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  1. 22 points

    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Perhaps not, but Maud is kind enough to wear them for the holiday because they appear to make ponies happy, must be because how festive she looks.

    © Characters © Hasbro Artwork © Brianblackberry

  2. 19 points

    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Ready for season six? Ready as Twilight, once the student, now becomes the teacher? Yay character evolution!

    © Character @ Hasbro Art @ Brianblackberry

  3. 17 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Another "I felt like drawing but didn't know what to draw" evening, so I decided to try practicing humans again by sketching a MLP character of mine I've yet to "human-fy". I like how she came out, though her expression looks a little bland. Though I'm not good at conveying expressions with this semi-realistic style, it's just something I need to further practice with. But otherwise, yeah, not too shabby. Her hair was especially fun to draw, trying to translate that waving, hair spine onto a person. I think it'd be neat if I was able to eventually conceptualize all my OCs as humans at some point. At this point, Yuri makes...five? ...So that's like, ten more human drawings to go, lulz.
  4. 17 points

    From the album: OC Art

    All the Teams! ...Actually, that is all the teams, since I don't have a character working with animals. But maybe I'll just draw another team, because seriously, these events are fun. Star Crusader (c) moonshineTheleocat Skyhaven (c) RainbowPony
  5. 17 points

    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Noticed that many minor characters have little good art of them, and Cheerilee is one of those characters. I guess that is what inspired me to draw this on a lark. Sure you all know what movie cover inspired this for Eighties Cheerilee (hint: it's in the title).

    © haracters © Hasbro Artowrk © Brianblackberry

  6. 16 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Not good with backgrounds, but I gave it my best shot darnit. Inkbrand usually spends the holidays with his family in Manehatten, but this Hearth's Warming he's got a little charge to take care of. The two of them (plus friends) are going to make the best of it though. Fun fact: I almost took the lazy route and drew easy and round snowmen on Inkbrand's scarf, but in the end I committed. Because snowponies > snowmen. Applejack © Hasbro
  7. 15 points

    From the album: Muddy's Album!

    Just something I doodled whilst a fair few of us were spitballing ideas in Discord. Moths can be surprisingly colourful.
  8. 15 points

    From the album: OC Art

    I started drawing in the hopes of turning out a picture to use on my profile, and got really carried away with it. As one does. A brief glimpse into a section of Inkbrand's Tattoo Parlor, with Inkbrand kicking back and looking bored while he waits for some customers. I sped through the sample tattoos hanging on the walls because I really was just out to practice drawing Inkbrand and some posing, but they are part of his shop and I couldn't just leave them out. As an aside, Inkbrand's probably going to be renaming his parlor into something more thematic than just, "Tattoo Parlor", soon. Have a few ideas in mind, but I'm still mostly brainstorming...if anyone has any good ideas, let me know!
  9. 15 points

    From the album: MLP Characters

    Want to try other poses aside from "pretty princess poses prettily". I don't draw ponies sitting down very often - hard for me to get the hind legs correct - but this one looks alright, by my books. Applejack © Hasbro
  10. 15 points

    From the album: Doodles 'n the Like

    Both Zelda and Inkbrand have made comments about how plush/cuddly/soft the other's fur or feathers are, so I made a little doodle/animation of Zelda cuddling an Inkbrand plush. ...That is all. Zelda © Tacobob
  11. 15 points

    From the album: Requests, Gifts, Commissions

    Since Bellosh is so awesome, I demanded he let me draw something for him politely asked if there was anything he'd like me to draw. He requested Shadowmane, the mysterious and fear-inspiring leader of WRAITH. She's suppose to be fairly covered up so that no one is able to guess her species, which is why she's got her horns, ears, muzzle, tail, and wings completely covered. Really cool character, it'll be interesting seeing her in RP. (The Kracken is not a cutie mark, but it is the symbol of WRAITH~) Shadowmane (c) Bellosh
  12. 15 points

    From the album: OC Requests & Trades

    A grouping of Sunrise Beach drawings I am planning to divide up for use with various RPs she is in. Royal Page: She is a page in Twilight's service in a few RPs Ready for winter - Well it is winter, but she is also from the tropical islands south of Equestria proper. Hoofball! - In another RP she is trying out for the Ponyville Junior Hoofball team; the color scheme is based on the Ponyville flag from the show. Who ME? - She is always innocent! She swears!

    © Characters & Artwork © Brianblackberry

  13. 15 points

    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Just more little banner concepts. This is what the page looks like before I slice it up (sans background) for banners. Nothing special of note to say for this one other than I never drew Lyra and Bon-Bon before. *Edit* Fixed a couple minor issues.

    © Characters © Hasbro Artowrk © Brianblackberry

  14. 14 points

    From the album: Muddy's Album!

