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Rarity leaned forward and slowly put her arms around Zecora's neck. Then she grinned at the two expectant stallions waiting for their answer.
"Thanks for the offer fellas. But sorry. We're busy tonight."
A commission I finished recently. It falls under my series of genie ponies that I've drawing. Although in this case it's a kirin. In particular it's Rain Shine the leader of the Kirin.
On Saturday on 9/19/20 starting at 5:30pm Pacific I'll be streaming on Picarto. This Saturday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. So join me for evening of art, stories, D&D report, and swashbuckling adventure. See you there!
Applejack: Thanks to Fluttershy's freaky knowledge of sewing. Suited For Success. Season One.
I could see Flutters making stuffed animals and dolls in her little forest cottage.
This Saturday 9/19/20 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. So Saturday evening starting at 5:30pm Pacific I'll doing an all pirate themed stream on Picarto. So join me for an evening of art, stories, D&D report, and high seas adventures. See you there!
The eight and a half inch tall mouse slowly stepped through a tiny door in the wall near the chalkboard. With quick brisk steps she walked down a ramp and onto the desktop of the desk usually meant for a bigum. Stopping at the edge of the desktop she looked out at the classroom of expectant students. Her eyes swept over them and after a couple of second then she spoke with a voice that was surprisingly deep for her tiny size and could be heard at the very back of the class.
"Good morning. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Petina Demouse and I'll be your instructor for the Introduction to Economic Principles. I hope you find this class as interesting as I do, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask!"
She turned around and noticed that someone had left a bright, shiny, red apple on the desk. Slowly she sauntered over and sat down on it. She took a moment and adjusted her horn rim glasses. Then she addressed the class again.
"Okay. Who's familiar with the saying. Sex sells?"
A patron reward for James Birdsall.
Having recently seen some art posts from other artists, and chatting with some folks this image and scene popped into my head last night in anthro MLP dreamscape.
Vinyl Scratch opened her eyes and paused the music on her phone. Glancing down at the time on the phone she removed her wireless headphones from her ears she looked down the hall toward the bedroom. From it she could hear her lover Octavia getting dressed.
Tonight was the Friday, guest only, reception and opening night for the Music Gone Wild! Festival. A 3 days exposition exploring new, experimental, eclectic, and some cases controversial styles of music. Vinyl was DJing at it tomorrow night, but this evening was a chance to hobnob and hang out with some really cool ponies. Also it would be a great opportunity to check out some outrageous outfits. The festival had specifically asked the artists and their guests to let their imaginations run wild tonight.
The unicorn knew that this style of music was normally not Octavia's cup of tea, but since they'd started living together the earth pony has been willing to be a bit more experimentative with her tastes, interests, and views.
Still if they didn't get going soon they'd miss the opening. "Yo! Octy baby! We ready ta go? It's getting late."
From the bedroom Vinyl heard a series of strangely metallic click, click, click, clack! Then sound hooves coming down the hallway. There was an unusual clunking metal sound to them. The unicorn stowed her headphones in her purse. She'd finished this and was looking up as her partner came walking into the living room.
"Hey Octy. If you're ready ta go lets get...." The words on her lips died as she saw the mare standing there in front of her. The earth pony was wearing a very snug, black, vinyl catsuit. Knee-high boots and elbow length gloves of similar material covered her limbs. Around her neck was a collar of black.
However what caught Vinyl's attention were the numerous padlocks that were attached to boots, gloves, and the front of the catsuit. A final padlock had the earth pony's cutie mark on it and hung from the collar. The mare stopped and looked at the unicorn.
"Well Vinyl dear what do you think?" The dove grey mare did a quick twirl, and Vinyl was positive she could see her reflection in the glistening black material. The padlocks festooning the mare chattered and clacked as she spun.
Finishing her pirouette Octavia smiled. "So! Do you think this is suitably wild for the evenings festivities?"
"Uh, um, yeah. Yeah, yeah that's wild." The unicorn lifted her glasses and stared at her. "Octy. Babe. Where didcha get that?"
"Oh Rarity and couple of our neighbors here in Ponyville helped me assemble it." She glanced down at her cleavage. "I will admit it's quite a stunning outfit!"
"Yeah. Stunning. That's a good word for it." She looked at her lover in the eyes and grinned. "Ya got the keys for them right?"
Octavia grinned and bit her lower lip a bit. She took her right hand and reached into her cleavage. After a second she pulled a small key ring with about a dozen keys on it. She twirled the ring on her finger. "Are you taking your purse dear?"
The unicorn nodded her head. The earth pony smiled and tossed the ring to her. Clumsily her partner caught them. "Good I'm because I'm not. Be dear and hang to those for me!" She smirked. "Don't lose them."
Then she turned and walked toward the front door and out of sight. Vinyl sat there on sofa holding ring of keys. They were still warm to the touch. After a second Octavia peered back around the corner.
"Vinyl are you coming or not?"
The mare stared back at her. "Yeah. I'm coming."
Twilight Sparkle stared out the window of her palace bedroom as Luna's moon slowly rose in the east. The alicorn shifted nervously in her chair. For the evening Spike was have a sleepover and game session at Sweet Apple Acres. A couple of an hours ago Starlight had left with Trixie for a night on the town. The Princess of Friendship was pretty sure that their evening would end up in traveling magician's wagon. So Starlight would not be coming home. The rest of the palace staff had been given the night off. So Twilight was alone in the palace. Well. Almost alone.
There was a soft knock at her bedroom door. The violet mare closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Well as deep as the corset she was currently wearing. She could feel herself trembling in both excitement and apprehension for what the night had in store. Let the breath out slowly she spoke in the most regal voice she could.
