After a LONG while of doing absolutely nothing in the midst of yet another art block...I'm not sure what happened. I guess that between a day job with long hours and increased demands of life stuff going on, I've been feeling a little sapped for motivation. It really sucks considering I really like to draw these kinds of pics but at the same time feel too burned out at the end of the workday to make any progress. I'd been desperately failing at tapping into the well of inspiration for a while until I saw something a little while ago that tickled my fancy:
Apparently there's a fifth generation of My Little Pony in the works. And these are the voyagers of the Friendship Babbuprise.
I'm well aware that this is a reboot that will likely have nothing to do with Friendship is Magic, and introduce an entirely new cast in a completely new world, despite the new cast bearing more than a few similarities to G4 when it comes to design. I'm also aware that nothing has been confirmed yet, so these are by no means the final designs. Still, as far as the numerous concept arts I've seen floating around, I'm REALLY liking what I'm seeing! So much so that I've rendered the designs I've personally found interesting into Berrybabbu form, and here's my take on each of the remixes (I'm using their G4 names as placeholders here, until the actual ones are confirmed):
Fluttershy v.5: Pretty interesting choice to make her a unicorn! Assuming she could potentially carry over much of her G4 love of animals to the new series, having magical powers could potentially open up a lot of new possibilities for her to help animals (provided she still takes on an animal caretaker role in G5). Her mane design looks long and flowing, giving her a mystical and gentle kind of aura...though in my babbu rendition...her mane just looks floofy as all heck XD
Rainbow v.5: Of all the characters so far, she seems like she carries over the most traits from her G4 persona. Every aspect of her personality seems to carry through in the poses I see her rendered in: confident (perhaps overly so), athletic, thinking she can take on the world. Several versions I've seen have her wearing some tasteful gold accents, and I really like the new mohawk style hairdo she seems to have! She really seems like a slightly older version of her G4 self...maybe that's what we'll end up seeing with most of these characters?
Pinkie v.5: The addition of wings mean pranks and baking hijinks can now go airborne without the assistance of shoddily constructed aircraft or launching herself from a cannon! As for the fourth wall noms...I love ya Pink. Please don't ever change.
Rarity v.5: Wow, what a design. She just looks so regally magnificent in every new piece of concept art I see. I wonder if this new version could be a high ranking elite a la Fancypants, or royalty of some kind, considering how majestic she looks...kind of like a heroic version of Nightmare Rarity.
Twilight v.5: Twily as an earth pony! I'm intrigued with the concept and wonder what her talent will be, based on her cutie mark. Maybe she'll potentially be an astronomer of some kind? A night security guard, perhaps? A writer of bedtime stories for Equestrian youth? I'll eagerly wait and see
Applejack v.5: My personal favorite design, even though she's the hardest to draw...man the braiding on that mane and tail is artistic PAIN to get to look right! I really love the lighter accents in her coat, and greatly look forward to more potential honest country sass in G5.
As a potential series, by far the biggest thing that gets me so far is that G5 may even take a turn in its intended audience, going from kids to being oriented toward young adults. It's a move that especially makes sense in the brony fandom; many of the kids who started watching FiM when it first came on have now grown up and may very well have had their tastes in entertainment change as a result. G4 has been pretty ripe for an overhaul for a while now, and while I've enjoyed the adventures of the Mane Six and Company for a long time, I also would like to see the show end on a high note instead of being stretched out for the sake of milking it for all the profit it's worth, resulting in it becoming stale like other shows I used to enjoy. (Looking at you here, Fairly Oddparents and Spongebob.)
Personally, I'm intrigued by all the potential G5 stuff I've seen floating around! I'm looking forward to the gloriously epic conclusion of Twilight and Co.'s journey, paving the way for a new cast of characters to start their own adventures in a new world. Bring it on