliest generation BFF.
Surprise: "Surprise!" Pinkie Pie says her early name.
Sparkler: Wants to learn to make dresses with Rarity.
Posey: Grows flowers with Fluttershy.
Applejack: Same name as her buddy, G4 Applejack.
Firefly: Rainbow Dash's best bud!
"When I submitted the premise for the pilot, there was concern that facing a Manticore would be too scary for kids, so I designed him kind of dopey to help ease worry. Imagine my surprise when I got the note that he didn't look threatening enough! It's not often that you're happy to get a note, but I was. I like the final one better."
"To address worry that things would be too scary, I skewed the dragons kind of pretty at first. Might have been an interesting direction...."
"These were just random Fillydelphia residents. I wanted Ponyville to be Fillydelphia originally. Obviously that didn't pan out, but I was glad we got to use the name somewhere else."
"Her original name was indeed Appleseed. Ran into some copyright issues, and now she is Apple Bloom. In the original bible, she was solo in her quest for a Cutie Mark, and "seed" signified that she still needed to grow. CMC's Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle were developed later."
Fluttershy looking at a birdy.
"I heard Snow White going "oh!" when I drew this one."
"You all have seen Pinkie as a Pegasus, now see Fluttershy when she was an Earth pony."
"I imagined she was telling RD how cockamamy her idea was..."
"This sketch was based off a fantastic sketch Paul Rudish did for me!"
"I have no idea how she uses that shovel..."
"Note original cutie mark--- a variation of the 80's Moondancer, which I always liked as a kid."
Twilight Sparkle's library sketch.
Pinkie Pie's older design
Discord Sketch done by Lauren Faust.
Pinkie Pie is annoying Rainbow Dash.
Pinkie used to have wings, but they switched the kinds- Fluttershy and Pinkie switched.
Big McIntosh, who used to be called "Big Apple" by Lauren
"A couple from Cloudsdale for the 2008 MLP:FiM pitch bible. Veeeerrrry loose sketch...."
This sketch eventually was reused for many rainbow banner effects.
"Rarity's predecessors -- Glory and Sparkler"
"Posey inspired Fluttershy. I did that tail-do when I was 8!"
"My Firefly. Inspiration for Rainbow Dash."
"Twilight became Twilight"
"I'm not saying who this inspired. It's a secret!"
"100 points if you know who this is and who she inspired"
"SURPRISE!!! A Pegasus inspired Pinkie Pie"