Friday, February 10, 2012

*SQUEEEEEEE~!!!!*



Omigoshomigosh, everyone! The most amazing, FABULOUS thing happened to me today, so incredibly sweet and wonderful that I can hardly even believe it myself! A package came to me in the mail, bearing a gift from an anonymous source, and that gift just happened to be the exquisite, adorable mini-Rarity plush that you now see before you on this blog. Can you even believe it!? Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, mweeeeee~ <3 <3 <3 **bounces up and down**

I really can't even believe that somebody would do this... I can hardly remember receiving such a wonderful surprise as adorable mini-Rarity at any other time in my life! And from an anonymous source too, who does that!?? I mean, I can perhaps guess who might have done something so incredibly sweet and wonderful for me, but if that person wishes to stay anonymous than of course I shall keep my speculations to myself. ^_~ It's hard though, I should very much like to crush said person in a hug if only I was able!

I believe at this point I shall take the opportunity to say thank you so much everyone for all of your continuing support and interest in my artwork, and I hope you realize I appreciate you all immensely! More pictures of mini-Rarity, as well as some other lovely bonuses I've been meaning to share with you all are now forthcoming, so in the interest of saving space on my front page you can read more after the break if you're so inclined. ^_~ Cheers friends~! <3


So, yes, if it wasn't entirely obvious the delightful little Rarity that I received is quite tiny... a fabulous display of sewing and textile-crafting in felt. It's amazing how much detail the artist was able to pack into her tiny, glamorous self! And of course, I'm sure it goes without saying that she is all the more perfect and special to me because she just happened to be rendered with her cute little red sewing glasses on top of everything else... oh mercy, I seriously cannot stop squeeing, it's a good thing nobody can actually hear me...

Here's a view of Rarity from more of a front angle, standing on my kitchen table! Lookit she's smiling! (B'dawwww~~)

And here's a picture of her from the other side. She's only about four inches tall, the dear little thing! But it's still amazing some of the detail the artist managed to convey with those stitches. You can't see it in this picture, but her other ear is hidden within her curls as well~ ^.^

Grace is not quite sure what to make of this fabulous new addition to the household.

However, I think Miss Chubs is now trying to discern whether or not the new addition is edible or not.

And lastly, Rarity standing proudly atop Bernadette (still residing on the dining room table), undoubtedly just where she belongs! It will be nice to be able to have this extra little boost of inspiration the next time I am sewing on a project, heehee~ =^.^=

This really was the best thing that's happened to me in a while, but if it's possible for this post to get even better than I'd like to share a few other fantastic images with you all as well. First off is a picture of even more adorable little ponies (a set of the Mane 6 blind bag figurines), sent to me as a Christmas gift by none other than our beloved Jody (you are the best dear, thank you again! <3). The picture is obviously a month and a half old at this point but of course, me being me forgot to post it on my last update or two, so check it out now! Twilight is posing for the camera by the looks of things, in front of my living room television and surrounded by some Christmas decor. Aren't they cuuuuuuute??


And lastly, something that is not quite a gift in the traditional sense, but was another wonderful surprise that I have been given permission to share with you all. A while ago I received an email from someone, who asked if I would mind if he made a print of my composing Octavia picture to hang in his studio (he is a professional musician as well as a pony fan). And of course I was very flattered to say no, not at all. He very kindly sent me a picture of the finished framed artwork hanging in his workspace once he got it up, and told me I could share it with everyone, and so it's my great pleasure to be able to do that now!  Isn't that just altogether fabulous?? =^.^=


I think it probably goes without saying that I am very much on cloud nine at the moment, and once again my sincerest thanks to all of you for all of the wonderful ongoing support and enthusiasm. It really is a gift to be able to be a part of this fan community as I have become, and I look forward to continuing to share my own artworks with you all as I get around to them (on that note, hopefully, I will have something for you all in the very near future). Thank you all again, and stay lovely dears~!


WD

37 comments:

BND said... Reply to comment

I dunno if it sounds odd or not, but it really makes me happy to see you happy, WD. ^_^

That really is an adorable little Rarity; It was very kind of them to make her for you. :D

I've always been impartial to the Blind Bag ponies (at least out of what Hasbro makes themselves). How nice of you, Jody. :)

And that must be an awesome feeling, having your artwork framed on the wall; Very nice.

Also, I'm not sure how it happened, but I didn't even notice the post that you made prior to this one (the one posted... over a month ago. XP) I really don't know how I overlooked it. ^^;

I can assure you though, it won't be happening again. :P

TomTheRock said... Reply to comment

I like her! Very happy to hear something new is coming soon.

