Anonymous: gravity kittens plz
Anonymous: Let me get my Steve Irwin suit out for a moment... *ahem* Now here's a real treat, lads - a glimpse of the majestic Northern Tenafly Viper in its nat'rl habitat! Now, this specimen's very jumpy, she's had a lot of critters tryin' ta start brushfires in her territory, but she saves most of her venom for troublemakers - s'long as ya stay calm and don't go romping 'round like a twat, she'll not hurt you. See, lookit that, ain't she a 'beaut!
That just made me imagine Steve Irwin coming upon the owlcat as it’s just sitting on a stump, nibbling on a slice of cheese.
Anonymous: Who drew your OC pony and does she have a name and backstory?
I first drew the Viperpone after someone asked me if I had an OC pony, which I hadn’t ever really thought of, since I don’t tend to make OC characters. So, I quick drew one out just for the hell of it. She isn’t so much an “OC” as just a representation of myself I use regarding pony-related matters. I don’t know if you’d call that a “ponysona” then, since I’m not too familiar with the terminology.
I kind of explained the cutie mark here. Being that she’s essentially just a pony version of myself, and because she wouldn’t at all fit in with the canon universe, I’ve never really called her anything except “Viperpone”.
omny87: To be honest; whenever I read people's posts I always imagine their avatar talking, so even if I knew what your real face looked like I'd still see you as an owlcat.
Anonymous: Can owlcat do that creepy head-twisty thing that regular owls can?
bumblebeanytuna: save me from the snow viperpone i'm drowning
But it’s freezing outside…
Also, the snow does not listen to me, or it would have gone away by now.
Anonymous: Owlcat privilege is not having your prey notice you until you strike. Everytime _I_ try to catch a groundhog, just so I can threaten it into not seeing it's shadow here in a few days, the fuckers dive into their holes. (Okay, they're ground squirrels, but close enough.) Owlcats never have to worry about this.
Well, domestic owlcats usually don’t have to worry about prey at all.
We tend to get our food the easy way.
Anonymous: So I just read through about 30 pages of your debate on PP and it was intense. With the account that I need to be productive elsewhere, I wanted to tell you that you're awesome for being able to just stand up and make a point. Not just a point, but A point, with effective reasoning too. Anyway, now that I'm officially tired of that God-awful subject (maybe you are too?), how are you doing right now?
I got my hair cut, so I’m not all fluffy anymore!
pinkyporo: Down with tenaflyviper! You are highly problematic and are correlated with 20 sexual assaults per day.
mare-lunaris: The Viperpone is one of the cutest ponies I've ever seen. She's just adorable!
You wanna see a really cute pony? Lil’ Rice Paddy is just about the most darling little pony ever.
epicmediocrity: How do you draw your oc?
In all seriousness, though, it is just basically taking some circles, and making lines around them. In 3/4 view (and on-model), their little muzzles just barely poke outside the circle.
If you mean what I draw it on, I use a tablet, and Paint Tool Sai.
(I apologize for the messed-up pony anatomy. I cannot hoers.)
Anonymous: What does the cat owl say?
Anonymous: how do you draw so good? i guess i'm ok with AI and PS, but i can't really "draw" on paper, neither can i use a drawing tablet. how did you learn? i am so stunned on how many pieces of art, like your owl cat, or Robbie, just to reply to someone's post :o you must be a pro, but how did you learn to draw like that? natural skill?
Well, all of the ones from today were already pre-existing images (though, I changed the face on the Robbie “Owlkitten”).
I’ve just been drawing all my life, which now amounts to however many of my 31 years it’s been since I first picked up a writing implement.
Over the years, I got decent enough with ink pens that if I tried hard enough, I could create decently smooth lines. Of course, there’s still an evident wobble there, which can’t be avoided. Maybe that’s why all my older stuff is sized down so goddamn small…
Learning to use a tablet, however, is a bit more daunting. When I first started, I just could not do it. There was no way. My tablet actually sat for a few years, unused, because I just could not see how I could ever draw with it. However, I found that, with practice, it just became more and more natural. It’s something that you adapt to surprisingly well, if you just keep at it.
I’m still a little wobbly with pens, which may or may not be getting worse due to age and the onset of arthritis.
You can see in this unfinished Flapjack how the leg lines are quite wobbly (though, this isn’t how I’d leave the lines - I would go in and thicken them in places).
Tablets are wonderful for clean, crisp lines - they really do most of the work for me in that department, I think. I’d never have gotten even an eighth of the drawings done that I have over the past two years without it. I have to say, though, that I still really just enjoy doing detailed inking the old-fashioned way. Like, when it comes to something with a lot of intricate detail to it, it’s just more “fun” to me to do it by hand on paper, like with…whatever this is:
(I have no idea.)
Just like anything else, drawing takes practice to get better at it. :3