Sunday, 24 September 2017

Week 326 Wrap Up

Are you part of the in-crowd? Are any of us part of the in-crowd? Indeed, fashion changes so fast that sometimes I wonder if even the in-crowd is part of the in-crowd. What the fashion magazines call trendy may very well be passé by the time you get to the local tailor. Or the local hairdresser, if the magazine is discussing mane styles rather than clothing styles.

Of course, art is not exempt from the whims of trendsetters, with different painting styles gaining and losing favor over the course of time. Impressionism, surrealism, post-modernism and a whole lot of other -isms have had their time to shine. And like all fashion trends, they still have their adherents even now. So let's take a look at this week's creations, and see what trends the artists are following right now, or what new trends they may be trying to set.




Gallery for Week 326



01. GoggleSparks


Letting ones mane down changes things, though it certainly doesn't give one wings. - fetchbeer


02. Redquoza


Try swapping manes if you get a chance, a different style may make you dance. - fetchbeer


03. HalflingPony


Even your friends may not recognize you, even though you stay the same hue. - fetchbeer


04. AnimatorWil


It's fun to dress up for the show, for it gives you a certain glow. - fetchbeer


05. Jezendar


Give in and let them dye your hair, you'll soon forget what colors there! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Week 325 Wrap Up

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, on a dark... wait, didn't I do this two weeks ago?

*Ahem.* In the begging, there was darkness. Then Celestia said, "Let there be light!" Err, wait. Didn't the unicorn tribes control the sun before Celestia first appeared? She may raise the sun, but she didn't actually create it or anything. Hmm...

In A.C. 2101, war was begi- actually, let's not reference that. 'Legendarily bad' technically does qualify as 'Legendary', but it's still bad.

Bleh. Writing a legend isn't at all easy. Maybe I should just stick with the classic legendary tales instead of trying to invent one. In the mean time, let's see what other creators have created this week. Perhaps they've had better results than I have.




Gallery for Week 325



01. Redquoza


A headless mare before the moon, bad things may happen soon! - fetchbeer


02. AnimatorWil


Walking through the misty street, looking for villains to defeat. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Week 324 Wrap Up

"You are all individuals!"
Yes, we are all individuals!
I'm not...


*facehoof* Oh dear, there's one in every crowd. Somepony who has to disagree with the masses, not for any actual preference or principle, but just for the sake of being different. Being a contrarian really isn't any better than being a conformist when either is done just for the sake of it.

But you may not agree with me on that. And much like being a lumberjack, that is okay. After all, we really are all individuals, and each of us has our own unique set of ideas, emotions, and desires. The trick is to be considerate of each other's ideas, even if we don't agree with them.

But I think that's enough prattling for one day. Instead, I shall now direct you to this week's Gallery, featuring a collection of ponies who may or may not be following the above advice.




Gallery for Week 324



01. Jezendar


Some ponies are blind to hues, and may not even own matching shoes. - fetchbeer


02. Redquoza


Some ponies need help with maps, their navigation being prone to gaps. - fetchbeer


03. AnimatorWil


Sometimes you just can't hide your objection, and doing so would cause dejection. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Week 323 Wrap Up

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, on a dark and stormy night, there was a Great Artist's Lodge that was co-ruled by a unicorn mare and a mechanical pony. The moon-marked mare was wise and elegant, and well liked by the Lodge members. The mechanical pony was intelligent and regal, and likewise well-respected, but still grew jealous of the mare. Thus, the scene was set for rebellion and conflict.

The rebels gathered up their forces, and led them into battle with the loyalists. Battlecries were screamed, lines were drawn, brother fought brother, passes were cut off, kings were castled, bellies were rubbed, splines were reticulated... whatever that means. *Ahem.* But then, the mare fell to darkness, and had to be banished by her own sister, to be magically sealed away within the moon itself for a thousand years! Uhh, wait... I think I'm getting my lunar mares mixed up. Let's try this again.

But in the end, the lunar unicorn prevailed and peace once again fell across the land! Even the great machine pony returned to the fold, continuing to co-rule as he had done before the war. The end!




Gallery for Week 323



01. AnimatorWil


Leaving a trail of flowers in your wake, making other feel their hearts quake. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


Swords tend not to come with stones attached, for they aren't supposed to be used to bash. - fetchbeer


03. GoggleSparks

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Week 322 Wrap Up

Hup, two, three, four,
Dunno how to count no more...


Wait, does that even fit the theme? I mean, that is an odd couple of lines, but I'm pretty sure that's not the sort of 'odd couple' they want here. I'm pretty sure they wanted something more romantically inclined. Well, unless 'they' happen to be goblins, in which case the above lines might actually work.

