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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.



[DOWNLOAD ALL - 75 MB .ZIP FILE]

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.

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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

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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!

CAFFEINE! TAKE ME AWAY!


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 cehnot@chrisehnot.com, 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...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

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'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

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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!





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Saturday Night Livestream!

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

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Wednesday Night Stream!

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

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Monday evening livestream!

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

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Sunday Afternoon NSFW Stream!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 16, 2014, 3:29 PM

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Wednesday Night mildly nsfw Harley Quinn stream!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 12, 2014, 7:42 PM

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Wednesday Night NSFW stream!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 5, 2014, 8:26 PM

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Tuesday Night livestream!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 28, 2014, 10:37 PM
PRINCESS PILE!!!


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Sunday Evening Cover Stream

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 26, 2014, 7:27 PM
Stream is up! Doing a Robyn Hood/Van Hellsing cover tonight.


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