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Wow. Haven't posted since Christmas? Time to clear the spiderwebs out of here and get to doing again!

What's up, everypeoples? I'ma Drewdini, and for those of you who didn't already know that cuz you just started watching, thanks for tuning in. Beverages will be served as soon as I get around to it. In the meantime, feel free to mingle, meet and greet, and check out my gallery or something.

Alright, so. There were a few reasons I haven't posted in a while, but one of the biggest is my laptop. (Yes, I know. It's always my laptop, isn't it?) Let me break down exactly what the little lappy is going through for those of you who aren't in the know. Long time ago, I used to have problems with the power cord, always fighting with it to keep it in the jack and keep the charge a-flowing. I had it in fairly operable order for a while, but eventually, it decided it couldn't take it anymore, and my laptop lay dead in my room for somewhere near six months. Fast-forward to about a month ago, and I get the brilliant idea to buy an external battery charger. It didn't work, cuz the old battery was dead. So I bought a new battery.

Long story made slightly shorter, I have my laptop back in operable order, but I can only use it for a few hours at a time before I have to take out the battery and charge it back up. So I'm working on stuff, but it's just a bit slower now than it used to be.

Anyway, all that aside, I notice the VIP Catalogue is very nearly filled up. I've got at least one entry complete for each pony, and some ponies even have both entries done. Again, if ye don't know, the VIP (or Very Important Pony) Catalogue is a collection of traces I make from the show of various ponies. The ponies I'd chosen for it were just the Mane Six and the CMC, but I leave the Catalogue open to suggestions from my watchers for ponies they want to see traced.

But even with the suggestions I've gotten so far, the Catalogue is very near to completion. Watchers, I say we can't have that! So starting now, I'm sending a call out for more suggestions for ponies to be added to the VIP Catalogue. Check out the gallery folder and see if your favorite pony is on the list. If not, tell me! Make a suggestion! As long as it's a pony that appears in the show, I'll add it to the list.

Let's keep this thing going, guys. :D
  • Mood: Optimism
Alright, so Christmas is officially over, and it was a fun one for me. Hope you guys had as good a time yourselves, and if you're still celebrating holidays, good on ya! Keep the party going! :D

So what's to come for the rest of this year and the one to follow? Well, you guys all know me. I'm always working on something. I've got a few projects in the pipes.

Stay tuned, folks. ;)
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Salsa Tequila (LOOK IT UP! :D)
So hey, guys. Been awhile since I uploaded something of the journal variety (whoops), and I just realize I didn't draw up anything to celebrate the season as I'd probably planned to at some point (whoops again). Guess it kind of just got pushed to the wayside til I forgot about it like the Halloween piece I was going to upload this year (whoops AGAIN. Seriously, why are you guys still watching me at this point? :XD:).

But this is not a time to dwell on my shortcomings (so stoppit!); this is a time to be happy! :xmas::dance::santa: Christmas is the most sacred time of the year... to the point that in World War II (one of the biggest wars of the 1940's ;P), soldiers from both sides of the battlefield stopped fighting and put down their rifles to spend a single night exchanging gifts and goodwill in the no-man's land between the trenches they once occupied and would go back to occupying again in the morning (that may actually be a myth, but man, does it sound good!). No matter what you believe about the reason for the season -- the birth of the Son of God, a log of Yule, or just because everyone else is doing it -- the fact remains that this time of year is known -- almost worldwide -- as a period of peace and goodwill toward men.

So whether you're spending Christmas with family or your greatest enemy, whether you're exchanging gifts from the heart or just spending time in the same building as one another, whether you even celebrate Christmas or you're more a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Solstice Sun type of person, whether you're white or black, short or fat, young or old, male or female, human or otherwise, or any of the other things I failed to mention, happy holidays to you!

I hope you have at least one night of peace this week, a night where you can look at your neighbor and greet them with a heartfelt "Happy *holiday*!" of your own or share one with yourself in sweet solitude.

