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This is one of the ponies The Actual Bear finished earlier this year.

Those of you on Facebook or subscribed to my Patreon may have seen this guy already.





Well, here's more of him.

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This gorgeous boy features details from Thorin Oakenshield's map. Included are the Lonely Mountain on his display side and Smaug himself on the other.  There is a thrush with a snail shell on his left hind hoof, and the keyhole - waiting for the last light of Durin's Day - is on his nose.  He wears The Key of Durin around his neck, and key is removable. On his chest is the Arkenstone, a genuine Swarovski crystal surrounded by Dwarven runes. His whole body is parchment-mottled and shimmers slightly gold, and his designs are accented in metallic paint. His hair is in the style of the dwarves, complete with braid and gold-colored beads.

Originally a G3 Butterscotch, Erebor was given a full-body map-style makeover with Liquitex artist's acrylics and Pearl-Ex metallic powders, then rehaired in nylon Volcano, Sunshine, Chocolate Fudge, and Chocolate Pudding by Dollyhair.com.

He's already sold and is on his way to his new home.

Again, not my work, but the work of The Actual Bear.  I just thought you should see him.  Because he's amazing.
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Winterstar 01

Here's Winterstar! Been trying to get good pics of her for ages now.

I shared these on Patreon the other day, but I wanted to share them here, too, so I can encourage you to sponsor in and support these ponies. Even a dollar helps. Five is great. I'd like to get a little more comfortably above the $400 mark this month.


Winterstar 02

She started out as a G3 Rarity with really ratty hair and some symbol rubs, but good body color and no staining. Perfect bait pony.

Winterstar 03

I rehaired her in Sugarplum and Virgin Snow Dollyhair nylon. The Sugarplum has this neat matte texture to it. It was interesting to work with. A little stiffer and a little more "grabby".

Winterstar 04

She has stars on both sides of her butt.

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One is extra sparkly with a big Swarovski right on her patoot.

Winterstar 06

I think the gazillion tiny stars came out really nicely. She reminds me of G1 Twilight although while I was painting her the similarities in color and theme didn't occur to me.

Winterstar 07

Her butt.

I just wanted this crazy random scatter of stars and I think I did okay. The trees around her legs were fun to paint.

Winterstar 08

Love her pearly horn.

Winterstar 09

My favorite part: she has a little bear on her rear right heel, leaning up to nose at a star.

Winterstar has a backstory! It involves a fallen star and a very large bear and rather a lot of snow. If you want to see it, you can hit up my Patreon. That particular creation is right here.

If you want to signal boost her on Tumblr, here she is!

Thank you, everyone.  <3

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I gave you a sneak peek at this girl back around V-Day, but here's the finished set.

I've put this one up on Patreon, but it's free -- you can go look at it and download the little PDF booklet, or the individual pics. You can also share it on Facebook. The tumblr post is right over here, if you wanna share that. I'd like to pull in a few more patrons this month, considering how rough things have been.

Baby Stardust has kind of an epic story.

Baby Stardust 1

Back when Bear and I first met in bellydance class, she had this little G1 Baby Firefly on the dashboard of her truck. It enabled us to strike up a conversation about My Little Ponies, and we sort of formed a friendly acquaintance based on that and on a mutual love of The Last Unicorn. We hung out a few times, she bought some ponies off me, but we sort of fell out of touch.

Baby Stardust 2

She moved to Alaska, then Washington State. We reconnected via the internet, she visited a few times, and then a year and a half ago or thereabouts, she moved back here to Oklahoma where she was promptly inducted into our geeky gaming-and-bad-movies group. Everyone loved her, because she's easy to love.

She also brought all her old ponies with her, and unloaded some of them on me for custom bait . . . including that Baby Firefly. I knew it was her because of the sticky on her back hoof from being stuck to the dashboard. I hid her away. Someday, I knew, I was gonna do something really special with her.

Baby Stardust 3

We became really good friends. Really good. Like, drift-compatible we-named-our-jaeger good. Hung out all the time, RP partners, dorking about everything, just . . . really good friends.