"Enter." She said.
The door open and Twilight's closest Mare-in-Waiting and close partner Page Turner came walking in. Her leather sheathed hooves clicked across the bedroom floor and came to halt in front of her princess. The unicorn mare cocked a hip to one side. The soft lighting in the room shimmered off Page Turner's black leather ensemble. In one of her gloved hands she held a book. Twilight's eyes settled on book's title and swallowed.
Stories of the Strap.
Page Turner grins. "Ready for tonight's adventure your Highness?"
Twilight looked her in the eyes and nodded her head.
That evening while I was working to improve relations with a certain member of Scratch's troupe Peace talks in my Equestria dreamscape, Amethyst Dream Grace Under Pressure was looking to get better acquainted with Petina. However she didn't mean to get roped into some carnal team-building exercise with Scratch and other members of the troupe.
Well whatever the outcome this will definitely be a character building experience for her. If it's any consolation for her Golden Bill appears to have been caught off guard as well.
To be continued.
Sandbar laid naked on his dorm bed. The summer afternoon breezes cause the thin white curtains to sway and ripple. It was one of those oppressively hot, late summer days, and just like clockwork the dormitory environmental control wards were on the fritz again. Thus the desperate measures to remain comfortable.
So after his swim team practice the earth pony had showered and retreated back to his room. Later tonight he had a life drawing class that he would be modeling for. Initially Yona had been less than thrilled at the prospect of her boi posing nude for an entire class full of students.
However Sandbar had pointed out the yak that he made a fair pile of bits doing this which meant he had more to spend on their dates. Also Yona had found quite a few mares who were in the class commenting that she was one lucky yak to have him.
Any equipment malfunction while in flight can have grave consequences. So it's important to perform a thorough inspection before one goes aloft, and sometimes it doesn't hurt to have another pair of eyes along to confirm that nothing is missed during the inspection.
Rainbow Dash appears to be performing a final check.
This was the final drawing I started during my extended Picarto stream on 9/5/20. It was a special stream to raise money for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and wow did the folks who tuned in raise some money!
I had a target goal of $1,000USD. If we reached that dollar amount then from that point forward the stream would be NSFW. We surpassed that goal before the stream even went live at 5:30pm Pacific, and when it was done we'd raised $2,440USD to help feed folks in need. To everyone who tuned in that night thank you so much. You guys are the best!
A patron reward. The character's name is Tchirajh and she's a cyborg. When I work on a piece like this I like to have an idea in my head what the character doing, and where exactly are they anyways?
So as I was working up this piece I had an idea pop into my head. This place is called Centaur Station. It's part of a series of space stations/habitats. All of them are named after mythical creatures with names that start with the letter C. So Centaur, Chimera, Cockatrice, and Cyclops would be examples. Very space opera in feeling.
Also I imagined that there would be locations in the station where the artificial gravity is either turned off or dialed way back. So one way to go or down in the station is to either jump or fly between them. Thrust could be just inertia, or some form of propulsion system.
The two triangular objects floating below and behind her are drone-like crafts that stay in formation with the character. This is definitely a case of rule of cool here.
Hmmm, I wonder what the brain lubricant will be for tonight's Picarto stream? So join me this evening starting at 5:30pm Pacific on Picarto for a special stream to benefit Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Link
So join me for an evening of art, stories, and D&D report, along with some really awesome folks. See you there!
Keyboard gave me a cold stare from across the table in my Equestria dreamscape. This little peace talk had been arranged by Scarlet Tips. Keyboard's marefriend and fellow member of Scratch's troupe.
It was after 10pm and we were sitting on cushions around a large, low table in one of the outlying cottages on the grounds of the Silver Mirror estate. The cottage had been converted into a small conference room. A small pitcher of iced tea along with cups, sugar cubes, lemon slices, and a tray of lemon cooler cookies had been laid out as refreshments. Although at the moment they were being ignored.
Scarlet Tips had arranged this little meeting Context so I was letting her set the pace of this meeting. The griffin looked at both of us, sighed and got the ball rolling. "Alright. I've called you two here because I've already read this book and I know how it ends. There appears to be some misunderstandings that's going to lead to a heap of unnecessary drama unless it gets cleared up."
Since no other pony had the griffin decided to pour herself a glass of ice tea. She took a long sip and continued. "The reason why we're here, and are getting paid by Scratch, is to prepare for her upcoming concert tour. We're here to plan, prepare, and rehearse for it. If we're not committed to that then we got no business being here."
The griffin glanced at me. "Sky Brush. You're here strictly to offer advice and some tips on how we might improve some of our special effects during performances. Correct?"
Following Scarlet Tips lead I'd poured myself a glass of iced tea as well and was in the process of stirring in a heaping teaspoon of sugar. I finished that and took a large gulp. I hadn't realized how parched my mouth was.
"Correct. I'm strictly a part-time consultant for the duration of my contract which will run for no more than six weeks. And while Scratch is very interested in what I have say I have no managerial powers over her staff. Neither do I have the authority to hire or dismiss any member of her permanent staff, or any other consultants, suppliers, or contractors she is currently employing or has plans to." I was pulling out all the professional biz speak I could remember.
Scarlet Tips glanced over at the zebra-striped pegasus mare. "Keyboard you're the head pony in charge of cloud special effects and a backup dancer for Scratch's troupe. Technically you're overseeing all stage effects for this upcoming tour. Correct?"
The mare nodded her head. "Yes I am." She looked me in the eyes. "I'm the pony in charge." For a mare she had a surprisingly deep voice.
