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A Debt Repaid


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For the Next Generation

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Somehow, you are reading this text, or for whatever reason, have landed on this page. Ciao. Musta na. Welcome. Have a look around.

I ask that you don't write a comment on my profile solely for the purpose of thanking for a fave, llama, etc. Instead, thank you for making nice art or being so kind.

Otherwise, I read every comment I receive, even if I may not respond directly. What I do generally respond to are direct queries that I am either comfortable answering or have a definite answer to, though I may still respond to a variety of things regardless. It's because I don't like filling my own deviations with mostly filler-type comments from or by myself.

But, of course, I genuinely try to appreciate the various comments I receive, even if I don't actually say so.


Generally, I don't make anything involving:
:bulletred: Derpy Hooves, Rainbow Dash, or Vinyl Scratch
:bulletred: OCs, Ponysonas, or OCxCanon interactions
:bulletred: Romance/Shipping
:bulletred: NSFW or Adult-oriented work

I'm not big on shipping that's not already friendshipping, which isn't "real" shipping if you were to ask any of the hardcore shippers around here. At first I was oblivious to it, but that's changed. Thankfully, I'm only one person—there are numerous other alternatives for expecting the content you want, I'm sure! ;)

Looking for bases?


:bulletgreen:"Me" stuff::bulletgreen:

I'm Ryan, I live and study in San Francisco, California/USA at San Francisco State University, and I act a lot younger than my age implies. If you want to refer to me by my screenname, I usually like "Chomp" the most, followed by the abbreviated version "CC2", even though I use "ChainChomp2" effectively everywhere. I wouldn't call myself an artist, per se, but I strive to produce high-quality vectors or vector-based fan "art" based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

And I try not to dabble with overly mainstream topics even within MLP, though I might find ways to find what I might see as underrated within that medium and contribute to that. Sometimes things are just a part of a hierarchy that way, and I never choose just one area because I enjoy different things, not just a few. Even still, I do things for enjoyment as opposed to outreach, material gains, or popularity. Most of the time I try to pick subjects where I can expect to receive no comments or for few people to understand any intended subliminal messages...most of the time.

Other than ponies, I'm into civil aviation and traveling the world, while on the side I enjoy a Nintendo game or follow the artistic gymnastics scene.

Favorite ♂s:
Sunburst (robed) idle by Botchan-MLP Flash Sentry flying by Botchan-MLP King Thorax flying by Botchan-MLP Party Favor trotting by Botchan-MLP Neon Lights idle by Botchan-MLP
Favorite ♀s:
Vapor Trail embarassed smile by CloudySkie Twinkleshine trotting right and blinking by fanofetcetera Starlight Glimmer trotting by Botchan-MLP Raindrops Adventure beta by yayayayayala Sugar Belle idle by Botchan-MLP


:bulletgreen:Stuff about my DA and its uploads::bulletgreen: (...wall of text warning. I even made the text smaller to take up less space.)

:bulletgreen: The featured character, Crescent Moon, is not my OC, but a canon background pony in the show, one of several that were probably hastily made using other existing earth and unicorn ponies as templates for the Sonic Rainboom episode in Season 1. I don't consider him part of my Doctor Who fanon, and despite using him as an avatar in numerous places, my favor still generally falls with numerous obscure characters like him.

:bulletyellow: Most of the material posted here is traced or uses a reference, generally from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and related media. Sometimes I make a reusable vector out of a screencap from the show (because people apparently like and use it for stuff, myself included) or use various instances and make something you might call "fan art" out of it.

:bulletgreen: Most of the material here is of stallion or male ponies. I emphasize on these characters since I always figured that since the show is female-oriented, female characters (whether they are mares or fillies or minor or major characters) were always going to be well-covered by the fandom's army of vector artists. Granted, there are many stallions and colts that have their own share of popularity and reach, and mares and fillies that are more or less ignored in comparison. At the same time, there are going to be obscure characters that even I haven't covered; like everyone else, I have my own share of favorites and biases too. That's why it's nice to have more people around to participate in this type of effort if they please. This isn't to say that I hate popular characters or their fanbases outright (except in extreme cases); you'll just see less of them on my profile, since I don't feel so much obliged to contribute to their content, even if I like them.

:bulletred: You will not find edited/posed Double Rainboom/DHX-leaked/other puppets as "vectors" here in place of my usual uploads, and I don't have/know Adobe Flash or have experience with any Adobe Products comparable to what I have for Photoshop, so even if I wanted to (which I don't), I can't. That said, I may reuse resources, but only from my own past vectors, typically if parts are not seen in a reference image, cut off/heavily obscured or otherwise. That, or I trace from another fitting screenshot. I also try not to reuse poses too much, because most of you I assume don't like stock vectors after a while, right? If I reuse something from someone else, I'll usually cite it in an upload's description if I remember. The farthest I would use "official" resources such as DHX puppets or show assets used in Flash games would be for the RGB color codes for parts in order to be as accurate as can be in that fashion, or for vectoring over cutie marks that aren't so easily seen in the show, but this is all I can think of at this moment.

