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  1. As a request from a member of this forum, that shall go unnamed, I have been assign to teach how to compose music. So why not create a blog entry for that? I am a music composer, whatever that means? It means I am an artist, but with music instead of art, because those are kinda similar, but not. If you are a music composer yourself, or someone who can play music from reading sheet music, you won't be impressed. If you have never before heard music, you might be a little impressed, but most likely, you won't be. So where do I start? Where does the music come from? Usually, nothing comes from the void, but is rather pieces of other things I have heard under a very long time, that somehow got merged together and became something new (like when you dream). Usually it is a melody stuck in my head, that I try (emphasis on try) to remember so that I can do something with it in the future. If you can whistle, then you pretty much know what a melody is, because it is that part you usually sing to (when it is a song), or whistle. Let's start with a simple melody (an annoying one): So where do we go from here? Well, usually we want the roots of the chords, so we will know where the melody is heading (or staying at, or whatever). That will lead to creating the bass line. However, for the fun of it, I am waiting with the roots, and giving you the harmony instead. That is because the harmony has its own roots, kinda, to be confusing. When composing music, try to be as confusing as possible to the ear. But also, when we add the bass, we want it to have its own melody (eh, confusing, that's what we are aiming for!). So here are the harmonies: If you can count to 4 within the first Major 7th chord, then, be prepared when the bass has been added, as 2 of those beats will be its own chord, and the other 2 will be a sus chord. That stands for suspended. There are many kinds of suspended chords, and some of them are nameless. While many of you know of the sus2 and sus4 chords (which are blah), most pop songs uses the bass + 1 for the suspended effect, and we will too! By playing a Major chord and move the bass from the root by + 1 (not semitones, but on the major scale), the chord's harmony changes into a Dominant sus. You have the Dominant 7th and 9th as part of the previous chord, but the bass which must be the root forces the 9th and the broken 11th into a sus chord, which melts most people's ears (including mine). Any 11th chord are broken, and shouldn't be used. So here are the chords you here in the harmony, in the order you hear them (I only care about the harmony, not the base chord because this music is transposed by a few seminotes): Maj7 Maj7 Maj7 Major Min7#5 Min7 Major Dominant9sus sus4 sus4 Major6 Min7#5 Min7 Major9 Major Dominant13add2 I could go on about these chords forever. Though, even if they have a meaning by themselves, they will not mean the same when we add the bass to the mix. Time for the bass. Well, just have a listen: So with the highest part of the music being defined to be the melody, and the lowest part of the music being the bass, let's listen to them together (the rhythm between them might be the thing you have to be born with to be a truly good composer. Sadly, I am not): Now, to combine the bass and the harmony, to create those sus chords and complex ear bleeding stuff. There is one thing I haven't talked about, and it is the horrible Major 6th chords in there. The melody might force this to be music in mostly Major 6th, but any Major 6th chords should be banned because they are manipulative. Thankfully I only have a split second of the music actually playing the Major 6th. I could make a whole blog post just about why Major 6th is evil, but for now, let's concentrate on this d*mn thing: And to complete the different variations, here is the melody and harmony together (the music is pretty much completed when the drums kicks in): And to finalize this thing, the final music (all combined, good riddance!): Now if I managed to be a good teacher, all of you will compose great music in the future. But from experience, I am not a good teacher. Also, I will take questions if there are any?
  2. No matter what level you are as an artist, such a journey towards improvement need not be a solitary one and is far more enjoyable and fulfilling with the company and support of others. Some create art as a hobby and recreation while others wish to make it a profession, but no matter which you may fall under, all of us do it because we find joy and pleasure in the simple act as well as improve upon our skills. This is one reason I feel that Octavia’s Hall here can be such a valuable resource on the forums for aspiring artists, no matter what medium you choose to express your artistic creativity, as it gives everyone a chance to share their work with their fellow members and gain valuable insight and advice on how to improve and grow. In an effort to build upon Octavia’s Hall to make progress toward this goal as well as assist these budding artists in spending less time looking for resources and more time drawing, that is where this little thread comes into the picture. Essentially, I wish to build a library of sorts, because we can never have too many of those! In here, I hope to provide a diverse array of tutorials, references and other such resources, categorized by subject and skill level, for easy and convenient access all of those that are interested. To me, anyone and everyone has the ability to draw, write, create music or create any sort of art imaginable; it is not some mystical gift or talent that is bestowed upon a few individuals by the alignment of the stars or any such nonsense. It simply takes time, practice, support and, this is quite important, having fun to help foster and bolster a creative individual. It is my hope that this little project of mine will at least help those in that regard, or at least help them learn something new and build upon their skills. But one person cannot do this alone, as there is a nearly infinite pool of wealth out there, which is where you come in. If you find a tutorial, reference or resource that you feel would be a great addition to this collection or if you have a suggestion to make operations run smoother or easier around here, please feel free to either PM me or leave a comment! As with every other threads on the forums, all posts must adhere to the Global Rules (no excessive blood/gore, vulgarity or any other NSFW content, no advertising, etc.) so please keep this into consideration when suggesting new materials to be added. I would also ask that if you do provide a proposed tutorial, please try to provide the name of the artist whom created it. This is not entirely necessary, but I would love to give the artists credit where credit is due (and I know I have failed to do this thus far, though I do hope to remedy this soon). I am hoping to add additiona tutorials and sections (including sculpture, music, plushie building and other mediums if possible) over time goes by, so I do ask for your patience until everything is initially set up. I know there is a lot of room for improvement here, which will take some time. Until then, please excuse the chaos around here, leave any suggestions or thoughts you may have and enjoy! Ponies Wings Expressions Hair Lighting and Shading
  3. Ever wondered how in the world am I posting content in such a break-neck pace while staying organized? Look no further than this tutorial video I made recently to commemorate me completing over 250 Pipe Organ Arrangements as of the time I'm posting this. You may learn a thing or two from this.
  4. Singing is by far a huge phenomenon in MLP. However, what is most important is maintaining the character's original voice while singing. The biggest issue is keeping a great shape in your vocal cords to keep airflow not only strong but the voice you are performing must remain in top shape at all times. The #1 rule when it comes to singing in character is to NEVER lose your character voice. That's the worse possible thing that can happen. Now, every character's voice is different. The fact is the Mane 6 are the characters the most song time, along with the CMC, Princesses and other side characters. This means that whenever you sing like a character, you will have to shape your vocal cords in order to not only get the proper airflow, but also make your voice sound like that character. Before we go any further, there are some important guidelines you must follow in order to keep your voice healthy and avoid hurting it due to singing improperly or allowing too much or too little airflow. KNOW YOUR LIMITS: This is perhaps the most important rule when it comes to singing in general. Always know what you can and cannot sing. It is great when you have a partner who can test your range. You can also test your range yourself. Everypony has a range, which is basically the gap of pitches they are able to sing. Don't Push Yourself Too Hard: This is a singer's greatest mistake. A lot of singers, including myself, want to be able to hit those higher notes, especially if you're at a concert with your favorite band, and you wanna be heard belting out the chorus of your favorite song. However, if the song is out of your range, don't push yourself to try to hit those notes, unless you use your head voice. We will talk about the head voice later. Maintain a Healthy Voice: Always drink before and after you sing. As a vocalist, you must keep your voice healthy at all times. Drink water preferably, but nothing with caffeine. Caffeine will dry you out quickly. Drinks high in electrolytes are known to help the voice as well. Now that we've covered the guidelines, we will now go on the part you all have been waiting for: How To Sing In Character! As you may know, there are many different MLP characters, but there are 9 mane characters that have singing roles. This includes the Mane 6 and the CMCs. The Princesses also have singing roles, but we will get to those later. Now, we will break down on how to hone the singing voice of each character. Princess Twilight Sparkle Princess Twilight Sparkle has two voice actors: Tara Strong being the mane one and Rebecca Shoichet. Rebecca Shoichet is her singing voice. Twilight's voice is quite smooth in character, and her comfortable singing range, or tessitura is between Bb3 and about a D5 (Using Midnight In Me as a reference since a D5 is the highest pitch sung in the song). Twilight Sparkle has hit higher notes, like in Find A Way, but notice how the singer retains the vowel sounds and open voice. To sing like Twilight, you have to make sure your voice is smooth. Don't focus too much on trying to get the voice to "sing loud". You will lose it automatically. Instead, take the time to warm it up to it's upper range, especially if you're going to be covering a song like Winter Wrap-Up, which has that one big section where Twilight is hanging in the soprano range. Fluttershy Fluttershy's voice is a very delicate and gentle voice. What you need here is to make your voice sound airy. However, do not overdo this effect, as it will be much more difficult to hit higher notes. Fluttershy can hit pretty high notes, as witnessed in "Music in the Treetops", where she hits an A5. Some say Fluttershy is an alto, but she is really a mezzo-soprano. To sing like Fluttershy, you need a delicacy in your voice. Give it that angelic airy sound, but again, don't overdo the airy effect. You can add vibrato for effect, but it is recommended you reserve vibrato for only the higher notes. Rarity Rarity's voice has a double whammy. Her voice not only has a bit of the airy voice