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Prints Available at Wizard World Portland, Feb 19

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 6, 2016, 11:06 AM

Hey all!

Those of you in the Portland area (or those of you in the Pacific Northwest with a means of transport) can get a book full of the colored works I have done alongside cehnot.

So you can find some pieces like these!


So swing by his table and give him a big spontaneous uninvited hug! Remember, him pushing you away is just his way of challenging you to hug him harder.

Major Tumblr Update

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 3, 2016, 10:14 PM

Vest Tumblr is Now 18+

Hey guys!

So, a little courtesy notice to those of you who follow me on Tumblr. I have gone through a selection of my recent artwork from the last few months and have found that I'm not able to share a lot of it. That's because it's simply too risque to be uploaded to DeviantArt, and contains the kind of content that could get uneasy glances or discomforted winces. A couple recent commissions in particular. Which is really kinda sad, because pseudo-bizarro content aside, I'm really quite proud of how they came out.

Those of you who have been in some of my recent unsolicited Picarto streams would know what I'm talking about. Emphasis on "unsolicited." Pretty good reason I don't advertise some of them on Twitter. You know. That thing my Mom follows me on.

Oh! She also follows me here! Hi Mom! (Everybody say hi, she's a splendid gal)

So why all the bother, then? Tumblr allows mature content, right? Why not just post it anyway? guys might remember the Cutie Mark Cavern series last summer. It got a lot of circulation around various blogs, and a lot of these blogs cited my Tumblr as the source instead of my deviantArt. And because of this, a ton of people who were linked from very family-friendly morally upstanding Internet blogs decided to follow me there. So I'm pretty sure that most people who followed me on Tumblr are not really aware of how much hardcore NSFW material I do (again, hi mom!).

I also update my Tumblr so seldom, I wouldn't fault somebody if they kept thinking it was a SFW blog despite the semi-erotic imagery that lands there from time to time. Amid a flurry of people posting anime screencaps a dozen times an hour, it would be easy to miss.

So I'm posting this notice, and will be posting follow-up notices on my Tumblr. The art will start dropping on Saturday, so if you do not want NSFW material showing up in your Tumblr feed (you know, helping you fight that adorably futile fight of your's), adjust your filters and unfollow accordingly.

Friendly Reminder about Art Theft

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 14, 2015, 7:22 PM

Hey guys!

First off I just want to say thanks to everyone who let me know about other people stealing my work and posting them to their dA pages and Tumblr accounts. If you're ever in a position where you're wondering "should I bother Vest about this? Would he get mad at me for spamming his inbox letting him know who is posting his work as their own?" I assure you, it would be much better if I knew than if I didn't.

I read every note that I receive, especially ones regarding serious issues like art theft.

I would also prefer it if you guys didn't confront the artist and tell them they're being bad. They're art thieves, they either don't care who they're hurting, or they're too stupid to see the error in their ways. I've seen thieves go to tremendous lengths to justify art theft, mostly to their own fragile little ego, with excuses like "I'm protected by Fair Use" or "this is my first amendment freedom of speech."

Oh, the "Fair Use" idiots. Those are my favorite to take down. Really tears a hole in the fabric of their faux reality.

"Fair Use" is a protection that extends to me. To people who make their own original fan art. People who actually put forth the effort to create something from a blank canvas. "Fair Use" is no justification for art theft, and simply putting a couple hue tweaks, Instagram filters, or cheesy quasi-demotivational emo poetry over it doesn't justify the usage of the source material.

Unfortunately, deviantArt has made the bone-headed decision to advise people to tell the offending art thief to kindly remove their work and refer to some "informational journal" of sorts. This is exactly what they request people do if they find an artist ripping off another artist. This is their recommended course of action when you try to send them a report for art theft.

This is ridiculous.

Just tell me directly. Send me a note. I read all my notes.

DA only has the power to give you bad advice that can lead to unpleasant confrontational nonsense that just makes you feel angry and powerless against a stubborn flagrant thief. I have the power to file a DMCA report on my personal behalf and get the work taken down immediately.

