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I don't post on LiveJournal much these days because the whole place seems to be dying a death and I'll be honest with you, it's pretty demoralising crafting a post or showing art and getting zero feedback for your efforts. That said, I've always maintained a blog and regardless of comments, I know I'll regret it in the future when I look back and realise I've missed large chunks of my life on my otherwise steady 'diary' online.

So there's that.

Firstly, here's some art. I've been busy away at a committee meeting for Ponycon so I'm a little behind, but I'll get cracking on my list in a couple of days.


One of my $5 sketch commissions.


A little bit of fanart for League of Legends, a game I've been stupidly into lately. It's a free to play dota-esque... thing with some awesome characters. One character, Rammus, has a skin (not so coincidentally called 'King Rammus') that bears a striking resemblance to a certain King Koopa.

Anyway, as I already mentioned, I'm on the UK Ponycon committee this year. My official title is 'Fundraising Assistant' to my awesome friend Laura, but I've sort of been promoted to 'Official Internet Make Go', giving me a chance to redesign the website, get the blog up and running, create art for all the banners and logos and generally giving the whole place a bit of bang. Jess and I are both 'just' assistants and both embracing that as our chance to work on other things alongside the big projects - we're throwing ourselves into marketing and promotion. Jess is already revamping the official Facebook and Twitter, while I'm umming and ahhing about a Ponycon Podcast to accompany the blog and website.

Ponycon is an awesomely fun little convention but it's getting a little stale, and has always been pretty faceless. In a community as small as the MLP collecting one, there's no excuse not to make the convention vibrant and full of personality, so the whole theme for the committee this year has been 'rebrand, refresh, relaunch!' This year's committee is full of complete nuts, so we're going to get things done in a really great way this time. I can't wait to get the whole thing rolling!

I'm also hoping getting involved in this will improve my chances of being further involved in other conventions, especially from a web promotion/blogging/marketing standpoint. I've wanted an excuse to get into 'proper' blogging for ages (as opposed to livejournal rambles), so it's all pretty great right now.

Saw Tangled yesterday in the cinema and going again on Saturday! I loved it so so much. The music had a really old feel to it, like an old musical or stage production, really. I love love love 'I've Got a Dream', it sounds like it could be right out of something like Calamity Jane. It's pretty much my favourite Disney song since something out of the Lion King.

♫ Though I'm one disgusting blighter
I'm a lover, not a fighter! ♫



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Feb. 10th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)

I dunno, everyone keeps saying how lj is dying but personally I haven't seen my friends page decrease in size any. Is Ponycon just a yay we love ponies too type of convention or is it one of the trading ones with exclusive ponies?
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
I just find that few people comment often (this post is a wild exception!) and most creative types have moved onto Tumblr and Twitter, it's pretty depressing! I don't see nearly as many art posts from my flist as I used to!

Ponycon is largely trade stalls like a toy fair, with added competitions and games. Unlike the US MLP Fair, every penny of "profit" we make goes to charity, so we do our very best to raise as much as we can for as little as we can. :) Of course, the most fun is just geeking out with friends, too.
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with the game you mentioned, but I love the attitudes that come through in the characters. Especially the one that looks like a turtle with a horn. *g* Lovely.
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Okay, I guess they both sort of look like turtles with horns, but I mean the one on the right. *checks right and left* Yes, the one on the right in particular. (It's early!)

(And that Smooth icon - totally all me today. Jeez!)
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, yeah he's Rammus! He ONLY says "okay" in the game, and he's pretty cute, but totally hardcore. I suck at him, but then I suck at most games these days haha.
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
I may not comment but I do read and appreciate every post on my friend list.

I'll try and be more vocal. Sometimes though it's me that is the problem because I either don't know what to say or feel like "They don't know me! Who am I to make a comment?". Stupid for sure because it's all about communication but still that's my reaction. :-|
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I'm soo bad myself! I rarely comment on anyone's post, I generally just browse! I need to get way more active everywhere online rather than take a backseat, so I totally know what you mean!

That said, you should totally comment moar! :D I've made some of my best friends by random people just randomly saying hi!
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Also, man, I ended EVERY sentence there with an exclamation point. I'm really not as hyper as all that, especially since I've just come in from work, haha.
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Ah Ponycon, how I love thee. It would be awesome to go again but as with babyplans I'm afraid I can't. Do keep me updated on the where, when and how and I'll see if I can swing by somehow.
Also, since you're on the committee, I once asked Mew (don't remember the full name..) how you all go about setting up a con. I never got answers. I so love to organise one here in Holland and would love some input.
Feb. 11th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Ummmm, I've never started one from scratch, thankfully the Ponycon committee has Anna/Jess/help from the older memembers who in turn have help from previous members, so we all feed off each other's knowledge.