like Fluttershy, but it also has somewhat of a British accent. This means that when Rarity sings, her vowels will be naturally taller. In singing, "taller vowels", does not refer to volume, but rather than the shape of the mouth and jaw. The sound will be much brighter and open sounding, which gives more room for expression. In comparison to singing songs in a normal contemporary fashion, Rarity uses the traditional chorale type of singing, which indeed enforces tall vowels. If you listen to any song or part that Rarity sings, you will hear the vowels sounding more open. To illustrate this, let's examine the first two lines of "Art of the Dress" Thread by thread Stitching it together Now, as you can see, reading these two lines normally would produce a contemporary and bland voice. However, adding the tall vowels adds brightness, which means the words will be pronounced differently, as shown below Threahd baui threahd Stihtching it togethuhr Notice the word "by" is pronounced with a stress on the sound "au". This is why Rarity has one of the most difficult singing voices to master, because you have to focus on formulating the tall vowels properly and deliver a smooth and pleasing tone. Remember, tall vowels does not equal louder singing, it means to enunciate and open your jaw. Think of Rarity's voice like an opera singer's voice, except it is not as projected and slightly held back, with some delicacy on top. Rainbow Dash Rainbow Dash may seem like an easy one to master, but don't forget about her raspy and somewhat scratchy voice. Her singing range is of an alto. The biggest mistake a singer can make when trying to imitate Rainbow Dash is that they make their voice so raspy and scratchy that either their throat starts to itch a lot, or they suffer multiple voice cracks. Rainbow Dash's voice does crack during regular speech, but is 100% clear. To sing like Rainbow, you've got to grasp the balance of raspiness and clarity of voice. Pronunciation should be that of everyday speech. Make sure you have enough airflow and breath control to sustain longer notes. Vibrato should only be reserved for long notes that last 3 or more beats. Applejack Applejack has that thick country accent that affects all vowel sounds. This means that all articulators will be used. The articulators include, the tip of the tongue, roof of the mouth, lips and teeth. The country accent adds twang to the sound of each word. Some vowel sounds are more affected my others. The most noticeable changed vowel sound is the short e sound "eh". It's sound changes to "eeye" or "ee-yeh". Therefore, the word "generation", would sound like "geeyeneration". If you listen to Applejack's speech closely, you can even hear this outside of singing. Therefore, to sing like Applejack, you must adopt to a thick country accent. However, don't try to force it out. It will end up becoming sloppy. Instead, let it come natural and use your articulators to help you with the pronunciation. Applejack's range is quite comfortable, from middle c to the b right below treble c. Pinkie Pie Pinkie Pie has that tricky voice that hangs in the mid-upper alto range. It is quite loud and squeaky. Still, this doesn't mean you completely forget about all you learned in this thread. Pinkie's voice requires control and balancing. Pinkie's voice also has what is called a glottal attack. This means that when Pinkie says a vowel sound, it is sharp and instant. The glottis opens up on a whim and air flows through. This is not necessarily a good thing because it can wear out the vocal cords faster because they open up quickly. Her range starts at the Bb right below middle C. Pinkie's singing is actually slightly lower than her speaking voice. To sing like Pinkie Pie, you'll need to adapt to a sort of squeaky voice. The one cautionary point you need to take in is that you must not emphasize the squeak or else you'll wear your voice out and may even cause damage. Applebloom Applebloom is a foal, but she's growing up, so her voice has gotten a little deeper, but not much. Her voice is in the alto range but more of the upper alto range. Some could say she's a mezzo-soprano but I'd say she's alto 1. Again, Applebloom like Applejack has that country accent. Everything from Applejack's voice should apply to Applebloom, but Applebloom must sound more childlike. Sweetie Belle Sweetie Belle has one of those "mixed" voices. This means that the character of her voice sort of "borrows" from other characters I have explained. Younger Sweetie Belle has a more squeaky voice. However, now that both Sweetie Belle and her voice actor are growing up, Sweetie's voice has lost some of it's squeakiness, which makes things a little easier. Sweetie Belle has two distinguished types of singing voices, her soft singing voice and her power singing voice. To sing Sweetie's soft voice, adapt a somewhat childlike tone, but not as childlike as Applebloom, unless you're doing younger Sweetie Belle's voice. For the power voice, the one thing you have to make sure is you have total control, Sweetie Belle doesn't sing that high unless you're doing one of those crazy songs like 99 Buckets of Oats on the Wall. Even then, when Sweetie Belle is singing this high (C5 to G5, the range for 99 Buckets of Oats on The Wall), you still have to have some degree of control, especially if you're singing that high and that loud. Sweetie Belle's voice range sits right in the mezzo-soprano range. Scootaloo Scootaloo's voice is quite tomboyish. Because of this, it is hard for Scootaloo herself to hit those higher notes, which is why her range ends at the B right below C5 or treble C. Some of the raspiness from Scootaloo's tomboyish voice carries over to her singing voice. To sing like Scootaloo, you gotta make your voice slightly scratchy, but not too much. Remember, a scratchy voice can contribute to an itchy throat, which can wear out your vocal cords. Princess Luna Princess Luna's voice is quite smooth, but it can become quite powerful. Princess Luna is an absolute alto. Some can argue that she can be a filly tenor, because of the characteristics of her voice. I say, that if she was placed in a choir, she would most like be an alto 2. Though we've only heard Luna sing twice in the show, we can now distinguish two different singing voices of Princess Luna. The first voice is found in "You'll Play Your Part" where her voice is warm and both. The second of the voices is found in "Luna's Future", where her voice takes on a darker and more airy character. Remember, an airy voice cannot be too airy. Plus, Luna's darker voice is not as airy as Fluttershy's voice. To sing like warm Luna, you'll need to focus on pronouncing your words clear and maintain a delicate and sweet tone. To sing like dark Luna, take on an airy character and somewhat operatic voice. However, the biggest thing is that Luna's vowel sounds are not as tall as other voices. Princess Celestia Princess Celestia has that beautiful and warm motherly voice, which is why she is one of the easiest characters to sing as. She is best placed in the contralto range, due to her voice being able to reach some of the mid baritone range. In Celestia's Ballad, Celestia's highest note is a B right below C5 (treble C). This is the highest note she has sang so far. In "You'll Play Your Part", due to polyphony (many voices singing different melodies), she takes the lower range of the song. To sing like Celestia, the most important thing you must do is to have that warm and motherly voice. Be delicate with it. Celestia's voice wasn't meant to be powerful, unless there's a situation going on. Also, Celestia's voice wasn't designed to lurk in the soprano and upper alto range, so try to stay between E3 and A4. You may go up to C5 but cap it at there, or else you'll lose the warm and motherly voice as you try to take it up in range. Princess Cadence Princess Cadence's voice is more of a sisterly voice. It is caring and is classified as a soprano, specifically 1st soprano if she were placed in a choir. The highest note we have heard Cadence sing was in This Day Aria, where Cadence hit an F#5. When Cadence sings, she mixes her contemporary sisterly voice, with an operatic voice that consists of tall vowels. Like Rarity's voice, the tall vowels should be open and clear. Every "ah" should sound like "auh", "e" like "eh" and so forth. Also, when Cadence goes beyond C5, she starts to use her head voice, also known as falsetto, especially when she hits the F#5 in This Day Aria. Singing like Cadence is quite the challenge, for you have to not only be able to be clear in your tessitura but also make sure you have a strong falsetto, especially if you're writing a song that exercises the higher soprano range. Now I know what you stallions are thinking: "Hay what about us males? Don't we get any characters?" You certainly do...three...for now. Spike may be a boy, but his voice actor is a female. Big Mac Eeyup, you stallions saw him coming. Big Macintosh would considered a bass, for the highest note we have heard him sing was in "Find The Music In You", an F3. Big Mac has a little bit of a country accent but not as much as his sister Applejack. To sing like Big Mac, you really just have to have that natural deep voice for him. Your voice must be classified either as a bass or baritone, but bass is highly recommended. Like Applejack, you gotta have that country accent, but remember, it is not as heavy as hers. Feather Bangs A very new character, introduced in Season 7, Feather bangs has that "cool guy" type of voice. He is fit in the upper tenor range. In comparison to many of the other singing voices, Feather Bang's voice is of the contemporary era. You can hear some of that heavy accented "Michael Jackson" flare. Also, Feather Bangs exhibits what's known as a "glottal attack". This means that the glottis, the slit-like opening between the vocal cords and the airway is opened forcefully, causing an instant sound. This can become unhealthy and cause the vocal cords stress due to how quickly they open. The biggest mistake one can do with singing like Feather Bangs is that they glottal attack to the point where the upper notes of the voice become thin and soon, they will be lost. Rumble Rumble, who spoke for the very first time in Season 7, has a somewhat teenage jazzy voice, which he may strain at certain times, like in the song "Blank Flanks Forever", which is the only song we've heard him perform thus far in the series. Rumble's highest note sung is a G#4, which is just about his limit. To sing like Rumbler, make sure you have plenty of water on you, as you gotta combine a strong tenor voice with a childlike edge, which means you may have to strain, but try not to. And lastly...but certainly not least... Spike Spike is voiced by a female, which is understandable. Spike's voice has that childlike edge, which makes it somewhat difficult to sing. Spike's voice is considered mezzo-soprano in a full choir setting, but mid-upper voice in child's singing settings. Spike can hit an A4 very comfortably, but somewhat struggles to hit a C5 even though his voice is capable of doing it. Spike's tessitura is most likely from middle C to A4. To sing like Spike, you'll need a childlike voice along with a little bit of edge. Just try not to strain and go above Spike's normal tessitura. Well folks, we've reached the end of our journey on exploring the singing voices of our favorite pony characters. There may have been characters I've left off, but I will certainly update this guide in the future to include movie characters and other ponies that gain singing roles. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me at anytime and I'll get back to you when I can.
