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 , and with a simple comment or note, you can see your favorite pony represented as well!
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!
- Mood: Joy
Fallout One-shot story thing“Vault-Tec is always prepared!”
I’d been hearing that a lot lately. While I wandered the New England Wasteland, I’d picked up a pre-war transmission over my 3000-series Pip-Boy radio. Though I’d have thought a few weeks ago that pre-war broadcasts aren’t really my preferred style of radio entertainment, I quickly found myself drawn to this one. The only other stations my Pip-Boy would pick up – regardless of where I was in the New York Ruins – were the pre-war Enclave station that I was sure played across the U.S., being broadcast from a satellite or something and New Radio New York, which had spotty reception depending on where I was, sometimes cutting out to static almost completely.
This station, however, seemed to come in loud and clear everywhere much like the Enclave station. I guess pre-war radio stations primarily used satellites to broadcast. It had a decent selection of music, I thought, and most of them didn’t grate on my
So when it comes to drawing a person, I mostly try to cheat my way around it.
Doesn't help when I'm drawing a superhero character, and they wear those skin-tight spandex suits that leave no room for that cheating. Now, I can draw ladylegs just fine, but when it comes to dudelegs, I'm completely lost.
Basically what I'm saying here is I have a superhero version of Mort in my sketchbook, and if I don't figure this stuff out soon, he's gonna be a superhero with nothing below the belt. At all.
So... yeah. That's it, I guess.
It's pretty good so far, I think. We'll see if I can get through the whole fic, knowing my history with novel-things.
So... meantime... no spoilers, plz. kthxbai!
EDIT: Reset the mood. That must've been confusing.
That's how dA works.
There's been a few cases recently of people ripping off other people's works, and this seems to be the norm for at least 20% of deviantART. Look, it may look pretty, and you may think you're doing the artist a favor by giving their work more publicity, but they're not going to agree with you. And all you'll be getting is reported and potentially have your account deleted. Then you'll be sitting there wondering to yourself where it went wrong. I'll tell ya where it went wrong. You're not using dA the way it was meant to be used.
If you didn't make it, don't submit it.
- Mood: Not Impressed
Comment here with a link to an OC of yours. He/she doesn't have to be a fan character based on any fandom; they could be completely original to you. Or they could not. It's whatever. Just comment, and I'll update this with every OC submitted.
Of course, the rules "officially" state you have to do this in your journal if you enter, but I'm not gonna enforce that too strictly. Just do whatever you want to. It's not like I'm gonna hunt you down and make you do this.
So... yeah. Comment away!
1. Foxy-Noxy's Foxy
Since I sadly don't know the artist any better, it's safe for me to assume and establish as fact in my mind that Foxy is actually Foxy-Noxy's rule 63'd pony representation of himself. I mean from what I know of the guy, he likes foxes and boxes
1. adamlhumphreys' Star Blaze
Star Blaze is one of a handful of ponies Mr. Humphreys here was commissioned to conceptualize for Brony-Fest, a convention I myself did not attend. No surprise there. I haven't attended any brony conventions. Anyway, in order to over-simplify, she has a habit of tying things in knots including her mane and tail, and she's responsible (in the Brony-Fest universe, I suppose) for bringing the delicious Texas Star flower to Ponyville.
- Mood: Optimism
Have some screenshots! I meant to take more...
Of course, this one here was the one I used to show off my Spear Mint pony when I announced I was gonna be in the game. Nothing special, aside from the note that that other pony right there never moved or talked and was on there until they shut it down as far as I know.
Moved to Carousel Boutique. The trip across Ponyville was murder on my framerate, but once I got to the boutique, things calmed down. In this pic, I jokingly said I was looking for a special somepony, and this guy just comes and lies down next to me. He never said anything and eventually just walked off. Whatever, brony...
And a pic with some of the guys that hung out with me. They were pretty cool, but I wish you guys coulda been there too.
And that's it! Until next LoE open server bash everybody!
- Mood: Zest
If that strange abominable cross between Rarity and Applejack looks familiar, allow me to direct your attention to this piece I did back in 2012
You see it? Right there between Twilight and Fluttershy? No? Then allow me to zoom and enhance...
Yep. Someone down in Mexico took my silly little cross between Applejack and Rarity (IMO the worst of the Rarity crosses I did that year) and decided they'd use it on their product packaging as an actual MLP pony rip-off thing.
Kinda hilarious, if you think about it.
- Mood: Lmao
Okay, took me a while but the curiosity finally got the better of me. During the Failure Song from The Crystal Empire episodes from season 3 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Twilight Sparkle shows off her intelligence by stating that "The square root of 546 is 23.36664289109."
