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I'll be attending BronyCon again this year! I'll mostly be wondering around with an overly heavy camera taking pictures and spending way more money than I should be in the vendors hall.

Though in addition, I'll be hosting a panel about Derpibooru - Sunday morning at 1AM in the Hall of the Stars.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" -- Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

So it turns out that earlier today, someone was going around impersonating me, using an account with a very similarly spelled username and the same avatar as me, posting disparaging remarks towards another artist on this site.

If you saw one of those comments, I apologize that you had to see that, but that was not me posting those comments. I believe I've deleted all of the comments that person spammed over my profile, but if you see one I missed, please let me know.

And just in case this happens again, I just wanna make three things very clear:

1) I never post false / disparaging / insulting / hateful / calling out / accusatory / etc comments directed towards other people. If there's someone I dislike (and that's a very small group of people), I simply block them, leave it at that, and move on with life. 

2) If you see someone who appears to be me posting such comments, check their username and profile. If their name isn't spelled "joeyh3" and they've not been a member of DA for half a decade, again it's not me.

3) While I am indeed a staff member on a particular website dedicated to MLP fan art, I do not, never have, and never will post "official statements" on behalf of that website or it's staff outside of that website and it's official social media accounts. For all intents and purposes, I do not represent myself as a staff member of that website outside of that website. 
I got back from BronyCon yesterday, and can safely, confidently say that it was the best one I've experienced yet. I've met and hung out with more people at this convention than I have at all the previous cons I've been to combined.

I spent most of the weekend taking photographs. I've already sorted and organized them, so now I just have to do some post-processing and they should be up within a few days. I have a few pictures that I'm really excited about showing off, because they came out amazingly well, in my opinion. The Friday night cosplay photoshoot produced some really nice ones, but the Saturday photoshoot was a disorganized train wreck, so I just left that one early. The rest of the photos just came from me wandering around the convention.

I met a ton of great people at the convention, as well as a ton of artists I really admire, way too many to list. But I did want to give a few shoutouts:

dustysculptures - it's always a great pleasure seeing you man, and I'm glad I got to hang out with you again for a while at this convention

WhiteDiamondsLtd - it was a completely unexpected, but very awesome surprise to see you at this convention. It was really nice being able to chat with you for a while, and I hope to see you at the next one!

DShou - lots of fun hanging out with you as well, as well as everyone else who has a seat at your your extremely large, magically teleportating lunch table

kawaiipony2 - it was nice to finally meet you as well. Also, you draw way too much cute stuff, I think I probably bought more prints from your table then any other one at the con =P

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And I’m off to BronyCon, ready for a long weekend of fun and spamming cameras everywhere.

Wanna hang out or meet up? Just look for a guy with messy hair and a Blossomforth (or Minuette) tee shirt. Or just message me on DA/Tumblr/Whatever.

I honestly thought I uploaded my photos from Everfree already... Oops :D
I'm finally attending Everfree NW this year. If anyone wants to meet up, just send me a message (or look for a guy with messy hair, a funny accent, and a camera - that's probably me)
Ten years I've been waiting to see those words on the big screen again.

It was worth every second of the wait.
I just got home a little over an hour ago and immediately became lazy and started watching Anthology again... Uh, started unpacking... Yeah =P

Anyway, the convention was amazing! I got the chance to meet several artists whom I've always admired, meet a few friends from DA, and hang out with other friends who I've not seen since the last year.

Panels:
There weren't too many panels that seemed all that interesting to me this year, so I only went to a few of them. The Anthology V panel was the one I wanted to see most, and I got in (an already very long) line almost an hour early. Totally worth it though. Anthology has always been one of my more favorite fandom projects, and this one completely delivered. If you've not seen it yet, it's worth checking out:

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(And yay, they remembered Blossomforth!)

Photos:
I used this convention to try out a few new techniques for photography that I've learned recently. So far, the results seemed to have come out much better than last year. However, it's going to take a few days before I'm done and ready to post everything, as I have several hundred images to go through (over 22GB in size).