Kein said... Reply to comment

Oh my, that's sooo adorable :3

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@BND

Oh, you mean the wet-haired Rarity commission? Actually, I think it's kind of hilarious that you missed it entirely... it sounds like the sort of thing I would do too haha. =D Or well, when I am in one of my busily working, flustered states at least. Hopefully you enjoyed seeing her all the same!

Aww no, that doesn't sound strange at all dear and thank you for that; it's actually rather a sweet thing to say! =^.^= I'm always glad if I can make people happy, inadvertently or not! And yes, isn't little mini-Rarity just exquisite?? I really love her SO very much and am still just amazed to think of somebody doing something like that for me! Even moreso when I look back on this post and see the photo of the Octavia print, and of the sweet little figurines that Jody sent me... I feel so incredibly lucky. All of you really are wonderful... I am absolutely in one of those moods where I wish I could hug the whole world right now~ =^_^=

Anyway thanks so much again for posting my dear, I appreciate it as always! How has the artwork been coming along for you, by the way?

@TomTheRock

I know, isn't she just precious!?! She really is SO incredibly cute, I can't stop going back and admiring her again and again! I truly am a very lucky person.

And yes, hopefully something new is coming very soon! Truth be told, I am actually done with my latest artwork but seeing as how it is another commission, I am not willing to post it without first getting permission from the new owner (who has yet to inform me he has received his artwork). So in the meantime I am afraid I have to make you all wait even longer, my apologies!

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Kein

Eeep comment-ninja, sorry about that dearie!

I know, seriously, isn't she really just darling? I am still amazed by how much detail the artist managed to squeeze in there. Each one of her nostrils, for example, is a single adorable, tiny little stitch of blue-grey thread... just too sweet for words. I am very happy to have such an endearing little companion to keep me company the next time I work on my sewing. =^_^=

Anon said... Reply to comment

Haha, I think I can guess who made this. Expertly done. I would buy these if it didn't have so many social implications.

I just finished the work required for this update on the software (One of the things that they wanted was a new main menu page that would be easier to use. When I said that it would mean doing it over, my father suggested that the buttons have large, medium and small size settings. That's great, I'll just remake the page three times instead.), so I'm back to commenting here for the time being. It really is nice for me as well to see you so enthusiastic and happy...it makes me wish that I already lived away from my parents so that I could send things to people like you as if it was normal for me. (Though that would mean deciding what to keep, and where to make space...) We generally all have some form of creative ability. Maybe in 6 years. This community had better last for a long time.

They really have turned into great things. Both of them; the MLP and WhiteDiamonds communities. They have attracted and brought together some exceptionally kind and generous people, yourself included, and it's kind of telling that you have now received physical proof of it. Maybe this will serve as a memoir.

BND said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds Indeed I did. :D

As for my artwork, I haven't really done much recently, but this is the latest thing I've worked on: link.

But, be aware, it's a bit more... risqué than what I've drawn before. ^^;

Kateasaurus said... Reply to comment

Oh my, that little Rarity is one of the most adorable things I've ever seen! She seems quite comfy atop your sewing machine too!

zhoomcar said... Reply to comment

I squeed so very hard. I could probably go on for the rest of this comment but ehhhh. squeee.

Like BND said your happiness does indeed make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :D

CaineScroll said... Reply to comment

Well, I suppose I can't leave a comment here without sounding like a half-dead zombie...but I'll try anyways.

First things first: Sorry I haven't been posting here lately, I've been REALLY busy, not to mention handling the absolute chaos I created within the Malaysian brony community. I was prompted (against my will) to make two original characters for their entertainment, but they turned out so well they asked (commanded) me to make a tumblr out of them. On a related subject, I've achieved the lofty status of "WhiteDiamonds" here in my own country. Now people are expecting livestreams from me...I foresee my schedule being thrown into whack. (Well, PART-WD...During one particular livestream of theirs, they called me a "legend" just once and ignored me till the end of the broadcast. Oh well...win some, lose some.)

That said, I'm perfectly fine (no mental breakdowns this time), it's just that the last comment thread had grown way beyond my expectations and I wasn't in the mood to answer all those responses...Lazy, lazy Scrolls~!

Congrats on the mini plushie! That makes a grand total of two people I've known to have recieved mini-plushies as presents, the other being Katie, of course. It was also rather amusing to see Grace sizing her up, though eating the plushie would've totally ruined the moment... *laughs*

Also, it must be quite satisfying to see your art in physical form, I'm sure I would. Still, I don't think my art will be printed and framed anytime soon, but I'm not worried much, really.

