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BronyCon Table Location! by Dreatos

FIND ME AND MY FAMILY AT TABLE 718 AT BRONYCON THIS YEAR!


Here's the lineup currently going to be featured at BronyCon this year!
If any new prints or buttons appear before BronyCon hits, they will be updated in here.

The Lineup!

My Little Pony : Untold Potential by Dreatos Winter's Beginning by Dreatos I just wanted a kingdom my own. by Dreatos Fusion clash!  Celuna versus Discord! by Dreatos

Pony Ball Z: Sisters divided!  Celestia v.s. Luna! by Dreatos Itteh Bitteh Cotton Candy Selling Committeh by Dreatos SONIC PINK-RAINBOOM by Dreatos Good morning Manehatten! by Dreatos

Luna Dos Night 8/9/14 update! by Dreatos The Royal Pony Sisters ..? (print version edit!) by Dreatos The Ali-Quartet by Dreatos Take off your helmet, Nightmare Moon. by Dreatos

The Newcomers!

Performance worthy of Ink by Dreatos
Celestia, take off your crown. by Dreatos
Celestia, take off your crown. is slated to become my metallic print this year at BronyCon 2015.  There will be limited supply and the metallic version will only be available at BronyCon!  However I am considering offering this as a regular print at future conventions pending sales.  Please leave a note in the comments if you'd like the presence of regular prints in addition to metallic at BronyCon.

As it stands only a few of these designs will see oversized poster versions.  I will detail which ones in a future journal.

We now possess a proper button maker so with a 2nd attempt here's the button lineup for BronyCon as it stands!

BUTTONS!  Set 1 of ??? by DreatosBUTTONS!  Set 2 of ???? by DreatosBUTTONS!  Set 3 of ???? by Dreatos

If more designs are done they will be compiled and added.  I'm still gunning for 25 but there's SO MUCH TO DO before BronyCon.

I will also consider remaking my button designs into stickers again for BronyCon.  If you have my bag from TrotCon full of stickers please report how many of each character is left if you would :(.  The data would be super helpful.

Hope to see you guys there!
It had 16 sandwich baggies full of my pony button designs in the form of stickers, a pair of green handled scissors, and a small roll of tape inside a gallon sized ziplock.

If you happen to have it, could you tell me how many of each sticker was left so I can tell how to stock myself for BronyCon?

You can keep the tape.

I'd really like the scissors back though.
TrotCon 2015 done and I'm home!

This was a good year, it was good to see everyone, and it was great to hear/see the support from you guys.

I apologize for not taking commissions this time!  I'm not feeling all that fast right now and wouldn't want you waiting all con to get a commission.  I did draw -some- while I was there due to some downtime in the mornings.

TrotCon 2015 Celestia slow day by Dreatos  TrotCon 2015 Luna slow day by Dreatos

I forgot what it's like to draw with a .5 mechanical pencil.  Now I remember!

Thanks to everyone who came and bought something!

If you're still looking to pick up something I will be at BronyCon 2015!  I'll be detailing more about that soon.  Hard to believe it's so close!  IT'S LITERALLY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW PANIC.

Also some of the reactions to my banner were great.
A Titan is Reborn. by Dreatos
This ended up being my banner.  It's Valcron the character!  My OC!

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In other news

I still have a demon button maker.  I'm now only asking for $100 for it!  Interchangeable dies for 1" or 2" buttons.  You will be expected to fix it if you buy it!  More details here:
Anyone want to buy a Button Maker*?

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Patreon is still planned to happen soon.  I am considering opening it sometime before -or- after BronyCon.  If you have any feedback regarding this please refer to the journal posted:
Discussion Time: Patreon

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Uhhh-

News cannon help me out here.
Newscannon by Dreatos
Crud.
Ohiobound by Dreatos

Find me at TrotCon here!

Trotcon map by Dreatos
So I have run into a rather problematic situation regarding my button machine!

Before I state much else let me pretty much say that you should do -a lot- of research into buying the right machine before doing what I did. 
I did not talk or research enough and I have reaped what I sowed.

It currently has a 1-in-3 failure rate and that rate is currently increasing.  I have for the most part abandoned using it in fear of ruining more stock.
I have done plenty trying to fix it but I fear I am not competent enough to fix something like this.

You think you can fix it?  You got the stuff to deal with this devil machine?  I'd be willing to sell it to you for cheap.

I'm asking for $120.00 at the moment shipping included.  All sales would be final.


I will be looking to ship it out after TrotCon is over, or sometime past the 19th.