  5. My head is really big, like 26 inches (660mm if you prefer) in circumference. Is there a tutorial for wig making? Preferably from scratch (it doesn't have to be) and not the yarn type.
  6. We will draw Santa Claus for this tutorial. First step: open paint. Second step: add a few details. Done! Now you can draw on MS Paint like a pro. (I took the santa pic from this video
  7. Hi everyone, Im back after a long haitus and im going to be starting up a series of episodes on how to draw MLP characters, on youtube. I just did a intro video so please leave feedback either here or there, Im hoping to update with a new video every 2 weeks. I did a post a while back going over the same things i mentioned in the video, The video will be uploaded here in about 2 hours. Please leave feedback!
  8. Hi Everyone! Just writing this on a bit of a whim here~ But would anyone be interested in a complete in depth video tutorial in real time of how to draw Ponies? Im not a master at drawing ponies, or at drawing anything really... but learning how to draw mlp was hard for me, i wont lie. When i first started drawing ponies I just wished that there was a tutorial somewhere where beginners and advanced artists could learn how to draw ponies and not just in the normal side view... I hate it when tutorials say things like "draw the leg bent like this" because the person who is trying to learn how to draw won't realize there's actually multiple bends in the leg due to the amount of bones in a leg. They won't realize how long some of those sections should be compared to other sections. They won't know how the leg actually should look. They just know it can bend the way it did in the tutorial they saw. Yes, you can break a pony down into simple shapes and lines like many how to draw videos explain but the tutorial only shows you how to draw in that particular pose or stance. If you know how these things work and why these things work, you can draw that thing in any pose with any angle and it'll look right. My tutorial(s) will be a long video or a series of videos probably uploaded to youtube where im drawing in real time and explaining what im doing at the same time. Id go over Basics first, like the skeleton and muscle structure using simple shapes, trying to show how in different styles, suchas the shows and my own, the skeleton should still be important and shouldn't be ignored. Then id move on to the actual "How to draw" part of the video, Id try to break it down into parts. Faces, legs, wings, ect.. before moving onto full body examples. Id use the mane six and some background characters for reference so you can look at them and see what im talking about when i talk about diversity. Ie Face shapes. Later down the track, id show how to gesture draw, and show how to draw different poses, perspectives, expressions, how colour and backgrounds can change the "feel" of the drawing. Let me know what y'all think~ I wont be offended if people think itll be boring, i will be doing alot of talking XD
  9. Hello Everyone! I am currently working on a youtube channel to make my own Pony animations. While I am working on my first video, I decided to make a tutorial to show people how to make there own! Here is the video: If you find the video hard to follow, here is how to do it written down: Link To Pony Creator: CODES TO USE IN PONY CREATOR: 1: 000005000352336000018325006026013000344000000000 2: 000316355007348359010340006010288000354000000000 3: 000316355026348359007354006001284001357000000000 4: 000300356032003348010346025351260034343000000000 5: 000333356032003348010341025351256089322000000000 6: 000341351024003348008346025347292064337000000000 7: 000344354016013348356351027342315057348000000000 8: 000350358008302348017351350355309057349000000000 9: 000358000000302357017015352345333057332000000000 10: 000008358348302002018343009349349049328000000000 11: 000321358359334356018342005010000017339000000000 Full Tutorial: Step 1: Go to Pony Creator (link above) Step 2: Create the pony you want to animate Step 3: Paste the first code found above in the "pose" section under "advanced" (at the bottom) of the pony creator game. Then save the image in a new folder. Step 4: Repeat Step 3 for ever single code. Step 5: Move all Frames saved into a video editing software. Step 6: Make each frame move approximately 4 pixels (I find this to work best) in one direction. Then your done ================================================================ Post any questions in the comments
  10. Hey there! Welcome to Thunder Dash's Ultimate Guide to Creating Effective and Vivid Classical Music! In this guide, I will be going over the basics of creating orchestral music according to musical theory and the rules of classical music. Now do understand that many composers these days break the rules in classical music. Please understand that this guide doesn't make you have to follow the rules. The rules are just a mere reference of how to create music that is organized and easy to follow Let's start with one of the most common forms of classical/orchestral music Sonata-Allegro Form The Sonata-Allegro form has been around since the 18th century and is one of the most popular forms of classical music, besides standalone piecces. The sonata form is comprised of 3 movements, each with a specific pattern. We will go over each of these parts seperately. 1. Exposition The Exposition is the main theme of the current movement. Let's say you're writing a Sonata in the key of C. This part of the sonata will be in the key of C. 2. Development This part of the Sonata is a further expansion of the orginal theme. It usually modulates to the V of the original key, using the V of V. In the case of C Major, the V of V is D. Resolving to the I of V will put us in G major. 3. Recapitulation This part of the Sonata is the return to the main theme. Like the word says, it "recaps" what the sonata has done through the piece. The transition before the recapitulation returns us back to the main key. In our example, we resolve from G to C. Here's what it looks like visually: Not only do Sonatas have three parts, but also three movements, like I said before. Each movement follows the above format. Sonatas usually start of loud, but not all the time. Take Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The loud movement is not until the 3rd and final movement. Furthermore, the 1st and 3rd movements often reflect each other. The 2nd movement is more often completely different. Returning to the Moonlight Sonata, the 1st and 3rd movements reflect each other due to the fact that the third movement is a more developed and complex version of the first movement with a faster tempo. Below is the full Moonlight Sonata. Listen out for the Exposition, Development and Recapitulation in the 1st movement Next, we're going to shrink down a little into what is called... The Sonatina The Sonatina is basically a "mini sonata". It follows the same exact exposition-development-recapitulation form of the sonata. Nothing else to really explain about this one. Now that we've gotten the bulky stuff out of the way, we can now move on to the standalone classical forms. Standalone classical pieces are known for their individual character. There are many forms, and some of these forms can come together to form what is called a Suite. The forms that can create a Suite are as follows: Gigue Courante Gavotte Allemande Minuet These forms are also early dance types, each with their own character. For example, a Minuet is an early form of a waltz. From the basics, we know that the waltz is in 3/4 time, meaning 3 beats to a measure and the quarter note gets the beat. Upping the tempo, the Gigue is a faster dance but this time, it's in 6/8. Now, you might say: "Oh 6/8 can be reduced to 3/4! They're exactly the same!" Well you are true in that they're the same, but remember, the minuet always uses 3/4 and the gigue always uses 6/8. A Gavotte is a 4/4 dance that uses much staccato or detached rhythms. Gavottes in the baroque period were often played on the harpsichord. If you listen to some of the music of MLP:FIM where Canterlot is featured, or Rarity, you can hear a Gavotte-like style. Though it was full of staccato rhythms, the gavotte is quite an elegant dance. Moving on past the dances, we arrive at two very techincal styles of classical music: The Toccata and Fugue. Now if you're a musician and you hear those two words, this piece right here comes to your mind right away: The Toccata is a very fast moving piece, and it promotes the dexterity of the performer. When writing a Toccata, be sure not to push too far. Don't make it impossible just because. Make it reasonable. Another thing, make sure your notes match up to each other. The Fugue is more complex than a Toccata. It does focus on dexterity and touch like the Toccata, but it has multiple voices. Most fugues have two parts, one for the right hand and the other for the left hand. However, some fugues have 4 voices, which are very tricky to play. You've got two parts per hand. These fugues usually stack up on voices. They start in the bass and increase to treble. It's like SATB (Soprano Alto Tenor Bass) form. When writing a fugue with more than 2 parts, be sure your notes harmonize with each other. Here's an example of a two-voice fugue Well, you may be overwhelmed with all the information in this guide so far. This thread will be updated in the upcoming days with extra form, until then, happy composing!