The griffin took another swig of her iced tea. Then she continued. "If everypony understands what the responsibilities and authority is then I don't see why there's this friction Keyboard?" She gestured at me with a wing. "Sky Brush here can only offer advice, suggestions, and possible ideas to Scratch. He cannot hire any new members nor can he fire any member of the existing troupe. Nor does he have the authority to override any decisions you make."
The mare snorted and glared at the griffin. " Oh come! You know as well I do that ponies go behind other ponies to get what they want all the time in this business. What's to keep him." She pointed a front hoof at me. "From just going directly to Scratch if he doesn't get his way?"
I felt my wings tense but I tried to keep my face as neutral as possible and my voice as calm as I could. "I'm left with the impression that while Scratch grants her crew a fair bit of creative initiative there's still a very clear chain of command." I locked eyes with the mare. "But circumventing that chain of command doesn't sound like something she's going to casually accept."
Keyboard's eyes narrowed and she glared at me. "Oh I've heard that story before! I've been cut off at the hooves too many times in my life by sweet talking ponies that promised me they'd never yank my tail!" She rose up and put her front hooves on the table. "Besides what can some cloud pusher from some podunk town know about stage effects? You must have some other angle!"
My face went deadpan and I did my best to ignore her comment about Ponyville being a podunk. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Then I imagined what Princess Celestia would do and decided to cut to the chase. "Keyboard I'm not gunning for your job. I have a job back home that I'm very proud of, and yes it involves pushing around clouds. I won't force you to accept any of my ideas, but how can you decide if any of them are any good or not if you won't hear them? You're correct when you say I know very little about stage effects. Maybe most of my ideas won't fit the theme of this tour, or will be impractical to implement. But dismissing them without even hear them out is just stupid."
Scarlet Tips took a very long sip of her iced tea and then gave her partner a very icy stare. "Let me remind you that I was born in and grew up in a hide and timber tent that was 2 days away from the nearest town and Scratch still gave me a chance. And the town you grew up in dear was most certainly a podunk as well but you still have your job. For now."
The mare stared at the griffin for a moment. Finally her wits burned through the haze of her emotions and she realized that she'd just stepped on a big old emotional landmine. She sat down and looked at her hooves. For several seconds she was silent. With her head still bowed she spoke softly. "I'm sorry Scarlet. You're right."
She turned her head and looked away from both myself and the griffin. She stared at the far wall for several seconds. "I guess..." She stared down at the black stripes on one of her front legs. "I guess I've been screwed over so many times now that I just assume that everypony." She quickly glanced at her partner and coughed. "I mean I just assume that most ponies I meet are going to do it to me again. And, and in this business especially the competition is fierce."
Keyboard looked at me. "So, when I heard that somepony who I've never of but Scratch is all excited about was coming down here I just figured the worst." She smiled and tilted her head toward the griffin. "Scarlet has seen me do this in the past." The mare shook her wings and ruffled her feathers. "So when I saw that little impromptu demonstration you gave today I let my fears get the best of me. You're rough Sky Brush but you're not bad at it."
I blushed a little. "Oh, I'm more than just rough." I finished my iced tea. "However here's one piece of advice I can give you Keyboard. Scratch has given you this position in the troupe. That means she has faith in you and she trusts your judgement. However from what little I know of her she's going to expect you to keep a open mind. She's going to want your opinion on my ideas, and I'm going to make some. So if you can't give her any constructive feedback that's what she's going to make her start wondering. You may end finding all of my ideas impractical but if you can give her an informed reason why you'll go a lot further with her."
"So Sky Brush–" The mare started to speak and I cut her off.
"Actually Keyboard. Just call me by my nickname. Brick."
She grinned. "Okay Brick. What ideas do you have?"
Scarlet Tips groaned and shook her head. Apparently she was familiar with these sudden mood swings in her mercurial partner. "Okay. Can we call these peace talks a success?" Keyboard and I nodded our heads. She looked at the mostly empty pitcher of iced tea. Good! Now! Before you two start gabbing on all night lets go get some real drinks! Sun and Moon I need one!"
To be continued.
The character's name is Abdul and he's from my Andur dreamscape. He's a 3ft tall fennec and is the Master Dance and Acrobatics in the Sultan's palace. Originally from a simple semi-nomadic tribe out on the desert sands Abdul now holds a proper noble's title because of loyalty to the sultan and his courage in battle.
This Saturday 9/5/20 starting at 5:30pm Pacific I'll be streaming again on Picarto. Due events of the last few months and historic fires in the San Francisco Bay Area I'll doing another fund raising stream for Second Harvest. So join us for an evening of art, stories, D&D report while we raise money for a good cause. Everyone who pledges that evening will be in the running to win one of the pieces of art I'll be creating that evening.
This is an example of a drawing I started during a Picarto stream to help raise money for Second Harvest. The San Francisco Bay Area over the last few weeks has experienced literally hundreds grass and forest fires. Some of these fires have been of historic size.
As a result thousands of households already feeling the economic pressure of 2020 have been forced out their homes. This has put enormous pressure on social services and charitable organizations like Second Harvest. So this Saturday 9/5/20 starting at 5:30pm Pacific I'm trying to do my part to help those who need it most.
Just like previous fund raising stream, any donation made to Second Harvest during the stream will put you in the running to win one of the pieces I start during the stream.
So join me for an evening of art, stories, D&D report, and good times as raise money for a good cause. See you there!
Mayor Mare slowly strolled up the mostly empty beach and out of the late afternoon surf. The sun was dipping toward horizon turning the sea the color of liquid gold while the sky was starting to glow with pinks and orange.
