I liked the Sea Ponies. They sang. This is Deep Dream, who explores the darkest depths with her talisman, the Illuminating Eye.
I was never that thrilled with the original straight-up seahorse design for the Sea Ponies, but I still liked the idea that they should have fins instead of front legs. Also you could put the cutie marks on their fins instead of their backs, which I did here. The tentacles represent her rapport with the creatures of the abyss, particularly the monstrous Sea Eyes.
I make up little stories while I’m working to keep me interested. I have sketches of the Sea Eyes too.