And note that I won't DMCA everything. DMCA's are really overpowered, it's almost unfair how easily they can be exploited. We saw such exploitation this week on Vimeo with Sony's scummy IP firm DMCA blasting a wide selection of long-standing films just because they had the word "Pixels" in the title. Yeah, as if a shitty Adam Sandler movie couldn't just have the decency to stay shitty in the safe confines of theaters, it has to waft its shittiness into real life too.

This journal's comment section is 100% open to rants about Adam Sandler.

But I'll be able to review each instance individually and act at my discretion. Somebody showcasing my work on their blog for an art feature? I'll definitely let it stay. Some small-time independent music producer using one of my landscapes for a YouTube upload of their single, and giving me proper credit in the image description? I might open a line of dialogue and get something figured out (if even), but won't go the nuclear DMCA option.

But people just blatantly ripping off my work, claiming it as their own, and dumping a heap of filters on it to try to pass it off as an original piece? People trying to sell prints of my work for money? People using my work to promote their personal commercial projects? That's stuff I absolutely need to know about so I can act accordingly.

But the most important thing is, I will appreciate every single notification that I receive. I won't be getting all trigger-happy with DMCA bombardments against Tumblr. I just like to know where my stuff ends up so, if necessary, I can control on how it's used. Besides, wouldn't you rather be guaranteed some thanks and appreciation by telling me, rather than risking a bitter confrontation with some Internet art thief troglodyte on their home turf?

Thanks everyone.

I'm not Apologizing

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 9, 2015, 2:30 AM

About four weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to contribute to a My Little Pony fan animation as their background artist. Normally, since my schedule was horrifically backlogged, I would have to decline.


...Let's be frank. This just needed to exist.

Couple of fun facts!

This animation is featured in PONIES The Anthology V, and is the closing bit. It starts at 1:00:22.

I was not given specific direction on where the animation took place, so I opted for a movie theater. This was done with the express intent of dropping "Fluttershia Labeouf" into existence, since I already had the PSD open and couldn't find a pen to write down that pun. One of the fake movie posters in the background is for the film Saddleship, which is directed by Michael Neigh. Horse puns.

The Fluttershia Labeouf joke escalated, evolved, and now has its own trailer. I didn't do the background on this one, but I did do the big metallic lettering and the Saddleship logo at the end.

The Saddleship trailer is also in PONIES The Anthology V. It starts at 29:23. That means there's a very subtle bit of continuity in the anthology, where our silly trailer later comes back as a movie poster. Most would think we thought to add the poster as a nod to our other animation near the end, but the opposite is true. The whole damn trailer is a nod to that one background gag.

Fluttershia Labeouf is designed after the Friendship is Manly rendition of Fluttershy by Kanashiipanda.

The other movie poster is Cutie of the Beast. Instead of saying A Walt Disney Masterpiece at the top, it reads "A CopyRighted Masterpiece" in the style of Walt's looping signature. Due to the lack of timing to come up with any additional horse puns, the bottom print simply repeats "please don't sue" multiple times.

In reverence to the audio's source material, I drew the backgrounds in the style of Chuck Jones, though I did not study his Looney Tunes work. These were based on his later pieces for Tom & Jerry.

This animation started several months ago, and a lot of the animation process was streamed by Pikapetey on his Picarto channel. This animation was originally not intended to appear in the PONIES The Anthology series, but was just Pikapetey blowing off steam. It was during the clean lining phase of the animation that the Anthology team invited it for inclusion.

Some are complaining that this animation is ridiculing and insulting all Bronies as being fat red-headed sacks of horror. It's a fair criticism, but this is not a blanket jab against the fandom (sorry haters). Unfortunately, the truth is far worse. It's actually based on a real person who I won't consciously single out, but will affirm he made quite a name for himself for his ridiculous antics and harassment of other fandom artists.

King Sombra really loves his stairs.