At the edge of the surf the earth pony sat down and admired the spectacle as the waves gently washed and splashed on and around her. It felt good to be out of the office. She was proud to be the mayor of Ponyville and every day she tried to do the best for her community.
But a little me time was the best way to help her stay committed to her duties, and this 3 day weekend trip to Cob San Luna had been just the ticket. The mare closed her eyes and just listened to the sound of the surf crashing on the beach.
Unfortunately she closed her eyes right as a larger than normal wave came crashing ashore. The wave bowled the mare over onto her back. She let a whoop then spat out a mouth of sea water. Giggling the mare just laid her back and stared up at the clouds. A few seconds later she heard the sound of hooves crunching on the sand. Then a male voice called out.
"Are you okay?"
Rolling over her belly the mare looked at a younger unicorn stallion who was now squatting down beside her. The older mare slowly pushed a long, damp silver grey lock of her mane from her eyes.
"Ah thanks dear! No. I'm fine. Just a bit more wet."
The older mare noticed the the stallion was looking at her very intently. In her mind she chuckled. Still got it!
This weekend in the States is Labor Day weekend which many consider to be the unofficial end of summer, but there's still time for some swimsuits.
Also this Saturday 9/5/20 starting at 5:30pm Pacific I'll be streaming on Picarto. This weekend we'll be doing a special fundraising stream to help raise money for Second Harvest Foodbank. With thousands of Bay Area still homeless as a result of the historic fires which are still burning we're doing this help those who need it most. So join me for an evening of art, stories, and D&D report as we try to raise money for a good cause. See you there!
Continuing my Bottled Six series of anthro MLP ponies/genies in bottle. Can I come out and play? This time it's Twilight Sparkle. Originally I'd envisioned the Princess of Friendship in a fairly traditional bottle, but considering her nerdy, scientific background I could see Twi preferring a Klein-style bottle instead.
Some thumbnails of a grownup Sweetie Belle genie from a series of anthro MLP dreams I've had. Sweetie comes from a family of genies and is a professional swimsuit model. Also I sketched Twilight in a Klein Bottle.
We had an electrician in today working in the kitchen which is next to the studio. So in the interest of social distancing I worked out in the living room on thumbnails, concept roughs, and little things I could easily on a drawing board. Also things I could put down quickly so I could answer questions from the electrician. Amongst various things I scratched this out.
Unlike my regular Equestria dreamscape which has continuous, ongoing plot line my anthro MLP dreamscape is more collection of various concepts and ideas that may or may not be connected to other dreams. Of course this maybe because Petina gets screen credit in them for creative directing.
I've always been fascinated with the idea of genies. Last year at Babscon I did a drawing of Rarity in a hoodie Link and then later realized I'd done the drawing on backside of sheet of paper that had some possible poses for a piece of fashion horse as a genie.
I was able to scan both sides of the paper and combine them together as one image. At the time several people comment that maybe Rarity in the hoodie was still a genie, just undercover or incognito? This got me thinking about her as maybe being a genie, and recent conversations with other folks has made me wondering more about it.
So recently I had a dream in which Rarity was a freelance genie along the rest of her family. Rarity ran a consulting business for other freelance genies that were looking to accept contracts from potential clients, or were looking to improve their image to get better clients. One way to get better clients was by making a good first impression which she's just demonstrated to Spike.
This is a piece I finished a while ago but had to sit on releasing it until after someone's birthday which has now happened.
A librarian's job can often start well before library opens and run quite some time after it closes for the day. Inventory that has wandered needs to be returned to its correct place. Transfers and returns need to be processed. And sometimes inter-dimensional aberrations of chaos need to be dealt with.
The kirin, soon to be a nirik, in this picture is OC of client's wife. Her name Rattletrap and she's a librarian in a very special library. A library that sometimes has bug problems. For some of my older watchers who are anime and manga fans the bug may look very familiar. Especially if you were a fan of the 90's series Ah My Goddess. It's basically the computer bug the Skuld was hunting down and destroying with celestial hammer. Link
While Applebloom made her energetic sales pitch for letting Stone Mane come and stay with the Apple family. Applebloom gets a telegram I was wondering why a particular member of Scratch's crew seemed to be unhappy with me in my Equestria dreamscape.
One of the perks of being a special guests or part of Scratch's crew was that drinks were on the house. So after a very hot afternoon of working in Steel Strut's workshop Grace Under Pressure with the ponies in charge of cloud special effects I found myself particularly parched. As the afternoon turned to early evening I pulled up to the outside bar on the back veranda of the mansion. Finding an available rattan stool I plopped my haunches down and got the attention of the two bartenders who were starting to take the first orders of the evening. They were a part of the full-time staff at the Silver Mirror estate. Starting at 10am and until 2am and day of the week you could saunter up to the bar and get yourself an expertly mixed drink. Either from the veranda bar when the weather permitted, or from the bar located inside.
So after a minute or so I had a tall glass of chilled lemonade and an Old Fashioned to keep me company. Under a nearby gazebo several musicians were starting to play. The sound of steel drums began to drift across the grounds of the estate.
As the evening progressed more and more ponies, zebras, and griffins began to congregate around the bar. Nearby an outdoor fire pit had been lit. Soon the aroma roasting ears of corn could be smelled. A minute or so later skewers with shrimp, pineapple pieces, chunks sweet onion, and pieces of peppers went on the grill as well. After couple of minutes the cook staff started basting the skewers and corn with melted garlic butter. From the house kitchen baskets of fresh, warm Poola-pi bread were brought out as well. In a few minutes dinner would ready. For dessert freshly made vanilla ice cream and selection of chilled, sliced fruit were being laid out. It smelled great.
