• Newbie Artist Training Grounds VIII: Final Makeup Day


    Just a reminder that this is not our final day. There is one last prompt tomorrow for graduation, our day 30. Also, the submitter should be working again!

    While the end of the ATG is quickly dawning on us that certainly does not mean that your artistic journey has to end there. From simple beginnings as long as you keep practicing, keep learning, and keep having fun with your artwork you can improve and do amazing things! Today I've had the pleasure of not only seeing those of you dedicated enough to put every prompt to paper in a single image, but I've seen your comments on how even after 30ish days you've already begun to improve!

    That leads me to the header image you see above from VanillaGhosties. Vanilla participated in the 2015 ATG with the image on the left and decided to redraw that same image for today, the difference remarkable. That's why I believe if those of you out there remain dedicated to this new craft you're just stepping into you can truly do awesome things, you just have to put in the time and effort. I know you can all do it!

    As for our count today, we brought in 79 ponies which brings us up to 3910 ponies in total. Well done everyone!

    Now, down to business. Before we celebrate our graduation day it's time for us to tackle our last Makeup Day! So use the time to either get caught up before tomorrow, take a break or tackle prompts that you really liked this year again.

    Find a list of prompts after the break.

    Makeup Day submitter is 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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    Prompts so Far
    1) Draw a pony standing / draw a pony frozen in place
    2) Draw a pony in action / draw a pony on the run
    3) Draw a pony going nuts / draw a pony going batty
    4) Draw a pony attaining a goal / draw a pony enjoying the fruits of its labor
    5) Draw a pony enjoying a summer treat / draw a pony beating the summer heat
    6) Draw a pony as another species / draw a pony transforming their life
    7) Draw a pony in danger / draw a pony living life on the edge
    8) Draw a pony in love / draw a pony ship(ping)
    9) Draw a villainous pony / draw a pony with issues
    10) Draw a pony doing something you like to do in real life / Draw a pony doing something they wouldn’t normally do
    11) Draw a pony mingling / Draw a pony being a social butterfly
    12) Draw a pony family unit / Draw a pony leaving the nest
    13) Draw a pony from or in the future / Draw a pony exploring the final frontier
    14) Draw a pony crossing over with your favorite game, book, ect / Draw a pony putting on a show
    15) Draw a fashionable pony / Draw a pony with good taste
    16) Draw a pony facing their darkest fear / Draw a pony during the witching hour
    17) Draw a pony on an impossible mission / Draw a pony with the deck stacked against them
    18) Draw a pony experiencing a miracle / Draw a pony pulling victory from the jaws of defeat
    19) Draw an exhausted pony / Draw a pony out of gas
    20) Draw a pony running late / Draw a pony out of time
    21) Draw a pony discovering a new culture / Draw a pony with an open mind
    22) Draw a pony celebrating your favorite holiday / Draw a pony partying too hard
    23) Draw a pony going to school / Draw a pony obtaining forbidden knowledge
    24) Draw a pony doing whatever comes to mind / Draw a pony with a brilliant idea
    25) Draw a ponified version of a fairy tale / Draw a legendary pony
    26) Draw a pony pulling the wool over someone’s eyes / Draw a pony deceiving another
    27) Draw a pony with nerves of steel / Draw a pony meeting a goal
    28) Draw a pony reaching the end of their journey / Draw a pony meeting their end
    29) Redraw an earlier piece from the ATG or if you're a veteran artist redraw one of your early pieces / Draw as many of our prompts as possible in one drawing


    2 Re-drawn social butterfly. - RainbowDash1804

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    I didn't do good on day 9, so I did it again. It's better then the first time, but still not that great.

    3 V1 (Day 2 redraw) - RD4590

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    First time to draw left side view. Found a lot of problems. Suddenly can't draw the head properly.

