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I've realized that I can't keep up with all the :+fav:s so I just like to say :iconthnxplz: here because there is no way I'll be able to catch up with this amazing response!

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Sweet Celestia this was featured on EQUESTRIA DAILY! Thank you to everyone that has commented on and faved this!


I'm trying to get a job in animation, and part of that is producing portfolio fotage. Since I want to work for Studio B of DHX Media, I decided to make a short film for my reel featuring Lyra and Bonbon from their spectacular series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This is a little preview of what I'm working on.

Don't worry, I am not going to suddenly be only drawing ponies and nothing else. I'm just posting them now because I suddenly finished a lot of pony stuff at the same time. If I get the job, you won't see much of anything I do for it until the episodes I work on air. I might not even be on MLP, but another program like Pound Puppies. Really, only my fan art and parody type pony things should pop up here. Seraphim and Frenetic are still go!

lol I almost forgot to add her cutie mark before posting.


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Cutie Mark comes from: :iconrildraw: [link]

Vector I referenced: [link] Sitting-Lyra Meme base


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My Little Pony -- Hasbro

Friendship is Magic -- Lauren Faust/Studio B

Animation -- Viethra :icontamasan: AKA JA.GS
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Hexedecimal Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Cool!
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Maybe you need to refresh, or update flash.
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JamarBHSamurai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lyra :heart:

Amazing
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:iconscarletletterman1984:
i adore you for this
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Aww thanks. I feel really bad that this short is basically in development hell right now. The methods I was using at the beginning have been improved upon, but my original scenario for it had to be changed because of problems with it. You and the others saying such nice things is definitely motivational, if only I can surmount the technical problems. Thank you for your kind words anyway.
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is fucking adorable.
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Tenfey Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I felt strangely hypnotized . . .
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SoraHaruki Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Go to [link] and watch at 7:14 and it's Bonbon and Lyra about to kiss but derpy interupts them XDXD
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Yeah, they keep getting more noticeable every time they appear together.
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gelboyc Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WANT
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PlatIceTheKitty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
lol cute
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GespenstKAF Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
By Starswirl's beard, this thing is big. However, seeing Lyra like this is cute.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thanks! I plan to scale it down when I update.
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Scuashman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
luv you Lyra <3
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Luigi495 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Why is it so big?
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smileeme34 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Artist
well,itch it!cute though!
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MetroidSolid Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so adorable :heart:
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
I thank thee
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Wilfre-jowee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
this is amazing! (sure I bet one word doesnt count, but it sure feels nice to be apreciated)
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
One people calling this amazing is an entirely different thing from another person saying it. It is meaningful to me and special because you said it.
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Wilfre-jowee Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
^-^
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Sprybug Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
So you want to be an animator?
Have you ever considered going to a school that has a good animation program?
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I did, but a few animators I know told me I knew enough already to start just making reels. They told me I had to push myself past my limits and try new things of my own volition, though. Which is both a challenge and a thrill. I learn a lot from film study and tutorials. I've developed the weird ability to reverse engineer special effects and animation techniques by watching films. That comes in handy.

Really though, I can't afford California schooling, and there is nothing impressive in my area. Basically expensive color theory and figure drawing classes that I already drill myself on as it is.
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Sprybug Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well good luck to you on that. I'd like to take a look at your stuff to see if there are things you need to work on to help improve your animation skills. If you don't know about the 12 principles of animation, go to wiki and look them up. They are vital and essential to use and known when to use when animating in any medium, even Flash. Also the ability to be able to draw from life (life drawing) is a great tool to have. It makes you understand form, anatomy, why lines do what they do and why they work, etc. Seriously, once you start understanding and applying all that, your artform will improve and become easier! I went to animation school for a year and have been working in the field for almost 4 years now, so you gotta be good just to even be considered for anything, unless you get an internship or an apprenticeship. And as for Studio B, they are a Canadian studio, and 99% of the time will only hire Canadians. There's a government quota on how many people outside the country can work for a company. I applied to them earlier this year and said they couldn't accept me because they had already reached their quota, but they liked my stuff. California has a little school you may have heard of called CALARTS. Most Disney/Pixar guys have gone there. Yeah they are pricey, but there's also student loans you can get. I ended up going to school via student loan. Just want to let you know what you're kinda up against and a little of what to expect, but still I would like to see your stuff.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
WIP 2 of the very animation we are commenting from. [link]

