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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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Sunday Afternoon NSFW Stream!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 19, 2014, 1:23 PM
Stream is up!

Still testing stuff out and figuring it out. But this is my first stream on Picarto, so let's see how this goes! Come on in and complain about all the things I'm messing up on.


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Sunday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 17, 2014, 3:34 PM




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Finally, got some time to draw again.

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 16, 2014, 8:13 PM
The last three weeks have been pretty insane at the day job, as I have been working 18 hours a day every day for the duration. My ability to get back into drawing has been completely stifled, but finally, after a long and arduous road, the project is completed and I'm back on to a more sane schedule. It's still an 11 hour daily schedule, so the next few months aren't going to be easy. But it's back to a sort of consistency that affords some time to hunker down, draw, and also steal a good night's rest every now and then.

I'm also working on a night shift for the time being. This is actually quite an interesting experiment as I've never worked graveyard before, but I feel the experience is going to be worth it. Experience is the main reason I jumped at the chance, and so I could have a personal recollection of both the pros and cons of working such a shift. So wish me luck there.

Lastly, as the comments on my main page are showing, it is indeed my birthday today. Thanks everyone for your kind words, your gifts, and you sarcastic jabs about needing a hip replacement. Considering what I've just gone through, and how much I'm struggling to catch up, it seemed this year's birthday celebrations were going to be put on hold until a better date. At least having a slew of dozens of well-wishers making the actual day special really means a lot to me, so thank you all so much for giving the real birthday something legitimately heartwarming.

Anyhoo, back to drawing. I've got a lot to catch up on.

Sunday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun May 25, 2014, 3:39 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



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- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Wednesday Night Stream!

Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2014, 9:27 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



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- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Night Livestream is up!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 27, 2014, 8:48 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



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- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Saturday Night Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 19, 2014, 8:21 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



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- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2014, 8:10 PM


Getting another stream going tonight! Let's see how far I get before I-zzzzzzzzzz...



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- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Sunday Afternoon Livestream!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 6, 2014, 12:52 PM


Last Friday was kind of a bust, and yesterday was too. Eh well, hopefully today we'll get some good streaming in!



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- Feel free to be constructive, but if the artwork is a collaborative effort, only criticize the part I'm doing (the colors), not the part other artists did.

- No requests, both art and music-wise.  Sorry.

- Be nice to one another; don't overly antagonize others and be a jerk.


Friday Night Livestream Status

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 4, 2014, 6:16 PM
Hey guys.

Just a quick heads up that tonight's scheduled stream will be put back a few hours, and I won't be starting until much later tonight due to a family event. I don't know when I'll get back, or if it'll even be early enough to even warrant a stream, but I'll see what I can do and update this journal accordingly when I get back.