• Newbie Artist Training Grounds III - Day 29

    Almost there... almost... there...! Just a little bit farther... You've heard me saying it for almost a month now, but it's never been as true as it is today. We're here at the end of another week, and only two prompts lay before us. Though we may struggle, we fight on! Even though it's hard, even though there's stuff to be done, you press on beautifully, sending in another 217 stretchy mares and colts pressing on and displaying their burning, inviolate passions. Amazing! To have this kind of participation even at the very end of a difficult journey like this is... I have no words for it. I'm crying a little bit. Thank you, for each and every one of these 9627 images. 

    But now is not the time for waxing nostalgic or pulling up to rest. Not when there's still ponies to be drawn! 'But Phoe, there's always ponies to be drawn!' Well, yes, but this has always been about more than just drawing ponies. What you're doing is crossing a goal. It's a goal you set for yourself when you started. It's a goal to prove all the vast wonders you're capable of, and to reach out and grab that potential as your own. And you're almost there. Day 29. Day 30. These are the bridges you will gallop over on your way to the hallowed grounds of sleep and self esteem. The wind is at your back!

    Reach out, stretch out, hold out those hands just a little bit farther. Never mind the popping of the joints, don't worry if it hurts, just get that tiny bit farther, and have yourselves a gallery. I don't even know what to say at this point. If I've had expectations for the event, you've blown them all so far away I don't remember where they began. Be proud, each and every person in this gallery, because you've made some of my favorite art to date. Be proud if you've ever submitted to any gallery. Be proud if you've said something nice to an artist in these past 28 days. Be proud if you resisted the urge to make a zombie joke just now! Sort of.

    As anyone who's been through this little exercise can tell you, Day 30 is a bit special. Things happen a little bit differently. Don't you worry about that for now, just get your running shoes back on, because it's time to take a victory lap. Tonight, Draw a pony crossing the finish line/Draw a pony making the grade. Submit all entries here by 11:59 PM, Pacific time, on Friday, September 13. This is no ill omen, this is your moment! Now run with it; it's time for celebrations!