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Dave Bryant
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I’m a freelance graphic designer and production artist doing business as Catspaw DTP Services in Silicon Valley, California.

My career started in the late 1980s, before the Web existed, during the waning days of hot wax and paste-up boards. At first I worked on monthly magazines, and they along with books remain my favorite projects. These days, however, I’m more likely to be working on marketing collateral, packaging, or instruction sheets and booklets.

This gallery displays personal projects and provides an outlet for my sense of whimsy. A more formal portfolio of past work can be found at my professional Web site, a link to which is below.

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If, like me, you’re irritated by the whole “volumes” thing The Hub and Discovery Family insist(ed) on for the iTunes version of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, I’ve uploaded to my “Stash” a zip archive containing two sets of season icons to replace the existing “album art”, using the same 480-pixel-square size the existing images do.  One set uses the same design for all seasons: large “SEASON X” text and the current series logo on a simple dark-purple background. The other set uses smaller text and the appropriate title card for each season—the old pink series logo for seasons 1–6 and the new purple series logo for seasons 7–9. Also included are icons without season text.

If other download services beside iTunes use the same “volumes” model, I hope these images will work for them as well. Below is how to apply the images in iTunes for Mac; I haven’t used recent versions of Windows, so I’m afraid I don’t know how the process would work there.

1. Download and unzip the archive, which contains two folders of icons; choose which set of icons you prefer to use.

2. In iTunes, select a season of MLPFIM and go to Edit > Get Info (or press command-i); a dialog box pops up with metadata for the season.

3. Click on the “Artwork” tab (near the top of the dialog box, second from the left), which brings up a large preview of the artwork used by the season.

4. Click on the “Add Artwork” button at the lower left of the dialog box, then navigate to the file-system location where you put the downloaded PNG images and choose the appropriate season image (“mlpfim-SX.png”, where X is the season number).

5. iTunes will ask whether you want to replace multiple items. I did, so all the individual episodes now use the season artwork; I’m not sure what happens if one chooses not to.

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JeNnDyLyOn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for hosting a great stream with Baron-Engel :D I had a wonderful time and look forward to joining again! :wave:
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Professional Artist
You’re very welcome, and thank you for joining the stream and for adding me to your DA watch list!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you had such a great time.
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mochabeetle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch~!
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the llama!
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Ognimod Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
Hi. I'm sorry to annoy you, but I need an answer on the latest issue I sent you a note about before I end up doing something drastic and irrational. It's eating me and killing me from the inside, and every second of having to live with it is Hell on Earth...
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Professional Artist
I don’t think I’m qualified to offer advice at this level, and am not comfortable doing so—or being asked to do so. All I can say is, a professional would be much, much better qualified than I to do so.
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mouthofxenu Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally got a chance to photograph the board.  Thanks for your interest in this project.  Sun and Moon Board Game (Astral Game)
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional Artist
And I have added it to my favorites! As I commented there, it is so cool to see someone bringing my ideas to life like this.
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mouthofxenu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I mentioned a few months ago that I would be making a board for the astral version of Sun and Moon.  The board is finally complete and as soon as I get a nice picture made of it, I'll post it with a credit to you and let you know.  Thanks for putting so much effort into making this game!
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Professional Artist
You’re welcome, and please do let me know when you post it!
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JumbleHorse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Thank you for watch!
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KellyTheDrawingUni Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
Thanks so much for the watch! I really appreciate it :la: Here, have a llama :hug:

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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Professional Artist
Y’welcome—and thanks for the llama!
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KellyTheDrawingUni Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
No problem! :la:
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I was browsing (MLP things I think, but I can't remember exactly what kind) and found your book covers and posters, and they looked nice. I've also started looking at the game rules in your gallery. I haven't read them all the way through yet though.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Artist
Enjoy! I hope you find the games entertaining and fun.
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep!
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msolec2000 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Shall it be uploaded into boardgamegeek.com?
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Artist
I suppose it should be. I confess I rarely visit BGG, and it was a roommate who actiually posted the game originally, so I never remember to do that!
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Fesoferbex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are not forgotten, just a quick reminder ;)
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Artist
No worries! :-)
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Irashtar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Sun and Moon is absolutely beautiful. I am extraordinarily tempted to write a fanfic about this game becoming an underground hit with the fillies and colts of Canterlot. There's a lot of different aspects such an event could spark that I'd love to explore.

So, my question is, May I have permission to explicitly use your game in a story with all due credit given and linked, including a cover image (probably just a scaled version of the color game board, or maybe a nice screenshot from the downloadable version), and if so, what do you want the designer and/or publisher to be named in-universe? 
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Artist
In case you haven’t been notified already, I’ve posted the terrestrial game board and rules. I haven’t revised the Compendium yet; that will be a significant undertaking, possibly doubling the page count. If you need to discuss any questions that arise as a result of me changing things around on you, drop me a note!
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