• Newbie Artist Training Grounds: Day 15


    I had to break my rules regarding sketch-style images in this space for today. Hopefully you'll understand why after the page break. Right now, let's talk about art! Myth ponies, story ponies, classic ponies, all the ponies of the rainbow. 164 in all! Come in, sit down, and learn a lot about antiquity! And some more recent things because you guys just love looking for ways out of what I ask for. It's part of why I love you, after all. You know what's disappointing, though? In all of the hullabaloo, not a single one of you gave me an image of Fluttershy as Yggdrasil. I lobbed this one underhand to you. For shame. Shame!

    Moving right along, let's go ahead and link the submission guidelines, same as always. And just like always, talk to me at phoe@equestriadaily.com if something goes wrong. It's hard finding new ways to say this every night. Almost as hard as coming up with interesting themes.

    The Theme of the Day

    Draw a pony standing in the wind. I think with all the action we've been doing lately, it might be nice to return to something a little more simple and serene. And deceptively difficult, from what I've been told by all the ponies I've spoken to who live in the world of art. I apologize for requiring so many scenery pieces. I know it's hard work but keep at it! You're all improving so much!

    Once upon a time, in a magical land called Equestria, there were two ponies who were very much in love. Bon Bon spent her days baking, or picking wildflowers, sharing both each night with the mint colored unicorn called Lyra, whose lyre was said to play the most beautiful music in all of Equestria. Ponies came from all over to Ponyville to hear her songs, entranced by the love entwined within every note, every pluck of the string. But it was only one pony who heard her true masterpieces - under the moon each night at midnight, the pair would sit and look up at the stars, and Lyra would play. They say that these notes were so awesome that to hear but a chord was to touch the heartstrings of creation. And they were all for Bon Bon. Only for Bon Bon.

    But it could never last. One day out gathering flowers to decorate a very special plate of candies with, Bon Bon was beset upon by a jealous stallion who sought to seduce her. He chased her for hours across the countryside, matching gallop for gallop, wearing the frightened mare down. It seemed that he would have her any moment, but when he made his move she backed away, falling into a pit filled with a viper. The frightened serpent lashed out against her leg - the poison took her before he ever could. Much to everypony's surprise, when Lyra found out she had not a single tear to shed. "I will save her," she said, "For Bon Bon, I will go through Hell. I will give up everything I am."

    The Underworld was filled with perils, but the unicorn bard never flinched. She crossed the river Styx, stared down the three headed hound. At last she stood before Persepony, Queen of the Dead. "Give her back," said Lyra, "Return my Bon Bon to me." And Lyra pulled free her instrument and played a song, one that had been meant only for Bon Bon. The Queen was moved to tears - an event that had not happened before or since. With a nod of her head, she relented. Lyra was allowed to lead Bon Bon out to the surface, if she would trust the word of the Queen and never look behind her until they had returned home. Lyra consented. "Of course. Anything for my Bon Bon."

    And Lyra was true to her word... until she saw the entrance to the surface. Her heart ached with longing. Her head turned of its own accord. She just had to see! "...Lyra?" Bon Bon's face was a mixture of sadness and terror as the shadows wrapped around her form and pulled her back in. The tears that fell from Lyra's eyes in that moment never ceased for one day or one moment. She played her music... played Bon Bon's music, wandered lost and listless across the land. The passionate notes brought many suitors seeking her hoof, but she would have none of it. Months turned to years, and never once did her crying or her playing cease.

    There came a day when her suitors had had enough. They cornered the unicorn, demanded she choose somepony. Demanded she love them. But she could not. Enraged, they assaulted her with everything they could find. But their rocks and sticks fell short, refusing to strike the player of such transcendent music. Furious, the set upon her themselves, striking with head and hoof, opening cuts all across her body. With one powerful buck, a deafening crack filled the air. The music had stopped - Lyra's horn had shattered into dust. Everypony stared at the mangled mess of a mare they had created, shaking their heads in disgust and scattering. What good was she now? Lyra winced, but bore the pain. "I... will give up... everything..."

