• Newbie Artist Training Grounds IV: Day 10

    Come on, give me the rock! Feed me the rock! I got th-- come to think of it, that's the wrong game. But you know what? I also would have expected basketball - the season is in full swing, after all! I'm actually a bit surprised I haven't seen too much in the way of subversions with this theme; not very many ponies from warmer climates doing warmer things. But that's good! It means everybody's really into the spirit of things, and that makes me smile. Also making me smile, Also making me smile, our galleries continue to be robust and splendiforous, which is totally not a made up word and accurately describes my feelings toward a Day 9 gallery that's still 442 ponies strong. This brings our total up to 5283 images! 5,000 is a huge milestone, and super worth celebrating!

    Before we get too deep in streamers and balloons though, I do want to take a minute to remind everyone about what this is all for. Our numbers are dwindling. And this is totally understandable, because life is what it is and it doesn't always feel like there's time for pony drawings. But some people are starting to get a little bit down, and those people are questioning themselves. A shocking number of names this year have been sticking with it the whole way through to this point, or have only missed a day or two. And to you folks, please take a look back at Day 1. Remember what it felt like and remember how long it took you. Now look at today. You should be seeing signs of the routine settling in. Maybe it's not a stellar leap forward, but there's progress there already. You're a better pony artist than you were when you started. So don't stop, and don't beat yourself up. You're wonderful, and doing wonderfully. Just look at this gallery as proof.

    One last final technical note, but to those of you photographic traditional drawings for this event, ChiraChan created a wonderful tutorial for cleaning them up on your computer. If you've got the time, it's worth a look! Sorry we couldn't print this sooner!




    Our prize today comes from another returning champion, this time from Enterplay. This time, we have another lovely signed playmat from the incredibly talented Pixelkitties (thank you so much!) and a full booster box containing 30 packs of the newest MLP card game expansion, The Crystal Games. If you're a fan of the card game (and you should be, it's pretty neat), this will be a really nice addition to your collection. Thanks, Enterplay, for continuing to help us out here at the ATG. Great people deserve great prizes. I only wish we had enough for everybody.

    Our Day 8 winner is lucky number 64, giving us some family holiday cheer with Pinkie and Maude. Chrisgotjar, congratulations! We'll be in touch shortly to arrange shipping details.

    One of the primary challenges for me as a themesmith has been finding fun seasonal prompts that don't constrict creativity too heavily or sound too much like they can only be about christmas. After all, this is a time full of all sorts of reasons to celebrate, and nobody should be shying away from any of them. With that said, no matter who you are, this is a month for lights and wonder. Tonight, Draw a pony decorating/Draw a pony wrapping, yo.

    Submit all entries here by December 11 at 9 PM Mountain Standard Time (GMT -7). I have run out of clever things to say here, but it looks too empty to just leave the submission link if I don't try. So I'm going to just slink away and leave with this gallery, smoke bomb style. I'm totally not just to the right, don't bother looking. Aha. Ahem. *thud*

  • More New Shirts at Tee Public for the Holidays - Plus Sale Until the 15th


    Crossovers... crossovers everywhere.  Teepublic has added four more shirts to their selection of pony stuff, with two from other popular cartoons.  We also get some Derpy and a watercolor Rainbow Dash. Have some links:

    Derpy
    Sky Bison Avatar Pony Shirt
    Adventure Time Unipony Shirt
    Rainbow Dash Watercolor

    Currently their site is doing yet another site wide sale, with the following available:

    • T-Shirts - $14
    • Tanks - $18
    • Kids Tees - $14
    • Hoodies - $35

    The pony section can be found over here (or the actual pony "Tag" over here, though it has other stuff mixed) if you haven't already bought enough shirts to overflow your closet. 




  • Nightly Discussion #196


    The Christmas Truce during WWI is one of the most inspiring stories I've ever heard and really highlighted what a mistake the First World War was. Hopefully we will have relative peace in our time, it's what our forefathers would have wanted.

    Evening everyone! Hope you had a good Wednesday. The week is already half over!

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  • Drawfriend Stuff #1375


    Princess Candybutt. She joined us as the most obvious product placement in the show, but quickly grew to be a loved member of the pony cast. We should do another one of those best princess polls some time soon.

