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Offline Snapdragon

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Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« on: April 03, 2021, 01:00:13 AM »
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Meet Kelby, the Easter egg pony! Kelby is a gentle soul who loves art, tending to his garden, and all things spring! In the springtime, you’re likely to find him dying eggs, or setting up an egg hunt for his friends!

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Kelby was a fun experiment for me; I had done a few rounds on dying ponies, and I thought, you know what? I've done so many solid colors, I want to make some gradients. In fact I want ALL of the gradients! I did his original dye job back in April of 2020 at the start of the pandemic, and dying him felt very much like dying Easter eggs! Dipping just the end, or the side, to get fun stripes!

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Most of my ponies have the traditional pony themes, meaning that their symbol will reflect their name. For Kelby, I went for a more 'macro' symbol versus the 'micro'; instead of having an egg on his hip, his entire body represents an Easter egg! Many eggs have nice simple painted stripes, or little dots, so I went for both. And, since he's for my own collection, lots of little stars, because I love stars! I wanted his center stripe to have a very painted/handmade finish, so I made sure to include brush marks, instead of neatening it up. His eyes are original from HQG1C, but I added an extra highlight and glossed them. They just looked so nice on him!

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Kelby is a name I found while searching for springy names, it's Gaelic and it means 'farm by a spring,' or a fountain. Kelby was made on a HQG1C Frost base, and because his original hair is polypropylene, it doesn't take dye very well. But his mane took on a very light lavender tint from the final purple bath, and I couldn't bear to cut it off! His tail turned half-pastel, half-dark purple, so I swapped it out - and conveniently, one of my HQG1C purchases came with a free hank of blended nylon/saran hair, and it was exactly the right color to match his mane! Then I accidentally made his tail hole too big, so I had to use the entire hank to fill it in.

Painting wise, Kelby should have been one of my fastest ponies, but figuring out how I wanted to paint his symbol took months! He was finished in December 2020, and I saved him to post before Easter!

Bonus shot: Kelby with my only G1 Easter-ish merch, an egg cup I won in a giveaway! :heart:

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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2021, 01:29:01 AM »
Oh wow! He looks AMAZING! Dyeing ponies and dyeing eggs are pretty similar, right?
Staging the photos in the grass with the dandelions looks great. He really looks like he belongs in an Easter basket 🥰
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2021, 02:08:37 AM »
He's very lovely  :lovey:  The gradient dye job you did looks so soft and pretty and just right for easter, and I like how you added little symbols to his forehead, its just the perfect touch  :)
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2021, 03:18:52 AM »
He's gorgeous!!!
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 03:25:20 AM »
He's lovely! I like how his hair turned out actually.
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2021, 03:36:45 AM »
The dye job turned out great! He can turn up in my Easter basket anytime :)

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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2021, 05:50:49 AM »
Oh wow! So pretty! Hmm...perhaps I should finally purchase some HQG1C and try this dying thing out myself!
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2021, 12:31:01 AM »
ohh he's so handsome! Great shots too.
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2021, 07:03:17 PM »
I love his color gradient and his hair is perfect! <3
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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2021, 04:58:47 AM »
He is super cute!

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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2021, 04:27:20 PM »
Thank you so much for all of your kind comments, everyone! :heart: :hug: I'm glad you enjoyed him! Just for fun, here's the pic I posted on Easter, with my latest custom! She's getting posted next! :heart:

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Re: Kelby the Easter Egg Pony!
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2021, 06:57:36 PM »
Thank you so much for all of your kind comments, everyone! :heart: :hug: I'm glad you enjoyed him! Just for fun, here's the pic I posted on Easter, with my latest custom! She's getting posted next! :heart:

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I like how his hair looks like spun sugar/cotton candy! I didn't notice it so much in the above pics.

 

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