I wanted to do a Discord piece, so I got out the big bristol board and set to work. Two days worth of drawing time were wasted trying to get this thing up to par, but there were too many problems; trying to keep the ponies washed out didn't work against a bright background, (especially with a vivid Discord in the center), the composition was bad, and worst of all I barely conveyed any sense of character whatsoever. In the end, I just increased saturation on the ponies so I could toss up this unfinished thing. Imagine that Discord's marionette strings lead to apples and balloons and flower stems and whatnot, and don't stare into Twilight Sparkle's horribly misshapen face for too long.
Let this be a lesson: it's good to work hard on a piece, but sometimes it's fundamentally flawed, and must be scrapped. Treat it as experience, and move on.
Lesson Number Two: Them ponoids, man.