I was thinking about going and getting some food when a small, female griffin with brilliant scarlet-tipped wings came trotting up and grabbed a stool on my left. Raising one of her yellow-orange scaled taloned hand/paws and flagged down a bartender.
"Gin Gimlet please!" The newcomer put in her order. The unicorn stallion nodded his head and went to work.
The newcomer looked over at me. "Hey there! You must be one of the newcomers who came in last night from Ponyville." She extended her right front paw. Let me guess you're Sky Brush?"
I extended a front hoof and accepted her shake. "Yes. That would be me, and you are..'"
"Scarlet Tips." Said the griffin as bartender delivered her drink. She paused and took a moment to take a long sip of her drink. With that accomplished she resumed speaking. "You're the cloud sculpting expert that Scratch brought in aren't you?"
I finished my glass of lemonade and passed the empty glass to bartender. "Wwwweeellll. I don't know if I'm an expert, but I know a thing or two about it."
Scarlet Tips grabbed a paw full of chile-lime cashews and started munching on them. "Whatever you are. Munch, munch. You're obviously good enough that Scratch. Crunch, crunch. Was willing to pay your way down here to Ft. Trotterdale. So how did your first day with the crew go?"
I found the griffins line of inquiry to be oddly specific. "Well. It went about as good as could be expected for a first day on the job. I, uh met most of the crew in charge of special effects, and I met Steel Strut today. She seems like she's got some really big plans for the future." The Future
The griffin nodded her head and glanced over. Sitting at a table about 20ft away the earth pony I'd been talking about was in a very animated conversation with a couple of unicorn mares. Steel Strut had a bottle of chilled beer in one hoof; with her other hoof she was vigorously working an abacus as she was apparently calculating something. In her mouth was a pencil that she rolling back and forth with her lips. A small, tattered notebook laid open on the table. After a couple of seconds she finished whatever she'd been calculating was done. She picked up the notebook with her free hoof the jotted down some notes on it. She set the notebook down, pulled the pencil from her mouth, and took a long chug of beer. Then she spoke to the two mares at the table. This resulted in another series of further questions from the unicorns.
"How about the members of the team?" The griffin took a sip of her drink but her eyes never left me.
I shrugged my shoulders. "About as good as could be expected. Some of them seem to like me. Others, less so."
The griffin sighed. "Let me guess. A particular pegasus mare with zebra stripes was less than friendly?"
I took a very long sip and stared intently at Scarlet Tip. "Yes. She never said anything to me, but I definitely got the feeling that she didn't want me there."
The griffin sighed. Rolled her eyes to the heavens in frustration. "That's Keyboard. She's also my marefriend, and she's in charge of cloud and steam effects." New Equipment
I stared down at my drink. "So did she tell you that she was unimpressed with my performance today?"
Scarlet Tips ruffled her feathers. "No. She told me she was rather surprised by your impromptu demonstration. That's why she was unhappy with you."
I finished my drink and ordered another one. "What? I don't get it?"
The griffin held up a paw. "You did nothing wrong Sky Brush. You're doing exactly what Scratch has asked you to do." She paused and downed her drink. "Keyboard is excellent at what she does, but she's very insecure with her position in Scratch's troupe. This is her first, breakthrough job for her in the entertainment industry. So she desperately wants this to succeed for her."
"It's irrational, but she's afraid that you're going to take her job away. I told her that wasn't going to happen if she continued to do her job, but she can't shake her doubts."
My new drink arrived and I played with it for a moment. Slowly shifting it back an forth between my front hooves. " I hope that you and her understand that I'm going to do my job. Scratch hired me for this, and I plan to uphold my part of the bargain. But it would be nice if we could work together as a team. Do you think you could persuade her to talk to me. Maybe if I can tell her face to face it might help put her at ease."
Scarlet Tips shrugged and slowly shook her head. "I'll tell her. Maybe she'll go for it. May I suggest that I be there as well. I seem to put her more at ease when she's like this."
I nodded my head. "Sure. Anything that can help work this out I'll take it."
The griffin patted me on the wing. "Remember. So far you've done nothing wrong. I'll see what I can do. Enjoy your drink." Then she got up and wandered off. I sat there and continued to stare at my drink.
To be continued.
This was the 1st drawing I started during my most recent Picarto stream. It's also a patron reward for Frank Oldread. He's having me do a series of drawings with the members of my all mouse girl band Move to the Music! This time it's Janet Huxley who goes by the stage name of Rhythm.
Since the band is based out of the UK at the moment Frank is having me draw the girls dressed in themes that celebrate the impact the British music industry has had on the world. Hail to the Queen!
The second drawing I started during my most recent Picarto stream. This is a scene that occurred very recently in my Equestria dreamscape Twilight Sparkle and her first Mare-in-Waiting the unicorn Page Turner have started having adventures where they go into various books to take on the roles of various characters in those books. This is from one of those adventures.
The book they went into this time was an action, adventure novel set in a fictional world where an evil, ancient sea dragon called Black Tsunami ruled the seas and forced kingdoms of ponies, griffins, zebras, and even some dragons to pay tribute. If he was unhappy with a kingdom's tribute he'd start destroying their ships, enslaving their subjects, and wrecking their port side communities.
But was those who refused to bow their heads and submit to Black Tsunami's evil reign, and they battled every day to live their lives free of his tyrannical rule. Page Turner and Twilight took on the role of the protagonist and her best friend in this story.
