|My Little Pony's beloved Derpy Hooves enjoys her official Smarty Pants plushie doll, complete with falling hair, which came in the bargain Fukubukuro grab bag she bought on New Year's Day. Her daughter Dinky, however, is confused.|
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Birthdate: March 5, 1970 (Yes, I'm really that old)
Hometown: Whittier, California
Lives in: Honolulu, Hawaii
BlueBuddies: Richrod Smurf
Who I am and what I do
I am a cartoonist, graphic artist, web designer and web app developer born and raised in the Los Angeles area. I have been drawing pretty much my entire life. I also sing, improvise on keyboards and percussion, write, and compose little songs on my laptop.
I am in my third semester of a graduate program in communications at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. This has been the biggest move of my entire life, leaving behind everything I've known in Southern California and the American mainland for college in the middle of the Pacific. But I have chosen this path to ultimately start a new career in media writing or public relations. And what a better place to study than in paradise?
What the hell am I doing on DeviantArt?
Original Characters: Ricki Lee & Tony, Alpha Girl, Javier the Sloth. Yes, a sloth.
The Smurfs: Overwhelmingly my all-time most popular deviations. Specializing in Smurfette and Vexy having fun as sisters and best friends. Also in Grouchy and Vexy as a couple, aka "Grexy"; Smurfette as the assistant leader of Smurf Village; the Smurflings adopting Vexy as their own "smurfy aunty"; including OC's from other Deviants with the official Smurfs. Deviants continue to discover and fave them.
My Little Pony: Two of a Kind - The ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic together in Ponyville with their human counterparts from the spinoff series My Little Pony: Equestria Girls in a combined universe centered around Princess Twilight Sparkle as a Friendship Studies teacher at Canterlot High School. To my delight, these crossovers have been well received by bronies all over the MLP fandom.
Crossovers: Intermixing the Smurfs, My Little Pony and my OC's.
Faith and volunteering
I am a Christian and worship at Calvary Chapel Downtown, a small church few blocks up the street from my school. Through Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California I went on a relief trip to New Jersey in February 2013 to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy clean out and rebuild their homes.
Since moving to Honolulu, I have begun volunteering at an after-school program run by City Church Honolulu for children in public housing, teaching them how to draw the Smurfs, My Little Pony, cartoon animals and other characters.
Other Pursuits, Interests and Favorite Ways of Wasting My Time
Twice a month I participate in Comic Jam Hawaii, a Facebook group of local artists that meets at Pearlridge Center in Aiea, Hawaii to draw, collaborate and share our artwork with the local community. I am the only Smurf and My Little Pony artist in the group so far, and MLP fans tend to crowd around me to see my pony drawings.
What motivates my deviations?
I try to keep my artwork and deviations lighthearted, warm and friendly. I love puns, malapropisms, wordplay and dry, deadpan Maud Pie-style humor. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I've grown tired of the sarcasm and viciousness that dominates most animated shows on Cartoon Network, Nick and Fox. I used to love that type of humor, but it gets old after a while. Occasionally I deal with serious subjects, such as grief and guilt in my Smurf fan comic "Remembering Squeaky", but even then I keep it gentle and kind.
I am humbled and encouraged that deviants of all ages and backgrounds around the world are following my works and are among my biggest cheerleaders, including my goals for returning to college.