The MAIN thing you just need is a venue, though. We used to have MLP "meets" that were larger than a house gathering, but never declaired a convention. You just need a hall willing to accept you, and to sell table space that people can buy for selling/trading on. The table sales/ticket sales end up paying for your venue (in theory). Start really cheap and work up as interest grows, no point going for big hotels or convention centres if you've enough people for a small town hall, say.

Anything specific I can help with / ask about for you? <3
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I was surprised how much I enjoyed Tangled. Definitely a purchase when it comes out.

And I saw a couple of clips of that new MLP show and I actually dig the animation! It's very Flashy, but the good kind of Flashy, y'know?
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
And as far as LJ, what puts me off of commenting on other peoples' LJs is never getting a response to my comment. I like interacting with other people, so I tend to stick to leaving comments on journals that, for the most part, I feel at least acknowledged.

Just my two cents. To get a little, you got to give a little too. I've been bad about it at times, but I do try and at least make the effort to connect with people.
Feb. 11th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
The thing that I've noticed lately is ALL my LJ mail goes to my spamfolder, so I don't even see replies until I physically check the LJ. Never used to happen, so I dread to think how many comments I've made on *other* people's journals and forgotten about, only to have them reply and never read it.

I think all the fandom crap killed off a lot of LJ - it's a very fandommy place and after the strikeouts and stuff, a LOT of people moved to dreamwidth or whzatever it's called. I know I lost several people I used to enjoy reading to it. :\

As for the MLP show, omg. I had no idea a flash cartoon could look so good until I saw it! It's getting RAVE reviews from people who aren't necessarily MLP fans, it's insane and really really inspiring.
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Damn, I may just have to get my hands on some of these episodes now. I used to hate the sort of "Powerpuff Girls" type style (is that what it is?) but it's actually grown on me over the years and now I love it. It can be incredibly expressive with such simple animation.

Any links/info to share?
Feb. 13th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Yeah! A girl's uploaded 'em all to youtube!


Dragonshy and Call of the Cutie are popular, if you don't wanna watch 'em in order. :D
Feb. 13th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks so much :) Good job I checked back here, LJ isn't notifying me of replies at all... not even in my junk mail :s
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'd hate to see LJ ever die I still love the service and use it often.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with Tangled. I really loved it. The music does remind me of a broadway play too X) Especially Mother Knows Best. I really can't wait until the DVD release. I thought I wouldn't like it as much as I did thinking it would come across as trying to hard but it didn't : D
Feb. 11th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
Haha yeah, I'm the exact same way. I knew I'd at least like it, I'd heard SO many good reviews about it, but I didn't think I'd actually love it as much as I did! And yess, Mother Knows Best was just like something out of Wicked, it really was so broadway!
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oooh, can't wait to see what's going on with Ponycon! Last year was fabby :)

Am super jealous of you seeing Tangled, I still haven't found chance to go *sad face* I'm not surprised about the music, Alan Menken rules <3
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Feb. 11th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
Aahahaha yeah, someone tagged me on that picture on Facebook (I was either girlie or chaotic girlie, I think, haha)
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Feb. 12th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Yayyyy, I'm chaotic! *goes to shoot some dudes*
Feb. 11th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I think the fandom is the maiiin thing that keeps LJ going, really, but sadly a LOT of people have migrated after the strikeout etc. LJ is also really stunted in a lot of things - Tumblr/Posterous etc all are so easy to update with photos, videos, audio, email posting etc where as LJ is firmly stuck in the past.

I HOPE it never goes because I love the place so much, and because I've like 10 years of my life on here, but it IS pretty depressing. I never see art posted anymore, it's kinda sad. :(
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
:) I'm catching up on LJ and saw this. I know the feeling. In fact I just wrote a post about feedback in my other blog last week. Its kinda sad how we tend to read things and forget to comment.

I've been sucked into the facebook thing, and I have a wordpress blog. I still randomly come back here to catch up on my ppl and post things that I don't want to leave marked as public.. but yea. There is so much social media out there, its hard to decide which one to give your love to.

~hugs~ I've always loved your art and Im sorry I don't post more to say so :) keep it up!
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