Also, it's worth noting that I managed to drain my camera's battery from fully charged to almost dead in just three days. Normally I go 3-4 months between recharges.

Finally, would anyone want me to upload the photos to DA, or should I just keep them all on Flickr like I normally do?

Vendors Hall/Artist Alley:
Every con I go to, I always have the goal to not completely empty my wallet in the vendors hall. This year, I failed less than I normally do, but didn't exactly succeed either. Why must there always be so much awesome stuff? :D

That's all I have to mention for now. I still gotta finish unpacking, get dinner, and I'm also pretty tired. Overall though, it was a blast! Definitely going again next year!
Seems like everyone is doing one of these today! I'm taking a short break from the con, so I'll do one as well!

1) How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Four years ago last week.

I've had another account before this one long, long ago. But I never used it, can't even remember the username for it, and don't have access to the email account I had when I registered it.

2) What does your username mean?
It's my Nickname + Last initial. And the number 3.

3) Describe yourself in three words.
I hate odd numbers.

4) Are you left or right handed?
Mostly ambidextrous, but I use my right hand for drawing and writing.

5) What was your first deviation?
A trace of Twilight Sparkle from the second episode of MLP. It's no longer published, however.

6) What is your favourite type of art to create?
Recently it's been digital raster arts. Though I'm still better at vectors at the moment.

7) If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I would love to be a lot better at raster art. Still learning and practising... Slowly...

8) What was your first favourite?
A Shower of Stars, Chapter 1Marvel not if the family of Heaven still dazzle thee.
It is a messenger that comes to invite all to ascend.

—D. Alighieri
CHAPTER 1 – DINNER FLIGHT
Twilight was hanging on for dear life.
As a long-time resident of Canterlot, favored by the Princess Celestia almost as an apprentice, Twilight had often ridden pegasus-chariots reserved for the elite. It was among the best ways for ponies without wings to travel, and had never been a frightening experience. But then, she had never ridden a chariot pulled by Rainbow Dash.
"Slow down!" Twilight pleaded as she wrapped her forelegs around the guard-rail of the passenger cockpit. "This is just a prototype!" As if on cue, one of the running-lights tore free of the yoke and fell, hopefully to land somewhere uninhabited. The outskirts of Canterlot were almost a mile below, and Twilight was also worried about the effects of altitude on the spells she had cast upon the chariot. The panicked words were all but lost in the wind


I read that, figured there'd be more good fanfics on the site, so I created this account and stuck around.

9) What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Cute art of cuddly ponies.

10) Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I can't pick a #1 top favorite. Some of the best include:
:iconctb-36::icongalekz::iconinfinitoa::iconioverd::iconrainbowdashie::iconwhitediamondsltd:

11) If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Again, too many to list. I've already met several though!

12) How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I've made a ton of awesome friends who've always encouraged me to keep learning and improving.

13) What are your preferred tools to create art?
It depends on the medium really. For each medium I work in, I have my tools I feel most comfortable working with:

Raster: Intuos 4 and Paint Tool SAI
Vector: Adobe Illustrator
Photo: Nikon D7100 + a trio of lenses

14) What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Usually I'm most inspired to draw in the places I'm least able to. I can come up with plenty of ideas while I'm at work, but management tends to frown on having graphics tablets at your desk.

15) What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I really suck at picking favorites, but there's been a ton of good ones.
Tomorrow I'll be heading to BronyCon again, I hope to see some of you there!
That was such an adorable episode! And I've completely forgotten how adorable Minuette is!

Capture by joeyh3
.... You are fully motivated to draw, you wanna do nothing but sit at your desk all day and draw, but you're moving in two weeks and need to spend all your time packing instead.....

I hate moments like that =P

#TotallyNotProcrastinatingFromPacking
Hey! Remember me? No? That's ok, neither do I =P

Anyway, how's everyone doing?

Life's been surprisingly busy the past few weeks, mostly between work and a few things going on in my personal life. And the brief periods of time when I'm not busy keep being consumed by this evil little addiction called "Minecraft".