Meanwhile, everyone in the world -- including a random shop owner in Eureka Springs and The Actual Bear herself -- realized that we were a couple.

Time passed.

Vacations were had.

A clue was found. It belonged to me.

Baby Stardust 4

A train ride happened. Certain words were said. And the next morning I woke up early and went out before she got up to grab a thing she'd seen the day before and wanted.

On the way, I impulsively ducked into a little shop and saw a gorgeous dichroic glass necklace (like this one, but not that one) with a tree on it. Stunning little thing. From all the way across the shop I was like "YES THAT I WILL TAKE THAT ONE PLEASE" and I bought it without even looking at the price.

And I brought it back to her in bed and gave it to her and she was so utterly delighted and it was lovely.

Baby Stardust 5

But a couple of months later, the glass tile broke off the bail and was lost somewhere along her delivery route. Her beautiful necklace was no more.

Sadness ensued.

Then I remembered Baby Firefly. A plan was born.

I made this little gal.

Baby Stardust 6

I wanted her to look like the dichroic glass.  I think she does.  I had to color correct these photos so they would show the green tint on her legs, and may have gone a little overboard with it in a couple of places, but the first two are pretty accurate.

The pictures simply do not do her justice.  How she shimmers.  I painted her base coat in pure pthalo blue lightened with pearlescent paint, then sponged more pearl over her to make highlights on her rump, face, wings, and legs.  I layered watered down color and watered down pearl paint over her several times, building up a really vivid iridescent effect.  I used two different kinds of blue -- one purplish, one greenish -- on her body, used green on her legs near the horizon, and purple on her cheeks, ears, nose, and wingtips.

Then I added a whole ocean of shimmering pearlescent stars among the trees. And when that was done, I rehaired her with Dollyhair nylon in Diamond, a stunning new sparkling white that I adore.

I am very, very proud of her!

I was still nervous, but when I gave her to The Actual Bear, she was delighted.  (Of course she was. But I was still really nervous.)

Anyway.  That's the story!

Thank you guys for sticking with me!
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I know people can be grinches about Valentine's Day.  I'm indifferent to it, mostly, but she cares and it matters to her, so I care and it matters to me.

We went to IHOP after she got off work at 1:00 a.m.; I brought a battery-powered pillar candle and two $1 wine glasses and we had ourselves a fancy dinner.  It was fun and silly and made IHOP seem like a choice instead of "What's cheap and open?".

Anyway, these are our V-Day gifts to one another.

Baby Stardust 2

The little print was done by a friend of hers, and I love it to pieces.  It's the sweetest thing, and will go next to my clock so I will see it every morning when I wake up and roll over to see if I've been in bed long enough to allow myself to get out of it.  I love the quote for so many reasons and if I tried to go into them I would bog down here all day.  So, maybe later.

The pony is Stardust.  More about her -- and more pics of her -- later.  Short version, G1 Baby Firefly, one of Bear's own ponies from her childhood.  I painted it to match a necklace she lost, hoping to make losing it suck less.  She was a big hit.

Our relationship has a star theme.  It's pretty cool.  I've never had a relationship with a theme before, and I'm glad we got such a good one.  We could have gotten something gross, like locusts or something.

Stars and ponies are much better.

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Been a while since I've been able to share anything with you, but I'm hoping that will change as I get back on the proverbial horse and back to the literal toy horses.

These little snow ponies will be up for auction once Patreon patrons have had a shot at them, so a soft heads-up on that.

These images are taken from the little pdf booklet I whipped up for patrons. Better pictures go up there, and more pictures go up there, just fyi.  Here's the link, if you wanna jump on in.

Here we have . . .

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Flurry!

Made from a G3 Lolligiggle and rehaired in Dollyhair Nylon in Virgin Snow, she was a quick warmup before embarking on finishing the ponies I had on the blocks and working on fulfillment ponies from Indiegogo campaigns.

She turned out so cute that I had to make . . .

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Snowdrift!

Made from a G3 Rainbow Dash and rehaired, like his sis, in Dollyhair Nylon in Virgin Snow.

