• Newbie Artist Training Grounds VIII: Day 7


    Over time as an artist or any sort of creator it makes sense to create what is familiar, what is comfortable for us. To truly grow though we must be willing to expand beyond what we do know and tackle the unfamiliar. Yesterday's exercise in drawing a pony as another species was certainly an attempt to take you all outside of the comfort zone of colorful horses and try out some new anatomy as well as put your creative spin on how a character would look different if they had been a different species.

    Throughout the day I noticed a huge range of different species from snakes to bats to deer to canines and cats and even vehicles to name a few and I'm once again overjoyed to see how you all tackled this prompt head on. Well done everyone!

    With that said we managed a nice 139 ponies bringing our total up to 1115 ponies in total, blowing past the 1000 picture mark! Awesome work everyone, especially with so many folks at both GalaCon and BronyCon this weekend.

    Now to get down to business. We've done some relatively tame prompts so far, but we know Equestria isn't necessarily a calm and peaceful place all the time. There is adventure, baddies, and danger lurking in the dark corners of the world. So for tonight's prompt I'm giving you guys a chance to potentially explore a darker side of Equestria by Drawing a pony in danger / Drawing a pony living life on the edge.

    As usual you can find our submitter here.

    Remember, our compiler is up a few hours even after this post goes up so feel free to submit your submission to our submitter!

    Our Makeup Day submitter is currently online too, you can find it here.

    Good luck everyone!

    Attention Discord Users:

    For those of you with Discord we are really pulling out all the stops this year as we have a channel on EqD's official Discord server called #creators-plus-atg for you to hang out in with your fellow artists during the event. You can join our Discord server here.

    Check on after the break for today's gallery!

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    1 Lykan the brave heart - CloudyHan

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    This is my friend's oc, hope you guy like it

    2 A Rare Lesson With the Elder of the Breezies - Flynt

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    3 Forgot the Straw - RD4590

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    Chaps, let's open a pub in Seaquestria. :P

    4 A horse as another creature - RainbowDash1804

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    Be yourself, but a teacup.



    7 Twili cat - Volchiy Poni

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    10 A whole new world - Drakin Kami

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    A pretty drastic life transformation.

    11 Seapony Sunset Shimmer - Erika Williams

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    Why not go with my favorite pony who's already used to being a different species? Plus I've wanted to draw Sunset as a seapony for a while, so this was the perfect excuse.


    13 Twilight Squirrel - Bright Idea

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    What an easy prompt! Another excuse to draw a squirrel and just slap Twilight's mane and color scheme on it and call it a day! :P

    14 Twilight Diesel - Jon Ball (Tidmouth)

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    Trucks count as another species, right? Yes? Good.


    16 'Restricted' Spells - banterlot

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    A great and powerful unicorn...and Trixie...try out a transformation spell. Starlight is loving it; Trixie is having none of it.

    17 Terramar - Mezia

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    18 Miss Fire - Nekotigerfire

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    No colour guys, but I hope you enjoy the fun :P I had to do this quickly before going out to a party thing ^^; hope it looks good to all :3 also I did spike off of memory... soooooo... ya ^^;

    19 WHO'S IN CHARGE ?! - LAuthheure

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    May be my last.

    20 - Spntax

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    21 Shlinkie Pie - Spring Shrub

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    22 The Flutterling - The Vintage Pone

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    Flutter butter as a changling.

    23 A hooman - MusatchedBain

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    Very creative :thumbsup:

    24 Griffonized - el-yeguero

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    25 SHE'S EVOLVING!!!!!!!!! - OctaScratchRock

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    Something happened to our friend Octavia that we may not know until later. Either way, Vinyl can't explain it even though she witnessed the whole thing. Maybe Octavia's getting superpowers! Who will know...