As mentioned, it'll be a while till my next pieces come up, as I don't intend to post the aforementioned OC's on my blog...however, I am working on a commission, and with the owner's permission I'll post it up as soon as possible.

See y'all soon~!

Anon said... Reply to comment

@Kateasaurus

Oh, come now...

@CaineScroll

It sounds like your display of talent was well received. I don't expect that you would show them, but you made a tumblr blog just for two OCs that you don't care much for? What would you put on it? And a livestream, would that be for live drawing sessions? It sounds like you don't like doing it, so you shouldn't let peer pressure control you.

Most of the time we would just add what we have to say about anything that was discussed, but that thread is nearly 200 comments long now, so I guess we can switch to this one if we can find something to talk about. It seems like we'll have some new things to see soon, so it's good to see that our group's art production is not dead yet. I plan to embed the game-esque project that I mentioned on a site rather than have everyone download it to file, so I'll have to make a blog to put it on pretty soon. Well, this is going to be interesting.


By the way (to WhiteDiamonds and anyone else who might be interested), you have said before that you in fact have an American accent. I would expect that it's just some form of Californian, but I have come across a 13-question test on the internet that should determine it, so I'm interested to know what your results would be. Mine were primarily North Central. "Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot." Yeah, no kidding. The text results option provides numbers:

"86% North Central
84% The West
75% The Midland
63% Boston
30% The Inland North
23% The South
13% Philadelphia
9% The Northeast"

It isn't really American at all, but it's most comparable to that of Minnesota. Though he's, er, cheerier than I am, and my suspicions were correct that I'm considerably western as well. I'm not sure what this does to whatever voice you hear in my text, but you might see now why I feel like the most British person in America when I'm living so far south. By the way, sort of related; your desciption of yourself made me think that you look like Amy Walker.

zhoomcar said... Reply to comment

@CaineScroll Hullo again Scrolls! Why, it appears that much has indeed changed since you last popped up around here!

And speaking of your blog... COMIC SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANS!

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Anon said... Reply to comment

@Favo

I think I've said it before, but cute, yes... Admittedly, it fits.

After CaineScroll has said essentially the same thing, I think we're isolating people that can't relate themselves to what we're doing and talking about. It's entirely understandable that you would want to distance yourself from such a situation. If the long conversations on this blog were all about something like fashion, I would have nothing to input, I would have no interest and I would just be on to comment on the new artwork before leaving until next time. I think that there is a lot of belaboring of points around here, and we had hit on some negative topics recently. They aren't so enjoyable to talk about, and takes attention away from the art and ponies that we are here for. If I had found a place on the internet where people were having long conversations about their lives, would I try to join in? Of course not. You never really did get into them, and that's fine. It's just that, when new entries are few and far between, there isn't much else to do than let the chat wander. But for that reason, I don't think that much really has changed. I would urge you never to make "final decisions" that will take options away from you, because we aren't always going to go so deep into things that are so far away from the point or what makes us happy, but if you want to clarify your stance on such things then that's fine. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure how much I feel like jumping back into the last entry's comment section for more long-winded discussion about whatever. I doubt that I will care to participate in every comment thread that starts up here, either. As long as you haven't left the blog, and we'll still be able to see what you think of the entries, you're still generally as much here as you were yesterday. And you might not think that I understand, but I think that I do. We're forfeiting the carefree enjoyment for the sake of careful wording and civility. Some things just aren't worth it.

Maybe this is a sign that we should all calm down a bit. I need to rest my hands, and when you get out of the meticulous mines of a deep conversation, you realise how much there really isn't to say. It might be a good idea to make this place more viewer-friendly.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Anon

Well, to be perfectly honest I actually do have something of an idea of who made my splendid little Rarity plush based on the return address and the note that was sent along with her, and it's not the person you seem to think it is. I also do not believe that the artist and the anonymous source of the gift are the same individual, if you understand me, but I'm doing my best not to speculate too much here as again, I wish to respect my benefactor's seemingly desired privacy! Even if I truly do wish to glomp said person... (you know who you are and I love you for it, at least! <3)

Anyway though thanks so very much for all of the kind words, my dear... I really did feel like the luckiest girl alive yesterday! =^^= And yes it is immensely flattering and humbling for me to look back on everything contained in the above post, and to think about how wonderful all of you are. I've never gotten overly involved in any fan communities as I think I mentioned before but even still, it's perfectly clear to me that I've found something special with this one.

