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.
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Who gets to read "Riddles in the Dark" when reading The Hobbit out loud. =>

(I thought I was all set to read it to the Pip, since Chad got to read it to SteelyKid! But, foolishly, since chapter 3 is pretty short, I let the Pip talk me into just a little of chapter four last night . . . without checking how much of chapter 4 was left, or asking Chad to save chapter 5 for me.)

(Last time I read even-numbered chapters through chapter 12, then Chad read chapters 13 & 14 together, so I did odd-numbered from fifteen on; which, to be fair, now that we're back on me doing even-numbered, means I get to do the spiders and Smaug again, which were great fun. Still! "Riddles in the Dark"!)

Running Late

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:37 am
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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.
fairestcat: Bobbi Morse, a blonde woman standing in the rain, with a mask-like pair of glasses pushed up on her head (Bobbi Morse)
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I'm really excited about this. I stepped outside my comfort zone and volunteered to write a monthly Column about Marvel comics over at Women Write About Comics.

My first post went up today and you can read it here.

This is my first time in a long time writing for an audience that isn't people I already know and I'm both nervous and excited about it. Mostly excited, I think. Ask me again when I have to put together my August post.

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.

My Little Rhino

Aug. 14th, 2017 04:09 am
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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.

links dump

Aug. 13th, 2017 12:16 pm
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A Twitter thread of "good Charlottesville-based nonprofits those Nazi jerks would really hate"; donate and/or share to the extent you can.

Correctives to an article that, I admit, I shared at first: smartphones aren't destroying a generation from Slate and Psychology Today.

Oops, this mobile puzzle game Humble Bundle only has a day left: I've played and liked klocki, Hook, and Deus Ex GO, and I'm in the process of playing Zenge.

The Secret Life of the City Banana at the NYT; I love logistics-heavy looks at ordinary things like this.

Tag yourself, I'm X (that's a legible text version of this tweet).

A minute's worth of zoo animals escaping the heat; I think the last bit is my favorite.

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
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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.

a vid daydreaming post

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:59 pm
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So the stuff in the prior post reminded me that I've always thought of Bruce Springsteen's "Livin' in the Future" as a Dark Tower song, and now that the movie is not good, I was daydreaming what a constructed trailer for the . . . TV show, probably . . . that we should have got would look like.

This is almost certainly impossible because of the footage that would be needed to be created from whole cloth, so this is just for fun.

spoilers for all of The Dark Tower series )

Someone give me a bazillion dollars and I'll make it happen.

a vid rec post

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Here is a wonderful Steven Universe vid by [personal profile] skygiants, which is about loving and being together even if the world might end. Disclaimer: I introduced this song to her as part of a "cheerful apocalypses" playlist called "(and I feel fine)", which you can listen to via YouTube, and I am unreasonably pleased by that. But it's still an amazing vid, it packs so many character arcs and has such great bouncy movement to match the bouncy song. If you're up through . . . I think the latest thing I recognized was S04E16, "The New Crystal Gems", you should definitely watch it.

Clean Light_ from skygiants on Vimeo.

If you like, here are links for feedback: skygiants' DW, AO3, or click through for Vimeo.

Also, I can't remember if I've recced this already, but I made the playlist before I knew about "Dance Apocalyptic", so here is another fabulous vid, this one multi-fandom, by [personal profile] eruthros and [personal profile] thingswithwings:

Comment at thingswithwings' DW or click through for YouTube.

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
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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.

trailers with The Dark Tower

Aug. 10th, 2017 12:02 am
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Geez, I almost forgot. Which is impressive considering how many of them there were.

FYI: I link to IMDB because it's stable, but on some of these, it adds these few seconds at the start that weren't in the theatrical version? So if there's a title screen that included "Official Trailer," what was in the theater started after that.

Flatliners: it is too! soon! for a reboot!