    "For me?" Bon Bon's voice floated over the grass into Lyra's ears. Lyra closed her eyes, and swore she could feel the other mare's breath against her neck. She smiled, and drifted away in the night air. Her gift was gone forever, but she could not remember a time she had been so happy...




    1) By Ethrx



    2) By Voyageris (Shawn)



    3) By Mellowbloom (This is not the tenth Fluttershy in Wonderland reference.)



    4) By ChaosDrop (This is beautiful, but also if you think about it incredibly sad.)



    5) By Tabs



    6) By Lucky Charm



    7) By blindferret



    8) By Thanqol



    9) By VeoBandit (Luna Red Riding Hood!)



    10) By Easteu (Ouroboros Magnet)



    11) By Quint-t-W



    12) By dirty pie (I suppose classic movies count too)



    13) By Emerald Dust



    14) By FoxOfWar



    15) By Sherlock Hooves



    16) By blasthemis (I knew him, Horatio. A snack of infinite zest...)



    17) By Cybie



    18) By Atlur (Don't worry guys, I got this!)



    19) By Mister Bristle (Fun fact:: it was actually an urn. Also, the thing left inside the box was knowledge of exactly how and when everypony would die.)



    20) By Heidds (Pyramus and Thisbe as filtered through Romeo and Juliet as filtered through The Lion King II as filtered through My Little Pony)



    21) By Pwny_Pokes



    22) By Fisher (Medicine is now 20% cooler.)



    23) By The Recliner



    24) By Invidlord (Raridusa was slain by Derpeus, who could see where to strike because she was incapable of meeting the monster's gaze.)



    25) By Smock (In the comments for this one was a fanfic the artist wrote. He shipped Dash and Pinkie. I giggled.)



    26) By NikaScott



    27) By reaverson



    28) By Philith (I did not think of this.)



    29) By Philith (...Or this.)



    30) By vertlizardgirl (Some Native American tales for you.)



    31) By Alleen



    32) By RaspleZS



    33) By DB (This just about killed me.)



    34) By Doctor Whoof Fanatic



    35) By PenguinPlayer (Wait, Muramasa isn't a famous myth? Since when? Artist, you're crazy.)



    36) By Saphin



    37) By Kitty Tail (Eat. Your. Heart. Out. Trixie.)



    38) By Vissia



    39) By Alipes (Hahahahahaaaa... oh goodness.)



    40) By Dragon Rage (This poem is 123 years old? I didn't know that!)



    41) By Mere Jump (I love it.)



    42) By GonzaHerMeg (I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to come up with a pun for Mordred, but got creeped out by the idea of Dash having a daughter.)



    43) By Spiritofthwwolf



    44) By Circuit Mane



    45) By Doc Steedly (Myth confirmed!)



    46) By Farvei



    47) By Jimbo1023



    48) By EssAeEm (Wish by wish, putting it together)



    49) By Mockingbird (Fluttershy is a magnificent Persepony.)



    50) By Erthilo



    51) By Moabite (Ooh, Celtic ponies!)



    52) By Taco Bandit



    53) By LadyLegos



    54) By PinkamenaPie (I'm... just gonna... hey look a Life of Brian reference!)



    55) By Poker Face + Flare The Wolf



    56) By Kitsune



    57) By FLASKGARG



    58) By rich-tea



    59) By Partition (Check it out! Eskimo myth!)



    60) By DI-FL



    61) By The Obsessor (Whether tis nobler to suffer the constant brushing and horn rot, or simply to have it removed...)



    62) By Nullh



    63) By Lacrox



    64) By LifeSequenceBreak (Hrm... Siegshy? Flutterwulf? Not sure which story this is.)



    65) By Gear X. Machina



    66) By Ori



    67) By Lunar Apologist (Gordian knot solved in ten second flat.)



    68) By Chris (Not a good night for Trixie, is it?)



    69) By Latverian_Ponyfan_2993



    70) By unholyhen (By Celestia's beard!)