"Wow!" I hear you cry. "She did all that in her head in no time at all. She's such a clever pony!" I could see why you would think that. Without checking the math myself, I believed she was right as well. "What do you mean?" You ask. "There was that college professor pony who did the math himself and declared, 'She is correct!' Clearly, Twilight got this one right. End of story."
Poor, misguided watcher... Allow me to walk you through how I came to discover the claim I'm so traitorously making now.
Moments ago, The Failure song popped up on my playlist, and I figured I'd give it a listen. It wasn't the worst song of the series by any stretch of the imagination, and it was good to hear Spike getting in on the musical action. But then Twilight got to the part where she sings, "Facts and figures, I recite with ease," before continuing to proudly recite the square root of 546. Now, most listeners would have just left it there and moved on. Surely, the team at DHX did the math themselves. That certainly sounds like the square root of 546, after all.
Well, my skeptical mind wasn't so sure. Even with Pony Professor backing her up, I couldn't believe purplepony was right until I'd done the math myself. So, I whipped out my computer's calculator and punched in 546 before hitting the ol' square root button, and what I saw shocked me.
The square root of 546 calculates to 23.36664289109585... probably repeating into infinity as an irrational number. Such is to be expected with square roots more often than not, after all.
"But wait!" I hear you cry. "I see 23.36664289109 in there. Twilight was correct! She just rounded it off at the 9 and left it at that."
Sure, that would be the case, and Twilight would still be the bright, intellectual pony she's considered today... if it wasn't for one little number. You see that five right after the nine? Right there, just minding its own business being a 5 and all? That 5 is where Twilight's statement falls apart.
Let me break it down for you. In the laws of rounding numbers, you consider the number after the one you want to round. If the number's 1-4, alright. No problem. You don't have to change a thing. If it's anything higher though, the number you're rounding has to increase by 1.
Now, I don't have a degree in mathematics, but I'm pretty sure 5 is greater than 4 (5 > 4 for you math-heads that want to see everything written out in equations and inequalities), which means little number 9 should be increased to 0, the 1 carried over to the number before it, and that 0 increased to 1, making the actual square root of 546 rounded to that place 23.36664289110.
The laws of rounding numbers are one of the earliest lessons taught in mathematics, relatively speaking. Once little children hit the division courses of the third grade, this little trick is shown to them to help keep their numbers all nice and neat. So where Twilight attempts to show off her mad mathematical skills, what she actually winds up doing is proving to everyone that she's forgotten basic third-grade principals! Who cares if you can calculate the square root of 546 in your head at the drop of a hat? If you don't round it off right, that second-and-a-half will be a waste of your time. The square root of 546 isn't 23.36664289109; it's 23.36664289110. Sure, I used a calculator to find that, but here's the thing -- I'm right. I rounded correctly. I'm smarter than an alicorn princess. Take that, Equestria!
And where does this leave the briefly-mentioned pony professor? Considering he himself did the math on a chalkboard and found no flaw in Twilight's calculation or her rounding method, I'd say that puts him in pretty deep water. He did the math. He wrote down the figures. He should have seen this faux-pas coming. Instead, he waves his chalk in the air and cries, "She is CORRECT!"
No, Professor Pony. No, she's not. And you no longer deserve that degree in mathematics. Why not give it to someone who actually knows how to round properly? The ponies of Equestria are only as smart as the ones teaching them, after all. And if the teaching staff is that dull, maybe Equestria's not the utopia we all thought it was.
But hey, that's just a theory. A Game Th-- Whoops. Channeling MatPat a little bit too much there.
tl;dr The square root of 546 is APPROXIMATELY 23.36664289110. Real math 1, Princess of Equestria 0.
As a side note, why did Twilight round the number to 13 places? That just seems like an odd place to round off to me.
EDIT: Related tune. Points if you know what this theme's to and what YouTube show I've been channeling while writing this journal entry.
- Mood: Stunned
Let's find out. For this list, I'll only be looking at vectors I traced directly from a screenshot of MLP:FiM. No edits allowed outside of frankensteining to get a full-body pony.
What, that's it? No Twilight, no Pinkie Pie, no Applejack or Apple Bloom or Scootaloo? This is something that must be rectified!
For the next week or so, I'm gonna seek out and trace interesting vectors for the rest of the Mane six and CMC (on the fence about whether to do normal Twi/Twilicorn and Pinkie/Pinkamena or not, but chances are I'll do one for each. ). While I'm at it, if you comment with a pony who either is a major character in FiM, had at least one distinct speaking line in any episode, or is one of the fandom favorites, I'll go ahead and vector that pony too.
