• Newbie Artist Training Grounds: Day 24

    Tears Can Be Cute, Too Edition. Or "Phoe needs to learn that when an idea inspires her, she should run with it without fear". This is the 3rd or so topic that I was convinced beyond all reason would wind up being controversial and hated, but I ran with it anyway because I thought the potential imagery was so strong. And every time, instead of that controversy, I get a ton of amazing art. Tonight? Oh my goodness gracious me, tonight. Absolutely incredible, the things you have drawn. Prepare to be rocked from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, and then back again by these 161 soulful and expressive ponies. Our grand total for the event is now 4,518, which easily puts us within striking range of 5,000 by the end of this event. It's officially our goal!

    Now filled with renewed vigor, energy, and purpose I link you once again to the submission guidelines for the night. And don't forget you can drop me a line at [email protected] if there's anything I can help you with! And thank you all for confirming to me that it's worth constantly adding this boring little paragraph every single night.

    The Theme of the Day

    Draw a pony dancing. After getting all of the negative feeling out of their system, the ponies are feeling great and want to express that boundless joy to the world. Also, Pinkie just bought the latest DDR game, and is throwing a party to celebrate. Everypony's invited. This doubles as your opportunity to dry drawing a pony in a Gala style dress if you're interested: I'm trying not to do any more "dress a pony in x" themes, but that one still interests me.

    So... I had a story I had been planning to tell you in this space, but now that it's time, I can't for the life of me remember what it was supposed to be. Don't you hate it when that happens? It's like, all around me are familiar faces, worn out places. Worn out faces, bright and early for their daily races, going nowhere. And their tears are filling up their glasses, no expression. No expression. I hide my head. I want to drown my sorrow... no tomorrow, no tomorrow.

    And I find it kind of funny. I find it kind of sad, that the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had. I find it hard to tell you, 'cause I find it hard to take. But when ponies run in circles it's a very very mad world. I'm... um... I'm sorry. On with the show? Yeah I think that might be best. *shuffles off lamely*

    1) By Several Alpacas (Finally. War has made me a mare.)

    2) By TheWispX

    3) By Hops (Is there enough saucy Phoe being drawn in this event? This artist says no! I, meanwhile, am embarrassed by how happy I was to see this.)

    4) By Gig (The colors on this are lovely.)

    5) By ChaosDrop (This is pretty much why I'll never eat spicy food anymore.)

    6) By Philith (Consider yourself caught up!)

    7) By Emerald Dust

    8) By rich-tea

    9) By TheMediocreSock

    10) By Nero (No references, huh? Nice!)

    11) By Jimbo1023

    12) By Thanqol (Inspired by the story Chasing Rainbows. Which you don't have to read, but maybe it would be nice?)

    13) By ShoeboxWarrior (I really can't get enough of these two together.)

    14) By PandaRoux

    15) By Balloons

    16) By Nullh (Wow, keep up that dedication! And good luck making bronies out of your friends!)

    17) By Midnight Shadow

    18) By TensaiOni (I know this feeling. I know it wel.)

    19) By Smock

    20) By Alipes (There will never be another quite like him.)

    21) By Ori (Tears for Fears.)

    22) By EssAeEm

    23) By Nido Media (The artist told her he wouldn't draw her a cutie mark.)

    24) By Rydel (Ever read Bittersweet?)

    25) By Tenaris

    26) By Saphin

    27) By Colaz (Love is knowing that somepony will always be there for you.)

    28) By Zach (I got pretty misty eyed when I saw this, I'm not going to lie.)

    29) By Amehdaus

    30) By Infinity

    31) By Blueberry Muffin

    32) By DB (From Celly's apparent age here, I think Luna shrank. Still cute. Actually, more cute.)

    33) By Stabbercube

    34) By DiZaster321

    35) By Chromadancer (There can never be enough Buttersc0tch Sundae references.)

    36) By Kitty Tail (Come on Lyra, that's no way to live.)

    37) By Doombah

    38) By DJ Rainbow Dash

    39) By Invidlord (I smiled.)

    40) By Foxtrot

    41) By Mere Jump

    42) By UnintentionalRyhme

    43) By Zephrys

    44) By Kuroi Tsubasa Tenshi (Looks like the story's wrapping up. Good thing, too.)

    45) By Vergioso

    46) By kits (Wonderfully sweet.)

    47) By GonzaHerMeg (My favorite part of this image is how her bag is clearly marked Lunch.)

    48) By Eliwood10 (I have this reaction to music all the time. And movies. And books. And cartoons about ponies. I... I cry a lot, ok? They're mostly good tears.)

    49) By Atlur

    50) By Colin

    51) By Albert (Sometimes you see something so beautiful and there are no words.)

    52) By toonboy92484 (When you get knocked down, get back up.)

    53) By Justanotherpony (The return of Poison Joke could lead to a lot o interesting stories. Just saying.)

    54) By DI-FL (I noticed the title of this piece, then I read the comment left for me explaining it, and then I cried for 15 solid minutes. Lyra, I want to hug you so much.)

    55) By Mat Shades

    56) By DCPIP (Rarity's having a bad day.)

    57) By A.Q. Nichols (The expression here is wonderfully show accurate.)