    71) By PastelPony



    72) By Ego (...I have no words.)



    73) By Kyouhen (My... my heart...)



    74) By Tabs



    75) By Hawkeye92



    76) By Blu



    77) By Lancer5317 (If Celly is the king, who is Gweniviere? And did Twilight sleep with her?)



    78) By Bananizen



    79) By Relias



    80) By Kaiserin



    81) By Neoridgeback



    82) By Vanner



    83) By DCPIP (Derp Quixote!)



    84) By Kooldude



    85) By fetchbeer (At least she hasn't forgotten how to call a chicken.)



    86) By Starlight Bolt



    87) By Amehdaus (I'm sorry this is so tiny. I can't do anything about it...)



    88) By Facelessguru



    89) By toonboy92484 (Rarity later changes her mind when Blueblood shows up to rescue her.)



    90) By Mr.Paulsen (All ponies are equal. That's it. You were expecting another sentence?)



    91) By Frith (Pinkie as The Laughing Buddha.)



    92) By Doombah



    93) By Scootaleo



    94) By badzerg



    95) By badzerg



    96) By Eliwood10



    97) By The Flying Tomato



    98) By Dangereaux (Eeyup.)



    99) By Fox E: (Pushing the boundaries of the theme to its limits, its... Selpnir? Sort of?)



    100) By Afentis



    101) By Lulubell (Dashie looks like she's mad at me. What did I do?)



    102) By Infinity (This is a beautiful representation of Classical style pottery work. Love it to pieces.)



    103) By Condor (And I'm not writing one!)



    104) By kits



    105) By Solomos



    106) By Kits



    107) By Erica C



    108) By ShoeboxWarrior (Turns out that love isn't blind. Just Derpy.)




    109) By Kt Kat (Absolutely gorgeous.)



    110) By Prismatic Pretzel



    111) By Haafiz



    112) By Buddy Vox (Ooh, nice. Jonathan Swift...)



    113) By Goggle Sparks (This is a Thai myth about a tree that grows fruit in the shape of females. Fluttershy, you got your wish!)



    114) By Ambrose (Don't worry, she's got snacks in there.)



    115) By Natry



    116) By Leaf Growth



    117) By Crowfall



    118) By Kuroi Tsubasa Tenshi



    119) By Djrk16



    120) By PVRyohei



    121) By Immersa



    122) By Uncle Leo



    123) By A Terrible Person



    124) By Zephire (I prefer Fluttermis to Artishy.)



    125) By MasterofRoku



    126) By TopoCruz (Some Guatemalan folklore here! I'm learning a lot today!)



    127) By Windfall



    128) By Rydel



    129) By Chromadancer



    130) By Damian Foxx



    131) By Randomjack



    132) By Liska (Not a good day for Rarity, either. Hahaha!)



    133) By Moof



    134) By Shockwave



    135) By TapeDiggity (And now, some Dante's Inferno.)



    136) By Da Chi



    137) By Rachel (Wow, just look at those colors...)



    138) By MHPayne



    139) By Phantom G



    140) By Starlite



    141) By StarStep



    142) By Zach (I will fiiiiiiind my way. I can go the distaaaaance)



    143) By Drilltooth



    144) By Wolferahm



    145) By Tenchi Outsuno



    146) By Virga Rainboom (Sea ponies!)



    147) By Albert



    148) By Jiyrath (Rariphus? Sisyty? These are hard.)



    149) By Xiagu



    150) By Thattagen (Another artist requesting a color job here!)



    151) By Kelz



    152) By Entropy



    153) By nuclearsuplexattack


    154) By Eeful


    155) By Sashley



    155) By Muffinsforever



    156) By Syggie



    157) By djTeka



    158) By Magnet



    159) By Avnas Ishtaroth



    160) By DJ RBDash



    161) By Spurs



    162) By Periphery



    163) By Heireau/HarrowTPrower/Ineedtostickwithoneusername



    164) By Nido