• Newbie Artist Training Grounds: Day 20


    The Way to a Stallion's Heart edition. Love is in the air, everypony. Even if you're not a fan of shipping there is so much love to be had? And if that's really the case you are surely asking why. Well I'll tell you. We've hit 20 days! 20 days of you drawing ponies based on the whims of my fancy, 20 days of me staying up obscenely late to share the fruits of your labors. 20 days of me never quite lasting long enough to get that one last image up and causing a rift in the heart of a pony that I will never be able to heal, oh though I will try. And maybe not every theme is as strong as the ones that came before it, but I think we're having fun. I can tell, because tonight after nearly 2/3 of a month of doing this, I received 178 lovey dovey cutesy wutesy little ponies. That brings the grand tally up to 3,907. Do you know who I love? Lyra You. Well... maybe both.

    And then we do that part where I link you to the submission guidelines. And then I tell you (you'll never guess) to send problems and questions to phoe@equestriadaily.com where I can handle them to the best of my ability. And then we move on to...

    The Theme of the Day

    Draw a pony laughing. We're keeping with the running theme this week of very very simple concepts with a huge amount of depth involved in interpreting and expressing that concept. Who is this pony and why is she laughing? Is it mirthful laughter? Derisive? Sarcastic? Hollow? What caused it? Keep these things in mind and you'll be able to produce another plethora of creative and unique submissions, and not 200 Pinkie Pies. As a special opportunity for bonus points - did you know that Sethisto is a pony trapped in a cube? I've been talking to our Grand Overlord, and he wants out. Release him into the world, if you dare. Have fun!


    The past couple of nights I've been talking to a pony who's been expressing some frustrations about the difficulty of getting a lot of critique and feedback on his drawings. What I said to him seemed to help, so I've decided it's a good idea to share my thoughts on the subject publicly. That is, I understand that Blogger is not very well suited to carrying on extended conversations and that the sheer number of entries makes it difficult for anypony to focus reliably on a single one. Even knowing that, however, it is my firm belief that a large portion of the reward factor for this event is in getting to see your work showcased every night on the blog in exactly the same way it would be in a Drawfriend event. There is something special about getting to be right here that I don't think could be replicated if I moved all of this off site. That's why I was hesitant to move to an alternate photo site back when it became apparent I couldn't handle doing all of this by hoof, and it's why I'm hesitant to change things up now.

    But while feedback is a very important part of an artist's growth, and while improving at art is definitely something we're here to do, it's not the only point of this. I'm sure that many of you think a way that I often catch myself thinking when I read something or look at something, "Wow, that's better than I could ever do." "If I can't be the best, I don't want to try." "It has to be perfect, or it can't see the light of day." I do this all the time. But I'm not giving you time to think these things. By setting you against the grind of constant submissions, we are building good creative habits - coming up with an idea, executing it, and allowing it to be flawed each and every day. So that when we get to the very end of everything, you will have all this momentum built up and will be able to continue producing content as you please even without me coming to you every night with a prompt. You're going to improve (and you have. A lot), but it's not going to happen every single day. If there's an aspect of your art that you know doesn't feel right and you just can't figure out what the hay is up, I encourage you to take your submissions and show them off everywhere you can think of that you feel comfortable doing. Seek out commentary in a slower paced environment and consider that advice as it applies to future prompts. But for right now? For what we're doing? Just know that you don't need to get it perfect right on your first try. Art is a constantly spiraling staircase upward to improvement. But in order to climb it, we need to start walking. This is why we're here. When things start to feel frustrating, just remember that. I promise you'll feel better.




    1) By Chrysanthemum Blossom (I'm sorry. This is realy cute, but... that cutie mark is what again?)



    2) By Moogie



    3) By Moogie



    4) By Nimble Haste



    5) By ChaosDrop (Ah sure do love pears.)



    6) By Jimbo1023



    7) By Giny The Whoof (I understand how you feel, Octavia. I miss my bass, too.)



    8) By engel-angelica



    9) By Skyline (I do believe this is the most unique medium I've gotten a piece in so far.)



