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Pleased to Meet You, Hope You Guess My Name

No, it's not Lucifer

No, it’s not Lucifer

Here’s the girl I was hinting at in my Thinking about Seahorses post: Princess Sealestia, Ruler of Aquastria. She didn’t make much of an impact in pencil, but maybe she’ll steal your heart in living color. This design is totally available for purchase in my store on a variety of fine products.

I wouldn’t call myself a brony or even a pegasister, but I do love My Little Pony. It’s earnest and honest, funny on multiple levels while espousing values that everyone regardless of age or gender should embrace. Not entirely sure where this idea came from; it just hit me one night, and when I told my stepkids, they thought it was hilarious, which was enough of a green light for me.

To create her, I had to learn how to select sections and use the gradient tool. It’s nice to be encounter challenges and then learn by doing. I also use layers and variation in transparency to create the bubbles. Her cutie mark came out of a few experiments. I tried a starfish, a big wave, various combination of little waves, and a gemstone before I decided to play with the sun featured on the rump of her pony progenitor. I just tweaked the colors and turned the rays a bit more tentacle-y to suggest an ocean-going effect.

Thinking about Seahorses

Seahorses have been on my mind for a while. Who doesn’t love seahorses?

Seahorses at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Seahorses at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, taken June of last month.

They’re adorable, they’re soothing to watch, and they have the interesting characteristic of gender-swapping gestational duties.

Seahorse at Gumbo Limbo, a sea turtle rescue I visited last week in southern Florida.

Seahorse at Gumbo Limbo, a sea turtle rescue I visited last week in southern Florida.

The drawings I summon, whole cloth, from my head, don’t always come out the way I envision them. Sometimes I feel the muse is guiding me (as I did with Athena), but usually I end up with a cartoonish representation of a thing that I can describe better in words than in pictures.

This is what it looks like when I try to draw a seahorse from my own imagination with no referential images.

This is what it looks like when I try to draw a seahorse from my own imagination with no referential images.

A few weeks ago, I had a brilliant idea for a T-shirt, which I ran past my stepkids. They seemed to think it was a pretty amusing idea, and I’m very happy with the sketch I drew a few days ago. For this image, I looked at a bunch of photos of seahorses, but I also looked at the design of a popular cartoon I wanted to parody.

Can anyone guess the name of this noble lady?

Can anyone guess the name of this noble lady?

I’ll be working on the digital version of this image today, and hope to have a good design within the week (if you know what fandom I’m spoofing, you probably realize that her mane is flowing in the wrong direction, and besides which, I didn’t make her head big enough for her eyelashes), but first, I’ll be blogging a bit more. Now that I’m started to get page views and followers, I’m going to attempt to update 5 days a week!