Hi there. Sorry for not posting much recently. Real life has been busy, productive, but busy.
This is not related to my Equestria dreamscape , but it is because of the efforts of the Lauren Faust, Hasbro and staff at places like DHX that Friendship is Magic exist at all.
One of the things that I think has contributed to popularity of the show is communication that crew has had with the fans of the show. I can not think of a television show that its fans have such a feeling of contact with the people involved in the actual production. Not just the lead actor, actress or director, but the people down in the trenches who's work is usually only talked about by other people who work in the same industry.
Here is a quick test. Think of the name the lead storyboard artist, song writer, musical composer, or script writers from any other US market animated program. I do not work in the business but I still have had a strong interest in the animation market and process. However except for a couple cases I can not name anyone from most of the programs I have enjoyed. However with FIM I not only know the names of many on the staff, but I have had enjoyed not only reading their thoughts about the show, but also how they have interacted with the fans.
Admittedly I believe that one thing that has contributed to the success in the show, has been that it came out at moment when technology, social customs made this communication acceptable and possible. Would the cast and crew of the original Star Trek series tweeted their fans in 1967? If Deviant Art existed in 1977 would it had the same interaction with crew of Star Wars and its fan. For that matter what if something like Equestria Daily had existed in the 1980's would it have had allowed the original My Little Pony series to have experienced the same level of fan involvement?
Yes there has been Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction, clubs and art since the very beginning of the properties. And fanzine publication in print, and BBS and fan news groups have existed since the early days of the net. But I believe that FIM has benefited from social media in ways that many earlier properties have not.
Okay enough with technology punditry. The whole reason for this post. One of the storyboard artist for FIM is Sabrina Alberghetti, who goes by Sibsy
. Sibsy has her own pony avatar Wild Fire who is now an official background canon character in FIM [link]
. These are a couple sketches of her character that I did. Keep up the good work Sibsy!