Stealing Your Lime Light

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:04 am
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony with a blue mane (FIM Twilight vexed)
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Upstaged [69]

I did a silly solar eclipse joke for my Summer Sun Celebration cake, so this time I considered an "upstaged pony" interpretation. Pinkie being eclipsed by Cheese in party entertainment skill is a gimme, but the expressions where Dash upstages Twilight during her carefully planned Applebuck Season speech calls me. Draw a flabbergasted pony, draw a wide eyed pony. Check!

Mostly on model this time. Dash has obviously had too much hay to eat, but I did fix her right eye, giving her more focus than in the original by expanding her iris to better match her left eye. Twilight's horn is still a pain to get pointing in the right direction, to get it at the right spot on her head and to get it to taper correctly. Eyes too. So many circles, so hard to size and orientate. This sketch is close enough to perfect that I don't dare touch it any more. Gotta go to bed anyway.

This weekend's reflection

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:03 pm
ironphoenix: (preach)
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Reflection for 19-20 August 2017
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Text: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28.

In which Ironphoenix wanders through the Gospels a lot... )

Pony Science

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:02 am
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony with a blue mane (FIM Twilight read)
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Rockology [70]

Seems like the only science most bronies can come up with is chemistry and fancy mathematics. What of ecology, physical and cultural equinology, brain function, thermodynamics, taxonomy..? On second thought, collecting insect specimens would be quite gruesome in Equestria. I went with rockology, not that I have much of a clue as to what that entails. I think multiple trips to the local hard apple cider brewery are part of the curriculum. Also, it's much easier to draw one pickax than it is to draw all that glassware.

Critter Pictures

Aug. 20th, 2017 04:29 pm
frith: Yellow & pink cartoon pony with her hoof over her mouth (FIM Fluttershy full body)
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[personal profile] pyesetz said I don't post enough critter pictures from work. Could be true! I haven't been taking as many pictures, I mostly work with farm animals that live in small, bare enclosures. I blame the "miniature farm" concept. So, not often photogenic and on top of that, my camera was giving me grief. I have a new camera now, a Powershot with a 25x optical zoom and a working flash - "SX620HS". Here's hoping SX doesn't stand for 'sucks'.

On good days, when his teeth don't hurt, the bear takes midday naps.


Last Monday, I found takers for the four free tickets management gives us and I gave a fast (2½ hour) walking tour of the zoo. It gave me the opportunity to see areas I hadn't visited in a while, like the high platforms built for the jaguars in what used to be the spectacled bear exhibit (AKA the ex-tiger exhibit AKA the ex-lion exhibit).


It was a short tour, but we did manage to see more than half the area before they got their fill. They mostly wanted to see cats, but we stopped to gawk at other things, like good tourists.


I took pictures of uninvited vertebrates making their home in exhibits meant for other critters. Mallards breed in the tall plants at the edge of the goose and flamingo ponds where there's all-you-can-eat waterfowl buffets all summer.


Woild cottontail on the rocks, just out of reach of curious zebras.


In a Space

Aug. 19th, 2017 04:00 am
frith: Light pink cartoon pony with dark pink mane (FIM Pinkie sly)
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Spaced [94]

Spaced out pony in [a] space! That's my story and I'm sticking to it, like sticky candy on a caramel apple! What? Those things are goood!

The beatings will continue until mood improves -- again with the nap that has me waking up in the wee hours and sketching past the deadline. Drawing lines, circles, plotting points, connecting the dots then re-drawing curves over top until the shapes fit together and look something like the original. And still getting it wrong. Eyes don't match. Practice practice practice.

Special Talent Prompt

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:14 am
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony grinning like Cheshire Cat (FIM Twilight crazy)
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Barking_Mad [99]

It took me awhile to settle on which pony doing what for this prompt. Screw Loose's innate talent is to be barking mad, apparently. That and to keep the hospital ponies occupied. Work is made, complexity is added to Equestrian society, everypony is fulfilled. Weird wild web of commensuality. Road apples, gotta go back to bed, alarm goes off in an hour.

Running Late

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:37 am
frith: Light blue cartoon pegasus with rainbow mane and tail (FIM Rainbow evasive)
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Race_the_clock [102]

I had nearly finished this hours before deadline... and then I had to rest my eyes. Now it's well over an hour past deadline. One little pony in great distress, searches everywhere for a saddle-like dress. If she can't find one smaller than small, then she can't go to the Ponyville Ball.

Back to bed for 50 minutes of sleep before the alarm goes off.


Aug. 16th, 2017 01:49 am
frith: Light pink cartoon pony with dark pink mane (FIM Pinkie sly)
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TroubleShoes [99]

Not particularly villainous but certainly misunderstood, I drew Troubleshoes leaning over a fence. I used two very similar reference images, I aim to get it right more than I aim to be creative.

