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I followed the directions you had for styling pony hair. And the top 2/3s of the mane are gorgeous, but the bottom 1/3 is all crazy and unruly. Did I just not get enough conditioner down there or not keep it controlled enough?
Anonymous

is it kinda crunchy and frizzy? this happens sometimes (my TTM Celestia has it, I weep) and the G4s seem to have a particular problem with it on their tails. :I

this is the way other people have dealt with it; I personally have not tried to de-crunch a pony yet (although my poor Celestia is making me consider buying a flat-iron):

1 - smother the hair in conditioner, then leave it in there for like a week. or two. some people have had better luck with hair-relaxing shampoos and conditioners; some people haven’t, so it’s up to you if you want to try it. apparently that kind of conditioner can damage color-change hair, so if you’ve got a G4 custom or an earlier-gen pony make sure it doesn’t have color-change hair first!

2 - mix equal parts of fabric softener and water; drench the pony’s hair in it and then brush until smooth. this is really a detangling method (I’ve done it on my childhood dolls and it’s MAGIC) but sometimes it also helps with frizz!

disclaimer: the following two methods involve boiling water and hair irons, both of which get burningly hot and are potentially dangerous if done incorrectly (I’m a Certified Adult™ and I’ve burned myself before by not being careful). DO NOT do these by yourself if you don’t have experience with using a stovetop or an iron; get a parent/guardian/friend who does to help you.

3 - boil some water, hold the pony over the pot as it boils, and brush out the hair in the steam. if that isn’t enough, remove the pot from the stove and let it cool for a minute, so it’s still hot but no longer boiling. dip the hair into the water and brush it out, repeat until smooth, then add conditioner and wash as normal.

4 - this is a much more reliable method, but it involves using a hair flat-iron, so seriously, be careful. you don’t want to burn yourself OR melt your pony’s hair. also, do NOT use this on ponies with tinsel hair; tinsel will melt much more easily than the nylon and afaik no one knows of a good way to protect it!

first: rinse the hair, put conditioner in but don’t wash it out yet (you don’t need to drown it in conditioner, but you can be a little more liberal with it than usual). once the iron is heated up, QUICKLY (so as not to melt the hair) run the hair through it. you can do this more than once, but let the hair cool down inbetween swipes to be safe. once that’s done, leave the conditioner in for a couple hours and then wash out as normal. here’s a video tutorial on it by yummieyumyum87, pay attention to how quickly she uses the iron!

(for the record I would not recommend using a clothes iron on pony hair unless you really know what you’re doing. always put conditioner in the hair to help prevent melting, and test it on a small patch of hair first.)

if none of that works, and sometimes it doesn’t…your best option is probably just to try and hide it. :( you can put the hair in a really tight curl, or at least curl it in a way so that the frizzy part doesn’t show.

eta: okay I bit the bullet and bought a cheap flat-iron, tried it on my Celestia. already I can say be REALLY careful and let the hair cool 100% completely between swipes…I accidentally melted the ends of some of her hair. :’D waiting for it to dry now and we’ll see if it helped the frizz at all.

You probably answered this long ago, but I couldn't find it. What art program and hardware do you use? Sorry for any inconvenience!
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I use Photoshop CS5, but when it comes to art programs it’s all in what you get used to! most art programs have trials or demo versions so it’s a good idea to try them all out and see what you like. :D

my tablet is a Wacom Intuos 4 medium. …also I just checked and apparently Wacom’s decided to rebrand the Bamboo line under the Intuos name? so for clarity, what I have is the older version of what’s now called the Intuos Pro.

ask-theimmortal-cross:

egophiliac:

still the best Sonata face!

just a note about the TV airing of Rainbow Rocks: it’s got about 8 minutes’ worth of cuts (which I expected) and is also missing the adorable credits and the after-credits scene (which I was not expecting and am still mad about, grr). so if you’re waiting then you may still want to wait for the DVD to come out on the 28th!