I'll call it my "Very Important Pony Catalogue."
- Mood: Exhilarated
Hoping the cheapest solution was the right one, I did some browsing online to find a refurbed power brick for a mere $14. I didn't hesitate to click Buy, and it showed up later that week, no problem. The problem came when I realized Microsoft made three different jacks for their Xbox 360 power adapter, and my Xbox and the new power adapted featured two of the three. In other words, they were incompatible. But me being the resourceful type, I figured, "Hey, I'll just chop this head up a little bit, and it will fit in my system no problem! I was right. I got it to fit without any problem after going at it with a Dremel. The problem then became that apparently those two jacks were incompatible in more ways than shape.
So then I had another brilliant idea -- I would do a bit of soldering and attach the old head to the new brick and get things working lickety-split. Only problem there was I hadn't soldered anything before, so this was a whole new learning experience for me. I made it through alright and did a pretty decent job splicing the two units together considering it was my first time and all. I was able to get the Frankenstein setup in proper working order.
Imagine my disappointment then when -- after a few long, hard hours of taking things apart, putting things back together, and soldering stuff left and right -- I plugged it into my Xbox and the wall and got the same three red lights I got with the old brick. Fan-freaking-tastic! -.-
So, it's been about two weeks now, and I still have to fork over $18 more to get the proper power adapter shipped to me before I can even think about playing any of my games. But I guess I learned soldering and determined the real problem with my Xbox after all that, so... there's that, I guess.
Tl;dr My Xbox is giving me trouble, and I just wanna play some Mass Effect 3.
- Mood: Frustrated
- Mood: Mortified
- Listening to: See what I did there?
- Reading: MORT-ified?
- Watching: Heh?
- Playing: Anyone?
- Eating: No?
- Drinking: Okay...
I've got my askbox open, and I'm dedicating the night to answering your questions! Stop on by and ask me a thing, why don'tcha?
And if you miss it tonight or can't think of a question until later, no worries. My askbox is always open, and I'll answer your things as soon as I get the chance. C:
- Mood: Optimism
What does this year have in store for me? For you? For any of us?! Who knows? I'm gonna take it one day at a time and see what I get.
So, what's new in my life besides the new year? Well, I moved out of my apartment. I guess commission incentive wasn't strong enough to pay rent with, but it was kind of a last-ditched move of desperation anyway. It's funny how you can be so sure you're going to get a job and then just wind up... not getting it. Also, my premium membership ran out as of December.
Haha sorry. I swear, I didn't mean for this thing to be a major bummer. Sure, moving out kind of sucked, but trying and failing to get into the rat-race job market has given me more motivation than before to go back to school as soon as possible -- this spring, actually. It kind of feels like that's where God wants me to go, since every attempt I've made to do anything else has... well... fallen through. But school is a good -- nay, great -- idea, since my interest in a computer science/computer engineering/software engineering/anything that involves programming degree will be a very lucrative thing for me to follow -- especially considering the fact that someone in the government or something did a thing and projected that the highest-grossing career that's gonna grow the most over this year is software engineering.
As for the premium membership thing, I don't really notice much of a difference now that it's gone, so there's no hurry to renew it.
So... yeah. You guys have a happy 2014. I'm excited to see what's in store; are YOU?!
- Mood: Optimism
Commissions will be on a first-pay-first-serve basis. There will be five slots each... commission period (Haven't figured out if that will be a week or a month yet...), and if more than five people ask for commissions, I'll work on only the first five that have paid. If a sixth person has paid, I'll refund their money, and they can try again next period.
Payment will be through PayPal only. Sorry folks, but deviantART points don't exactly pay rent.
Note me or comment here if you're interested in a commission. I'll note you back, and we'll work out the details. Once we reach an agreement on price, I'll send over my PayPal information, you can pay, and I'll get started.
I don't do sexually explicit/suggestive stuff. If it's not safe for work or even questionable for work, I'd really rather you just take your request to someone else. I know and aren't afraid to get risque. No telling whether or not they're open for commissions right now, though...
I'm in the US, so prices are gonnabe in USD. If you're outside the US, you'll need to do a little conversion to find out how much these cost in your monetary unit of choice.
I'll do more than just MLP stuff. Ask for anything safe for work, and I'll give it my best shot.
Any questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments or via note. I'd be happy to answer!
Those out of the way, let's get on to...
Nothing too major. Just a pencil, some paper and a scanner.
$5USD per character, prop or background
I don't usually upload these sorts of things,
but here's a few examples I've sta.shed.