This was the final drawing I starting last night's Picarto stream. It was request for Fluttershy in a one-piece swimsuit somewhat like anime schoolgirls will wear in PE class.
Note. This piece is already sold.
An admin note. As of Monday 8/24/20, 8:50 Pacific time I'm able to upload images again. So we'll see how things go.
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Now you maybe reading this posting and thinking. "Hey Baron usually has some artwork that accompanies posts like this?" And you'd be right. However as of this morning I cannot upload images to Patreon? My wife Smudge encountered a similar problem yesterday. I'll be submitting a report to Patreon about this but that's the reason for the lack of graphics with this post. Hopefully this problem will be short-term.
A character who's popped up recently in my Equestria dreamscape and will be joining Page Turner as being Princess Twilight's second Mare-in-Waiting. Her name is Silky Braids and she's technically taking over managing cooking duties and the growing kitchen staff in Twilight's Castle.
Now the show has shown all ponies to some degree but especially earth ponies using their manes and tails to lift, move, and even throw objects with what I've describe as being prehensile hair. Extreme examples in the show being Pinkie Pie Link and the Mane-iac. Link
Silky Braid is one of those earth ponies who's talent has allows her to use her mane and tail as additional limbs. This is very advantageous in the kitchen and for other activities.
Usually the Silky Braids keeps her very, very long mane and tail wrapped in braids. Depending on how much flexibility she needs from them she'll start to unwrap more and more of them. And if things fall into the pot then they get let loose.
Stone Mane laid on his back in bed and stared up at his bedroom ceiling in my Equestria dreamscape. It was after 10pm and he had school tomorrow but his heart was racing. Just a couple of hours ago he'd asked his aunt and uncle if this summer he could go and spend some time with Applebloom and her family in Ponyville. Summer Vacation
Much to his surprise they had been very supportive of the idea. However it all hinged on one important fact. Would the Apple family be okay with it? He was willing to pay for his train ticket, room and board, and he was certain that Applebloom would love it, but what about her big brother Big Macintosh her older sister Applejack or Granny Smith? He'd only met them once and now he was asking to spend at least couple weeks at their farm. Would they agree to it?
Adding to his apprehension was the realization after checking the calendar on his bedroom door that summer vacation started in a couple of weeks. So he was kind of late in asking to visit. He'd send a letter tomorrow morning before school, but even using express mail it would take 3 days to get there and another 3 days for Applebloom to get back to him. And that assumed she'd use express mail as well. So even in the best case scenario that was almost an entire week before he'd know yes or no.
Stone Mane chewed on his lower lip nervously. His next Dream Realm meeting with Luna and Applebloom wasn't for another 5 days. True he could get an immediate answer from Applebloom then, but he was more concerned with the rest of her family. So he'd have to wait for her to wake up to ask them. Then she'd have to send some form reply to him.
Besides the colt felt he should physically send a letter to AB's family. Not count on her to relay his message to them. If he was serious about this he should be willing to put his intentions in writing. There had to be a faster way to get a message to her? As the colt laid there in the dark an idea dawned on him. There was another option.
The colt left early for school the next day. Along his regular route Stone Mane made a slight detour and entered a building he'd walked past hundreds of time but had never given it any thought. The bell hanging above the door tingled as the colt entered the lobby of the Baltimare branch of the Royal Equestria Telegraph Office. Half a dozen ponies in the front part of the building were busily sitting at desks getting first messages of the morning organized for delivery or sending. Behind them dozens of ponies were sitting at telegraph stations sending or receiving telegrams from all over the kingdom. The constant clatter of a telegraphs created a dissonant room tone.
The stood colt there in the lobby of the office uncertain what he should do next. Fortunately a young mare noticed the confused colt and came trotting over. "Um, hello. Do you need assistance?"
This jogged the bewildered colt into action. "Oh! Um! Good morning! I, I wanted to know how one went about send a telegram to somepony? I've got all note to send to somepony and I need it get there right away! I've even written down what I need it to say!"
Stone Mane reached into the front pocket of his school panniers and fumbled around for a moment. Eventually he produced a roughly folded piece of paperwork. He felt like he was turning in his homework. "And I've got money to pay for it to!" He added.
The mare smiled. "Well. You've come well prepared. Lets go over to my desk and we'll get your message on its way."
The school bell hadn't finished chiming yet when Applebloom and the rest of the CMC came boiling out of the schoolhouse along with most of the class. Once again they were free from it's imprisonment until tomorrow. Applebloom was thrilled at her upcoming trip to Canterlot. In just 2 days she'd be flying up to the Royal Palace to spend an evening with Princess Luna studying the stars with one of the princess's own telescopes!
She was so excited and chatting with her friends about the trip that she literally ran into a young stallion standing at the front gate of the schoolhouse. After a frantic series of embarrassed apologies from all parties Applebloom got a look at the pony she'd collided with. She recognized him and his uniform as being a pony who worked at the train station in the telegraph office.
"Oh! Um! I'm a sorry!" Said the filly as he readjusted her panniers. "I was, uh, distracted." Her friends giggled at her inattentiveness.
"Well. It's alright." Said the station as he straighten his tie. "I came over to the schoolhouse hoping to run into you. Well, not literally but this saves me trip all the way out Sweet Apple Acres. Here this is for you!"
The stallion proudly gave the filly a now slightly crumpled envelope with her name on it. The filly eagerly grabbed it and tore one end open. There in the middle of the road she unfolded it and started reading it. As she did a smile crept further and further across her face.
"Well. What is it?" Scootaloo asked looking both amused and confused at the same time. "Who's it from?"