  11. Does anyone know any good tutorials for GIMP?
  12. UPDATE: GUIDE IS NOW LIVE! ~~~~~ Okay, my hands got a bit tired from writing stories (Okay, I'm just lazy), but to those who are interested in reading Fimfiction and is looking for hopes of downloading them offline, I will soon compile a detailed tutorial for you guys. This currently works for ALL Android devices. Though iOS users are free to try the tutorial, make sure that if it does work for you, please have it confirmed to me as soon as possible. Also, for PC users, it IS possible for you to read them offline. You will just need to use Chrome for this though as the Chrome Webstore has a specific app that I'll talk about when I do have the tutorial ready (can't spoil it to you. You just gotta wait.) Basically, what it does is that it'll sync all your downloads you made in your phone and from then on, you can download them from the app. If the said tutorial doesn't work for iOS, then I can guarantee you that the syncing process works ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS. If you have a secondary Android device, you can use it to act as a ‘downloader’ and your iOS device as a ‘reader’. (FOR ANDROID: SYNC HAS TO BE TURNED ON IN YOUR DEVICE'S SETTINGS), unlike other browsers who don't have such an app (EG. Firefox, Opera, Safari). More info and preview pic available here (Redirects you to my Google+): Once the tutorial is live, I will have you guys informed below, as well as on Google+, so if you happen to have one, make sure to give me a follow. Thank you.
  13. I mentioned in another post the other day that I made up a new method for pony heads and few people inquired interest. Now I'm not saying this rectangle method is new, I'm almost certain its been done before me, but I didn't read about it or see it anywhere; I just sorta noticed a box fit in the head really well and that it sort of naturally made guidelines for most of the details (Nose, ear, eyes and cheek placement). Colors are representing where I separated layers so it would be easier to clean up the lines later. I figured that might help some people. It's sort of a light tutorial, but honestly I think the visuals will help more then me trying to explain it in text. I would just be too wordy and make it confusing; pretty pictures are better. Anyway, this was my alternative method to the more commonly used; the circle with the curved cross. I think this is less invasive and easier to follow — for ponies at least. Of course people have different prefered methods so don't feel you need to follow this guide exactly; change it to your style and just try new stuff. But other then that, hope some people find this useful.
  14. I wonder if anypony bought this book. Maybe they could give their opinion about it? Because it looks pretty nice and rather interesting. Still, it is not an official MLP product, so I don't know...
  15. Requirements: -A Computer -A USB charger cord -ES File Explorer (free app from the google Play Store) On Your PC: Step 1: Find a short .mp3 file by downloading one from the Internet. Step 2: Plug your phone into your computer using the USB cord. Step 3: Locate the mp3 file on your computer and your phone. Step 4: Open a new window and go to Computer\[Your Phone]\Phone\Music Step 5: Drag the short mp3 file into the music folder. On Your Android: Step 1: If you haven't already, install the ES File Explorer app, this can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store. Step 2: Go to Settings>My Device>Sound>Default notification sound Step 3: Tap 'Default notification sound', then when it says "Complete action using", tap ES File Explorer (choose 'just once'). Step 4: Tap 'Music', then the mp3 file you want. Now you're done! If you have any problems with this, or want to ask me something, simply comment below and I'll respond as soon as I can, thanks!
  16. Hello Everypony! I have just finished my second tutorial for animating My Little Pony Characters. If you are interested, please check it out! This tutorial requires Adoble Flash. If you do not have Adobe Flash, check out my basic tutorial, which all you need is some sort of video editing software (click here). Here is the tutorial: This is the Rainbow Dash puppet I used in the tutorial: This is a complete folder of all the puppets I have found so far: Here is the source file for what I created in the video: If you found this helpful, please like the video and subscribe to me if you want to see some interesting PMV's in the future, or more tutorials!
  17. Hello! So I have been doing 3D animation for a few years now and I have wanted to try 2D I am attempting to learn flash, specifically for animating ponies. I have downloaded flash CS6 and the pony puppets and I am wondering how to use them, I have searched for tutorials on how to animate them but I have not found any worth while that actually teach anything about them. So now on to my real question: Do you guys/girls know of any decent tutorials on how to animate ponies in flash? or any websites that teach it? or any way to learn how to do it? If so it would be fantastic if you could leave a reply with an answer to any of the above questions. Thanks!
  18. Welcome back! It was a long time I was absent on this forum due to some problems with my Internet connection. But during that time I was not idle: I worked (among other things) on the Unicorn Language and Alphabet I once described in this thread. (I'm going to post some new stuff there too, so stay tuned.) And now the time has come when I decided to start sharing my ideas with you. In this thread I will present my ideas and inventions about the Unicorn Language and discuss them with you, because for some ideas I have several options to choose, and I'd like to know which of them do you think would be the best. (I'm also working on a tutorial, but I'll wait with publishing it yet some time until it solidify enough.) Alphabet and phonetics OK, so first of all, there's the alphabet, which I described quite in detail in my previous thread already, but there are some new details I'd like to show you here. The table below summarizes all one needs to know about the alphabet (click to enlarge): The first column is the original book form of each glyph, as seen in Twilight's old copy of "Predictions and Prophecies" in the very first episode of the series (S01:E01). This form is used mostly in books, where readability and precision is required. Unicorns are best-suited for writing pretty glyphs since they can levitate pencils or quills with their Magic to manipulate them more precisely. But there are times when chiseling down those complex symbols every time a pony wants to write something wouldn't be much comfortable. Therefore, for faster communication, simplified cursive forms of these symbols (also called hieratic) has been invented. They are better-suited for hoof-writing, and they can be easily scribbled with a pencil held in mouth, or even by scratching them on the ground with a hoof. This is the form you can encounter in scrolls and hoof-written inscriptions. Such form is shown in the second column of the table. This column also shows how these lines evolved with time to become simpler and simpler. You might have noticed a peculiar property of these scribbles: some of them are very similar to the letters of our Latin alphabet used to write down English. This is not a coincidence! Some old legends say that long time ago, when humans and ponies lived together and inhabited the same world yet undivided, humans had peeked some of these symbols and used them to build their own alphabet upon them. After the Great Divide, when both worlds had become separated, human version of those letters evolved in a very different way than in the equine world. But one can still notice some resemblance of the original letters. For now, ignore the third and fourth column about phonetics, since it is an old version where I was still experimenting with different sounds for these letters, and it is wrong. I think I already solved the phonetics, in a different way, and I'll show you in a minute how it works. You will be excited when you see it The next column describes what the particular glyph depicts by its shape. This will be a basis for deciphering its meaning. Nothing is known about the correct alphabetical ordering of these letters, so I put them in such an order that they begin from a pony, then there are several important body parts of a pony (from head to tail), and then there are the glyphs related to the pony's environment: first two are related to the Heavens above, and the last one in this group (a thunder) is about the sky. The last one in the table is a rope, which is the most primitive tool used by ponies since the prehistoric times of G1 ;-J We don't know if this is the entire alphabet. Perhaps there were some other symbols too, but it is quite unlikely – if there were any more symbols, why wouldn't they appear in the sample we've seen in Twilight's book? I once had this idea that when Ancient Alicorns came to Earth and taught ponies their language, they gave different parts of their alphabet to different races of ponies: there's a common subset for all of the races, but each race has a bunch of their own symbols particular to their race. E.g. Pegasi could have symbols of a wing, a cloud, or a rainbow, because those are things they usually deal with. Earth Ponies could have symbols for a tree (or a general plant), an apple (or a general fruit), a seed etc. Other races can express those ideas, too, but they need to combine other symbols into words to make these meanings. It's just that some races can write down these ideas shorter, since they use them all the time. The common Equestrian language and writing could be based on this common subset of symbols, or it could be a completely separate thing. Meanings and how to combine them Now, each glyph of the Unicorn Language has its own meaning. These basic meanings could be combined together into longer sequences called "words" to make new, more sophisticated meanings. E.g. if the thunder means "loud", and the head means "thought", then together they mean "loud thought" which is "speech". Similarly, if the horseshoe means to make a mark, and the head means "thought", then together they mean "idea leaving a mark", which is "writing". This way one can combine simple meanings into more complex meaning and create longer words. And the whole language would make a big tree of meanings, with the most general meanings at their roots, and the more specific words branching from them. I'll discuss this root-branch tree-like structure later. This is how all ancient languages (like Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit etc.) worked, and it is a very neat idea, because when you encounter some new word you've never seen before, you can still figure out its meaning by looking at what symbols it is made of and combining their meanings. You can also guess a new word when you want to express some meaning but you don't know any word which says that. This is contrary to how modern languages (like English) work, where the letters of a word would tell you nothing about its meaning, and you need to remember a whole lot of dictionary (or carry it along wherever you go) to be able to communicate. Position is everything Now here's another interesting feature of the Unicorn language: Each of these alphabetic symbols, or words made of them, can have different meanings depending on where in the sentence they appear (but these meanings are still somehow related). This way one doesn't need to remember different words for different occasions, because the same word can perform different roles depending on whether it is a noun (that is, a name of something), a verb (a word describing action), or an adjective (describing a property or trait). For example, the same word can mean "a ruler" when