For reference this is the very same machine you would be buying from me:
www.ebay.com/itm/New-Deluxe-1-…

The only thing you would be missing out on is the 2 1/4th button parts.  I would choose to keep those simply because I have used quite a few of them and wouldn't feel good giving someone part of the whole.

The 1 inch pieces are unused however and would be included.  Same with the button cutter.
The button cutter is actually the only part that has the lowest failure rate.  Those failures are mostly human error.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or cats, please leave them below.

And no I am not willing to try to fix it again.


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So this pretty much means buttons aren't happening for TrotCon after all.  This is something I should have had figured out months ago but BEHOLD THE PURE POWER OF PROCRASTINATION!

The button designs done now and for the future will temporarily become stickers of similar size.  It's not a suitable replacement for buttons but for the time left before I leave it's all I can do.



If I can manage to sell this machine I will look into getting a more official machine.  I got these designs now I need to use them for their purpose!

Edit:  After a discussion with my friend I knocked the price down a tad.  YOU THINK YOU CAN FIX THIS DEVIL MACHINE!?
Hey guys!  I had enough of my source files laying about that I thought I'd show how I constructed Performance worthy of Ink!

This image was helped at nearly every step of the way by my greatest friend, so I owe it to her that it saw completion!

It started out with the initial sketch which was very ambitious:

Performance worthy of Ink 1 by Dreatos

I wanted the sisters balancing themselves on each other and doing that signature hand thing they did in the official art.  Problem was the poses here are just too unbalanced.  They look like they'll fall over!  Plus Marie what is even your head.

Against better wishes I redid the bottom half of the image and it turned into this:
Performance worthy of Ink 2 by Dreatos

The lower half now looks pretty great but the arms are still kind of strange.  At this point my friend suggested switching which arms were holding the mics.  This decision pretty much saved the image from staying a sketch forever.

Now the image looked like this and was shaping up nice:
Performance worthy of Ink 3 by Dreatos

As I was inking I decided against mirroring the hand poses and needed to shorten the arms to feel more proportional towards the drawing.

Inks ended up like this:
Performance worthy of Ink 4 by Dreatos

And from there I constructed the colors, background, and everything you see in the final product!

Performance worthy of Ink by Dreatos

Now normally I'd love to say I did this all in the first shot but heaven knows I even knew where to begin drawing Callie or Marie.
You all saw this one posted in my sketchbook (Or at least I hope you did!  Subscribe to my sketches!  They're worthy of science!)

Performance worthy of Ink  how 2 Callie 3 by Dreatos
That was the first ever attempt to draw Callie.  It was great for a first attempt and showed promise!
And then something happened and I lost it.

This happened:
Performance worthy of Ink  how 2 Callie 2 by Dreatos

Then this happened:
Performance worthy of Ink  how 2 Callie by Dreatos

Both were supposed to lead into the final image's setup but that obviously never happened.  I learned some invaluable things with those sketches though, which all translated to the final image.

Anyway thanks for taking the time to read and look at this!  As time goes on I might do this more pending interest and pending available resources.  I tend to work several hours without saving so I'll easily start an image and be done with flat colors before I save the first postable incarnation.

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Just as a reminder I am appearing at TrotCon 2015 THIS WEEKEND!  Find me here! 
Trotcon 2015 map!
Trotcon 2015!
Here's where you can find me and my mom this year at Trotcon!  I will be posting my print lineup soon.  Please be aware that some prints from last year are being axed due to lack of interest.  I hope to have a new print or two before TrotCon hits but [Steven Universe] stuff happens.
Also 10,000 buttons!  I hope to have at least that many.  Maybe 30,000.  But not 20,000 that's a bad number.


Check out the print lineup here!
Featuring this year's current UPDATED lineup!Hey con goers!  TrotCon is in less than A WEEK AWAY.
Get ready here comes the lineup for prints coming at you for TrotCon as it currently stands!
I continue to work hard as I have a good idea or two for prints but we're so close now I'm not sure!


Take off your helmet, Nightmare Moon. by Dreatos

PRINT INCOMING!  Fresh off the presses expect this at this year's round of conventions!


As a newcomer there's now a lineup of buttons hitting the table this con season!


I'm hoping to at least double this number before T
Hey con goers!  TrotCon is in less than A WEEK AWAY.

Get ready here comes the lineup for prints coming at you for TrotCon as it currently stands!
I continue to work hard as I have a good idea or two for prints but we're so close now I'm not sure!

