Hello everyone! You guys have been asking for it and today I am here to give you what you want: The Return of the Artist Training Grounds! It feels like forever since our last edition of the beloved event but some changes behind the scenes (and real life busyness) have slowed things down.
First and most unfortunately, Phoe has stepped down from the event leaving me in charge. It has been a pleasure working with Phoe on these events over the years and it is sad to see her go, but in keeping with the spirit of the event I will try my best to keep the spirit of the ATG alive with prompts I hope would make Phoe proud as well as a good dose of enthusiasm for each and every day of our pony drawing adventures!
Secondly, as suggested by a few people, I am going to try and return the ATG to its original format by extending the event to 30 days! Even if you can't participate in a few days of the event, it should give you lovely artists out there double the time to join in on the fun, especially as summer starts to draw to a close and things get busy again.
So What Is The Artist Training Grounds (ATG)?
Now for the nitty-gritty of the event for those of you joining for the first time and for returning artists as well! The Artist Training Grounds is an event for people in the fandom hoping to take their first stab at drawing colorful equines (and improving skills/just having fun for people who are already in the trade) and then have their artwork shared on the website for others to enjoy and provide feedback! The hope is that by drawing every day it can become a habit that can lead to a lifelong love for not only creating pony art but art in general.
Each day we will have a prompt, usually starting off very simple and then progressively moving into more complex territory with prompts I hope can be interpreted in multiple ways thus tickling the artistic muse and resulting in a variety pics. These prompts will last for 24 hours in which time you can submit your picture or pictures (if you're feeling really creative with a prompt) to our compiler, though it is usually a soft 24 hours and pics can be accepted for a half hour to an hour after the 'official' closing time.
Are There Limits On The Media I Can Use?
In the past we've had ponies submitted on all sorts of media, drawing with all sorts of tools. If you want to draw your ponies completely on a chalkboard with colorful chalk, go for it! If you want to just use lined paper with your mechanical pencil from school, no problem! The point is to get you guys drawing and as art takes many forms it would be unfair of us to limit how you want to express your art.
Neato! When Can I Expect The Event?
The ATG will take place on August 15th, starting at 12am Blog Time (PST), so get your art supplies ready and get hyped up for a month of pony! We hope to see you then.
If there are any questions not answered up above, leave them in the comments and I'll be sure to answer them.