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Awkward Moment with Fleetfoot by OtakuSquirrel
Awkward Moment with Fleetfoot
Again- I'm doodling because I'm experimenting.  This isn't what I would considered finished, but I'm done with it for now.  I enjoyed drawing it- and I hope some of you like it. 
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Pinkie Doodle by OtakuSquirrel
Pinkie Doodle
One of the things I have to learn with my artwork is that everything doesn't have to look perfect and sterile.  Part of what I've been doing with these sketches is exploring different ways to approach artwork- I've always been able to sketch- but in the past I would focus very intently on making the line art look perfect...  or at least try.  In doing that I always seemed to come up with a very flat looking uninspiring picture.  And this doesn't just reflect on my drawings- but on my sculpts as well.  On my Daring Do drawing, and more so on this little musing of Pinkie Pie, I tossed the whole concept of line art out the window- and I'm very happy with the results.  It's a first step to exploring more ways to art and developing my own style.

TL:DR= I was always good at coloring in the lines- exploring a world without lines is fun and adventurous.  ;D
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Daring Do by OtakuSquirrel
Daring Do
I've been super busy with work- they transferred me to another division within our department way back before Summer started, so I just haven't had the same amount of time to work on things as I used to.  Because of that, my attention seems to wander from project to project, and I'm not really getting anything finished.

In the meantime- I got my tablet hooked back up and I'm doing the occasional doodle just for fun.  I'm also trying to learn a bit while I'm at it.

Anyway, have a nice little picture of Daring Do.  Now off to bed with me!
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Side project by OtakuSquirrel
Side project
I find sculpting very relaxing...  and a few weeks ago when I came down with bronchitic and was bed ridden and sleep deprived and otherwise feverish, a friend said something that made me think it would be a good idea to sculpt a hula pony...  So of course, I pulled out my clay once I was feeling better and started sculpting.  

Octavia's sculpt is pretty much done.  At this point I need to add details (mouth, nostrils, eye details, hair lines) and more of the hula stuff.  Eventually she'll get chopped in half and I'll have to sort out the mechanics of installing a spring and cover it up with a grass skirt of sorts.  

The end result- a hula dancing pony for either your dashboard or desktop!  Yup.  I have indeed gone crazy.  Just run with it- it's a fun sort of crazy.
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Toph
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
I'm just a guy who likes animation and toys.
If you want to know more, browse around and look at the things that I create!

You can also find me on Twitter... OtakuSquirrel
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Most of you who follow me do so because of my show accurate MLP mane and tail sculps- what I fondly refer to as my "Pony Project".  As many of you have noticed, I've been on an extended break.  When I started my "Pony Project" over two years ago, I never expected it to get anywhere near as big as it did.  We're now almost a quarter of the way into 2014, and I figured it might be time to open up a little bit about what's been going on, why nothing has been going on, and where I'm hoping to take things from here.

About a year ago I pretty much dropped all work on this and gave little explanation as to why.  On the surface, it was because I took on large commission, the incentive ponies for the BronyDoc group's additional material DVD campaign.  This was indeed one of the reasons I dropped the "Pony Project" rather suddenly, but even if I hadn't accepted that commission, I probably would have dropped things anyway.  On a side note- for those that contributed to the BronyDoc, I very much hope that you're happy with those little ponies.  I had lots of fun (but also suffered many hardships) piecing them together and making something I could be proud of.  (I still need to post some pictures of the finished BronyDoc ponies up here on my dA account)  

The main reason I was having difficulty with my "Pony Project" is because I go through bouts of minor depression.  I say minor, but those of you who have suffered from depression know that even a little bout of depression can cripple aspects of your life.  For me, when depression hits, one of the biggest challenges I face is that I am completely unable to make decisions.  There were times when I would be driving down a road, and when I'd ask myself if I wanted to go to store A or store B first, I found myself unable to make any choice at all.  I'd just continue to drive down the road until something in my brain would finally snap and I'd turn around, usually just to go home.  When you apply that sort of indecision to all aspects of your life, it's pretty debilitating.  

The problem with the "Pony Project" was that I had LOTS of decisions to make.  One of my biggest difficulties with it was that my original sculpts and my molds were all breaking down.  I was at a point where I could not repair these any longer and I was taking it very personally that I wasn't able to keep up with demand, and felt like I was letting everyone down.  I spent weeks trying to figure out how I could salvage things and find a long-term solution- and the longer I thought about it, the more depressed I became because there really was no long-term solution.  When the BronyDoc project was offered to me, I jumped on it because it offered me an alternative to facing my "Pony Project" problems...

Its now one year later, and the BronyDoc project is finished and behind me.  I went through some ups and down on the project, but the big thing is that I finished it.  Finishing something feels good, and left me in a better spot than I was before.  So being in this enlightened (i.e. not crippled) state, I reviewed my short list of half-assed, probably-wouldn't-work solutions that I brainstormed a year ago, and decided that I still want to be an active contributing member of this fandom.  I was supposed to look at this list and decide if any of my hair-brained ideas could push the project forward once again, but hey, finding the resolve to say that I wanted to continue come hell-or-highwater was a good start...  A year also made a huge difference in one of the options I had been considering- and between that and my new-found resolve, I made a decision.

On Monday I purchased two very expensive toys:  A 3D Scanner and a 3D Printer.  My hope is to digitize as much of my old work as I can, as best as I can, thus preserving it.  But better yet, if all goes well, I should be able to print out copies.  If I can print out copies, I can sell kits and ponies again, and THEN...  maybe then all you insatiable rabid followers will stop bugging me and making me feel bad for not offering anything for so long!  ;)

All of this is very dependent on many things- and by no means does this mean that I'm suddenly going to be taking orders for kits and ponies any time soon.  I don't even have a tracking number for my new toys yet, and it's probably not going to be as easy as scanning a mane/tail kit and printing out a perfect duplicate...  The important thing here is that I have found the resolve to push things forward, and I've taken a huge leap to at least attempt to overcome the hurdles that last year I found so insurmountable.  

And if it all goes well- please stay tuned for a Muffin Kit.  Derpy gets priority.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Babymetal (they're Japanese)
  • Drinking: Chocolate Milk

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sailorcancer01 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey birthday boy.
many happy returns. :highfive: :happybounce:
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Happy day of Birth :party:
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XxSereneGracexX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday Toph!
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Ryugaknight Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
youtu.be/muaVB4K-WSA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiebounce2plz::iconsaysplz:Over here, everypony! My Pinkie sense is telling me they're here!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi! Pinkie Pie invited us all to her friend's birthday party, and...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:And that friend is you! Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:Ah've brought an apple pie along for you, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityplz::iconsaysplz:And I, speaking for all of us, wish you all the best in your life and all your endeavours!
:iconfluttershywinkplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you'll have a wonderful time and that trouble will pass you by.
:iconcutedashsmileplz::iconsaysplz:And no matter what happens, remember that we'll always be your friends. Stay awesome!
:iconponyangelplz::iconsaysplz:May the magic of friendship and all it contains be ever with you.
:iconmlpspikeplz::iconsaysplz:And if you ever feel down, don't forget that that you're the hero of your life's story, and no-one else can be better at it than you!
:iconparty0plz::iconsaysplz:Now come on, you all, it's time to start the party for real!
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