    26 Dog Jack - Rainbows2424

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    A picture of Applejack as a dog. ;)

    27 Spirit Life as a human - Horceye

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    Ugh... Spirit Life might found a portal to EQG



    30 Koala-ity Content - Stone39

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    Okay, that pun would have worked better for Rarity, but here's Nicole anyways! She's excited for the new Australian releases of Season 8!

    31 AppleRam - Lou

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    Not much of a difference, but I thought it'd be neat to see AJ as a Ram sorta character.

    32 EQD ATG Day 6 - Cakestealer

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    I'm going to try and shade more from now on.

    33 ATG Day 6: Amped Up - Mopar96

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    Pinkie tries to figure out the function of an electrical transformer


    35 I Didn't Sign Up For This - Pone-Dancer

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    When you harass your dragonequus friend one too many times and he switches species with you.

    36 'Worst Nightmare' - FoxOfWar

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    A bit of a reversal if you will. What would Cadance do if she found out she was a changeling and somehow didn't know it?

    37 Day 6 - Zypdv-HP

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    My oc as a hippogriff. Sticking to official species for now.
    I swear, I'm better motivated on school days than holidays...


    39 Transforming His Life - Vulpes

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    Shots fired.

    40 Swapped - Allonsbro

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    41 Oh Cluck - Gary Mitchelhill (Rapidsnap)

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    Apple Bloom needs to polish up on her potion making. The one to help Scootaloo to reach her true potental has suffered some unfortunate side effects.

    42 Princess Skystar - Minty Treble

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    I didn't have much time for today's entry, but I wanted to draw a seapony so badly...!! anyway, unoriginal Skystar fanart <3 i="">

    43 Pinkie Yak - Aku Neko

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    So pinkie decided to become a Yak now!

    44 NATG2018 - DAY 6 - Bureau Dash - DarkDabula

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    "You wanted a new challenge, Rainbow Dash !"




    47 Fragility - Matthew

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    To a fictional character, words are like DNA. The slightest mutation can have horrific consequences. The risk is especially high for those entering the Inter-universal zone without proper protection.

    More about a character transforming into another species than actually showing them as another species. I hope this still counts.
    Probably the first submission so far that does not directly exhibit the character of Wordsmith.


    49 Day 6 - Rarideer! - SadTrooper

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    What happens when the majestuosity of Rarity turns into a deer? Rarideer is born!!


    51 FlutterFish - DeluxeFlame

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    Day 6 of Newbie Artist Training Ground: https://www.equestriadaily.com/search/label/Artist%20Training%20Ground

    Scanner didn't pick up the pink all too well.
    I can see how bad my coloring really is now too.
    Tried to highlight characteristics of Fluttershy with fish like things.
    Couldn't settle on a decent mouth/jaw of the fish.

    52 2nd Entry: Deer and Zebra - Pone-Dancer

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    If you look closely, the deer has sparkles on his antlers and tail.
    My ponysona makes a better zebra than expected.

    53 Flurryling - Vivian Iolani

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    Two for one. A pony as a different species, and transforming Cadance's life.

    54 Dragon-Dash - Alquimis

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    I tried doing a Dragon version of Rainbow Dash...but meh

    55 Heifer Time - Pone-Dancer

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    My poor ponysona. She's undergone several animal transformations, and being a young cow is the worst of them all.


    57 06-2018 - alloco

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    59 - LW9510

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    tfw you can only post sketch idea but have no time for actual drawing


    61 Bat Buddies! - Esfelt

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    “Looks like you’re not the only bat around, Fluttershy!�

    62 ..What changeling? - MaiSky

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    63 Dragonfied - Ragmo

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    And it happend again... someone messed with a transfomration spell. But this time it didn't end as a gryphon - but this doesn't mean she's pleased with the transformation overall.

    I don't know why... but whenever a draw another species than ponies, i'm more pleased with the outcome than when i do a pony... except her left hand.
    I had to use my phone again to capture it.

    64 Grifflight Sparkle - Moonatik

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    Beaks with teeth look weird, like, really weird.