Well dear, just for you I went ahead and took that accent test, and according to it I have a Midland accent (which apparently means I have a good voice for television and radio. Isn't that a nice compliment). I'm not sure how entirely accurate that is but it says (and I quote) "'You have a Midland accent'" is just another way of saying 'you don't have an accent'", so I guess that means I have a generic voice. Well I told you all that I do not really sound British, I just speak properly is all!

Lastly, I've never heard of Amy Walker before but taking a look at that video I can tell you that I look essentially nothing like her. ^.^; Or well, not really anyway. I don't honestly remember describing myself here before other than mentioning the fact that I have long dark hair and am not very tall (by the sounds of things it seems Katie and I might be the very same height, with me perhaps having a slight edge) so I don't really know what you were basing your mental image on, but no I look quite a bit different. My hair is darker than hers for one thing (not black, but dark) and my eyes are entirely different; I'm frequently told that I have very large (but apparently, nice) eyes. Well, perhaps one of these days I shall overcome my trepidations and post a photo of myself here... in the meantime though I hope I didn't tarnish your vision of me too much!

@BND

Oh, my, risqué indeed! And I have to wonder why Fluttershy is kissing someone if she seemingly feels slightly uncomfortable doing so. But, despite the fact that the subject matter is not really to my general tastes I have to say that you've improved quite a bit already dear... your coloring and linework are both nicely crisp and clean. Thank you for sharing it, anyway (I really need to draw more Inkie Pie fanart...)!

@Kateasaurus

I know right, isn't she just darling! =^.^= I still can't help but smile every time I look at her!

And yes as I said Rarity and Bernadette just seem like they were made to compliment each other, and I'm so incredibly happy that I have such a adorable co-pilot to keep me company the next time I'm working on a project! It's just too fabulous really.

Harwick said... Reply to comment

Aw... That's certainly Squeeeee-worthy. I need to get me some fans that like me enough to send me free stuff. Although I suppose I'd have to be more likeable... which, judging by all that you do here, seems like a lot of work.

Really though, that's such a generous gift... hand made and well done at that. Plus, it really couldn't be more adorable. Kudos to the artist who made it and sent it to you.

I especially like the picture of her standing Imperiously atop the sewing machine, as a stern but dynamic taskmaster of creativity.

A fine collection of mini-ponies you have as well! That Jody is also a generous one. I managed to find all of the mane six, (minus Fluttershy, who isn't accurate anyway so I don't overly mind.) Plus I grabbed a bunch of random ones for my little cousin because she likes a good pony as well. (Go figure.) So now tiny ponies watch me as I type. Silently judging me.

Looking forward to the new artwork, when it becomes ready to post!

Harwick said... Reply to comment

@Anon

My accent test results:

Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Sounds about right...

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@zhoomcar

Aw thank you so very much dearest, that's so incredibly sweet of you to say! And I can't help feeling happy; I'm so lucky to be a apart of such a wonderful thoughtful community! ^^ You included now, heehee~

@CaineScroll

Ah long time no see; good evening dearie! It is a nice surprise to see you around and posting again as I know you've been busy. Certainly (as I believe I said before) I hope you never feel obligated to comment on anything if you don't feel up to it, and in regards to the lengthy conversation on my 'Commission #4' post it's no wonder you didn't feel like tackling a bunch of comments. As I said, at times I really have a tough time keeping up with all the activity on this blog myself but as I do enjoy it at least, I do my best to squeeze it in whenever I can.

Anyway though thank you very much for all of the kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures as well. Including the ones of Grace. Happily she doesn't seem to have any interest in eating anything special other than dairy products (she actually will not even touch chicken or fish as I've found out; she is a very odd cat) and all of my poor houseplants. But yes, I really am a very lucky person to have received such a sweet and thoughtful gift.

It's nice to hear everything is going well on the art front for you as well, or by the sounds of things anyway! Though I have to echo some of the other comments here and say that I hope you're not allowing yourself to be forced against your will into creating characters and Tumblrs. That's rather the impression you gave me at least! I also am happy to hear that the commission is coming along smoothly and I very much am looking forward to seeing the finished product when you get there... I can only hope I'll be able to get my own artwork up for you all to see too.

@Favo

Darling, you changed your avatar! Such a strange thing to see posts written by you that are not accompanied by Pinkie Pie, but I have to say that I approve wholeheartedly. ^.^ Very tasteful.