    It's been a while since I've drawn anything pony wise and the Long Ma/Qilin just look like a rad design thing anyway. Have a sweet girl.
  15. 14 points

    From the album: Request/trades/gift art

    And here is the first "painting" from the Peachy's Portraits thread! I have to admit, I was getting pretty worried during the early part of drawing this. However, I'm really happy with how it ultimately turned out so yay! The adorable Wind Walker belongs to tacobob. Edit: I cropped the background because I think it looks better this way.
  16. 14 points

    From the album: MLP FiM Characters

    Crash is a pretty cool nickname if you ask me. XP This is a speedpaint from awhile ago I forgot to upload. The legs look kinda weird to me but I didn't feel like messing with it anymore. I'm still pretty happy with it as is anyways. Figured out some more lighting/shading stuff I'll be utilizing in the future so that's always cool. :3
  17. 14 points

    From the album: MLP Characters

    Found a really nice tutorial today for creating a space/galaxy/nebula background, very simplistic and easy to follow. Throw in some Twilight Sparkle, because why not? I tried Luna, but I couldn't keep her design from blending into the background too much. Purple and pink stood out much more. Twilight Sparkle © Hasbro
  18. 14 points

    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Just more little banner concepts. This is what the page looks like before I slice it up (sans background) for banners. Luna is slightly lighter colored then what she appeared in Luna Eclipsed, given that took place at night and all the ponies were overlayed with a slightly darker shade. The wet manes were fun to do, just wanted to add some extra shades to indicate water rather than just have the manes be down.

    © Characters © Hasbro Artowrk © Brianblackberry

  19. 13 points

    From the album: The Character Corner (Color!)

    Everyone meet Astrid! the latest (for now) addition to my OC lineup. The High King of Whitescar is currently busy dealing with a multitude of issues back home in the lands of caribou. In the hopes of a united Whitescar that can grow beyond the image all other nations have of their kind as berserking barbarian conquerers and nothing else, HIgh Queen Astrid has been hoping to do more diplomatic work with the adjacents lands... Maybe Neighpon if she thinks that their inhabitants are over that whole... war thing that was a long time ago. She's getting up there in age along with her Husband, Havardr, but also like her beloved she has not let it slow her down. She's an experienced warrior but also one of the best healers and potion makers in her homeland. She'll likely be venturing outside fo whitescar and visiting certain areas of lands beyond in order to meet both creatures of note and those they rule over... and maybe adding to her collection of pulp stories. The drawing itself was a fun to do... although I still think the antlers are a bit goofy looking.
  20. 13 points

    From the album: OC Art

    There characters of mine are participating in the Grand Galloping Gala, so of course they all needed outfits, the first of which was Mei's cheongsam. I was originally intending to use the picture I drew of Mei in a hanfu, as that is a more traditional outfit that would have better fit her humble and traditional upbringing. However, I realized that the hanfu really would have been a royal pain to walk around in. Plus, given that most mares wear large puffy ballgowns, I thought a short cheongsam would make her stand out more in a crowd. My favorite part was probably designing the patterns on her dress. Very abstract, I just kind of took a brush and made some vague flower and branch shapes~
  21. 13 points

    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Seemed appropriate given that tomorrow is Halloween. The image itself was a "quickie"; done between regular projects in a short run of insomnia. *Edit* Expanded the image a little so her mane isn't cropped to the left and fixed the tip of her horn. IF anyone wants a copy sans background to use for whatever, just ask!

    © Characters © Hasbro Artowrk © Brianblackberry

  22. 12 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Three characters of mine are participating in the Grand Galloping Gala, so of course they all needed outfits, the third of which was a conceptualization of Dawnguard's formal outfit. This would have actually been my favorite outfit if I had come up with it by myself. It is, in fact, a variation on Owain's outfit, a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening of whom Dawngaurd is based off of. I was planning on drawing him in a tux or more traditional formal outfit, but really felt that a modern outfit wouldn't fit Dawnguard's dramatic and theatrical personality. Which is when I turned to the character he's based off of, tried to fit the outfit to a pony's body, and played around with colors. The end result looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. I've certainly received more compliments about Dawnguard than my other two characters, at least!
  23. 12 points

    From the album: OC Art

    I wonder what's going on here... ... On second thought, no. I really don't want to wonder what's going on here. Instead I have to wonder why I designed such an incredibly creepy pony. Like. Seriously. Meadowhawk © Dio
  24. 12 points

    From the album: OC Art

    I created a character as a background pony for a recent picture I drew, with this same cutie mark. I liked it so much that I decided to make another, entirely new character, which turned into this Earth Pony who's been tentatively named Moonshine. Much like with Starlit Shimmer, I tried to give her a very glossy and shimmering look...though, I think I went overboard with the highlighting. Makes her look almost white instead of a shimmering silver. I'll probably try playing around with colors later, make her a darker silver, and maybe change her hair color to ashen or black. But still, I like how she turned out. Dunno if I actually want to app her, or just give her design up for adoption or something else, though.
  25. 12 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Reupload of my Floof! picture, because this is what happens when I'm bored and in a Skype chat with several Canterlot people. Seriously. This is what literally happens.
  26. 12 points

    From the album: OCs

    This is a redraw of an old Peachy picture and It's gonna replace his old app image. I'll be back to RPing again soon and I have something pretty neat planned for this guy once he's accepted again.

