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As the name suggests, my OC is an alicorn. I do a lot of different stuff to make ponies. I'm mainly here to vector ponies, I use Ponsycape for that. I'm not the best, but I try. I do a lot in the community, thanks for reading this.

Vectoring (Ponies Mostly) and Graphic Design
Social Networking and Public Relations
(Paid IRL) Writer (both creatively and professionally)
Web Coder and General Techie
Photoshop & Photography
Poetry/Songwriting/Limited Composition

My original OC (My MLP OC by Archive-Alicorn) was drawn by :iconstarstuffs:

Smile Smile Smile Stamp by McNikk Brony Music Stamp (Octavia) by McNikk I Support Brony Rights by Sooraya-in-a-Hat Toleratin' stamp by Sonic-chaos Brony Stamp by Phantosanucca Creative Commons Stamp by surajsharma Atheist Stamp by StampMeisters 'science' stamp by streamline69 Late... by prosaix Creationism... by Guyverman Transgender Stamp by sunbirds Pansexual Stamp by sunbirds Liberal Socialist by roguebfl Pro-Choice not Pro-Abortion by cunfuzzled4ever Pro-Gun Control by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me Stamp: Gay Rights by RogueDerek Conservapedia is BULLSHIT by kuchinawa :thumb204184346: Stamp: Not Unamerican, Idiot. by 8manderz8 Stamp: Tough Questions by 8manderz8


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Ponyhoof Team Vector Squad
Twitter is updating their UI (user interface) slowly and surely. The next update that is coming soon is a completely revamped profile page. (Currently you can get it, but it is opt-in, and you can opt-out if you don't like it... for now.) Eventually this will become the default, required profile page design of all of Twitter. (An example of this at 1024px wide is below.) Kinda reminds you of Facebook doesn't it?

Twitter Example 1024 by Archive-Alicorn

For any of you who are designers for yourself or a group with a social media presence, you know what this means: redesign time. This entails making sure your former design works for the new layout, and, if not, redoing all or part of it to make it work. Here are some helpful bits to make your life a little easier:

Profile Pictures & Icons:

(all measurements are squares)

"Recommended dimensions for profile photos are 400x400 pixels."
  • Profile Pictures: 200px or 400px from 400px file, Border Radius: 8 px
  • Notifications Page & Timeline: 48px or 73px from 73px file, Border Radius 5px
  • Followers You Know & Who To Follow: 48px from 48px file, Border Radius: 4px
  • Post Avatar: 24px or 48px from 48px file, Border Radius: 3px
  • Make sure your icon looks good at all resolutions. Border radii provided to help you know where the cutoffs are.


"Recommended dimensions for header photos are 1500x500 pixels."
Honestly, this is a very bad recommendation. Why? Twitter's responsive design. Twitter's current design scales the header image between 1024 and 1800. For those who didn't know, they scaled an image to greater than its native resolution. Scaling a big image smaller usually keeps quality, but scaling a smaller image bigger causes quality to drop like a rock. Unfortunately, twitter's system doesn't give you much choice, larger images are automatically scaled down.

My recommendation? Use 1900 x 500 for header size design. At this resolution, Twitter will just chop off 200px from each left/right end cap, but if and when it ever wises up to this crappy design fact, you'll have a resolution-ready image to use for design without having to create 200px of space on both ends. And honestly, most graphic programs allows you to export a part of project anyway to image, not just the whole thing.

Second main thing you need to take into account is the responsiveness of Twitter's design. Something viewable at higher resolution might very well disappear behind the profile image at lower resolution. Compare the two examples below, the one on the left is 1024px width, the one on the right is 1920px width.
Twitter Example 1024 by Archive-Alicorn Twitter Example 1920 by Archive-Alicorn

As such, design accordingly. Any text, logos, or other must-see content listed in the header must be visible for both resolutions.

To make it easier, I've also designed a template for the new Twitter headers in both png and svg. {Link}
(Details for using it are also at the link.)