    10) By Prismatic Pretzel (I have come to expect many things. This is not one of them. I... I can't stop blushing.)
    Linked for high amounts of... I can't believe I'm writing this... Phoe sauce.



    11) By Thanqol



    12) By ASGallardo (BluebloodxMirror is my OTP.)



    13) By Rai-dash



    14) By LifeSequenceBreak (Love is cruel. Also muffin.)



    15) By D4SHTH3R4INBOW



    16) By Ego (Ego, you continue to rule. <3)



    17) By Rina D.



    18) By Sherlock Hooves (Although I approve of LyraxBon Bon, that will not stop me or my unhealthy obsession with one half of that pair.)



    19) By Colaz



    20) By Skyline (Brushie is filling Leonardo DiCaprio's role as Jack Dawson. So beautiful.)



    21) By Saphin



    22) By FoxOfWar (Based on the story... you know what? I think you can figure it out.)



    23) By Carla (NarbeVoguel) (My, Octavia is... forward.)



    24) By Kitty Tail (Did you ever pass love notes when you were a foal? I didn't.)



    25) By Horizon Bound



    26) By Smock (Super duper ultra mega cute.)



    27) By 731 (I prefer escalators.)



    28) By Tarynsgate



    29) By Easteu (Aaaand there's that song stuck in my head.)



    30) By Supersheep64 (There has been no end to the giggling this has caused. Oh Rarity...)



    31) By NikaScott



    32) By Nicole G. (FlutterMac sure is popular. Not really my thing, though.)



    33) By Alipes



    34) By Chromadancer



    35) By SiuiS



    36) By emeralddarkness



    37) By Partition (I've never considered this before, but now that I see it, this is definitely how I imagine the Elements of Harmony working. Everypony hug Luna!)



    38) By Emerald Dust (I think any plan that relies on somepony being heartbroken needs work. Back to the drawing board, Celly! After game night.)



    39) By loz



    40) By Syggie



    41) By TensaiOni (WahaHAAha!)



    42) By Nero



    43) By DB (This picture came with a small shipping story. It was cute.)



    44) By Mere Jump (Rainbooms are the most romantic gesture.)



    45) By Mr.Paulsen



    46) By cartoonlion (Little fillyshy and her parents. D'aww!)



    47) By EssAeEm



    48) By Natry



    49) By Diakaern



    50) By Taco Bandit



    51) By ProjectFreeism (Woah, this is too hot for tv.)



    52) By Amehdaus



    53) By Nido Media (What is this I don't even)



    54) By The Recliner



    55) By Nullh (I should think it would be hard to emulate Flash on bristol. Very well done!)



    56) By GonzaHerMeg (I love the look on Dashie's face back there.)



    57) By Doctor Whoof Fanatic



    58) By Tibberly (They really are an adorable couple.)



    59) By EssAeEm



    60) By DJ Rainbow Dash (The artist cals it unfinished. I call it beautifully stylized.)



    61) By Spiritofthwwolf (Pony in love. Hardy har.)



    62) By Rachel



    63) By typomouse



    64) By Mockingbird (Based on a true story. Your relationship sounds so romantic!)



    65) By CapnChryssalid



    66) By kits (Evidently it's a VERY POPULAR story.)



    67) By rich-tea



    68) By Starlight Bolt



    69) By Gear X. Machina (This is really sweet, but my heart breaks to look at it.)



    70) By Jdan-S



    71) By purpletrauma



    72) By Gear X. Machina (...Bacon and eggs?)



    73) By Ori (So much love!)



    74) By Chris



    75) By Chris



    76) By ecmc1093



    77) By Bananizen



    78) By fetchbeer (Hey guys! Hey guys! Look! Shipping! Get it? =D)



    79) By Zach



    80) By A.Q. Nichols (What a crack pairing.)



    81) By DI-FL (This accompanies a mini story about their devotion to their daughter putting a strain on their relationship and forcing a temporary separation. Context helps make this much sweeter.)



    82) By Atlur (Who does Fluttershy love? Must be you.)



    83) By Rraden



    84) By Afentis



    85) By PrismaPencil (So much FlutterMac!)