    4 ATG 29 - Progress: 2013-2018 - PixelGrip94

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    Having to look through my old work was painful. It looks so terrible. But I pulled through it and redrew my oldest known drawing of Pixel Grip from 2013 before he even had a name. Enjoy the eye scars from looking at my old work: https://pre00.deviantart.net/8555/th/pre/i/2013/030/0/0/nameless_oc_sketch_by_theamorywarssoldier9-d5tb8ut.jpg


    6 ATG - 29 - Crimson Winds

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    For the ATG - 29 Prompt I redrew one of the very first drawings I made and put color as well as shadows, I hope it turned out nicely.

    Anyone willing to give feedback/constructive criticism is encouraged to do so as I would like to improve my art. :DDD

    Also thanks to my recent graphics art lessons, I finally learned how to create shadows and make use of clip masks. Photoshop is great for drawing!

    7 Promptio Snuggles Redraw - Erika Williams

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    Not one I did for the ATG, but a redraw of one of my oldest pictures, back before I knew things like circles and beans.



    10 random redo - banterlot

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    I redid my Day 1 sketch with a more devious expression. Because devious Starlight is best Starlight.

    Side-by-side comparison is linked in the dA post.

    11 My OC - Spirit Life new (Draw a pony standing / draw a pony frozen in place) - Horceye

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    I just redraw my OC

    12 Stabilisation - Matthew

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    I hope re-contextualising an earlier artwork counts.

    Not sure how much more I'll be able to do. Unfortunately, my Wacom tablet's been playing up since yesterday.

    13 NATG2018 - DAY 29 - Darkest Stable - DarkDabula

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    "You need a better helmet, Rainbow Dash !"

    14 Evolution of Ladybug - GoggleSparks

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    Redraw of my 1st ever NATG Theme. My first ever OC Pony named Ladybug.

    15 The End of NATG - OctaScratchRock

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    Thank you, Equestria Daily.

    16 - Mellow Evening

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    Pony going nuts, Pony in action, Pony in love, Pony with nerves of steel, Pony meeting their end.

    17 In Motion - Zypdv-HP

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    Redraw of my entry for Day 2... of last year!
    I need to learn how wings work.

    18 29-2018 - alloco

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    19 Exhaustion - bobthedalek

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    Seems I got a little mixed up with the prompt through my own exhaustion. Thought it was just like a 'Makeup Day' prompt till I reread it when it came to upload!

    20 Prompt Christmas - Ebby Sharp

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    Christmas again. I can safely say I have at least eight prompts here:pony standing, in action, in love, mingling, fashionable (sweaters), celebrating favorite holiday, doing what I like in real life (piano), and exhausted.

    21 NATG 2018 Day 29 Mish-Mash - tallaferroxiv

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    Let's see:

    1) Draw a pony standing / draw a pony frozen in place (Cuz Twi froze AJ)
    3) Draw a pony going nuts / draw a pony going batty (Twi is sane horse)
    5) Draw a pony enjoying a summer treat / draw a pony beating the summer heat (AJ is successful)
    7) Draw a pony in danger / draw a pony living life on the edge (AJ is fine)
    8) Draw a pony in love / draw a pony ship(ping) (She *loves* things)
    9) Draw a villainous pony / draw a pony with issues (Twi is a nice princess)

    22 Exhausted - Lou

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    While it's not technically a redraw of the Vinyl exhaustion piece I did, it sums up how I feel, and I guess it still is a redraw of the prompt. Still have a long way to go, but I can see a tiny bit of improvement. Didn't make all 29 days, but I managed 24 of them, which is far better than I expected, but still short of my goal of 25.


    24 ..Day out! - MaiSky

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    25 Finishing Move - Matthew

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    Somehow managed to get this one done in spite of the technical issues. For this one, I thought I'd give the second option a go.