    65 Sparkling phoenix - ThatFriendlySomeone

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    Im trying a lot of different things and learning a lot of different techniques with this drawing. Its actually quite exciting ºwº

    As always, have fun seing everyone's art (ov~)

    66 Lyra - Spone

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    Kind of like a seapony, but more of a meme.


    68 Different, but the same - NB

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    A bit under the weather, but I've still managed to make some art for you all!

    69 ATG 6 - Dragon Dash - PixelGrip94

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    Rainbow may not of convinced Twilight to change her into a griffin, but she sure managed to convince Twilight to change her into a dragon...somehow. Twilight seemed awkward to talk about it, but she assured me it wasn't blackmail.

    Made it a point to color this one in to better give the impression that this is Rainbow Dash as a dragon. Don't get used to it though, I probably won't color in any of the other prompts since I doubt I'll have the time, patience, or need to do so.


    71 Human Posada - AaronMk

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    I really do need to practice humans more.

    72 Danger Noodle - T72b

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    Rare Equestrian Ponsnek. Much denger, no step


    74 Trixie is Innocent of all Crimes - dafiltafish

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    This is the first time I have ever drawn a griffon. I think it turned out okay!

    75 Pinkie Poodle visits Twily Poodle, while Dash Poodle "flies" after a ball! - Juliana McMullin

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    Of course I thought of a "Pinkie Poodle"... lol.. I love standard poodles, and have 3 at home plus a couple of minis. They are jokesters, silly, goofy, and very intelligent ;) Twilight's poodle trim is my fav to put my poodle kids in.
    I still can't find my fine-tipped sharpie, and instead of using the computer to outline, I used a black ball point... not happy with that either ;P Guess I have to go shopping!!

    76 Sphinxlestia - TheArticPegasus

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    Gahh I love sphinxes so here's Celestia as one! <3 i="">

    77 Twilight Sparkle the Changedling - Starlight Flux

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    Despite changelings being my favorite species, I haven't drawn them in this years' Equestria Daily's ATG. So I decided to fix that by drawing Twilight as a changedling transforming into her pony form while flying around the Changeling Kingdom.

    78 Sugar Belle - Darelith

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    Day 6 and Still going strong! Sugar Belle had to go through a little bit of a change in order to see her new colt friend and she wanted to improve her baking with Mrs. Cake as well :D

    79 - Pirill

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    Ponkirin geddit?

    80 Endless Possibilities - B.J. Dazzle

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    Well, we're only a fifth of the way through this event, and already Lyra's curiosity is getting the better of her as she starts contemplating all sorts of LIFE-CHANGING possibilities that could be in the box. She's quite fond of the idea that lets her become ANOTHER SPECIES that she's a bit of a fan of, but she's not doing anything with that package if Derpy has anything to say about it.

    81 Ready for the dance - Erik Butterworth

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    I'm a little uncertain about this fitting the topic, so if it is not accepted, I understand, and will try again with a different topic later on in the Training Grounds that fits this piece.

    82 A Little Beach Time Together - Erik Butterworth

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    I don't know about this fitting the topic, so if it is not accepted, I understand, and will try again with a different topic later on in the Training Grounds that fits this piece. It's the best I can think of at the moment from some more recent work I've uploaded within the last year.


    84 Group shot of the Mane Cast - Erik Butterworth

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    This is a big question for me: If some of the other ponies, such as the Princesses, other than Twilight, were to pass through the Crystal Mirror, would their appearances in the world of Equestria Girls look like their human counterparts?

    I'm sure that's a question a lot of Bronies have been asking over the last couple of years.


    86 - sharpshadowxii

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    Argh, I give up.


    88 Don't Have a Cow - Redenaz

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    AJ is on for a long day, it seems.

    89 Good Grief... - Silver Dash

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    "Good grief..."

    90 Lots of change - World Eater

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    Well, he's definitely a different species. Maybe a couple of different species? This is what happens if you get too restless with your spell slinging. But... is that a bad thing?