"STONE MANE WANTS TA KNOW IF HE CAN COME AND SPEND THE SUMMER AT MY PLACE!!!" Screamed the filly. "OH MY GOSH I GOTTA TELL AJ RIGHT AWAY!!"
With that she shot off like a bullet from a gun leaving her bewildered friends and the stunned telegraph pony standing in the middle of the road. After a second the stallion spoke meekly.
"Uh, you're welcome."
Sweetie Belle looked down the road at the vanishing filly and then back at the stallion. She sighed and pulled a couple coins from her pannier and gave it to the stallion. "Here you go. Thanks for your help."
The bewildered stallion accepted the tip. "Thanks."
Applejack was sitting at the billing desk in the farmhouse living room trying to make sense out of an article in the latest Ponyville Grange newsletter when she heard the front door fly open. This was followed by a thundering of hooves down the hall.
The mare looked just in time to see her little sister slide to a halt in front her and promptly sit down on her haunches. Clasped between her lips was some piece of paper. Like some expectant puppy with a stick she sat there and stared up at her big sister while her tail thumped on the wooden floor.
"What the hay is gotten in ta ya?" asked the filly's bigger sister. "And what's that yer holding in yer mouth?"
As if AJ statement was some command Applebloom leaped up into her big sister's lap. "It's a telegram from ah Stone Mane!" The filly shoved the piece of paper into AJ's face.
"He's asking if can come here and visit me this summer! He's willing ta pay fer his train ticket plus his room, board and he's even willing ta help around farm! His kin are alright with it so can he come sis? I guarantee he'll be a good guest and I'll be able ta show him all kinds of neat things around the farm and town. Oh please say he can come! Please please please!" The filly's tail was thumping in time with her plaintive pleases.
"Whoa there sugar cube! I'm alright with him ah visiting, but lets talk ta Big Mac and Granny over dinner tanight. O–"
Before she could even finish her answer Applebloom gave AJ a bone crushing hug and then tore back out of the house to do her afternoon chores. The yellow-orange mare just smiled and shook her head. Then she went back to her newsletter.
To be continued.
One of the drawings I started during my most recent Picarto stream. Continuing my series of genie ponies it's Berry Punch as a spirit of the vessel. This Saturday 8/22/20 starting at 5:30pm Pacific I'll be streaming again on Picarto. So join me for an evening of art, stories, D&D report, and some really great folks. See you there!
Note. This piece is already sold.
This a piece I did for David Bliss. The character's name is Faun Miller. If this piece taught me anything it's that there's always something that you've never tackled before and there's always something new to learn how to do. In this case it was all the lace in that semi-translucent dress. I had to make numerous study/test pieces to finally get a good result. The piece was done in a mixed media of colored pencil, marker pen, technical pen, and white gouache.
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A moment from my anthro MLP dreamscape. The brown bear slowly sauntered down the forest trail bringing its rider closer to you. Coming up to stop alongside you Fluttershy looks down from the back of Harry the Bear. She smiles at you and shifts slightly on the back of the bear. Gently she digs her thigh-high, black leather into the bear's thick brown fur. After a second she speaks up.
"Um, hello. Do you need help? My name is Fluttershy. You uh, may not realize it but I'm, um, good with animals. Do you need help with an animal?"
As she says this she gently rubs the coiled, 12ft, black bullwhip in right hand against her right thigh and the cutoff demin shorts. Then she waits for your response.
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And here's the CMC lined up together in their stage outfits.
From my Equestria dreamscape Scootaloo rounds out this series of promo images Rein it in! 01 Rein it in! 02 for Flying Fingers release of the song Rein it in! which is on their most recent album Let it all hang out! The CMC started the band while in college and now across Equestria and beyond.
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Another element that will be appearing along in the upcoming commission with anthro Fluttershy and Rarity is the Nephila pilipes also known as the Golden Orb Weaver spider.
Now I haven't drawn a lot of spiders in my time. I"m not fond of them, well except for jumping spiders, but I don't have a unnatural fear of them either. However my most vocal muse Petina has a phobia of spiders. So for this project she's punched out and told me I'm on my own.
Yesterday I posted some outfit designs for an upcoming piece with an anthropomorphic Rarity and Fluttershy in it. Link The client liked the first design for Fluttershy as is, but wondered if we could combine elements from the other three outfits to create one for Rarity. This was the result of that discussion.
Baron's Art Tip. Don't let yourself be locked into just one idea. Give yourself, and maybe your client, by trying different options. Here's some clothing ideas for an upcoming Fluttershy and Rarity commission.
Technically part of my Bottled Six series although Tempest Shadow is not one of the Mane Six, but when this image pop up in my head of Tempest in a Leyden Jar I had to draw it. Now before anyone starts commenting, yes there should be some metal foil around the inside and outside of the jar if it is going to function. However in the interest of being able to see her better I've deleted it.
And since folks can get weird about it let me say that, yes magic is keeping her safe and sound inside there.
A patron reward for James Birdsall. This is Chandra and she's one of James OCs and one of my muses Petina is very fond of her. This is not the first time I've drawn Chandra. The gift of giving, Time in the tank, Cocktail Party
One of the drawings I started during my most recent Picarto stream. It's also a patron reward for ColdSilverD. Continuing my series of Rule 63 drawings Captain of the team, After Work, Summer Swimsuit Scholar I'm doing here's Soarin.
Unfortunately trips to the beach whether by the ocean or at various lakes and rivers are a bit more scarce this year in light of current events, but I could see Soarin if they weren't a Wonderbolt making an excellent lifeguard somewhere.
