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Twilight Sparkle's Hula Lesson (Color) by NewportMuse Twilight Sparkle's Hula Lesson (Color) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 1 0 Preview: Surrounded by Sunshine by NewportMuse Preview: Surrounded by Sunshine :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 1 0 Hawaii Hipstershy (Color) by NewportMuse Hawaii Hipstershy (Color) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 4 0 Hawaii Hipstershy by NewportMuse Hawaii Hipstershy :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 3 0 The Hawaiian Swedish Chef by NewportMuse The Hawaiian Swedish Chef :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 1 0 First Look: We Don't Need Parking by NewportMuse First Look: We Don't Need Parking :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0 Equestrian Light Orchestra by NewportMuse Equestrian Light Orchestra :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0 Moustache Cat by NewportMuse Moustache Cat :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 0 0 It Was a Dark and Stormy Smurf (Color Draft 2) by NewportMuse It Was a Dark and Stormy Smurf (Color Draft 2) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 7 0 Shredder Together (Color) by NewportMuse Shredder Together (Color) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 9 0 Get Out Of My Room by NewportMuse Get Out Of My Room :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 4 0 A Smurfy Father's Day by NewportMuse A Smurfy Father's Day :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 6 0 A Smokin' Destination by NewportMuse A Smokin' Destination :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0 It Was a Dark and Stormy Smurf (Color Draft) by NewportMuse It Was a Dark and Stormy Smurf (Color Draft) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 5 1 We Pray Thee, Get Thou Lost! by NewportMuse We Pray Thee, Get Thou Lost! :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 3 0 Eyes Widened Open by NewportMuse Eyes Widened Open :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0


Come on and Smile~ by Kittylover17 Come on and Smile~ :iconkittylover17:Kittylover17 318 26 MLP Vector - Somnambula and Coloratura by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Somnambula and Coloratura :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 322 25 MLP Vector - Fluttershy #11 (Shylestia) by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Fluttershy #11 (Shylestia) :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 214 14 Variability of memory by Azure-Vortex Variability of memory :iconazure-vortex:Azure-Vortex 134 20 MLP Vector - Starlight Glimmer #10 by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Starlight Glimmer #10 :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 303 37 MLP Vector - Big Mac and Sugar Belle by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Big Mac and Sugar Belle :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 260 22 Scootaloo - Shell raising by Comeha Scootaloo - Shell raising :iconcomeha:Comeha 51 4 Shana and Clumsy by Kiss-the-Iconist Shana and Clumsy :iconkiss-the-iconist:Kiss-the-Iconist 24 5 Vector #840 - Ember #6 by DashieSparkle Vector #840 - Ember #6 :icondashiesparkle:DashieSparkle 126 7 Wakey Wakey! by CatScratchPaper Wakey Wakey! :iconcatscratchpaper:CatScratchPaper 34 5 Someone is Displeased by acla13 Someone is Displeased :iconacla13:acla13 40 42 MLP Vector - Scootaloo #2 by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Scootaloo #2 :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 115 8 Flurry Heart Hugging Princess Ember by NinjaShadow-X Flurry Heart Hugging Princess Ember :iconninjashadow-x:NinjaShadow-X 133 14 MLP Vector - The Warrior of Inner Strength by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - The Warrior of Inner Strength :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 226 18 MLP Vector - Fluttershy #8 (Hipstershy) by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Fluttershy #8 (Hipstershy) :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 215 12 MLP Vector - Mudbriar and Maud Pie by jhayarr23 MLP Vector - Mudbriar and Maud Pie :iconjhayarr23:jhayarr23 270 35


This is a wonderful sidebar story to what may have been happening on North Mountain during Elsa's sudden, self-imposed and unwanted iso...

  • Eating: Poppy seed muffin and volcanic ash :P
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
Film at 11.

Oh, wait. They don't use film on the news anymore. And it's already past 11. And your phone is like a film camera, but it's instant and you don't have to develop the film in a really really REALLY dark room and then edit it by physically chopping it into little bitty pieces and putting it back together with Scotch tape.

NewportMuse, you've been chopped.

If you're still reading this random entry, I actually am drawing a one-page comic on how Smurfstorm, the tough but likable warrior Smurf in "Smurfs: The Lost Village", got her name. It has something to do with the night she was born. And how she almost ended up being named something else. I hope everysmurf likes my little fan take when it's done.

Comic at 11. ;)


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Rich Rodriguez
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Birthdate: March 5, 1970 (I'm not afraid to say that I'm OLD) ;)
Hometown: Whittier, California
Lives in: Honolulu, Hawaii (some call it "paradise" or something)

BlueBuddies: Richrod Smurf

Who I am and what I do

I am a cartoonist, graphic artist, web designer and filmmaker born and raised in the Los Angeles area. I have been drawing pretty much my entire life. I also sing, improvise on keyboards and percussion, write, and compose little songs on my laptop.