Whatever your preference, Merry Christmas from me. And have a good night. :)
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
So looks like this is it for my old laptop, officially now. The power cord's gotten to the point where nothing I do can get a charge out of it, and the jack? Pun only partially intended, but that's jacked up!

So, that break I said before I was taking from uploading art, that's even more true now than it was in my last journal post. I think that besides maybe one backlogged piece, that Scootaloo VIP piece was the last thing I'll be uploading for a while.

I'monna try now to start saving up for a desktop, so stick with me guys. I'll be gone a while, but not forever. :blushes:
  • Mood: Sadness
EDIT: Further developments! Turns out the power jack in my laptop has finally gotten to where I have to hold the cord in place if I want it to charge. And with my now-2-hour battery life on the thing, it's looking like it's finally time to make preparations for an upgrade. Meantime, all art projects are gonnabe on hold. Until I get everything backed up and moved over to a new PC (which I'll have to purchase), there's not gonna be any way I can hope to finish anything on this old, tired machine. So, let the hiatus begin... I guess.

So hey, guys. Been a while, since I don't have internet access at the summer camp at which I'm working. I've enjoyed the job, though, and I feel God's using the experience to teach me a lot about myself. (Yep. Still a Christian.)

For one thing, I've noticed deviantART and tumblr. and all these websites I would visit when I wasn't doing anything were really consuming my life. After just a week of being away, I'd come back to at least 150 messages in my deviantWATCH inbox and who knows how many tumblr. posts on my dashboard to slog through. I don't even want to think how far behind I've gotten on YouTube. So, all that in mind, I've decided not to shut down any of my accounts on here or there or wherever (except maybe YouTube. That site's been nothing but a waste of time for me.), but to clean up and clear out the people I was watching or following so that their messages wouldn't clog my inboxes and consume so much of my time.

I know a lot of you I've been pretty friendly with, and with some, I'd like to think we've become pretty good friends. So I hope none of you take this personally in any way. I still love your art, your style, your humor... whatever it was that caused me to watch you in the first place... and I would love to continue keeping up with what you're doing, but right now that's just not realistic for me. It's become too much to keep up with without serious dedication, and I've decided I don't need to be giving that to deviantART anymore. There's much more productive uses of my time I could be dedicating my hours to, and sitting around for hours on end, trying to click through every devWATCH message I have doesn't make that list. What I'm trying to say is it's nothing against you at all; it's just taking time away from deviantART and the internet and investing it in what matters most -- my art, my life, and my faith.

Hoo, boy.

And now for the good news! I'm still drawing and coloring art, and I'm working Über-hard to get a particular piece done and uploaded for the Fourth of July. After that, I've got a few other projects in the pipeline. The time away from my computer has freed me up to do more drawing in my sketchpad (who woulda guessed?), so I've got a few sketches done that are ready to be scanned, colored and uploaded. I've also got stuff I've been working on coloring on my laptop for awhile now, and I estimate that at least the biggest thing should be done by eh... end of August?

Anyway, I'm still gonnabe pumping out art, and I'll still talk to you guys if you want to get chatty (please do!). Aaaaand if there's a piece of art you think I'd really enjoy, go ahead and shoot me a message about it or mention me in a comment. I'll be sure to give it a look.

I'm not going away. I'm just reprioritizing my time. See you guys soon. :)

EDIT: Related
  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: Whatever You're Doing (Something Heavenly)
Hey guys, it'd take forever to thank every one of you for all the birthday wishes, llama badges and even giftarts! So I just thought I'd pop up this journal entry to cover my bases by saying, "Thank you, everyone who sent me birthday wishes, llama badges or giftart, for sending me birthday wishes, llama badges or giftart!"

Let's look at somma the giftarts, shall we?
Happy Birthday Drew! by sinker-industries MORT! fanart by :iconsinker-industries:
Spear Mint (one of my mostly-secret OCs ;)) by :iconric-m:

Thanks, yous guys! You're all completely awesome. :D
  • Mood: Excited
So hey. I got a job at a place and am gonna be moving to the town around that place so I can work at that place without paying so much in gas or time to get to that place.

