Artist of the Week: Solar!

This week’s featured artist is none other then Solar, artist behind the fantastic Pinkie Pie Solutions Tumblr! You can get your solutions here, find Solar’s personal Tumblr here, Solar’s pony DA here, and his non-pony DA here! After the break, Solar offers some insight into the life of a pony artist. Enjoy!

How long have you been into art‭?
Well,‭ ‬I‭’m bad with time but my guess is I’‬ve been drawing stuff for‭ ‬2‭ ‬years‭…‬ Counting all the procrastination and all the other color schemes.

How did you learn how to create art‭?
When I started drawing,‭ ‬Paper and Pencil is the best‭~ ‬3‭ ‬months later,‭ ‬I bought a tablet,‭ ‬a beginner‭’‬s tablet so that I can easily work with Photoshop and eventually,‭ ‬Paint Tool SAI.‭ ‬My main tool I‭ ‬use is SAI and‭ ‬Photoshop for the effects‭~

Tell us a bit about your Pokémon art.‭ ‬Do you still enjoy doing it‭? ‬What comparisons would you make between drawing ponies and drawing Pokémon?
I started Pokemon after some Sonic and Anime art,‭ ‬Pikachu was my favorite pokemon after all.‭ ‬Pokemon is everybody‭’‬s childhood memory,‭ ‬what‭’‬s not to like about Pokemon‭? ‬I still enjoy it even when ponies get into my life.‭ ‬If I were to compare Pokemon with Ponies,‭ ‬I‭’‬d say Keldeo‭ = ‬All Ponies,‭ ‬and pokemon got varieties of species than Ponies,‭ ‬that‭’‬s all I‭’‬m saying‭~

How did you get into pony art‭?
I blame Crayon-Chewer for making me notice MLP,‭ ‬watch a little bit of MLP and BOOM,‭ ‬I want to draw ponies,‭ ‬BWAHAHAHA.

How did Pinkie Pie Solutions come about‭? ‬What do you like about making comics about her‭?
PinkiePieSolutions‭…‬…….‭ ‬Uhhhh,‭ ‬by accident,‭ ‬really.‭ ‬I like ponies with glasses so‭ ‬I‭ ‬created a tumblr about Pinkie with glasses,‭ ‬LOL,‭ ‬that‭’‬s my story and I‭’‬m sticking to it.‭ ‬What I like about comics about her is that people like it,‭ ‬I don‭’‬t know how the solutions help but it does‭…‬ someway‭ ‬so‭ ‬I want to help people in any‭ ‬way that I can.

Everything is insanely cute‭! ‬What do you like about drawing cute things‭? ‬What advise would you give other artists that would like to draw cute‭? ‬Have you explored any other aspects of ponies‭? ‬Is there any kind of art that you wouldn‭’‬t want to draw‭?
HONESTLY LOL,‭ ‬I don‭’‬t know if my art is cute or not,‭ ‬but people does.‭ ‬I just blindly draw what‭ ‬satisfies me,‭ ‬I‭’‬m not much of a criticizer.‭ ‬And this is not much but this is what I think about cuteness‭ ‬‭ ‬Other aspects…‭ ‬not really.‭ ‬And what kind of art I wouldn‭’‬t want to‭ ‬draw:‭ ‬NSFW,‭ ‬BWAHAHAHA‭

Have ponies changed the way you think as an artist‭ (‬what inspires you about ponies‭)?
Well,‭ ‬Ponies DO help me improve,‭ ‬yes,‭ ‬I think I grow a little to understand the shading and lighting and stuff LOL.‭ ‬And what inspires me about ponies are le artists,‭ ‬I‭’‬ll name some here:
UC77,‭ ‬SpeccySY,‭ ‬PhantomDarkLover‭ (‬Raikissu‭)‬,‭ ‬Johnjoseco,‭ ‬Slugbox,‭ ‬Willdrawforfood1,‭ ‬SmittyG,‭ ‬and so much more‭~

How have ponies effected your life in general‭?
They affect on how I look into friendship problems.‭ ‬I‭’‬m not good with society,‭ ‬ponies have helped me overcome that a little‭~

What else do you do besides art‭ (‬hobbies,‭ ‬jobs,‭ ‬etc.‭)?
Hobbies:‭ ‬Watch TV,‭ ‬play DS,‭ ‬surf internet.

Do you have any future projects that you are‭ ‬excited about‭?
I‭’‬m looking forward to the Bronycon,‭ ‬even though I won‭’‬t be there.‭ ‬I want to know what‭’‬s the experience there lol.

What was your favorite project that you worked on‭?
Panel Play,‭ ‬a comic based on Pinkie breaking every inch of‭ ‬4th wall there is,‭ ‬and it‭’‬s still ongoing‭~

Are you working on anything currently‭?
More comics‭!

What advise would you give new artists‭?
Don‭’‬t ever compare yourself to other godlike artists,‭ ‬it‭’‬ll only get you down.

  • Oh man, this is so cool to read! I’ve been a fan of Solar for quite a while, and when I read how he started, I found that it went almost identical to how I started/am starting to make art. Started with pencil and paper, about 3 or 4 months ago, and just got a tablet for my birthday. And the ‘don’t compare yourself to other godlike artists’ is also quite a good tip, I’ve been trying to live by that, thought sometimes my slow progress do gets me down a bit, and I feel lazy compared to all those amazing artists like Solar and such :p

    This was very fun to read, thank you!