I actually did receive that email of yours dear, just a little while ago when I got home from work and was planning on responding once I got these comments a bit more under control. I have to say that I'm a little sorry you feel the need to withdraw more but of course I understand, and as I said to CaineScroll I can hardly blame anyone if they feel a bit daunted by the mountain of comments that tend to build up on some of these posts. Certainly you should never feel obligated to reply to anything you have no interest in. I have to say though that I sincerely do hope I didn't have too much do to with this in the "overcivilized manners" that you mentioned (I've said before my friends all tell me I come across as a bit stuffy sometimes) because the last thing I ever want to do is alienate people, but again I understand if this is the case. I'm afraid in this instance the 'fancy dinner-party' analogy you used for my blog is surprisingly accurate, and I realize that such an environment is not always to everyone's tastes...

I truly do enjoy your own unique energy 'livening the place up' though when you are inspired to post, so I hope you'll continue to do so whenever something pops up that interests you. Thank you for always being a source of good cheer to me, my dear. ^_^

Anon said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds

Ah...I think I understand what you mean, then. Well, it's nice that you have good non-blog followers as well. It was probably commissioned as a gift, then sent to you in gratitude for being who you are to everyone.

Judging by the description and Harwick's results, it sounds like Midland is the most common. My answers were mostly all just "They...they all sound the same!" (The only exceptions being 10, 11 and 13...)

She isn't really a famous figure, it's just a popular YouTube video. I really was just going by that short description, and I didn't think that the eyes looked very close, either. They look sort of mean with those eyebrows, and not like most people would look. She looks better in some other videos, but if anything, you sound better. I think that you worry too much about what we might think due to how much it means to you, but I would be conscious about it as well. It really doesn't mean that much to me, what you look like or if I interpreted it precisely. You will still be yourself, and it certainly doesn't make a difference here. (The same cannot be said about me, who has gender and age stereotypes to balance out in my favor.) It really isn't necessary, anyway.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Harwick

I know, really, can you even believe that someone would do something so incredibly thoughtful and amazing?! I am truly very fortunate to have such lovely friends and followers, as I find myself saying again and again recently. And yes, on that note you're right; Jody truly is a dear. ^_~

And you silly goober you. You are perfectly likable enough as it is, or at least *I* think so, and nobody can blame you if you don't take what little free time you probably get in your busy life to keep up with a mini-pony community as I have recently found myself doing. We all know you're a busy person, and indeed I always feel lucky you take the time to post on my blog and comment on my work at all. On that note, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the photos and such as well, and I can only hope that I'll be able to post that artwork up for you all to see soon enough.

And yay, we are the same, though judging by Anon's statistics this is not altogether an extraordinary coincidence. This also makes me think of another poll that was recently posted on EqD, the Bronyland pony personality test. I have to wonder if any of you bothered to take it when it popped up there the other day, and if so what your results might have been... I will let you all speculate as to what my totally honest answers ended up saying about me.

Harwick said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds

I did take that personality test... I wish I had saved the results. I was judged to be mostly Twilight, which I was quite happy with. I was shocked to also contain quite a lot of Pinkie Pie as well, which seems an unlikely combination to me. Then I realized that the two do share moderate to severe mental instability in common, so that was a little unsettling.

I had a healthy amount of Rarity and Fluttershy, but was largely deficient in Dash and Applejack. I may need to take some supplements of some sort to make up for that.

Anon said... Reply to comment

@Harwick

It's kind of hard to send packages to your house when we don't know where you live... The same goes for you, though; if I had physical creative talent and a way to make use it discreetly, you would be donating it all to feed third-world countries.

@WhiteDiamonds

If you're referring to those percentages, that was actually referring to how much my answers correlated with each result, hence the top being North Central. But as I've said, Midland (/Midwest, as it seems) probably is still the majority, anyway.

Though I am very behind in my EQD viewing due to sudden, nonstop work that I have no control over (I'm currently on January 9th), I did happen to see and complete that test. The first question or so nearly made me quit right away (What is my favorite color? How does that have any bearing on my personality? What if I don't have one? What is my favorite number? What?), and I wish it was less obvious which answer leads to which character since at times I felt like I was literally telling them which character I was. I also found the season one odd (Which character is more Winter, and which is more Fall? There are only four choices.), and the element and super power ones just confused me (Which mane 6 is more Fire, which is more Ice and which is more Electricity? What kind of question is this? Which mane 6 can be symbolized by Clubs? Is rock, paper scissors an accurate indicator of personality? Which character to they think watches anime? Who does it add to if I pick "Sea Pony"?), and I wasn't sure about some of them (Especially the holiday locations and forms of art. I like all of them.), but I did complete it. My results for all of the characters were high, except for Pinkie Pie, which was completely empty. It looked like a pie, and the "Pinkie" pie slice was cut out. But I think that this might have been cause by an active avoidance of Pinkie-like answers. The rest were fairly close together, with Rainbow Dash unsurprisingly being the second lowest. Also unsurprisingly, my highest was Twilight, which was at maximum. I wish I had gotten more Rarity, but her answers tended to relate to romance rather than what really makes her who she is. Of course, this makes me want to make a more scientific version...

