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D'oh. Rearranging my favorites crowded this thing.
  • Mood: Bemused
  • Listening to: 10th Doctor's TARDIS hum
  • Reading: Chemistry 12
  • Playing: how do you write in Gallifreyan
  • Eating: leftover christmas cookies
  • Drinking: ginger ale
Once again I've bee given the honor of being spotlighted/mentioned/something-or-othered by those fine fellows at Equestria Daily.
Jolly good. At this point I should probably make it clear that while I do like suggestions, I am not fond of requests. I know that's kind of weird, but the main reason is that I am extremely picky and usually annoyed with people's Original Characters. Call me paranoid. Or Ishmael.

So the main suggestions I liked which I received last month were "Moar Shining Armor and Cadence" and "Ship Princess Celestia with Shadowfax". I think I can guarantee at least one of those will happen some time in the near future. Feel free to suggest more things. Except shipping all the things.

Now I'd like to reply a bit to Equestria Daily: I am very thankful for their kind words in saying I make detailed things according to the show's style. The principle of this is because I want to pay homage to how the show inspired us all. The high level of detail also owes its existence to a quote I found, about the author Ernest Hemmingway:
If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.
The most important thing in a picture is the subject which it is trying to convey. An emotion? An action? A memory?
The most important things in the subject are the characters. What are their actions and reactions? How does what's happening make them feel?

I answer these questions as I make the pictures, thinking why each character is present and what they're supposed to symbolize, both in a 'factual' or physical sense, and in a metaphorical or subtextual way. This even comes to play in the number of characters in each scene, or how many objects are framing them, or what they're standing on. I don't talk about it because I know that if I did it right, people will 'feel' these things coming through the image, and not even need to express it. Feelings like New life, when in the Ultrasound picture, a small sprout peeks out of the loam in a window-side plant pot behind Cadence. Or how (in my headcanon) Trixie has befriended Twilight Sparkle, and this is evidenced by how they hang out together on the stands at the Sisterhooves Social.

There's also the zen-sort of feel that comes from making the art. I 'trace' my vectors using slapdash collages of character poses and expressions I want to use, and then color them properly. I do this with Photoshop, which makes object strokes quite easy, but means that I must manually draw a separate layer to taper or terminate loose tips. Why it's calming is because I try to do this with as few pen-tool control points as possible. You'd be amazed at how much of almost everything you see on these pictures is only made with 3- or 4-point vector objects.

Now in regards to subject matter, some people expand off in new directions and inflect their own genius or ideas into the mix. That's fine as long as no one is getting hurt, I suppose. Space, time, swords, crossovers and what-have-you. But I've never liked violence or inappro-pro romance because those things don't mix, in my mind. It's like making a chainsaw out of gummi-bears. It's funny for the first few minutes, but it loses its charm once you want to cut down a tree or pick the wood out of the candy so you can eat it. What I mean is I think the longevity of the gory or hanky-panky My Little Pony 'art' is extremely short. Even shorter than the fandom-contemporary state of My Little Pony art as it stands. Such flash-in-the-pan appeal isn't worth my time or attention, so I never bother with it.

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BellesDad Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  New member
Huge fan of your work. So many of your pony pics look like they are stills from the show. Just amazing.

Your journal entries (and even a few of your comments) suggest that you are as gifted at writing as you are in art. You mentioned that you had started writing several fan-fics, but never finished them. Perhaps you will consider this a gentle nudge?

There are those of us that love art but can not draw, that love dreaming up stories but can not write. We can only enjoy the works of others so talented.

Your pony work is some of the best. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Oh, and if you should happen to be up for some public Team Fortress 2, my son and I are still avid fans of the game. Feel free to add me. Steam: Napolean Blownaparte
Blackdragon216 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you take commission or request? I'm looking for an artist whose style looks like the show's style and Artist Spotlight on EQD bring me here.
anarchemitis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
That is entirely dependent on the nature of the request. I am extremely selective.
Blackdragon216 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nothing much, just a picture of my OC in vector style 'cause I can't do vector art.
anarchemitis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
I'll get back to you on that.
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Travis-Anderson Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Way back when I was just a little bitty boy living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the basement of the house half a block down the street from Jerry's Bait shop
You know the place
well anyway, back then life was going swell and everything was just peachy

Except, of course, for the undeniable fact that every single morning
My mother would make me a big bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast

Awww - Big bowl of sauerkraut
Every single morning
It was driving me crazy

I said to my mom
I said "Hey, mom, what's with all the sauerkraut?"
And my dear, sweet mother
She just looked at my like a cow looks at an oncoming train
And she leaned right down next to me
And she said "IT'S GOOD FOR YOU"
And then she tied me to the wall and stuck a funnel in my mouth
And force fed me nothing but sauerkraut until I was twenty six and a half years old.

(I heard from my sister you know where this is from...yes?) XD
anarchemitis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Ain't hard, it's Weird Al's Albequerque.
HunterBrony101 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Do you do commissions?
anarchemitis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
That depends upon the content.
HunterBrony101 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
What content would that be?
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