*All black lines
*Black lines/colored lines hybrid
$10USD per character, prop or background
The whole banana.
$15USD per character, prop or background
Color/ink your stuff?
Sure thing! You provide the sketch or ink work, I'll pretty it up for ya.
$5USD if you just want me to ink or just want me to color
$10USD if you want me to do both
Happy commissioning, guys!
- Mood: Artistic
Finally got things organized! And other news...
Hey, people. Do not be fooled by the stunning replication. This is a journal entry, not a tumblr. post. "So why does it look like one?" you ask. Mainly because the news I've got in this journal entry relates to tumblr. and all things... tumbly?
Haha anway, for a good part of the morning, I've been working on doing something I should have been working on doing a long time ago. Since I made Ask MORT! into my mod blog and moved Ask MORT! to a second blog, I never actually sat down and moved all the posts over there too. Today, that changed. I actually got off my lazy duff and did something about those posts not being where they belong.
So without further ado, allow me to introduce you to my tumblr. roster, which you can feel free to follow at your leisure.
IDrawMORT! My Mod-blog. I post MORT! and other drawings, as well as talk about what's going on and reblog things.
AskMORT! You ask questions, Mort answers. It's a done deal.
MORT! Sort of a sister-blog to my mod blog. I'll be posting MORT! artwork, cartoons and fanart here.
And there ya go. You can subscribe to one, all three or none at all.
In the other news... category, I'm still moved out, I still don't have a job, and I'm still doing okay. On top of all that though, something new has developed -- or rather should I say "has been developing for the past nine months inside of my sister, thanks in part to my brother-in-law?"
That's right, ladies and germs -- at around 7:00 last night, I was up at the local hospital, cooing in awe as I held in my hands my older sister's firstborn baby girl, Penelope Kelso. After years of waiting, I have finally ascended to the rank of "Weird-but-fun Uncle," and I fully intend to use this position to its full advantage. Just you guys wait; I'll have that baby calling me "Dingpot" before you know it!
Anyway, that's all the news I have to share. Be sure to check out my tumblr. blogs and follow them if you can. Mort's askbox isn't open right now, but all in good time.
Haha but in all seriousness, I've just recently moved into my own place and out of my parents' house after 21 years! With a scholarship I got for working at a summer camp, I was able to find a great place with great space in a great location for a great price. Is that great? Probably! "So what's the catch?" I hear you ask? Well aren't you just a talkative little watcher! Really the only catch right now is I don't have a job quite yet. I've still got some money from that summer camp scholarship, but if I don't find a job at least within the next month, I won't be a responsible, independent adult for very long.
Anyway because I moved in Tuesday, this last week has been about getting settled and situated -- unpacking, moving in furninture, figuring out just where the crap I'm supposed to put my pans now that Mom's not around to pick a cabinet for them , etc. But I have been doing art. I know my dA page has been kinda... deadish since Halloween, but worry not! More art is on the way! Just let me finish unpacking and putting things together first.
So, I guess that's all I have to say about that. I kind of wish there was a journal skin that had cardboard boxes and random junk all over it, but sadly none exist. But you guys know how topical I like to be with my journal entries. Ah, well. Here's hoping I can get a job so I don't get kicked out and that I finish unpacking soon enough to start uploading arts again.
Until next time, PEACE!
EDIT: Just in case you guys were wondering what kinda art to expect once I get working on it again, I've got quite a lot to do, but the two top priorities here are a trade with and a double-meme with . I've got some more stuff I've been working on than those two, but they're the only ones I want to say anything about right now, and they're the ones that are gonna be uploaded first.
- Mood: Optimism
Whereas I look to Sonic games for a single path of unlimited speed with little to no breaks in the momentum, games like Colors and Generations have been doing the opposite by offering multiple paths that branch off before I have time to react and countless platforming sections that slow Sonic down to a molasses-esque crawl. This, sadly, seems the direction Sonic is going to be taking from now on as this, clearly, is what most of the rest of the fandom want from the guy.
Of course, this brings us up to Sonic's latest outing, Lost World. One of the first things I'd heard about Lost World that sort of put off my appetite for the game was that Sonic's default speed had been knocked down to little more than a leisurely jog, and to get him to go his previously-usual speed, you'd have to hold down a button. Now, that wasn't really all that off-putting for me. Surely, I thought, I can just hold down that button and be on my merry way.
Not surprisingly though, along with Sonic, the entire pace of the game has slowed down drastically. I've watched a few user reviews, a let's play of the first zone and many other videos covering the game, and let's just say I'm not impressed. Seems from everything I've seen, the game has taken the gimmicks of Colors and Generations to the illogical extreme, as gameplay is focused no longer on speed but on platforming.
