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Portend Pony by Bumblesweet Portend Pony by Bumblesweet
Wahoo! Well, be warned; here is my extremely lengthy write-up for Portend, my pony-design contest entry for :iconthe-lancastrian:'s "Portend" contest! I put a lot of thought into her, so it seemed a shame to not write any of that down! ;) So if you have a lot of time on your hands, here's a fun way to waste some of it!

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Name: "Portend"
Pictured: Non-display side, while glowing.
Pony base: A semi-see-through glitter G3 pony. (Hence, those silver triangles aren't paint, but are embedded into the plastic.)
Hair: Glow-in-the-dark and "Sour Apple Martini" (lime/neon green) nylon pony hair.
Paint: Airbrushed black paint/dye, purple dye/paint, glow-in-the-dark paint (for eye, which will glow green, as pictured.). One eye is painted brown, and the other blue; both are coated with glow-in-the-dark paint.
Misc: One glow-in-the-dark die; pictured is an eight-sided die, inscribed with various runes and symbols. Miscellaneous charms (especially moons and precious stones) woven into hair with black/dark brown thread.

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I had a lot of trouble coming up with a design for :iconthe-lancastrian:'s contest. She is an artist foremost, and often makes ponies that are more artistic than the typical Hasbro pony, elevating them into something more akin to studio art than customization. Since I typically come up with rather Hasbro-like designs, I wanted to come up with something a little boundary-pushing and thought-provoking, so that this pony might fit into :iconthe-lancastrian:'s preferred aesthetic.

In short: I wanted to make an artistically challenging pony, rather than a pony set after Hasbro's style. To do so, I delved into some of interesting subjects: dice, randomness, and the Renaissance idea of Fortuna, as they all relate to the word "portend."

"Portend" means to see or foretell the future; and yet, how certain is that future? One idea that has always been tied in with "future" is "fortune," and the flighty nature of it. In the Renaissance, fortune was depicted as a woman, called "Fortuna"; one side of her face was often depicted as that of a young, beautiful maiden, and the other as a horribly hideous hag. (To illustrate this on the pony, I have made her eyes two different colors: one brown, and the other blue. In the dark, however, they both glow a luminescent green.) Fortuna could alternately smile or frown on you, ruining or favoring the futures of mortals. Her moods were said to be as shifting as the moon's phases, inconstant and untrustworthy.

The non-display side of the pony clearly showcases one of the new elements I worked into the pony: the glowing die. Fortuna is often depicted with dice, symbols of chance and randomness. Due to the semi-transparent nature of the plastic and the symbols that cover one side of the pony, the number on the die is often uncertain or unclear. During the day, this die would be difficult to see, and prove quite galling to whoever might try their luck at portending their own future with it.

Come nightfall and the arrival of the moon, the die glows as brightly as a tiny celestial body, illuminating arcane scripts and runes inscribed on its surface. Can this tiny die truly offer insight into the future? Or is it as useless as the lucky charms and tiny trinkets that are woven into Portend's hair, offerings of wealth in return for good fortune? The answer is left up to the viewer, as vague as the symbols on the die.

Portend's display side (shown here: [link] )showcases how she would look in daytime, with her blue eye and celestial symbols displayed proudly. Her glowing die is muted to a dull white as it hides behind her painted cream, off-white and greenish-tinged symbols. Her moon symbol stands as a symbol of Fortuna's ever-changing disposition. Her hair is white, with the only green coloring provided by the streaks of "Sour Apple Martini" neon green hair throughout. (In the dark, the glowing hair will glow a similar green color, but the neon-green nylon will become dark.) Her legs are gradient dyed a darker purple, and then black, over-exaggerating the shadows falling in those areas not touched by the hair and symbol's luminescence.

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Phew! That was a pretty massive write-up! I hope all of my ideas came across clearly; I had a lot of ideas while working on this pony!
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KiraBree Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
A glowing die, that is a unique idea. Makes me want to create a dnd die pony. LOL or just a Die pony in general. Very nice though! I loved all the thought you put into it. And cute picture too!
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ZarineBashire Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She would definetly make a cute custom.
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Marbletoast Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooo, funky fun! I like the write up. The intro sounded particularly educated and insightful. :o And...dude...so she's got a little glowing die in her body? That's funky and weird! :D Yay!

Good luck!! ^_^ She's pretty and would be awesome to see in reality.
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Bumblesweet Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Ra-ther! ;) It all sounded so smart in my head, but then when it actually came to writing it down... Oops. XD I tried to condense a class I took on Fortuna in Music into one page; needless to say, it didn't work out the way I planned. XD

YES! Glowing die! :> I've always wanted glowing dice, LOL, there's a couple of sites that sell them. You could play in the dark! :heart:
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Marbletoast Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, sounded good to me. :XD: I have never heard of Fortuna, so. :o

Ha ha, cool. :P She would make a very bizarre character. "Dude! Your...kidney is glowing?"
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Bumblesweet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
OMGz! ;) Fortuna is pretty cool! (And she is, basically, the goddess of luck and fortune. Depending on the culture/mythos, she is also involved with the future? It depends. ;))

SHE WOULD. I always wondered how see-through glittery ponies would work in an RP. I mean... creepy. @_@ Are their organs ALSO glittery and see-through?! Would you see freaky shadows whenever she ate something?! URRRGH. D8 Horrible to think about. If THIS pony were a character, maybe she could just have... glowing symbols. >_> That shifted. And only showed up in the dark. AND WERE NOT ACTUALLY INSIDE HER EW.
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Marbletoast Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha, yes, transparent-ness doesn't work...well. >.>

I just made sparkle (and other transparent ponies) into ponies with glittery hair in their coats in my stories. Because....yes. Glittery oragans not so much for the win. @_@
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Bumblesweet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Yeah, I think that's what I did too. :O I think it was for the characters I put over on ... oh wow, Coconut Isle? Maaaan I haven't even LOOKED at that site in ages. @_@ Maybe I should consider taking them to TB, LOL!
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Marbletoast Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
By all means. I mean, eventually we will populate the entire island--together!
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Bumblesweet Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
IS TRUE, IS TRUE.

The only problem is, the GM is active even less than I am, and I feel bad for leaving. XD I mean, I'M barely around, too, so it's like. D8 Faaail!
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