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Of Mice and Pens by AleximusPrime Of Mice and Pens by AleximusPrime
Yeah...this is TOTALLY not a random gift for :iconpixelkitties: that I made out of the kindness of my heart in my free time when I should be doing homework... :iconliarjackplz:

But seriously, PixelKitties is such a sweet person and a wonderful friend! I was so overjoyed when she came to me, of all people in the world, asking me if I wanted to take part in the production of a calendar being made to help raise money for charity. So as a token of my gratitude, I decided to make this pic. :)

The whole theme behind this pic is computer mice because, just like her, I also use a mouse to make my art rather than a graphics pen and tablet. I mean I have used a pen before many times but only when making something in Paint Tool Sai or if I prefer to make a digital sketch rather than a traditional one. But my tablet and Sai seem to hate each other now so I have been using my mouse to do all my digital art for the past few months and I must say I have not lost my touch. In fact, I've actually gotten better! And of course, everything in this pic was done without a pen, the only thing close enough was using a pencil and ink pen to make the traditional sketch, but after that, everything was done with a mouse. Even that background and the "WHEN YOU'VE GOT MICE?!" text were done with a mouse and are really a bunch of circles and shapes with some trimming done which is essentially what Pixel's art comprises of. See? We're more alike than I ever thought!

So yeah, this is one of my best pieces I've done so far and I did it all in the name of friendship because friendship is magic! Thank you so much for being an awesome friend Pixel and I hope to see you soon at a convention or something! :hug:

And admit it, that title is the punniest thing you've heard all day! XD

MLP © Hasbro
FiM © Lauren Faust
PixelKitties' ponysona (left) © :iconpixelkitties:
My ponysona (right) © Me
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:iconodnamra11:
odnamra11 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I just make picture collaborations on my account.
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:iconagentsparkler:
AgentSparkler Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist
I like how you draw ponies, they aw wook wike wittle squishy fiwwies and colts! ;)
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:iconw0nderbolts:
W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
you got me on this one
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do?
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:iconw0nderbolts:
W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
any pony race can use those mice too
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:iconaclockworkkitten:
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What program do you use and how do you shade with it? I'm having trouble shading.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Paint.net and I just use the paint tool on a layer with lowered opacity and then use a gaussian blur.
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:iconvunlinur:
Vunlinur Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Three of my mices broke down, i recently got 4th, but buck that, I use my tablet for everything. :)
Yeah recording music counts in too. :P
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:iconsazerlite:
SazerLite Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can agree.
I tend to use my mouse more when it comes to art and animation and so forth.
I just use my tablet if it's sketchy work.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
same here
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:iconpeculiar-pegasus:
Peculiar-Pegasus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Artist
But I like pens...


:iconcryingforeverplz:
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you use one?
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:iconpeculiar-pegasus:
Peculiar-Pegasus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Artist
Yes, I have a drawing tablet, which has a pen
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.
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:iconpimpachu4:
pimpachu4 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
heehee great picture bro! your great at what you do!
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:iconzora-artist:
zora-artist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XDDD hahaha
it stuck in my head now! XD lol
great image Aleximus!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconsk4545:
Sk4545 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yay more mice using artists!!!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Power to the people who use mice!
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:iconchaudstarpower:
ChaudStarpower Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I just started not to long ago as you can tell from my OC drawings.
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:iconnookslider:
Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I tried drawing with a digital pen once. It didn't work out well.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Takes lots of practice to use a pen...
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:iconnookslider:
Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's but I don't have it anymore since I gave my tablet away.
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:iconalisonwonderland1951:
AlisonWonderland1951 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use a mouse too! And you are both very talented pony artists!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to know we aren't the only ones! :D
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:iconpixelkitties:
PixelKitties Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gah! Why you gotta be so awesome to me! This is beautiful! I am printing this out and framing it and hanging it over my desk, I love it so much!

Thank you Alex! You are an awesome friend and I'm so glad to know you!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks Pixel! :hug:

Me too and like I said, I hope to see you someday at a Con! Which is the next one you're going to?
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:iconpixelkitties:
PixelKitties Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And what a pun! Orchetect over at Twitter would surely approve!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's Steffan Andrews! Yeah, I'm sure he would! :D
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:iconredwizzrobe:
RedWizzrobe Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Of Mice and pens...

:iconiseewhatyoudidthere:
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:iconkomatsuzaki-xingqi:
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwhatyoudidthereplz: I see what you did there.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you now? :3
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:iconredwizzrobe:
RedWizzrobe Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whut....
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:iconredwizzrobe:
RedWizzrobe Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
"Aft gang agley" means "Often go astray".

"The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley" means that it's easy to plan something, but carrying it out is all too difficult.

So, long story short: some things are easier said than done.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh.
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:iconredwizzrobe:
RedWizzrobe Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
The more you know.
:iconrainbowplz::iconrainbowplz::iconrainbowplz:
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha good one :clap:
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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:iconepulson:
Epulson Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh... it's always leave me in confused state, when someone tell me she/he is using mouse for art creation. One of my friends actually draw with mouse, without help of Bezier curves/pen tool, and this is crazy. But lot of others use mouse and pen tool, so I guess that not everyone needs the tablet pens.

But everyone needs pencil(s) and paper. I would be utterly amused if someone could create complicated picture, with a lot of details, without some sketching first. But I guess there are some hardcore people who doing that all the time. And that what I like in process of art creation - everyone uses different methods, thus creating different kinds of art. ;)
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I don't use the pen tool with a 'Bezier' curve but Paint Tool Sai has somewhat of a similar pen tool. I do it the classic way with the curve tool in paint which is a 3-click process. I think it's kinda annoying to some people but I've gotten so used to it that it's so easy for me.
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VladimirMacHolzraum Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can create beautiful works of amazing art using only my laptop's touchpad with no vector tools and no pencil/paper pre-sketching.

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:iconvladimirmacholzraum:
VladimirMacHolzraum Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mice? Pfft, touchpads are where it's at.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconchallengeacceptedplz:
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:iconrobokitty:
RoboKitty Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Who needs pens OR mice when you have NO FINGERS?!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We have our ways. :P
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:iconmatty4z:
matty4z Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
only thing better is the use of a 55inch tv as a pc screen
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this is about the input devices. :P
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:iconmatty4z:
matty4z Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
my thorts 100% !!!

all my DA and none DA work is done this way
gotta love the old school ways ^,^
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it's still new school, plenty of artists still use mice I'll bet. :D
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