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Gone Camping by TwodeePony Gone Camping by TwodeePony
EDIT: You guys want this as a screensaver? Okay: [link]
Just a note: It doesn't scale; the image isn't a vector, and it wasn't made in Flash, so this is the only way for it to look half decent as a screensaver. Sorry!

Guys, it's 3 in the morning here. This took much longer than I anticipated (note to self: animating lighting is a pain in the flank if you don't plan ahead). The Photoshop file got so big it started to lag. :P

Here's an episode I'd like to see anyway; the mane six go camping. And Spike too I guess; but I was too lazy to draw him in.

Also I really want to go camping now, or just have a barbeque. Aah, I am totally craving bbq'd sausages now. Probably not what drawing ponies should do to you... :D

And I have no idea what I'm saying anymore, or what I'm doing. I'm just gonna go to bed.

Non-animated, larger, higher quality JPEG here: [link]

Animated PNG here (can only be viewed on Firefox and Opera): [link]

inb4 Rarity is a marshmallow comments. Also Twi & Rarity have sticky hooves :shrug:
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Critique by SPINO495 SPINO495/critique/610312536">Apr 7, 2012, 7:19:15 PM
Vision: Even if someone doesn't like the comic they can comprehend the incredible amount of work put into it! It is eye candy and all the little things like applejack and pinkie's movements make it so realistic. Great job, but fluttershy looks kind of...strange. I don't know why but she just seems a little...I don't know..chunky to me? hehe
Originality: I've seen the CMC'S camping but never the main six, or the main six in a photo camping. Very original, I like how twilight's open book over their is probably instructions on how to roast the perfect marshmallow, nice touch. ( I keep noticing things the longer I look at it!
Technique: I'm not an artist myself so I sort of poker face around this area....I guess this is style, I'm not sure but i love how you branched off a little, not making the six just an exact copy of the show Itself.
Impact: Like a campfire being lit in your heart, One thing I might add just to be nit-pick-e. Rarities Hooves are where the marshmallow thing comes from, people said they look like um and I could have liked it if they where a little dark ish just for the lolz.
I have nothing more to say and thank you for providing this outstanding piece of art that has graced my eyes so generously.
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Critique by Dragnmastralex Dragnmastralex/critique/610408792">Apr 7, 2012, 11:41:59 PM
very well done. Smooth animation with no jittering frames, great expressions to fit the moment, and each pony shows their unique character here.

the only thing I see wrong with the picture is the placement of the light from the fire in areas like the back of the broken log under Applejack instead of on the side facing the fire as well as on the backs of the ponies instead of the front side of the shading like on Fluttershy. It shouldn't be on the bottom fo the shaded rocks at all as they are point blank under the fire and light can not go around the bottom of the rocks.
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LightningHoofAUS Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
damn this is awesome and well done too.

I love the details, the lighting and effects are so well that it just makes want to jump in and join the mane six telling ghost stories and roasting mash mellows while making smores to eat. RD and the firefly wings flapping like there are a good detail too not mention the lighting effect on RD's wings.
Pomalong Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, not sure if anyone has contacted you about this or not, but a person name Kyle Rene D on Redbubble has been using and selling this work. Was checking to see if they had your permission. Here's the link if you haven't seen it yet:…
CheesycheeseoCheese Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student
Why doesnt Rarity cook herself :awesomerainbow: 
wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Toss a timber wolf on the camp fire, the burn better. ;)
ZombieFX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
great work
FlashbackingArtist00 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't that just amaaaaaaaaaaaazing? :wow:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
how NICE! i love this!
Saddust Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Super-nice !
Monster-Bunnies Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lol poor twily
SplashingBuizel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Artist
i clicked the link to the screen saver and it didn't work
BinaryHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight, lit marshmallows get the best results. (I always let mine go ablaze so that I can get a nice smooth finish, also it's fun!)
Pew-v8yrcake Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight: NO fire! Stay away from my books!!
DavidCurser Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
dont put rarity on fire!!! you monsters!! .
oh there you are.
CharmingChaos2012 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
DolphinBuster Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:icondashlolplz: This comment....made me laugh! :lmao:
CRaZyAnimeLoverGirl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
me to lol rarity`s a marshmallow :iconmarshmellowplz: <-- thats rarity
OfficialAppleJack Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is cool
OfficialAppleJack Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really cool
AlphaLycan13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
my parents both shake there head when my screensaver pops up but, no regrets. Brohoofs all around :highfive:
KyoruLuver1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Artist
AwesomeMika Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well Done ! ;)
HeartinaRosebud Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sweet!
aguycalledbaldur Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Oh, that poor egghead.
ScarletBlitz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
vchao123 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Does the screensaver have a virus?
Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Pinkie looks like she's about to burst out laughing, because Twilight burnt her marshmallow.
pyro508 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
anyone notice fluttershy isn't moving at all.

