I Don't Know
But I can still sorta make pictures!

But I can still sorta make pictures!

Non-Pony 30 Minute Challenge compilation. (28)

Whenever there’s a non-pony challenge, I tend to be a little lost. I don’t always know much about the subject matter, and I have to depend on google to get me through. Sometimes I try a different drawing style, but that doesn’t always work out ~_^

Some of these are pretty old because I intended to hold on to them specifically to separate them from the pony submission. Unfortunately the timing of the challenges is such that I rarely get to draw for the non-pony ones.

After I posted my updated version of the demonic ponies on deviantArt, I got a couple requests to have Twilight drawn the same way. I did all these pretty quickly and didn’t put much though into the clothing designs, but now I can’t imagine how I’d change them.

30 minute challenge Compilation #27 (deviantArt)

30 minute challenge Compilation #26 (deviantArt)

This set has a bonus picture not being uploaded to deviantArt. For the challenge to fuse the mane6 into one character, I had another uncolored entry where the fusion didn’t go so well…

30 minute challenge Compilation #25 (deviantArt)

Looks like I’m making a lot of them face to the right again. What’s up with that?

Tae Griat uan Pewerfaal Treeksie
- Empyu

30 Minute Challenge Compilation #24

As of this very moment, about half of these are posted on my deviantArt page. The rest are scheduled to pop up within the coming week. I normally wait until they’re up in my dA gallery before posting them on tumblr, but this time I’ll let tumblr be first.

Also, I just realized I can add captions to let people know what the challenge was. I did that anyway on dA, but this is still nice.

A comparison of a 30 Minute Challenge entry. The one on the left has an additional 5 to 10 minutes of work done on it. There are still a few things that bother me about the composition, but I focused more on trying to fix things that I could’ve gotten right the first time.

I just recently finished reading the first Harry Potter book!

I’m that guy now. The one who wants to talk about something but is so far behind that everything I know is irrelevant. But at the same time my knowledge of what happens is so fresh that I recall things more accurately than people who’ve kept up with everything.

I suppose I should read the next book… or watch the first movie? Eh I dunno.

New problem: Every trailer, image, gif set, reblogged discussion I’ve seen has probably spoiled something. I just don’t know what it is yet due to lack of context XD.

I really should’ve been keeping count in the first place, but for my own records, this is the 23rd compilation of sfw 30 minute challenges I’ve done. The actual count is a bit off since it includes a few nudes I did early on before I started separating them. Some of those can be found on my deviantArt page.

My pencil is getting really small. It’s a little hard to draw with it.

My pencil is getting really small. It’s a little hard to draw with it.

Being that you're an industry expert, I was hoping if there were any tips or advice you can give to an aspiring Animation Series creator. Any lessons you've learned from working in the industry from so many years. What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out trying to get you're animation picked up by a major network?



Yeah I have a big piece of advice! Stop “aspiring”!!!!! Your aspirations end now!!!!

YES YOU! DON’T WAIT! START NOW! (passionate rambling incoming…)

The freaking coolest thing about living in the year 20XX is that you don’t have to have anyone’s permission to be an Animated Series creator. Grab a trial copy of Flash, or make flipbooks, or your own GIFs, or make some stop motion with your phone. Just start making whatever you want! Don’t save your good ideas for some big-wig executives or networks. Just do them right now! Don’t be precious with your ideas, just put them out there. 

Content that’s on TV or in movies is not “more official” than stuff you make in your home on your spare time to share with friends on the internet. It’s all the same!!!!! As long as you enjoy it, who cares!! And if other people happen to like it also, then BONUS!! 

The experience you get from trying to make something good on your own is so much more important than any future dream of being a big shot. Upload what you do to the internet and get feedback, show it to as many people as you can and listen to critiques. Learn to do stuff all by yourself, and only for your own pleasure.

From what I’ve seen, the people who end up creating a good animated series are the same people who have been creating their own stories, cartoons, comics and music on their own just for fun long before they ever got the shot at the big-time. Read about how your favorite cartoons are made, and try to do the process on your own. You’ll learn what your strengths are and what you’re interested in exploring.

(If you don’t have the facilities to create animation on your own, make something smaller scale- like a script, a comic, or a storyboard!)

OK THEN HERE’S STEP TWO: once you’ve learned to love your work on your own and figured out what you like to draw and what you’re passionate about, you may get a chance to pitch an idea. And thanks to the work you’ve done, you’ll be READY! Instead of some half-finished ideas, you’ll be able to point to all the amazing stuff you’ve created on your own and say “look, I already know what I like, AND I already know how to do it!” —-that’s WAY more impressive than an undeveloped idea with nothing to show for it. PLUS, the bonus of doing good work on your own is that you’ll attract attention and opportunity! I know so many people working in this industry who were discovered from their own silly personal work that was just randomly found online. 


Everyone, LISTEN TO PAPA JQ! Even though he’s addressing animation, the same thing applies to all creative fields - even music 

This set of 30 minute challenge entries is still a little too rough for my tastes. I’ve come a loooong way from when I first started, but I still can’t seem to just get things come out out neatly and quickly.

But I’m still rather fond of this batch.

Yet another compilation of 30 minute challenge entries. I used to use tumbler for other things O_O