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"Just Draw" has to be the biggest sack of bullshit I've ever been given.
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I'm really unhappy with this picture. I'm putting it up because I'm unhappy with it. I have an entirely different scrapped picture as well. I've been trying for weeks to just make something I can feel good about. I felt good about my last couple! I don't know what happened. I don't know why these are worse. It's not that I'm rushing. I'm taking so much time on these. It's so slow it's painful. Maybe I'm reaching too far? I don't know. It's so frustrating. I'm not getting better. If someone could tell me what I'm doing wrong, that'd be great.

But, I'm probably talking to a wall here.
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White Horse, Grey Horse, Large Horse, Gay Horse by AVeryStrange
White Horse, Grey Horse, Large Horse, Gay Horse
My continuing 'speriments in art, this is probably the most ambitious thing I've tried yet. I think I'll talk about the piece itself first, then discuss the artsy stuff about it.

Not much of a scene here, but one can imagine that Vinyl is in the middle of some hilarious story. It's certainly got Octavia's attention. Or maybe the cellist just likes to watch Vinyl talk. Vinyl certainly doesn't mind.
You may notice something about these two, side by side. Trust me, no mistakes were made with regards to proportions. This is a piece of headcanon I've had for a while now. Y'see, Octavia is... big. It's her parents' fault, really. She has mountain stock on both sides of her lineage, and every now and then in her family tree, the right combination of recessive traits crop up and a result in an exceptionally hardy filly or colt. It hasn't always made Octavia's life easy, but not all its influences have been bad. She lugs that cello around with ease, and it's made her very attentive, since growing up she would easily knock over her classmates or household objects without noticing as she grew into herself. In addition, very few ponies have ever seen Octavia's temper, and that's in no small part because the mare knows how easily she could bully others around her, and she refuses to be that pony.

Vinyl on the other hand... well... who knows what's to blame. Maybe she didn't eat her veggies as a filly. Maybe it's that coffee habit she picked up at age eleven. Maybe it's just genetics! It's probably that veggies thing, though. She's not the smallest mare you'll ever see, but she's pretty close to it. It takes others a surprisingly long time to notice it, mostly because her force of personality is so great that she doesn't seem small. Side by side with her special somepony, it's quite obvious. Kinda makes you wonder how it plays in to their relationship, eh?

Art stuff:

I'm happy with a lot of things in this picture. I mean, I was able to make two ponies of very different proportions, and I feel that's an important step! Being able to introduce variety in these things is really boosting my confidence in being able to draw exactly what I picture in my mind. And I'd say the expressions were a win, overall. Octavia's right eye spent a long time looking like a lazy eye, but I think I have that fixed now. Obviously these are pretty simple expressions, but hey, it's more than I was capable of before. A lot of the colors I'm happy with too. I'm getting a better sense for colors, overall, like recognizing that Vinyl's white should have a tinge of yellow, or Octavia's mane a tings of green. Vinyl's hair could've been a bit more vibrant, but it's not off.

The big thing I'm not happy with is the poses. I couldn't quite angle the two of them in line with each other, though I think it would be reasonable to expect that angle if you think of them meandering back and forth a little as they walk. Imagining that they're walking, that is, since I drew them very statically. There was just so much else going on with this picture that I didn't want to get bogged down in posing their legs. So it's something I know I could've done better with, but I didn't, so "could've" doesn't count. There's also a couple rough spots besides that. Vinyl's goggles... oh god did they suck. Closed loops are so hard! I kinda gave up on them because it was becoming one of those things where I wasn't drawing anymore, but just manipulating the lines segment by segment with Paint Tool Sai's control point stuff. And the colors don't work super well for her goggles either... I'm not sure I get how blending colors together is supposed to work. Lastly, I think I've been doing shadows wrong. I dunno what layer they're supposed to go on, putting them on one of their own doesn't seem to work, but do I really want colors AND shadows on one layer? It's one place the tutorial I've been using breaks down and doesn't explain well. Honestly, I think if I want to worry more about shadows, I would also have to start thinking more about making these horses look 3D. They don't have a great sense of dimension to me, right now. I think I might want to play around with their faces, their noses especially, if I wanna fix that. Oh and actually lastly, Octavia's bow could've been better. I tried to do something new, oh well.
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MLP why did you get so creepy.
That was literally an episode about brainwashing. The main six were imprisoned in a room with propaganda playing 24/7. They are made to look physically exhausted, so they probably didn't even get much sleep.
That. Was. Creepy.

Also what are they even going to do with the villain? She's the first legitimately evil pony we've seen. I know the answer is going to be "she says sorry and is redeemed" but I just can't see that working. The creepiest villains are the ones who are convinced they're doing the right thing.

I can't even figure out who to ship her with.

Those background ponies were super cute though. Even if Double Diamond's voice is obnoxious.
Octavia Portrait Experiment by AVeryStrange
Octavia Portrait Experiment
Continuing to ever so slowly draw and learn and trying to improve. I decided to go with everyone's favorite music horse this time! I don't have much of a style yet, but I'm slowly trying to break away from strict adherence to my reference. Going with a portrait let me focus on what I want to do with eyes and head shape, for example. I'm also struggling with the concept of shadows, it's not like it's a very detailed subject matter though. Hopefully this doesn't look terrible to anyone.
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Avery Strange
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MLP why did you get so creepy.
That was literally an episode about brainwashing. The main six were imprisoned in a room with propaganda playing 24/7. They are made to look physically exhausted, so they probably didn't even get much sleep.
That. Was. Creepy.

Also what are they even going to do with the villain? She's the first legitimately evil pony we've seen. I know the answer is going to be "she says sorry and is redeemed" but I just can't see that working. The creepiest villains are the ones who are convinced they're doing the right thing.

I can't even figure out who to ship her with.

Those background ponies were super cute though. Even if Double Diamond's voice is obnoxious.

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M7Fire Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday AverySexy- I mean, AveryStrange! ^w^
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Agreenbrick Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Happy Birthday! :)
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joeyh3 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, Avery!
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Lazerkitties Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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M7Fire Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Quick! TwixStar Swirl!
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Your thoughts! GO!

...And how are you? xD
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M7Fire Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dislestia confirmed?? 0_0 Your thoughts?
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AVeryStrange Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same as it's been for, like, 2 whole seasons now; there's no canon police. If you like it, enjoy it. If you don't like it, ignore it. Write fanfic or make fanart that contradicts it, or whatever.

Personally, I'm ambivalent on it. It's strikes me as a little too obvious, I mean it's practically a trope, right? The eternal antagonist secretly having feelings for the goody-two-shoes he's mocked time and again in the past. -.-

I'll probably stick to TwilightxCelestia
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M7Fire Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was actually referring to... wait have you seen the finale? Well anyways, yeah I like Twilight-Celestia thing too, but my only problem is that Celestia is going to outlive her where as even though the student-teacher relationship thing makes it seem a bit more passionate, it doesn't necessarily make it immortal. Eventually Celestia will have to move on and I feel sorry for her =(

As for Luna, what do you think? Is she the dating type?
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AVeryStrange Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude I said in the journal post that I was episodes behind. Anyway, my point still stands. Also, in my headcanon Twilight's gonna be immortal anyway, so that point is moot.

Luna x Twilight. Luna x Minuette. Luna x Octavia. Luna x Vinyl Scratch. Luna x Octavia x Vinyl Scratch. I've got a few ships for Luna, yes :3
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Brony2893 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Hey, why'd you leave Fimfiction? You're a great author, even got me interested enough in fanfictions to start writing.
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