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Equestria, Come and Heed Us by harwicks-art
Equestria, Come and Heed Us
I enjoyed "Rainbow Rocks", but clearly Equestria is the more entertaining world.  Still, the Dazzlings were a fun group and I wanted to draw them.  The problem is, I kind of wanted to do the Equestria version, and if we take the ghostly hippocampus forms that we saw as their "true" looks, well...  They looked cool, but they lost all of their individuality by sharing the same model with just differing colors.  I'm not surprised that many artists prefer to draw them as ponies instead.

So I tried to have the best of both worlds... Keep the sirens as sea-ponies and keep the general anatomy established in the movie, but also keep some suggestion of their human designs as well.  Hopefully people will like the end result, even if it's not really canon at all.
Perils of a Delivery Mare by harwicks-art
Perils of a Delivery Mare
Happy Applejack Appreciation Day everyone!  Even though I'm insanely busy with things in both my personal and professional lives, I always seem to have an AJ image in at least some stage of completion and so I couldn't help but hastily finish this one off and add it for the annual celebration of the most dependable of ponies!

I do love the "Applejack is a badass" episodes we've been getting in recent seasons, whether she's taking down Timberwolves or dealing with an ornery Chimera in order to protect others.  She really is one of my favorite characters on the show, even as she cedes the spotlight to others or shares it with her entire family more often than not.  Her role in the show can be quite subtle, but it's crucial.  I'm quite looking forward to the upcoming comic arc where she will seemingly take the lead among the mane six in dealing with some thievin' cattle rustlers.  She's always been the world-weary sergeant to Twilight's command role...  keeping the others on track and making sure the officer doesn't screw up or burn herself out.

And I do hope they come up with another monster for her to fight next season.  That Chimera was great.
Game Night by harwicks-art
Game Night
I hope all of you have had a chance to check out WhiteDiamondsLtd's RariJack-Daily blog over on Tumblr...  it's an art blog that she updates daily (naturally) with her truly wonderful and adorable work centering on Applejack and Rarity (although other cast members appear as well from time to time!)  She was gracious enough to run this guest work by yours-truly recently, and I thought I'd add it to my gallery for you folks to enjoy as well.

Churning out the quality that she does on a daily schedule is truly a Herculean task...  I'm quite amazed at what she has put up to share day in and day out.   
A Mare Who Leads a Life of Danger by harwicks-art
A Mare Who Leads a Life of Danger
This one serves mainly as a character detail of:  <da:thumb id="440932713">.  Most of these close-ups of individual characters have been going into the "scraps" folder, but as I worked out a new, simple background for this one that changed the feel of it enough, I figured I'd at least give it a temporary place in the featured folder.  Besides, I don't really have enough Fluttershy art, I think... and I do love her "dangerous mission outfit".  I'd ask what Rarity was thinking when she designed this, but really...  It's silly and adorable with just a vague hint towards pulpy badassery.  What more could you want in Fluttershy adventure wear? 
Maud Pie by harwicks-art
Maud Pie
One of the break-out characters of Season Four, I have to admit I didn't love her quite as much as some.  I do love the premise of her, and likely will enjoy any future appearances of her (and I feel certain there will be more), but to me she was a character that would work best sparingly...  Building an entire episode around a character that is intentionally boring is certainly a challenge, especially in terms of avoiding it being a one-note joke.  However, in individual scenes, the character is certainly an entertaining addition to Equestria.

One does wonder what her deal is in regards to her rather alarming abilities...  Is she the Earthiest of Earth Ponies?  The strongest (at least in a certain subset) when it comes to whatever might pass for Earth Pony Magic?  It's interesting that one could argue that most of the characters in the show with really outstanding abilities (Twilight, Pinkie, Maud) tend to have some degree of mental and/or personality disorders.  (That could lead to the scary conclusion that Rainbow Dash may be the most well adjusted pony with exceptional abilities, shy of the Princesses.)  Possibly best to just chalk it up to "cartoon characters are zany".



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Hello there!

I've been meaning to do this forever, but am an excellent procrastinator and so have managed to hold off for a couple of years now.  Still, the time may have come to actually go through and try to answer some of these collectively instead of individually.


