Actually had quite a lot of interested responses and theorycrafting, which is encouraging! Hang in there. I’ll get back to it.
Does anyone actually know what’s going on in this story? I’m looking over my notes and I’m struggling to make everything make sense and some things would just take so long to explain in a sequential art medium that it wouldn’t be worth it so I might just roll with rule of cool for some parts (mostly the Luna plot thread).
Author’s notes: I know that I already declared PS an alternate universe, but somehow the show found another way to screw with me. Since this blog just hit 1,000 followers, I am going to press on with it, but man. Times when you just wish it was still 2011. May look into recruiting help to speed through what remains a big job.
There’s a few elements you should be able to notice already and there’ll be more further down the line, and the theme of deception and secrets is very much a core part of both. SELF-INDULGENT MUSING FOLLOWS. Also, me bashing my older work pretty liberally.
Plane Sailing: THE FOOT UPDATE, part 1
So after over a year of drawing double amputees, I’ve decided to just start drawing the characters with feet, because that means shoes. And poses that make a little more physical sense, and not having to deal with the hideous balancing act that is digitigrade/unguligrade anthros. Also, outfit changes!
I figured Twilight Sparkle would be one of those types who tried on the whole goth thing as a teenager, it didn’t really stick, but she kept some of the trappings anyway, like the spike belt, the choker and the long knuckle gloves. The long converse probably aren’t very goth, but doodling her with them is what started this idea. The original plan was that she dressed like a Homestuck troll (zero fashion sense) but that just got boring quickly. The other deadlight sparkles don’t really change much. A few of them get sandals or boots like AJ’s.
For Rainbow Dash I went with more of a skate punk look (I figured the whole leather-and-jackboots deal was more Gilda’s thing - casts their falling out in a different light when you look at it as a punk purist ditching someone for turning heathen!) So, keeping the cargo pants and bomber jacket, and adding skate shoes, chains and belts on the pants, and knuckle gloves. I considered a design on the t-shirt, but since Dash’s hair is already so busy, it would force me to spend a lot of time on her. I may change my mind and slap a Wonderbolts logo on that shirt though.
Applejack just gets more detail on the shirt, some boots, and her jeans got stone-washed a bit. Not much you can do with the farm girl. I also turned the brim of the hat up because the hat brim and ear were nagging my sense of physicial space.
B-Side: Some design changes, which are for some reason detailed below like patch notes. Also, this blog is five followers away from 1,000! Yay!
Rainbow Dash: I always wanted Dash to look kind of punk-ish, but that’s never really come across. What I’ve tried to go for here with the hair is a sort of shaved-sides-long-fringe thing, a bit like Vi (even if that hasn’t really come across here). I nearly gave her the goggles too, but I felt like they were overdone. She did, however, get Vi’s nose ring. I’ve also made the rainbow ignore hair contours to speed up colouring.
Twilight Sparkle: Twilight’s hair has never not annoyed me with the way that it doesn’t make physical sense, so I’ve just gone “fuck it” and put it into four strips, with the highlights on one strip.
Pinkie Pie: Pinkie, your hoodie is annoying. Stop having such an intensely stripy hoodie. I’ve done the same thing with it as I did with Dash’s hair (more or less). I’ve also given her a couple of ringlets to make her hair feel more curly and bouncy, and a bow on the tail, because why not?
Princesses: I’ve always liked the idea that their spectral manes are basically the sky clipping through reality, which is what I’ve tried to go with here. Celestia’s mane is a sunrise centred on her head, and Luna has the night sky. It’s not completely figured out yet (Celestia’s forelock looks kind of weird). I’ve also given Celestia earrings, because what is a royal without their bling?
A bonus of this is that the method I’m using for this should save me a lot of time with Celestia, because there’s less glowy shit everywhere, while not being a huge addition to the time it takes to draw Luna. The only thing is that those silhouettes won’t look quite as striking without the big blue mane outline. (I could just draw them the same anyway. In fact I probably will.)
Magic: Added sparkles.
Herobrine: Removed Herobrine
I’ve got some more changes on the way, I just have yet to translate them from my brain to the page.
So, it’ll probably be until like, July before I get on with Plane Sailing again, so until then I’ll be posting little snippets of development art every now and then to remind you that it’s not dead. And first up:
A clarification of where Plane Sailing stands in relation to canon. (Again. I know I did one of these already, but this one is mostly just to placate myself.) Basically, everything between the two indicated episodes is canon. Nothing mentioned in any later episodes, including in reference to previous events, is canon to Plane Sailing.
Actual art to come next!
Snapshot of stuff I have planned.
Got some good things on sale, stranger.
Plan: finish the comic this year.
END OF ACT 2
I did it, woo! This post is queued to go up at 11:59pm GMT, or the last minute of October. Turns out I met my deadline after all. Easily twelve times the speed of Act 1. I’m not sure when I’m going to take on Act 3, but chances are it’ll be in the New Year.
Anyway, now it’s time for the end-of-act recap!