There seems to be an abundance of blogs that have a single character or small group of characters and do one-shot responses to questions. My problem with these is that they become very stale very quickly.
Friendship is Magic gets a lot of its strength from well-realized settings and characters. Most episodes reveal something new to us about a character or the universe and resolve it in a manner that gives us a sense of dynamism and development. The tumblr community seems to largely ignore this aspect of the show when writing its characters, opting for caricatures of the show ponies or dry OC’s and ponysonas.
Character based gags can be fun, but they’re also very simple to execute. Draw a funny face, a strange pose, maybe throw in a reference to the show every so often and you’re done. While this is all well and good in moderation, it’s disappointing to see so many talented artists draw the same character with the same cheap jokes ad nauseam. There’s also so many of these sorts of blogs out there that it’s becoming awfully dull in the tumblrverse.
There are lots of blogs or groups of blogs out there that are incredibly well thought out, building their own universes out of show canon. I commend these artists for taking MLP and making it their own. These are, by far, my favorite blogs. However, it seems for every Moonfall there are ninety-nine generic Pinkie Pie blogs talking endlessly about parties alone.
So, artists, I say to you: be creative! Extrapolate! Explore! Experiment! You have the entire world of pony to build on, why squander your creativity on easy chuckles and simple cuteness when you could construct your own version of Equestria? Tell me a story. Make me feel sympathy or animosity for your character. Make me feel like your character is more than simply .pngs or .jpgs you post on your blog. Give your character life.
Take the My Little Pony universe and turn it on its head.
I do this as well and I think it’s fine. I like simple, character-based funny stuff!
But it doesn’t mean I should always draw that. I’ll keep this post as a reminder to myself and others that we should all remember to challenge ourselves, have fun with what we do and don’t get afraid of new ideas and styles.