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Something that people had been asking me back before I went on my long hiatus was if I was planning on drawing anything for the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show.  I replied that I had not seen it, and didn't really have any plans.  The show seemed a little kiddie even for me.  I mean look at the freakn' title!

But I do have something to confess.  Well, actually several things to confess. Confession One.  Its not that I hadn't seen the show that made me hesitant to jump on this bandwagon.  See, I have an innate distrust of anything popular.  I don't know why.  It took me till book four to FINALLY read Harry Potter, and even then my mother had to read it first and recommend it to me (and she doesn't do nearly as much fantasy as I do).  That's how distrustful I am of popular things.  And this PONY SHOW, YIKES.  I guess I kept worrying it wouldn't even compare to the hype.

Confession number two.  I finally saw the freakn show.  All of it.  And enjoyed it, despite some areas of campy and a few continuity issues (all of which is completely forgivable, given the ORIGINAL target audience).  HAPPY NOW?

Confession number three.  This has actually inspired me to learn how to run that Adobe Illustrator program that's been sitting on my computers for years.  I don't know if I will actually POST any pony art, but I'm curious about vector drawing suddenly.  Been meaning to learn anyways, as it will help monstrously with my own art style.

Confession number four.  Am I now a pony fan?  Well here is the biggest confession of them all.  *deep breath*  Am I NOW a pony fan?  You kidding?  I WAS A PONY FAN A LONG FREAKN TIME BEFORE THIS WAS POPULAR, PEOPLE!!  I've been a pony fan since 1983!  I was TWO YEARS OLD.  I collected nearly ALL of G1!  I have the FIRST pony toys for crying out loud (they were Earth Ponies).  My twin sis and I, we were ALL about ponies.  We collected so many; hundreds really.  First year releases, second year releases, the animal companions, the seahorses (sea ponies), the fairy ponies (flutter ponies), the big brother ponies, the teen ponies, the HORSES.  Got the first brony, Lucky the Stallion, even though he was mail order only with horseshoe points.  We even had that HUGE four building mansion with pool playset and made nearly every other girl in our year jealous.  Yeah, when I was a kid, I BREATHED PONY.

Am I a pony fan.  Pffffft.

PROBLEM though, is that I was a GENERATION ONE fan.  G2 and 3 came and went, and I didn't even look twice.  They weren't my precious ponies from childhood.  They looked weird.  They didn't do nearly the same for me as those old toys, now boxed away somewhere in my parent's garage (a toy collector reading this will probably break into my house in the next month or so, but TOO BAD because when I say my sis and I played with them, WE REALLY PLAYED WITH THEM so I wouldn't count them as collector quality, lol).

And so, when I started hearing that the new G4 pony show was getting INSANELY popular, I had two immediate reactions.  One was the usual "ack, something popular, there's no way it will live up to the hype for me", and then I also had "ugh, not ANOTHER homunculus of the original".  I don't know why this bothered me; I've always looked forwards to redo's and reboots.  Look at TMNT; it just keeps getting better every time someone new gets their hands on it (I except Michael Bay to break that streak though).  But the reason its taken me over three years to check this show out is because this franchise was something special to me.  It was more my childhood than Barbie (which is saying something; I loved Barbie) or Cabbage Patch Kids (heaven forbid, but I grew up in that era), or even Duck Tales (my favorite kids show growing up; wanna hear me sing the theme song?).  The idea of anything being able to match that was unthinkable.  I was content to just let the new generation enjoy their version of my precious ponies in peace, worried that if I saw the show I'd turn into a whiny grandma sounding type ("Back in MY day, Ponies actually LOOKED LIKE PONIES!  You youngsters get off my lawn!).

I have now seen the show.  And I approve.  And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is SAYING SOMETHING.

Overall, I give the new pony show an 8/10.  Maybe I'll actually review the show later.  Right now I've probably talked your ears off enough with my random pony history.  I may never know as much about this new G4 series as others do (some of you rabid fans . . . I worry about you lol), and I may never get as psycho on it as I did back when I was 3-8, but I can say that this new G4 has done the franchise justice.

That'll do, Lauren Faust.  That'll do.



Crutch Ninja!
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: State of Denial
Favourite genre of music: Pop rock, with a mix of a little of everything else
Favourite style of art: Anime, cartoon, animation in general
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: ...iPod, sadly. -_- I've succumbed. 3rd Gen. Nano video, actually.
Favourite cartoon character: Brainiac 5, Bumblebee, Aang, Hao, Edward Elric, Lina Inverse, Kenshin, Flint from CWaCoM, Atem from Yu-Gi-Oh, Final Fantasy Unlimited Cid, Danny Phantom, Sari Sumdac, Firefist Ace, THE LIST GOES ON
Personal Quote: Man, that would creep me out if I found someone who looked like me. Wait, I have a twin sister!!

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Freakerybattery4 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome gallery :)
GShepherd17 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh good lord. Your TFA humanized art is increadible, you actully made me like prowl now! XD
Redrockinrose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey dude! I don't know if you remember me, haha, but I used to read your webcomic nowhere u forever ago! I just remembered it today, hah. It was kinda formative, and cool! thanks for letting me do fanart for it (and...putting one of my fanworks on the site? dang)
BlueBeacon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
do you do requests or commissions? Your art is amazing!
LHull9 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hi. I've been a fan of your art for a long time. (I mean, ever since '08 or '09). Your Transformers Animated Fanart is what brought me here, and I discovered all of your Fanart.

