Since I wanted to try a filly pattern I figured I would do Applebloom so I could do this meme!
My first Applebloom was the first pony I ever made, and the first thing I made that used my new embroidery machine I got a month or so before. My second one still isn't to where I'd like to have it, but it's still pretty darn cute! I need to make some adjustments to my filly pattern when I get a chance, but I should be able to offer them for commissions next time I open them c:
Here's the blank one made by *AshFantastic if you'd like to do it yourself;
Project: Fight like a Girl- a two of a kind (the second of which is my personal copy) large-scale print of my piece "Fight like a Girl" signed by 50 members, past and present, of the cast and crew behind the My Little Pony cartoon, books, and comics. Included with a purple velvet mat and a sleek black frame to tie it all together. Raised $2,000 at the BronyCon 2014 Charity auction to benefit CureSearch!
Allow me to provide some backstory and insight on the piece (I apologize for length, but this piece means a lot to me)- a few months ago, I was approached by kefkafloyd and asked if I would be willing to create a piece for International Women's Day as part of a content boost. As a feminist and also someone who likes to spread positive messages, I was totally all for it. As I'm sure a lot of you know, it kind of took off a lot better than I expected. It won in the WLF competition for starters and from my observation, it's more importantly resonated with girls of all ages (and guys too for that matter, which is freaking fantastic!) I can't even begin to tell you guys how happy it makes me when a little girl tells me how much she loves that piece. Kefkafloyd graciously offered to do a single large-scale print of it for me, when I was struck by an idea. I asked him if he would make a second one, that we could have signed by the voice actresses of the mane six and auctioned at BronyCon. During BABSCon, thanks to the efforts of charity staff, the charity print was signed by Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, and Ashleigh Ball, with Tabitha St. Germain's signature expected to be requested at BronyCon since she was in attendance.
But why stop there?
I couldn't help but wonder how far we could take this project- why not make a statement on the power of a positive, empowering feminist message and the amazing things it can accomplish and contribute to? If you believe in a positive message so strongly, wouldn't you take a chance to show what it can do? And what better way to demonstrate a positive impact than raise money for charity- CureSearch for Children's Cancer?
BABSCon was winding down, and I asked Jim Miller if he would potentially be willing to do me a huge favor and bring the two posters back to DHX Vancouver- after all, there's plenty of amazing folks who work on the show, but it's rare for us to have the opportunity to meet them. I was curious to see who we could get on board with this. Jim agreed to bring it back and see what he could do. (And I totally gave him a huge hug at BronyCon.) About a week and a half later, it was back in my possession and with a CRAZY amount of signatures and a list of who he had sign it and what they do on My Little Pony. I was floored! Seriously, I teared up a bit at the sight of it- I couldn't believe what I was holding. I think it was at that moment that I realized this could be huge.
Over the previous months, it's been making the rounds to FanimeCon, TrotCon, and Everfree Northwest, collecting more and more signatures from anyone and everyone involved with My Little Pony. At one point I wanted to bring it to San Diego Comic Con in hopes of a couple more signatures, but was hit with the news that I had to accompany my dad on a trip that weekend to assist him with a court case. On the small chance that it would happen, I sent the two posters to Karen aka glittering-pony , who some of you might remember as the con chair of Equestria LA (and she's freaking amazing.) But when we found out that Lauren Faust wasn't scheduled for any panels or signings this year, hope seemed lost on that front.
In a last-ditch effort, I contacted Bronies for Good and asked if they had a way to contact Lauren. They said it was a slim chance that she would respond, but gave me the email they had on file for her. I sent her a message explaining the project, included a photo, and hoped for the best.
Imagine my shock when she replied early the next morning.
Imagine my ADDITIONAL shock when she told me she was willing to arrange a quick meetup to sign it.
Imagine my disappointment when I was an 8+ hour drive away and couldn't be there myself! Haha, but oh well- hopefully our paths will cross another day.
Immediately I got in touch with Karen to relay the message, and she agreed that it was doable. Hence all my vague freaking out on Twitter. I was over the moon! Still kind of over the moon, honestly! Lauren Faust herself signed this piece. And oh man, front and center and in gold! Talk about perfect. What started as a "what if" project went way above and beyond my wildest expectations.
