• Newbie Artist Training Grounds II: Day 1

    Fillies and gentlecolts, it is time! The hour has arrived and the Training Grounds are officially opening their doors as of this minute! In case you may have missed the memo, this is the place where you can learn how to draw ponies, or practice your skills if you already know. We do not discriminate based on skill, and we are here to create a safe, nurturing environment for burgeoning artists to show off their stuff and get better together. You might be thinking that you're too bad for this. You're wrong! You can get your skills right up there with all of your favorite artists, but the only way that's going to happen is through practice. I'm offering you a chance to not have to take that first step alone. So come along! Join us. I promise you'll have fun.

    Now that you're set on drawing, how should you do it? Well, that's your choice. Digital, traditional, finger painting, tablets, I don't care if you scribble on a napkin and send a picture of it you took on your phone. Just draw that pony! So long as you keep to the theme or a clever interpretation thereof, and hold to EqD's content rules (that means go easy on the grimdark, go easy on the saucy stuff), you're in! Just upload your entry to our new contest submitter, brought to you by the awesomely British head of fimfiction, knighty. Thanks dude! If the submission form says its closed, don't worry - it'll open soon enough.

    You will have 24 hours as of this post, meaning August 3 at midnight, Pacific Daylight Time to get your entry in. There's a three hour window at the end if you're a bit late, but once the submitter closes, that's it. Limit three per customer.

    Got all that? Good! Now, here's your first assignment. As we're beginning our lessons in art, the best place to start is with the pony at rest. Therefore, draw an idle pony, or draw a pony idling. Don't be afraid to be creative with the prompt, and have fun!