    91 A Literal Flutterbat - NinjaChristian

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    well, this was a good exercise in creativity! I rarely draw a cartoon of an animal that isn't pony, so this was really good for opening up my mind (if that makes sense). I was going to go with vampire bat, but fruit bats look so much cuter... I think my logic is clear XD

    92 ED: ATG-Day 6: The Changeling Challenge - Addelum

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    Changelings are absurdly good at their ability. Gallus went home hungry that night.
    A tribute to Them's Fightin' Herds, a game where I spent more time drawing fan art than playing.


    95 - ManDuMustBasukaNemen

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    96 Deer twilight - vaser888

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    98 Twilight dear please hurry - don

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    Spike do please bee a gentlepony....

    99 Oh Precous Scales! Your bumper! - don

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    It has the cutest waddle...

    100 Here's Dashie! - don

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    I got nothing

    101 Applemoo - Korencz11

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    Here's a few of my favorite thin's: Kickin' and Stompin' and Ki-

    102 Impressive Wingspan - WerdKcub

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    This was an idea that I just had to revisit from last year's artist training grounds. The prompt was to draw a pony as another species, so naturally I made Rainbow Dash a centaur (or pegataur, really). I wound up trying a bunch of new things that I normally don't have time for, so this was a lot of fun!

    103 Dragon Twi - Xander

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    Twi decided to turn herself into a dragon. Hehe. Did this in the car and in half darkness so it isn't super crisp. Also accidentally made the body a bit small. Lol.

    104 EqD ATG 2018 Day 6 - Pepperbrony

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    Jail Bird gets in touch with his inner Fluttershy, while Batsy goes squirrelly.

    105 NATG D6 - Krash42

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    My take on the fish horses.
    The Joke is sea water tastes really bad

    106 Oops - Amber

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    Starlight wanted help Bones with her apple addiction, but it kinda backfired.


    108 More Awesome - Novaintellus

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    You could say I got...20% cooler.

    109 EQG ATG8 Day 6: Foxicorn - ArrJaySketch

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    Drawn for Equestria Daily's Artist Training Ground 8, Day 6: "Draw a pony as another species / Draw a pony transforming their life."

    Graphite Doodles is now a foxicorn. He feels his life is pretty thoroughly transformed.

    110 - ZetaMad

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    I did not read the "as", lo siento, no leo bien el ingles :v
    anyway, I love that design and I wanted to draw it

    111 Newbie Artist Training Ground - Day 6: Species swap - Ben V.

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    This is the first time I draw something that is not pony or human or any kind of normal domestic pet.
    How should I call her... Sphinambula? Somnambulhynx? Cat pone of Hope?

    112 Meeting a best friend - Mike/Wizrob

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    This is kinda a near and dear moment of how I met my real best friend. @Ether-star on Tumblr

    113 The Little Mermare - EbonyCrystal1986

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    This was a redraw of one of the mini drawings I did for the last makeup day for last year's ATGs(check link for other pic). I decided to do an updated version of Ebony's sea pony form thanks to the designs from the MLP movie(LOVED it btw!) and it came out even better than I thought it would! :3

    Also in case you haven't guessed, the title's a play on words to The Little Mermaid, which holds a very special place in my heart as being one of the very first Disney movies I ever saw as a little girl and it's been one of my favorites ever since. :3

    114 Fluffle Spider - Frith

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    It's insane just how long it took to just colour this in (in MyPaint). It didn't help that I traced the lines from my pencil sketch on to the wrong layer and I had to do it over or give up on layers. Still, colour help convey that this spider is Flufflepuff. I was thinking of transforming Fluttershy (with a parasprite Angel Bunny) but then I saw Vida Van Der Walt's lovely jumping spiders. There was this _really_ fluffy one... it was a shoe-in for Flufflepuff. OK, 1 AM EDT, is the submitter still open? Yes it is!