On Replies:  First, let me say that I love getting comments.  I truly do.  I read them all, and they honestly fuel me to keep coming back with my limited free time to draw and post pictures of multi-color ponies doing the things that multi-color ponies do. This fandom is wonderfully supportive, and I believe that is the key to its continuing success in general.

As a result, I do try to properly express my gratitude at receiving comments, especially for the days immediately following an image being posted.  I genuinely like interacting with fellow fans.  However, that limited free time thing tends to creep up on me...  I do freelance work, and so can go from having nothing scheduled for the day to having a rush job with high stress at a moment's notice.  Sometimes I can have long stretches with no constraints on my time, and others I can go months with seemingly unending assignments flowing into each other.  So free time for a hobby like this can be very valuable, and even when the opportunity comes along for tackling some tasks (like typing all of this out) a little part of my brain says "You know... you could be using this time to draw ponies instead..."  And I am weak when it comes to resisting this voice.

I also tend to do a lot of my online reading of comments in snippets on my phone or tablet at times when I'm not really in a good position to respond (and I hate typing on my phone.)  I'll almost always put off replying to something I've read on my phone until I'm back in front of my desktop computer...  Only by then new messages will have come in and pushed the older ones out of the front page of my inbox.  (My message center is an absolute mess, by the way.  It literally holds thousands of messages and notices, as I never really clear them away.)

Ultimately, this means that if you don't catch me in a replying spree, there's a good chance I will not get to replying.  Generally, if you need a response from me, a note is the best way to go.  I try to keep up with my profile page as well, although that often goes weeks before I get caught up with replying to those messages.  In short, I'm not terribly reliable and I do feel remorse over it.  Again, let me assure you that I do read all of the comments coming in, and love getting them.  I apologize for everyone who asked a question directly which I never got around to answering, as well as anyone waiting for a gracious acknowledgement of their kind words that was never returned. 

If it's any consolation at all, know that my family has all but given up on the idea that I'll ever reliably return e-mails, and the thought of me getting around to sending actual cards in the mail is likely laughable to them at this point.

On Commissions/Requests: 
Here we come back to that limited free time bit.  I already get paid to draw things that other people want me to draw in my "day job".  (I don't really talk about that job much... some of it is due to non-disclosure agreements, some of it is just general privacy.  I promise you all that it's not usually terribly interesting stuff anyway.)  In any event, drawing fan art like this is my hobby, something where I can say "I'm going to draw whatever I damn well please, and you can't stop me!" (I say this to nobody in particular, but it still lets me feel like a rebel.)  So this leaves me reluctant to take a commission where I'm drawing ponies but need to worry about pleasing someone else specifically.  For me, ponies mean no deadlines, and complete freedom to my own creative whims.  Nothing kills the joy of drawing in my free time like realizing that I still need to finish a picture for so-and-so.

So I have always declined commissioned work and requests.  In the future, that might change, and if it does I will be sure to do another journal post with the details and prices and all of that. 

Now there are a few collaborations in my gallery that I have done with close friends for stories and the like, but even they have learned not to ask me to do art for something so much as try to tempt me into wanting to do it on my own.

On my "process" or what passes for such: 
I generally do most of the work in Photoshop (I'm still on CS2), as I have it for work purposes and it can do most everything I'll ever need to do, plus countless other things that I'll never bother messing with at all.  In the last couple of years I have picked up a program called "Manga Studio EX 4.0" which I use to do my sketching and linework, as it produces a nice vector line that can compensate for my own cruddy penmanship.  I then transfer the linework into Photoshop for coloring.

For a very rudimentary rundown of the process (likely only valuable to those beginning in digital art), I like to keep my character linework on an upper layer, and add the color to a layer beneath it, then have background layers beneath those.  Once I've laid out the initial flat colors for a character, I can lock the transparent pixels of that layer (to keep everything within the lines) and go about adding shading and highlights.  In general, I do very basic shading (darkening the colors around the edges of shapes) to flesh out the form, leaving the more precise highlights and shadows from set light sources in the image to come later.  Depending on the impact I'm looking for, I can leave the linework black for a more graphic look, or lock the transparent pixels on that layer as well, leaving me free to paint over the black lines with any color I choose, resulting in colored linework and a look that more closely resembles animation and the show itself.  Again, this is just the most basic version...  My files on complex images tend to have way too many layers to easily make sense of.  I need better discipline.