A very odd animation I did several years ago. Technically the first thing I ever directed. Terrible, but demonstrates a lot of animation principles in use. [link]

Icon for my sister. [link]

Spooky Girl, a very old little loop. [link]

I'll have to send WIP's by email or something.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I feel bad about that. You really deserve the job. People I talked to at Studio B made it sound easier, but I think they may have been under the impression I was Canadian. I am planning on getting a green card, and thought that if I paid my way there they wouldn't mind. I hadn't figured in quotas and stuff. It sounds like I'm in trouble as far as that goes.

I've seen those twelve principles before, when I was studying Disney, Guibli, Pixar and Warner Brothers. They were often mentioned with these: [link]

I find it interesting that a lot of these rules made themselves known to me just through watching cartoons and anime. I guess the really good directors used them so well, they seem inherent. When people ignore those rules, though, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Limited animation hurts my brain.

I'll try to send you some stuff.
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Sprybug Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hello again.
I did take a peak at your stuff. Not sure who it is that you are talking to at Studio B, but I'm afraid I'm gonna have to disagree with what they are saying about quite a bit. I want to be honest with you, but not mean all at the same time. I looked at your stuff. I'm not sure where to begin. You have good artistry, but there are a lot of things that you do need to work on. I noticed that you have a lot of anime influence in your work and you kind of need to decide what you want to do in the field. Anime and Western style animation are 2 different styles. If you want to work for someone like Studio B, then I would love to see more cartoony western style stuff in your portfolio with great poses and perhaps exaggerated expressions. I would work on your posing too. I would love for you to push your poses on your characters even more, and be more exaggerated. They all are kind of stiff and there were one or two that lacked a center of balance. Would love to see more design work and other things other than straight on shoulder up expressionless portraits.
One thing about more cartoony style (even anime has this) is that their designs are from a simplified form of a more complex design and shape. Would love to see more of that. Things to be aware of too is how well a character silhouettes in a pose and the clarity of it.
As for animation, I didn't see enough material for a demo reel. You want about a minute's worth and it's gotta be your best stuff that shows your knowledge of the principles, character acting, etc. From all the stuff I saw, I didn't really see any evidence of it. For future projects that you do, I would try to incorporate as much of that into it as possible to make it really good demo reel material. Great poses, expressions, character acting, squash & stretch, slow ins & outs, overlapping actions, secondary action, follow-through, etc, etc. My reel is in my gallery if you want to take a look at it for an example of what to have in a reel. My reel is a bit too long, which I plan to fix when I make my next one.
In my opinion you do have a lot to work on, which can be improved by rather going to school or getting an internship in a studio somewhere, and of course always be willing to take good constructive criticism, and be willing to grow and adapt onto your style. I hope this has been some good info for you, and you are young yet. You've got plenty of time to grow!
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Oh yeah, I am not waving aside your critiques or ignoring them. At this point, good advice is more valuable to me than gold.Even though my last comment sought to account for everything you said, you've still altered the focus of my work immensely. I don't catch every little mistake I make, it is the people who give me input that patch those wholes in my process. Be frank and honest with me, because if I'm going to achieve the absurd things I set out to do, I must follow the guidance of those who have already done so.
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Sprybug Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Maybe I can help a little by telling you how I got started and maybe that will help give you some insight to what direction to look into and start setting up some focus. I once was a web developer and was having problems finding work. I had always been a really creative person with a love for good storytelling and I also enjoyed drawing. I decided to finally make that career change to move more towards my personality type and what I would like to do as a career. After stumbling across someone's animation site, I figured it out and from that point I looked into all the possibilities. I found a good school, and after speaking with them, they told me how and who to apply for a student loan with them. Once I sent them a portfolio of all my best artwork, which at that time was just okay. I was really just a mediocre artist at best. They must have seen something though and accepted me. I did everything I had to do to get setup and go and that I did and went to VanArts for their 2D animation program. At first it was frustrating, but after some time things were starting to happen, after I kept learning and applying everything that was taught to me until I finally started to get it. I got my diploma after a year and set out to start my new career. After 6 months of almost looking for something daily, I found a studio finally willing to give me a shot working on some horrible pilot. In the meantime I had been working on improving my craft and even did some stupid dancing droopy thing that I put on youtube that I look back on and think how terrible