BND said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds

Well, to be honest, I probably wouldn't be able to tell you why either; It just looked right to me. ^^; (And I think I'd have to agree with the Inkie Pie remark. ;P)

I got the Midland result on the accent test as well, interestingly enough.

And this was my result on the personality test: Link.

(My comments always feel so empty compared to everyone else's. XP)

Anon said... Reply to comment

@BND

I'm not surprised by that at all. I think that you're easily the most Fluttershy-like person that we have ever had here at this blog.

I don't feel like I can sum myself up to a single character, though. I'm obviously more Twilight than anything else, but of course I'm more varied depending on the situation and who I'm speaking to than a cartoon character, so I have traits from all of them. But to define those traits any more would be tedious for me to write and not worth it for anyone to read. I tend to sum it up as; a Twilight when you meet me, and a Rarity when you really get to know me. But always a Twilight.

zhoomcar said... Reply to comment

Well, despite the fact that I am not American in any shape or form, I took the test nonetheless, and it gave me a... "The Northeast". Of which I have no idea what to expect. For the record, I'm Australian.

"Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak."

As for the Bronyland personality test, I ended up tying Pinkie Pie and Rarity, which pleases me (though I'm a bit of Fluttershy as well!)

(And oh hey, I finally changed my picture! After 2 years! Hoorah!)

zhoomcar said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds
I found this clip appropriate for the occasion.

(unnecessary addendum: and crop and picture modification!)

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@Favo

Well, if you don't believe me when I say that you would be missed as you were last time, then there's nothing I can say. The chat has just gotten so...ominously far with all of this that we're starting to see the consequences. And that's bad. I still think we should tone it down. This blog should welcome people, not judge them. It used to be a place for all people (up until around the time that I came in, go figure), and I want it to be like that again. That's just what I think.

Kateasaurus said... Reply to comment

Admittedly I have gotten a bit out of hand with commenting here. I guess I just never really saw anything wrong with it. We're all human, and even though it's a blog primarily about pony art, conversations are going to drift off-topic sometimes. Especially on the internet when you have people from all over the world, free time to chat, and a keyboard. I try to keep my usually foul mouth to a minimum to be polite, not to be uppity.

I'll just go back to appreciating Di's artwork, and leaving comments pertaining to only that.

Anon said... Reply to comment

@Kateasaurus

No, no, you misunderstand. No one is referring to you or anything that you have done. It's just about the exceedingly long conversations that the rest of us tend to keep up, and how off-putting they can be in the way that we treat them. Don't worry.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Harwick

While I could have called the Twilight from a kilometer away, I have to say the substantial percentage of Pinkie Pie rather took me by surprise as well! That's another thing we have in common though, apparently, though I suppose in my case I can see it a little more easily. I also find it terribly amusing that I am apparently the anti-Applejack, heeheehee~

@Anon

Oh well yes I was, but that does make far more sense anyway. I guess that means I probably should have paid closer attention to my own results, myself... ah well.

I'm not at all surprised that you got Twilight Sparkle as your top result too, and especially considering the fact that you readily admit she's the one most like yourself (as if it wasn't obvious though. I hope you don't mind my saying so darling but I don't believe I've ever met anyone quite so analytical in my life). Regarding Rarity though, if I may say dear I actually think that romance is very much a part of who she "really is". In every sense of the word that is, and not just the most literal definition, meaning her love of drama and beauty and the amount of passion she puts into everything she does. She is practically artistry itself personified (er, ponyfied?)!

In that vein I have to say I found that Pony MBTi image to be most interesting, as well as accurate to the characters (or the ones we know about really; I think it's harder to say on some of them such as Cheerilee). I don't believe I've ever taken that test before but now I'm feeling curious just what my results would be!

And is it really so terribly obvious that I think so much about my physical appearance? ^.^;; Meheh...

@BND

You just don't feel inclined to write as much as some of the rest of us do dear, nothing wrong with that. And judging by the results of your own test (which I believe I could have guessed quite easily) it's little wonder! But you do take the time to comment all the same and that's something that I appreciate very much. ^.^

I know what you mean about the artwork as well; I do that oftentimes myself. I think creating art is more of process of following gut feelings than anything else (certainly it's nothing like an exact science), and indeed I often find myself reworking ideas until I'm able to glance at them and see that they "feel" right and complete. It's very interesting how that process seems to work.