These guys went super-fast while I was working on them, not a single hitch, and I am very pleased with them, especially with Flurry's little white nose and Snowdrift's white eye splotch.

Cute, aren't they?

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As far as the Patreon thing goes, everything is chugging along remarkably well.

I wanna take the chance to thank everyone who has joined up and who has shared -- I'm seeing a lot of new names, so I know the sharing is working!

I've been posting nearly daily progress pics of the ponies I have up on the blocks.  We cleared the first two milestones nearly without effort, and there was a patrons-only vote on the theme for the mama/baby pair I'm gonna start on as soon as I finish the next pony so I have room on the table.  (I prefer not to set them aside if I can possibly help it.  I hit the second goal so fast I wasn't actually prepared, so I've got some painting to do!  It's going super-well, though.)

I am a sneeze away from the third goal, at which point I will start drafting design ideas for one of the great big styling size G3 ponies.  They're like nine inches high.  I've never done one of those, so I'm both excited and super scared!

Once I start getting payments at the beginning of next month, I'll be able to set aside a little each month for art supplies to allow me to continue to do this and pay the internet bill.  If I hit the $350 goal, I'll be able to pay the electric, too.

I'm really excited about that.

Anyway, I have three more ponies besides these two finished and ready to be photographed.  So I'm gonna go try to get some of that done.  Thanks for looking! Catch you again soon!
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Heavy emotional weather day yesterday.  Doing better than I was.

Still wrestling with the fucking Patreon pitch, which sucks because I need to fucking launch so I can start bringing in some money.  I'm doing more than enough pony work to support it, so I'm going to make that the focus.  Still haven't decided whether to stay with a monthly donation model, or move to the per-project model.  I feel like per-project would bring in more money, but I also feel like it would put a negative kind of pressure on me.  When things got tight, I'd feel like I had to work, and this is one thing I want to not feel like high-pressure work.  As much as possible, anyway.

Not feeling the holiday vibe this year, which fucking sucks because this is my first Christmas with my girlfriend and I feel like I should be trying to make good memories.  All I have is stress, and an unwillingness to deal with family stuff.  The whole mess is like a stove burner that's too hot to touch.  I'm just one big flinch.

On the subject of Christmas, if any of y'all were contemplating sending me gifts or whatnot, I could really, really use gift certificates to Michaels.  A lot of my art supplies are running low, or are spent.  The other useful place to get a gift certificate would be dollyhair.com.  I always need pony hair.

The Actual Bear is about a third done with her next pony, a much more ambitious project.  Her first body repaint, and it's not just a solid color, it's a mottled parchment look.  I am doing one with the same basic colors in order to show her how to get shit done, and hers looks better than mine.  I'm very proud and as soon as it's done I'll get a pic of hers.

Here's a teaser of the parchment one I'm working on.  I'm using this pony to practice several techniques but the cutie mark is pretty straightforward.

The backside of a My Little Pony showing a red feather pen as the cutie mark.

We're gonna set aside a day soon to do photography on all the ponies we've made so far.  Four finished, five more on the blocks, which means by the time she has a free day to take the pics we'll probably have two more done.

Oh, god, I hope you guys are prepared for a torrent of pony pics.  It's gonna be incredible.
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Yoooo, look what my girlfrand did!

She made an adorable pony!

Blue toy pony with a bunny and moon cutie mark, covered with pink, yellow, and blue stars.

Blue toy pony with pink cloud on butt.

Here's what she said about it on Tumblr:
 

MY VERY FIRST CUSTOM PONY.

This pretty little girl is Dream Hopper! I’m so pleased with how she came out! It took me about five days to paint and rehair her. On her display side, her cutie mark is a bunny hopping over the moon, no doubt having gotten a running start on the cotton candy pink clouds on her feet. On her non-display side, another pink cloud drifting sleepily through the stars that sprinkle Dream Hopper’s evening blue body.

Her eyes are the same pink as her clouds, but are also glazed with gold to give them a soft, coral shade. Her pupils, eyeliner, and lashes are a mix of thalo blue, green, and black with some gold mixed in for shine.