    3) Draw a pony going nuts / draw a pony going batty
    4) Draw a pony attaining a goal / draw a pony enjoying the fruits of its labor
    6) Draw a pony as another species / draw a pony transforming their life
    9) Draw a villainous pony / draw a pony with issues
    10) Draw a pony doing something you like to do in real life / Draw a pony doing something they wouldn’t normally do
    27) Draw a pony with nerves of steel / Draw a pony meeting a goal
    28) Draw a pony reaching the end of their journey / Draw a pony meeting their end

    26 The Ubuntu Pony V2 - The Vintage Pone

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    My first ATG entry deserved a little remake!

    ponies.

    27 Hard Decision 2 - Ragmo

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    Redraw from ATG VI https://www.deviantart.com/ragmo/art/Hard-Decision-632748430
    Just a quick redraw because im very tired :( Could've done a better one otherwise; im sure

    28 Photo - AaronMk

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    Context starts here: https://www.deviantart.com/aaronmk/art/Dinky-Hooves-Diaries-Entry-1-598010206

    29 - sharpshadowxii

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    Decided to redraw something from 2015. Shame it's not much of an improvement.

    30 Descent (page 1) - Kinrah

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    Redraw of Day 5, ATG 2014. Page two to be drawn tomorrow.

    31 Berry Attaining Her Goal of Climbing a Tall Peak (redux of day 4) - dafiltafish

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    I really didn't like how day 4 came out, so I scrapped that idea and started it over, I like this concept way better and I think the execution shows improvement over the first attempt.

    32 ATG VIII Day XXIX - RizDub

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    This is my third ATG, so I figured I'd go back to one of the drawings in my first ATG, before I had fully settled into my pony art style.
    https://www.deviantart.com/rizdub/art/ATG-VI-Day-V-Pony-In-Apparel-In-Peril-629302807

    33 Day 29 - Revisiting Glimmy - SadTrooper

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    Redrawing my first entry for the ATG


    35 Dream on - Versatex

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    Looking back at an older piece, you can still see it dreaming of what you were reaching for but couldn't quite get to. But you can also see the seeds of what would later become the tools needed to reach it.

    36 This Covers 7 Prompts, Change My Mind - Pone-Dancer

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    Aw man! Only one day left! I'll miss these drawing challenges.....
    Anyways, I had a power outage today and didn't feel like doing anything major. Just Fiesta and Fluttershy's kid interacting.
    So here's what this covers:
    Pony frozen in place (Flutter's kid is shook)
    Pony going nuts (Fiesta is crazy)
    Pony in love (He loves dat mane flavor)
    Pony doing something they normally won't do (Mane chewing?)
    Pony mingling (Duh)
    Pony with good taste (Nummy mane tastes like candy)
    Pony with open mind (Open to chewing a hybrid's mane)


    37 ATG Day 29: Experimental - Linzi Howard/ Creative Blossom

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    Will be later replaced with the digital version. Epiphany doing some alchemy; this one's a mix of prompts from days 1, 4, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24 and 27


    39 Redraw of Wondercolt Sparkle - Artiks

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    Redraw of https://derpibooru.org/1635914

    40 ATG VIII 29 - Tun Rae

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    OH GODS MY HAND IS ON FIRE!!

    Almost every pony represents a prompt. The two ponies at the top of the benches are a prompt, and the two ponies kissing just behind the benches are also a prompt.

    If you want to take guesses, be my guest :P




    44 Equestria Daily Artist Training Grounds 29a - meto30

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    I decided to redo the "Tiandriel and the Royals on a Wild Night Out", a piece that was made at the height of my "Andalusian Ponies" phase of drawing ponies with very slender limbs. That particular picture sparked the whole "how tall and/or slender are the ponies" series of studies that culminated in the current style. As a result, redoing the "Wild Night Out" was a good opportunity to see just how my style has changed.

    https://www.deviantart.com/meto30/art/Tiandriel-and-the-Royals-on-a-wild-night-out-582120205

    Due to the changed context of the scene, Tiandriel is no longer in the picture, the ponies are no longer drunk, and Cadance and Shining Armour are nowhere to be seen. Sunset is there where Twilight was in the previous rendition of the composition, looking rather pensive while Twilight joyously talks with her mentor. Sunset is wearing a pony-version of her stage dress that she wore in Legend of Everfree.