The animation was originally going to end with Sweetie Belle clawing and yowling in the fight cloud. The sequence of Sweetie Belle kicking the Brony off screen, and the Brony falling down the stairs, was added at a time when an intelligent person would consider it too close to deadline.

Artists are not "an intelligent person."

Pikapetey unfortunately lost two hours of hard work one evening because he couldn't stop laughing at the Brony's cheeks getting forcibly pushed behind his teeth.

I opted to keep the backgrounds loose, simple, and establish staging using only basic shapes of light from a single source. Or, to quote my instructions, "half ass everything, this is due next week."

How to Remove that GHASTLY Orange 'Core' Tag

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2015, 8:01 PM

DeviantArt seems to be raising the price of premium membership, and are now renaming it to what I'm sure they were hoping would be indicative of their pseudo-edgy brand, but in reality, is just confusing the hell out of people. We all know what premium membership is. But core? Sounds extreme! Do we all get skateboards, pogs, and a complimentary Pennywise album bundled with it?

Christ I'm old.

Now, I don't have a problem with dA changing their prices. Inflation is a real thing, and a business has to do what it must to stay afloat. What astounds me, though, they're making such a big deal out of it. Aren't you supposed to not have some big front-page celebration of raising prices? Aren't you just supposed to sneak it in, not say a word, and hope nobody really notices? And if people do raise a fuss, make some business-ey statement about "operating costs" and "economic trends" in some big-worded pile of lip service to quell the peasant folk?

And not only are they making a big deal out of it on the front page and header. It's now speckled all over the site in these bright eye-gougingly orange tags beside the names of premium dA members. Congratulations, dedicated and loyal denizens of the community! You've been promoted to "visual nuisance" status! Not only are you involuntarily parading about the unfortunate revelation of deviantArt needing to raise the prices of their membership, but you're mucking about with the whole site's aesthetic in the process!


Can I cut the snark here? We good? Did I get it across that I don't fault dA for charging more money, but wish they'd not announce it in such a baffling display of bombastic orange nonsense?

Alright. Good.

Maybe 5 years ago, I had the drive and energy to spend afternoons and evenings complaining and touting the end of days when subtle aesthetic alterations would trigger me timbers.  But I'm now a lazier, quieter, generally apathetic kind of person, and I just can't muster the passion or rage to give a piece of my mind to deviantArt. Ultimatums? Boycotts? Internet Petitions? Feh, you silly kids and your whimsical desires to change the world.

Me? Don't care in the slightest. I just fix shit and make jokes along the way.

Getting Rid Of All These
Horrible Orange Tags

(In 3 Simple Click-Bait Title-ey Steps!)

If you'd like to browse dA with that soothing shade of "seemed like a good idea in 2002" grey-green we're all used to, you will need to download and install two things.

1: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Download one of these and install if you haven't already.

2: Adblock. This is an extension for one of the two browsers above. Adblock for Google Chrome or Adblock for Mozilla Firefox. Download and install the one pertaining to your chosen browser. Remember to restart your browser when the installation has completed.

Note that these steps were initially performed on Adblock for Google Chrome. The steps for Mozilla Firefox are slightly different and can be found below the steps for Google Chrome.

Google Chrome users:

Step 1:
Download and install Google Chrome.

Download and install Adblock for Chrome.

Step 2:
Select the Adblock icon in the top of your browser, and select options. This will open the Adblock options page.

Step 3:
On the Adblock options page, go to the "Customize" tab at the top of the page.

Scroll down to the "Manually edit your filters" section, and press the Edit button.

In the text box below, add the following two lines (you can copy/paste them from here).[class="user-symbol premium"][class="user-symbol beta"]

Press "Save."

Load or refresh your deviantArt page.

Update: Firefox users! I got you covered.

Step 1:
Download and install Firefox internet browser and Adblock Plus extension. Note that I could only find Adblock Plus for Firefox, which is why the steps are slightly different. I could not find a normal version of Adblock for Firefox from a reputable source.