used as a noun, "to rule" when used as a verb, and "ruling" when used as an adjective. This trick allowed me... erm, I mean, allowed Unicorns to slim down their vocabulary and move that weight somewhere else: into grammar. That is, instead of having a large dictionary of thousands of words, they can go with less words which can have different meanings depending on where they appear in the sentence, and the grammar rules will do all the rest. Prefixes and suffixes These symbols can also be used as affixes, that is, they can be attached before or after other words (as prefixes or suffixes) to modify their meaning a bit. For example, you can turn a concrete word, such as "friends", into a more abstract idea: "friendship", by prefixing it with the head symbol (meaning a "thought" or "idea"; a thought of being friends is friendship). (You can see an example of that in my signature at the bottom of my every post.) Fun fact: You might have noticed in my signature that to make the word "friends", a pony needs to connect two symbols of a pony facing each other, with a rope between them symbolizing the emotional bond which connects them as friends. But there is no way to make a word "friend" in singular! This is not a mistake, but it reflects the idea that there are two to tango. So, for example, Applejack can say "Me and Rarity friends" ("I'm friends with Rarity"), but she cannot say "Rarity is my friend" nor "I'm a friend of Rarity", because friendship has to be mutual. A pony cannot declare friendship one-sidedly, either way. She can say "I like Rarity" at most. If she said "Me and Rarity friends", it is implied that the relationship is mutual. You might have also noticed that in my table the meanings become gradually dimmer and dimmer. This shows the progression from concrete ideas to more abstract ones. This table is a second version, evolved from the first one I presented in my other thread. It seems pretty firm, but it can still change a bit in a future, so keep this in mind. Now let's talk about phonetics, that is, how these letters could sound. Phonetics The following image shows an anatomy of the vocal tract of a pony: DISCLAIMER: No pony has been hurt in making this illustration ;-J This is a result of a special "see-thru" spell, which causes some parts of an object to become invisible and fully transparent, still being there at their usual place. Pretty cool, eh? ;-J As you can see, the vocal tract of a pony has a similar structure as in humans (yeah, Nature likes to reuse good & attested designs ;-J ). This means that ponies are capable of producing all the same sounds humans can. But the Unicorn Language is meant to be simple and easy to pronounce, so it uses only a bunch of sounds separated far away from each other in the vocal tract so they could be easily distinguished by ear. Consonants and vowels There are two distinct types of sounds which can be produced: consonants and vowels. Vowels are the sounds which are produced with an unobstructed air flow through the vocal tract, and can be sustained deliberately long (well, at least until the breath ends). They are easy to produce, and they are the very first sounds every living animal can produce (if it can produce any sounds at all). But they are also easy to confuse, because they all sound very similar. Consonants, on the other hand, are produced by making obstacles in the vocal tract and "disturbing" the air flow in different ways. They have very distinct sounds so they are easier to recognize by ear. This makes them perfect for communicating meanings through speech. Vowels are the "carrier wave", which is being "modulated" by the consonants. That's why it is the consonants in a word that matter and carry the most of the meaning. They make which is called a "root" of a word. Vowels between the consonants, on the other hand, can change, and this doesn't change the meaning of the word, only slightly (e.g. changing its mood, or tense, things like that). That's why the Unicorn Language originally used alphabetic symbols only to write down consonants. But if there could be some confusion about the meaning of the word, some of these consonantal sounds has been reused to double as vowels. But before I'll jump into the details, let me tell you first how I finally figured out the phonetics puzzle. Solving phonetics (cool story) As you could have seen in my previous thread, I had a great difficulty with figuring out what sound to associate with each of these letters. I was banging my head for a long time, trying different combinations of sounds. I was thinking about what sounds could be natural to produce for ponies, and I even once invented a somewhat exotic sound which, in my opinion, would be easy to produce by horses, but doesn't appear in any human language: a strange "prr" sound horses sometimes made. Later it turned out that there actually is such a sound in the International Phonetics Language (IPA), and it is called "bilabial trill". If you want to hear how it sounds, there's a sound sample on Wikipedia. Pretty funny, eh? Unfortunately I couldn't incorporate this sound in the language, it didn't fit well with other sounds, so I dropped this idea. Let's say this sound has been used by primitive ponies when Ancient Aliconrs taught them their language for the first time, but with time it's been simplified to just "p" or "b" sound. Up to that time, I tried lots of different combinations of sounds, but none of them worked well. So I decided to summon Twilight Sparkle in my mind and ask her what their letters sound like. Unfortunately, Twilight wasn't much helpful, she avoided my questions with the smile of Mona Lisa ;-J But she told me that this is a magical language, so I need to understand Magic first, to understand the language :-J So I did. I took the two symbols for "bright" and "dark" (that is, the Sun/star and Moon), and combined with the symbol of a Unicorn horn, which symbolizes Magic. I also attached the head suffix to make them abstract ideas (of Magic as an idea) instead of some concrete "stuff" (magical energy). This way I made two important words: Bright Magic and Dark Magic – the basic driving forces of the whole Universe. In our world, they're called Yin and Yang by the Chinese. I thought that if these symbols mean the same in Unicorn, they should sound somewhat similar. I already had some words invented, but no matter how I tried to assign some sounds to the Bright Magic and Dark Magic words, the same sounds didn't fit in these other words ;-/ And then I've got another idea: What about reusing some letters as vowels? And it turned out that this works magically! If I assign the "j" sound (as in "jaw" or "judge") to the horn, and the "n" sound to the head, and then use vowel sounds for the Sun and Moon – the "a" sound (as in "arm") for the Sun and the "i" sound (English "ee" as in "bee", or "yi" as in "yield"), then see what we get (and hold on to your hooves): horn + star + head = j + i + n = jin (pronounced as "geen") horn + moon + head = j + a + n = jan See? They sound very similar to those Chinese words "yin" and "yang" for Dark Magic and Bright Magic! Moreover, the first one (for Dark Magic) is related to "genie", a mischievous magical spirit captured in a bottle which uses Magic (supposedly the dark one) to make your wishes come true. When we combinine Bright Magic and Dark Magic to make Harmony: star + horn + moon = a + j + i = aji (pronounced somewhat like "agee") Now look what we get when we add a symbol of a pony in front of it, to make it mean a pony who mastered both sides of Magic, Bright and Dark, and can use them in harmony: pony + star + horn + moon = m + a + j + i = maji (!!!) Guess what the Ancients called those wise men who knew a lot and supposedly could use magical powers: they were called Maggi In modern English there are words based on that old word, such as "magician" or "mage". Also, when one assign the obvious clopping sound ("k" or "q") to the horseshoe, we can attach it at the end of this word to get "majiq", which means "a mark made by the pony who can harmonize bright and dark energy", or in short: a magical inscription, a spell. So it all fits perfectly! As you will see later, these sounds also fit well with other words I invented before, relating to family. But I'll talk about that later, when I'll be explaining you the vocabulary. Now let's get back to phonetics of the letters. Names of the letters and default vowels Each consonant letter has its own name, which is simply a one-syllable word. This word isn't random, it has a meaning: it means the same thing which the shape of the letter depicts. This one-syllable word is also a hint about the pronunciation of that letter, and it has a default vowel associated with it. Here are the names of the letters, their pronunciation, their consonant sounds, and their default vowel sounds: a pony = mah = m a head = nah = n a horn = jah = j (as in "judge") an eye= voh = v (as in "void"); vowel sound: o (as in "vote") a horseshoe = qu = q (as in "quiet"); vowel sound: u (as in "put" or "foot") a tail = i don't know yet; perhaps "r" or"l" the Sun = 'ah = ' (yes, this is a consonant, so called "glottal stop", more on that below); vowel sound: a (as in "hat") the Moon = yi = y (an approximant consonant, as in "yeti" or "young"); vowel sound: i (as in "meet") a thunder = dhah / zhah = dh / z (I haven't decided yet; but it has to have a buzzing sound and somewhat violent and explosive) a rope = heh = h (as in "head"); vowel sound: e (as in "head" or "Equestria") As you can see, some of the sounds are still to figure out, but I pretty much have them all in place. As to the "glottal stop": it is a sound made when you close your glottis and stop the air flow (that's where the name comes from). A similar sound to when you're about to cough. If this description is not clear enough, I'll try to record some sound samples later. If you're a bit confused with all this pronunciation stuff, don't worry. At the end of this post I'll put a link to a website I'm currently constructing, with a simple Unicorn-English dictionary, where you can see some example words: how they are written in Unicorn alphabet, how to transcribe them in PEGASCII, and how to pronounce them, and there you can hear the pronunciation of each word by clicking on it. Vocabulary Speaking of the vocabulary, I already invented a whole bunch of words in Unicorn Language. But when the rules of creating them would be settled enough, I'll invite you to the fun and maybe together we can work faster to complete the whole dictionary. But for now, let me show you what I've got already. Family relations The following picture shows a bunch of words Unicorns use to name their family members: It all begins in the "Generation 0". When a Unicorn is born, the first ponies he or she meets are his/her parents, of course ("Generation -1"). The words to name them should be short, simple, easy to distinguish, and easy to pronounce by an infant pony. And that's how I made them. "Mei" is "mother", "Me'ah" is "father", and "meh" is "parent" in general (gender-neutral). The names of other family members are longer, but still quite simple to pronounce. If you look closely at this picture, you should notice a whole lot of patterns. First of all, each of these words contains at least one rope symbol. That's because the rope symbolizes a bond, either emotional or a bloodline. But this symbol appears at different positions. And there's a pattern in that, too :> Imagine you are the pony who speaks about his relatives. Imagine you and your family are standing in a line, ordered by generations: the ponies from previous generations are behind you (or up the tree), and the next generations are in front of you. And you are holding a rope which symbolizes the bond connecting you to some other pony. When you speak about your parents, the rope is behind you, and