SO PROUD OF MYSELF. And special thanks to my gf, naamahdarling, for teaching me how to do all this and letting me use her supplies! I am still deciding whether or not I will keep this pony or sell her on ebay. I didn’t expect to love her this much! 

Hair Colors: Sugar Pink, Atomic Turquoise, Buttercreme from dollyhair.com.

The pony was a G3 Goodie Goodie originally, IIRC.

There will be better pics forthcoming, but I wanted to show her off and brag a little.  The pictures don't do her justice.  She's frigging adorable.

I think she did an amazing job, and she picked everything up really quick.  Even the hairing.  Way less disastrous than my first attempt.  She broke a couple needles.   I destroyed an entire hank of Virgin White, broke four needles, and almost burned down my house out of sheer frustration.

So I am very proud and smug and I think everyone should give her a hand for making something so goddamned adorable on her first try.

High fives all around!

I made another snow pony to go with Snowdrift that looks more like a Snowdrift, so I renamed her Flurry.  Her friend is now Snowdrift.  Gonna sell them as a pair because they are perfect for each other.  One pink, one blue, both unbearably adorable.  Pics soon.

Ugh, must get to sleep now.

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So I'm teaching The Actual Bear* how to paint custom ponies.  She's wanted to do this for a while, and I randomly woke up the other day with hissing, possum-faced glee at the idea of teaching her, so . . . we started tonight, and it's going well.

I'm doing two at once, alternating when things have to dry, and to keep me busy so I don't micromanage her into the ground.  Because I could.  I SO COULD.

So, Winterstar and Snowdrift are being born, both pink and both obviously winter-themed.  The Bear is doing a storm pony tentatively called Stormrunner.  That's badass.

I don't know how long it will take her to finish, but my two should be done in a week or so.  Expect pictures and a couple of auctions.

I'm taking progress shots for the Patreon thing I still haven't set up because I'm dithering myself into ever-tightening anxiety circles over wording.  But material is being accumulated for when I'm posting.

It's nice to paint.  It's nice to have company.  It's nice to sit and talk about imaginary boys and occasionally make gross badger sounds of glee at how ridiculawful we make their lives.  "Let's throw Jacks into the river in the middle of winter!"  "How can we make Solomon break down crying?  Because I want that.  Hey, isn't it about time he got an awesome scar?  Can we do these things together?"  "Let's get the redhead almost mauled by a werewolf, and then the other werewolf can come save him and they can FIGHT and later kiss maybe."  It's so stupid, like the worst soap opera Laurell K. Hamilton bullshit you can possibly imagine and I love it.  And now ponies.

I'm still ridiculously worried about things, especially what the hell I'm going to do for gifts for everyone when I just . . . well, I'm doing ponies, so now I have guilt about not being able to get my shit together to do other things.

I literally cannot win with this . . . whatever it is.  That causes me to feel like no matter what I'm doing it's the wrong thing.  I don't know if it's part of the whole being mentally ill deal, or if it's something to do with my messed-up upbringing.  Whatever it is, I try not to let it throw me too much.  But it bugs me.

Anyway, the whole teaching how to pony thing made me clear off my work table -- I could fudge if it was just me, cram everything off to the side, but there wasn't room for two people, let alone two very broad people like me and The Bear.  So I have a cleaner workspace.  Things are still messy and chaotic, but they're better than they were.  I'm getting it taken care of slowly.

I figure after the last month of depressing entries, I owe you some happy stuff, so there it is.  Things suck and are crazy, but there's things about Right Now that aren't bad at all, and I am happy for at least two hours every day because Bear.

Thank you all for bearing with me.  (Oh god I'm so sorry.)  I'm never going to give up, even though I really want to sometimes.  Even though I want to really badly sometimes.  There is too much good stuff here.  There is too much adventure to be had.  There are too many nice things I am going to have the chance to do for people.

Also there's ponies.  Who's gonna paint all these fucking ponies?  Me.  That's who.  And The Bear.

* The Actual Bear is a much better name for her than "my girlfriend."  It at least gives you some idea of what she is like.  She is like an actual bear.  Like that whole stereotype of bear-like dudes?  She is the chick version of that, and it's pretty great.
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It's not Thursday, but who cares?