I'm still working on stuff though, and will hopefully have a few things to post soon. Among those:

- Coloring a super-adorable sketch drawn by Pepperoach (75% done)
- Chapter three of my TwiDash fanfic (20% done)
- Next post on my "Blossomforth Answers" blog (will be done when I have more questions to answer)
- Building a personal website (10% done)
- Other pictures (I have some sketches I'd like to color eventually, haven't done anything with them yet though)
After months of procrastinating, I finally opened an ask Tumblr. Mostly as a means to practice new poses/styles, and also as motivation to draw more frequently and stop procrastinating =P

And of course, I made it featuring my favorite overly-flexible background pony, so click the image to check it out!

Yesterday, DA finally released a dedicated app for Android and iOS phones. Oddly enough, it seemed to be a rather quiet launch too - there's no mini banner next to the "submit" button, I didn't see any announcement in my Deviant Watch page, etc. Instead, the only indication that they have an app now appears if you're viewing DA from an Android or iOS phone.

So I decided to download it and check it out. And upon first glance, I already felt any enthusiasm I may've had about the app starting to slip.

Opening The App


When you first login to the app, you are greeted by the "Today" page, which appears to be nothing more than a list of blogs and articles written by DA staff.

Screenshot 2014-12-11-09-03-38 by joeyh3

To me, this seems like an odd choice to me for a "front" page. If you look at any other art or social networking app (Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc), the front page of the app shows you a feed from the people you follow. I don't follow any of the DA staff, and I don't really care about what they're writing about. It'd make much more sense for the application to instead show a feed of the people you're watching instead.

But luckily, that's only a click away.

Watch Feed


The "watch feed" does have a nicer appearance than the mobile version of the site, with larger thumbnails that take up the width of the screen. However, this comes at a cost of organization and some functionality. On the desktop and mobile sites, everything is split up and organized. Deviations in one section, journals in the next, polls in the following, etc. On the mobile app, they are all just combined together into a single feed, leaving it seeming somewhat less organized.

I can imagine this being handy for some people, who wants to see everything at once. But an option to filter it to view only deviations, or only journals would be nice as well. Plus, stacking is not available, so you can't just see "<x> new deviations from <user>", but instead you'll just see each one individually, which contributes to the disorganized feel. Furthermore, it includes lists of what the people you watch have been favoriting, which can clog up your feed.

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Another thing that bugged me about the feed was that there didn't appear to be any way to clear notifications. If you delete them on the desktop or mobile site, they seem to stop showing up in your feed, but if you look at them on your mobile device, they'll still be there the next time you check the site.

Profiles


Profiles look much nicer on the app than the mobile site, and are much easier to navigate. Unlike the feed, things are very organized in profiles, with separate sections for gallery, journals, favorites, and comments. While some things from a full profile (such as custom boxes) are missing, I don't really consider this much of a setback.

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My only complaint about profiles is that when images are cropped to better fit on screen, it can sometimes cut off the subject or other important parts of an image. If this is the way DA is going with the site, then I would hope that they'll soon allow users to specify thumbnails so that they can show the primary focus of the image, as opposed to Carrot Top with a random cardboard tube pointing at her.

Deviations


Finally, the thing that DA is about - Deviations. When you view a deviation, you are presented with the image, and just a few icons to view info, comments, add to favorites, and share. Simple, minimalist, and to the point. 

Screenshot 2014-12-11-09-44-44 by joeyh3  Screenshot 2014-12-11-09-45-39 by joeyh3  Screenshot 2014-12-11-09-46-06 by joeyh3  Screenshot 2014-12-11-09-46-15 by joeyh3

While again, it's friendlier towards smaller, touch screens, it's lacking some important features. The sharing function absolutely sucks - if you try to share a deviation via any method (Text, WhatsApp, Tumblr, etc), all it does is send a link to the deviation. No thumbnail, no download button, etc. A better solution would've been to share a thumbnail, with a link to the full version of the image. Additionally, the lack of a download button is annoying, as I like downloading pictures to use as my phone's wallpaper/lockscreen.

Also, the comments are displayed newest-to-oldest, which is a slight annoyance, as some people prefer displaying them the other way around. 

