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Ready to Shred, Dashie? (Alternate Color) by NewportMuse Ready to Shred, Dashie? (Alternate Color) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 5 1 Ready To Shred, Dashie? (Color) by NewportMuse Ready To Shred, Dashie? (Color) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 6 0 A Royal Problem of a Tea Party by NewportMuse A Royal Problem of a Tea Party :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 8 1 Ready To Shred, Dashie? by NewportMuse Ready To Shred, Dashie? :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0 Starlight Glimmer Wants Hugs by NewportMuse Starlight Glimmer Wants Hugs :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 4 5 Commission: Ponyville Lucha Libre by NewportMuse Commission: Ponyville Lucha Libre :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 11 3 First Aide (My Little Pony fanfic) - Page 2 by NewportMuse First Aide (My Little Pony fanfic) - Page 2 :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0 First Aide (My Little Pony fanfic) - Page 1 by NewportMuse First Aide (My Little Pony fanfic) - Page 1 :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 3 0 They're Not From Here by NewportMuse They're Not From Here :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 2 0 ITADAKIMASU! (or INCOMING!) by NewportMuse ITADAKIMASU! (or INCOMING!) :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 4 1 First Look: The Royal Sisters In Hawaii by NewportMuse First Look: The Royal Sisters In Hawaii :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 5 0 Students of Friendship by NewportMuse Students of Friendship :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 16 5 Smurf Melody And Michigan J. Frog by NewportMuse Smurf Melody And Michigan J. Frog :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 11 8 The Starlight Glimmer We Love by NewportMuse The Starlight Glimmer We Love :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 22 9 Magic Makes It All Complete by NewportMuse Magic Makes It All Complete :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 7 0 Batmare and Chicken by NewportMuse Batmare and Chicken :iconnewportmuse:NewportMuse 6 5


Dashie's family by Vector-Brony Dashie's family :iconvector-brony:Vector-Brony 513 32 Commission: Rapunzel and Twi by Celebi-Yoshi Commission: Rapunzel and Twi :iconcelebi-yoshi:Celebi-Yoshi 430 31 RD and Scoots copics by Celebi-Yoshi RD and Scoots copics :iconcelebi-yoshi:Celebi-Yoshi 545 23 Smurfette and girls from lost village by HeinousFlame Smurfette and girls from lost village :iconheinousflame:HeinousFlame 44 12 Summer by dSana Summer :icondsana:dSana 369 70 Tough Girls by acla13 Tough Girls :iconacla13:acla13 47 39 Sunny Moon Horse by StarBlaze25 Sunny Moon Horse :iconstarblaze25:StarBlaze25 595 20 Best Chicken Ever by saturdaymorningproj Best Chicken Ever :iconsaturdaymorningproj:saturdaymorningproj 154 55 Story Time Starlight ! by ShutterflyEQD Story Time Starlight ! :iconshutterflyeqd:ShutterflyEQD 349 137 Scootaloo! Scootaloo! Scootaloo! by LimeDazzle Scootaloo! Scootaloo! Scootaloo! :iconlimedazzle:LimeDazzle 193 26 Doctor Maud Pie Vector by DeyrasD Doctor Maud Pie Vector :icondeyrasd:DeyrasD 31 2 Laughing Rarity by IronM17 Laughing Rarity :iconironm17:IronM17 51 3 Two Mama Smurfs by acla13 Two Mama Smurfs :iconacla13:acla13 34 33 I will always need you by 96paperkuts I will always need you :icon96paperkuts:96paperkuts 297 27 Sitting Flutterbat plushie by Epicrainbowcrafts Sitting Flutterbat plushie :iconepicrainbowcrafts:Epicrainbowcrafts 221 21 Cheer up by Behind-Space Cheer up :iconbehind-space:Behind-Space 252 30


This is a wonderful sidebar story to what may have been happening on North Mountain during Elsa's sudden, self-imposed and unwanted iso...


