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Art Q&A

1. When did you start drawing?
I started drawing when I was... maybe six or seven. I was really young. And I had been going through lots of surgeries on my legs so I had little else to do. I took up drawing because it was fun, and gave me something to pass the time while I was in casts. I liked the PPG (Powerpuff Girls) style so I drew a lot of that.

2. Why did you join DeviantArt?
I honestly don't remember how I came across the site. But I wanted to find a place where I could share my art with others and keep better track of it. I joined simply because it was a free, easy-to-use website that seemed the most reliable than just using Photobucket or something.

3. What got you into bases and dolls?
I discovered bases a while back. I was struggling to draw anime like I wanted to try, and I remember finding a blank template someone had made. I started using them after learning of the term 'base', and from there I was hooked. Over a long time, I think I can say I've improved quite a lot.

4. Do you use a tablet?
No. I don't have one [yet]. I don't have a scanner either, and I really don't want to have to use my crappy-quality webcam to take horribly blurry shots of artwork I try drawing on paper to upload. For now, I use a wired mouse for all my works.

5. What programs do you use?
I use MS Paint (Win7) and Gimp 2.6.

6. Who are your general art (writing included) idols?
Chibi-Otonin, PancakePie, semehammer, bleedman, celesse, Caro-Kitty...

7. Do you take requests? (e.g. "can u make a base of this plz", "can u draw my oc like this")
No. Read my profile. It's right there. I used to take requests for bases and dolls, but as of right now, I don't. They are only for friends (and by "friends" I mean people I have known and talked to a while; I'm not going to do free art for you just because you think we're best friends).

8. Why do you leave off the other ear in your pony bases?
Because of several reasons. 1) I suck at improvising ears, 2) it makes it easier for people to draw the top part of the mane without the other ear in the way. At least, it works for me, 3) it's actually kind of cute the way it looks, in my opinion.

9. How do you make bases?
I've made a series of tutorials you can find here.

10. Can I use your bases to make adoptables?
Sure, go right ahead. Points only, though.

11. Can I draw your characters/Guardians?
You don't have to ask to make fanart. Just credit me for them.

12. Can we do an art trade?
Art trades, like requests, are for friends only.

13. Why do you sometimes disable comments on your art?
Because I'm allowed to disable or hide comments if I so choose. I don't typically hide/disable them just for the hell of things; so if I do hide/disable, it's probably for a good reason.

14. How do you put gradients on your pictures?
Gimp. It has a gradient tool. It's free, you can download it safely from here. I prefer using Gimp 2.6, since the newer versions are utter shit in my opinion, but hey, try and see what you think works best for you.

15. What do you use to record your screen during a Livestream?
Livestream Procaster.

16. Is Livestream free?
To a point. Like DeviantArt, you can pay for more features, but it's optional.

17. You make your art in MS Paint, but how do you make the backgrounds transparent?
Gimp. It has an "alpha channel" option that allows you to select the background and remove it. Fiddle with the layers and stuff to find it.

Personal Q&A

1. Are you a boy or girl?

2. How old are you?
Twenty-four. Born March 6, 1989.

3. Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend?
I have a wonderful, perfect and amazing fiance. Psycho-Brony/NoirAmory. I love her more than anything else in this world.

4. Do you like being called Softfang or Softy?
Either is fine; I don't mind whatever nicknames you come up with for me. Even insult ones are kinda amusing.

5. Where does Softfang come from?
'Softfang' was a nickname that an old camp friend gave me. She was deaf, and she wanted to give me her own personalized sign-name. Softfang stuck. It was very fitting, and still seems appropriate. Soft because I'm sensitive, shy, and passionate about things; fang because I can also be fairly bitchy and protective when I want to be.

6. Why are you so rude sometimes?
Click for answer.

7. Do you go to school?
No. I dropped out in 11th grade (public school) and then I was homeschooled from there and got very very far behind. Yes, I know, it's probably sad and laughable, but hey... at least I'm not the only one who's done it. I'm not an amazing scholarly person, I couldn't care less about grades. Back then, I was going through a rough time and I couldn't take it anymore. I don't regret it.

8. Do you have a job?
No. I have actually never had a "real" job before. I really don't think babysitting counts, either. I'm not able to work right now, so that is being pushed back for a while. And online jobs are extremely difficult to come by.