Conclusion


If it's possible to take both a step in the right direction and a step in the wrong direction at the same time, DA certainly has managed to do so with the first release of the app. Overall, to me at least, using the DA App feels more like I'm browsing Facebook or Tumblr than DA.

The app definitely makes viewing individual deviants and deviations on a mobile device easier, but managing your notifications more difficult, due to the loss of organization that we've grown accustomed to from the desktop/mobile sites. If you only follow a small quantity of artists/groups, then the app is likely very usable. But if you're like me (who follows over a thousand artists/groups), then the "single stream" approach can make it hard to view everything you want to see.

To be completely fair, this is the first release of the app, and some features (like notes) haven't even been added yet. I'm remaining hopeful that, in the near future, more and more features from the site will be added to the mobile app, but until then I'm sticking with the mobile site on my phone.
  • Playing: Minecraft. Lots and lots of Minecraft.
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
I'm still working on requests, but between about twenty things going on in my life, progress is a little slow, and I've only had time to draw maybe two nights this past week.

One of those twenty things is a certification exam I have Monday morning, covering approximately 1800 pages worth of material:

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Fun...

So I'm sorry if I've not gotten to your request yet. There's a box on my profile though with their status, however.
Edit: All request slots have been filled. Sorry if you wanted one but didn't get it!

Recently, I've been wanting to branch away from drawing show-style vectors, and do either more original-style vectors, or digital paintings instead. However, every time I've sat down to try, I was lacking in ideas.

So, as a means of practicing new styles and techniques, I'm opening free requests. If you have an idea/suggestion you'd like to see, just let me know (either via comment or note). Since this is mostly a means for me to practice and learn new things, I can't make any guaranty of quality (it certainly won't look like anything currently in my gallery), but I'll definitely try!

Rules:
- Female ponies only (I can't draw colts, griffons, dragons, etc well enough)
- OCs are completely fine
- No promises I can do everything that is requested. It all depends on free time.
- I can do NSFW, but it'll be posted on Tumblr instead of here
- One request per person
Echoing my statements from last year - this year's convention was the best one yet!

I had a lot of fun, met several new friends, and got to see a number of old ones. I also had lots of laughs (especially at the abundance of post-it notes plastered everywhere by someone), got a ton of merch and prints (which are currently scattered all over my room as I try to unpack), and danced like I had no clue how to dance (which I don't).

I took almost eight hundred photographs during the convention. It's going to take me a few days to go through all of them, organize them, retouch/adjust them as needed, etc. Once that's done, I'll be posting the pictures.... Somewhere... I haven't figured that part out yet though. I saw a ton of very amazing cosplayers this year (though no Blossomforth cosplayers :(), and it was awesome getting so many pictures.

Even more so, I feel as if the con has re-ignited my creative spark. I have so many ideas for pictures to draw and fanfics to write!

As for the con itself - it was very well ran and organized. There was a huge difference in the registration line (two minutes vs two hours last year), the panel rooms were huge and had enough seating for everyone, and the vendors hall was packed with tons of awesome vendors.

I was a bit sad when the con ended and it was time to leave - it seemed like the weekend went by way too fast. But that's how you know it was fun :)

I'll definitely be back next year! And the year after that! And so on! 

FUN!
Tomorrow morning I'll be heading to Baltimore to attend my third BronyCon! If anyone would like to meet there, just send me a note.
Easily my favorite season ending to day! Probably my favorite episode too!

(spoilers)

The entire episode was extremely amazing! I loved the songs (especially the quartet by the princesses). The story though was something else - I would've never expected MLP to feature something that dark, but it was amazing!

Kinda feel like Discord got let off a little bit easily though. Plus I was a bit disappointed he was not expecting that kinda betrayal. 

--Life Updates--

I'm sorry I've not really posted/said anything much lately. As I said at the end of March, I moved halfway across the US to get a new job as an IT consultant. So far I am loving it - the work is more challanging, my co-workers are all very smart and fun to be around, and overall I'm much happier with it vs my old job.

I'm slowly starting to return to activity though. Expect some new art soon.

So how has everyone been doing?