more behind is a pony which is your parent. So, in the correct order of appearance in a word, they are: a pony, a rope, and you (which is the default, so you don't need to symbolize it with any picture). If, on the other hand, you want to speak about your children (the next generation), then the rope leading to them is in front of you, and then there's a pony. So the order in a word is this: you (default, not written), a rope, a pony. So a child (gender-neutral) is "'em", a colt is "'emah", and a filly is "'emi"). For ponies which are more distant in generations (grandparents before, and grandchildren after), you simply use more rope symbols between you and the pony you speak about. You can also see that each of the words has a gender-neutral form, which is modified to specify a gender by attaching one of the two "natural opposites" symbols: the Sun or the Moon. The Sun is for masculine forms, because males like to spread their presence all around and be visible, so as the Sun. The Moon is for feminine forms, because it attracts water with its gravity, causing tides, and females are attractive and attract other ponies. They can also pull them by their "gravity of love". You know what I mean... That's how it works for me, and that's how these symbols were used by humans in ancient cultures, so let's simply reuse it for ponies too. Below each of the words there's also its plural form. You can see that it is made by doubling some particular symbols and their syllables in a word. The rule is: If there's any pony symbol in a word, double that. If there isn't, double the last syllable of the root before attaching any prefixes or suffixes. You can also notice some oddity in this diagram: Ponies from the same generation (i.e. your siblings) have single rope. Why is that? Well, there must be at least one rope to tell that we're speaking about a family member (a pony which is connected to me with a bond). Two ropes would be too much, since it would suggest a pony from two generations apart. So we end up with just one rope. But then it conflicts with parents, which are one generation above. How to differ them from siblings, which are on the same generation level? Well, I had some trouble with it, but finally I figured out that I can simply reverse the pony symbol so that it would be facing towards me. This makes him a bit "closer" to me than my parents or my children. When you want to pronounce such a word with a reversed glyph, simply reverse the syllable: put its default vowel before the consonant instead of after it. There are other familym members beside those shown in the above illustration. But they can be easily described by joining words together. For example "grandma's mother" is "great-grandmother". "Father's brother" is "uncle" etc. Since the words are short, they can be easily joined this way. Remember the "Baby Cakes" episode where Mr. Cake was describing the family relations of some of his family members? In English translation it sounded long and complicated, but in pony language it was shorter and more structured, so ponies have no troubles with understanding these connections. Personal pronouns Repeating one's name in a sentence over and over when addressing him would be cumbersome. That's why personal pronouns has been invented in almost every human language. They are short words used in place of longer nouns to facilitate referencing them in sentences. For example, instead of saying "Spike hungry, Spike wants some gemstones", Spike can simply say "I am hungry, I want some gemstones." Or, Instead of saying "This is Twilight Sparkle. Twilight Sparkle is smart.", one can simply say: "This is Twilight Sparkle. She is smart.", and everyone understands that "she" refers to Twilight Sparkle. There are personal pronouns in Unicorn language, too. And you will be surprised how easy they are to use! (I deliberately made them to be that way.) First of all, the words for personal pronouns evolved from simple nouns. For example, a noun "pony" (which is a one-symbol word – just a pony symbol! pronounced "mah") can be reused to mean the same as "one" or "someone" in English ("somepony" in Unicorn language). This form is the gender-neutral one, which is missing in English (unless one considers "one" to be this word). When a pony wants to distinguish the gender, it's enough to attach the Sun (star) or the Moon symbol at the end of it. Then it will mean "he" or "she" (pronounced "mei" or "me'ah"). Those are all third person singular pronouns. So what about first person and second person singular? Well, you can turn the third person into second person by turning the pony symbol to its mirror image. Now the pony is facing you, so it means "you" (or "the pony I talk with", contrary to "the pony I speak of" when it is turned backs to me). For first person, I decided to use the head symbol, because it reminds me "myself". The head is where my consciousness is located, and where my eyes and ears and mouth are located, it's the "origin of my world", so it quite fits as "I" (or "the pony who speaks that"). As to the plural forms of personal pronouns, ponies doesn't have them. This might seem surprising to you at first, since in English, and many other human languages, there are such plural forms. How can a pony say "we" if there isn't a word for it in his/her language?! Well, the pony can simply say "me and you", or "me and him", or "me and her". Since these personal pronouns are so short (one to two letters!), they can be easily bunched this way. One can even consider such a pair of words as one word, and ponies often write them down this way (they even join them with following words as prefixes if it is not ambiguous). If you still have issues with that, think of it this way: In English, when you say "you" or "they", there's no information about the gender of the particular members of the group! In other languages, like Polish or French, there are different forms for masculine or feminine groups. But this is ridiculous! If you don't see why, then imagine a group of mixed gender: are they "them males" or "them females"? None of them fits, since the group contains both males and females! But languages which use such forms, force one of these genders, usually masculine, as if one male in the group "plagued" the whole group by his masculinity This is very chauvinistic or sexist rule, and ponies don't like chauvinism or sexism – they prefer tolerance and equality. That's why they don't force genders where it doesn't fit, and distinguish gender where it should be distinguished instead of mixing it. If they don't want to specify gender, they use gender-neutral forms (lacking in many human languages). If they need to specify gender, they mix the appropriate gender-specific personal pronouns together. Of course, the concept of gender applies only to animate words (i.e. living things), which actually have gender. For inanimate objects, distinguishing gender doesn't make any sense, so for such objects Unicorns use separate pronouns. For example, the symbol of a horseshoe, which means "it", and is pronounced "qu" or "ku". (Interestingly, a similar words means "thing" in Chinese, as far as I know). This form doesn't have gender-specific forms. Why a horseshoe for that? Because it represents a hoof, and ponies hold objects, touch them, grab them and point at them with their hooves. Makes sense? ;-J Human languages often enforce some artificial gender to inanimate objects, which is very confusing, because one needs to remember not only a word, but also its gender. To make it even more confusing, different languages assign different gender to the same things (e.g. a spoon in Polish is "she" and a fork is "he", but in Italian it's the other way around). There is a reason for doing this trick in human languages: this artificial gender is used along with gender-specific personal pronouns and gender-specific endings of adjectives to let you know which one is connected to which. But this works as far as there aren't words with the same gender in the same sentence, so it has a limit anyway. That's why I don't introduced such pesky rules in Unicorn language. For matching adjectives with their nouns, and pronouns with the nouns they replace, other rules are used, which I'll describe some other time. Here's a table which summarizes these personal pronouns in the Unicorn Language: As you can see, they're very simple and regular. They're also short, so they can be bunched together or connected with other words (so called pronomial affixes). So they are much easier to use than in human languages and you should be able to learn them easily. Oh, I almost forgot: Here's the Unicorn-English dictionary I was speaking about previously, all with spelling and pronunciation, so you can hear how these words sound by clicking on them. The website is a work in progress. If anypony wants to help me with it (especially with the graphics design – it still begs for some cool banner), send me a private message. OK, let's call it enough for now. I'm curious how you see these ideas, so all comments and suggestions are welcome. Next time I'll answer your questions (if you have any), and I'll try to post some more stuff.
  19. So uh... I was going to post this in the "Post Your Collection" thread, but it's not really about my entire collection and it kind of turned into a crafting tutorial of sorts, so I think it fits better as a blog entry. Anywho, I've posted my current collection in the above mentioned thread, and if you've seen the pictures, you may have seen some MLP beach towels laying on a table. Well, that's not where I wanted them to be. I wanted to display them properly, but towels aren't like posters. You can't just hang them up on a wall, so I came up with a solution. For anyone else who has any of the MLP beach towels, if you've wondered how to display them, here is what I did. Basically, I have them attached to clips and hanging from wooden rods on my doors, kind of like tapestries. If you're interested in how I did it, see the instructions below: Things You Will Need (and where I got them) Small wooden dowel rod - $0.50~$1- Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Medium size binder clips - $1~$2 - Walmart Clothes hanger - $0 - My closet (or over-the-door hangers if you can find some that are the proper shape) Tools You May Need Needle-nose pliers Wire cutting pliers Razor knife Instructions Bend the clothes hanger straight. Start at one end and using a pair of needle-nose pliers, bend the hanger into the shape of a hook. Make sure it fits snugly over the top of the door and has a loop on the end just big enough to hold the wooden rod. Cut the hanger with the pliers (or wire cutters) once you have the desired length. Bend a tiny loop in the very end of the hook (opposite of the rod) so it won't scratch your door when you put it on or remove it. When you're done, it should look something like the the picture below. You'll need to make two hooks for each door. Measure the width of the door and cut the wooden rod just a bit shorter so if it slides a little, it won't catch the door frame. To cut the rod, lay it on a flat surface and using the razor knife, press the blade against it while rotating the rod to create a scoring line. After going all the way around, press deeper and rotate a few more times. Now, depending on the diameter of the rod, you should be able to break it off. Cut off any remaining splinters to make it smooth. Sand the edges if desired. When done, you should be able to hang the rod on the hooks like so, and you should be able to open and close your door. Attach binder clips to the towel and slide them onto the rod. Hang the rod on the hooks, and you're done! You can also use this same method to hang them on a wall. You'll just have to find a way to hang the rod, possibly by attaching a string to both ends and hanging it on a hook or nail.