Only the Brave: I could have sworn this had a different title. Crushingly obvious-looking "inspired by a true story", about a forest-fire-fighting unit.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: I know the first of these has some devotees in fanfic fandom, but I don't go for mentor/mentee, and this just screams "trying way too hard" to me.

It: that looks pretty good! I don't do horror so I'm not getting near this with a ten-foot pole.

Birth of the Dragon: quasi-Bruce Lee biopic, which possibly has been recut to focus less on a white dude, whose presence still seemed weird and out-of-place in the above trailer?

The Hitman's Bodyguard (the version we saw had fewer swears and not the end bit either): okay, I may have been pummeled into submission by this point, but I did actually smile. Not going to see it, mind.

The Dark Tower (2017 movie)

Aug. 9th, 2017 11:18 pm
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So . . . that was a thing.

Okay, it is actually shaped like a movie. It required (at least) one explicitly-acknowledged "just because" in order to make the plot work, but by and large it was shaped like a movie and, as far as I can tell, got its exposition across—very obviously, granted, but I'm starting to think smooth exposition is no longer something movies care about? (Feel free to provide counter-examples.)

As a standalone movie, it's . . . unexceptional? I thought some of the special effects were oddly shoddy and uninspired, but it does contain gunfights, Idris Elba being grizzled and badass, and Matthew McConaughey waving his hands around, so if that's a thing you wanted from seeing the trailers, then you'll get it. I'm not sure that it would particularly zing or feel fresh, but it does generally provide what it promised, though there's a lot more of the kid, Jake, than one might expect.

(This review has movie spoilers but amused me and seems about right: The Dark Tower Is Not That Terrible — But It Does Feel Like a Copy of a Copy of a Copy, by David Edelstein at Vulture.)

As an adaptation, it makes some interesting choices, most of which I did not like.

all the spoilers for the movie and the entire book series, so many spoilers )
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony grinning like Cheshire Cat (FIM Twilight crazy)
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Grappling [133]

After a ten hour work day I didn't have the spoons to get out my sketchbook even though I knew what I was going to draw for this -- Twilight grappling with her winter saddle. The prompt asked for fighting/grappling. Getting up in time for deadline was a bear. By the time I sat down with a pencil I had only 20 minutes left. That was not enough time, even for a sketchy sketch, I finally got this in 45 minutes late. Maybe I'll rework this for the makeup gallery. Nice horsey anatomy in this model.

The prompts so far have been a cut above those of recent ATG's! They're keeping me guessing as to what is next and I'm not having déjà vu when they appear.

Back to sleep for an hour and a half.
frith: White cartoon pony unicorn with purple hair (FIM Rarity shrug)
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Crush_Massage [135]

The prompt asked for a crush. You say 'crush', I think 'massage!'. Remember Bulk Biceps the masseuse? What if picking up ponies and crushing them between his biceps was a key part of his 'Extra-strength-hot-stone-deep-tissue massage' technique? What would that look like? Apparently too creepy to put on a Harmony Day cake. Here he is putting the crush on Rarity. YEAH!

Harmony Holiday Cake

Aug. 6th, 2017 07:41 pm
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Although it's debatable that the Mane Six ponies are still connected to their tangible Elements, I think that they are still the embodiment of their Elements in spirit... I don't know if that's enough for them to channel any rainbows in the future. Lately they've been relying on their wits and the kindness of friends. Rarity still gets a cake.

I bought a mocha cake, whipping cream, got out my rice paper and my food dye and voilà, Rarity on a mocha flavoured cake! You know, they don't give you instructions on how to make whipped cream on the carton or much in the way of details in Joy. I managed. It took the big electric beater to whip it good. That little battery-powered gizmo I have isn't up to snuff.

I took it to work just in time for my department to arrive for morning break. The cake was good but the paper still tasted like paper, just a bit sweeter (I spread sugar on it). The cake has been eaten but the swag will be given away tomorrow after everyone in my department has had a chance to sign up for the draw.
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