Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Horse crazy

I've been horse crazy for as long as I can remember. As soon as I could hold a crayon, I was drawing horses/unicorns/pegasus/ and pretty much anything equine related. I begged my parents EVERY year for a horse or pony for Christmas, and when I was finally old enough, I started taking lessons with a girlfriend at a local barn. I've been at my barn ever since, going on 12 years now, and I haven't looked back or regretted a minute of my stay there. Riding (and drawing) have kept me out of trouble and made me a responsible, hard-working, "contributing member of society" as my mom would say. After a few years of taking lessons, I started to half-lease a charming little Arabian and eventually fell head over heels for him. I bought my horse almost 8 years ago and we've been through a lot together. He's taught me a great deal about riding, and being a responsible person in general. I've taught him not to be so pig-headed lol.. and I'm pretty sure we've both made each other's lives exponentially better.

Shaved skulls for the Halloween costume contest this year :)

This past weekend, my folks found a bin of my old drawings in the garage, and I started thinking about what makes me "ME". A huge part of my childhood revolved around drawing and cartoons. Of course, one of the most prolific shows for me was My Little Pony. I still have a stack of VHS tapes under my TV and watch the old episodes every once in awhile. I was pretty stoked to hear that Lauren Faust was re-vamping my old childhood favorite, and had hoped it would be as charming as the original. After watching the whole first season (and consequently, memorizing the theme song and having it stuck in my head), I was thrilled to see that she'd not only re-designed the ponies in a VERY appealing way, but the stories are incredible and the look of the show is stunning. Lauren and the Hub team did a beautiful job with this new version, and I'm not surprised in the least that it's winning awards all over the place. I'm glad my ponies are back and you can bet I'll be glued to the TV for the next season :)

Here are a few ponies I'd been drawing over winter break. They're off-model, but I'm going to keep trying :)


Jennifer Harlow said...

Aww, these are awesome! :) Pham must be quite proud to have been apart that skull-tastic original.


Daron Leah Nefcy said...

PONIES!!!!! and I love the horse skulls!

LFW said...

these are great MLP drawings, I hope you realise your childhood dream dood

cheers to you and your skill


Robin Hall said...

Haha, those skulls are ridiculous and awesome all at once. I'm going to send the picture on to my sister, she's got a little fjord horse and would get a kick out of this :)

UM said...

Your drawings are wonderful to look at, Kristen. So much character and appeal. Refreshing...