Sunday, 12 November 2017

Week 333 Wrap Up

Ponies are a remarkably diverse species. First, you've got the three major variations: earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns. And then you add in the rarer variants, such as alicorns, crystal ponies, and batponies. And all of these come in a riotous variety of color schemes and body shapes.

But even then, ponies are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this world's diversity of sentient life. Zebras, buffalo, griffons, and donkeys rub shoulders with ponies on a regular basis. Yaks, changelings, and diamond dogs can bring friendship or trouble, depending on the whims of the individual or group being dealt with. And then there are the large and potent species, such as dragons and sphinxes, which thankfully are typically encountered alone, given they're often powerful enough to overcome even groups of ponies.

And that still isn't all of them! As you can see, Equestria plays host to an incredible variety of sentient species. So be careful what you say around an unfamiliar life form. It may very well respond to you... or tell someone else what you said.

Gallery for Week 333

01. GoggleSparks

Some collect the strangest things, at least he does't gather wings. - fetchbeer

02. AnimatorWil

To much grinning can be disconcerting, as if to feral nature you're reverting. - fetchbeer

03. Jezendar

When you've been pushed to the brink, you might as well have a drink. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Week 332 Wrap Up

Darkness creeps across the land,
The midnight hour is close at hand,
Creatures crawl in search of blood,
To terrorize your neighborhood.
And though you fight to stay alive,
Your body starts to shiver.
For no mere mortal can survive,
The evil of the Thriller!

It's my favorite time of year again. That time of year when the darkness is both feared and celebrated in equal measure, though that may not hold true for some individuals. A time for little foals in ghoulish garb to wander the town at night seeking candy from the townsfolk, all the while telling spooky stories of the ghosts of Equestria's past.

So let us open the doors to the Gallery this dark evening, and see what dark forms lurk in this week's creations.

Gallery for Week 332

01. HatsInSpace

Eye shadow that goes beyond the face? How does makeup float in space? - fetchbeer

02. AnimatorWil

You don't always have to look behind, it may be better to be blind. - fetchbeer

03. TunRae

What is this smile haunting my dreams, it will probably lead to many screams. - fetchbeer

04. Jezendar

Some days the darkness seems to swallow, leaving you alone to wallow. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Week 331 Wrap Up

It's that time of the week again! And this week, we've been celebrating the greatest of all super-spies! You know who it is, that suave and sophisticated stallion who seems to get all the mares. The one with all the high tech spy gadgets hidden inside ordinary items, like quills and sofas. The one who loves his cider shaken, not stirred. The one and only...

Wait, bonds of friendship? That's the theme, not spies? Oops. Well, that would explain the lack of actual pictures of him in the gallery. I must admit that is a better explanation than 'everypony drew him in such impressive disguises that he looks like a completely different pony in every picture'. But at any rate, it is time to open up the Gallery to you all, including any spies that might be in your midst. Because I wouldn't be able to tell anyways.

Gallery for Week 331

01. AnimatorWil

A postcard is worth a thousand words, like you are migrating with the birds. - fetchbeer

02. Jezendar

Sometimes you just need some time to talk, even if the others balk. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Week 330 Wrap Up

When the moon hits your eye,
Like a big pizza pie,
That's amore!

You know, that song never really made sense to me. Seriously, what does pizza have to do with eels?

Well anyways, I hope you all like pie, because that has been the theme for this week. Apple pies, pumpkin pies, blueberry pies, pizza pies, and yes, Pinkie Pies. Especially Pinkie Pies. So many Pinkie Pies; it's like somepony unsealed the Mirror Pond or something. You know, somepony should introduce Marble Pie to the Mirror Pond. There could never be too many Marble Pies.

But I'm getting off track here. The time has come to open up the Gallery. And as an added bonus, we've got some special edible treats for you to enjoy in addition to the artwork. What kind of treats, you ask?

Well, cake of course!

Gallery for Week 330

01. AnimatorWil

Even pets want to help you cook, just don't make them read the book. -fetchbeer

02. Jezendar

Do not deny your love of pie, or you may take one in the eye. -fetchbeer

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Week 329 Wrap Up

Ah, relaxing. Sometimes you just gotta take a load off, especially after a tiring day at work. Life just wouldn't be bearable without time to rest. Time to give your weary bones a break. Time to...

Bleh, I fear I'm about to fall asleep, so let's get the Gallery open before that happens. Hopefully the strongly sedate vibes from this week's creations won't put you to sleep as well. Unless you want to fall asleep, in which case they hopefully will.

Gallery for Week 329

01. AnimatorWil

Sleeping soundly dreaming dreams, maybe about mountain streams. - fetchbeer

02. Jezendar

Falling asleep wherever you are, for sometimes the bed is just to far! - fetchbeer

03. Huffy26

Dreams are not always all that restful, and can be quite eventful. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Week 328 Wrap Up

Hello, and welcome again to the Gallery. I had planned on setting up an obstacle course in the entryway, for our visitors to travers in order to reach the displays, but my co-managers nixed the idea. Apparently, they felt it was too much of a risk to our visitors, though I disagree with that myself. Seriously, it was just a little pit trap; the nurses would've fixed the fallen up right fast!

But I ingest... err, digress. I may or may not be hungry, but that's an obstacle I'll need to overcome with later. Right now, it's time to properly open the Gallery to you all! And don't worry, I did close off that pit trap just inside the entrance... I think. Being hungry makes it difficult to remember things.

Gallery for Week 328

01. Jezendar

Some days you just feel like doing lazy loops, that happen to go through flying hoops. - fetchbeer

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Week 327 Wrap Up

Cloud of smoke and he appears,
Master of surprise.
Who's that cunning mind behind
That shadowy disguise?
Nobody knows for sure,
But bad guys are out of luck.
'Cause here comes
... who was it again? Dangit, I forgot which masked hero this theme song represents. Bleh.

At any rate, masks and disguises are the theme this week. Such things are often worn by heroes, to protect their identities (and by extension their loved ones) and/or to strike fear into the hearts of the villains they oppose. But heroes aren't the only ones who wear such things. Indeed, their villainous adversaries often wear disguises of their own, to avoid implication in the crimes they commit. Disguises are also commonplace among both noble and ignoble spies, and which spies are the noble ones depends entirely on which side you ask. And masks are often worn by medical professionals, to minimize the spread of germs and viruses.

But that's enough monologuing for one night. It's time to turn our attention to this week's artwork. And I would recommend removing any masks you might be wearing before viewing said artwork, as masks tend to inhibit a pony's vision.

Gallery for Week 327

01. GoggleSparks

What visage could be behind this mask, but who would have the guts to ask? - fetchbeer

02. AnimatorWil

Something you'd wish not to see in the dark of night, especially if it wants to start a fight. - fetchbeer

03. Jezendar

Danger lurks in every shadow, makes you feel the need to tiptoe. - fetchbeer

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