Link Images:

If you're a person who runs a blog or website that has integration with a plugin or open graph, it's important you also make sure the images you tell twitter to use for article links are the correct size. Don't know what I'm talking about? Most major websites and blog frameworks have parts which tell them to use a specific image for either the whole website or a specific article if someone links them on twitter. (See example image below.)

Twitter Link Post Example by Archive-Alicorn

Those images are always displayed at 120px squares with no border radius.

Image Tweets:

Images are another large part of Twitter, and while you can pop them open to view full size, it is also important to take into account that unopened, photos on profiles appear at 588px x 294px. Images are centered and then cut off for the image preview view.

Twitter Photo Tweet Example by Archive-Alicorn

So, I hope all of this helps all your designers who have to cope with the changes in social media sites!

:iconarchive-alicorn: Archive-Alicorn

P.s. You might notice I don't have anything for Who To Follow or Trends. I use a user stylesheet using Stylish on Firefox to remove that for myself. You can find that particular style here.
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  • Eating: Granola Bar

{Applications Currently Closed}

Tpt by Archive-Alicorn

Popular Facebook MLP theme/mod Ponyhoof is looking for skilled vector artists to join its Vector Squad!

  • Be a competent vector artist who can produce MLP show-style vectors using Inkscape/Ponyscape, Adobe Illustrator, or Photoshop.
  • Be willing to take constructive criticism or direction.
  • Be reliable.
  • Have both a Facebook account and use Ponyhoof
  • Be willing to have your vectors released under a minimum of a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 License (you can make it freer if you want)


  • Produce vectors of various MLP character poses (Mane Six to background ponies), by either:
    • Vectoring them yourself, or
    • Improving a vector with svg/ai publicly available to a higher standard
  • Helping the Art Manager find vectors already existing (to reduce load on the team)
  • Help out with Ponyhoof theme designs and give advice to the Art Manager and/or Developer regarding design
  • Perform your responsibilities for Ponyhoof, and possibly other projects by The Ponyhoof Team, like HoofSounds, whether current or future.


  • Having your vectors featured on the largest Facebook MLP theme/mod with over 100,000 users!
  • Being able to call yourself a member of the Ponyhoof Vector Squad, and a Vector Squad badge to put on your dA profile
  • Recognition in the Ponyhoof credits as both part of the team and links to your profile for individual vectors
  • Helping to bring something fun to life and improve people's daily experiences on the internet
  • Improve your skills with other experienced vector artists.
  • Being awesome of course.

We can only accept a finite amount of members on the Vector Squad.

{When applications are closed, the form and this journal will be updated to read as such.}

Interested? Apply Here: {Applications Closed}

Application Note: This position is wholly unpaid. This initial application will be gathered and entrants examined. Those we see with the most potential and skill be individually interviewed in a second round privately. You have no guarantee of making it to the second round.

Equality Note: The Ponyhoof Team doesn't care about age, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military status, best pony. or all that jazz. We don't discriminate. Also, don't be scared if you're not a "popular" vector artist. All applications will be considered evenly.

~ :iconarchive-alicorn: Archive-Alicorn (Ponyhoof Art Manager)

  • Mood: Optimism
Making some pretty large switch-ups. Some of them affect you, my watchers, so I thought I'd let you know.
  • I have deleted my YouTube. As such there will no longer be any vector time-lapses and the old ones have been deleted as well.
  • I don't have the capability to livestream with my F-grade internet I have and will have for the foreseeable future. So they don't happen.
  • I'm actively a moderator or admin for five different dA groups. They take up my time, sorry.
  • Also I am Art Manager for The Ponyhoof Team, which makes massive Facebook pony mod Ponyhoof and brony browser radio browser extension HoofSounds. It takes up my time too.

This journal covers brony fan animations Snowdrop and Double Rainboom. If you haven't seen either yet there are a few SPOILERS! (As of a few months ago, Zachary Rich took down Double Rainboom from YouTube, as such there is no longer an official link to it, but you should be able to find mirrors to it if you search.)