Day In The Sun

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:47 am
frith: Yellow cartoon pony with pink mane, blue eyes (FIM Fluttershy head)
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Sun_Bathing [118]

I built on some rolling and sunbathing equines I've photographed, but I had to hunt down several images for reference, my best bets came from the 'baked bads' and the 'bunny stampede' scenes. Thank Calpain there's an extension, I had to grab a few winks and get up at 2:30 in the AM to finish this. Looks OK now, I'll probably hate it later.
mortonfox: (morton blvd)
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One of the prizes you can get for attending a Munzee event is a virtual emerald munzee. Emerald munzees are assigned randomly to emerald gardens, which are groups of hundreds of emerald pins, usually arranged in the shape of a pin icon. Since there were a lot of events in July for Munzee's 6th birthday, new emerald gardens have been popping up all over the world. I noticed that one of those emerald gardens was in Atlantic City, so that's where I went on Saturday.

There it is. Splat, right on the beach! Hope Caesars doesn't mind. :) I also went to Brigantine to capture a nascent munzee garden. I think it's a boat but the shape is unclear now. Unfortunately, it was too rainy for a walk along the beach so I left the area after that.

A number of things happened on Sunday, but the most significant of those was I finally completed my 365-day Munzee capture and deploy streaks and got two more super streak badges! I would not say it's easy because doing anything every single day for a whole year takes some dedication, but it's more doable than a geocaching streak because of the sheer number of munzees out there and the different ways to play the game.

After hitting that milestone, I spent the rest of Sunday in Mount Laurel, Mount Holly, Willingboro, Beverly, and Cinnaminson, the area with so many munzees that even local munzers haven't gotten everything. Since I passed through the downtown part of Mount Holly, I stopped to take a look at the Shinn Curtis Log House, a log cabin that is three centuries old. Funny thing is dinner that evening was also in a 300-year-old building, so South Jersey has a lot of those historic structures.

The munzees... )

My Little Rhino

Aug. 14th, 2017 04:09 am
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony grinning like Cheshire Cat (FIM Twilight crazy)
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MyLittleRhino [113]

My Little Rhino. Well. Rhinos are already pretty chunky... so I drew two rhinos, slapped on some cartoon eyes and some eyelashes. The hair pretty much only grows on the ear margins and the tip of the tail so I built on that. Hmmm, no cutie marks. Oh well, would you look at the time? 4 AM.

Parody Ponies

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:58 pm
frith: Spirit as a My Little Pony (MLP Spirit)
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Grady_Twins [89]

I considered creating a Planet of the Tapirs. Too complicated. I tried to spin an Equestria flying Squirrel into a Rocky the flying Squirrel (voiced by June foray who died a couple of weeks ago). Didn't work. So, my fall back plan, plan C, was to find a in-show parody and draw that. Thus, the Grady Twins from The Shining and the Season Six episode, Where The Apple Lies. Not easy drawing identical twins.

Party Of One

Aug. 11th, 2017 11:58 pm
frith: Light pink cartoon pony with dark pink mane (FIM Pinkie excited)
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PartyOfOne [71]

I circumvented the multi-pony complexities that would have kept me up until the wee hours by making it a party of one. I chose this frame for the unusual expression and body. I see now that Pinkie has become flat, losing the overlap where her legs bend and that her haunch appears as flat as a paddle. I tried to defeat the size, position and articulation gremlins by sketching everything fast, before I lost track of how big or how small such and such part should be. The gremlins won, again. My body was too long. I shrank it. It's still too long. Or worse, my legs are too straight and that accounts for the gap. She's leaning slightly forward and I've lost that. ...May have fixed that and the length... rats, leg is too fat. Curse, erase, erase, erase.

Day 13

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:24 pm
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony with a blue mane (FIM Twilight despair)
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Sombra [70]

Sombra's chasing that dream and reaching for the Crystal Heart.

Not too crazy about this prompt. Not only is it like a variation on yesterday's adventure/journey prompt, it feels more like a writer's block prompt than a learn to draw prompt. I should be getting prompts that explore posture, expression, angle, light, shading and perspective, not story ideas. I wasn't keen to start a new page for this sketch so I found a corner on a previous page and used that instead. Maybe I should do a Hello Kitty series with a static pony redrawn dressed up to match each prompt. 8^p

Tripping Along

Aug. 10th, 2017 03:18 am
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony with a blue mane (FIM Twilight despair)
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TrippinTrixie [115]

The training continues. It was a trip trying to get those circles within circles to line up and keep everything the right size and aligned. Time for me to trip on back to bed.

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