    © art and character by me

  27. 12 points

    From the album: Doodles 'n the Like

    Another animation based of a suggestion by someone. Click on the picture and scroll a bit to view it! For those of you that don't know it, Dawnguard is actually very similar in appearance to Dubstep's character Dark Core, with a white body and golden hair - the unicorn simply dyes himself darker colors. In this little animation though, Dawnguard happens to catch Dark Core without his dyes, leading to some confusion over an obvious kindred spirit (not). Dark Core © Dubstep
  28. 12 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Just in case there was any doubt what sort of look Inkbrand is aiming for. Radiant Steel © Rarity
  29. 11 points

    From the album: Pony Stuffs

    Arete: a master infiltrator and information broker who enjoys a bit of jet setting and schmoozing on the side. While she has worked for Chrysalis in the past, she is by no means a Chrysalis fanatic and works more for coin and intrigue than for any heartfelt sense of loyalty. Besides, an expensive penthouse in Talonopolis beats a hovel in Leota any day.

    © Art by YourLittleBrony. Arete by Dio.

  30. 11 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Felt like doodling again today, trying to get back into my art mojo. So here's Zelda and Inkbrand out on a casual stroll, though something appears to have caught their attention. (Don't ask me what, I don't know). Zelda © Tacobob
  31. 11 points

    From the album: OC Art

    Quick and messy speedpaint, about an hour and a half's work. Still need to work on my backgrounds, but not all that bad for my skill level, methinks. RP scene that's been playing around my head for a while, inspired by recent events in Crystal Cavern Calamity! Honestly can't wait to see how the thread plays out. August © CaptainMcDerp Sugar Star © Elderflower
  32. 11 points

    From the album: OC Art

    I realized the other day that I didn't have any non-pony OCs. I also realized around the same time that all of my characters are pretty much jerks - I don't have any genuinely nice characters. Those two realizations combined into my new OC, an eastern dragon named Yuri. It was tough trying to MLP an eastern dragon, but I think I made it simplistic enough. Coloring came out a little wonky, but I'm pretty happy with the overall design.
  33. 11 points

    From the album: OCs

    Felt like drawing my OC Popcorn Puffs as well :v
  34. 10 points

    From the album: Muddy's Album!

    It's been a while since I've drawn my girl.
  35. 10 points

    From the album: Sleepy Spell

    © pastelnihilist

  36. 10 points

    From the album: Requests, Gifts, Commissions

    Part of my "draw every character that's associated with Ryuichi" initiative, with the most interesting result so far! Shiroi Boshi is the Gijutsu-sha/Tech Mage/Technomancer of the Shogunate, a genius of magitech who's in charge of an office that's responsible for magitech security, ethics, development, and pretty much anything and everything. Shiroi's a pretty interesting character, if you can't tell by picture alone...I'm looking forward to Ryuichi interacting with all these strong, independent mares that don't need no Shogun! Shire (c) PrinceBlueblood
  37. 10 points

    From the album: Request/trades/gift art

    This one took me a little while but it was very fun to paint. Blue is a nice color to work with and I had a chance to practice defining the fur and armor. It would also be my first time painting a beard like this. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Halvard belongs to PrinceBlueblood
  38. 10 points

    From the album: My original art.

    Practice that turned into "hey look I drew a thing". I'm using a new art program that is really nifty. I have to play around with new methods for how I draw things, but for the most part I'm getting along alright. I still miss Photoshop though ; A; If you haven't already, give Medibang Paint Pro a try. Its like a free Paint Tool sai, though Ive never used Paint Tool Sai, it sounds like something I would use I wasn't planning on submitting anything, but I liked the direction I was going in so I decided to keep going. The goal of this was still to play around with this program and I'm glad I decided to make a complete picture instead of aimless scribbles. So here you go! 1st pic made on a new art program. Yay!
  39. 10 points

    From the album: MLP FiM Characters

    I've been experimenting with downloading/making brushes while practicing landscapes and so far I like the result. And it was about time I drew my favorite apple horse. The grass, trees, mane, and other things were painted by a brush I made. However the clouds, flowers, and other things were painted with brushes by DA user Okami-Rain (now known as Stalcry:)

    © art by me, character belongs to hasbro

  40. 10 points

    From the album: OC Requests & Trades

    Doing some updated pony images of my OC characters as I am not happy with the old images anymore. In addition to the updated art and mixing in my own style, made subtle changes for each of the characters to make them more in line with the color schemes of the ponies in the show; Bramble Rose was given a much more pastel coat and his mane is now analogic to his coat. Here is the original. Bramble is my friend Joe (Bramble Rose here on Canterlot) first and signature OC. He is a scientist who studies the magical properties of the flora of Equestria. He is often mistaken for a mare, something that drives him crazy.

