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I just discovered this show the other day. And since it just began airing this year, I've already caught up on all the episodes. So I thought it would be nice to open a discussion about it.

I really like it. I'm a big fan of animation, and nothing grabs my attention quicker than fluid animation. A lot of people find the medium of flash animation in television cartoons unappealing, and I can agree to an extent. Expect for when it's done right. MLP, Gumball, and now this show uses Flash to enhance their animation quality rather than use it as a crutch. Lots of snappy movement mixed with smooth subtly. Even the special effects animations are a joy to behold.

The overall theme is nothing to write home about. Princess from another dimension becomes fish-out-of-water on Earth with occasional battles against enemy forces who want her mcguffin ('twas not an innuendo, folks). But what I like is how they play against your expectations. Like how Star being a princess from a magical dimension is simply accepted by everyone rather than being kept secret. How the male lead is not just a comic foil but can hold his own in a fight. Or how the "crush character" of the male lead is an aloof skater girl rather than the tired trope of the narcissistic rich girl (are you hearing this Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom?)

What are your opinions about it?
I want to write story based on the idea of personifying Sigmund Freud's conceptions of the Id, Ego, and Super Ego. I do not know much about psychology or these concepts. But some casual wikipedia research has led me to this possibly flawed layman's understanding...

The Id is the desire for immediate gratification. to seek out that which brings instant pleasure and repulse from that which brings pain or discomfort.

The Ego is rational thought and seeks long term benefits in spite of immediate pleasure. It seeks to please the Id's desires in ways that will not bring harm or grief in the long run.

The Super Ego is outside influences in the form of moral authority and pressure to conform to societal expectations. While the Id acts on what you want, the Super Ego is the opposite, wishing to act based on what other people want. It is your perspective of right and wrong.

In addition to those, I have found his concept of a "death drive", the desire to end life. Which works in opposition of the "Eros"- the desire to creative life. These two forces seem to have a lot of narrative potential on the surface and I would like to discuss these the most.

The point of this thread is not to seek your advice in writing the story (which is why I'm not posting this in the projects forum), but to have open discussion on these psychological concepts, possibly by deviants who have better knowledge of the subject matter than I do, in hopes that I will gain understanding and inspiration for my story.
I do a long-running series of fantasy-themed humanized My Little Pony fan art called "My Little Mages". Ever since I did one of Sunset Shimmer, I've been getting a lot of Flash Sentry fans bugging me to do one of him. One Flash fan was so offended by my animosity towards the character that he actually unsubscribed from me because if it. I do not like Flash Sentry, he is a poorly designed and poorly written character who only exists to fill a role that didn't need to be filled in the first place. Since I am making this series of drawings on my own time for free, I am under no obligation to draw fan art of a character that I am not a fan of. And I don't care how much fans of that character try to goad me into it. If you like Flash Sentry so much, then by all means draw your own fantasy-themed fan art of him. And before anyone here says it, my hatred of Flash Sentry is not because I think Twilight is my "waifu" or anything like that.
My Past is Not Today by Didj
My Past is Not Today
The moment I saw that new Rainbow Rocks music video "My Past is Not Today", I knew that I had to draw Sunset Shimmer in her triumphant phoenix pose at the end. If you haven't seen it yet, here's a link… At first I was planning on doing a collage illustrating what was featured in the three new music videos. But then I decided to do something that celebrated the story arch of Sunset Shimmer. This is a character who went from being a power hungry stereotypical "mean girl" villain of a high school musical plot, to being one of the most endearing and sympathetic characters in the franchise. And my favorite thing about it all, is that her transition is paced out and very believable. It's one thing for the villain to redeem themselves at the end of the story, it's quite another thing to go into how said character struggles to find compassion and forgiveness after she threatened to enslave her school as a raging she-demon.... uh, no offense.
:iconsunsetshimmerplz::iconsaysplz:Sigh, none taken.
My Little Mages: Lord Tirek by Didj
My Little Mages: Lord Tirek
Some of you whom payed attention to the hint from my last submission are probably asking yourself how Lord Tirek relates to that. Well, he doesn't. The answer to the hint was Doctor Whooves and I have a picture of said mage almost finished. But then I looked at it and found that the pose and design wasn't up to my standards, deciding to scrap it and start over (I went though the same process with Princess Cadence). However, I ended up sketching Tirek instead. And in almost one sitting, the result is this. Sorry, Whovians, maybe next time.

I had tons of fun drawings Tirek. Being such a towering brick house that he is I actually made the "my little mages" emblem smaller as to not diminish his presence. At first I thought that Tirek would present the problem that typically comes with characters that are already humanized, that being not much more I could add in making them human. But Tirek actually did the opposite of that. His design being so distinctive and with so many variations to reference, I had more than enough to be creative with. His magical class, Spellthief, fits him perfectly. It's a D&D prestige class that's basically Tirek in a nutshell. Oh, and yeah, I do realize that he looks like a beefed up character from the Assassin's Creed games.


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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GreenYellowPie Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
OMG, your drawings is so cool /0/
I just amazed.
RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Filmographer
:party: :clap: :cake: Happy Birthday! :cake: :clap: :party: 
Fullmoonrose7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!!!Happy Birthday Godliek :D Lily Wishing a Happy Birthday pinky pie party canon emoticon 
GrandMasterFDC Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! I'm on fire!
Tearahk Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!!! :D
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