THERE WERE CUTS!? Now I feel as if I’ve missed something….

it was just for time, which is standard when they show movies on TV! it was small things (usually chopping off the first few seconds of a scene) and it felt pretty seamless, the only one that bothered me was the lack of cute credits and the after-scene (which got replaced with a generic credits sequence). >:( oh well, I guess it’s incentive to get the DVD!

most of the cuts were near the middle, I guess they were trying to squeeze them inbetween songs, because you can’t really cut in the middle of a song without it being really noticeable. the finale was left untouched as far as I could tell!

(it was also less aggressively-cut than the TV version of the first one, which is missing the Crusaders scene in the library and both Trixie bits, among other things. I think the first one was cut for an hour-fifteen block and Rainbow Rocks was cut for an hour and a half, though, so RR had a little extra time.)

still the best Sonata face!
just a note about the TV airing of Rainbow Rocks: it’s got about 8 minutes’ worth of cuts (which I expected) and is also missing the adorable credits and the after-credits scene (which I was not expecting and am still mad about, grr). so if you’re waiting then you may still want to wait for the DVD to come out on the 28th!
eta: double-checked my recording and I think it’s closer to 6-7 minutes of cuts? not a big deal either way (like I said, nothing major was missing except the credits and the extra scene) but, you know, just for the record. I overestimated the commercial breaks I guess!

still the best Sonata face!

just a note about the TV airing of Rainbow Rocks: it’s got about 8 minutes’ worth of cuts (which I expected) and is also missing the adorable credits and the after-credits scene (which I was not expecting and am still mad about, grr). so if you’re waiting then you may still want to wait for the DVD to come out on the 28th!

eta: double-checked my recording and I think it’s closer to 6-7 minutes of cuts? not a big deal either way (like I said, nothing major was missing except the credits and the extra scene) but, you know, just for the record. I overestimated the commercial breaks I guess!

I needed a younger Twi for the upcoming flashback, decided I liked her with short hair!

I needed a younger Twi for the upcoming flashback, decided I liked her with short hair!

sooo, is this a spoiler that crysalis and sombra are in steam questria? possible discord?
Anonymous

yeah, they are! atm we’re on the Nightmare arc, but there’ll be some foreshadowing for them soon to set up their (combined) story. :B I’m skipping Discord for now, maybe I’ll get to him later.

MARISOL IS AWESOME, that is all

MARISOL IS AWESOME, that is all

nightguardmod:

conspicuouslad:

theauthorman:

steamquestria:

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man, the crystal empire state building could use some stair railings. safety first, yo.

I put up Shiny’s headshot a while ago, but here it is for the record:

shining armour’s chin is the best chin. I would make love to that chin.

Actually, it’s interesting. It’s been common to use sharp edges in character design for villains and antagonists, because of a sense of danger or toughness.
But here Shining looks like he was chipped off of a slab of flint, but just feels so soft and caring.

It’s very subtle, but his shape is convex, not concave nor flat. That is, the nose, the face curve outwards, so that while it’s still strong, the lines are still curving out instead of ending up with sharp points.

yep, even though steamquestria’s style is pretty pointy, the good guys have a lot of convexity going on to keep ‘em from looking too harsh or gaunt (and what good is a bustle if it isn’t FULL TO CAPACITY I ask you). for comparison, here are the shapes I’m using for Sombra and Chrys:

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deaku:

This is the accomplished steampunk scientist Twilight, from the Steamquestria tumblr. Which you can find right here http://steamquestria.tumblr.com/ ,a very entertaining blog I think ^_^

awww she’s adorable! thank you! <3

deaku:

This is the accomplished steampunk scientist Twilight, from the Steamquestria tumblr. Which you can find right here http://steamquestria.tumblr.com/ ,a very entertaining blog I think ^_^

awww she’s adorable! thank you! <3

slice kids!

slice kids!