Meet Ember and Phantom Blacklock, steampunk pirates and scourges of the skies over Equilonia!

Steampunk Ponies Couple Hero 2

These are the ponies I did for the Queen of the Sky Frontier campaign.

I would be sorely remiss if I did not point out that there is still one custom pony slot open over at the Indiegogo campaign for Imperial Blood. Head over there and get your own vampire pony!

Ember Blacklock 1 Hero

I have about a million pictures under here, so dial-up users will be sad pandas. )

And the very last one (yes, I airbrushed out Phantom's neck seam just to see if I could).

Steampunk Ponies Couple Hero 1

And there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  Please comment and let me know!  I worked really hard on these guys, even managing to get them done despite a creative slump, and am incredibly proud.  I think they're possibly the best work I've done, and I sincerely, deeply hope that their new owners are happy with them.  Sending them off was hard.  It was so freakin' hard.  And I don't usually feel that way about the stuff I make.  This time . . . I was just a little in love with them.

Don't forget, they each have a little vignette I wrote for them, coming soon!  I just want to reach goal on the campaign first.  We're at 71% with eight days left to go.

And on that note I'll just point out that I don't do customs on commission, unless you nab a spot in a campaign.  Otherwise, you have to wait until I do one, then try to catch it in auction.  So if you want a pony, again, there's a slot left over at the Imperial Blood campaign.  These ponies will be vampire-themed (read: will probably look slightly goth) with optional fairy wings and/or NSFW attachments.  You can pick the colors, and I go nuts with the rest.  They won't be any less kickass than Ember and Phantom.

Oh, yeah, feel free to link people here so they can see the ponies, if you know anyone who likes that sort of thing!  I would love to show these guys off!
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On the one hand, I should post more, and I should try to talk more about the good things in my life.

On the other, all "accentuate the positive" has ever really done for me is make me feel like I can't talk about things, and if there's anything in this world I hate more than shutting my fucking mouth, I don't know what it is. (Okay, feeling trapped is worse. But I think the former is closely related to the latter, so they're the same issue.)

Still, there are good things afoot.

I tend not to talk about the tabletop gaming we do because it's of little interest to anyone not in the group, but we have a great time. The regular game Sargon runs for us is going well. Our friend Tony decided to run a short Champions superhero adventure. I braved my personal distaste for numbers-crunchy systems to play, and found the combat a lot more rewarding than I had remembered from my previous forays into the Hero System rules. It's a system that focuses on combat and heavily rewards metagaming, which are things that tend not to appeal to people with my style of gameplay (in-depth storytelling and roleplaying). I have more of an appreciation for it now, evidently. Plus, sometimes it's just fun to beat the snot out of bad guys.

I've considered running a game myself for a long time, but I honestly think that would be a disaster. I could come up with a kickass storyline, but I've never tried to manage a group, and given how difficult it is for me to run something for even one person, I think I might seriously implode under the pressure. I'll stick to writing porn.

In other news, the girl steampony is more or less finished, after giving me fits and hives. I've redone her hair five times, and it still isn't quite where I want it. It's at the point, though, where nobody else is going to even see what I'm unhappy about, and I know when enough's enough. She's gorgeous, full stop, and nobody is going to argue with me about it. (Or I will eat them, but I digress.)

The boy got his face finished today (Sunday), will get his topcoat tomorrow, and will be haired beginning Tuesday. He's fabulous, too, though not as diva-licious as his sister. I'm still waffling on names. Hopefully they'll both be done in a week or so, can get their pictures taken, and can head off to their new homes. I'm ready to work on something new. Barsoomian pony! Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein/William Thatcher pony! Absinthe pony! OMG! ALL THE PONIES.

Seriously, though, I have a little file of index cards with pony ideas written on them so I don't forget any. I counted the other day and had 94. Then I added a few, and now I have 124. More ponies than I will ever be able to paint. That idea I tossed out a little while back of doing much simpler ones is sounding pret-ty great right about now. I just need to have simpler ideas, because "full-body repaint, three-color gradient, fairy wings, lace, pearls, and unicorn horn" is not simple.