But I digress. I'm sure you are all more interested in this week's Gallery than you are in my musings about a fantasy race's preferences. So let us instead focus on the reality of earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns instead! And zebras, and gryphons, and dragons, and minotaurs, and all the other species that live here in Equestria and beyond! There's a lot of odd couples to be found within this mix, after all.




Gallery for Week 322



01. Jezendar


Beware of capes and your assistants, and warn them to keep their distance. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Week 321 Wrap Up

Let's see... jerseys, face paint, giant foam fingers, really loud air horns, those weird helmets that hold drinks... Seems like that's everything needed to watch the big buckball game as a proper fan. At least, that's what Lyra says. Personally, I think this amount of stuff is only carried around by the most fanatical of fans, with the average fan bringing only some of these things, if anything at all.

But for those of you who are not attending the game, our newest gallery exhibit will be open shortly. And it will be full of fans and fanatics as well, partially because that is the theme of this week's exhibit. So fans on the walls being stared at by fans in the halls. And for those who wish to join in on the staring, the Gallery is now open!

Hmm. Perhaps I should bring some earplugs too, because those really loud air horns truly are really loud.




Gallery for Week 321



01. Jezendar


Dressed in blue with wiggling antennae, while causing havoc in the plenty! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Week 320 Wrap Up

As the old saying goes, "If your family tree doesn't fork, you're probably a Redneck." Wait, no. That's not an old saying, it's just some comedian's joke. And one that you should not tell around the Hooffields or the McColts. Not because they'd be insulted, mind you, but because those two families have been known to argue about which family laughs harder at it. Those two families may not be feuding anymore, but there's still a fair bit of competitiveness between them.

But families aren't just about jokes and feuds. They're also about love and support and arguing with sibling and sitting in the corner when you've done something bad. But mostly love and support. But enough rambling, it's time to check out this week's exhibit!




Gallery for Week 320



01. Jezendar


A new family member brings many smiles, and brings relatives from many miles. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Week 319 Wrap Up

Roses are red, violets are purple.
Sugar is sweet, and so is maple surple.


Wait, "maple surple"? Is that even a word? Sounds like something a little animated maniac would say.

But I digress. I was reading this flower poem because this week is all about those who grow the flowers: gardeners! And because I couldn't find a gardener poem on short notice. I even asked those three mares that everypony calls The Flower Fillies, but they were busy dealing with a massive caterpillar infestation at the time. And by 'dealing with', I mean shouting 'The Horror' repeatedly.

But I digress. Again. The time has come to open up the Gallery, so I shall say no more for this evening. Enjoy!




Gallery for Week 319



01. AnimatorWil


Beware of plants that talk to you, or you might need something different for your brew. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


Always find some time to grow, and your love your plants will show. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Week 318 Wrap Up

Hmm. Something strange is going on this week. There's an odd wind blowing from the Everfree, bringing with it that prickly sensation of goosbumps all down your limbs. But hey, this is Ponyville, Equestria's official Weirdness Magnet. Such an odd wind is pretty common around here.

But still, this week has been weirder than usual, even for Ponyville. As the strangeness, oddities, and weirdness of this world are the theme of this week's Gallery, and that has brought all manner of odd occurrences with it. But that is a story for another day, for it is time to officially open the Gallery for everypony's perusal.




Gallery for Week 318



01. Jezendar
For Lyra, strange behavior isn't all that rare.

Some just love to take things literally, at least when they get to leap laterally. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Week 317 Wrap Up

Hey, watch this! I'm gonna do a double loop-de-loop into a blazing backflip, then shift into a meteor dive from which I will land on top of this tiny crystal goblet without so much as chipping it. And I will do it all without wings! How am I going to pull this off, you might ask? Well...

I'm not. It's extremely difficult to pull off such aerial acrobatics when one does have wings. For the wingless, like myself, it's basically impossible. But I did get your attention, didn't I. And that is the point of showboating: to get as much attention as possible. But at least I'm not doing this merely to stroke my own ego, as is often the case with showboaters. Rather, I'm doing this to garner attention for this week's Gallery. For within these hallowed halls reside an exhibit showcasing multiple other forms of showboating, as that is indeed the theme for this week. So allow me to show you to the entrance, so that you may experience this grand spectacle.




Gallery for Week 317



01. AnimatorWil


There are those that revel in exercise, and they also tend to vocalize. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


Find a wave and let it carry you, you may just feel as if you flew. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Week 316 Wrap Up

Hello, all you bleep-ing ponies out there! It's such a lovely bleep-ing day today, am I right? The bleep-ing sun is shining, there's none of that fluffy white bleep blocking the sunlight with their bleep-ing rain, and all the pony bleep-es and bleep-s are out and about, enjoying this bleep fine weather!

