At long bloody last, here's my contribution for the Brony Thank You Fund Calendar! I can't even put into actual words how excited I am about all the incredible art that even more incredible friends of mine have contributed to the effort! I'm just honored (and more than a little lucky!) to be counted among their number!
If you can, please consider parting with $15 and $5 shipping to get your very own calendar! Proceeds go towards establishing an animation scholarship at the California University of Arts. A good cause, a calendar filled with lovely arty things- you can't lose! Check the linkage here and git you one!
And while you're busy clicking on things check out the brilliant, amazing, unbelievably awesome contributors to the calendar!
Toxic Mario- [link] (OH COME ON! Only a set number of thumbnails? Bad form, Deviant Art!)
Is she not the cutest darn thing you have ever seen? I wish she was real so I could squish her cheeks. This was done by the wonderful and I am so thrilled! Still working on drawing her myself but until that happens I am more than happy to have talented artists draw her for me!
Ever since Dan Shechtmare's discovery, ponies like me were scrambling to find those aperiodic crystals in nature. I had discovered, on a field trip to the Crystal Empire, that the crystal ponies were made of quasicrystals, and was now basking in the limelight after publishing in Sparkle Chemistry. Standing at the gates of chrysocolla and carnelian, I drank my "Crystalaplex" potion; the name was an anagram of my own with the possessive S added, and if my calculations were correct would turn me into a crystal pony whenever I was inside the Empire's magical field emanating from the Heart. An invigorating lightness stirred inside me, and I walked forward.
The essence of another kind of pony swept through me. Purple bands appeared around my mane and tail, which themselves had collected into smoother shapes. Taken aback by the glare of futuristic (to normal ponies, at least) tourmaline houses, I brought my right hoof up - only to see the Fillydorov Spire, that white building with the Heart underneath, right through it. I knew the crystal ponies would love me, as I was now one of them. Before I could think of anything more, pure elation compelled me to rocket into the minty sky, and that was how I introduced myself to everypony down below.
Opacity is one of the most complicated areas of vectoring to master, as you have to do multiplications on numbers in (0,1] and consider the effects of different colours at the same time. Crystal ponies spam opacity like it was nothing: their eyes are opaque but the rest of their body lets a little light through (I set it to 90% alpha here). Their very translucency inspired me so much, I decided to crystallise Parcly Taxel, using parts of Hampshire's tutorial. The facet pattern was generated with help from the Voronoi Pattern extension in Inkscape (shape) and random numbers from random.org (fill, ranging from 5% to 40% alpha white in 5% intervals). The eye reflections here are 7/5 rather than the usual 6/4, as a nod to the aromatic compound azulene and also to give her an exotic yet approachable feel.