@zhoomcar

Aw that avatar! I'm so flattered that you chose one of my artworks after two years of having the same picture, thank you for that dear! There's so much Rarity to be seen on the blog today, it's lovely!

I am not going to lie, I find it absolutely hilarious that you decided to take the test and despite the fact that you're not even an American (or even an individual residing here). I absolutely love it though. ^.^ I also had no idea you were Australian, but I'm sure CaineScroll would be immensely interested to hear all about that!

And d'awww yes, that clip. Rarity really can be quite adorable at times, can't she?

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Favo

Yes, I understood as much, though again I did find the decision to be a very tasteful one. But, as I said on the other post I like that one quite a lot too (I can't help but smile when I look at it), and it's obviously about what you like and are feeling anyway, so there's never any need to justify it.

Regarding your decisions and myself, I'm very glad to hear it, though as I said I do hope you'll feel free to add your thoughts whenever you see fit. Without concerning yourself too much about ongoing conversations, formality or whatever the case may be. And I apologize if I disappointed you somehow, but even now I'm not entirely sure what you might have been hoping for a response to (I realize I already gushed at length about mini-Rarity and how incredibly surprised and flattered I was by the gesture so I can't imagine it was that, thank you for saying I deserve it though). The fact that you find my gleeful jabberings cute perhaps? Well that's sweet if you think so dear, I suppose I do have a difficult time hiding my excitement sometimes... ^^;;

@Kateasaurus

My dearest darling Katie, I sincerely hope you never feel as though your contributions to discussions on this blog are not something I enjoy wholeheartedly! Because, I assure you, they certainly are, and relevant to the opening subject matter or not. Especially seeing as how I always seem unable to comment on your blog as I've said, and I believe I'd even mentioned I was considering making a dA account just so that we can converse more easily before you started joining in on conversations on the other post. I would feel very sad if you ever stopped posting here for any reason other than personal preferences, I hope you know that, but of course it's your choice if you decide you'd rather do so.

@Anon

On that note, I guess I really should have made an effort to respond to this earlier. I'm going to echo the sentiments that I shared with Katie above, as well as disagree with the notion that any of us should have to "tone it down". Because indeed, I think saying that would be judgmental of me and create a less-than-welcoming atmosphere on the blog. I've always hoped everyone would feel comfortable to post here, and indeed I've often worked very hard to ensure that it feels that way for everyone, whether they wish to simply drop a comment now and again or else stay and partake in more involved conversation. Neither one is a bad thing, and both are and have always been equally welcome.

So, yes in other words I hope everyone here will always feel free to ramble as much as they darn well please. That's certainly not anything I've ever had a problem with.

Anon said... Reply to comment

It seems that everyone else gets high ratings on some chracters, low and something in-between on others. Nearly all of mine were close to the top (even Rainbow Dash was more than halfway), except for Pinkie. I wouldn't be surprised if she had eaten her slice of the chart.

@WhiteDiamonds

I was really just referring to the literal sense, which I cannot relate to. I'm more of the "supportive best friend", or the "best man" at weddings. If I was a writer, I could probably write romance for the characters, but not for myself. In general terms, Rarity IS Romanticism. Those other terms are the ones that I would rather relate myself to.

Ah yes, I'm living in the world of pre-episode 1 Twilight. Disregard friendship; acquire knowledge. I used to know someone that had autism (image pilfered from his Google+), and he was everything that sets me apart from most people, tenfold. He was a programmer, a year older than me, and could remember any combination or solve any math equation in seconds. Most of the time, he did not use capital letters, and ended his sentances in a beat (".."). He showed no signs of excitement or emotion. His aspirations were high, and he was doing everything that he could to achieve them, because satisfaction was the only thing that he cared about in life. I was one of the very few people he spoke to. Most of the people in the community, despite that it was a programming community (we were all of similar ages, which was just a coincidence), did not understand him. I did not understand him either, but I understood him the best. I remember him mentioning that he was reading a math book while we were talking. Most of our conversations related to his autism, as I tried to make sense of it. He was depressive and condescending, but extremely accomplished beyond what a normal person would think possible. He described his aversion to social interaction as a fear of humans. It was irrational, and he could like and respect people, but he was much more comfortable communicating on the computer rather than face to face. At 16, he dropped out of high school and went to MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), where he will be attending until 2017. He told me that his worst course was Physics, because it was time consuming. He said that it was mostly calculus (which he said was easy, but time consuming) and mathematics that he already knew. Judging by the comments on his DeviantArt page, though, things seem to have gotten better. That's a nice ending to that story.