    Now go! Get some art! 

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    Snow

    And a new Equestria Daily December banner from Ruhisu on Deviant Art! I think it's about time to bust out the holiday decorations isn't it?



  • Story Updates - December 10th


    Story updates! We read! We learn! We explore ALL the pony. Every corner of a pony. Now go!


  • Artisan Pony Crafts Compilation #56



    Now that is one stylish box to keep your stuff in! I wonder if Discord will do funny things with them though. I guess use at your own risk!

    Tons of awesome crafted pieces my friends. Get them after the break.

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    Discordish box

  • 4DE Teasing Fluttershy over on Twitter


    Something a lot of us have been waiting for (since SDCC 2 years ago I think?) is being teased by 4DE! Fluttershy pre-orders appear to be popping up within the next few days according to their Twitter feed. Yes please?  The quote:

    More news coming quickly here. First, a preview of a long overdue Pre-Order. Keep an eye open over the next few days!

    Keep an eye out for the pre-order, you know I'll be blasting it.  Chance are that Fluttershy is going to end up replacing Pinkie Pie on the side bar if the size and dimensions are any indication too.
  • PonyVRVille Updated to v0.03a!


    Work on a virtual Ponyville continues as the creator continues to make tweaks to the experience! While it works best with an Occulus Rift you can still check out Ponyville on your PC. With a bunch of new optimizations, tweaks, and new content this version has Ponyville looking better than ever!

    Check on after the break for the rundown of updates, links where you can get the new version and a game play video!.

  • Meet the Blogponies: Xyro


    Alright guys, next up is the always amazing Xyro! This heterochromatic chap(Really!) is responsible for making sure our streams work! Get the deets below!

  • Story: Equestria Exiled (Update Part 17!)


    [Romance][Adventure][Sci-fi]

    Author: AndrewRogue


    Description: Octavia Melody is in a bit of a spot. Life on the Manehattan Space Station isn't easy for most ponies to begin with, but when your BitCard balance is zeroed out and you're living meal to meal? It starts to feel like things couldn't get much worse.
    The problem is that that sort of thinking only invites more trouble. 
    When Octavia suddenly finds herself stuck in the middle of a plot that could destroy the whole of the Grand Equestrian Empire, the source of her next meal is going to be the least of her concerns. Now she must find the Elements of Harmony, unravel the secrets of the Empire, save the universe, and, just maybe, find a way to make some friends.

    Equestria Exiled (New Part 17!)
     

    Additional Tags: Octavia's bad day... in space.

  • Archived Video of Twilight Sparkle's Dominance of Chile Surfaces


    No one expected the giant cartoon pony on that fateful day in December.  Celebrating citizens were too distracted by the festivities to notice the invasion taking place right in front of them.

    Get a video of Giant Twilight's domination below. 

    Thanks to Kotanom for the heads up! 

  • Comic: All the Pairings! / Solar Science / Rainbow Power 2 / Magic of the Sirens 14


    So that's why Trixie wanted to get at the Mirror Pool! At least she is considerate of other pony's feelings, right?

    Comics guys! Click for full.


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  • Princess Celestia Now Available on Build a Bear Website In the USA

    For those collecting the Build a Bear plushies, we have Celestia avaiable over at the Build a Bear website right now.  Her official release date is the 12th of this month, so they are probably treating her the same way as Europe, with early release over here.

    Expect accessories, expect $55.50 for the complete set, expect to receive it in a few days.

    Thanks to Maggie and Grand Moff Pony for sending it!


  • Friends Forever #12 Released Today! - Download Links, Variants, Discussion!



    You know, I really have to hand it to Barbara Kesel. This has to be, by far, one of the most unique ideas done of this comic.

    Having Twilight try to break Pinkie Pie of her addiction to sweets. Well, a specific sweet.

    Yes, this should go about as well as we'd expect it to.

    Of course the links to the usual can be found below. Now if you'll excuse me, for some reason I have the strangest desire to track down a box of Devil Dogs.

    Enjoy!

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    "Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three. Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination." — Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Early Morning Discussion #60


    So what sort of traditions do you guys have for the holiday season? Do you all go out and spread holiday cheer or just spend time with family?

    Morning everyone! Ready to chat?

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