Oh, what was that? "Why am I swearing so much?" Oh, well this week's theme was A Cursing Pony, and I'm just... wait what? "Cursed Pony"?

Err, oops. Seems I was actually showing off the Misguided Pony part of the theme. Without actually intending to. That would explain all the dirty looks. So, umm... how about you all just go ahead and check out our gallery while I, err... demonstrate the classic Brave Sir Robin strategy. Gottagobye!




Gallery for Week 316



01. AnimatorWil
Gilda: Those...dweebs.

Sometimes others can be quite mean, even when they should make you queen! - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


Glowing eyes showing fury, I'd leave her in a hurry. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Week 315 Wrap Up

Heisting is a fine art. Any fool can run into a business guns-blazing and grab whatever's in the register, but that'll just result in the police running in after you with their own weapons at the ready. Nopony likes a murderer, and the authorities are relentless in the pursuit of such killers. As such, a true heister does things nice and quiet. First, get as much info as you can. Case the joint, if possible. Figure out where the valuables are kept, and what they're worth. Determine the patrol routes of any guards, and the presence of other security measures. We heisters aren't movie stars; getting caught on camera is a really bad thing. Then, once you have your plan all laid out, it's time to act. Sneak in, avoid security, grab the best stuff, and get back out with none the wiser!

And one last piece of advice for you all, one that you'll likely not want to hear. Should the police succeed in catching up to you, it is time to surrender. Cops are well armed, well trained, and work in teams. Indeed, for each cop you see, there's another hidden nearby; on a rooftop, behind a nearby vehicle, or coming in through the back of the building. 'Tis true that no heister likes getting caught, but just remember: It's far easier to escape a jail than to escape a grave.

But enough of the doom and gloom stuff. Instead, let's see some true heisters in action. The evidence is found below. Just don't tell anypony with a badge what you saw here.




Gallery for Week 315



01. AnimatorWil
"Ho,ho,ho! Your apprentice is now my apprentice, Sparkle!"

Beware of those who'd steal your students, or they may acquire a few dents! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Week 314 Wrap Up

Big money, no Whammies, big money, no Whammies... Stop!

Aw dangit, I got a Whammy. That's the problem with gambling: It's never a sure thing. It's just a roll of the dice; sometimes proverbially, sometimes literally. Fortunately, this isn't the only way to earn an income. One can simply get a job, for instance. And while working for a living may not have that massive potential payoff of a lucky gambling streak, it does provide income much more consistently.

These and other ways of gaining an income have been the theme of this week, and it's time to see what everyone has come up with along these lines. Check them out below:




Gallery for Week 314



01. AnimatorWil
'Take a gamble of me. Come on, come. Just one try. Take a gamble on me. Know that I will never lie. Just one try. Just don't tar and feather me, oh, oh, o-oh.'

Some beings you should never trust, or at least check their bits for rust. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


Watch for spiders who can eat you whole, and always leave someone on patrol! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Week 313 Wrap Up

You put your left smash in, you put your left smash out,
You put your left smash in, then you shake it all about.
You tilt you head confusedly 'cause these lyrics make no sense,
That's what it's all about!


Yeah, that attempted variation of a certain song didn't really work. Well, as they say, "When at first you don't succeed, smash, smash again!" Or something like that; I think the 'they' in this case would be the yaks. They certainly do like their smashing. And so did our artists this week. So come on in and take a look at our gallery tonight. It's simply smashing!




Gallery for Week 313



01. AnimatorWil
Well, do you?

Always show the twigs who's boss, and if they need some throwing it's their loss! - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar
Smash attacking a Smashing opponent in Super Smash Bros.

Some things are simply smashing, though usually it isn't human mashing! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Week 312 Wrap Up

Aaah!! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! It's already hitting the clouds and sending bits of them tumbling to the ground! That's what all these white things are; bits of clouds broken up by the falling sky! We all gotta get underground fast! Quick, into whatever storm cellar, bunker, cavern, or underground vault you can find! Otherwise, we'll all be crushed when the sky hits the ground! We gotta hurry, this stuff is already starting to coat the ground like, umm... like snow. It's just snowing, isn't it.

Okay, maybe taking that bet about drinking a dozen double espressos wasn't such a good idea, even if I did get a dozen bits out of it. I've been freaking out about things all day, and it only seems to be getting worse. I'd better just open up the Gallery and be done with it before my brain goes off-kilter again.