Since Snowdrop aired first and is smaller, the article is formatted with a Snowdrop then Double Rainboom formatting.

:bulletblue: Snowdrop is a 15-minute piece self-touted as a "short film". It was produced by Silly Filly Studios by a crew of 24* (9 VAs, 5 Animators, 8 Artists/Vectorers, and 2 Musicians/Sound Technicians,) not including translators. It premiered on BronyState March 21st, 2013.

:bulletgreen: Double Rainboom is a 30-minute piece self-touted as the "first fan-made episode". It was produced by FlamingoRich based at the Savannah College of Art and Design with a crew of 105* (2 Directors, 40 Animators, 7 Storyboard Artists, 27 Background Artists, 10 Effects Artists, 5 Puppeteers, 4 Musicians/Sound Technicians, and 10 VAs.) It premiered on the Everfree Network March 30th, 2013.

*Listed on official release credits, crew lists, etc.

General Review & Description

Snowdrop is set in the sky of Equestria with pegasus ponies during the winter season in the time period before Luna had been banished from the moon, but only just before. As such clouds, wisps, stars, and sky are very much present, as well as many blue and white tones. Ground is never shown past the opening narrated scene that merely sets the mood.

It contains all original character design for the main story, using canon characters only for only the opening scene, with exception of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. This gave it an immediate boost in my opinion. The voice talent was superb, especially on the account of Meredith Sims on the lead role of Snowdrop and Kira Buckland (Rina-chan) as Snowdrop's mother Primrose. The background characters were also voiced well too for their brief parts.

The animation was fantastic, despite a few errors. While DHX studios makes many more errors on the official MLP:FiM, the errors in Snowdrop were more pronounced, especially if you watched it in the BronyState stream, but getting the HD version on YouTube minimized a good lot of those errors, which I believe were magnified by the lower resolution quality loss. Still most who aren't looking for errors won't notice them at all.

Music and sound, for being covered by only two people, was exceptional. It really tied the show together and brought the emotional element (the "feels") much stronger than many things I've seen. Snowdrop had some degree of scoring as well, with an official soundtrack longer than the film itself.

What set this overall was the gorgeous art behind the animation. If you notice, artists outnumber the animators; it definitely shows. A heavy degree of the artwork also was original or referenced original. Being set in the winter season, blue, white, and teal hues dominate most generally. Incorporating such similar but different colors successfully increases the rating in my opinion.

Overall it is important to realize that Snowdrop isn't a comedy or slice-of-life film, it's an emotional piece that is one part a feel-good and another part tragedy. That fusion personally found to be very powerful in the medium and story they told. Story-wise it wasn't rushed, but smooth, wonderful considering it covers a story with over 1000 years time difference in parts. In fact, getting used to the opening I found myself a little impatient as general MLP:FiM episodes come at you fast (especially concerning Season 3,) and required time to slow myself down. This is not to say that it's too slow, but in fact perfect for the story they tell, it was just a little unexpected.

Moreover, Snowdrop explores a character attribute never seen before in the MLP:FiM canon, blindness. The closest thing to it would be the cross-eyed Derpy Hooves. I only realized this halfway through and it hit me in the chest. The character of Snowdrop is so cute and well-spoken that I seemed to have overlooked the blindness. Including and pulling off just that element alone gives it a few points in the difficulty category.

Final Ratings (10 point scale):
Animation: 9 | Music: 9 |  Art: 9.5 | Voice Acting: 8.5 | Story: 7.5 | Originality: 9
Fan-Made Rating: Superb | Storytelling Difficulty: Medium-Hard | Overall Rating**: 9 of 10

Double Rainboom
Double Rainboom is set in classic Ponyville at about the canon time in history (minus Twlight's wings and royalty). The big monkey wrench in all of this that nobody saw coming was there wasn't one main setting but two. The second, subordinate setting is in the different universe of the Powerpuff Girls (Townsville).

