• Newbie Artist Training Grounds II: Closing Ceremonies

    Well everybody, this is it. We're done: you've made it. Congratulations! Thirty days of drawing is not an insignificant feat, nor is choosing to draw for practice in such a public forum in the first place. Every single one of you, no matter how many ponies you were able to draw, is incredible. You're simply the best - I don't know what to feel right now other than pride. You've chosen to go out with a bang, too. Our final gallery? 877 ponies. That's... incredible. Simply incredible. Which brings us to the moment you've all been waiting for: our final event total! We end the second Newbie Artist Training Grounds with a grand total of 16786 images!You've done amazing things. Hang that number on your wall, and know that you're a part of it.

    I have no submission guidelines to link you to, but I do have a new mission, should you choose to accept it. Now that you've reached the end of our event, you've earned a chance to rest. But what we've done here is only the beginning. You still have tons to learn, and you'll continue to improve the further you go on. So I implore you, please, keep drawing after this. You won't be alone. Last year's graduates formed a group on DeviantART featuring weekly themes to keep the spirit of this event alive, and they are still at it to this day. You qualify now, so I urge you to consider joining the Artist Training Grounds Alumni and let their ranks swell. Here is your diploma.

    Before I link you to tonight's super massive unbelievable amazariffic gallery, I want to take a second to thank some people. Firstly, I want to thank Knighty for building this submitter and helping me to make it work when the scope of the event turned out to far exceed anything we could have expected. Without him, there would be no event. Secondly, I want to thank Calpain for being my partner and helping me to sort ponies and deliver galleries unto you, my loyal students. He stepped in while I was too weak to computer, and he was instrumental in the planning stages. Without him, none of this would be as good as it was. And lastly? Lastly I need to thank all of you. Every single one. From your art to your heartfelt messages of thanks and farewells, you have made this the most incredible thing I have ever done with my life. I've gotten a ton of e-mails today thanking me (I've tried to reply to most of them) for everything, but really, without you? I'm just sitting here, talking to myself. You made this happen. You are incredible. And I want you to know it.

    No more jokes, no more rambling. Enjoy the gallery. It's the best one yet.