I live in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii where I just graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Master of Arts in Communication. Relocating from L.A. to Honolulu in 2015 was the biggest move of my entire life, leaving behind everything I've known in Southern California and the American mainland for a college in the middle of the Pacific. But I chose this path to ultimately start a new career in media writing or public relations. And what a better place to study than in paradise?

My thesis at HPU was "All About Honu", an online series of short documentary videos on Hawaiian green sea turtles for Malama na Honu (Care for the Turtles), a conservation group here on the island of Oahu. I am now re-editing the videos for watching on television, cable, YouTube, Vimeo and maybe even Netflix if I can cough up a few million dollars.

What's on my DeviantArt?

Original Characters: Ricki Lee & Tony, Alpha Girl, Javier the Sloth. Yes, a sloth.
The Smurfs: Overwhelmingly my all-time most popular deviations. Specializing in Smurfette and Vexy having fun as sisters and best friends. Also in Grouchy and Vexy as a couple, aka "Grexy"; Smurfette as the assistant leader of Smurf Village; the Smurflings adopting Vexy as their own "smurfy aunty"; including OC's from other Deviants with the official Smurfs; and the new Smurfs introduced in the 2017 animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village. I have been drawing the Smurfs since 2013 and Deviants continue to discover and fave my work.
My Little Pony: Two of a Kind - The ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic together in Ponyville with their human counterparts from the spinoff series My Little Pony: Equestria Girls in a combined universe centered around Princess Twilight Sparkle as a Friendship Studies teacher at Canterlot High School. To my delight, these crossovers have been well received by bronies and pegasisters all over the MLP fandom. I am the resident MLP fan artist at Comic Jam Hawaii and draw a crowd (no pun intended) every time I draw Twilight and the gang.
Crossovers: Intermixing the Smurfs, My Little Pony and my OC's with other franchises such as Gravity Falls, Hanna-Barbera and real-life celebrities.

Faith and volunteering

I am a Christian and worship at Calvary Chapel Downtown, a small church few blocks up the street from my school. Through Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California I went on a relief trip to New Jersey in February 2013 to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy clean out and rebuild their homes.
Since moving to Honolulu, I have begun volunteering at an after-school program run by City Church Honolulu for children in public housing, teaching them how to draw the Smurfs, My Little Pony, cartoon animals and other characters.

Other Pursuits, Interests and Favorite Ways of Wasting My Time

Twice a month I participate in Comic Jam Hawaii, a Facebook group of local artists that meets at Pearlridge Center in Aiea, Hawaii to draw, collaborate and share our artwork with the local community. I am the only Smurf and My Little Pony artist in the group so far, and MLP fans tend to crowd around me to see my pony drawings.

What motivates my deviations?

I try to keep my artwork and deviations lighthearted, warm and friendly. I love puns, malapropisms, wordplay and dry, deadpan Maud Pie-style humor. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I've grown tired of the sarcasm and viciousness that dominates most animated shows on Cartoon Network, Nick and Fox. I used to love that type of humor when I was younger, but like me it gets old after a while. Occasionally I deal with serious subjects, such as grief and guilt in my Smurf fan comic "Remembering Squeaky", but even then I keep it gentle and kind.

I am humbled and encouraged that deviants of all ages and backgrounds around the world are following my works and are among my biggest cheerleaders, including my graduate program at HPU.


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acla13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hi, Rich, I hope you're doing very fine! Only today I saw the note you sent me about four months ago (what a shame)... Blush 
Neiot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
Hello, there! I've come from a land afar to wish you a lovely day or good night, wherever you are on the globe. I hope you are having a great summer so far. Thank you for being you!
longshotswiftshadow Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hello there do you take requests and if so may I make one please if that's okay?

And happy birthday sorry if I'm a bit late on that
acla13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
:icontv-f-plz::icontv-e-plz::icontv-l-plz::icontv-i-plz::icontv-z-plz:  Grouchy x Vexy stamp by LuigiandAmyfan  Happy Birthday Grin   

:icontv-s-plz::icontv-m-plz::icontv-u-plz::icontv-r-plz::icontv-f-plz::icontv-d-plz::icontv-a-plz::icontv-y-plz: PartyHug :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconpresentplz::iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3:  Tough Girls by acla13
maskedsmurf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
NioumiWorld Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2018
Happy birthday 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎁🎁🎁🎆🎈
Michaelsety Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jppiper Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Happy birthday
jppiper Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Happy birthday
KlaviceGavin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing day. You should do some more artwork of Athletics Coach Rainbow Dash teaching her class. I would like it!
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