Everything else is aimed to be vectored/traced from scratch, with the aim of each vector being a bit neater and higher quality than the last, and to try out new things if necessary, instead of reusing the same resource (or someone else's) over and over. To me, progress is important, and easier to attain in great amounts by putting in the work and gaining experience. One could argue that it doesn't apply since I work off the show, but the show itself improves in quality as it progresses (whether you want to say visually or in writing is your call), and sometimes you just need to learn new things and get better to keep up.

On the subject of reused resources, sometimes I may feel I may annoy another user by mentioning them every time I credit them when I use a cutie mark, for instance, and have it appear in their inboxes each time. In these cases, I may vector my own personal resource of the same thing (off the show, of course) so that I don't have to do that. Beyond that...I'd much rather vector my own resources than to constantly reuse, recolor, and edit other people's stuff to make what I want.

:bulletorange: I do not intend on making :points: or otherwise off tracing the show for labor or otherwise (in the sense that others are more deserving of it than me). I do this for my own enjoyment and leisure.

:bulletyellow: I don't work on or upload OCs here, at least by request. If I ever do make one, it's typically a gift from my own will and I send it to the recipient by another network or profile, usually, but not always privately. I don't have an OC or ponysona; I'd much rather focus on or relate to obscure canon and underdeveloped characters, and usually find people to associate with this way as common fans. That being said, I intend on keeping OCs and canon characters separate. My general relationship and opinion on OCs is...complicated.

:bulletgreen: Some deviations feature vector source files (SVGs), while some don't. If it's a cutie mark, well-recognized character, a character with an uncommon physique or build, a backdrop, or a remix in itself, you should find them. The rest, not so much. If I always did recognizable and known-characters, it'd probably be different. I grew tired of being seen as "the guy with all the background noponies for people to shoehorn their OCs over"; I still might be, but what used to be uncredited SVG edits are now MSPaintbucketed masterpieces or otherwise forcing people to vector over my stuff (if they feel like taking the effort or know how), which is the lesser of the two evils to me.

:bulletgreen: I don't make bases (the ones you use with MSPaint, GIMP, etc.), and I don't endorse them either; I ask that no bases are made from anything I post here. You might find bases of my older stuff still floating around from before I had stated any type of stance on the matter. They're even spread more than the stuff they're made from, lol.
Check respective deviations for these: :iconnobases1plz::iconnobases2plz:
Still looking for bases?

This goes without saying; I do not own any characters or the art style that I trace out of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series. This is mostly for those of you who probably thought of accusing me of stealing these characters by tracing them out of the show, claiming that I claim to own these characters, and/or originally created them. If you don't recognize a character, then chances are that's why I vectored them; because they are so obscure and unknown.

Favourite Visual Artist
Kseniya Simonova
Favourite Movies
The Lego Movie, Mulan, Rush Hour, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Frozen, The Avengers, Wreck-it Ralph, Iron Man 3
Favourite TV Shows
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teen Titans, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Cutthroat Kitchen
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota, Shogo Sakai, Bajofondo
Favourite Games
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario Kart Wii, Splatoon, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Galaxy, Pokémon SoulSilver/Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. 4, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Castle Crashers
Favourite Gaming Platform
Switch, Wii U, 3DS, PC
Tools of the Trade
Inkscape, Photoshop CS5
Other Interests
Commercial Aviation, Artistic Gymnastics, Trains, Astronomy, Life Sciences

Into the rabbit hole of unauthorized bases

Into the rabbit hole of unauthorized bases

Mostly for the sake of having something on record or in writing (other than my initial statement linked on my profile) rather than genuinely expecting anything to happen, but when a number of the poses are custom rather than being entire cop-outs from the reference material it makes it that much more obvious. I almost forgot part of why I didn't come back to this site or stopped formally uploading in a public manner in the first place for a while. It's a strange feeling, browsing the horse-net and seeing several people's OCs derived from things you recognize as stuff you worked on as just their profile pictures at best and YCHs and commissions at worst, or even when you're out on the streets during BronyCon 2019 and see at least one person's badge of their OC being derived from one of your things that seemed to take off randomly. You might put a name next to it at first or cite your reference material, but once it's on the Internet and once it takes off you kinda get used to it
My 2020 plans: [old DeviantArt UI] 2020: [new DeviantArt UI]

*cricket noise*

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900+ new deviations, 700+ bits of user activity, some amount of comments and notes in my notifications later replied back to, as well as those on Soarin-FC ( I couldn't possibly tell you the reasoning behind this (whether I've forgotten or something else), but after a long hiatus following my post-BronyCon 2018 journal from that August, I've logged back into this account to dump a modest amount of works that were sitting between my and PC, which I may or may not have only sent to my Twitter to get buried under everything else I send there.  (Yes, I've still been making vectors, but not as much, and mostly as personal projects for co

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