But anyways, I find it cool that you are drawing Fanart for TMNT 2012. Honestly, I loved your TFAnimated Fanart, and I think you'd do great TFPrime Fanart. I also think you'd do some good Kaijudo Fanart as well. (But that's just me. Feel free to do whatever you want.)

But yeah. Been a big fan of your work go a while now, and I have to say, continue the great work. :D
mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thanks!  That really means a lot.  I do want to do some more TFA art, but I need to see the series again to get the feel of it in my blood or I'll have a hard time getting anything on paper.  Darn my ADHD artistic inspiration; I can only really draw what I'm currently obsessing over.

I should really work on getting over my prejudice against TFPrime, lol.  I've been holding it against that series thinking if they wanted TF cartoon then why cancel TFA.  The fact that it is supposed to appeal to fans of the movies is actually another strike against it in my opinion.
But I HAVE heard it is good.  I may have given it a chance already, but I suddenly have even less free time than before, what with my new job and all.

Huh, I haven't even HEARD of Kaijudo; what is that?  Anime?  Anime translated for network television?  A cartoon named to sound anime-ish?

And thanks again!  Between my job and some books I'm trying to write I'm limited for art, but I do so love to draw so expect some stuff soon (hopefully).  What it will BE I don't know; I kinda have 4 artworks in various stages of completion.  I draw what I feel like.  :)  Been meaning to get some sketch up though to celebrate the revelation of Casey Jones's character design for TMNT 2012; for a TMNT fan its an occasion worth celebrating.
LHull9 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Heh. I'm actually amused that you replied.

Also a few things:

TFPrime, from what I know is actually based off of the "War for Cybertron" and "Fall of Cybertron" games, not the Bayverse movies.

Kaijudo is the American reboot of the Duel Masters franchise. Unlike it's anime counterpart, this has more Magic: The Gathering take (Which is what it's based off of.). As it has a take on MtG, instead of card gaming, they're traveling through the different dimensions that the creatures exist in and such. Kaijudo means "Way of the Kaiju", as in the practice of taming the creatures they use to fight against the enemy.

But yeah, I'm actually amused that you replied. I also loved your Danny Phantom work aswell.

But anyways, keep up the good work, and stay awesome. :D
mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whee I amused someone.  :D

Yeah I just found that out from the post beneath.  I didn't know something else spawned the series, that's rather nice to learn.  I DID hear that the design of some bots were made to try to pull in the movie crowd, but that's a lot better than basing things on the movie.  Phew.

Dang, that sounds cool.  I've never gotten into Magic myself, but it has sort of fascinated me. 

Thanks again!  :)
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Twackycat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So I've been looking at your transformers animated drawings (which are really good by the way) but I also noticed that you didn't have any Transformers Prime. Can I as why not?
mystryl-shada Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should have read this message first before replying to the comment above you, lol.  But I'll repeat it here for ya, no prob!   In fact, I'll even go into more detail.  Special you!

Why I have not drawn TFP:
1.  I'm biased.  I sort of hold it against that series for replacing TFA when TFA was only cancelled because another TF movie was coming out, and NO OTHER REASON.  Then, after the movie, they come out with a whole NEW cartoon, and for someone like me who thought TFA had soooo much more potential, it was distressing.  To add to the bias, TFP is designed to appeal to fans of the movies, with computer rendering and similar character designs, which is a BIG strike against the series in my opinion.  To me, an avid hater of most anything Michael Bay, and among those who thought his depiction of a children's toy franchise was extremely distasteful due to COMPLETELY unnecessary innuendo and crude jokes . . . yeah, anything to encourage kids to go watch that movie franchise I tend to not trust.
2.  Time.  New job, writing books, doing art, and a few other things . . . not much time for video watching.  Book listening, yes (I can do that at my job, wheee!).  But I can't watch stuff.  Not as much as I used to.  :(  Lately, most of what I've been watching has been Fairly Odd Parents on TV; dunno why it took me years of glancing over that show to finally get into it.
3.  Priorities.  I have like, I don't know HOW many other series I want to watch before I get into that one.  Some of these are unfair to put in front, as they're series I used to be really into (like Danny Phantom; been meaning to revisit that so I can do some more art now that my style's improved), but I do want to watch them all the same.

So yeah.  Don't get me wrong, I DO plan to watch the series.  But I'm still sore about TFA's lame cut-off, and I'm really busy.  The busy thing is the big reason, really.  Like, 75-80%.  While it is nice to finally have a job after years of disability, I am not used to such a drain on my free time.

LOL so sorry to launch an essay on you, especially since I mentioned I don't have much time.  But I figure this will be good reading for anyone interested in your question, hopefully you included.

Anyways, thanks so much for the attention!!  I do appreciate it.  And I do listen to questions like those, asking if I'll draw a series or revisit one I've gone over.  It lets me know where popular opinion stands, and that DOES have a bit of sway over what I draw.
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