Yep. I'm starting work at NOVO1, doing call center stuff for people whose health insurance comes through the Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Since it's a national company, I could be talking to anyone from in my backyard in Dallas, Tx (not literally my back yard) all the way to folks from upstate Maine or Oregon (or is it Wasington? As a born-and-raised Northwesterner, I am ashamed that I can never keep straight which one is on top.). Generally, I'll be kind and polite with both the people who just want to authorize a prescription to the folks that are so irritated because this is the third time they called and they still haven't gotten helped.

Yes, there may be some yelling on their end, but what they don't know is I'm gonna be getting paid a minimum of $10 an hour full-time, and I feel that is sufficient incentive to remain calm during their ravings.

As for moving, I actually don't have an apartment or house in the area juuuuust yet. The plan right now is my cousin and I (cuz he got the job too) are gonna move into a campsite for a few weeks, since it's generally pretty low-cost, save up one or two paychecks, and find an apartment in a decent location. Is it a long shot? Sort of. But I think it could really work. :)

So art's probably not gonna be any slower than it already is. I'll probably work on it when I get home from work at least once a week. As far as that goes, I've got a few buns in the oven that I'm super excited about finishing and sharing with you guys (one of them being a collab with the super-talented and always amazing :iconric-m:, but you didn't hear that from me. ;P)

So... yeah. Good things on the horizon. Stay tunes.
  • Mood: Optimism


Credits to this guy for the original vector.

EDIT: Now on Cheezburger!
  • Mood: Excited
Like, exactly 32 days from now.

Just... :cough::cough:bringing it to everyone's attention...

Also, covering up that last journal entry that was full of whine.
  • Mood: Big Grin
*Probably gonnabe some whining ahead*

Following the hostile takeover thing IMort did on April first, I've decided to really crack down and start work on getting Mort into that animated series I always promised him... ever since I stopped thinking I wanted to do the comic thing.

So, I've been contacting people about voice acting and rounding up a few volunteers who would be happy just to do it, and all that's going good and everything, but now I've hit a snag.

I told them each I'd get in touch with them once I got at least some of the script for the pilot written up. At that point, they could send in auditions, I could pick who I wanted to play whom, and we would go from there. So, the script has been the thing I've been trying to work up on and off all month.

But now I've come to a spot where I find myself unable to proceed. I know the basic plot of the episode and the conflict, but I don't know how I'm going to go about resolving it. It's a character-driven conflict centered around Mort's sidekick and best friend Chuck the Duck, so it needs to have a character-driven resolution centered around the same guy.

Thing is, I have no idea how I want to work in this resolution! I have no idea what kind of situation or circumstance I could use to bring about the end of the episode's main conflict. You can contact me for more details if you want to lend some brainstorming, but at the same time, no one knows Mort or Chuck like I do, and I don't want to make them do something that I feel, as characters, they wouldn't do.

On the one hand, I feel I can't figure this out without some outside input. On the other, I don't want to divulge too much or give writing privileges away to someone else. I kind of want this to be my thing, and there's sort of this fear of letting go. Like if I let someone in on too much, they'll either take over and make MORT! something I never intended it to be, or they'll drop contact with me, take my best ideas, and create their own thing, leaving me looking like the copycat when MORT! finally comes out.

Besides that, I really don't want to give somebody what will basically amount to a job without being able to pay them for their work. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to begin with, and on top of that, I don't know if I could live with myself, ripping off free labor from people.

Look, tl;dr, I seriously need a second set of eyes for this thing, but I have my hangups. I, however, probably won't be able to get anywhere without some big help.
  • Mood: Frustrated
So BABSCon has come to pass, and with it came the end of Legends of Equestria's open-server weekend.

For those of you that attended the con, hope ya had a good time and got a chance to take a swing at LoE. As for me and probably half of the people on there, the game was enjoyed from the comfort of home.