    © © Bramble_Rose 2014

  41. 10 points
    (I apologize that I have started this in here, but due to an internal server error, I'm unable to post this in Brony Chatter where it was meant to be. Still, this is a message I want to share with as many people as possible, so for any mods looking in, could you please move this instead of deleting it asap? And everyone who'll stick around, happy new year.) I am Apolline Allura, and I am prefacing the following with many thanks to not only the brony community, but in particular to canterlot,com. I haven't written nearly as much in my whole life as I have the past two years thanks to the people I've met here, and the structure of which RPs and random topics take place. For those that know me from more private channels, for good or bad, I would like to apologize for any past behaviors that have alienated you. One of my many new years resolutions was to not be as vindictive-sounding or as abrasive in my language or my meanings when it comes to disagreements. I am impressed and honored with how no matter what, this site, the fandom and the show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic continue to stay alive, and thrive from everything to do with it. Never have I seen a more dedicated or inspiring base of people centered around an animated, or even just plainly, fictional program in my life. It's heartening enough to have made me take up my own projects within this universe, many of which using characters that got their start here. The following wall of text is my focus on one of the most important things that this world needs more of right now. If you'll look at the title, you know what I mean. The characters and events and charming lore are all very much good reasons I'm into MLP right now. But even moreso are the tenents upon which it's built. You guessed it, the elements of harmony. I paste this from my facebook account, unedited and containing personal experiences and information in order to remain transparent as possible. We talk ponies, but I come to you as a human being, naked and real as any of us outside of these brightly lit screens. --- [colour=#333333]I awoke with a start at about five am this morning and realized I had written none of this, despite weeks of talking about it all. I have no regrets though, for at this point, it can be done with a clear conscience, sound soul and a sound mind. [/colour] [colour=#333333]Though I write this for those close to me, I will introduce myself for those not so close, because I want to reach more than just my circle with this cascade of words that I continue to throw at my screen. [/colour] [colour=#333333]My name is Canaan Walker. I'm a high school graduate and a dead even twenty years old. My passion is writing, and my one day desire is to gain a foothold in the finicky world of writing fiction. Be it for video games, comics or television, I have visions that I want to someday see plastered on the many screens and in the many books we have of such things these days. [/colour] [colour=#333333]I have two levels of what is known as my personal circle. The first one being my immediate family, who are the among the greatest beings I have come to know in this world. My grandmothers, grandfathers, uncle and dad and mother. Since I came into this world, these five individuals have done their best to raise me into what will one day culminate in a well-rounded, conscious, concerned and self-sufficient black man. They sacrifice and do and do it all out of love and some day I will give that back AND forward. It's one of the biggest superpowers in the universe.[/colour] [colour=#333333]The second level consists of my family outside, the family distanced, and the family that isn't blood, but family to me. The cousins, the aunts and the other uncles and such. My brothers and sisters, both of the cloth and not of the cloth The mentors and people who's teachings I've come to revere and live by. The village, in short, who raised me along with my immediate family. Those I haven't spent time with as much, but know me like anyone else would. These people support me on a different level. No less important than my inner circle, but there are values that I gain from both circles that one might not have.[/colour] [colour=#333333]An even more divisive section of that level are the people not related to me, but I am blessed to have come by. My friends. Of which, the magic of friendship is shared with, which is another of superpowers in the universe. [/colour] [colour=#333333]This New Years Eve, I would like to share the six virtues learned between both of these circles, as well as the world around us. [/colour] [colour=#333333]It's been a crazy year I might add: we've endured tragedy and division escalating beyond what we've had in recent years, specifically in this country, the United States of America where many people in aformentioned personal circles live. The seeds of discord continue to take root within our society and the world at large, leaving us all unable to unite as people. [/colour] [colour=#333333]But I've seen more than that. I've seen honesty. I've seen loyalty and generosity. Kindness and laughter and by the grace of He the most high, magic even. [/colour] [colour=#333333]I do not mean magic as an inexplicable thing in relation to His grace, but rather, the thing that enables the other five to survive, and form a cohesive whole.[/colour] [colour=#333333]The 2012 election was simultaneously amazing and frightening in how easily smaller pockets of people banded together, but even more pockets of people remained unheard and will be unattended to, no matter who sits in the Oval Office right now. I speak of course of lower class citizens. Although to be frank, I know people without much money or make much of it who have twice the class of any politician or businessman.[/colour] [colour=#333333]There have been natural disasters, which have torn homes asunder, but kept us strong in our committment to helping our fellow man and woman. Of course some of our countries policies regarding disasters have been less than optimal (see: New Orleans), but we have done so much better this time around. Workers of all stripes labored tirelessly without pay to aid everyone way, not because it was the right thing to do, but the human thing to do.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Finding gainful employment is an exercise in itself, because of nepotism, racism (yes, I said it) and the poor economy. You will need a BA to work at McDonald's in the next year, if not the next six months. But through collective work and economics, some families manage to sustain themselves, and people are rooming together and pooling resources to stay afloat.[/colour] [colour=#333333]And of course, the mass slayings of innocent people; men, women and children. The pain hasn't quite gone away, and for some it never will. But more of us can feel it than I've ever seen nowadays which is once again, both amazing and frightening. When we have endured tragedy ourselves, news of it strikes the feeling within us that enables us to connect with those closest to the situation. But to anyone who has never lost a family member to a cause beyond any sane persons understanding, it's nothing but news feed on the internet, or television. [/colour] [colour=#333333]And then the Mayans said the world was supposed to end or something. But we're still here, so I'll keep it moving.[/colour] [colour=#333333]I've witnessed all of these things and wondered how on earth the spirit of resilience that is the human soul continues to endure these things. And then upon realization of what exactly it is, I decided to write this note.[/colour] [colour=#333333]We are here because we work together, live together, exist together.[/colour] [colour=#333333]We are here because of Harmony, an extremely powerful compound. [/colour] [colour=#333333]Harmony consists of honesty: Of which we are duty-bound to tell the truth to ourselves and others. When we fail to recognize this as a duty, we fail ourselves and the people around us. It is a double edged sword to some, because some think some things are best left unsaid. But lack of communication, lack of information and context can lead to misunderstandings, and breed mistrust. The most beautiful of us can look particularly ugly when we don't act in the interests of preserving our integrity through honesty. When I was younger, I had a major issue with being honest with everyone, and paid for it with time and privlege. I'm glad I've went through it and dealt with my punishment for it then. Because now I'm learning how to deal with it as an adult, as a man. And when you're older, honesty is much more difficult because life has multiplied itself tenfold in it's complexity. Never sacrifice your honesty for fringe benefits. Everything in the dark eventually comes to light. And honesty is it's own reward. Like working for something and then acquiring it of your own sweat and toil. Or realizing your flaws are what give you your strengths. Or giving you the courage to pull away from a toxic relationship, and the courage to keep a genuine one afloat.