it is, but hey it helped me get that first job. Then since that first job, I continued to learn and grow in the industry until I got to the point that I am at now. It's very competitive out there for 2D animation work. Knowing people really helps, but ultimately you gotta show that you can do the work. Now, I'm not saying that you NEED to go to school, but it would really help improve your skills set and make you more employable since you worked for anyone yet. I've never done intern work, but there's always that chance of finding a small studio somewhere that will help you out and take you under its wing while you learn and grow. I'd say almost all want you to be able to do the work right away, but there is this one studio I worked for that would have interns come in occasionally and work with us, learning while on the job. Those are probably your best options. It appears that animation is something you really want to do and I hope that some of this info helps you try to figure out how to get on that path!
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Yes, this is excellent advice. I don't think I've said this before, but I do plan on going for classes in the Spring if a job doesn't pan-out. Everything you've told me has been enormously helpful. I really appreciate everything.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
To be honest, my DA page is not very representative of what I've been doing lately. Also, the stiff poses are a recurring issue which I've only recently hammered out of my process. I kept focusing too much on certain elements, but now I've figured out a method for fixing the balance issues and making the poses more natural before I render the image too much to go back. I used to get too attached to a particular draft and have trouble restarting. Lately, I've been a lot more decisive and objective about my line art. As far as anime influence goes, my personal projects are more dramatic than typical western animation, which is the reason for the taller more realistic characters. I was really heavily influenced by anime early on, but lately I've been going for a more unique style. I know it seems like that would stop me from being able to work in toons, but I am very committed to accurately reproducing and working in art styles other than my own. The comic book/anime looking material I've produced is for projects down the road should I get an opportunity to Direct. If I want to work in the West, I know that means making toons, which I am fine with, as I love western animation equally to anime. Admittedly, I need to put a wider range of things into my gallery. Right now, it just doesn't look like a cartoonist portfolio. I'm going to put more though into silhouettes in the future, and the flashes I'm working on now are deliberately character-acting based. I agree with pretty much everything you said, in retrospect, because I have failed to accurately represent my skills, or publish examples. Back to work!
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Fizzypup Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Pretty smooth.
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Sandwich-Anomaly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah what i do when not doing anything at all, cept for the ear twitch. a great piece of animation very smooth and very well made
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! Gotta admit, the leg swinging was inspired by my own habit of doing that.
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Sandwich-Anomaly Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you leg swing too eh, mine is a combination leg swing and bouncing of the leg
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I never know what they're going to do. They have a mind of their own. My theory is that when primates lost their tails, we retained the instinct to wag them, so it transferred to our legs.
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Sandwich-Anomaly Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i blame the big black monolith for all this!
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
"What's going to happen Dave?"

"Something wonderful."

or...

"We have begun Third Impact!"
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Sandwich-Anomaly Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
something wonderful... -throws bone at something-
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
"Will I... dream?"
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Weoweno Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
AMAZING!!!!!! i was like... that picture looks good... OH ITS ANIMATION!!! *clicking favourite button like 1000 times*
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
So that's where all those faves came from.
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Hamilah Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
wow, the animation and stuff is all so smooth!
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Thanks! Flash has amazing capabilities.
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BlackOkamiAngel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
ok what wil happen huh huh
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batman718 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
its...just not right! you shouldnt be sitting like that lyra!
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
She would respond with something like, "The ancient Egyptians sat like this. I'm just continuing a tradition that been around for thousands of years. Haven't you ever watched the Luna Toons or read Bucksad? Ponies just don't understand."

Are you... Batcolt? lol That is awesome.
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batman718 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Lol. Check my gallery.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
eeyup
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