My Little Pony : Untold Potential by Dreatos I just wanted a kingdom my own. by Dreatos Winter's Beginning by Dreatos Fusion clash!  Celuna versus Discord! by Dreatos
Pony Ball Z: Sisters divided!  Celestia v.s. Luna! by Dreatos Itteh Bitteh Cotton Candy Selling Committeh by Dreatos SONIC PINK-RAINBOOM by Dreatos Good morning Manehatten! by Dreatos


Luna Dos Night 8/9/14 update! by Dreatos The Royal Pony Sisters ..? (print version edit!) by Dreatos The Ali-Quartet by Dreatos Take off your helmet, Nightmare Moon. by Dreatos

PRINT INCOMING!  Fresh off the presses expect this at this year's round of conventions!

Performance worthy of Ink by Dreatos



As a newcomer there's now a lineup of buttons hitting the table this con season!
BUTTONS!  Set 1 of ??? by DreatosBUTTONS!  Set 2 of ???? by Dreatos
Butts for sale lol by Dreatos


I'm hoping to at least double this number before TrotCon hits!  Rough target is 25.

Sadly if you don't see a print that appeared last year it has been axed!  I may axe another from up there I'm not sure just yet.  Rally your support if a print is gone you wanted to see!

Also one of the Steven Universe drawings I have done may appear as a print.  I'm still deciding on that.  It's a tossup between these four at the moment:

Accessing the Armory by Dreatos Malachite Under the Sea by Dreatos Hitting the Spotlight by Dreatos We Need to Talk screengrab redraw by Dreatos

I'm actually kinda leaning towards the Malachite one.  I could expand it either upwards or sideways and turn it into a nice 11 x 17.  Weigh your opinions in if you'd like!  MAYBE I'LL PRINT ALL FOUR!
Trotcon map by Dreatos
Trotcon 2015!

Here's where you can find me and my mom this year at Trotcon!  I will be posting my print lineup soon.  Please be aware that some prints from last year are being axed due to lack of interest.  I hope to have a new print or two before TrotCon hits but [Steven Universe] stuff happens.

Also 10,000 buttons!  I hope to have at least that many.  Maybe 30,000.  But not 20,000 that's a bad number.
Valtreon Podium by Dreatos

It feels good to wear the helmet again.

Hello everyone!  I've spent enough time thinking and so now it's time for discussion!

Patreon and Valcron are potentially coming together for the first time and I need some discussion going on to help guide this path.

I want to state this again for future records:  My art will not change for the worse when the Patreon campaign starts.  I hope that with the ability to devote all of my time towards my art that it will improve both in quality AND quantity.

This is riding solely on Patreon being a success, however; so that I can devote said all of my time towards my art.

Now comes time to discuss what all Patreon can mean for the future.  I want you guys to answer some questions if you don't mind.  These are just to help me get a better idea of how to focus myself when this begins.  You don't have to answer them all, but any answer you can give should help tremendously.

  1. What do you think of Patreon overall?
  2. What benefits do you think there can be besides an increase in artwork output by the artist?
  3. What negative behaviors have you seen that you don't like?
  4. What kind of kickback do you like to see?
    -Example: Artist gives you sneak peaks, high res, free swag, ect ect

If I think of any other questions then I'll ask them in a future journal.  This will set me upright starting off at least.

If you have any questions for me, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask them in the comments and I will do my best to answer.  This is a strange chapter in my life that I wish to pursue and I feel it has the potential to be a game changer.

Thank you guys for your time and support.

So TrotCon is coming up FAST!  I still need to get some button designs done before it hits.  I hope you guys are ready for this!  I'll have con maps posted soon for where you can find me and my family.  Mom will be attending Trotcon with me for the second time!  She attended with me in 2013, missed 2014, and is back for 2015!

BronyCon is only three short weeks after that!

Hotel problems fixed!

Now for other business!

My life has taken a strange turn lately.  Something has moved me down a path I thought I might want to take.  What moved me?  Mostly my current job turning into a atrocious place to work.  I fought some severe anxiety to arrive just last Tuesday; something I've never had to face before.  My work environment has changed to a point I don't want to be there.  I have been meaning to move on anyway and the change has created a very powerful motivation for me to do so.

I want to draw.

I asked myself what I wanted:  The stress of a job, or the stress of needing to draw.  The answer was very clear: I want to draw.  Heed me when I say I WANT to draw.  I always have wanted to.  The struggle to get past blocks is something that has always been with me but this time feels different.  I don't want to get too metaphorical or any of that.

