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Today is August 8th, 2012...  Last year on August 9th, I cut the hair off my first Rainbow Dash and started messing about with some clay.  I had never sculpted anything of merit before this, and to be perfectly honest, my first attempts at sculpting a mane and tail really weren't anything to be too terribly excited about...  on August 10th I posted my first pictures:
Rainbow Dash's new hair by OtakuSquirrel Rainbow Dash's new hair 2 by OtakuSquirrel

I was far from satisfied with my results, but I learned a lot; I learned that one should not depend on derivative works as reference material, and that sculpey can remove cutie-marks if left on them for too long.  I learned that making something show accurate wasn't going to be as easy as slapping some clay on a pony and baking it...

My drive to start this was based in Hasbro's sculpted hair gift set that ominously excluded Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy.  The idea of making resin castings of of sculpts came from the many different background ponies who were all color variations of several different designs.

I never did paint my first sculpts for Rainbow Dash-- instead, I decided that to learn more and gain experience, I would tackle the pony I considered to have the simplest hair style- Applejack.  So I took my lessons learned and dove in head first...
AJ finsihed sculpt by OtakuSquirrel

Her success led me to Twilight:
Twilight Finished Sculpt by OtakuSquirrel

But the game changer was Rarity.  Rarity with her curls...  If anyone hasn't browsed my gallery of WIP pictures for Rarity, please go look.…
Above everything else, Rarity taught me that anything was possible if I invested enough time and care.  The end results were more than I could have ever hoped for, and were what got me noticed...  
Finished Rarity Kit by OtakuSquirrel

Next were Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie...  
Fluttershy and Pinkamina WIP by OtakuSquirrel

Oops!  Haha! Wrong Pinkie!  Here's the proper one!  
Pinkie Pie Finished Sculpt by OtakuSquirrel

And then I came full circle back to Rainbow Dash...  which was quite fitting if I say so myself...  
Rainbow Dash Finished Kit by OtakuSquirrel

It's been an adventure from there...  In addition to the Mane Six, I've now got sculpts for the CMC, Daring Do, Pinkamina, DJ-Pon3, Trixie, several OCs, and lots more unfinished ones lined up for the future!  

To sum all this up, I want to thank all of you for watching, encouraging, and challenging me everyday.  The Brony and MLP community is a wonderful community and you've all been great.  

For those of you who will be at EverfreeNW next week, I very much hope to meet you there.  I'll be sharing a table with Cat Whitney :iconcatwhitney: and we'll be set up directly opposite PixelKitties :iconpixelkitties:, so please come say hi, ask questions, and check out (maybe even buy) some of the ponies!  

With my sincerest appreciation,
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: little voices in my head...
  • Playing: with ponies
  • Eating: A Somewhat Soggy Salad
  • Drinking: Moo Juice
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Lucky you, progressing.
dragonartistJRR Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
You've come a long way pal!
valleyviolet Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist
An awesome journey! Good luck with the con! :)
crazedfox13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
With much regret that I won't be able to attend any convention this year.
It would be nice to meet fellow bronys & pegasister's such like you.
But, I still wish you well. & safe traveling.
featherpen13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Y'know, I'd like to think that, with my one Rarity kit purchase, I've helped contribute to just a small piece to your Grand Galloping Success ;P

Seriously, congrats though~ I wish I could go to EFNW! I would totally buy more ponies :D
Tonboko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
You are an inspiration to us all. :)
GoEatCheesecake Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It certainly seems like you've had a great adventure so far, and it also seems like it'll only get better from here, what with the con and everything! Best of luck to you, I hope you sell a ton and rake in the cash! ^__^
Oak23 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Hahahahaha oh man what a coincidence. August 12th is the date of my very first pony custom. I didn't post anything until a month later on dA but yeah. It's nearly been an entire year for me as well pony customizing.

Good luck with the con!
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Basically, you already started amazing, then you ended at more pro than the pros? Hehehhe. Congrats for everything that's happened in the last year and I hope the hobby continues to challenge you, and most importantly makes you HAPPY!
Roscofox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Happy 1 yr anniversary :)
Drewdini Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. It's pretty amazing to see how far you've come, man. :D
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're like me, you keep track of dates that something important happens on. :nod:
ArcCahlon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
honestly man when i saw your sculptures I'd thought you'd been doing this for years. its amazing how well you do these in such a small amount of time.
Blayaden Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... thats really impressive man! You've come such a long way in such little time!

One wonders what the next year may bring...
SplashingBuizel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Artist
awesome job on them all ^^
Amandkyo-Su Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
You grew up so quickly *tear*

Your custom manes are superb. I can't believe you have so many already made for Everfree. It will be your first time selling ponies at a convention, right?
OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup. First time selling anything at a convention. Yup, I haven't got a clue as to what I'm doing... =D
Amandkyo-Su Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Even after the 3rd time you won't know what's going on XD Just talk and talk and talk and smile! I'm sure you'll have a happy day :3 I hope you're not worrying too much.
OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not worrying about that end of things... More stressed trying to get all the stuff I want to take ready. I think I may have been a bit too ambitious with my goals. ;)
Amandkyo-Su Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
That's good to hear :D

It looks like you have plenty to take now but it's better to have more ponies with you. Nothing is more boring than sitting at an empty table...
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