    86) By PenguinPlayer



    87) By Dragon Rage



    88) By The Obsessor



    89) By Sorekey (Damn it, Braeburn! You have no right to be that sexy! No right!)



    90) By Doc Steedly




    91) By Lancer5317 (A pony... in... love. Arg my brain.)



    92) By Frith (I hate you for getting the sea ponies song stuck in my head.)



    93) By Tenchi Outsuno



    94) By Crimson Risk



    95) By Luna (Ok, I have to agree. Sweetie Belle x Popcorn forever.)



    96) By Valfar



    97) By SiuiS (Little Midnight and Princess Mommy. If you understand what I'm talking about I love you.)



    98) By The Flying Tomato (The Book O' Books is a best seller. Squeee!)



    99) By Infinity



    100) By kibihascrashed



    101) By Tanman



    102) By Dangereaux (Welcome to the world of shipping, sir!)



    103) By PrismaPencil (This is unfairly cute.)



    104) By toonboy92484



    105) By Pony Stark



    106) By Squidbombed



    107) By Daishizen (I would seriously pay almost any amount of money for a Lyra plushie.)



    108) By Goggle Sparks



    109) By Rydel (Your comment implies I didn't explicitly state that Storge wasn't a totally valid alternative to Eros for tonight. Also, cuuuute!)



    110) By RaspleZS



    111) By Scootaleo



    112) By Argembarger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love,_Saskatchewan There. Now you get it, too.)



    113) By Riokenn



    114) By AlterForm (... Well then.)



    115) By Sapphire



    116) By Starlite



    117) By Relias (...Huh. How have I never thought of this before?)



    118) By Periphery



    119) By Djrk16



    120) By Buddy Vox



    121) By Prismatic Pretzel



    122) By Fickle



    123) By Jake(AKA Hefewy)



    124) By Kt Kat (Always drawn together, never written. It's RainbowFire!)



    125) By Lunar Apologist (There are not enough things you can say about how adorable this is.)



    126) By Kephra



    127) By Invidlord



    128) By TopoCruz



    129) By Da Chi



    130) By TapeDiggity



    131) By Philith



    132) By badzerg



    133) By Immersa (Lyra's shocking, scandalous secret passion. I am speechless. It's like I don't even know her anymore.)



    134) By Xiagu (It's not a shipping event unless Luna winds up with an abacus.)



    135) By Albert



    136) By Neoridgeback (I agree with Twilight.)



    137) By Spurs (And then Boast Busters became about revenge.)



    138) By Dashalicious



    139) By Falgaia (From Yari's Synch!



    140) By Pcjoyce (Any time a theme causes a Butters0tchSundae reference, I am a happy pony.)



    141) By CoconutPilot



    142) By Panda_Instinct



    143) By A Terrible Person (The artist is unsure if Lyra here is dreamily thinking about me, or Bon Bon. I'm pretty sure I know which.)



    144) By Colin



    145) By Shockwave



    146) By Kelz



    147) By Entropy



    148) By MasterofRoku



    149) By VeoBandit



    150) By Passer Palmatum (This right here is pretty much exactly why the sheves of conveinence stores are lined with trashy romance novels.)



    151) By Ivan



    152) By PVRyohei (It's a certain somepony's dream come true!)



    153) By Kooldude



    154) By BronyQuest (brb, cleaning cranberry juice off my monitor. o.o)



    155) By Fox E: (I am almost certainly going to wind up dreaming about this thanks to you.)



    156) By Kuroi Tsubasa Tenshi



    157) By Mistal



    158) By nuclearsuplexattack



    159) By 8ftmetalhead (D'aww at the note.)



    160) By Leaf Growth



    161) By rabidcow147



    162) By 8ftmetalhead


    163) By Bubblegum


    164) By DJ RBDash


    165) By StarSongPony



    166) By Jena-su



    167) By Mint156



    168) By Virga Rainboom



    169) By djTeka



    170) By Uncle Leo



    171) By Magnet



    172) By Randomjack



    173) By Liska



    174) By Eeful



    175) By Milk



    176) By ShoeboxWarrior



    177) By Thattagen



    178) By Circuit Mane