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Brony Advice is both an active collaboration with artists and an advice column, in the simplest of terms: I want you to send me notes if you have any problems, secrets or comments on the pony fandom of any nature. It doesn't matter how embarrassing, offensive or vicious they might be - if you want someone to comment on them in an unbiased way, send them over. Maybe there's something within the fandom that you particularly despise, or perhaps you're feeling sad and need to hear some friendly advice? Whatever the motive, send me a note with your comment or question.

I'll then respond with advice and commentary and post the answers up in future installments. Users will remain anonymous, so you don't need to worry about your feelings and thoughts getting out onto DeviantArt. You may find that some of the things that you've personally been feeling will be addressed.

Feel free to note me if you would like your questions and observations to be answered in an upcoming edition. Every edition will be engaging with three issues. The above three featured today were submitted by anonymous deviants.

This issue features a question answered by my good friend, *latecustomer, a sensible fellow who knows a great deal more about art than I do. Go check out their stuff!

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TalonsofIceandFire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Can I ask a serious question related to the fandom?
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
#122: The best answer I can give you is: move on.

Think about it: would your friend want you to be upset over how he might feel about your interest in MLP? Would he be happy that you hypothetically can't sleep at night, or that you feel torn up inside?

Something I've found to be helpful is to roleplay the situation out. Construct a confession scenario in your head and tell your friend that you like My Little Pony. This can be a great release, and it can help you cope with your loss a bit more.

#123: The brain has a tremendous capacity for self-deception.

Based on what I've learned in psychology courses, it all boils down to associations. Recent research in the field of neuroscience has revealed that it's possible the brain works by hanging various concepts around an object. For instance, when you try to remember a face, you might remember that it was round, that it had blue eyes, brown hair, and a nice smile. By the same logic, a phobia might be related to your brain associating an object or circumstance with the concept of fear. It's not rational, but then the process for memory and such is not rational in the first place.

Immersion may not be enough, however. It could also be a mistake. Some connections are too strong to break, and without the help of a trained psychologist in the field of phobia reversal, immersing yourself in the show could actually be strengthening the connections you're trying to break.

I would suggest trying to find a psychologist that deals with phobias. He may be able to help you get over your fear.

I will also add that if you do, you must put complete trust in him to do his job. Without it, your brain will guard those connections and make it harder for you to get rid of them.

#124: One should only draw and paint and all those wonderful things artists do if one loves doing it.

It really is as simple as that.
eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
mlp, a show without violence?

uhh, i dont think she watched all of it
BB-K Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#123, ahh, the old infamous phobias, much like I remember those people who are afraid of clowns. I'm not afraid of horses and clowns, it's just strange that some of the everyday things we know and see look harmless also ended up getting afraid of. My phobias I have are usually the nasty creepy crawlies such as dangerous insects, venomous & multiple-legged creatures. As far as the ponies go, not so much since they're fictional. And when there's a pony cosplayer comes to me, literally those who are in pony suits which mostly needs 2 people inside, let's not forget it's just a costume and you can't ride on it, similar to Chinese Lion Dances when they are performers, not for riding. I ride on horses once when I was very very young and I only took a 10 second ride because I was afraid of falling when my parents are not accompanying me other than walking by my side. Today I'm a grown up and should not have problem riding on one, just as long as everything is all there like the saddle and the harness ropes to hold on. Oh yeah, not to forget I'm not into horse-riding and racing, so I'm in the clear.

Speaking of the phobia of afraid of ponies or horses, ask yourself, do they cause you any harm or give nightmares that will literally cause your heart to stop? When we are young, we tend to be afraid of things and sometimes even the smallest of pain and result in us to cry. When growing up, the harmless phobias should not cause damage. Well Cudpug, I don't know about you, that's my opinions when it comes to harmless phobias like this, I classify them between harmless, moderate and harmful. Think of it in this order based on the harm or risk rate : Clowns, Rats, Venomous Creatures. The horses wise, I vote it as moderate when you're riding on one, otherwise, it's harmless when you only just look at it.

#124, artwork wise, today I still got some harsh words when I drew my years ago artwork which was Photoshop drawn and had poor skills with it, that particular artwork was Fairly Odd Parents featuring Timmy, the Fairies and Tootie while the background features Jesus in FOP style. I've done a lot of crappy sketches and artworks in the past, to me today, they suck pretty hard. It may not be for everybody but what's crucial to know is that some criticisms can help to improve although it's also painful.

Whenever I got feedbacks or comments that are harshly negative or I receive no comment at all, normally I leave it idle while the bad comment goes into "hiding". I wouldn't mind that goes to the "Scraps" category. But what's important is that it's fanart as we enjoy it here the most. Original artworks are more likely to receive less praise and feedback.
crasydwarf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Another set of lovely and sensible answers.
And lc's reply to the last one was spot on. Nothing but respect for him for saying that.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
He's my go-to guy when art is concerned. I trust his opinion above my own when it comes to art. He knows the business.
Koopsmas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Still haven't played Hotel Dusk :/
TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's a humongous honor to have my stuff featured on Brony Advice, considering how popular it is, the general great insight placed into each of these questions, and the fact that it's along side with TONS of other fantastic (read: better) artists just brings warmth to this frozen heart.
Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
You are a wonderful artist and you should feel wonderful.
TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Don't feed my ego, you have no idea how much worse I'll get if people actually expect quality, ha ha ha.

In all seriousness, though. Maybe I'll slide a hint of credit to myself, under the table. No one would notice.
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To #123:

While I'm not a psychologist, and you shouldn't take what I say as professional advice, I think that having a show like FiM with horse-like characters might help you to know some of the causes, or "circumstances" of your phobia.

You said "...sometimes I start to shiver in fear." so I guess you usually can watch the show without problems. Maybe there is something in the "real" horses that ponies don't always display (like thin legs, or elongated head/face) that triggers your fear. Do you remember when this has happened? Like a particular scene? Or a particular pony?

So, if you eventually seek professional help, it might be useful to mention FiM.
DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hotel Dusk Room 215 for the freaking WIN!!!
TheWrongestTrousers Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I had JUST finished its sequel right before I started doing any of those.
DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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