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June 13, 2012
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bronies by samszym bronies by samszym
This took a long time!
I did this piece for the Bronycon documentary contest. I'm pretty proud of it and working on it taught me a ton.

a quick explanation from the submission:
"Once I learned that copyrighted elements were not allowed I thought that it would be more meaningful to draw bronies instead of an OC. This picture is meant to represent what the brony community is, to me at least. First, We're hanging out in an aisle enjoying something society says is branded for little girls, and we are rewriting the rules so that anyone can enjoy it. Second, the show we love brings all kinds of different people together into a community of friendship, tolerance, and awesome. I've had a lot of fun and learned a ton about art from working on this picture the last ten days, and I hope my message got across. Good luck everypony!"

I applied a color dodge layer and made the whole thing cheerier. I definitely need to work on my lighting and color. aaaaaand then I drew in some people and lines and made it even brighter

[link] I uploaded a process gif

I didn't win the contest, I think primarily because this piece is rather complex and detailed and unsuited to be a poster. In the judge's words "we just didn't think it had the kind of mass appeal needed" Ah well, learning and having fun making it was more important than winning.
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crypt636314 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simple, yet very thoughtful. Well done.
ImTwoPie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hilarious! being a brony, i like to make fun of myself all the time! this just allows me to do that! keep doing, what allows me to do what i do man! this is awesome!
BookLoverTwilight Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have more character than any of us. Let me explain why:

Generosity: You took the time out of your life to make this for no cost at all.
Kindness: You're talking about what everyone else does, not just yourself.
Laughter: The words 'and made the whole thing cheerier' come to mind.
Honesty: Displaying what you honestly think to be correct, to the fullest extent.
Loyalty: Recognizing an entire community and displaying their traits as you see them in a good light.


Humility: The ability to NOT WIN and be perfectly okay with that (Although I think you should have won, personally).

This is why Friendship is Magic. FiM forever.

samszym Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow, what an awesome compliment!! Thanks a lot :D
RainbowDashArtist Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Legotoby5 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
if my kid grows up to be that he will be dead to... IS THAT MY SON?
coolgaltw Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. Just makes me grin. Like the angle, too. :D
samszym Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
NoOneBahtim Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is a really thoughtful piece. It's both poignant and humorous. Your execution is also really well done! I personally love the detail, as it keeps your eyes engaged in the piece.

Moreover I really love your use of symbols in the little signs with the people on them to represent demographics.

This piece goes beyond just being about Ponies. I'm really impressed with this.
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