So yes, apparently my personality can be described as "minor autism". Analysis is how I learn and understand things, which I always strive to do. If you have ever taken a look at the MBTi types, you would not be surprised to hear that I am primarily an INTJ. (Scientist? Strategist? Coordinator? Mastermind? I can't complain.) Not everything that they say applies to me (in fact, sometimes they are contradictory to eachother), but the most common pages on it are these two. Try not to read too deeply into that, since I act differently depending on the situation and believe that I could easily change myself if doing so would be beneficial. You can probably see now why art is so foreign to me. I really got to be that way after puberty. I often act in ways that are opposite to that description, but usually people never wind up seeing it. That's because I honestly have such high standards for friends, and I don't openly express myself in a positive manner to just anyone.

Anon said... Reply to comment

"(certainly it's nothing like an exact science)"

Not unless you make it one. *Ahem*

I didn't mean to tone down politeness or acceptance, just that, well, the problem is that we seem to be making this blog unapproachable to people. I don't want to make it something that you have to be a "part of the club" to comment. I'll let you have control over it, but my worry is that we are setting the standard too high for everyone. Just look at what it was like before I got here. Everyone came to enjoy it without a care or a worry. It wasn't a massive wall of text for the selected few. It was for everyone. I feel like I may have taken too much of an advantage of this place. It's more important that everyone can enjoy the chat then me getting to put word walls over everything.

But yes, I will do whatever you'd prefer.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Anon

Judging by the replies on my latest commission post, this blog is not at all unapproachable to people, as indeed half of the posters were not people I believe I've ever met or seen around here before. I think you're worrying about all of this far more than is necessary my dear, and if I may say, maybe over-analyzing things a bit more than is really warranted.

I'll say it again: if people merely want to offer the feedback on my artistic works then go on their way, they're welcome to do so and I very much appreciate them taking the time at all. If people are looking for more of a social atmosphere and want to stay and "hang out", then by all means I hope they'll feel free to do that, too. I think you should write your text-walls if you enjoy doing so; visitors know they don't need to read them or respond to them if they don't feel like it (and I truly doubt it discourages them from posting, as after all witness how zhoomcar, Katie and Cinnamon Fritter joined in on the conversation on the 'Commission #4' post), and the rest of us can respond as we see fit. I would never expect people who have posted here on a regular basis to continue to do so for forever, or any time a new topic pops up... after all, people's lives and responsibilities change, as well as their interests. CaineScroll has been shorter on time recently and busy with his own projects as he has already told us, and I'm sure Favo has his own perfectly valid reasons as well. There's nothing wrong with any of it.

So, yes, again if you want to write long posts and converse about whatever various subjects, go right ahead. If you feel as though you're somehow to blame for any change in atmosphere around here and as such, wish to cut back more than you're perfectly free to do that too, even though I'll disagree with the latter point for the reasons I already prattled about at length.

Regarding art, well... allow me to say only that I personally feel it shouldn't be treated like an exact science dear, any more than making friends should be or falling in love. But of course, that's only my own opinion on the subject.

Anon said... Reply to comment

@WhiteDiamonds

Alright, then. I guess I'll leave it be for now.

I think it would be more enjoyable not to treat it as such, but so far I have found it easier to learn that way. If I know what I "should" do, I'm more likely to be satisfied with the result because I'm sure that it was done the way that I see as "correct", or more towards how I wanted it to be. I think that it's likely due to a lack of experience, and it should come more naturally when I can be sure that it is the way that I want it without strictly following the guidelines that I perceive to be the rules. Once I piece together an understanding of the practice, I might be able to go without them.

WhiteDiamonds said... Reply to comment

@Anon

That's probably a very good point about the learning process and experience, and maybe that's all it is that speaks to me from inside and tells me whether or not I need to keep fiddling with a project. I don't doubt, and indeed I very much hope that you'll begin to develop your own intuition about such things the more progress you make, because the ability to follow one's heart in these matters is what I think is the real beauty of creation.

Oh, yes and for what it's worth my eldest nephew also is autistic (I happen to be one of few people who he used to be willing to talk with as well, as he was enthusiastic about the topics of art and Japan which I knew something about), and as such I'm quite familiar with how they tend to see the world a bit differently. I don't by any means have any issues with an analytical system of viewing things, just again it's obviously not anything that's ever been particularly applicable to me personally.