Step 2:
Click the Adblock Plus icon at the top of your browser window, and access the Adblock Plus filter preferences.

Step 3:
Select the "Custom Filters" tab at the top of the filter preferences prompt.

Create a new filter group by selecting the "Add Filter Group" button.

Select the new Filter Group, then select the "Add Filter" button over the right column.

Input the following two filters separately:[class="user-symbol premium"][class="user-symbol beta"]

Close the Adblock Plus Filter Preferences prompt, and refresh deviantArt.

And now you're all set! Inflation is still crippling the economy, digital media is floundering to stay afloat in a viciously competitive environment, our future as deviantArt users still hangs by a fragile thread dangling precariously over a rapidly churning dot-com economy. But hey. At least we don't have to wince uncomfortably at those atrocious orange eyesores!

Congratulations to America on Gay Marriage

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 27, 2015, 2:41 AM

I'd like to voice my commendations to the United States Supreme Court for finally bringing America into the 21st Century, and requiring the nationwide recognition of gay marriage.

I remember back in 2008 when California passed Proposition 8, I knew the backlash from that passage would cause something big to happen. We had seen a number of states prohibit it, but those states were in parts of America where it wasn't surprising to see such laws passed. But when it was abolished in California, that was the big wake up call (well, to me at least). If a state as liberal and contemporary as California could be persuaded against a fundamental human right that its own state courts had mandated previously, and turn against its own allocation of gay marriage, the rest of the country would see just how powerful some lobbying groups and propaganda peddlers could be.

In light of Prop 8's passage, I saw something unprecedented. I saw an entire nation find a cause they could unite for, and many people on the fence or empathetic to the cause were now seeing a systematic persecution against a group of people tried to be made criminals for the act of loving one another. It didn't take a lot of effort to see how low bigots were willing to stoop to relegate others as second-class citizens because of their romantic interests, but when they made California their business, America made gay marriage their business.

I thought the decision would have been overturned within the year. I even heard murmurings that the Federal Supreme Court was going to hear it within six months, hopefully making it a national human right before the next election cycle could edit together their latest volley of smear commercials.

I'll admit, I'm pretty disappointed that it took America this long to figure itself out on something so obviously apparent. There was no harm in saying yes to gay marriage, and a horrific precedent set forth by abolishing it. It took seven years for our most prestigious courts to determine this, but hey, seven years to make it happen is better than California's approach of six months to make it go away.

It feels weird to be "disappointed" in something so monumental just because it took so long to get here. But there's a lot more to this ruling than just giving a thumbs up to homosexual marriage. Maybe this decision took so long because of what it means beyond the very topic it addressed.

There's a lot of symbolism behind today's decision. It's not just about wanting to see people express love towards one another, or get invited to the most fabulous wedding reception you could possibly imagine. It's a uniform declaration between a country's citizens that we are concerned about equality, that we as a country do accept you for who you are, and regardless of creed, orientation, or your awkward taste in Taiwanese moombahthon music (holler at me boys) we don't want laws preventing you from simply being who you are.

Because then what happens when similar lobbying groups decide it's sinful to be a fan of comics?

What happens when similar lobbying groups feel society would be better with the prohibition of alcohol?

What happens when lobbying groups want to ban videogames they deem not enriching enough by their standards?

Time and time again, Americans have shown that they do not want to be held down, limited, prevented from being who they really are and enjoying what makes them happy. And today was a major victory, not just for the millions of couples who can now make their "civil union" into an official marriage, but to all who don't want scheming pundits and shills representing the outward perception of one nation to the rest of the world.

Today we tell the world we're at least catching up a bit.

And maybe some of the other slackers in the industrialized world will catch up, too. Nothing influences progress quite like "well if those idiot Yanks are doing it."

Commission Status Update

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 26, 2015, 12:08 AM

Hey guys, just thought I'd send a courtesy update.

I have been getting a lot of notes and Emails from very excited, wonderful people giving me lots of uplifting words and encouragement, but they are also quite eager to set up a commission with me.