  20. recently i decided to start making little songs on fl studio as a hobby, since i have always felt a thing for hip hop instrumentals. recently i decided to work on a song for a friend on his birthday, hoever, i have hit a kind of stagnation as not only dont know how to continue it and i dont have full knowledge on the thing. so mostly im asking for any tips, recommendations, tutorials etc on how to make the most of fl studio and what i have to follow to not screw up much. the beat in question
  21. Hi! I'm starting to draw ponies. I don't have any real knowledge about drawing, and my experience is limited to random doodles. I would appreciate feedback and guidance Advice like "Google tutorials" has gotten me this far. So I could do with a bit more detail. Or at least I think that's what I need. Some of you may have a better idea of what I need to practice (besides just practicing of course). These are literally the first ponies I have ever drawn
  22. Welcome! I posting this topic to (try) help future Fanfic writers. But the first thing: What is a Fanfic? "Fan fiction, or fanfiction (often abbreviated as fan fic, fanfic, or simply fic), is a broadly defined fan labor term for stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work's owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published. Due to these works' not being published, stories often contain a disclaimer stating that the creator of the work owns none of the original characters. Fan fiction is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe. Most fan fiction writers assume that their work is read primarily by other fans, and therefore tend to presume that their readers have knowledge of the canon universe (created by a professional writer) in which their works are based." - Wikipedia. A fanfic is a mere literary tale, made ??by fans for fans. Fans who share the same interests. Like a book, the fanfic tackles worlds and universes that you find interesting on your favorite show. But with a different course. If you are prepared to write a fanfic, read the tips below to orient yourself and put your hands on the dirty! 1- How to Plan Your Story: => Choice of Characters: The choice of characters seems to be an easy step to creating your first story, but I say it: is not. It is a difficult step, but it is easier than creating your own. The choice of characters already created from the show involves understanding their actions and their main characteristics to make a dialogue flow naturally as a beginning of a river. When choosing a character (or more), several questions have to be made ??to yourself to understand the character and what he has to offer in your story: "What he does?" "What are his wishes?" "He is funny or serious?" "What he likes?" "He is extremely shy or overtly extrovert?" "What makes him different from others?" "What are his fears?" "What he dislikes?" "What characteristics does he have?" All these issues are important to your character. They make you delve into his personality, life and relationships. I will make an example from Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie Pie is outgoing, and is always ready to make the others smile. Is always smiling and laughing. Her dialogues involves random and dynamic subjects as to confuse people. She loves to sing, no matter what kind of music she just wants to make other characters smile. Twilight Sparkle is smart and when it comes to Science and Magic she always takes note 10. She is lively when it comes to a subject of her interest. She is quiet, but if somepony annoy her, Twilight can be furious. Can we follow up with a short dialogue? An example follows below: - Example used from Sweet Twinkie Snapshots written by Burritos on FiMFiction and used with permission from the author. In this short we see how Pinkie Pie likes to be totally random and Twilight is her opposite, taking things seriously. Pinkie can be random and Twilight serious, but not make them bad characters. Demonstrate defects in them will make look more real, more alive. Everyone has defects, nobody is perfect. Is in these defects, and those qualities that make us unique. Just as the characters that you choose or that you create. => Character Creation: The first step in the creation of characters is something that we have played quite up there: people (or ponies with human personalities, and vice versa) has advantages, flaws and foibles; these three items are essential. If you feel more comfortable creating someone like you, go ahead! It's easier and saves a huge amount of time to create. But then comes the problem: If you put all your characteristics, will be left a very little to add in other characters. Ironically, it is much easier to create a good amount of characters if you take your characteristics and divide them equally. You are known for being stubborn, lack of innocence, be good with people, be outgoing, be adventurous, have a hothead and talking too much? Good! Means you can create seven different characters by using only those characteristics! If any of your friends have traits, for example, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and your story is a comedy, you have one of the things that will make readers laugh, just use without exaggeration. If your character does not have advantages, defects and fears, he/she will be considered a Mary Sue/Gary Stu. But what is a Mary Sue or a Gary Stu? A Mary Sue/Gary Stu Character is a character without any defects, fears, and in one word: Perfect. And that's bad, because anypony is perfect and YOU know that. So don't make your OC a perfect Pony. In the choice of Pony Breeds, we have these: Pegasus, Unicorn, Earth Ponies, and Alicorns. Remember these names, you will probably use these names on the story. Now with their characteristics: Pegasus: Many pegasus has the personality and the main characteristic of being impatient. With him, everything has to be fast, nothing to be slow! If something is not of his interest, he simply ignores it and runs away in search of something interesting to do. Unicorn: By using magic to any kind of personal affairs, are more known for being graceful and elegant creatures. Are not much of use brute force and prefer to stay with the "feet on the floor." Has a strong personality and express deliberately when tension appears or something goes wrong than planned. Earth Pony: Are more diligent in get what they want by being more "hand-in-mass" and not rely on wings or spells to do simple or complicated things for them. Are easily seen as ponies patients and very polite. But it varies from character to character. Alicorn: Their characteristics and personalities are somewhat mixed as it can have the patience of a Earth Pony and the impatience of a Pegasus. Define their characteristics and personalities; advantages and disadvantages; qualities and defects; are completely at your discretion. Created a character? Great, now do not take the essence of that for no reason! This error is stupidly common and condemns various stories. Has a timid and weak character? Don't do she/he extroverted and strong without any convincing explanation, or your readers will NOT accept so easily. => Setting: The location of the environment is not necessary to be that obvious; it can serve as a sort of mystery and sometimes, it is necessary that the reader does not even know where the character is. For example, a character was shot and woke while it was carried. It is obvious that you will describe everything he sees and every place wherever he goes, but it's not always good to talk about where he is, or the essence will be destroyed. The setting can be discovered along with the character, describing the few items or props that he sees in the present scenario. The style varies from author to author. => Time and Place in History: Not only is ideal to know the time when the story takes place, but also you should not commit slips towards it. If the story is passed only in Equestria, it becomes much easier, because of the past is very much like this in My Little Pony, except a few things like that 1000 years ago there was not Ponyville. The rest is completely free until they turn Canon (official) and it also depends on the willingness of the writer to actually be based on other thoughts of other writers. The rest is pure freedom. 2- Textual Organization: => Narration: Everything on the Fanfic depends of the narrator, the voice that tells your story. The narrator-character in 1st person account of the history of which he participates, as well as the narrator, as well as character. He has an intimate relationship with the other elements of the narrative. This proximity to the narrated world reveals facts and situations which a narrator outside could not know. At the same time, this same proximity makes the narrative is partially impregnated by the point of view of the narrator and the character. Example of character narrating: - Example take from Good Things Come by Greatodyer with permission from the author. In this example, the character describes what is around he and who is with him. The observer-narrator tells the story from the outside, in 3rd person, without participating in the character's actions. He knows all the facts and narrates with certain neutrality, presents the facts and characters without many emotions. Do not have intimate knowledge of the characters or the experienced actions. The verb tense (past or present) in the narration varies from author to author. Example of observer-narrator: - Example take from You Make My Whole Life Worthwhile by Steel Resolve. Take with permission from author. In this scene we see the description of events that took place in the past weeks between Pinkie, Fluttershy and Rarity. The narrator-God varies using the 3rd person to 1st person, there are narrative moments that describes the 3rd, as other 1st. This narrator knows all thoughts of all the characters, he knows where everything is happening as it is happening and why it is happening, and can show things that the characters do not have access, such as a trap later on. There is also the narrator who is there in the third person and is more like an "invisible" character. In this case what you do will be a description of what the characters are seeing and, depending on the occasion, you should do mystery and not say what they see. Example of narrator-God: - Example take from Long Road To Friendship by The Albinocorn on FiMFiction with permission from the author. Then would come one of the possible questions: What is the right narration? Simple: None of then. There is no "right narration" but there is an appropriate for each Fanfic you write. I, for example, used the "narrator-God" for my story "The End of Immortality". This narrator is the easiest of all, and for me, when it comes to new writers is the most recommended. As you know, it tells almost everything on the Fanfic and is easy. Even for me who is writing for two years still uses it! Why it is important narration and description in a Fanfic? One day, Fluttershy (member of the Sonic Rainboom Forum) commented on a topic of Rari3 something very simple, but very important: "Dialogues are good, thoughts are amazing and descriptions are what makes your Story. You have to remember that." You have to remember that, is what Fluttershy was talking about. You can't only have one of these in your Fanfic, you need to put all of these in your Fanfic. And then you have a good Fanfic. But now we going to final satge: 3- How to Start Writing: Now, without further ado, let's start planning your first story: => Visualization: Many say it is unnecessary to plan a Fanfic, but the lack of planning causes problems as: Unnecessary elongation of chapters: Because of not knowing how the chapters end, the writers get lost not knowing when you are finished creating chapters sometimes tiny, sometimes huge. Abandon of the story: there are writers who cannot write in an improvised way for a long time and there comes a time that they can't improvise, thus giving up and calling erroneously "Writer's Block". Planning is important to know precisely when and how the story will begin and end. No need to plan EVERYTHING that happens, but at least learn the basics of beginning, middle and end. Knowing the end, on the other hand, is REALLY necessary, or else the story will stretch and stretch... and stretch... until only a few readers keep reading, and most of these only come with the hope that the writer knows the end of it. => Originality Do not try to be SO original, even if it is REALLY original, is not enough to classify as a good story. The ideal is: you have a good idea, but you know how to develop it. I'm not saying to appeal to the cliche or anything, but should not find that a bad idea just because it has been used at other times. Whoever seeks perfectionism in writing, hardly goes anywhere. My Fanfic is Good?: Honestly? Who should say this is the writer himself to himself. If you not feel well with your story, give up because you will hardly get through what you really wanted it. Of course, do not need to find that his story is "The Best Stories Of All Time", but you have to like what you writting. You need to love it and use it as inspiration to continue working with it, without it you will not continue (you don't want to waste your time, right?). => Updates: Put in your mind that you should never set a date for an update, but not abandon Fanfic for a long time! Readers can go away and you do not want that! Always remember to write a little every day. 100 words or 200 is enough and at the end of the week you have 1400 words (if is 200)! See? It is not so bad! And never put it in front of your work, dating, and studies, the internet can wait, but not your life. Life first, then Ponies (though they are almost the same thing...). If the story is large and / or you take too long to write, it is good to let the reader warned. Update every two months, but if the reader does not have such information, will end up giving up for the slowness of the story, so do not forget: be honest and say that the interval between chapters is/can be great. Read these tips and have an idea in mind? Is confident of yourself and of the Fanfic? You with your hand itching to write? Put into practice and start! That's all folks! Hope it helped you! And I'm sorry for any mistakes, I'm brazilian (and the translator is garbage...). I hope you share your Stories here, I'll be very happy to read them!
