Please don't write a comment on my profile thanking for a fave, llama, etc. Instead, thank you for making nice art or being so kind.
(Unless otherwise stated.)
You'll find little to none of the following content further posted or produced by me, unless otherwise stated:
Vinyl Scratch / DJ Pon-3
Shipping (granted, people's interpretations of what is or isn't shipping may vary)
I personally don't see a problem with all this, since there are countless alternative artists who'd do all of it. What's one less going to do? Nothing, that's what.
I'm as aromantic and asexual as people go, so whether it's straight and/or same-sex shipping, I don't really want to participate in either and nor will I depict characters as such (except in a couple special cases where I had more malicious intent; this is the only way I can put it in a way you guys'd understand). Of course, people from both sides end up assuming I'm on the side against them, but what can I do? Nothing, that's what. I'm more proactive in expressing more independent qualities of characters and development that isn't just the go-to "oh lovey dovey ship ship ship" thing or more unsavory things that people love so much these days.
Basically, as someone not really into romance, shipping doesn't really give me much to swoon over. So I go for other things concerning such characters that have nothing to do with love or affection.
What you should know about my dA and its uploads;
The featured character, Crescent Moon (aka; Papermoon), is not my OC, nor is he my "sh!tty Doctor Whooves pegasus recolor OC" as people have noted in the past. He's a canon background pony in the show, one of several that were probably hastily made using other existing earth and unicorn ponies as templates for the Sonic Rainboom episode in Season 1. That is also to say he is not Doctor Whooves or "Doctor Moon" either, at least by me, although the two look similar. While he is the character I most often use as an avatar, the truth is my favor simultaneously falls with several other background ponies, rather than just one.
99% of the stuff here is traced or uses a reference of some type, usually from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV show or other official media, with the purpose of being a reusable resource, reference, or otherwise. Traces from anything else are only done with the permission of the original artist, and are usually not uploaded here, and are otherwise stated on deviations this applies to. Thus, I don't necessarily claim to be an artist. People just might not recognize what instances I trace from because I focus mostly on apathetic background characters not in the main cast, nor are big in the fandom, as opposed to easily-recognizable instances featuring main or popular characters.
If I primarily trace off a single screencap for a vector, I'll link in the description for direct comparison. If I use multiple, or completely change the identity of the reference material, I usually don't.
You might notice most of my vectors are stallions, or minor characters in general. I emphasize on these characters since I always figured that since the show is female-oriented, female characters (whether they are mares or fillies or minor or major characters) were always going to be well-covered by the fandom's army of vector artists. Granted, there are many stallions and colts that have their own share of popularity and reach, and mares and fillies that are more or less ignored in comparison. At the same time, there are going to be obscure characters that even I haven't covered; like everyone else, I have my own share of favorites and biases too. That's why it's nice to have more people around to participate in this type of effort if they please. This isn't to say that I hate popular characters or their fanbases outright (except in extreme cases); you'll just see less of them on my profile, since I don't feel so much obliged to contribute to their content, even if I like them.
Personally, I just like to see stallion characters as something other than characters so uninteresting that artists feel the only way to make them worthwhile to the fandom is to draw porn of them or to sexually objectify, but that's just me. Other than that, when people make male OCs they usually take a mare and remove her eyelashes, claiming that "the stallion model is ugly" or "the stallion model is too limited" or "I want to look more feminine" or sometimes it's just an oversight, well, it's just several more reasons as to why I vector stallions that much more. Because to me, they seem to be shafted aside, if not that, then people only use them for shipping or unsavory stuff that isn't so open-arms as much as other things people tend to do.
You will not find edited/posed Double Rainboom/DHX-leaked/other puppets as "vectors" here in place of my usual uploads, and I don't have/know Adobe Flash or have any Adobe Products that aren't Photoshop, so even if I wanted to (which I don't), I can't. That said, I may reuse resources, but from my own past vectors, typically if parts are not seen in a reference image, cut off/heavily obscured or otherwise. That, or I trace from another image. I also try not to reuse poses too much, because most of you I assume don't like stock vectors after a while, right? If I reuse something from someone else, I'll usually cite it in an upload's description if I remember. The farthest I would use "official" resources such as DHX puppets or show assets used in Flash games would be for the RGB color codes for parts in order to be as accurate as can be in that fashion, or for vectoring over cutie marks that aren't so easily seen in the show, but this is all I can think of at this moment.
Everything else is aimed to be vectored/traced from scratch, with the aim of each vector being a bit neater and higher quality than the last, and to try out new things if necessary, instead of reusing the same resource (or someone else's) over and over. To me, progress is important, and easier to attain in great amounts by putting in the work and gaining experience. One could argue that it doesn't apply since I work off the show, but the show itself improves in quality as it progresses (whether you want to say visually or in writing is your call), and sometimes you just need to learn new things and get better to keep up.
On the subject of reused resources, sometimes I may feel I may annoy another user by mentioning them every time I credit them when I use a cutie mark, for instance, and have it appear in their inboxes each time. In these cases, I may vector my own personal resource of the same thing (off the show, of course) so that I don't have to do that. Beyond that...I'd much rather vector my own resources than to constantly reuse, recolor, and edit other people's stuff to make what I want.
