I got some awesome news several days ago. Unfortunately, this was just as ATG started, so I've been a bit slow to pass it on. Let's fix that, shall we?
A few months ago, ~Lyokoheros (https://www.deviantart.com/lyokoheros) approached me and asked permission to translate one of my earliest popular comics, Spikes Fortune, into Polish.
I'll admit, it's been long enough since I drew it that parts of the art on that comic give me a major cringe fit, but people seem to like it well enough regardless. If a group of translators feel it's worth spending their time to inflict it on their countrymen, I'm certainly not going to tell them "no". :)
It took a little while, but the translat
Some of you undoubtedly took note of the presence of a drafting table in the background of my last ATG Alumni submission and possibly noticed my comment to ~ABronyAccount (https://www.deviantart.com/abronyaccount) that I had just set it up that day. An enquiring mind might wonder upon seeing it- just what does a digital artist need with a fancy-schmancy drafting table, anyway? There's no need to spell it out, I suppose. The answer is obvious. How else was I going to set up the shot for that submission?
No. The real reason I bought the table was, for a very long time, I've wanted to branch out into more traditional media. Until now, I've simply not had any good place to do s
I have something I feel I need to get off my chest:
I have never liked Pokémon.
I know some of you will probably need a moment to recover from such blasphemy, but before you pick up your pitchforks and torches, please take a deep breath and hear me out.
All calm? Ok.
So here's the thing. By most objective standards, I'm a fairly young guy. I've yet to hit middle age, I've only recently begun to wear glasses occasionally, and I can still remember quite clearly how much being a kid stunk at times.
But, in terms of the Brony demographic (as reported by herdcensus.com), I'm way over the hill and nearly at the bottom of the other side:
Hey all, I hope you'll forgive me a moment of cross-promotion, but it occurs to me that some of my followers here on DA may not be aware that I also run a Tumblr blog with additional content.
"HalflingPony's Art and Musings" is where I post quick and silly sketches, links, occasional late night ramblings and "behind the scenes" previews of more involved work.
Currently I'm running a blow-by-blow journal of the next digital painting I'm working on. The series is titled "From Sketch to Finish" and can be read from the beginning here. Think of it as an art Livestream, just without the audio. Or a video stream. Or the "live" bit.
Ok, so it's n
Drawing mannequins are a wonderful artist’s tool. Having trouble figuring out what a given pose would look like from an odd angle? No little brother around to tie up into the pose you want? Just break out the mannequin, set it up and take a good long look at it until you’ve got a firm grasp on the position.
The one I have works great for bipeds or even silly ponies acting like bipeds. It’s not quite as helpful with quadrupedal positions. So, when I found myself running into a brick wall trying to visualize the pose of one of the characters in my next drawing, I was seriously tempted to go on Amazon and shell out $50 for a c
Howdy y'all. Just a quick note to assure all you wonderful folks kind enough to watch me that, yes, I am in fact, still alive… I’ve just been very busy on a personal project (unrelated to ponies or art) that I’ve been neglecting for over a year. Fortunately I’m nearly caught up with it, so I’ll be getting back into the swing of posting stuff soon. Thanks for your patience.
Another season has come and gone. What a ride it has been. The bearers lost their Elements, Twilight lost her sense of purpose, and Fluttershy lost her bear call.
Ok, maybe that last one isn’t quite so important.
Of course it hasn’t been all losses this season. Rainbow Dash obtained her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt (if only the Reserves), Ponyville got first place in the Equestria Games, and Pinkie Pie got a new rubber chicken named “Boneless”.
That last one helped decide the fate of the world.
It’s been a fun ride and it ended on a bang. I really enjoyed the finale. Since DA doesn't have a good mechanism f
In all seriousness, thank you thank you thank you to the Sparity groups on DA as well as the other FiM art groups and Tumblr blogs who so kindly promoted my last humble little comic. Thank you, also, to everyone who Favorited or Liked it either here or on Tumblr. You all rock!
I was absolutely floored when I saw the response. The piece that was previously my most popular has, to date, just barely crested over the 100 views mark and gained 22 favorites. (Not to mention that, in doing so, it also doubled the previous record.)
I draw these silly little ponies for the fun of it, not to get attention, but it still means a lot to me
Okay. So here’s the deal:
A little over two weeks ago I started teasing one of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever conceived in my artistic career. I knew this was going to be a big project, I was super excited (and slightly nervous) about it and I knew, despite the amount of work involved, it would be super beneficial to my growth as an artist. I needed to commit to actually doing it. Hence, the tease post.
What I did not anticipate, however was the amount of preparatory work I would need to do to get everything ready for the actual project. Throw in a death in the family followed by preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday
or Why Would a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Fan Love Sea Ponies?
The Eighties were a great time to be a fun-loving kid growing up in the US. There were cool new whiz-bang toys with motors, blinking lights and sound effects right alongside the more imagination-driven affairs older generations had loved. Computers were no longer the exclusive domain of institutions and wealthy individuals, though it would still be a while before becoming ubiquitous among the middle class. Video games were becoming popular, but climbing rocks and turning trees into fortresses were still preferred forms of entertainment. And once you tired yourself ou