Hey, wait a minute. Why is it snowing? This isn't Horstralia, for Celestia's sake; it's nearly the start of Summer here! Did the pegasi make a scheduling error? Could there be some issue with the clouds, causing them to snow out of season? Like something pushing on them from above, perhaps... oh no, it is happening after all! The sky is falling, the sky is falling!




Gallery for Week 312



01. AnimatorWil
Twilight's freak outs are so epic they write their own epic freak out songs.

Some pony seem to have a few loose screws, or maybe they just watch too much news! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Week 311 Wrap Up

To be practical, or not to be practical. That is the question! It is a question that many fashion designers have often struggled with; how much weight should function carry relative to form? Should one design a supremely flashy outfit that would be worn only rarely due to how awkward it is to move around in, or go with something easier to wear but potentially less flashy? Or perhaps something in between, as one is not limited to either extreme here.

And it's not just clothiers that need to make such decisions. For example, should a hungry pony take the time necessary to prepare a three course meal, or go with a simple sandwich that will end satisfy their hunger quickly? Should the blog writer create a short novel's worth of words or stick with something that won't take several hours to read?

In my case, I think the latter is the better option. So, without further ado, I shall open up the Gallery for you all. In the words of Photo Finish: "We go!"




Gallery for Week 311



01. Wag-Tail
Reliable, dependable, practical Applejack. Certainly not a silly pony.

I'm not sure you're supposed to water ducks, though maybe if you want them to be deluxe. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


Try not to trip on your own clothes, it makes things look bad at shows! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Week 310 Wrap Up

To ship or not to ship, that is the question! And in this fandom, the answer is usually 'to ship'. And that's really not surprising, given the creative nature of this fandom, and the role of the internet in the average fan's life. After all, a fan-made item purchased over the 'net cannot typically be picked up in person given the global nature of the fandom, and must instead be sent via snailmail.

Oh, you thought I was talking about the other type of shipping? Well, that does apply here to, I must admit. But whatever form of shipping you may have had in mind, you'll likely find examples of it in the Gallery this week. So feel free to go take a look now, and don't worry, there's no fees involved with the shipping here.




Gallery for Week 310



01. Wag-Tail


Nothing stops this pony from their appointed rounds, even loud and barking hounds. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar


A boop is a wonderful thing to ship, especially one with care and craftsmanship. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Week 309 Wrap Up

Well, it's that time again. I don't want to overdo it with the speeches tonight, so I'm just gonna open up the Gallery right here and now. Enjoy!

Hmm. Actually, I think that's going to far in the other direction; one can overdo it on keeping things short too. Balance is not always an easy thing to find, but it is a good thing to strive fore nonetheless.

At any rate, now would be the right time to bring this to a close, I think. So feel free to wander the Gallery, and take a gander at all the ponies who are overdoing it in some act or another. Just don't overdo the gandering; you don't want to strain your eyes, after all.




Gallery for Week 309



01. Wag-Tail
To be the best, like no one ever was. Push to the limit then exceed it.

Never bite off more than you can chew, at least until your muscles grew. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Week 308 Wrap Up

Growing older is a normal part of life, and a mandatory one at that. Well, effectively mandatory. While it is technically true that powerful magic can reverse the aging process, it is rare indeed for a pony to be able to handle such powers. As such, aging remains inevitable for all but a very rare few.

However, though growing old may be mandatory, growing up is optional! But even as many ponies hold on to elements of their foalhood, their ever-growing collection of experiences will add up to a steady growth of wisdom and maturity. So let's open up the Gallery this evening, and see the newest creations of those who continue to grow as artists!




Gallery for Week 308



01. Wag-Tail
Twilight didn't become best aunt over night. Before that she was inappropriate aunt.

When kids are young you want them grown, and when they are you feel alone. - fetchbeer


02. Jezendar
You wouldn't like her when she's angry...

Beware who you bring near to rage, for they may be prone to rampage! - fetchbeer


03. Vaser888

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Week 307 Wrap Up

Ponyville is a dangerous place. Giant star bears, rampaging dragons, and demonic centaurs can all cause considerable damage to the town's infrastructure. Not to mention the various powerful unicorns living here that don't always have control over their magic. Needless to say the local construction crews have their hooves full keeping the town from steadily transforming into a field of collapsed buildings, and they've become quite the experts in their field.

But even the most experienced of builders doesn't know everything there is to know about construction, so you gotta make sure you get the right ponies for the job you need done. And having such experts working on your project will make the process much easier, and greatly increase the chances of success!

In that spirit, tonight's gallery is focused on these veteran workers. For such expertise deserves to be celebrated!