9. Can we be friends?
No. It doesn't work like that.

10. Who are your best friends, and do they have DAs?
Krystal (Psycho-Brony), Ryan (Chibi-Otonin), Mike (PancakePie), Nicole (CobaltTheFox), Chantel (TwiilightEssence), Becca (VanillaChama), Vedrae (izzybun), Becky (RhymeReason), Vincent (Auvic), Caroline (Caro-Kitty)...

Pony Q&A

1. Who is your favorite of the Mane Six?
Applejack, but Rainbow Dash is a close second.

2. What about background ponies?
It's a tie between Derpy and Vinyl.

3. Who is your least favorite pony and why?
I don't really like Rarity too much. I know she's supposed to be an overly dramatic character, but good lord. Plus, her freaky spider-lashes are annoying.

4. "Brony" or "Pegasister"?
I hate the term "pegasister", so I like being called a brony regardless of my gender. I'm not an obsessed-fan "brony" but I do spend most of my days thinking about, drawing, or watching ponies. Just... no porn. Please.

5. How did you become a brony?
An old friend of mine was constantly nagging at me about how awesome the show was. Back then, I was in denial--I thought the show was stupid and silly like most bronies start out thinking. Then, one day I noticed we had the Hub on our TV. So one morning I chose to sit down and watch the episode that was on (Owl's Well That Ends Well). I was hooked halfway through it. And thus began my passion for ponies.

6. What's your opinion on the pony fanbase?
It's a little complicated; I consider myself one of the 'sane' bronies. I don't like the porn side of the fanbase, or the side that tries to shove ponies down other peoples' throats without any respect toward that person and their own opinions no matter how different they are. I like the nicer, cuter side of the fanbase that focuses on the ponies as role models rather than sex objects. I don't really mind if there are "plot"-based images or even cute pairings. But when it's detailed with body parts that aren't even visible in the show itself (pony pussies, dicks, etc.), it's highly disturbing. That and the ecchi stuff with ponies making out detailed with saliva and tongues. I dunno. It's complicated. I like the cleaner, more innocent stuff. Socks are fine. Even ponies in lingerie is fine. Just so long as there's no obviously sexual details added - cum, pussy juice, etc. etc. etc. Then it's just annoying and gross to me. **Keep in mind, I'm not a fan of furries (the pervy/crazy ones) but I tolerate them, so anthro images are just weird to me--clean or not.**

7. Any pony artists you admire?
NoirAmory/Psycho-Brony, CobaltTheFox, Fatal-Serenity, Jojuki, Celestialess, ThaMutt, Fluffomaru, Butterfly-Meadow, TwiilightEssence, aisu-isme, MonsterBunnies, JellyCredible, auwaa, Doomcakes, k-ouha, Caro-Kitty...

8. How many OCs do you have?
...A whole fucking lot, lol. Though only about a handful are dolled relatively regularly. And half of them aren't even "OCs", they are ponyfied versions of my Guardians.

9. Out of all of your OCs, which ones are your top favorites?
Verloren, Heart's Desire, Reese, and Poison Ivy (gifted to me by CobaltTheFox).

10. Where do you come up with your ideas for your characters?
I honestly don't know what to tell you. XD; I just... design them, really. Whatever fits when I mess around with designs.

11. You say most of your ponies aren't "characters". What do you mean by that?
They're ponysonas of my Guardians. Just as Softfang and Moonshine are pony representations (ponysonas) of me, these particular ponies are pony representations of my Guardians. You can find more information here, too.


The FAQ will update occasionally, so if you don't see an answer to your question, then please note me so I can place it here.

Preview image by xx-Chanour.

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Donnatellofan1 19 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Are u a sonic fan?
RainbowTune Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Will you ever take customs someday? 

Cause your art is so god damn amazing
Softfang Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take? Or make?
RainbowTune Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Softfang Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really depends on the custom, I guess.
RainbowTune Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok and do you take points or money? For customs
Softfang Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Er, depends on the custom, as I said.
TiffanyPonyLover Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you use the alpha channel to make things transparent, do you click "Add Alpha Channel", "select by color" (select the baclground) and then use the eraser tool to erase the background? That's how some people do it, but I'm just wondering if you use that method as well.
Softfang Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I select the color of the background I want to remove, then click add alpha if I need to (if the font of the layer name is bold, then it doesn't have the alpha channel yet). Then I remove it.
Umbretron Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For the link to information about your "gardians" doesn't work, so may I ask what they are? If they're lik MPD, have you gotten tested for it?
Sorry if this question is to personal.
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