    115 NATG #6: Another Species - Huxley

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    I thought Fluttershy would make a good siren with her beautiful voice and devious streak which has emerged in recent seasons with her growing self-assurance. I don't think I quite conveyed the latter but I'm okay with how I did today nonetheless.

    I also had fun drawing Angel as a fish. :)

    116 Steampunk Breezie - PfH Mod

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    EQD Artist training ground prompt day c; As another Species/Changing their life

    SteamPunk Breezie? Why not- credit me with first idea-

    Mech wing pony belonging to @friendlypsycho

    117 2018 ATG VIII - Day 6 - Transformation - KirbyLiscious

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    "Twilight, if this is what it'd take to stay with you forever, then... then I'd do it."
    "...Me too, Spike."


    119 What? Patch and Windy are Evolving! - phallen1

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    When you're a Pokemon, what's more life-transforming than your next evolution? Software Patch as a Munchlax and Snorlax, Windcatcher as a Swablu (Swapink?) and Altaria.

    120 Deer Princess Twilight - Lollipony

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    Haha you get it? Eh?? Eh???
    You're no fawn. I'll see myself out...


    122 ATG VIII - Day 6: Adventure - LightDragon1988

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    Today interesting work - two pony into the role of the characters from another famed universe: Sonic the Hadgehog.



    125 ATG Day6 - Little Pipsqueak - King-koder

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    *tiny nibbling noises*


    127 PINKIE! - Bombom13

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    Ran out of time today, so had to move quick. Still waiting to have a go at digital art.

    128 Tony Manecotti Honors His Dream - TaichiKeaton

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    Tony Manecotti used to be a big mob boss in Las Pegasus, until he met Belle who convinced him to turn over a new leaf.

    129 NAGT VIII Day 6 - Cheesy Puffs

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    Derpy transforms her life by finally getting a job.

    130 I'm taking the watch too - sodanium

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    Nothing to change somepony's life like permanently putting them to sleep and assuming ownership of their belongings

    131 It's Sigcat! / It's a cat! - Sigmath Bits

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    You've cat to be kitten me ...

    Well, I may as well make the meowst of it!

    132 Fluttercar - Kishkumen

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    Fluttershy as a Mercedes SLK. Rarity would be a Ferrari, Rainbow Dash is a supercharged Corvette, and Pinkie Pie is a Mazda Miata.

    133 Ahuizotl's Monsters - Binky T.

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    EQD Needs more monster ponies.

    Ahuizotl was always well known for the antics he puts his henchponies through. He always put them through a lot of work and trouble... This time howeverwas different, he wanted to do something that even he himself had doubts of doing... performing ancient magic his tribe performed long ago on them. It was supposed to be a run of a mill experiment that would last not even _a day._ Yet somewhere in that test, something went wrong. Daring Do, meet Ahuizotl's monsters.

    Doctor Caballeron-Sphinx: Was supposed to become a griffon.
    Withers- Lamia: Was supposed to become a snake.
    Biff- Ahuizotl Hybrid: Was supposed to become a jackal, but Ahuizotl accidentally added more of his DNA to the potion.
    Deep Pockets- Mothpony: Was only supposed to sprout moth wings.
    Nogan: Just in case something happened where the rest couldn't be saved, he would be the next one to work for Ahuizotl. Is unfortunately allergic to cats, but Ahuizotl is working on it.

    134 - aeman

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    135 Cosmic Glitter in changeling style - Selin Nur

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    I could not draw anything in the past two days, because I was feeling bad and didn't have any motivation. But I am very happy to be here again, training my pony-drawing skills and getting to see a lot of awesome pony art of other bronies/pegasisters. I like the new changelings very much and thought it would fit in with the pastel colours of my oc.

    136 Snuggle - RhythmPixel

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    Little late, busy for more than half the day.
    Couldn't decide which species, so both lamia and deer. Also snuggles.

    137 A Rare Dragon - Calena

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    Rarity as a dragon.


    139 Snapity - SazerLite

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    Snapper x Rarity



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