Since I spent 3 days playing instead of a few hours like the last time, I've taken a few more screenshots to document the experience. So let's get right down to it, yeah?


First off is a pony who needs no introduction... But I'll introduce her anyway. Spear Mint here was sort of my avatar pony throughout the experience. I played as one or two others, but she was my main pony.

Among those other ponies I made and played, one was a Twilight Sparkle clone that I called Purple Smart. ...Didn't take long before I deleted her, so she's not pictured in the character creator.


Instead, here she is lying on her bed.


Moving on to Frozen Elsa (OMG S0 0R1G1N4L!). She was made to look like (and played as) Queen Elsa from Disney's Frozen because why not? Also, you guys need to go see Frozen if you've as of yet neglected to.

Tired of being grounded and unable to fly about, I decided I needed a pegasus pony to add to the mix. I had two unicorns already, and who really cares about Earth ponies anyway, am I right?

Thus, Wingdinger (name inspired by a thing :iconalomoria: drew) was born! I had a lot of fun with this guy, mostly flying around Cloudsdale while simultaneously dancing or sitting. That's one bug I'm going to miss...

But like I said, Spear was my main pony. So let's have some sightseeing pics. I tried to hit most of the major landmarks in Canterlot and Ponyville (I even took some in Cloudsdale and staged it to look like I fell through the clouds and couldn't actually explore to the city, but those screens mysteriously vanished. o_o), so let's check 'em out!


Sugarcube Corner


Golden Oaks Library


Carousel Boutique


Town Hall


That one joke shop


Canterlot Castle (waaay in the background, behind that hill.)

My favorite haunt was the Ponville Library though, so I took quite a few screenshots inside there.




Sleepy Spear in Twilight's bed. :aww:










Random dance parties were also a thing.

Of course, Legends of Equestria was a social game hosted during a social event, so I got my share of social interaction as well. And we all know the most important pony attending the open-server weekend was Mixermike622's own Fluffle Puff!


I didn't actually get to see more than a glimpse of her until the last day, but I took the opportunity to snap a pic with her as soon as I could.


Twice, in fact.


As it turns out, there was actually 5 Fluffle Puffs. My screenshots of all five of them also mysteriously disappeared, so here's one of 3/5 of them gathered around a pony named Chryssi.


Apparently, Fluffle Puff wasn't the only celeb pony to attend. Seems Sunset Shimmer found a way back from the human world of Equestria Girls just so she could make this event. She's so awesome! :D


And Vinyl Scratch was there too! But it looks like she lost her shades. ...Again.


This pony wasn't a celebrity; she's just an NPC who I fell in love with because she was blue, and her name was Tonic.

Tonic, she doesn't move!
Tonic, she'll talk to you!
Tonic, she's the cutest thing alive!
She's the cutest thing ali-ee-ive!
SHE'S THE CUTEST THING ALIIIIIIVE!


:cough:
The game comes with some nice, fancy features... including a semi-functioning day/night cycle. Right now, the player has to manually change between day and night, but the difference between the two is pretty clear, almost as clear as... the contrast between two diametrically opposed things.




And now, witness the crowd of dancing ponies grow around Fluffle Puff as the last few minutes of the game ticked by...












If you look closely, you can see LittleShyFIM in the crowd. I was practically standing right next to him. :D

Now, being a beta, Legends of Equestria still wasn't perfect. There was the aforementioned "move-while-performing-a-stationary-emote" bug, as well as a few other nuggets.


Sadly, this was a screen I saw a lot over the weekend. It was probably a combination between my own dubious connection and the beta state of the servers. It's probably gonnabe a lot less frequent in the final release, but overall it wasn't too terribly annoying.


Then there's this little gem that came up once when I crashed and logged back into a server. No, you're not seeing double. That's an undoctored screenshot of Spear after the crash lying beside Spear before the crash. Can anypony say, "Time paradox?"