I have to see the doctor tomorrow, and for entirely unavoidable reasons it's not my usual doctor. I've seen this lady before, but she's still not Dr. C. So, that'll be mildly anxiety-provoking. Then, Tuesday, I have to see the psych to get my psych prescriptions renewed so I can fill them at the cheap place, and I'm really not looking forward to that. Last time, the person who took my vitals basically Bingo-ed me with the whole "but that's a thing you can conquer!" line re: eating disorder stuff. I'm going to refresh my knowledge of mortality rates for eating disorders and for mental illness in general, in case I run into her again and she doesn't remember my gentle verbal slap from last time.

Anyway, tell me about your weekend, and/or anything amusing your pets have done recently. I never get tired of pet stories.

We're teaching Etrigan to wear a harness, so we can eventually put him on a lead and sit with him safely in the yard, where he so desperately wants to go. He thinks the harness is fucking amazing, man, and acts positively stoned out of his gourd every time we put it on him. Purring, rolling, mashy-paws, wiggling and flopping, the whole nine yards. Deliriously happy little dork-face. He is so weird.
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Got back to work on the steamponies yesterday. Not a ton of progress, but some. They are going to be friggin' adorable, and also badass. I hope the people they are meant for love them. It's all I can do right now not to spam you all with pics and ruin the surprise.

I got the rhinestones I needed in the mail today, and am working on the base coat on pony #2, the boy pony. The paint job on the #1 pony is finished except for her cutie mark, because I've been dithering over it. I used a different technique to get the color down, and am trying to decide how I feel about it. It's more textured, and not smooth. These are rough, tough, badass ponies, though, so I guess coarse fur is to be expected after a life of sky piracy. They look great, though. The girl's eyes are . . . they are just amazing. I don't think pictures will do them justice.

I also made my first set of pony goggles. A crude, undecorated prototype that will need refining, yes, but they are functional as-is, and very cute. I just need to find some clear plastic to use for lenses.

Every customizer handles accessories differently. Some sculpt things like pouches and clothes and tack with polyclay or epoxy putty, often right onto the pony. Others make them separately out of appropriate materials. There are lovely things about both approaches, but I've always strongly favored the genuine materials approach. As a child, I was always disappointed by toys that came with accessories that weren't actually usable. Purses and envelopes that wouldn't open, clothes that were sculpted on and not removable, that sort of thing. The bits and bobs I am making now are all removable and more or less totally functional.

There will be lots of pictures once they are done, CRAZY amounts of pictures, of ponies and of each individual accessory because I document the shit out of everything. You would too if you made something that fucking cute and then had to send it away from you forever.

I hope their new friends will be happy with them! They are looking forward to going to their new homes, and I am very much looking forward to sending them!
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Thing I Made Thursday, one day early! To make up for all the days-late posts!

Serenity was awfully secretive about her name. She wouldn't give me anything, and then she gave me that, and I was like, "So simple? Okay!" What the pony wants, the pony gets.

She was a gift for [livejournal.com profile] brightlotusmoon. She arrived at her new home today, and now I can post pics!

Serenity

She was made from a G3 Blue Mist who had awful hair and lots of symbol and glitter rubs, and some glue drips, but was otherwise in pretty great shape. This is only the first or second time I've used the pony's base color without repainting.

I'm very happy with how she came out. I think she's right up there in the running for cutest of all the ones I've made.

She was rehaired, as always, in Dollyhair Nylon. The colors are Virgin Snow and Lemon Drop. She was repainted in acrylics and sealed with Testor's Dullcote.

I love her eyes:

Serenity Eyes

More under here! )

It's hard to see, unfortunately, in the pictures, but I did something new with her. Using Pearl-Ex powders, I gave her blush on both cheeks and a little bit on her nose. I also took gold Pearl-Ex and went up over her eyebrow ridges so she has a little bit of shimmer above the painted eyeshadow. The effect is subtle, but in person it gives her this lovely glow. I am definitely using this technique again.

I absolutely adore her, and I know her new best friend will adore her, too.