    58) By Afentis

    59) By Dangereaux (This is absolutely heart rending.)

    60) By Frith

    61) By RaspleZS

    62) By Farvei (For the record, we do this at midnight because no other time works for the blog.)

    63) By Gunny (Fluttercry?)

    64) By Gunny (War cry!)

    65) By badzerg (I feel I owe you an apology for the newest theme.)

    66) By Muffinsforever

    67) By Chris (You beat me; I can't place that quote.)

    68) By Tanman

    69) By Circuit Mane

    70) By Axwrend

    71) By purpletrauma

    72) By Jdan-S (Lyra seems to have a real problem with food.)

    73) By Partition (I'm extremely glad that this event helped you to express yourself.)

    74) By Ambrose

    75) By Doppelgänger (This is equal parts terrifying and awesome.)

    76) By Dr. Trotson (I think I'd cry if I was Scratch here, too.)

    77) By Relias (The number of comments I've gotten today telling me how deeply personal these drawings have been probably makes it my favorite day so far.)

    78) By Uncle Leo (If you must know, I have a Wii, Xbox, and PS3. And a NES, SNES, Genesis, Master System, Dreamcast, 2 PS2s, an N64, an Atari 2600, and an Intellivision. Why do you ask?)

    79) By ASGallardo

    80) By Mattyhex

    81) By CrayonPony

    82) By Starlight Bolt (I'll take it!)

    83) By Pony Stark

    84) By cartoonlion

    85) By Prismatic Pretzel (I feel sorry for Lyra...)

    86) By Prismatic Pretzel (... because she doesn't yet understand how we're perfect for each other!)

    87) By Mockingbird

    88) By McGack (In Memoriam)

    89) By Kyouhen (If you remember the earlier submissions in this series, you'll realize why Celly is a GIANT JERK.)

    90) By Djrk16 (Very well done! It gets pretty hard playing catch up with these themes.)

    91) By Da Chi

    92) By Fisher

    93) By MHPayne

    94) By The Flying Tomato

    95) By Da Chi (Oh man. I don't think I was ready for something this violent tonight.)

    96) By deniper

    97) By Neoridgeback (Just hold on a few months more!)

    98) By PenguinPlayer

    99) By Lunar Apologist (Finally!)

    100) By Horizon Bound (As I seem to be saying a lot today, I'm glad I was able to play a part in inspiring you! Glad you're home safe.)

    101) By blasthemis

    102) By Hakys

    103) By The Recliner (Thank you for accepting the Phoe Pun-a-Day Challenge!)

    104) By Kooldude

    105) By Kephra (Congratulations to your cousin!)

    106) By Tarynsgate

    107) By Kt Kat

    108) By Natry

    109) By fetchbeer (Just to make this clear, those are trinkets from Scoot's collection, not the remains of Dashie.)

    110) By Rekiara (Livin' the dream.)

    111) By Erica C

    112) By fairiedragon999

    113) By Windfall

    114) By Kitsune (Why I can never stay mad at Celly.)

    115) By Goggle Sparks

    116) By Doc Steedly (Don't you love it when inspiration strikes like lightning?)

    117) By Sherlock Hooves (This would definitely happen. Dashie is a total softy under all that bravado.)

    118) By Ego (I think my heart just exploded. Again.)

    119) By PinkiePied (Octavia, this is not how you settle these things. Put the knife down and come here. We can talk this out.)

    120) By Starlite

    121) By Phantom G (I'm taking my pink Celestia to GenCon this year to paint it properly.)

    122) By Pcjoyce (Next week, on As Equestria Turns...)

    123) By A Terrible Person

    124) By Buddy Vox (Just in case this isn't abundantly clear, her library is burning down.)

    125) By Kloudmutt (Is there anything else for me to say other than holy crap? I think not!)

    126) By Spurs (I am a terrible pony. A terrible, terrible pony.)

    127) By Immersa (Hearkening back to Day 15. Very beautiful.)

    128) By Spiritofthwwolf

    129) By JJ

    130) By Tenchi Outsuno (I'm pretty sure this is the saddest thing in canon.)

    131) By MasterofRoku

    132) By Panda_Instinct (Took me a second to notice where the tears were welling. Now I feel bad for laughing.)

    133) By Kelz

    134) By Leaf Growth

    135) By 8ftmetalhead

    136) By Easteu (My but there are a lot of tearful Fluttershys tonight.)

    137) By AlterForm

    138) By Silent Oink

    139) By PVRyohei

    140) By Moogie

    141) By Shockwave

    142) By Uncle Leo

    143) By nuclearsuplexattack

    144) By BronyQuest

    145) By Sapphire

    146) By Virga Rainboom (Actually, I do find myself curious to hear the long version. Send it along, please?)

    147) By Aku

    148) By DJ RBDash

    149) By StarSongPony

    150) By Hiro

    151) By Twilightlover21

    152) By Periphery

    153) By Fox E:

    154) By rabidcow147

    155) By HyperMark (janzybrony)

    156) By djTeka

    157) By Liska

    158) By randomjack

    159) By otherunicorn

    160) By Thattagen

    161) By Eeful

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