After the Valentine family customs I was really starting to wonder if I should continue customizing. I was really quite happy with my early customs, but the more recent ones just hadn't turned out as I'd hoped they would. But I decided to try once more, slowly this time.
I decided to try customizing G3s, which were still fairly new on the market, but by now showing up in second hand shops. I'd try a series of 4 element ponies: fire, air, earth, and water. I decided to look on this series as a reboot, a chance to learn and relearn some of the basics of customizing.
G3s, on the other hand, didn't have that standard "this set looks like this" pattern that was so obvious in the G1s. It gave me the opportunity to think outside the box, so to speak, and to try out some new looks.
More on that next time...
(see more of Elf's early customs on her DA page.)