On the use of my artwork:  I create nearly all of my fan artwork under a Creative Commons "share and share alike" license.  In short, this means that, as long as you give me credit and don't pass it off as your own, and as long as you aren't making money off of what you use it for, you're welcome to use it in your own project.  Fan fiction covers, videos, wallpapers, something physical you're making for your own use, or for a gift...  go ahead.  I wish you luck with them! 

Now, there are plenty of people who tend to put up my work in their own galleries and such with no attribution, and sadly there are plenty of people at conventions and online who sell copies of my work without my knowledge.  These are violations of the copyrights. 

My mindset on it is basically this:  The fandom originally took off because people took images, characters and such from the show and ran with them, building upon them and creating any number of new things.  I think that's great, and I think my own artwork should be part of this communal pool feeding the fandom's creativity as well.  So if it's something shared freely in this spirit, I'm generally all for it.  However, unlike Hasbro, I don't already have an avenue for making money off of this work.  I pour a lot of hours into them, and so seeing people steal the credit for them or profiting from them while I get nothing is rather depressing.


Hmmm... once again, that little voice is calling "this could be time spent drawing whatever you want", so I think I'll cut it off here for now.  Hopefully, this will turn out to have been helpful to someone.  At the very least, I hope that people will take away from this the fact that, despite my negligence, I do greatly appreciate everyone who takes the time to look at and especially to comment on my work!  Thank you all.


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Lillyeh-Laure Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your artwork!
VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Writer…

Yep, I met him... And it was quite a historical moment, if you know what I mean. ;)
ArtistRarity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
your art is AWESOME!!!! ^^
VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Writer
TechnoBird Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yout art is amazing dude! You bring so much life and mood to every one of your peaces, that it makes me stare at them!
Seriosly, you've just earned a watcher! >w<
ToastOverflow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahoy! I thought I'd let you know (since I only just found it) that in case you ever wanted to make a perspective grid by tracing over your drawing, there is a free application for that. It doesn't have that "3D digital world" effect of Manga Studio's perspective ruler, but such is life.

Also, if you use Photoshop's tool for picking colors and color schemes, you can get a better interface from plugins like MagicPicker (there are others, but that's the only one that works for CS3). It's not free, but it does have a 15-day free demo.

I hope you've still had time to draw for yourself through all that work... I know that's my goal right now. I wish you the best!
ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
your style is amazing n_n
MrButlerMan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You.....your art....I am speechless. I want to fave all of it! xD Awesome job!
Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon 
ashleykitten4 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Are you a Cryaotic fan? If so you should do a pic with a pony with a sup guy on its back :3 I have yet to see that and i think i would be adorable :Cry: 
FutureTrunks22 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
You're doing good pictures
KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you take requests or art trades?
SporeCreature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
You probably already know, but your "Fires of Friendship" piece was in the Brony Documentary. Briefly, but it was there.
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I did see that in the original trailer they had for it, back before it came out...  I think it was a print they had in the "Traveling Pony Museum" that got on-camera.
Blonde-Pony-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Your art is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're awesome for the compliment!  Thanks!
Blonde-Pony-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Thank you ^.^ And you are very welcome darling! :aww:
NightmaredProduction Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Photographer
You're amazing!
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for thinking so!
NightmaredProduction Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Photographer
Anytime ^-^
VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Writer
Hmm... Since you're a fan of super hero stuff as I am, here are three, that's right three super hero shows that you might want to check out this fall. Please enjoy.………
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll be checking out "Gotham", as it looks well done... I'm just not wild about the whole "prequel" premise of it while Bruce Wayne was still a small boy.  If it's about the mobs and such, that's better...  but I'm sure they'll cave to temptation to focus on the popular villain characters who really should come after Batman, not before.

I'm not usually a DC fan though, so while my brother has been trying to get me to watch "Arrow", I haven't gotten around to it yet.  Never really been a Hellblazer fan, but the show could have possibilities. 

I'm mostly looking forward to "Agent Carter", as I'm a fan of Haley Atwell's Peggy Carter.  And I recently heard that Amazon is bringing back the live-action "The Tick", which could prove amusing.
Narumi356 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooow! Beautiful drawings! I love it! Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Heart Dance) [V6] 
harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for saying so!
VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Writer
(Notices your webcam)

Hmm... A fan of Agents of SHIELD, I see. In that case... You ready for Season 2 this month, my friend?
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