Artist of the Week: UC77!

This weeks feature centers around the creator of the Hot Blooded Pinkie Pie blog!  You can find you’re daily quota of Hot Blooded action here, UC’s DA here, and his mod blog here! You can find his interview, including exclusive, never-before-seen concept art, after the break!How long have you been into art‭?
-‭ ‬I‭’‬ve been drawing since I was seven,‭ ‬so I guess about ten years.‭ ‬I‭’‬ve just liked being a creator,‭ ‬being able to bring characters and ideas to life,‭ ‬especially if no one else was around to draw the things I wanted to see.

How did you learn how to create art‭?
-‭ ‬I used to play a LOT of Sonic back in the early‭ ‬2000s,‭ ‬and from that I learned how to draw Sonic.‭ ‬Until‭ ‬2008‭ ‬that was all I could draw,‭ ‬but after that I started branching into humans.‭ ‬After a couple years of that I found‭ ‬out about‭ ‬giant robots and worked on perfecting both of those subjects until I got good enough to start posting them around the Interweb.‭

How did you get into pony art‭?
-‭ ‬Back in October,‭ ‬one of my friends would keep spamming me with ponies over Steam chat to get my attention.‭ ‬Eventually I found the video of Fluttershy talking in a deep voice from‭ ‬the Poison Joke episode and thought it was hilarious.‭ ‬I marathon‭’‬d the whole series a week later and loved it,‭ ‬and pony art soon followed.‭ ‬It was another couple months before I developed my own style.‭


Where did the concept for Hot Blood come about from‭?
-‭ ‬The concept came from all the over-the-top‭ ‬1990-2007‭ ‬super robot shows.‭ ‬Big explosions,‭ ‬flashy combinings,‭ ‬and spirited pilots all went into the basis of Hotblooded Pinkie Pie.‭ ‬Originally the blog was actually going to be Hotblooded Rainbow Dash,‭ ‬but that seemed too predictable.‭ ‬I wanted to come out of nowhere with a blog no one expected,‭ ‬and Pinkie Pie fit the bill for that.‭ ‬Also Rainbow Dash‭’‬s mane is hard to color.‭ ‬

Which shows/mangas inspired it the most‭?
-‭ ‬Definitely shows like‭ ‬Gurren Lagann and‭ ‬Dragonball Z inspired the things that go on in the blog.‭ ‬For the art style,‭ ‬Go Nagai‭’‬s work like‭ ‬Mazinkaiser and‭ ‬Shin Getter Robo Armageddon‭ ‬are big influences.‭ ‬Hotblooded Pinkie herself is a big reference to the character Ryoma Nagare from the‭ ‬Getter series.‭ ‬Recently other shows,‭ ‬like‭ ‬Shin Mazinger Z and‭ ‬One Piece have been influencing the blog as well.‭

What is the future of the Hot Blood blog‭?
-‭ ‬I plan to just continue answering good questions and hopefully increase the update rate of answers.‭ ‬I want to get some time to animate a full anime-style intro for the‭ ‬blog,‭ ‬but school has been overbearing recently.‭ ‬I also want to include references to‭ ‬Gaogaigar,‭ ‬Kotetsushin Jeeg,‭ ‬and‭ ‬any‭ ‬other robot shows that aren‭’‬t that well known.‭ ‬Also‭ ‬Big O.‭ ‬That shit is gonna get referenced so hard.

What do you enjoy about drawing Hot Blooded Pinkie‭?
-‭ ‬I created Hotblooded Pinkie in such a way that I could do anything I wanted in the blog.‭ ‬Any physics breach,‭ ‬any planet collision,‭ ‬any summoning of giant robot‭ ‬attack force,‭ ‬could all be blown off as normal.‭ ‬It‭’‬s basically a godmodded Tumblr that can retcon EVERYTHING.‭ ‬I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT AHAHAHAHAHHAH

What inspires you most about manga/anime‭? ‬What can people learn by watching them‭? ‬What are some good manga/animes that you would tell people to watch‭?
-‭ ‬Really what inspires me most about the manga and anime‭ ‬I read and watch is the amount of blind courage that the‭ ‬protagonists‭ ‬have.‭ ‬There‭’‬s a sense of honor and courage long since dead in this material world,‭ ‬but in the ideals of super robots it is alive and strong.‭ ‬I think that if other people gave robots a chance instead of watching their bishonen and kawaii desu animes,‭ ‬they might learn how to appreciate things like blind faith more and STOP DRAWING SAME-FACE ANIME CHARACTERS AGHHHH.

Everyone should see‭ ‬Gurren Lagann.‭ ‬It‭’‬s the epitome of robot shows.‭ ‬Other good shows are‭ ‬Eureka Seven,‭ ‬Cowboy Bebop,‭ ‬and‭ ‬FLCL.

