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For my whole life, I always wanted to be a person who draws regularly but never found any joy to keep me going. Instead I'd just give up after a few days and throw my sketches in the trash. That is, until I found out how much people love ponies, and discovered that I love them too! Through them, I found a reason to draw without getting frustrated and depressed and that's what this page is all about.

Here's the ponychan thread where I got started: www.ponychan.net/chan/art/res/…
I spent the weekend at one of my non-brony friend's house, and his girlfriend who does tours throughout Baltimore told me, there was one drink all the bars in town had run out of. Know which one?

Cider. 

This was a fantastic weekend, even better than last year! For me, not only did I get to experience the fun of being around 8,500 fans of friendship and magic, but also I got to spend time with some old friends from my hometown who live there now, who had no idea until now what ponies are or that I like to draw them. 

Standing on the intersection of my friends bewildered by what bronies are, and the massive celebration of pony known as Bronycon, I found myself wondering often, how do I explain this to someone else? How do I explain this celebration of life, laughter, happiness, and friendship, centered around colorful cartoon ponies? And do I really understand it, myself? 

When we see a major convention center packed with guys and girls celebrating this simple show, we must remember, we are only seeing a minority of fans, just the tip of the iceberg. These are the people who love ponies enough to travel here, who are old enough to make the trip, who are financially capable of doing so, and who have broken through their shyness or uncertainty and decided to make the plunge into the pleasantly strange environment we call a Brony convention. Bronycon represented the small minority, the 1%, or less, of what this community is. It is something fantastic which rises to the surface in the volume of millions of fans, most of whom could not be there this weekend. I found myself stumbling on this metaphor, that when a body feels good, happy, at peace, the face on that body will smile to show it. But a smile isn't the same thing as the happiness which causes it, it is just a window, a display, a sign. If the world is a body, now connected by the fibers of a million new friendships this show and the community has made possible over the last three years, then the spectacular event that was Bronycon was what happens when the collective of bronies, which usually resides in it's relatively quiet enclave on the internet, gets a chance to burst out and show their smile to the world. I thought, Bronycon is what happens when the world smiles. And at the end, driving away from Baltimare and seeing it leave in the distance, it couldn't have felt more true. 

So even if you couldn't make it in person, you were there.

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There was something for everypony at Bronycon. Personally I was most excited about the concert, which they call Bronypalooza. Some of the biggest names in pony music were there, and I had an incredible time dancing, singing, enjoying that feeling of camaraderie and friendship. Though I looked forward to that the most, there was so much more to do! There were panels and groups and events for everything: Video games, writing, music production, plushie making, character design, autographs, voice acting, brony psychology, philosophy, cosplay. 

I messed up my own schedule a bit though, spending the days in the city, and sleeping late because Bronypalooza ended at 3 am every night, I didnt spend nearly as much time at the panels and art vendors as I wanted!

I only made one short trip through the vendor hall on Sunday, and even worse, I'm really shy especially around other artists! Even when I know them. Especially when they're selling things. Like, way more shy than makes any rational sense. I wish I had stopped to talk to more people, to trade sketchbooks, talk about technique, buy some prints and figures, but I didn't, and I regret that the most! Some people who in the vendor hall that I wished I had talked to a bit more: :icondarkflame75: :iconecmajor:  :iconkarzahnii:  :iconnsomniotic: :iconsbshouseofpancakes:  :iconsmittyg: :iconspittfireart:  :icontridgeon:

I did meet some new ponies like :iconbwfe: :iconsilasrockefeller: :iconbronymarine1: :iconsynthrid: :iconbaryonsweep: :iconstandingleaf: just in the course of standing around, walking around, waiting in line, which is awesome!

One thing about me is I find it pretty hard to just talk to people, I spent most of the con walking on my own. But, throughout the halls there are spontaneous cheers, sing-a-longs, parades and chants and fun things, it's really hard to feel left out! I spent the most time with :icondocwario: and it was great to meet :iconieatedaunicorn: in person! 