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Thing I Made Thursday, one day early! To make up for all the days-late posts!

Serenity was awfully secretive about her name. She wouldn't give me anything, and then she gave me that, and I was like, "So simple? Okay!" What the pony wants, the pony gets.

She was a gift for [livejournal.com profile] brightlotusmoon. She arrived at her new home today, and now I can post pics!

Serenity

She was made from a G3 Blue Mist who had awful hair and lots of symbol and glitter rubs, and some glue drips, but was otherwise in pretty great shape. This is only the first or second time I've used the pony's base color without repainting.

I'm very happy with how she came out. I think she's right up there in the running for cutest of all the ones I've made.

She was rehaired, as always, in Dollyhair Nylon. The colors are Virgin Snow and Lemon Drop. She was repainted in acrylics and sealed with Testor's Dullcote.

I love her eyes:

Serenity Eyes

More under here! )

It's hard to see, unfortunately, in the pictures, but I did something new with her. Using Pearl-Ex powders, I gave her blush on both cheeks and a little bit on her nose. I also took gold Pearl-Ex and went up over her eyebrow ridges so she has a little bit of shimmer above the painted eyeshadow. The effect is subtle, but in person it gives her this lovely glow. I am definitely using this technique again.

I absolutely adore her, and I know her new best friend will adore her, too.
naamah_darling: A tiny week-old tabby kitten with her paws raised and her eyes half-closed. (Kittens)
In between various stressful and non-stressful but very busy-making things:

Pony Progress

I'm going to finish her and hopefully start hairing her tomorrow. Don't know what color. Blue and white, probably. I've got all but the topcoat done, and the gloss on her eyes.

This picture doesn't even do her justice. She is a REAL cutie.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Thane)
My Year in Ponies

My favorite is Stolen Kisses, obviously, but Stormlight is second by only a hair.

All of them, in order:

Briar Rose
Chandraki, henna peacock pony
Amor Volat
Stolen Kisses, the pirate pony
Stormlight
Madame Swallowtail, BDSM pony (NSFW)
Tricky Jill and Candy Jack, Halloween twins
Snowbright the snow fairy

I am going to try to do at least 12 next year. These little gals (and guys) were one of the best parts of this year, and brought me joy all out of proportion to their size. I hope that you enjoyed sharing them with me.
naamah_darling: Glass of tawny port on a table branded with a seven-pointed star. (Port Wine and the Morning Star)
I'm getting back in the saddle!

Halloween pony preview

Looks like I'll have something to show you next Thursday! TWO somethings! Twins!

Hope y'all are ready for autumn! I sure am.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Oh, hey. Yeah, this is late. I'm sorry.

Madame Swallowtail is a Harsh Mistress

Brace yourselves, kiddos, because it's about to get very, very wrong. And there's a LOT of pictures under the cut. (Yeah, I over-photograph my ponies. You would too, if you knew they were going to go away and you would never see them again. Sob.)



Let's just cut to the chase, shall we? )

Madame Swallowtail Portrait

When I was smoothing her hair, I used some nice conditioner to keep it from frizzing. She now, ironically, smells of vanilla.

I don't normally go for the slick-packaged dominatrix look, I have issues with it, but I suppose this could be considered parody, or social commentary, or something. Or just something that really, really needed to be done. And should probably be done again.

She will go up for auction on Wednesday or Thursday. She needs a new home with an appreciative audience for her perverted pony antics! I'll be starting the bidding a bit higher for her, since she comes with everything up there. Toys, box, and all.

So that's Swallowtail, and I hope that you enjoyed her! I've been having a great time playing with her and taking pictures, even though between the shiny black and soft white and bright hair she's damn hard to photograph. Still, I think the results are good, and I hope she brightened your Monday.

Sorry. I mean Thursday.

* If someone has a kid with orthodontics, and could grab some in various colors next time they go in, I will cover the cost and shipping.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Look who got finished over the weekend!

Swallowtail Sneak Peek

Well, doesn't she look pretty? I am super happy with her, which is remarkable considering about 2/3 of her evolution was me not liking her at all. It's those eyes, like a white rabbit's. The eyes are what makes me love her.