I do not intend on making or otherwise off tracing the show for labor or otherwise (in the sense that others are more deserving of it than me). I do this for my own enjoyment and leisure.
I don't work on or upload OCs here, at least by request. If I ever do make one, it's typically a gift from my own will and I send it to the recipient by other means, usually, but not always privately. I don't have an OC or ponysona; I'd much rather focus on or relate to obscure canon and underdeveloped characters, and usually find people to associate with this way as common fans. That being said, I intend on keeping OCs and canon characters separate. My general relationship and opinion on OCs is...complicated.
Some deviations feature vector source files (SVGs). Most don't. If it's a cutie mark, well-recognized character, a character with an uncommon physique or build, a backdrop, or a remix in itself, you should find them. The rest, not so much. If I always did recognizable and known-characters, it'd probably be different. I grew tired of being seen as "the guy with all the background noponies for people to shoehorn their OCs over"; I still might be, but what used to be uncredited SVG edits are now MSPaintbucketed masterpieces or people vectoring over my stuff (and probably a loss of quality to add insult to injury).
I don't make bases, and I don't endorse them either. Specific deviations featuring more popular characters or easier works might be exempt. Most others, I don't want any more bases made from. Check respective deviations for these:
This goes without saying; I do not own any characters that I trace out of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series. This is mostly for those of you who probably thought of accusing me of stealing these characters by tracing them out of the show, claiming that I own these characters, and/or originally created them. If you don't recognize a character, then chances are that's why I vectored them; because they are so obscure and unknown.
What does having next to no social life outside of the internet and relatively easy college classes do to you? Seemingly infinite free time to make, ponder, and do stuff, for sure!
I didn't end up at a prestigious university because of...well, er, let's just stop right there ? Instead, I'm attending my third year community college in San Francisco, California, with the same hope as everyone else of transferring out to somewhere worthwhile eventually. At the moment, I'm only taking courses in Math, Astronomy, History, and Public Speaking. As I said, this to me just gives more leisure time than expected, with not feeling too bogged down in classwork, and proudly being socially awkward, since I don't really spend time with friends at college. Most people would probably find it boring. If anything though, it doesn't bother me...mostly because real-life social interactions feel like a burden and slow me down besides on top of being awkward.
If you want to know ethnic details or my heritage, both of my parents were Filipino. That's as far as any Filipino heritage reaches though...I wasn't raised under their native culture nor am I fluent in their languages. Just a guy with Filipino descent thrown into the American life.
I like making non-mainstream, underrepresented, and underrated stuff for the relative minority that might like it. This doesn't just apply to deviantart.
To me, making something of a insanely and wildly popular character, ship or anything to do with shipping or suggestive themes (in ways that aren't childish/cute jokes) would attract too much unwanted attention to myself and the deviation, and would attract a bunch of odd comments and people that aren't my type, and I don't want to associate myself with that kind of stuff. But really, I just don't like dealing with people who won't even acknowledge what you say and are more concerned with forcing things down everyone's throats, which I feel just grow to unsustainable levels easier with more people.
If something gives me hype, then I'll probably never make something like it again. If I vector something that hardly leaves the ground, then chances are I'll make something like it again. So, typically I'll vector something I know won't spread, because I'd rather have fun vectoring something and at the same time contributing to a fanbase that doesn't get enough love, rather than being concerned about self-image and fame, and have to deal with the setbacks that come with it.
I'd rather have a few fans that really appreciate and enjoy my stuff than have lots of fans that'd probably take my stuff for granted.
I don't consider myself an artist. Rather, I create vectors that I'd expect other, actual artists would use to create something much more worthwhile, and for fun. Though, it still greatly annoys me when someone traces, recolors, or edits a vector in a raster program and does it so poorly. Personally, I find editing the SVG of a vector much easier and that it gives better results, but eventually it got to the point where I'd rather have people make things themselves if they really want something. I'd always appreciate some credit or association to whatever's made regardless, so that it's not like I'm only here to make vectors for you to butcher in your editing and claim as your own original work. I hope it goes without saying that I'm not taking credit for the vectors I do, or that this style is my own, and that instead I'm just vectoring off the show to express how much I like it. This being said, I usually try to enjoy most instances of reuse or remix, and I often do, though I might not always say so.
My interests fall in men's and women's artistic gymnastics, ponies, video games, aviation, and railroading. For something more academic, I enjoy studying anything to do with biology and science. My current obsessions include Kohei Uchimura and Ksenia Afanasyeva as gymnasts, ponies like Flash Sentry, Thunderlane, and if you haven't noticed, many relatively obscure background characters.
I read every comment I get, but I won't always respond to them, since it would be a bit too much for me. If I went out and said thanks to every compliment and whatnot, I feel it'd add lots of clutter on my deviations and profile . Regardless, you have my acknowledgement!
Favorite stallions: (that have clapping pony gifs)
Favorite mares: (that also have clapping pony gifs)