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Harmony consists of loyalty: With honesty, people become loyal to one another. There is nothing human beings seek more than security and self-assurance. Loyalty arises from these things, because when we have what keeps us able to interface with one another so well, we gain a fierce desire to protect it. And so comes the ability to love. Whether it's being able to love your mother, your best friend, or your other half, you are kept to that other person. It's not dependence, because when it comes to loyalty, all parties are equal, respect is mutual, and even if you're as different as night and day, just like night and day, you will be there for the other. Loyalty is also easy to get lost in. When loyal to multiple parties, you must weigh your loyalty against your other loyalty. Who will you do for unquestioningly? Who can you do for unquestioningly? Who is the most important in the end? There are no easy answers to these questions. I've met so many people, and have had trouble reconciling the differences between them all, because loyalties and priorities change with time. As long as you are honest with yourself, mindful of others, and can remain satisfied with your decision, loyalty can be one of your biggest assets in life.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Harmony consists of generosity: Generosity is not necessarily the result or catalyst of loyalty, though it can be. Generosity is freely giving of one's self, irregardless of reciprocation. Sometimes, we get too smart for ourselves and get generosity mixed up as a ploy for loyalty, or a guarantee of it. Sometimes, the reasons why matter, and sometimes they don't. It is imperative that no matter what is given (be it time, money, love), that we remain grateful for it all. And that we can one day pay that back, or even better, pay it forward. Practicing things like generosity could genetically lead to a kinder human race in another...couple hundred years or so. [Full disclosure. I am not a biologist.] There is a such thing as giving too much though. Giving in greed, giving just because it's within your means, giving to everyone but yourself are all generally bad ways to use generosity. It is a natural thing to give, and not forced. You may end up turning people away because they can end up finding you fake. Or a doormat with free prizes and twenty dollar bills underneath to be beckoned upon whenever someone feels like it. Generosity, without learning how to be generous to one's self is generosity without meaning. We cannot be self-less if we have never learned how to be a little (emphasis on little, because of loopholes and self-imposed statues of limitations of little) selfish.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Harmony consists of kindness: Kindness is the default human state, in my opinion. When you see another human being and greet them, you may very well have done that person a favour. You may have lifted their spirits with a hello, or a have a nice day, or something of the like. And it was all in the interest of doing so. It feels good to do good. Kindness, is a prerequisite in no way to generosity, loyalty or honesty, but can be directly influenced, or even end up breeding one of them. Kindness is however, practicing all of the above with the purest of intent. It means to have no alternative intent other than the deed itself. A subsidiary of kindness is compassion, to which we are all bound by in varying degrees. I have learned kindness through sharing with and listening to others in this world, and understanding what they have gone through in relation to my own experiences. Even if I haven't been affected directly I can still feel for the situation. And we all have the ability to demonstrate it, but we all need to do it more. Better attitudes breed better people. Let's fill the world with more of it. [/colour] [colour=#333333]Harmony consists of laughter: One of the more taken-for-granted of the elements of Harmony. We cannot cry and not be able to laugh. Laughter is essential in keeping ones self, above all things, sane (relatively speaking in the case of humanity). Sometimes, when beseeched with the seemingly-mountainous tasks and responsibility that living and getting older brings us, all we can do is laugh. We need to laugh, because laughter is joy, and unless you let it, your joy cannot be taken away from you. Not if you continue to remain grateful and aware where you are, who's you are, where you came from and where you're going. Intentionally created humor is usually revered as the cause of laughter, comedians and comedy shows, but what we forget is that art imitates life. Everything in it. I have a friend who is currently dealing with throat issues, and has had them since Christmas. They've plagued her and left her unable to enjoy what was supposed to be a great time of the year with someone important. In the following weeks since discussing it, I found myself dealing with the same thing (briefly) as she continues to come down from hers. It was a delicious irony, because there have been so many illnesses spreading round quicker than ever this time of year. And it's as if they flit from one of us to the next, the person who wishes that the sick person gets better catches the other persons sick! It's so messed up, but so funny if you've ever been sick around others. Not everything is always funny though, so we must be careful to not cross the line with our laughter. We can cause pain to others with, but only if done in excess. Not everyone is thick-skinned to everything, but every joke is not meant to harm. When used to heal, observed with care for others, and a sense of fun for one's self, laughter is simply one of the best things ever.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Harmony consists of magic: The main ingredient of main ingredients, magic is the most critical element of harmony. Many get magic confused with people in pointy hats waving sticks, or throwing thunderbolts from the sky, or riding cleaning implements through the night. Others take the very notion of it as a slight to their religion, relating it to witchcraft, devil-worship and other evil things. The complete truth behind magic is this: it simply is. We as human beings do not take well to what doesn't make sense to us, and love to stick with the familiar, but in truth, magic makes as much sense as science and religion and all the otherworldly things we come to believe and/or denounce. Magic is what enables us to practice honesty, kindness, loyalty, generosity and kindness. These things cannot be directed at just anyone. A spark of magic must be present in order to ignite the desires to practice such things. We aren't going to be able to do all of the above with everyone we meet--the average human can meet over a hundred thousand people in their lives and interact with consistently with as few as a hundred of them. No one is going to handle everything, and we cannot see or do everything. It's a fact of life that I've come to accept as I've gotten older. No matter your wins or losses, life keeps moving. And with life comes magic, and vice-versa. Because the elements of Harmony are needed to lead healthy, productive and cohesive lives, we are given a spark. It may not activate in the way we necessarily want it or expect it to, but when it does, we know it. When we meet someone who eventually ends up becoming important enough to be honest, loyal, generous, kind to and to laugh with, we feel it. We feel that spark that gives us the preemptive knowledge that this is my friend. This is my special someone. The same goes for more than just people. The thing that some have labeled the sixth sense is in fact magic. Because it's an inexplicable feeling of energy directed to one thing, and it is natural as night and day.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Misuse of magic is misuse of harmony.[/colour] [colour=#333333]Don't pretend like the magic is there for someone or something when it isn't. Don't pledge yourself to someone you can't trust, or be trusted by. Don't do for someone who won't do at all, be it themselves or others. Don't act in malice and call it kindness. And don't laugh if it's not funny.[/colour] [colour=#333333]I have seen these things form the collective whole that is Harmony, and going into 2013, among a host of other things, I resolve to practice them. [/colour] [colour=#333333]Even more importantly, I challenge you, the reader to do the same. [/colour] [colour=#333333]The world hasn't ended. No, instead, today, tomorrow and the days after are the first days of the rest of your life. I say it's time to live like it. [/colour] [colour=#333333]Signing off now at...eight ninteen a.m., this has been Canaan Walker. I love you all dearly. Congratulations on surviving this year, lets thrive in the next.[/colour] [colour=#333333]---[/colour]
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    From the album: LM's Original Characters (And Then Some)