I'm going to take more pics of her tomorrow and hopefully that will be enough to get you Thing I Made Thursday. And then I can auction her starting Monday, and the fun can really begin!

Even as we speak, she and Stormlight are having one last epic night together before he departs in the morning to go to his new home. (I am sorry, [livejournal.com profile] etio, your new pony is kind of a perv. Might want to warn the others about that.) Thank you very much to everyone who bid!

Sweethearts

These little ponies are helping so much. They really are. It's like a little pocket of "safe" always waiting for me. I hug them a lot.

As coping mechanisms go, this one is not too bad. At least it's cute, if occasionally so very wrong.

Thanks, all, for reading.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Finished another little guy! This is an in-progress shot of him, with his repaint done but before re-hairing:

Storm Pony Sneak Peek

I just got through giving his hair a final trim (it's pretty short) and now he's completely finished, and completely adorable, and he will be for auction/sale/something if there is interest, which I am hoping there will be.

I hope y'all like him! I had a lot of fun with him and he went really quickly. Amazing how fast the re-hairing goes when you're not leaving it full-length. Sheesh.

A few words about technique, since several folks have asked about re-hairing specifically. There's a bunch of different ways to do the rerooting, but I use the method described here on the site that I get my hair from, and where I got my reroot tool. It's demonstrated on a fashion doll, and I hold the hair completely differently, but the principle of jamming it in using a sharp, forked thing and then gluing it in from the inside is the same.

I can definitely recommend the Dollyhair tool and needles -- size 7 works best for me, for ponies. Also, Fabri-Tac really is as excellent as they say. You can get big bottles of it on Amazon for less per ounce than it sells at Dollyhair. Worth it.

It isn't that hard. It truly isn't. It's time-consuming. The hard part is manipulating the hair properly without tangling it or losing tension on the strand in the needle.

That is all for now! I am going to play some video games and try to settle down and go to bed.

I hope you like! This is how I am keeping myself cheerful, and I hope it amuses you too, despite how many of you are "not pony people." Which amuses me deeply.
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Default)
I am EXPLODING with delight to finally get these pictures in front of you! Seriously, I am bubbling over with happy feels.

Here she is!

Stolen Kisses 01

Stolen Kisses sails the Seven Seas on her ship, the Heartbreaker, filling her coffers with ill-gotten gold and jewels and leaving a trail of beautiful lovestruck girls and boys in her wake. She never has to get rough to get what she's after; nobody ever puts up a fight. What does she do in her spare time? Let's just say that this pretty little filly sure puts the buck in buccaneer, but she never kisses and tells!

(Shut uuuup. THERE ARE STORIES ABOUT HER IN MY HEAD. It's acutely embarrassing.)

You need to see these pics, seriously. )Stolen Kisses 07

I cannot get enough of her. She sits by my bed where my nightlight shines on her. She is without a doubt my favorite pony that I have done. She isn't for sale, obviously, because I would have no idea what to charge for all the fiddly little accessories, and because I just don't want to part with her.

Specs: Stolen Kisses was made from a terribly battered and manky G3 Royal Rose. Seriously, look and see, she still has these adorable little chew mark scars on her right forehoof from someone's baby teeth.

She was fully rehaired in nylon Dollyhair in Black Magick, Bougainvillea, and Ultraviolet, all mixed up together. And she looks fabulous.

I started her back in December, I think, and then she sat around, half-painted, until I found the wherewithal to really go for it. I knew I couldn't do a halfassed job or it would just never work. And now, here she is, and I could not be happier with her.

I've been so . . . so broken, lately, I guess, that nothing has felt doable except this sort of thing. Just brainless adorableness and pretty, harmless things, and whatever magical-feeling things I can make out of stuff I have lying around. I can't handle anything hard or sharp or ugly or difficult right now. I can barely answer emails. So doing stuff like this cheers me up, and it cheers me up to be able to show y'all pictures of her, because I am so proud and because I hope she might cheer you up, too.

Goddammit, I make magic, I share magic.

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