It was about time that I uploaded one of my original characters here.
Unlike many of the pony inhabitants of Equestria, "Ivy" Winter is a reindeer (hence the lack of a cutie mark). Her name was given by her father because the sight of Ivy brought happiness and good luck to reindeer. These type of Equestrian reindeer tend to have broader more muscular bodies than ponies and are equipped with strong antlers. The reindeer also possess the essential ability to withstand sub-zero temperatures (It is unknown whether this ability is caused by magic or it's purely in the anatomy).They take advantage of these traits and put it to use by cutting down and hauling a special type of lumber that is only grown in the far northern region of Equestria. The reindeer of Ivy's birth town have made a living off of exporting this lumber due to its amazing strength for construction purposes.
Born in a mountain town, Ivy yearns to travel outside of her town's rocky barriers and explore the land of Equestria. She is however torn between her love of traveling and her desire to assist her optimistic father, Kringle Winter, in his small business of toy making. Physically unable to haul large amounts of lumber, her father's creative side took over and he developed a passion for bringing joy to others through his work. With amazing precision, Ivy's father is able to produce these elaborately designed toys by the numbers. Overwhelmed by the sheer amount and the low demand (since this town is the only town for miles on the mountain range) Ivy's father is given no choice but to expand his business outside of town. Brimming with excitement, Ivy volunteers to take his load of toys and find a place to set up shop down south. Her father complies, knowing that he can't deny his ambitious daughter to be cooped up in some small mountain town. Waving goodbye (with the promise of writing to her father often) she sets off to Canterlot to fulfill her father's wishes.
An awesome alternate universe story called Frigid Destiny is up on FIMfiction featuring Ivy and Kringle. Go check it out, it's a really good read!: [link]
Credit also goes to Befallen Tragedy for suggesting the name Kringle for the father: [link]
Ivy's character poses: [link]
Made in Paint Tool Sai and Photoshop CS5
Enjoy, and have a magical day!