and that twilight is a serious pyro (like me hence the name)
yayayayayala Featured By Owner May 22, 2012


What is Twilight Sparkle doing?
angusyoung3 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice! LOL! ya think the marshmallow is done twilight?.....^^;

twilight: oh, wow...look at that. it's out of control. *waves stick*
pyro508 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Oh so fly

so fly

Cyrax approves
susanvulpini Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awww so cute
DeathCutlet Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Gives me a smile from ear to ear :) .
InsaneKitteh Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinkie is thinking about making cupcakes out of Dash.Dash is trying to steal Apple's hat.Apple is not really doing anything.Twilight is burning her marshmallow.Rarity IS a marshmallow.Fluttershy is watching a firefly......

Does that about sum up the picture?BTW this was a really good animation.Twilight face is funny..
Cadbberry Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
lol great job
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly adorable!
BulletBill96 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
is RD eating AJ's hat :0 nice pic/gif
Plank-Boy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's adorable. Rarity and Fluttershy have a blanket to cover up their log. Cheers.
JustaninnocentPony Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love it! :)
Draco-McWherter Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
so saving the screen saver :D
SwanofWar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Writer
:rofl: Twilight set hers on fire :XD: Great animation!
jakehunter Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
wow very nice
LeavingCrow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Wonderful animation! Animating via photoshop must be a real pain!!
TwodeePony Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I didn't animate this in Photoshop, just drew it. All the animation was done in After Effects :P

Photoshop only has like 3 options for animating, so I'd have to have done this frame by frame. Which I didn't :D
LeavingCrow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Nice! Always thought After Effects could export only in video format.
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
It's a lovely nighttime scene and the incredible amount of work here shows; Pinkie's designs are also very clear right from the start. I love that each character is enjoying the outing in their own particular way, even if Twilight is having a little trouble learning the customs. At least Rarity is taking to the art of marshmallow cooking with assiduous care.

The character animations are pretty great, from Applejack's simpler enjoyment of the moment to the flapping pattern of Rainbow Dash's wings. Twilight's frantic waving is great, plus I like the hint that she was reading since that could have distracted her in the first place. Sure, there are things that I though could have been done a bit better, but I'll leave it to more-knowledgeable people to provide the critiques. besides, working with only 30 frames gives you a decent number of cycles to work with (2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15) but still has its limits. (Especially your workload! :)) Though, after watching it a little Twilight Sparkle's single jitter did stand out. (I spread the frames a few days ago and don't remember exactly, but I think you did her waving on a 4 frame cycle.)

The campfire pattern itself is a wonderful achievement on its own, except that the timing cycle is a bit slow for a crackling fire, IMO, especially with the faster flashing of its glow. (I do feel a bit guilty for being so picky with such a terrific piece.)

The scenery and lovely background deserve some love too for their beauty and mood. Taken all together it shows growing talent. And don't feel bad about wanting some barbecue after this, since you'd be enjoying a meal with the ponies, not of them.

BTW, animated PNG is finally being adopted? It's been a long time coming, that's for sure.
TwodeePony Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the critique :D

Yeah, I actually animated Twilight first, then RD's wing pattern; but because the wing movement required more frames it meant it didn't fit into a small frame limit. (I think the wing movement is 5 frames where as Twilight's is 4? First multiple is 20, meaning that Applejack's movements would have been too fast, next multiple is... 40 I think. Which would have been alright, but 30 just seemed... right I guess.) ANYWAY, Twilight's arm movement was a pain to get at the right speed for motion blur to look okay, so I didn't really want to tamper with it.

As for the fire, I tried the crackle a bit faster than it is, but it didn't look quite right. It drew the attention away from the ponies too much.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. I like that you actually picked this apart frame by frame, that's super cool. I wish more people would critique the animation stuff rather than the drawing. So thank you :)
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
The drawing itself is pretty lovely too, so I can understand that people are captivated by it even without the animation. To me it works so much better as a whole experience... and probably to most folks too. :)
mia41376 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rarity's a cannibal!
Mike-Michaelides Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, I love this picture. Saw it a while back but only just now saw it on dA. I especially love the Rarishy shipping / friendshipping in this.
emichaca Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Artist
That looks nice! :squee: I wish I could be there too ^_^ it would be nice :iconchuuplz:
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