The truth is that I would like to start a Patreon someday and support myself while I draw.  I want to devote a lot more time to drawing.  I want discipline to take its place among motivation and inspiration in helping me achieve that devotion; but I would need help.

I'm still thinking on this right now.  For the time being I am challenging myself to meet goals.  I want to prove that I have the drive to achieve and go forward with this.  I've already drawn a lot more this month than I have in the last ... year almost.  Some of the stuff won't get posted though because it's a LOT of failed sketches.
It should be a miracle they didn't all get deleted.
Bare with me as I contemplate this.  The, "A Titan is Reborn" piece was a great piece for me that I am more happy than ever to have completed.  Hopefully that image will be a bar for quality for my big pieces in the future.  It should be the bar!  And that bar shall be surpassed.

I want to bold a few more things here hold on.

Bam!


BAZAM!

BEHOLD I AM A MIGHTY LINE OF TEXT AND I COMMAND YOUR ATTENTION WITH HOW LARGE I AM.


(I want to discuss Patreon in a future journal post.  It's pluses, minuses, controversies, ect.  I'm doing a LOT of thinking on this right now.  Please do not read too much into it until I announce at a future journal.  My art won't change regardless of what happens.)
So I've been binge watching Steven Universe more than once over the last few days.  It's pretty cool so far.  There's a lot going on and it's pretty deep.  I'd really like to discuss some stuff about it but there's TOO MUCH THERE.  I like to sleep some nights.

I want to only draw a few things for it and then back to pony.  Or maybe not?

I'm trying to discipline myself to draw more.  Guys these hiatuses are dumb.  I've come to the point that I'm done thinking about them.  I want to fill every day with at least something!  If I'm successful then some changes around here might occur.

What changes?
Well-



I'm not sure just yet.  I'm planning that stuff out.
Also Pearl is best gem just so you guys know.
Smug Lil Pearl by Dreatos
Egg on my face-

I am alive I do swear!  I hate playing this game of no months with content.  Keep an eye out I got some stuff planned I just need to batten down the hatches and get to it.  No I'm not blowing smoke up your ovens!  I might bake a cake though.

The news you guys need to hear isn't here just yet but I do have some updates for those interested:

TrotCon and BronyCon are things that are happening!  I got the emails and will be there assuming hell or highwater doesn't get in my way.  Proper announcements will come when I have more details sorted out.
Everfree Northwest is currently in waitlist land.  Hopefully I'll be able to exit that land and enter the promised halls of vendoring!  I also really wanted to see Seattle again and the coast.  You guys have some nice landscapes up there that we in Illinois simply lack :(.
-As an aside:  BronyCon may see my whole family clan there.  I'm excited!

I have a dying laptop!  The thing is now 6 years old, approaching 7 by the end of this year, and it simply cannot take much more.  Constant crashes, slow CPU, out of date drivers, ect ect.  I would love to replace it by the end of the year with something that would let me become mobile once more.  I'd also like a new car too but everything wants all this money I don't have.

Why did Transformers Prime have to end after 3 seasons and a movie?
I LIVE!  VENGEANCE WILL BE MIIINE!

So here we are, another year, another several month hiatus until I inevitably start posting again.  Same old same old you guys know the drill.

The good stuff first!

-The fall treated me well, dunno about you guys, but in spite of being down in the dumps about drawing, I survived and stuff.  This year feels different so no telling what it may bring!

-I'm drawing again!  I have brought myself back from the brink of extinction and slowly but surely am working on new things.  Expect them!  But not in a timely fashion as some of these are fat and take a long time.

-I got a new drawing program!  It's called Clip Studio Paint Pro.  There was a sale and I snagged it for $15.  It has a lot of functionality that SAI doesn't have (Like drawing shapes, text, bigger brushes, perspective lines, grids, ect ect ect).  I highly suggest looking into it if you're in the venue for a new drawing program.  Also it is 64-bit so no 32-bit limitations!  I am more than willing to answer any questions in the comments regarding the program!

-I didn't gain weight over Christmas!  Yeahhhhhhh!

The bad stuff next!

-Well I didn't draw much of anything the last 4 silly months.  I kinda did but some of those things can't be shown yet until I finish my storywriting.  None of you really care to hear about a giant leviathan fish lady yet right?  ... Right?

