|My Little Pony's Princess of Friendship gets a hula lesson from her new friends in Hawaii.|
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.