This point makes Double Rainboom less of the over-published tagline "the first full-length fan-made episode" and more "the first full-length fan-made crossover animation". In fact, the background of some of the earlier Equestria-based scenes has hints of this impending Powerpuff transition (most specifically Twilight's imagined super-Rarity scenario, where many of the pony dresses that pop up briefly are Powerpuff characters).

The characters are not original to the film, all characters in it are canon to either MLP:FiM or Powerpuff Girls (and a brief extra at the end). However, the personalities of those already set characters were pretty well matched up. I found the best voice and demeanor for characters were Scootaloo and Pinkie Pie, voiced by Brittney Lauda (BreeFaith), and Bubbles, voiced by Eileen Montgomery (EileMonty). Overall, voice acting was doing very well all around.

The animation was very varied, not just across the crossover gap, but in type. Certain elements, such as Twilight Sparkle's scientific apparatus, are very well done and I liked them a lot. Other parts of the poses were much more diverse in type, but that led to some degradations in quality. The biggest gap is between the effects and the animation. While the rainbooms, magic, and general effects were spectacular, they often contrasted and made the baseline animation appear worse. It also appeared that they broke from show style quite often and had outlines that were thinner than should've been on the ponies.

Double Rainboom was scored and full of audio, which had extremely good quality, and was a powerhouse combination of David Larsen, Andrew Stein (Mandopony), and Robert Knorr (RobBob). Almost everything has some degree of background music in addition to the foley-type sounds. It is probably the best-done part of the film.

Art quality is hard to judge because it wasn't as much original for most of the film. Double Rainboom, being episode-like, is limited to emulating the official show style and settings, which they did to a certain degree of higher quality. Because it was emulation, Double Rainboom loses points some art points but gains a few back incorporating the crossover styles which it emulated.

One of the biggest things to note that overall Double Rainboom was thoroughly a fandom product and that's evident. An incomplete listing the fan service within the film: Derpy Hooves and the muffin at cafe scene, Scootaloo's "Adopt a Chicken" gag, Berry Punch's wine store, Doctor Whooves and Derpy, Best Pony and 20% Cooler references when Rainbow Dash bounces around town, Pinkie Pie breaking the fourth wall, Dan, EQD and welovefine billboards, background Tardis of Dr. Who fame, and numerous other animation allusions to count. Some things were in the background in good taste, such as the face on the moon. This is to be expected being a long bit, but honestly putting almost every fandom bit/gag in there doesn't count for creativity. If the agreement for permission with Hasbro didn't most likely include a non-violent clause, we probably could've expected a poster in the background advertising a rainbow factory or putting Fluttershy near or in a shed. Originally it was going to be a normal 22 minute episode, they lengthened it to the degradation of the film. Many things took way to long than they should've and many things that should've been longer were short.

Final Ratings (10 point scale):
Animation: 8 | Music: 9.5 |  Art: 7.5 | Voice Acting: 8.5 | Story: 5.5 | Originality: 5
Fan-Made Rating: Superb | Storytelling Difficulty: Moderate | Overall Rating**: 8 of 10

I'd also like to point out there is an unofficial fan-edit of Double Rainboom cutting it down from 30min to 22min traditional show style. I personally think it improves a lot of the gaps and makes it more fluid. If certain things put you off about the original cut, while this is somewhat rough, it might help your being put off.

**On this scale, which is weighted for fan-made animation, an official MLP:FiM episode would score at least a 15 and the best scoring 20+. The average MLP:FiM episode would rank 15 in animation, 14 in music, 18 in art, and 19 in voice acting.


Since they released so close together, are virtually unique of their kind, and it might be beneficial to future animations, A compare/contrast of both Snowdrop and Double Rainboom seemed useful. While the opinions may result in controversy, they are mine alone and I ask you don't disregard my points completely just because you disagree with the conclusions.