And that does it for my Legends of Equestria followup. All in all, I had a lot of fun playing the game. It's really impressive for a beta, and I can't imagine the final release being too far away at this point. :D

There were a few fun things I did that I didn't get a chance to document, like fighting off Diamond Dogs, getting killed by a dragon and RPing eating at a cafe as Spear, doing all that flying around as Wingdinger, and RPing looking for a book on ice magic as Elsa along with a very helpful stallion. But those were all things you'd have needed to see in action anyway.

So, that's the last thing I'll post about Legends of Equestria until the next open beta. I wanna thank you guys for putting up with my constant updates spamming your inboxes, and I do sincerely apologize for that. Next time, I've got a plan that will prevent such spam from happening again.

Until then, keep it icy chill. B-)
  • Mood: Approval
EDIT: Pardon the spam. ^^;

Well. That's it. Game over, man.

I got a lotta screens this time around, so I'll post those sometime tomorrow.

For all those of you that showed, hope you had an awesome time. I know I did.

For those that didn't... I apologize once again for spamming you with this journal. ^^;

See you guys (in the LoE world) in the next open beta! :D
  • Mood: Euphoric
Go check it out over on RedBubble. I've got a few designs up there, some of which you've seen in my dA gallery, some of which are brand new.

And if you like what you see, why not pick one up for yourself? I could really use the money! ^^;

Ooh also, if you're on RedBubble, and you have tees for sale, go ahead and link me to your shop in the comments. I'll definitely go and give your stuff a look. :)
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: "The Rooster" - Alice in Chains
Hey guys, just a quick reminder that Legends of Equestria is opening up its servers to the public next weekend to correspond with the Bay City Area BABSCon. So Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- on April 18, 19 and 20 -- I'll be dedicating the weekend to hanging out in one of the servers with whoever of you guys shows up. Like I said before, I'll release more information the week of -- where to download the app, what my pony's gonna look like, and which server you can find me in -- but for now, just mark your calendars and remain on the edge of your seats.

Now I do have an 8-5 job that I'll most likely be working either Friday or Saturday, so if that's the case, I'll just be getting on after 6 PM US Central time on those days. I do have Sundays off though, so I'll have all day once I get back from church. :dance:

So. Next weekend. April 18-20. You. Me. Legends of Equestria. I'm thinking party. Hope to see you guys there! :D
  • Mood: Eager
Hey, folks! Still dealing with power adapter problems, but I figured I'd take this opportunity to do a little "signal-boosting" as they say on tumblr.

The Fantastic Mr. Foxy-Noxy (not to be confused with the less-fantastic Fantastic Mr. Fox) has run into a little financial hiccup and needs some money by the end of April.

He's got an awesome style, great prices, and tons of variety for you to choose from. The only reason I'm not commissioning him myself is I'm still out of the job and broke. ^^;

Anyway, hit up his journal for more informations [link], and see what you can do to send a commission his way.

I'm pullin' for ya, Foxy. We're all in this together. :iconredgreenplz:
Hey guys.

Just wanted to let you know that I've got problems going on with the power adapter on my laptop that have been building up for weeks but have actually became proper problems just now. So, I'll be online until my battery dies. After that, I'monna take a little break for a while until I can get my power issues sorted out.

Wanted to give you guys a heads up. :)

UPDATE: Thought I had it fixed, but it's broke again now. Hiatus continues...
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: ambient noise in Dark Souls II
...Huh. Weird how that works out.

Hello, watchers! I just got back from that new Liam Neeson movie Nonstop, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have money for tickets, go to your local theater place and see this movie. It's an action murder mystery thriller thing, and it's supremely well-done. Or... in my opinion, anyway. A professional reviewer might say it was just "okay" or "pretty good." A professional reviewer, I am not. And neither am I here to review the movie. I just had to gush a little bit because I just got out of the theater and am still pumped from seeing it. :D

I also bring it up because I did some math while watching the movie, and I thought I'd share it with you guys, cause I'ma nerd.

If you haven't seen Nonstop, worry not. I shall stray from story spoilers. If you haven't seen the trailers, allow me to recap the general story.

Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal whose job it is to prevent terrorists from hijacking planes and endangering their passengers. During one of his latest flights from New York to London, he's contacted by someone claiming they'll kill someone on the flight every 20 minutes unless he wires them $150 million. But things get interesting when the bank account they give him is in his name. So he's got to find out who it is that's doing this, put a stop to their plan and clear his good name before anything else goes wrong.

Now, they say in the movie that A.) the flight from New York to London takes 3 hours, B.) there are 150 people on the plane, C.) the killer will kill every 20 minutes, and D.) he or she will only kill one when they do.

So I decided to do the math and see how this plan would play out. 3 hours is 180 minutes (3 * 60 = 180). In that time, the killer would have the chance to kill only 9 times, since they only kill every 20 minutes (180/20 = 9). So taking all that into account, even if Liam Neeson doesn't agree to the killer's plan, only about 6% of the people on the plane would be affected (9/150 = .006)(.006 * 100 = 6%).

What does this all mean? Not a lot in the grand scheme of things. 6% is still a considerable loss. But if the terrorist wanted to do some serious damage, they'd have to do something a bit more drastic and cliche... like plant a bomb or something.

Anyway, I forget where I was going with that. But there ya go. I applied math to a movie while I watched it just for the fun of it. It didn't change the outcome of the movie or affect how much I enjoyed or how I thought about it. I just did it because I wanted to.

In the end, what have we learned? A.) Drewdini's a huuuuuuge nerd, and B.) You guys need to go see Nonstop.

Seriously.

It's awesome.

EDIT: Had to wait til morning to upload, because my internet crapped out on me. -.-
  • Mood: Helpful
For those of you that haven't heard, BABSCon is going on the weekend of April 18-20 down in the East Coast area. While that goes on, attendees are invited to play Legends of Equestria as the dev team once again opens up their servers.

Now though I'm not going to be attending BABSCon, the Legends of Equestria server will still be open to me... and all of you guys too! :D The dev team will be opening the servers for another free-to-the-public open beta test, and I intend to hop onto this party before it's almost over for once. :XD:

So if you guys wanna come hang out with me in the world of pony, keep an eye on this journal. I'll hit ya with more information once we get closer to the 18th of August.

Hope to see you guys there! :D
  • Mood: Joy
Now that I've got the Very Important Pony catalogue up and running, allow me to further explain what I plan to do with such a catalogue.

First of all, I plan on including as many ponies as I can in it. I'm starting with the mane six and CMC, but I've got it open to suggestions as well. If you want to see a pony represented in the VIP catalogue, let me know in the comments here, in the comments there, in the comments anywhere, or send me a note. As long as it's a canon character and it's appeared in the show enough for me to get some good traces, I'll agree to do it. Coco Pommel was added to the list at the suggestion of :iconadamlhumphreys:, and with a simple comment or note, you can see your favorite pony represented as well! :D

As far as what I do with the ponies I'll be adding, I look up at least 2 different screencaps that I think are good representations of the character, interesting expressions... etc. Once I have the two, I add 'em to my reference folder so they can await vectorization. I don't attack these things in order, so don't be surprised if you don't see your suggested pony crop up immediately after you made the request. If I say I'll do that pony -- though it may take time for me to get to -- I will do that pony.

In general, the catalogue will feature only ponies who are traced from the show and only single ponies per entry. I could include entries like Cheerilee Does Not Want, but A) it's already part of its own series, and B) it runs the risk of complicating the organization system I already have in place. So one pony per deviation.

In the end, I plan to have two different and individual vectors for each pony in the catalogue, so Rarity, Fluttershy and Spike are all already taken care of.

Finally, before you make your suggestion, make sure to check the VIP catalogue folder to make sure they aren't on the list. I'll have right there in the description a list of included ponies and ponies I plan to include, as well as some way of indicating what I have and don't have done.

Thanks for reading, guys. Let's get this catalogue as expansive as possible! :D
  • Mood: Joy