Unfortunately, I've hit a certain "mental limit" where I can feel myself on the verge of burning out, and need to recover. I have been working two jobs non-stop seven days a week, about twelve to sixteen hours a day. One of the jobs is the commissions and comic work that I do, and for a while, it was my relaxation. It still is. It's a great way to unwind.

However, the ability to unwind in art becomes difficult when I get too much stuff backed up and see no foreseeable day off. It has been several months since I've had a "do nothing" day.

What this means is that I'm going to be locking my commissions for now, keeping the people I have scheduled, and not taking in any more until my current load is cleared and I get some time off to recover.

I appreciate everyone's patience and encouragement.

Cutie Mark Caverns: Wallpapers Available

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 21, 2015, 3:10 PM

Since a good number of you folks requested it,
I have created wallpaper packs based on the
recent Cutie Mark Caverns series.


Individual download links below.

This isn't just a simple crop/resize job.

Each picture has been expanded, adding new details beyond the original
margins. This is so the original images are untouched, there is no
image resize distortion, and to ensure the most possible natural transition
from the lit areas to the black edges.


[1366x768] - [1680x1050] - [1920x1080] - [1920x1200] - [3840x2160]
[Mobile 640x1136] - [Mobile 750x1134]
[Tablet 2048x2048]


[1366x768] - [1680x1050] - [1920x1080] - [1920x1200] - [3840x2160]
[Mobile 640x1136] - [Mobile 750x1134]
[Tablet 2048x2048]


[1366x768] - [1680x1050] - [1920x1080] - [1920x1200] - [3840x2160]
[Mobile 640x1136] - [Mobile 750x1134]
[Tablet 2048x2048]


[1366x768] - [1680x1050] - [1920x1080] - [1920x1200] - [3840x2160]
[Mobile 640x1136] - [Mobile 750x1134]
[Tablet 2048x2048]


[1366x768] - [1680x1050] - [1920x1080] - [1920x1200] - [3840x2160]
[Mobile 640x1136] - [Mobile 750x1134]
[Tablet 2048x2048]


[1366x768] - [1680x1050] - [1920x1080] - [1920x1200] - [3840x2160]
[Mobile 640x1136] - [Mobile 750x1134]
[Tablet 2048x2048]

The Cutie Mark Caverns

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 10, 2015, 2:55 AM

After a month and a half of off and on work,
they have finally been completed...

  Aspire - o - Transcend

Emanate        - o -        Sustain

    Endure        - o -        Encourage

Thanks everyone for the uplifting words,
sage advice, and motivation to compete the set.

Saturday Night NSFW Livestream

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 6, 2015, 9:08 PM




Copyright Claims Have Gotten Overwhelming.

Journal Entry: Fri May 29, 2015, 10:35 PM
Hey guys.

I know I don't advertise it that much in my journals or deviations, but I actually do quite a lot of landscape paintings on my spare time. And not just any landscape paintings, but paintings that I create alongside the oil-based legend himself, Bob Ross. These landscape paintings are kind of an easter egg of my gallery, and I'll add a couple to the collection every month.

But I have also given all of these landscape paintings their own YouTube channel to document their creation from the ground up, and to show how I convert Bob Ross's traditional painting techniques into digital. It's an evolving process.

The videos aren't terribly popular, most not even passing 100 views. But I don't advertise them. They're more for my own humor, and for the handful of people on Livestream and Picarto who collectively do these Bob Ross challenges in Toxic-Mario's stream as well. And while it's all for fun and none of these videos are monetized, a problem has arisen.

A recent wave of automated copyright claims hit my YouTube channel. All of them pertaining to the fact I used music. It's kind of a pain since I'm not making any money from these videos, and YouTube automatically posts links to the musician's page in the video description. Hypothetically, I'm giving them a signal boost, so I was a little surprised that such small unknown videos were even getting reported. But, I don't want to load the conversation with anti-consumerist pro-piracy sentiments, because as inconvenient as it is, I fully recognize the right these artists have to control the distribution of their music and (as a content creator myself) should honor their desire for such exclusivity regardless of how small the infraction is.