  • Listening to: Calvary Chapel Music Channel
  • Reading: My notes
  • Watching: The ships in Honolulu Harbor
Starlight Glimmer (passed out) by davidsfire
This has been the story of my life as of late. I am now out of school and working full time at a local bank here in Honolulu, but it's been anything but paradise, even though I live in it. I hold a high-pressure, fast-paced job which has lost a few people to family military relocations, taking care of ailing relatives, and other things. I am now doing the work of three people and overtime has become the norm. I also volunteer at an after-school program at a local recreation center teaching inner-city kids how to draw, and it's been rewarding seeing them unleash their creativity. I am also part of Comic Jam Hawaii, a group of local professional and student artists that share our talents and skills around the island of Oahu (where Honolulu is).

Earlier this year I accepted a commission of MLP characters in a filly wrestling scene, with the result being Ponyville Lucha Libre. But I was thrown off at how much time I had to spend working on it--almost four months from start to finish. Along the way I accidentally deleted my work when it was halfway through, and I had to rebuild it almost from scratch. Although I and the DA member who commissioned me are happy with the finished cartoon, I feel guilty for taking so long. I used to be able to complete these much quicker, but everyday real-life events since graduating from college with my master's degree have filled in the void left from what used to be my study and class time.

I don't want to make promises I can't keep or leave DA members waiting for 100 moons (or the next Apple family reunion, whichever comes first) for their completed commission. On top of that, I still need to tweak and polish up my thesis videos for public distribution beyond my original presentation and defense back in December. So I am no longer taking any commissions or requests. The drawings I am still doing are for me, to de-stress and relieve the pressure from my day job.

I'm not being mean or feel annoyed by requests or commission offers I have received over the past year. Actually, I enjoy receiving them. But I simply can't accept them at the present time. And I apologize if I come across as mean, especially Applejack mean.

Applejack -Hair Down- by Godoffury "Ah'm not mean! Ah just get all huff-and-puffed when ah can't find mah ponytail holders!"

Right now, I just need some rest. Like these gals.

Summertime, and the Living is Smurfy by NewportMuse



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Rich Rodriguez
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Birthdate: March 5, 1970 (I'm not afraid to say that I'm OLD) ;)
Hometown: Whittier, California
Lives in: Honolulu, Hawaii (some call it "paradise" or something)

BlueBuddies: Richrod Smurf

Who I am and what I do

I am a cartoonist, graphic artist, web designer and filmmaker 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 live in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii where I just graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Master of Arts in Communication. Relocating from L.A. to Honolulu in 2015 was the biggest move of my entire life, leaving behind everything I've known in Southern California and the American mainland for a college in the middle of the Pacific. But I chose this path to ultimately start a new career in media writing or public relations. And what a better place to study than in paradise?

My thesis at HPU was "All About Honu", an online series of short documentary videos on Hawaiian green sea turtles for Malama na Honu (Care for the Turtles), a conservation group here on the island of Oahu. I am now re-editing the videos for watching on television, cable, YouTube, Vimeo and maybe even Netflix if I can cough up a few million dollars.

What's on my 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; and the new Smurfs introduced in the 2017 animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village. I have been drawing the Smurfs since 2013 and Deviants continue to discover and fave my work.
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 and pegasisters all over the MLP fandom. I am the resident MLP fan artist at Comic Jam Hawaii and draw a crowd (no pun intended) every time I draw Twilight and the gang.
Crossovers: Intermixing the Smurfs, My Little Pony and my OC's with other franchises such as Gravity Falls, Hanna-Barbera and real-life celebrities.

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 when I was younger, but like me 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 graduate program at HPU.


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YangIsCool Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Did you get my latest note?
Hey how many points are your commissions or are they free...?
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for asking... right now I am not taking any commissions. I work a full time job with a lot of pressure and some overtime, and I continue to draw just to keep my sanity. My last commission took over three months to complete, and I don't believe I have or can give proper time to a new one, even for free.
VocaloidMinion Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017
Oh, ok.
YangIsCool Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Did you get my note?
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I did. Sorry for the delay in replying. Please check your inbox and respond through the notes.
JerryKhor Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
JerryKhor Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Can I have a request?
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Only if it's a commission. At this time my real-life work schedule does not allow any other kinds of requests.
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