  23. Hello there! I am Lady and I am new to drawing in general. I draw pretty colorful talking horses on my artsy arts tablet for six months now, and I've slowly been improving. I wanted to do this tutorial because I felt like people need a simple approach to arting and to draw a totally awesome sketch horse. I wanted to help the totally new people, and I hope this tutorial does. .3. If you think your horse looks bad by the end of the tutorial DO NOT WORRY because the more you art the better you'll become in time. Trust me on this. I've spent a whole year drawing on paper before I asked for my drawing tablet. :3 IF you have a mouse, you can follow this tutorial too! I'll show you how to make your lines look neat, don't worry!~ The program I am using for this tutorial is, all though I use paint tool sai for my arting. This is for totally new people! So because it's free to download anyways. is like paint tool sai and photoshop, but very simple and easy to use. It's a bit more advanced then MSpaint, but it's basically like MSpaint too but with layers! As you art more layers shall become your best friend. So make sure you use them a lot! <-Link to's official download site. Now let's get started! I am going to show you how you draw a pony head shot. Heads are bit easier to do because they need less circles. In order to draw a pony in general, you'll need to know how to draw either circles or really short ovals, and lines! Everybody knows how to draw those! What I first do this fill the 'background' layer with either a dark color if your using a light color for your sketching, or a light color if your using a dark color for you sketches. This helps because you can see your lines better this way! You don't need to use the same color, but I highly suggest to NOT use black or dark grey as a background color! You will not be able to see your lines well if you do. Trust me, I tired. :T If you use those colors and try to use a lighter color for the background, it'll become an eye sore and it'll hurt your eyes maybe, it happened to me. Now that you got started with your background, you see the 'layers' box? Click the 'add a new layer' button in the layers box, it's the first one on my left!(<---Left) then it'll open a new layer, layer 2. In layer 2, start drawing a circle in the middle of the canvas using the pencil tool, (the tool that looks like a pencil). You see? If you do your circles like this it's a good start! It doesn't need to be perfect! That circle is beautiful the way it is. X3 Now draw a line in the middle of that circle horizontally and vertically. Now, click the 'properties' button on the far right of the layers box, it's the last button there.(Right---->) Name the layer whatever you want, but go to 'opacity' and lower it. You lower it by using the little white tick and put it to below 100, this will fade the circle and any other lines you will do in that layer. Press 'OK' then make another layer. It should look like this, for me, I placed the opacity on 79, but don't make it below 10 or you wouldn't be able to see it at all. You need to be able to see your pretty circle after all! Ok, now we'll start sketching the pony! I'll be using my main mlp OC Possessed for this tutorial, but you can draw any mlp OC you want or even a character from the show if you like! I usually start with the ears first. So let's draw an ear! Make your pencil a different color(I'll be using black) and let's go sketch us an ear! Ears on mlp ponies look like footballs, at least half of a football. I started from the right side of the circle(-->Right!) and I went left(<---Left!) when I drew the ear. I stopped the ear somewhat into the circle, but not far. I then made an outline of the head of the pony until I reach the right side of the circle then I stopped. See? Looking good so far! Now let's draw a muzzle! Muzzles for stallions and mares are so different, huh? For stallions, a muzzle that looks like a rectangle is needed, but for a mare, they need to look like a bean. Since my OC is a mare, I will be drawing a mare's muzzle. :3 Now we shall draw the neck! For a headshot, it's fairly easy to do it. X3 Once we draw the neck we'll focus on the facial features, like eyes and the ear! Now for the eyes, the show draws them like ovals, and they cover most of the head. I draw my eyes in circles slightly away from the head, it's easier for ME that way. XD Now, that you got your basic pony reference done! You know the layer where you got your circle done? Click the blue check in the layers box, then the circle does a Houdini! Poof! Gone! Now this is the most super special awesome important part... Make your OC! Draw whatever you want! Make it an alicorn with sparkly rainbows! Or PinkiePie! Whatever! XD This is my first tutorial, so I hope you like it! :3 I drew everything myself, and this is how I draw ponies. If you need more help with or drawing ponies in general, here are a few tutorials that helped me out a lot! These are the pony tutorials that helped me out too! Please tell me how I did on this tutorial, and I hope it helps you out! Also, if you followed my tutorial show me the pretty horse you drew below pretty please. o3o I regret nothing!
  24. Hey guys. I've been trying to get into D&D out of curiosity. I'm good at making up stories on the fly, and I love games where I have to build it as I play. But... the rules could fill up a book that could put the bible to shame when it comes to shame. So, I was hoping there was someone who could help me out on the basics in making a character and playing the game. If you can help me, then PM so we can talk further.
  25. How to Make a MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Original Character / Fan Character That Doesn't Suck WARNING: Due to the nature of this thread (I'm teaching people how to make pony OC's, that's pretty frustrating), there is some swearing. But it's nothing too vulgar, like, I don't drop and f-bombs. Just, y'know. Be warned. PG-13 (or PG-12, I guess) Due to the mass outbreak of 'can you pretty plz help with oc' threads, I've decided to make a thread dedicated on how to make an OC that doesn't suck. Warning: This thread does give legit advice, but I wrote it in a style that is half informative, half me telling you guys my opinions on what to do in stuff that I would say in real life. Just... don't take offense to any opinion I say on this thread. No, this is not affiliated in any way with the Complete Guide for Signatures. I'm just stealing their format. And thread title. Hahaha, i'm so evil. But you can go check that thread out if you're feeling up to it, just remember that Shift's threads are superior threads. tl;dr; this thread is going to show you how to make the best damn oc ever 0. Table of Contents: USE F5 TO SEARCH FOR THAT SECTION! a1. What is an 'OC' / 'Original Character'? b1. How do I Make a Good OC? c1. Everyone Has to Start Somewhere: Species c2. List of Species d1. Gender e1. In the Grand Scheme of Things: Color Scheme (Awful Pun, Ain't It?) e4. Mane e5. Coat e6. Eyes e7. Other Body Markings f1. Mane + Tail g1. Cutie Mark h1. Additional Features h2. Accessories h3. Itty-Bitty Details i1. Rounding out Your Character: Personality + Backstory i2. Personality i3. Backstory j1. Naming your Pony k1. Using the Pony Creator l1. Helpful Websites that you People Might want to Use, I Dunno m1. FAQ a1. What is an 'OC' / Original Character? b1. How do I Make a Good OC? c1. Everyone Has to Start Somewhere: Species c2. List of Species d1. Gender e1. In the Grand Scheme of Things: Color Scheme (Awful Pun, Ain't It?) e2. Mane e3. Coat e4. Eyes e5. Other Body Markings f1. Mane + Tail g1. Cutie Mark h1. Additional Features h2. Accessories h3. Itty-Bitty Details i1. Rounding out Your Character: Personality + Backstory i1. Personality i2. Backstory j1. Naming your Pony k1. Using the Pony Creator l1. Helpful Websites that you People Might want to Use, I Dunno m1. FAQ Thread Edit History: Finally, this thread is done. Well, if you guys have any questions, comments, concerns, you can comment and i'll get back to you as quickly as possible. If you also need help with your OC, I can help too.