Gallery for Week 307



01. Wag-Tail


Never let the customers run the build, or with the outcome you won't be thrilled. - fetchbeer


02. GoggleSparks


There's always something new to fix, and the crew knows all the tricks! - fetchbeer


03. Jezendar
Visual pun; 'nuff said. ;)

Try not to leave an obvious trail, for they'll quickly find your guilty tail. - fetchbeer


04. Lemon-Bitter-Twist


Every project starts with a plan, though it seems like this one just began! - fetchbeer

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Week 306 Wrap Up

Is... Is it over? Is it safe to come out now? Ah, good, good! A pair of foalish ponies had led a hydra into the center of town for some reason. It apparently was those same two who led that giant bear into Ponyville a few years ago; evidently somepony told them about kites and... somehow... that led them to believe that they should lead things into Ponyville. Thankfully, Twilight and her friends were able to handle this problem. Indeed, it's a good thing those mares are here to take care of such situations, given how dangerous it has been over the past several years.

And thankfully the hydra didn't trample the Gallery. Many ponies have been talking about kites as of late, and the local artists have been following suit with their creations. So in honor of kites that don't involve gigantic monsters, I now open the Gallery to you all!




Gallery for Week 306



01. Wag-Tail
What is it? A pony kiting, or a kiting pony?

No one wants to be tied to kites, even for the shortest flights. - fetchbeer


02. Lemon-Bitter-Twist


Beware of the kites up in the air, see their gleaming eyes beware. - fetchbeer


03. Jezendar


Flying high above the night, the stealthiest ninja turn to flight. - fetchbeer


04. Vaser888

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Week 305 Wrap Up

Passion! It drives many a pony to do the things they do. Painters, musicians, writers, and other artistic types often have a lot of passion for their work, and use that to drive their creativity. And of course, such passion isn't limited to artistic pursuits. Many craftsponies are also passionate about their jobs, producing items of high quality for discerning buyers.

And that is what we are celebrating in this week's gallery, passionate ponies and the high emotions passion can bring. So without further ado, allow me to open up the gallery for you!




Gallery for Week 305



01. Wag-Tail
Both with passion to not be stopped. Who will keep going?

Circling in endless confrontation, these adversaries end in consternation. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Week 304 Wrap Up

"Try or try not; there is no do." That's what my mentor always said... I think. Something like that, at least.

But yes, Mentors and their Students are the theme for this week. It's been a celebration of what we can teach to, and learn from, each other. After all, learning isn't limited to formal school settings. Friends often learn from each other, both through direct training and simply through teaching by example.

And should you take the role of mentor yourself, your student will hopefully not develop a fascination with teacups.




Gallery for Week 304



01. Lemon-Bitter-Twist


Everyone should learn to float a book, though hopefully not in a stream or brook. - fetchbeer


02. Vaser888


An encouraging word is always nice to hear, and may leave you grinning ear to ear. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Week 303 Wrap Up

Alright, the Dark Lord's forces are arraying themselves upon the northern hills. The time has come to meet their advance, and take the battle to them! Apple Splitter, collect your archers and lead them to the eastern hills. That will give you a good view of the battleground, and allow your bow-wielding forces to fire their arrows with near-impunity. Sir Iron Shield, your heavy soldiers will line up at the base of those same hills. The Dark Lord will undoubtedly recognize the danger that archers on the high ground pose to his forces, and will seek to uproot them as quickly as possible. It'll be your job to prevent that from happening.

As for you, Lord Pommel, your forces will assemble in the central field and charge the Dark Lord's forces. Now, make sure you wait for the right moment! You need to wait for the enemy to come down off the northern hills first; otherwise you'll be charging uphill towards them. And I'm sure you remember what happened when General Pickett Fence did that in the Hooffield-McColt skirmish of '58. That's an example of strategy that you definitely don't want to follow! And finally, Iron Wind, you'll hold back at first, then charge into the enemy's flanks once they're engaged with Lord Pommel and Sir Iron Shield. The full force of your pegasus knights slamming into their side should be enough to break their resolve and win the day for us.

For Equestria!




Gallery for Week 275



01. Wag-Tail
Re-imagined video games characters as ponies. I like it :D

What is that noise in my ear, such squeaks do not endear. - fetchbeer


02. Tun Rae


Covered in fancy armor, definitely not the outfit of a farmer. - fetchbeer


03. Vaser888


Beware of a penchant for explosives, for behind it lie some murky motives. - fetchbeer


04. Lemon-Bitter-Twist


Arrows launched with extreme precision, not a moment for indecision. - fetchbeer