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Captain of the Guard

Birthday gift art for Andrew Francis, a voice actor whose credits include Jaller, Captain of the Ta-Koro Guard in the movie BIONICLE: Mask of Light and Shining Armor, Captain of the Equestrian Royal Guard in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. You're welcome to imagine Jaller riding Shining Armor into battle, or perhaps engaging in some bizarre Kolhii/polo hybrid. Polhii? Yeah, let's go with that.

I colored this this morning, and I'm surprised at how much I learned about working with colored pencils in the process. For instance, I had difficulty getting the three colors of blue in Shining Armor's mane to stand out from one another without any lines separating them, but I found blending the two lighter colors with white helped a great deal when it came to making the colors "pop". It definitely feels good to get back into drawing for fun after a long school-related hiatus, and even moreso when I know I'm learning in the process.
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CaptainPrower's avatar
Meanwhile Takua is trying to ride Flash Sentry without crushing his wings.
VioGreen77's avatar
Concept:  Yeeesssss
Eli-J-Brony's avatar
2 heroes, 1 voice.
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legoland5254's avatar
wait a minute... I saw a picture of this at brickfair 2013 -_-
skybard's avatar
Yep, I go to Brickfair VA every year, and this year I brought this and some of my other LEGO-related drawings to exhibit! It makes me happy to hear you remembered it! =D

I also had some MOCs like Kit Martello and Koboldon on display around the corner on another side of the BIONICLE table!
legoland5254's avatar
In fact I'm even going to brickfair this year too! Maybe I might see you there
skybard's avatar
Hope so! If you do, be sure to say hi! I'll probably still be wearing this badge, though it's naturally grown larger since when I photographed it!
legoland5254's avatar
lol yeah, me too. infact I was displaying a spinjitzu arena last year
fusiondax's avatar
Takua! Takua!!! You koli head!
FullMetalPikmin's avatar
Childhood..... and by that I mean.... 4-11...because I'm still kinda young.....
ToaDJacara's avatar
Damn it.. Now i miss Bionicle
Desideratium's avatar
This made me realize . . . both of Andrew's roles are the captains of their respective guard. I had not even made that connection until now.

My brain hurts.
skybard's avatar
Kathleen Barr also manages to play an evil queen in both MLP:FiM and BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows. Of course, the connection seems a lot less eerie if you recognize that once you've played one role of a certain type, it's that much easier to have a strong audition for a similar role. It's only natural that some voice actors would end up with a couple very similar roles.
connellcrocker's avatar
Oh my god. My childhood, and my adulthood rolled into one...
skybard's avatar
This isn't my first BIONICLE/MLP crossover either. I did this one for an art contest on the BIONICLE fansite BZPower last year. I did a lot better with the coloring of this drawing, though, which makes me think perhaps I should go ahead and color some of my other recent drawings (including ones I never posted here).
A-Heart-of-Blades's avatar
I'm thrilled to see I'm not the only super fan of both MLP and Bionicle! Love the pick and brought a smile to my face for the whole day!
skybard's avatar
Glad to hear it! =D
Bysen's avatar
I miss Bionicles...
skybard's avatar
There are a lot of people who would readily agree with you! Personally I've moved on to a lot of other things including MLP:FiM and various other LEGO themes, so I don't have the same longing for BIONICLE to return that some people have. But it's still an important part of my childhood and I continue to have a strong connection with the characters, hence why BIONICLE still shows up in my art from time to time.
RX8Racer's avatar
Insta-fav for the crossover :)
I forgot Andrew Francis also played Jaller
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