-I'm conceding on trying to write new pony stuff.  I simply have too much and not enough time to convince myself that I can eventually get around to them.
 A-I will be summarizing and dramatizing a few of the stories here in journal form over the next few weeks/months/whenever I find time to do it so that people can get the full idea of where each story was going to go.  I might draw new things for them but the reality is that I simply cannot make them into fullblown comics like I wanted.  So much to do and I am simply too slow of an artist!

-That's literally all of the bad stuff.  It was a pretty boring Fall.  I played a lot of WoW when Orcs of Draenorc came out and I killed a lot of orcs with my blade I'm pretty sure that took the name, "Orcrist" from that Thorim fellow.  He got pretty mad and holed himself up in a mountain.  What a jerk.

Conventions again?

-I will be returning to the same conventions as I was at last year pending invites!  These include EverfreeNorthwest, BronyCon, Trotcon, and the Crystal Fair in STL!  I got some good ideas coming for new images and hopefully will get them into the woodworks soon.  Valve and I had a conference recently on the definition of the word, "soon".  Neither of us really understood what happened in that conference but I got to talk with Valve which was great.
Img 20141017 191948 by Dreatos
Drew this while at STL Crystal Fair.  Thanks to everyone who came out to see me/buy things/enjoy the con!
And their judgement was harsh.

It happened. by Dreatos

Goodnight 3DS.  May you smash again in some other form some day.

Crystal Fair in St. Louis next weekend!  I guess I won't have my 3DS to nab everyone's streetpass smash data :(.

Edit:  System is bricked.  Completely unusable until a repair is attempted.
What could it be? by Dreatos
I'm working on some new things.  Full details when the first set are done!

In other news!


-The NMM card revision 2 is experiencing problems in construction.  I think I have it figured out but I'm still working on the solution.  An update will happen when I solve this.

-Some are still waiting on posters to be delivered!  I apologize and am working on getting them out ASAP!  I will send notes when they are shipped.

St. Louis Crystal Fair is back again for 2014!

crystalfairstl.com/
You can expect to find me there with some of my new products as well as all the posters I brought to BronyCon 2014!  Get your excite engines started!  I will post a journal in the future detailing what all I'm bringing.

EXCITE ENGINES FULL THROTTLE!

Take off your helmet NMM Card2 Tiny by DreatosTake off your helmet NMM Cardback2 by Dreatos
(Cardback is currently still WIP.  I want the bordersize to match front and back.)


Hey guys!  After some experimentation the 2nd edition of the NMM CCG parody card is almost ready!  This is a journal to hype it up while I figure out the best way to construct the new cards.  These are printed on a special metallic paper to give the card a very special shine!

These will be available for $15 a piece (Shipping included for continental United States) and I will do my best to provide one of these: www.ultrapro.com/product_info.… to both protect the purchase and make it look nicer when you get it.

Those who own the original 16 cards, yours are now unofficially dubbed 1st editions and are highly valued by people.  I don't know who these people are.

A journal will be posted in the near future for ordering.


TEXT CAN GET EVEN BIGGER AHHH.



(I don't play the official CCG so I don't know if this card would work.  The way I figure is both players are 'stunned' by Nightmare Moon's beauty which is why they cannot take any action.  It's just for fun!)


I shaved my face when I got home I swear.

Also props to Pirate Dash for sharing a booth with me!
Hey guys!
BronyCon was a blast.  You guys came out in force and really showed your support.  Many prints were bought, many hands shook, and hopefully many good feelings were sent back home.

HOWEVER!
I still have leftover prints that I don't wish to hold onto!

CYBERTRONIAN EQUESTRIAN!

Cybertronian Equestrian by Dreatos


I still have FIVE of these left!  They are still the special metallic paper with a slight holographic shine.  I will be printing no more of these on metallic paper ever again.

For those interested I am selling them at $30 a piece, this includes shipping.
If you are outside the US but wish for one please leave a comment and I will discuss it with you.
They are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE via comments below.  Leave a comment stating, "I wish to buy this" or similar and if you're among the five, I will open a note with you and we will negotiate the deal.

A future journal will detail the Nightmare Moon custom CCG card.  Please keep an eye out for it.

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8/11/14 update: 
Currently waiting on a considerable quantity of tubes to deliver to my house before I can start to ship out.  Once those arrive, I will offer the other designs for sale to those interested!  Prices will be posted in the respective journals.
I'll post a new journal with relevant information regarding what this journal was about soon.

It was about this:
Img 20140730 172843 by Dreatos
They are sold out at BronyCon 2014 at the moment.  I'll post info in the new journal for those still interested in acquiring one.