This is the first piece I started during last nights Picarto stream. Last week was Everfree Northwest. Due to recent events the convention was an online affair, but they are already making plans for 2021. One of the mascot ponies for the convention is Marina who is an adorable Orca pony.
I've done a couple Marina pieces in the past. So in honor of the con I did another one of her last night.
Note. This piece sold during the stream.
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I know I haven't posted as much recently. This is because I have several projects that I've started on that are either not yet finished, or are completed but I cannot show them publicly yet. So in the meantime here's a collection developmentally thumbnails I've done of drawings I've already finished or will be finishing hopefully in the near future.
Warning. This article deals with matters of anatomy. If that bothers you stop reading now. Also some of the things discussed in this article have occurred more on Deviant Art or Fur Affinity than on Patreon.
Over the last couple of days I've encountered a couple of things that given reason to pause and reflect upon how myself and others might view certain subjects.
It started when I was doing research for the commission Not Again. In the picture there's an anthropomorphic female unicorn trying to put on a t-shirt with somewhat humorous results. Now folds and the drapery of clothing can go a long ways toward creating a believable piece of art. So I went to my reference library looking for images of women putting on t-shirts. Couldn't find any. Lots of images of women taking off t-shirts but those don't have the same folds, drapery or sense of movement.
So I went online and did some web searches, which I've gotten rather proficient in. So I started searching. Note. One thing do when image searching is go into tools on Google and look for only Large images. This detail might've skewed my results.
Google. Search for women putting on t-shirts.
Results. Women taking off t-shirts or slogans women have put/printed on t-shirts.
I tried several variations of the initial query with no luck. Finally I did a different search. People putting on t-shirts. I finally got results. All of them were of men and boys putting t-shirts. In frustration I grabbed a couple images of guys and boys putting on the t-shirts.
However I had to make adjustments because of female anatomy because of undergarments like a bras. These make the clothing interact differently with them. As I was making adjustments and thinking about all the images I'd found of women taking off t-shirts, and wishing I could've found a decent image of a woman putting on t-shirt. Suddenly I found myself thinking of what my search results shown at least when it came to t-shirts.
Guys put their clothes on and gals take them off.
The other thing that's gotten me thinking recently concerns people obsessions with male anatomy. In particular the penis; with particular emphasis placed on the shape of it in relation to anthropomorphic artwork. Many of the comment that goes something like.
"It doesn't look enough the actual species." or some variant of that. Often with it coming down to it looks too much like a human penis. However after some reflection I realized that I've posted literally hundreds anthropomorphic females with very human breasts and I've never gotten anyone say.
"Those breasts look too human-like."
Now having done a fair bit of animal drawing and I can say the human breasts are very different from most other mammals, but I've never gotten comments that my skunk OC Rosemary Parker breasts look too human. Same for other parts of female anatomy. Then I started going back thinking about it and every single case I can think of where someone has commented that a penis didn't look right or it was accurate to a specific species its always been a guy making the comment.
In fact I had female classmate in college make the comment. "So long as it fits well and feels nice I don't care what it looks like."
Upon reflection this might be one of the reasons I might have done so few male nudes. Every time I post one someone has to obsess over the anatomy. Now for the record I will say right now I have no problem drawing male nudes. You don't make it through 4 years of life drawing if you have a problem with a nude male body, and let me tell you the plumbing comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
Reflecting further I realized how often I've taken up commission for male anthropomorphic characters, often with male customers, and found that their character description/background sheet will often include a paragraph or more describing the character's dick? This same character background sheet however will often not have the character's eye color or whether they are left or right handed?
However female character sheets, especially if provided by a female customer, will often much more useful and informative. Even saying if the character is right or left handed. Yeah!
Now I realize that my experience might not be the same as other artists, but these two events have made me pause and wonder what other unexamined biases myself and others might have. Its given me food for thought.
Rrrriiiipppp! Minty Root paused and sighed.
"Not again! This is the 3rd t-shirt this month!"
A commission for Minty Root. In all honesty unicorn might routinely use something a bit more streamline, but similar in concept to pillow protector ball I've depicted before. Late night reading Slip it over your horn then put your t-shirt or sweater on, then remove it. Kind of like a shoe horn, but for your actual horn.
Along with Gallus this was the second male drawing of the stream. It appears we're interrupting Sunburst bedtime reading.
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During my most recent NSFW Picarto stream I started a drawing of my character Jedel from my Andur dreamscape. However that was a drunken stream and the combination of ethanol and working very fast meant that upon further review I felt the drawing I'd started wasn't up to snuff. But I had started a drawing of her so I was going to post a drawing of her. So yesterday I did this drawing.
For folks who are not familiar with her background Jedel looks like an ordinary young doe, but she's part demon as was her mother. Jedel is a pyromancer. She likes to burn things and is immune to thermal damage. However her wardrobe isn't as lucky, so situations like that shown in this drawing are not uncommon.
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Gallus leaned forward and rested his hands on the headboard. He smiled and glanced over.
"You know they say feather pillows are the best for a good nights sleep.
Another of the drawings I started during my most recent Picarto stream. That was a special, NSFW, drunken stream done to celebrate getting 3500+ followers on Twitter. My next regular stream will be this Saturday 8/8/20 starting at 5:30pm Pacific. Art, stories, and D&D wrap-up report. See you there!
Note. This piece sold during the stream.
"One of the best way to stay cool darling is a good soaking!"
One of the drawing from my most recent Picarto stream. The character shown here is Vipera Vixen. I don't consider her a muse of mine like Petina and Rosemary, but she is a character who's been in my dreamscapes since 1992.
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