With only 5 official animators and some help from the Series of Informal Animators, what the Snowdrop team produced was better on a quality per animator basis. In fact, compared to animation style, errors, and implementation, the Snowdrop team produced a higher quality animation. Part of this might be because a smaller team allows more direct quality control, which the large Double Rainboom team would lack.

Double Rainboom did have the advantage in types of animation. Many more different animators allowed varying styles to be incorporated, with traditional MLP:FiM style, micropony style, and Powerpuff Girls style being used. In the animation, the DRB team seemed much more interested in adding in fandom references, inside jokes, and easter eggs compared to the Snowdrop team who has very little of this going on. Then again that fits more to the comedic adrenaline style of DRB, versus the emotional, somber style of Snowdrop.

Effects-wise, Double Rainboom and Snowdrop tied. Snowdrop used not as many effects while Double Rainboom used a ton. The few Snowdrop effects were extremely nuanced and well-implemented; the vast Double Rainboom assortment included some take-your-breath-away effects such as the rainbooms, to some effects not well done like Twilight's teleportation.

Animation Conclusion: The more quality-based animation fan probably will prefer Snowdrop while the more variety-based animation fan will prefer Double Rainboom.

Both Snowdrop and Double Rainboom excelled in the musical category. Snowdrop's bell, string, and piano score interwove perfectly with the wintry, emotional atmosphere. Double Rainboom's powerhouse musical crew scored it wonderfully, giving it a wide range of instruments with very nuanced control of volume, pan, and effects for every and all occasions within the film; a shot of adrenaline when needed, an emotional pang if required.

Since they were both so exceptional and purposed for different emotional ends it is hard to compare them. You can compare them however in noting that while both are fantastic, Double Rainboom does have music for almost every little thing and has a variety of sounds, while Snowdrop's score is very similar-sounding and flows into and out of itself.

Music Conclusion: Viewers wanting diverse music that is very finessed will like Double Rainboom while those looking for simpler, more emotionally moving soft music will prefer Snowdrop.

Assessing art is tricky between these two. Snowdrop is almost all original art referencing the MLP:FiM style. Double Rainboom on the other side is direct setting emulation and has more individual elements to pay attention to. Based in originality, Snowdrop automatically gets huge points for that. Double Rainboom likewise gets bonus points but not for originality but for emulation of three different varieties of animation.

Just assessing art quality is difficult because of this fact but noting Double Rainboom emulates Powerpuff Girls animation style better than it emulated official MLP:FiM show style. Snowdrop's original character design put it into a whole new boundary. There are also fewer flaws in Snowdrop art than Double Rainboom art. The static posters advertising both films are wonderful, but Snowdrop's banners look like the actual in practice animation, while Double Rainboom's vary quite significantly.

Art Conclusion: Those looking for art set pretty much in Ponyville will probably prefer Double Rainboom while those wanting more original, creative (and honestly higher quality) art will probably prefer Snowdrop.

Voice Acting
Voice acting, surprisingly is easier to assess for comparison. Officially, both Snowdrop and Double Rainboom have the same number of voice actors. Considering the much more expansive universe, more characters shown, and so forth, Double Rainboom does have less voice actors per space. Basically it's not very diverse in that aspect, which is interesting considering how diverse it was in other areas. Snowdrop featured background characters talking, as well as the main and supporting characters, while Double Rainboom had none of that.

One fact I particularly liked about Snowdrop was though they weren't prominent, they did have more male voices for characters. Both films have a pro and con for their format. Snowdrop's originality allows it to create characters, so it has no objective line (besides Celestia and Luna) to measure against but also makes it have to create good characters. Likewise, Double Rainboom has a benefit and restriction being that since they are emulating existing characters, they have a successful character to base themselves off of, but the difficulty of reproducing those characters.

Voice Acting Conclusion: Those wanting the thrill of new characters will love Snowdrop while those wanting to hear their favorite existing characters will prefer Double Rainboom.

Note: Kira Buckland (Rina-chan), Meredith Sims, and Emily Koch had voice roles in both features.

