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My Little Mages: the New CMC by Didj
My Little Mages: the New CMC
Yep, the Mages are back. Naturally I've been wanting to do the redesign of these characters the moment that I finished watching the episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Mostly because it presented me with a challenge: design three unique "leveled-up" designs of the characters' outfits that all incorporated the same symbol in a unified yet individual way. I had originally wanted to express these new designs in a short scene interpretation comic taken straight from the frames of the episode, but that was way too much work and would involve designing dozens of Mages versions of background characters. Speaking of scene interpretations, here's something for fun I did not too long ago but decided not to upload to my DA gallery due to the background and comparison image being a direct screenshot from the show…

As for how gaining your Cutie Mark translates into the mythos of My Little Mages? Well, with all things I like to allow the fans to envision such things however they like, building their own mythos around the drawings. But I was to give my own take on it, I'd say that the moment your destiny is realized, magical circles manifest around you for the first time. These magic circles are the catalyst of each Mages individual magical arts. All Skyborn can fly and all Spellborn can use simple levitation magic, but each Mage has their own unique magic arts, which is where you get the individual titles like Pyromancer or Enchantress. These magic circles converge and form an image. That image is reflective of your personality and destiny, it is called your "Aura Mark". Culturally, Mages like to incorporate their Aura Mark into their clothing. So the tradition is that during the celebration of a young mage realizing their unique magic arts, they are fashioned a new outfit. Rarity of course being the designer of these three. And yes, I realize that this contradicts the very fact that I already gave the CMC magic classes of Arcane Monk, Artificer, and Bard when I first drew them... so just consider this all as a retcon. NOW they all have those magical classes.
This is a random little curiosity that just suddenly popped into my head while I'm sitting here playing video games. The popular design for a game controller at the moment has a pair of buttons and a pair of triggers along the top edge (LB,LT,RB,RT for Xbox layout). Now, I have always held the controller with my index fingers operating both the buttons and the triggers with my remaining wrapped around the handles. But I'm looking at my hands and asking myself... have I been holding it wrong this whole time?

Was this designed for me to operate the buttons with my index fingers and the triggers with my middle fingers? Now, I have no intent on changing how I hold my controller now since this is how I've done it for years and I have yet to play a game that demanded dexterity in the triggers and buttons at the same time. But I felt that the best way to answer this is to ask the gaming community of these forums. So, how about it? Do you hold the controller with your index controlling both button and trigger, or the other way?
And it is glorious. I am so glad that they are continuing the series after sad loss of Montyy Oum earlier this year. His brother is doing a good job voicing Ren, and while we all know that no one would ever replace Monty's raw talent for animating fight scenes, the animation team are really showing great improvement through the seasons. I especially find the scenes where the characters just sitting around talking to be a lot more lively and fluent. Whether or not this volume will be the conclusion to the series, I am so glad that it's back. What do you guys think?
I don't know if a thread specifically like this has been made yet, but what are some of the cliches in RPGs that annoy you? Be it Western or Japanese style.
Part of Your Universe by Didj
Part of Your Universe
I'm a big fan of Steven Universe and I've been wanting to do some kind of fan art for a while now. But if I before I did, I felt that I had to come up with some kind of theme or narrative. So I came up with this idea to illustrate the kind of connection that Steven and Connie have, particularly the world that Steven is part of and Connie's ambition to be a involved in it. Hence the title. By the way, my interpretation of Yellow Diamond might be off as all we've seen of her thus far is that silhouette briefly shown in the ComicCon video.


Ryan McCarty
Well, after spending a few years in art college, I tried to get into the animation industry. Realizing after a while that being an animator by far not the most stable career choice, I joined the navy. But my passion is still drawing and animation. I have a superhero comic called "Chillin' Civilians" that I've been working on for a number of years that I think you'll enjoy.
I don't know how apparent my absence has been over the last month on account of how infrequently I add to my gallery. But I've been on deployment in Hawaii for this year's RIMPAC. If you're wondering what that is, it's what was going on in the movie Battleship minus the space aliens. I'll be back in Canada in a couple of weeks (counting down the days) but I thought I would just give a journal update since I've got some shore leave and a decent internet connection. While I've got your ear, a lot of you will be very happy to hear that My Little Mages the video game is back in full production with a full engine change. The alpha was made in Gamemaker Studio, the new version is being made in Unity. We actually have a small team of people offering their time and skills this time around. I was keeping it on the down-low for a while but I'm pretty confident in the production of the people involved, especially how they've been chugging along very well while I'm on deployment. I'd like to thank my friend Andy for this people skills in that regard. Still in the early stages of program and design, so don't hold your breath on any kind of release date.

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R-gonz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Can you do a My Little Mages version of Daring Do?
Didj Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Since she is really just a recolor of Rainbow Dash, I have no plans to do one of her.
Shiver-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey Didj, just thought I'd let you know that your art is being sold on the website wall (…)
Not sure if you were aware of this, but if not there is a petition to get the website shut down because they are stealing a lot of people's art, including my friends and I. You can find it in one of my friend's journal posts:…
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
...Can I help you?
Didj Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Um.. no? Hey, aren't you the Flash Sentry fan who unsubscribed from me because I don't like Flash Sentry and refused to draw fan art of him? No doubt your sudden appearance has something to do with a conversation I recently had with someone on the Derpiborru site going around telling people that I'm a jerk.
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