In response, starting next week, all of my time lapse painting videos will be muted.

The bad news? You don't get a fun little tune to coincide with your viewing experience.

The good news? You probably have a buttload of way better music anyway, so you don't have to pick one or the other. It also means you use less bandwidth watching my videos.

I actually prefer it this way, and I think you guys will prefer it like that too. I've watched a good number of time lapse videos, and I always mute their music anyway. So I guess I'm just saving you all that step. Also, if any of these video do end up blowing up in popularity for some reason or another, I'd like to hopefully monetize off it one of these days (wouldn't we all?), so keeping it respectfully muted would help circumvent any problems that could arise.

The CEhnot and Vest Compendium is totes 4real!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 22, 2015, 9:15 PM
Hey guys!

It's with great excitement that I get to announce...oh wait, already said it in the title. That's right, I struck out my original clickbait "Big News in Irritable Bowel Research" headline for something more descriptive. But that's because I want to save time! Your time! Time much greater than value OF HUMANITY ITSELF BUT NOW also time lesser than if I just got to the point like I intended.

Oh but it's how excited I am! I am wasting time explaining why I'm saving time in a manner that wastes even more time in the long run!


Guilty Pleasures Artbook production photos by cehnot

"Waaaaw!" I hear you gasp, spitting out your double shot venti caramel macchiato frappuccino you drank four hours ago. "How do I acquire such a devastating piece of barbaric weaponry!?"

To which I chortle, "Why simple, young flooperdooper! You can catch Chris Ehnot at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend and work that dapper magic of your's that wins hearts, minds, and restraining orders. Or, you can get it straight from the source! Just send an Email to, and he will respond with the necessary details to PayPal $40 (plus Shipping/Handling) to have a copy mailed right to your hovel!"

"Neat!" I pretend to hear you say instead of checking your Twitter for more Drawponies hilarity.

"And it's not a weapon," I assure you, suddenly drawing disappointment, "But a good wallop over the head could slay the most vicious of house cats. It is 64 jam packed pages of bombastic pin-uppey silliness, measuring an impressive 8.x25 by 12.x25 inches, and contains a staggering four and a half pounds of magenta ink alone."

This is the largest and most comprehensive collection of my work ever organized, and considering the costs of individual prints, it's a steals for reals.

And if you get it signed by Chris Ehnot and myself, you also get the honor of upgrading your "Guilty Pleasures Art Book" Ebay listing to "Guilty Pleasures Art Book (minor sharpie damage)".

Help support your fellow small-time self-made freelance comic artists. We may be just a couple guys, we may be teeny under the shadows of the great Marvel and DC titans eclipsing the spotlight, but we got a lot of fight in us!

And we're also not famous enough for ThePirateBay so that ain't an option either.

Thanks for your patronage!

The Thing I Love Most About Being in Comics...

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 22, 2015, 12:41 AM
The thing I love most about being in comics is that I find myself work alongside some of the greatest people whom I have looked up to for years. Nothing makes me squeal like an obsessive dork quite like going through my watchlist, finding an awesome comic cover from some guy I admire tremendously, then realize that it's an alt cover for the same book I did a cover for.

That's like finding out your long lost brother is Han Solo.

It''s not creepy to foam at the mouth while gurgling "we're family now..." Is it?

Some People...

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 12, 2015, 1:35 AM

Wednesday Ni-...wait Thursday morning Late stream

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 4, 2015, 11:53 PM




'Why Pony Fanart?'

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 1, 2015, 1:50 AM
It was an innocent enough question.

I'm lucky to work in an environment of people who are their own sort of nerd about something. We have an in-office D&D campaign going, a league of Pokemon collectors, a bastion of Trekkies (who really had a difficult week, bless their souls)...and of course we've got a few Bronies in the stable too. I'm among pretty good company. And while the question "why all the ponies?" wasn't asked in any manner of hostility, I've seen message boards ignite this inquiry not with curiosity but frustrated rage.