Overwhelming the originality of both new characters and storylines in Snowdrop is apparent. Double Rainboom really has only its storyline to draw from and not much else. The general storyline in Snowdrop can be seen as cookie cutter as Double Rainboom. Snowdrop uses the classic underdog with special ability does something awesome for everyone storyline, while Double Rainboom used the equally classic protagonist does something they're not supposed to, causes havok, ends up in trouble, and learns their lesson storyline.

To compare the two you have to use a couple perspectives. Breaking the 4th Wall is a very common fandom plotline, while power-boosting items or potions is canon MLP. This would make Double Rainboom more generic or fan-based. The idea that an individual would create the first snowflakes on the other hand is highly inventive. In fact it's almost mythology-level storyline.

Personally since hearing Twilight referring to the potion as a talent enhancer I basically knew the entire plotline, just didn't know about the brief 4th Wall excursion. Similarly, I had some concept of that after the introduction of Snowdrop (not as much, but some), yet the way the story unpacked itself was much more story-like than Double Rainboom for me. Furthermore, Snowdrop was very emotionally-involving while Double Rainboom was more light-hearted, attempted adrenaline rush.

Story Conclusion: Snowdrop is there for those who want an emotionally-demanding story with a ton of original elements you haven't seen, while Double Rainboom is there to put your favorite characters in a fandom-based, easy-going plotline.

Snowdrop is a  highly-engaging, emotionally-involving piece that was animated to high quality with tons of originality. It explores new areas never seen before in pony animation or the MLP canon. Highly artistic and independent, Silly Filly Studios's Snowdrop is a fantastic fan animation!

Double Rainboom is a highly-diverse, universe-bending crossover animation animated to a high quality in general but lacking focus on MLP:FiM canon show style. It has allowed many to learn how to animate, given many more the tools to animate, and provided a couple laughs and intriguing parts to it while allowing so many to contribute. Fusing elements of various animation styles, Zachary Rich's Double Rainboom is a quick whirlwind journey through a double rainboom of variety.

Now which is the best?

Honestly, that's a question only an individual viewer can decide for themselves. What is seen above is merely my perspective and opinion. If you're wondering which I thought was better, and haven't figured it out yet, I do think that Snowdrop is a genuinely better piece. You should take that into account, that as objective as i tried to be, I was slanted a little towards Snowdrop.

I recommend you watch both, and analyze it with your emotions, your eyes, and your head. If your conclusion is they're both fantastic? Great. One's better than another? Fine. They both aren't to your liking? Acceptable opinion. Just remember to at least have a reason for your opinions and have a great time keeping calm and ponying on.

:iconarchive-alicorn: Archive-Alicorn
  • Listening to: Ponies
  • Watching: Ponies
I tend to complete my current vectoring queue when I can, per your poll responses, and also based on my priority ranking. Check back regularly to see what I'm working on.

Note: Queue is full of planned vector projects. Other projects like a random OC or pose might just happen and not be on queue.

Vectoring Queue

Short-Term Projects
  • Work on S4 vectors
  • Finish Project for :iconzestyoranges:

Long-Term Projects
  • n/a

As Time/Situation Allows
  • As Time Allows: Vector Survey Vectors (2/3 remain)
  • Something for :iconpurpletinker:
  • Fan Fic Cover Art for :iconchaoticharmonymlp:
  • Do Something of :iconfeather-ponyart: feather-ponyart
  • Brony Musician Project for :iconponyeveningstar:

Idea Pool

I use this to think about unique idea for vectors.
(send me ideas, I might add them!)
If you have ideas you can post them here
  • Woonacopter
  • Link Cannon
  • 7-Zip Pony
  • Something Alicorn filly

  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Clarity (Assertive Remix) - Zedd (ft. Foxes)

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diggledagger Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
also yay another transgender pony fan! /)(\
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cartoonfan22 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Thanks for the Llama. :D
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TheCngStarfoxTeam Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thax For The Llama :D
Laszl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Thanks For The Llama Emote 
Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the llama:D (Big Grin) 
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