    Its happened to every gamer pony, right? It starts with you ready to game, then turns into a you asking why in the wide-wide world of Equestria are you taking so many deaths. Even the weakest guy on the opposing team is killing an experienced player like you with ease. In the end, you put on your Try-hard pants, still lose, and finally blow up your game system with a quick magical blast from your horn. A maniacal look on your face that would put Twilight Sparkle's crazy phase to shame.
  44. 9 points
    World of Equestria: Age of heroes. Even before the founding and golden age of Equestria… there have been creatures with curious abilities beyond the norm. Some creatures able to jump tall building in a single bound, others could fire powerful bursts of energy from their eyes… and that’s not counting the even stranger things other have been shown to be able to do. One hero has stood above many others of her age, that of the Sun Sentinel. A mysterious mare who has protected the world from evils from the past many times over… but legends say that when she first appeared and began her rise as the symbol of hope for Equestria and some lands beyond, that she had a partner. A mystifying mare who manipulated and was empowered by the moonlight as she was the same with the sunlight. The stories say that after years [of jealousy had built up], She turned on her sister and partner and attempted to take over the world. A long battle raged until Sunlight Sentinel emerged victorious… They’re fight on the namesake of the former Moonlit Knight (and then, Nightmare Moon) covered it in the equine profile pattern of craters until using some legendary spell, The Sentinel sealed her partner and bound her to the moon. The scholars of myth say that this event is what caused the Sentinel to form her group of heroes and began a campaign to work with the government of Equestria to form the Sunlight academy: a school to teach the empowered individuals who desired it to learn how to use their powers well or for some, how to control them and to use them constructively. Over time, the school grew and grew until it became almost the size of a large town… in the current day it is a gigantic facility with the Lair of the Sunlight sentinel hovering high above it. Myths became a reality however after the night of Nightmare Moon’s return. A group of six heroes in the area of Ponyville: where the mare in the moon made her return. Together six solo heroes who had been fighting over the territory of Ponyville worked together to locate the magic used to seal her and instead used it to cleanse her of whatever evil had corrupted her. Although after using these elements, they dissipated and disappeared… That night left a mark on Equestria as all across the continent many heroes began springing up, some with no powers beyond their talents, others more so. But one thing has become clear: The age of heroes has only been emboldened by the return of the Moonlit Knight. While the government of Equestria has put her on trial… she has been sentenced to a type of community service in which she must now teach the new age of heroes. A roll she has taken to with Gusto along with her sister, her first act being to announce an initiative to allow villains who wish to turn over a new leaf to apply to the academy. (For those wondering what the content of this AU is supposed to be rated; think somewhere along the lines of the marvel cinematic universe, The justice league animated series, sky high ... and maybe my hero academia:P) Notable Figures The Sister Heroes Because of the important nature and weight these characters have on world I'm going to have to ask those who app them to work with me on what the backstory for them will be and about some aspects of this universe's lore is most likely to affect them. Sunlight Sentinel (Celestia): The sun themed exemplar and top heroine of the modern age and for the last thousand years. Her place in the world is now more a symbol of hope and peace for all creatures to strive for. In the past she had worked alongside her sister as the two most influential heroes of the age. Moonlit Knight turned on her out of jealousy (and possibly more). She has not chosen anyone as her personal protege but is looking for someone she believes could fit her type of mold once she has passed, not even the sun can last forever. The issues she faces is a mix of just how much she should use her powers to influence the world and also where to use them. In a world full of super villains it is not possible for even her to stop all of them, this is why she formed her school:To teach another generation of heroes how to use their powers wisely and for the greater good. Usually the only things that warrant her intervention are the appearances of immensely powerful villains of a world ending nature but often is able to stop crimes wherever she is while in canterlot so long as there’s no one else who can help. Due to her not taking up the role of rule in this universe, the old method of sunraising is still done by several skilled unicorn mages in Equestria. Her role as a mentor is stretched to the entire student body and she is often immensely protective of all of them. Known Powers. Solar energy manipulation and empowerment: Due to her nature and sun theme, Celestia does not control the sun itself but serves as a generator of powerful solar energy which manifests strongest during the day. Her powers allow her to use the sun’s energy to strengthen her abilities so that not only her magic but her physical capabilities allow her to hold her own in fights with the hardest hitting non magical bruises, her speed and reflexes have allowed her to keep up with (or be a bit slower) than even the fastest speedsters in Equestria and beyond. While her powers are impressive and potentially the strongest out of all heroes of the modern age, she is significantly weaker when cut from contact from the direct sunlight. Secret identity: N/A Thanks to her powers and alicorn status… and incredible height, Celestia has become fully invested in her persona is rarely seen out of costume. Moonlit Knight (Luna): Status: Appable The heroine turned villain turned heroine again. A contentious figure for this age, having grown in a tougher world than the one the modern ponies and creatures know, she has been hardened. While less… warm than her sister she is once more on the side of justice and eager to prove it to all who may doubt her. Unlike her sister who has had a thousand