I came home from the convention feeling absolutely wonderful, to see how happy all of these people are, how this show and the community brings them together, there are few things in the world quite like it. 8,500 different types of people, older, younger, guys, girls, different political views, different religions, different races, shy and introverted, or excited and extroverted, all fitting together in friendship not unlike the six ponies we love, in harmony, stronger not despite of, but because of their differences. The only thing about the convention that made me sad, was when it was over. 

Thank you everyone out there, who made the convention possible and who gave me the courage and reason to discover and keep up with drawing, so that I had the courage and confidence to go to a convention where I had one of the best times of my life. I hope to seem many more of you again, next time! 

Thanks for reading! 
Gsphere
 

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:iconnevenaloler:
Nevenaloler 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
How many points be commisions?
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:iconstreakspsyche:
You and I seem to have similar stories regarding art and MLP.

Now, to business:

FELLOW FELLOW MLP FANS: I could use your counsel.

Recently I was able to fix and even improve on my old but trusty GRAPHIRE 3 Wacom digital pen. It was a nib issue:

streakspsyche.deviantart.com/j…



But I still find myself thinking about getting an Intuos Medium (not the Intuos Pro or Intuos Manga).

www.wacom.com/en/us/creative/i…

I have asked my irl professional artist friends about it, but their input leaves me with..."inconclusive." They both say that a bigger tablet is better for "painterly" artists. I really don't know if I am painterly, but I have a hunch that I am going towards that direction.

But one of them states a disclaimer: One of the bg-artists of creativemediaph.deviantart.com… uses a similar kind of tablet that I am using now. The GRAPHIRE 3 is most definitely small. And pressure sensitivity is hilariously sad at best. And yet this bg-artist can make very detailed backgrounds with it.

The GRAPHIRE 3 that I have now is ok. Years of working on it, so yeah, I'm pretty comfortable with it. But its sort of like, "Its all I know, so how do I know if a bigger, more advanced tablet would do me good" kind of situation.

We do not have the option of trying out the tablets in the shops here. So I am appealing to you guys to give me input.


THE MORE THE MERRIER!
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:icondocwario:
Congrats  on crackin the 1k barrier, ya crazy old coot!
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:iconjimmyjj654321:
Congratz on 100k! You really deserve it man :) Wonderful art you got there.
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KingCobra50 Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice 100k
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:icondappled-san:
Dappled-San Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm curious, are your commissions open by any chance?
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:iconkingcobra50:
KingCobra50 Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
u r amzng art
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:iconflutter-shed:
you have amazing art
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:iconjaykitty12:
JayKitty12 Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
OH my GLOB
can we be best online brony friends forever?
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:iconkittylover7899:
kittylover7899 Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
you are a REALLY REALLY REALLY AMAZING ARTIST!!!!!
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GSphere Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not that amazing ^^ But thanks!
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kittylover7899 Apr 4, 2014  Student Artist
;3
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NDS-8 Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey, I read the description of why you do art and what inspires you and I just wanted to say that I am in a similar situation! I recently decided to better myself and work hard at improving my art, and seeing your page as well as a few other talented artists is motivation enough for me! :D
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GSphere Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck! :) 
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NDS-8 Jan 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! ^_^
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PainterPoni Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
WOW!
You are really good! Like REALLY GOOD!
I hope ill be as good as YOU one day!Want.... 
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GSphere Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Your drawings are so adorable, I love them too :D
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KingCobra50 Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
get your sphere's together g
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:iconherostalker:

hello GSphere,

I just wanted to stop my to say that your art is interesting and to invite you to a poll I'm hosting.

herostalker.deviantart.com/jou…

if you have the time give it a view and a vote, plus I could use some advertisement but that's begging on ponies.

thank you

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gimpcowking Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
everytime i see your work, i can barely believe you've come so far so fast. always glad to see you drawing.
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GSphere Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man! Good to hear from you! I enjoy seeing you drawing too :D
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Ponytail-Dash Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you take requests? :meow:
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GSphere Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, Sorry, not right now
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:iconkonadh324:
I was wondering who made all these awesome pics, finally found the source! I hope to see more from you in the future! I love your work.
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GSphere Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. Thats really nice of you to say :)
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