The Witch: ”You should be aware that it will bite back.”
I actually covered that in a writing challenge in the past. In the case of Merri having always been a Changeling, the story revealed that her life as a soldier and mother was just part of a deep illusion used as mental conditioning training to get Changelings used to infiltrating Pony communities. In the story where Merri was turned into a Changeling, she promptly overloaded her magic to blow herself and the hive to kingdom come.
Either way, Changelings don’t result in happy endings where I’m concerned.
Nah, she’s actually pretty orange. I think it’s just the contrast against her much more saturated hair colors that makes her skin seem lighter and more natural. Compare against Applejack, the actual Orange Pony who’s looking the most Caucasian of all. She’s a lot more peach than orange here, though her pale hair also serves to wash out her colors and make her seem even lighter-skinned than she really is.
Can’t. Spoilers. Shhhhh.
I can’t sketch. Big difference.
I do all the art for Ask Merriweather, The Witch, and random fan art silliness like gift art, TSSSF-TCG cards, and so forth. The thing is, I’ve never really been able to sketch. I’m the sort of person who likes to finish his drawings and have never been able to just leave something partially finished or in light lines. I always want to make a finished piece with proper lines and so forth. This also means I’m not big on blocking out designs when I draw either: I tend to just eyeball it or use some simple reference rather than spend time sketching out an anatomy frame. Every line you see in my art is put down once and stays there, which honestly has mixed results. On one hand, it helps me to draw fairly quickly given the complexity of colors and shapes I like to use, but on the other hand, you can see where I tend to go off-model a lot. Part of that is a general “Meh, good enough” attitude I take toward the blog art though. I’m just doing it for fun and am not too heavily inclined to pour an abundance of energy into my art to make sure every line is perfect. I could invest a lot more effort and I’m certain my art would improve directly, but I’m happy with how it is now and am having fun with it, so I’d rather not make myself needlessly sweat the details.
But you know what sucks? I actually really like the light, sketchy aesthetic. I wish I could sketch, but my brain and hand just won’t let me. I sketch something out and my head goes “No, it’s not done! Finish it!” and I can’t just let it be. That’s actually why a big point of advice I give to people asking about art is to practice what they feel works best for them, not what others tell them to do. My teachers in college always ground the lesson of “sketch all the time! All day, every day! Fill up multiple notebooks per month with nothing but sketches!” into my head, and it always frustrated me. And, wouldn’t you know it; it never helped me improve at all. It just wasn’t the right medium for me. But then I got into digital art and taught myself how to use the Pen Tool, and here we are!
Have I already answered this? I get the feeling I’ve already answered this at some point.
Regardless, yes, the three all have places they’d like to go. Merri would want to return to the Sea Pony coastal territories, as she has a lot of good memories from there and really loved the time she had. Meadow Lark is into history and wants to visit places home to ancient Pony civilizations and ruins, as well as visit Shireland thanks to all the stories his grandfather has told him about it. China Saucer, meanwhile, has no idea. She’s big on the idea of travel but gets too swept up in all the options and can never decide. Generally speaking, if the opportunity to go somewhere what presented to her, she’d leap at the chance regardless of where it landed her.