years worth of experience in crime fighting Luna has had considerably less but still enough to be a respected authority. Known powers: In fitting with her lunar theme, The Moonlit Knight’s abilities are based around the night and moonlight. Due to not having trained and honed them to the same lever her sister has (as well as being out of practice for a thousand years) Her ability to empower herself with the moon’s light is comparatively immensely weaker, despite this she has proven to be able to manipulate it to the point she is able to create constructs made of it to fight on her behalf, her conjuring abilities being second to none in this particular category. Unlike her sister who is always at her strongest during the day, Luna’s powers draw upon the moon’s phases and are strongest when it is full in the sky, and weakest when it has reached the new phase. Secret identity: Optional Luna while tall and still rather recognizable, thanks to her isolated area when she was cleansed the look of the Knight under her armor is still safe. It is entirely possible for her to go out and meet others if she so wishes. The Mane six (group title still unchosen) The mane six are all available to be apped and you are free to have them have whatever backstory and powers you wish so long as you don’t step on your fellow teammates toes. There are some conditions you’ll have to abide by if you wish to play them however: If you wish to play a member of the mane six their relationship with other characters in canon continuity will likely be different, one of the biggest differences will likely be that whoever apps Twilight Sparkle will not be The Sunlight Sentinel’s ward, protege, or whatever variation on that idea is as the sentinel has lived long enough and is aware she cannot show favoritism amongst a large body of students in such a way as she is working to be a role model for all creatures. Another condition is that seeing as the backstory and opening concept for this AU requires the mane six having actually been heroes who were originally against each other working in their territories but joined up to work together for the better of their town. It’s not likely they would have have a had a particularly close friendship (at least not in their costumed identities) However after the events of nightmare moons return and reformation, you’re free to take them in any direction you wish within reason. Government figures Since the two sisters didn’t take the role of raisers of the sun and moon and bringing of the day and night respectively, the current Equestrian government has several highly trained and powerful mages working to move the sun and moon each day through the sky. The land is in a state of mixing but still divided. While Earth ponies, unicorns, and pegasi do often live amongst each other there are still worries and the occasional bout of xenophobia from old, darker thoughts , feelings, and traditions that haven’t died out as quickly yet. In this world it’s most likely a trio of elected representatives from each species of pony work to try and come to agreements over what should be done about issues their world faces… but all things are susceptible to corruption. Technically the academy is run with the assistance of the council so many heroes have been worried about the effect it may have on the process of molding the heroes of the coming generation. Thanks to the combined efforts of the three species of pony and the long time spent between them Magitech has mademany advances, prosthetics are advanced and some are more like superpwered in their own right if you can afford/make them. gadgeteer and inventor heroes have been very popular for a while now. Major Locations: Sunlight Academy (in Canterlot) : The school of heroes and the empowered. Founded a thousand years ago by the Sunlight Sentinel herself, the academy has been (along with it’s founder) a beacon of hope to many an aspiring hero or empowered citizen: With the funding from the Equestrian government and the help of many scholars from across the land, it has experts in the fields of many of the powers that have appeared in the past. The major program for the academy is it’s hero training program for empowered who have either proven to be capable heroes or those who wish to go there and learn of their powers with the assistance of professionals first after having taken a difficult series of tests if they are just starting out. Once a hero has been approved for application of the academy they are subject to many classes that the school offers for different power categories after the empowered individuals capabilities are analyzed. Training drills are done regularly and eventually heroes will be trusted for more dangerous work if they haven’t been in dangerous situations before The other big program there is the empowered acclimation program. This course is for Empowered individuals who are not interested in being heroes, so much as learning to come to grips with the powers they have and finding ways to fit back into regular society. Some of this is for practice to learn control for more dangerous and powerful individual’s capabilities, but most of it is meant for those whose powers can inconvenience or hinder them in their everyday life. (at the time of writing this , these are the only areas that have a vaguely defined lore and even Ponyville is meant to be a flexible setting. Any locations, cities or towns in Equestria are fair game for any who wish to add their own superhero spin to each site… just don’t make everyplace all dark and gloomy, everyone! ) Ponyville: A still growing, large, and well established settlement a good trip away , but still adjacent to the academy. Ponyville is a flexible setting with a few heroes still operating in , the most prominent of those there being a sextet of mares with differing powers, abilities, and personalities. All of them show potential to be great heroes… but since the events of Nightmare moon’s return, they’re competition for recognition from Equestria and beyond as great heroes is growing more and more difficult. The biggest threats to Ponyville are regular attacks by creatures and oddities from the Everfree forest. What emerges from that place is rarely the same and always seems to have some strange abilities or method to give the local heroes a run for their bits. Application Rules and form: List of current Superheroes:
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    From the album: Mane 6 and characters