I understand that platforming is what the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games were about. I understand that's what the majority of the fandom expects from SEGA, and I understand that's exactly what they've given them. This still does not mean that I agree with them, nor does it mean I intend to give Lost World a try. I simply don't.
Let's go back to Unleashed for a second. Unleashed is -- and if current trends are anything to go by, will probably always be -- my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog game. Despite its major flaws (and there are some big ones), I love it for what it is, and newer games like Colors and Generations can't even come close to how much fun I think it is. Why? See bit above covering what I look to a Sonic game for. Unleashed was a game that was focused only on one thing -- getting Sonic to the end of a level as fast as possible. Unlike later entries in the series, there's little to no branching paths or platforming sections that would dare turn an otherwise super-sonic hedgehog into a jar of molasses. I challenge you to pick one act -- just one -- from Unleashed and find any of those things. Sure, you'll find one or two, but they're very few and far between. With Unleashed, it seems the developers wanted to see how fast they could make Sonic go and how long they could let him keep it up, and in my mind they succeeded. Now, whether or not the fandom majority wanted that and whether Unleashed is without flaw is another discussion entirely.
Even in the classic games, though -- thinking back on it... When I was just a dorky, scrawny five-year-old kid with a SEGA Genesis controller in my hand and Sonic 2 on the screen, my goal was never finding the best alternate path or figuring out how to get through a handful of platforming puzzles; my one concern -- as it is today -- was getting to the end of the level and bashing up Ro-butt-nick's mech as quickly as possible. Point being speed is something I've always wanted out of Sonic, and Unleashed was one of few games that actually gave it to me.
Lost World, on the other hand, has decided to chuck that out the window in favor of more platforming, more puzzling, and more crawling along at a pace that even snails and turtles would laugh at. It doesn't want to be fast; it only will if and when it "has to."
Before making my final argument, allow me to mention that among the previously-mentioned videos I've watched on the game, one was a collection of all the cutscenes that would usually interrupt gameplay. And, personally, I feel this and the previously-mentioned user reviews and first-zone let's play are all the experience I need to have with the game. Since the dissatisfying gamplay style has been covered already, I'm going to use this opportunity to instead cover the writing and characters.
Now, Since he started speaking in CD, Sonic has been presented as a brash, cocky snarker. If there's one thing he enjoys more than running, it's throwing up one-liners at his enemies before a battle. That character persists in Lost World, but now Sonic seems to be more... mean-spirited. His insults come out of left-field and are more often than not uncalled for and unfunny; he even hits Tails -- his best buddy since Sonic 2 -- with bits of this new, mean-spirited attitude, and he just all around comes off as a kid trying to pick a fight rather than "Just a guy who loves adventure" (Sonic, Sonic Adventure 2). This is a departure from how I've come to know Sonic, and frankly, I don't like it.
Despite all that bashing, I'm sure Lost World is a good game for someone who wants a new Sonic platformer. Despite the character flaws (not the type that make a character good, but rather poor writing), I actually found the story to be a pretty good one, and there was one scene -- at least -- where they portrayed Sonic correctly. As for gameplay, I certainly don't care for it, but like I said, I'm in the minority here. If you're one of the many Sonic fans who want more platformer and less speed, go ahead and give Lost World a try. Maybe you'll find it quite enjoyable. Maybe you'll find you disagree with my stance on the game, and that's okay. We all have our opinions, and if we all liked the same things, variety packs would be a stupid idea for potato chip companies.
So, to sum up in a tl;dr fashion: I don't like platforming in my Sonic games. I'd rather have another Unleashed, but that's just my opinion.
For those of you that made it this far, thanks for bearing with me, and here's a Sonic/Rainbow Dash race for your trouble -- courtesy of AdamRBi.
- Mood: Rant
With just a few days to go to Halloween, I figured I'd do a thing for all my lovely watchers that -- for some reason -- I'd never done before.
So, between now and the night of nightmares, comment on this journal entry with links to any Halloweeny art you made this year... or heck any Halloweeny art you've made in general. On the eve of All Hallow's Eve, I'll update this journal with every piece submitted for all the rest of my watchers to see.
Hit up the comments section with whatever you have to contribute, and I'll see you all on Halloween.
Or we could... you know... not, I guess.
I DUNNO. ASK FOXY-NOXY.
NOW GO FORTH! AND CELEBRATE!
Day over. Resume your regularly-scheduled method of capitalization.
- Mood: Zeal