The artists I look up to…

Lauren Faust


Lauren Faust is a twelve-year veteran of the animation industry, achieving great success in her field as an artist, animator, writer and producer.  She is a lifelong, avid toy collector with a particular interest in the beloved toys of her childhood, including My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake.  Her greatest goal as an artist is to offer up to other girls the same kind of joy and inspiration she experienced as a child, with images of girls and women as positive, active, individualistic, fun, and even a little edgy.

Executive Producer for Hasbro’s new “My Little Pony” animated series, which was developed for television by Lauren

Creative steward in charge of the My Little Pony re-launch

Emmy Award winner with five nominations to her credit

Winner of (and four-time nominee for) the animation industry’s coveted Annie awards

Director, writer, and story artist for the wildly popular POWERPUFF GIRLS franchise created by husband Craig McCracken

Head Writer and Supervising Producer on award-winning animated series FOSTER’S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS on Cartoon Network

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Lauren Faust on Television for Young Girls

by Susana Polo | 10:22 am, April 1st
“I was extremely skeptical at first about taking the job. Shows based on girls’ toys always left a bad taste in my mouth, even when I was a child. They did not reflect the way I played with my toys. I assigned my ponies and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls distinctive personalities and sent them on epic adventures to save the world. On TV, though… female characters [in children’s shows] have been so homogenized with old-fashioned “niceness” that they have no flaws and are unrelatable. They are so pretty, polite and perfect; there is no legitimate conflict and nothing exciting ever happens…”

This perception, more than anything, is what I am trying to change with My Little Pony.

– Lauren Faust, creative head and executive producer of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

…and here is a link to a cool article she wrote called My Little NON-Homophobic, NON-Racist, NON-Smart-Shaming Pony: A Rebuttal  :

Cute show……I watch an episode and I feel pretty fuzzy on the inside….Overall, I think it and its community are amazing. Here’s why: (huge collection of pony art on my Deviantart page here if anyone is interested…..I deserve no credit for any of these amazing works….)

More from Lauren Faust

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Hayao Miyazaki

The video below really expresses how much I love his work. I could not be more happy that I found it.

Hayao Miyazaki

Personal Favorite Hayao Miyazaki quotes

“I believe that fantasy in the meaning of imagination is very important. We shouldn’t stick too close to everyday reality but give room to the reality of the heart, of the mind and of the imagination. Those things can help us in life. But we have to be cautious in using this word fantasy. In Japan, the word fantasy these days is applied to everything from TV shows to video games, like virtual reality. But virtual reality is a denial of reality. We need to be open to the powers of imagination, which brings something useful to reality. Virtual reality can imprison people. It’s a dilemma I struggle with in my work, that balance between imaginary worlds and virtual worlds.”

  • “We depict hatred, but it is to depict that there are more important things. We depict a curse, to depict the joy of liberation. ”
  • “I’m not going to make movies that tell children, “You should despair and run away”.”
  • “You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.”
  • “Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.”
  • “The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it – I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.”
  • “Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.”
  • “Life is a winking light in the darkness.”
  • “In the past, humans hesitated when they took lives, even non-human lives. But society had changed, and they no longer felt that way. As humans grew stronger, I think that we became quite arrogant, losing the sorrow of ‘we have no other choice.’ I think that in the essence of human civilization, we have the desire to become rich without limit, by taking the lives of other creatures.”
  • “Personally I am very pessimistic. But when, for instance, one of my staff has a baby you can’t help but bless them for a good future. Because I can’t tell that child, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t have come into this life.’ And yet I know the world is heading in a bad direction. So with those conflicting thoughts in mind, I think about what kind of films I should be making.”
  • “The villains are all parts of me. For years I’ve been wondering what it would be like if all those negative elements were forced onto the main character’s side. I can understand a character with that kind of anger.”
  • “We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights to movies than to make them.”
  • “If [hand-drawn animation] is a dying craft, we can’t do anything about it. Civilization moves on. Where are all the fresco painters now? Where are the landscape artists? What are they doing now? The world is changing. I have been very fortunate to be able to do the same job for 40 years. That’s rare in any era.”
  • “Do everything by hand, even when using the computer.”
  • “[on the future of hand-drawn animation] I’m actually not that worried. I wouldn’t give up on it completely. Once in a while there are strange, rich people who like to invest in odd things. You’re going to have people in the corners of garages making cartoons to please themselves. And I’m more interested in those people than I am in big business.”
  • “I would like to make a film to tell children “it’s good to be alive”.”
  • “Personally, I was never more passionate about manga than when preparing for my college entrance exams. It’s a period of life when young people appear to have a great deal of freedom, but are in many ways actually opressed. Just when they find themselves powerfully attracted to members of opposite sex, they have to really crack the books. To escape from this depressing situation, they often find themselves wishing they could live in a world of their own – a world they can say is truly theirs, a world unknown even to their parents. To young people, anime is something they incorporate into this private world. I often refer to this feeling as one yearning for a lost world. It’s a sense that although you may currently be living in a world of constraints, if you were free from those constraints, you would be able to do all sorts of things. And it’s that feeling, I believe, that makes mid-teens so passionate about anime.”
  • “In our work, the question is, how much you absorb from others. So for me, creativity, is really like a relay race. As children we are handed a baton. Rather than passing it onto the next generation as is, first we need to digest it and make it our own.”
  • “I try to dig deep into the well of my subconscious. At a certain moment in that process, the lid is opened and very different ideas and visions are liberated. With those I can start making a film. But maybe it’s better that you don’t open that lid completely, because if you release your subconscious it becomes really hard to live a social or family life.”
Behind the scenes/Making of characters/Videos with people I can admire:

Admirable work I have found over the years…

I seek inspiration everywhere I go. Being an easily impressed individual with a crazy obsession for creating, I admire a ton of artists out there. Most of them are animators, who work in a field in which I am highly interested in studying. When I have the time, I go through videos and look through images in order to get inspired. These videos are an excellent example of what gets me motivated to continue practicing in my drawing. Beautifully bringing drawn images to life is amazing to me, and occasionally, I come across more of these wonderful works no matter what style they are in.