    Princess Luna for Nightmare Night everybody! To tell the truth, Im only so-so with this pic. I started it over a week ago so that I would have enough time to get it in for NightMare Night, but lost a few days because of a stupid as heck schedule and on top of that, I now have a cold of some sort which is ruining my day since being sick and awesome holidays do not mix in my book. (I also havent gotten sick in years!) So I wanted to get this in before the 31st, and despite a very clouded mind and an achy head, I pretty much just sped through it so I could be done. xD Anywho, enough of my whining, here's Princess Luna on a obligatory broomstick on a obligatory night and full moon background. Im going back to bed. Happy Nightmare Night!

    © Luna belongs to Hasbro, art is mine

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    Starting today, blog posts based around popular gorefics are no longer welcome on our blog feature. I've been getting too many user complaints regarding this. They're not creative, interesting, and just create forum spam. Please find another outlet for this sort of content. Blogs featuring these posts may be deleted without warning. Repeated posting may result in a warning or loss of blogging privileges. Thank you!
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    From the album: OC Art

    I jumped on the Changeling bandwagon with a new character application, a Changeling named Heartless. Pretty excited about him, maybe enough to actually RP him from time to time…
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    From the album: Franshpout's stuff

    It's been a while since I had the idea to do this, but took me time to really get to it. I had seen many before and always thought them to be pretty interesting! So I put myself to it. I think it's a great way to practice different expressions and I hope that what I've done really corresponds to the expressions that are written! Took some time to do given there's 12 expressions, but they were all fun to work on nonetheless!

    © Violet Charm is owned by me.

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    From the album: Regular Cast Pics

    Mainly done for color practicing. Oh, and she wants your love, and you can freely give it or she will simply take it from you. Your choice...

    © Characters © Hasbro Artwork © Brianblackberry

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    From the album: Emerald's Art

    Put a slightly realistic spin on Discord, my favorite character right after Twilight Sparkle ^^
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