Do you enjoy drawing robots as well as ponies‭? ‬Which do you like drawing more‭? ‬Would you recommend other pony artists try to draw robots‭?
-‭ ‬I love giant robots,‭ ‬but they take a really long time to complete because they got a f*ckload of lines on‭ ‬‘em.‭ ‬It takes me‭ ‬10‭ ‬minutes to draw a robot,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬minute to draw a pony,‭ ‬so in terms of efficiency‭ ‬ponies win out.‭ ‬Robots are definitely not for everyone‭; ‬they require a more technical skill and patience to draw.‭ ‬But if an artist REALLY tries to draw a robot it‭’‬ll come out great.‭

Or they could royally screw up.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a learning experience either way.‭

Have ponies changed the way you think as an artist‭ (‬what inspires you about ponies‭)?
-‭ ‬Ponies have shown me that‭ ‬I can draw things besides humans and robots.‭ ‬They‭’‬ve opened up a new horizon for my skill and allowed me to make a niche‭ ‬in this fandom as the Hotblooded Artist,‭ ‬something that I always wanted to do.‭ ‬Now I can draw robots and dumb things and no one can say I‭’‬m not doing a good job.‭ ‬Ponies themselves don‭’‬t really inspire me.‭ ‬It‭’‬s the reaction of my fans and other audience entities that drive me onwards.‭ ‬Honestly ponies could end tomorrow and I‭’‬d still draw the blog for everyone who follows it.‭ ‬

How have ponies affected your life in general‭?
-‭ ‬Ponies‭ ‬have helped me to see that other people aren‭’‬t that bad.‭ ‬If most of these fans can be loving and tolerant of others,‭ ‬then mankind has a chance at improving its own decrepit state.‭ ‬I also started being less‭ ‬judgmental in daily life and more open to other TV shows and movies.‭ ‬Finally,‭ ‬I learned that while it always has its ups and downs,‭ ‬friendship really is a powerful force.‭ ‬People like Soapie-Solar,‭ ‬WillDrawforFood1,‭ ‬Slugbox,‭ ‬Calpain,‭ ‬and JohnJoseco are just some of the few who represent this fact to me daily.

What else do you do besides art‭ (‬hobbies,‭ ‬jobs,‭ ‬etc.‭)?
-‭ ‬I do some martial arts,‭ ‬collect‭ ‬1980s junk,‭ ‬yell at squirrels‭…‬normal stuff.‭ ‬Average American kid things.‭ ‬I also play Sonic Adventure‭ ‬2:‭ ‬Battle for hand-eye-spindash coordination practice.‭

Do you have any future projects that you are excited about‭?
-‭ ‬I‭’‬m thinking of animating a special little something for the Hotblooded blog and working on a HBPP Origin story arc,‭ ‬showing the transition of her from normal Pinkie to Hotblooded Pinkie.‭ ‬I don‭’‬t know when I‭’‬ll start it up,‭ ‬but it‭’‬s gonna be a bit serious.‭ ‬All sorts of thrills and chills surrounding her eventual rise to greatness.‭ ‬Maybe even some cameos from other Tumblr blogs hmm‭?

What was your favorite project that you worked on‭?
-‭ ‬My favorite project was probably the five pony combining from that one post of HBPP,‭ ‬where Palette Swap,‭ ‬Cteno,‭ ‬Pinkie Pie Solutions,‭ ‬and Surprise latch onto Hotblooded‭’‬s limbs to form the ultimate warrior‭ ‬GODDU PINKIE.‭ ‬The whole thing was a big One Piece reference,‭ ‬but the ridiculousness contrasted with the serious expressions made it a winning post in my eyes.‭ ‬I want to use‭ ‬GODDU PINKIE again in a future post,‭ ‬so setting up the basis for that transformation allows me to bypass it later.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a strategic victory for the‭ ‬Allies blog.

Are you working on anything currently‭?
-‭ ‬I‭’‬m working on a Megas XLR crossover post and some stuff for Bronycon.‭ ‬Prints and sketch prep for the good people in Seacaucus.‭ ‬Also gonna be planning some Livestreams and starting up commissions for once‭! ‬Contrary to‭ ‬popular belief I do need some extra cash,‭ ‬so why not draw ponies for money‭? ‬Sounds like a good idea to me.

What advice would you give new artists‭?
-‭ ‬Life is full of hardship and difficulty,‭ ‬and it is only those who can take this and move on to successes that make it.‭ ‬Giving up is never an option,‭ ‬even when things look their grimmest‭! ‬Fight,‭ ‬if not for yourself,‭ ‬then for those who believe in you‭! ‬That‭’‬s the power that drives one to greatness‭!!

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