"Holy crap" doesn't even BEGIN to accurately express my disbelief, as you all can probably guess! But there's so many that have contributed- it's amazing, and it makes me get all sappy every time I look at it.
So without further ado, here is a list of everyone that signed the poster prior to the auction: Lauren Faust - creative stewardess Jim Miller - co-director Jayson Thiessen - co-director Tara Strong - voice of Twilight Sparkle Andrea Libman - voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy Ashleigh Ball - voice of Applejack and Rainbow Dash Tabitha St. Germain - voice of Rarity, Princess Luna, Granny Smith Cathy Weseluck - voice of Spike Nicole Oliver - voice of Princess Celestia and Cheerilee Peter New - voice of Big Macintosh Michelle Creber - voice of Apple Bloom Claire Corlett - voice of Sweetie Belle Ingrid Nilson - voice of Maud Pie Rebecca Shoichet - voice of Sunset Shimmer and singing voice of Twilight Sparkle Kazumi Evans - singing voice of Rarity and Princess Luna Maryke Hendrikse - voice of Gilda Michael Dobson - voice of Bulk Biceps Michael Dangerfield - voice of Braeburn Chantal Strand - voice of Diamond Tiara Ishi Rudell - co-director of Equestria Girls Daniel Ingram - composer Devon Cody - producer Kristen Newlands - executive producer Terry Klassen - voice director Tim Packford - storyboard supervisor Sabrina "Sibsy" Alberghetti - storyboard artist Nicole Wang - storyboard artist Cory Toomey - storyboard artist Rebecca Dart - character designer and art director Phil Caesar - background designer Melinda See - layout coordinator Steph Mahoney - layout supervisor Chris Leionen - layout supervisor Matt Herring - layout supervisor Kat Stenson - layout artist Ken Chu - animation director Steve Wedel - animation director Lesley Crawford - production manager Adam McGhie - sound engineer Rex Liwangi - animation revisionist Rachel Kenzie - editor M.A. Larson - writer G.M. Berrow - writer Josh Haber - writer Andy Price - comic book artist Katie Cook - comic book writer Heather Breckel - comic book colorist Tony Fleecs - comic book artist Georgia Ball - comic book writer Heather Nuhfer - comic book writer
Goodness, I hope I didn't miss anyone! I can't even begin to express how much this piece means to me and how amazed and thrilled I am that it did so much good. Huge thanks to Dan, Karen, Jim, Lauren, and everyone else who's had even a small part of getting this piece to where it is now!
Glamour shot of my DJ PON3 / Vinyl Scratch Fashion Style custom.
I created her from a rainbowdash, removing the wings, hair and original symbols. Her mane and tail were hand sculpted with Super Sculpey. She was then sealed and painted in acrylic paints, and again sealed with matte and gloss mod podge.
Scratch proved to be much more of a challenge than I initially thought she would be. Her mane is extremely confusing to sculpt and I managed to break it once when taking her out of the oven. After a resculpt she was good to go.
I tried to make her as show accurate as possible. She is a pale yellow instead of white, and has magenta eyes. I am making accessories for her but they are not my main priority, as I prefer her without her glasses (she has gorgeous eyes).
Please comment and let me know what you think of her. If enough interest is shown I might consider putting her for sale on Ebay.
Pinkie......Pinkie.. HOW THE FLYING FEATHER DID YOU DO THAT!?! Btw... I bet if Lyra saw what Pinkie Did... She'd Get REEEEAAAL MAD. Now Excuse Me While i have to do another Rarity Sprite CAUSE SHE GOT A NEW LOOK IN THIS EPISODE... Excuse me while i go rage xD. Btw... Socks happened.... ITS ALL YOUR FAULT AGENT FROGANGE
Everyone else was doing it, so I thought why not ^_^. This year has been utterly amazing in terms of art. I completed my final year of my Bachelor of Animation, and am graduation next week. I also realised the direction I want to go in life, something which had been plaguing my mind for many years. I never thought I would get the chance to pursue a creative career that I actually enjoyed XD.
Thanks to everyone who supported me this year . I'm exited for 2014!!