Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ponyville customs - The Yet-To-Be-Named Team

I was looking through old pictures online in search of some specific images when I came across these customs.  I've never shared them online before.

About three years ago I was at a loss as to what to make for my five closest friends for Christmas.  Well, I had plenty of ideas, but very little time.  I ended up making them PV customs based on their manga personas - The Yet-To-Be-Named Team.  Left to right are Sleepwalker, AC, Nightshade, Firebrand, and myself (Elf.)  The following year I presented the girls with full-sized MLP customs based on their characters.  More on those next week.


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Remake a Fake

A co-worker recently learned of my Pony customization and gave me a fakie.  He also asked how to tell a real MLP from a fakie (by finding "Hasbro" written on the bottom of the foot.)  He said I could use the fakie as a custom bait.  And so I shall.
The question being, what should I make her (him?) into?

There's staining on the other side, so a repaint is definitely in order.  I'll rehair as well, since the original hair is dry and short.  Possibilities so far are:

Pegacorn Fakie Elfpony
Harley Davidson pony (the co-worker is a Harley fan.)
Ice Cream theme (she's chubby and I'm currently obsessed with Choc. Mint ice cream
Work theme (and she'd live in my cubicle.)

I'm open to suggestions.


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Works in progress

There's a minor problem with blogging about customs you're working on when most of the customs you're working on are for swaps: you have to keep them a secret until your partner receives them.  As I'm currently participating in both the Arena Halloween Custom Swap 4.0 and Advent Swap 2011, the majority of the custom work I've done recently has been for those.  However, I do have a few WIP pictures to share this week.

 Firstly, a custom that I'm actually working on for myself (*gasp!*)  She's been a WIP for nearly two years now, but most of that has been sitting in the bait box waiting.  Now I've set myself a deadline of Thanksgiving weekend (in a little less than a month) to have her completed.  The sculpting and sanding were the major parts of the project, there's only painting left now.
 I also have two Maneki Ponies that will be swap gifts.  Who will they be?
 Finally, a custom McD pony who will be part of the Advent Swap gift to my partner.  The WIP picture doesn't give away who my partner is, so I thought I'd share.  I do enjoy making carousel ponies and it's been awhile since I've done one.  She's simple, but I like how she turned out.  Pictures of her finished will come, but not until my partner opens her swap box in December.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Ponies at G-Anime

Last Spring I was lucky enough to be invited to Anime North in Toronto.  It was my first professional con, and I had a great time at my collecting and customizing panels.  Now I've been invited to G-Anime in Gatineau next January and I can't wait.

Of course it's too early to know what I'll be doing when, but I'm hoping to reprise my customizing panel from AN.  I'm also hoping to do a panel on the history of the MLP brand.  I've been a fan of the brand basically since it's beginning in the early 1980s, I want to make sure that other fans and collectors who were introduced to MLP only in the last year are aware of the history behind it.  I love that MLP has become such a phenomenon and that so many people seem to be genuinely excited by FIM, and I want to share the earlier manifestation of the brand that excited me when I was five years old and still does today.

In the meantime, I'm busy with two swaps on the Arena.  The Halloween Custom swap (version 4.0) and the Advent Swap.  My Halloween custom is nearly finished, but of course it will be awhile before I get to unveil her here as my partner will have to see her first.  The Advent swap is primarily a gift swap, but I will be including a few custom items in my partner's package as well.  I'm looking forward to spoiling both my partners in these swaps.