I've got my own reasons. The character designs are easy to draw. They're bright with bold colors allowing me to flex my palette more. They're just so darned expressive. There's a massive talent pool of artists whom I can collaborate with if I'm not doing a pony image of my own. But one of the biggest reasons, and this is important for somebody who makes a part of their living freelancing alongside other independent entities (that's you wonderful folks) is exposure.

The fandom, by some amazing miracle, is actually bigger than it was a couple years ago. It's still going strong, and with the source material allegedly given the greenlight for another two years, it shows no indication of slowing down. But the same applies to any of the fanart.

Bronies are absolutely ravenous for new material. And with the hiatus lingering six months longer than usual prior to Season Five, the wait's especially difficult (especially considering how well of a high note Season Four ended on, sweet Mohammed H. Ali). The IDW comics are doing well holding the fandom together, but a lot of the demand is going to need to be satiated by the fan artists. Equestria Daily is still going strong. The /r/MyLittlePony subreddit is still as active as ever. Derpibooru is just as weird as its always been (turn on that NSFW filter before jumping in that gutter, kids). Conventions are still churning along and netting top-tier show talent for panels. It's not often a show as young as this one maintains this sort of momentum for half a decade, especially considering how conventions are looking more towards branching out across entire genres to fill a guest roster, while Brony conventions can remain centric to a single specific brand.

All these avenues exist and are still incredibly active. They're full of energy, and crave as much content as possible.

Let's say I upload a comic book cover. Yes there are a ton of comic book readers out there, but when it comes to fan sites of specific comic books, there's not much for small and independent publishers. We're pretty much on our own. So when that cover goes up, it's pretty much seen by my deviantArt followers, my Tumblr followers, and my Twitter followers. It plops onto the Internet, it slides down your inboxes, it disappears without fanfare. Maybe it'll get a little boost through some comic blogger, a publisher's Email newsletter, or someone's posting on Comic-Vine. Little pops in activity, but nothing that exciting. It goes up, gets about 1500 views in the first day, 300 the next, and then is done.

However, if I upload a pony, something different happens. The first day is usually the same. In fact, pony images tend to do worse on their first day. Most of my followers aren't fans of the show; they're fans of comic book characters. They'll get about 1000 views on the first day. But something strange happens on the second and third days. It doesn't slow.

On the second day, a pony image will get distributed around the different avenues as more people in the fandom trip over it. It gets posted to Reddit, 4Chan, EquestriaDaily, and several other sites. And this distribution doesn't happen all at once. It occurs over the course of a week. And each avenue it gets posted to, that's another substantial hoof-full of viewers pouring into the image. All the deviantArt MLP #Groups request it for their galleries, and these #Groups have between hundreds to tens-of-thousands of followers. Getting your work accepted by a group like PoniesPlus or MyLittlePonyFIMGroup can net an easy 500 views alone.

The lifetime of an MLP piece is unpredictable, but it's never quick. An image I did a year and a half ago, 'Git Down Here!', got reposted to the MLP subreddit this week, hit the top spot, and got quite a significant booster. Images I drew years ago are still getting posted by prominent individuals and popular blogs, so every now and then they experience a bit of a "rebirth" like they were completely new again.

So why ponies?

Because the fandom is abso-feather-lutely insane.

Of course, all that being said, I'm now curious to see what would happen if I feed the Rick and Morty zealots.

Sunday Pony Tsitra Collab Request Livestream(Over)

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 22, 2015, 12:41 PM


Thanks everyone for coming in! You can see the end result of our request stream below.

We have just finished up our collab request Livestream for the day.

Thanks everyone for coming by and making the whole ordeal fun!



Saturday Night Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 27, 2014, 7:45 PM


[Let's do this.]


Wednesday Night Stream!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 3, 2014, 7:38 PM


[Let's do this.]


Monday evening livestream!

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 24, 2014, 8:30 PM


[Let's do this.]