EDIT: Messed with the left foreleg to make it look more natural and less like a piece of rubber. Hopefully I did a good job. Here's the original for comparison: sta.sh/0rkrpgjtcnr
FINALLY. This is the first time I've vectored anything, and HOLY MOTHER OF VENUS it took me a long time. Going on 36 hours, I think. Anyway, it was worth it. I am ecstatic with how this turned out. Especially the mane, now that the blue highlights I didn't draw in the sketch have been added in. And while I did use references, this work (the sketch included) is the first of my OC that's entirely mine from start to finish. I'm beginning to feel like I might have a bit of skill after all.
Intended to be a ponified representation of myself, Graphite is talented in the areas of both art and engineering. He is a futurist who spends his time sketching and building gadgets and hi-tech machinery, but he also greatly enjoys being an artist on the side. I'd have half a mind to stick one of Mass Effect's omnitools on him, if not for the fact that it'd be way ahead of his time and downright cheap.
A defining image would be of him standing at a drafting table in a large, cozy, wooden room, dreaming up ideas on paper and surrounded by bits and pieces of electronics, hydraulics, gears, pulleys, etc.
He is a humble, content pony. People often come to him for help with intellectual and technical problems, but while he'll accept praise from others, he doesn't like to brag. He does, however, like to show off creations he's excited about, whether technological or artistic.
He is generally happy and he would
be outgoing if not for the fact that he usually can't think of anything to say fast enough. This tends to result in a lot of conversations where he spends most of the time letting the other pony do the talking, enthusiastically replying with "yep", "exactly", "awesome", etc., paying thorough attention while wishing he could elaborate more and show a bit of wit. He does have his occasional moments of shining linguistic and charismatic brilliance, but they are rare enough that they tend to throw others for a loop when they happen.
He enjoys helping people out, especially when it calls on his artistic ability. He'll readily help out with the aforementioned intellectual and technical problems, but he's wary of those that bring on "computer repairman syndrome", the kind you get when dealing with people who still call themselves "computer illiterate" and don't bother to google their problem before asking for help.
He'd love to solve ponies' personal dramas too, and he's got the wisdom for it, but he's not one-hundred percent confident in his ability to say the right thing at the right time, so this doesn't happen as often as he'd like.
----------If you'd like to use this guy as a filler pony in the background or something, or to use it as a base for making your own OC or other pony, go right ahead, just please credit me and let me know. But this is my painstakingly crafted representation of myself, so please don't use it for anything else.