    45 Equestria Daily Artist Training Grounds 29b Royals gonna Party - meto30

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    I decided to redo the "Tiandriel and the Royals on a Wild Night Out", a piece that was made at the height of my "Andalusian Ponies" phase of drawing ponies with very slender limbs. That particular picture sparked the whole "how tall and/or slender are the ponies" series of studies that culminated in the current style. As a result, redoing the "Wild Night Out" was a good opportunity to see just how my style has changed.

    https://www.deviantart.com/meto30/art/Tiandriel-and-the-Royals-on-a-wild-night-out-582120205

    Due to the changed context of the scene, Tiandriel is no longer in the picture, the ponies are no longer drunk, and Cadance and Shining Armour are nowhere to be seen. Sunset is there where Twilight was in the previous rendition of the composition, looking rather pensive while Twilight joyously talks with her mentor. Sunset is wearing a pony-version of her stage dress that she wore in Legend of Everfree.




    49 Derpy Link II - WerdKcub

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    Hey! Listen!

    50 ED: ATG-Day 29-Keldeo Sketchdump - Addelum

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    All prompts with the Colt Pokémon Keldeo as the subject.

    51 Tirek 2.0 - Allonsbro

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    From Day 9



    54 Sunset Shimmer - Summer Gem

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    For this prompt I decided to redo my day one drawing, to see how much I improved. Which seems to be quite a bit.

    55 If NATG had a Comic Series - FreshlyPositive

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    I had fun this year.
    another time!


    57 Redraw: going nuts - Minty Treble

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    For this promp I decided to re-do the 3rd day "Going nuts", because I wasn't thaaat happy with their faces.



    60 - Aetharis Starcaller

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    A short re-draw of this old piece: https://78.media.tumblr.com/7b1fe917f27422a231dfcd2e72fabb50/tumblr_inline_pdwfozmT0d1qieq7y_500.png

    61 All the prompts - Frith

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    I wasn't keen on redoing, or even colouring a past drawing from this Training Ground, so I tackled the Every Prompt At Once option. Just five modifications to the first exercise and presto! 28 things to do with a dead pony. Thus I was not only able to cover all the bases in one drawing, but I was able to do so with just one pony. All the prompts were writing prompts, not art prompts, and that made twisting a single frozen image to fit all the stories relatively easy.

    62 2018 ATG VIII - Day 29 - A Jumble of Prompts - KirbyLiscious

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    Yep. What you are seeing is, in fact, all of the prompts.

    63 Make it a gif! - PfH Mod

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    The wings on my first drawing were TERRIBLE but there was more than just that to improve one... LETS ANIMATE IT

    64 The Heart will go on - Benjamin Eric Berlin

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    This piece is drawn for the prompt from two days ago (draw a pony reaching the end of their journey/ meeting their end) and I thought of this scene from the 1997 movie "TITANIC" where we see into old rose's dreams and presumably her moving on to the next great adventure. I spent a total of 6-8 hours on this not counting all my breaks and stuff. Drawn with pencil, colored pencil, and a tiny bit of sharpie for the darker outlines. I hope this is still accepted despite the late hour, and I also hope that everyone likes this piece that I put so much time and effort into.


    66 Heliolatry - Stone39

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    So I never got a chance to draw this prompt so I guess this is redrawing something that was never drawn before. In any case, here's Nicole celebrating the Summer Solstice or as it is more commonly known, the Summer Sun Celebration!


    68 - aeman

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    Sketch redraw from two years ago: http://aemantaslim.tumblr.com/post/146330550843/i-thought-i-was-going-to-draw-some-two-legged

    69 NATG D29 - Krash42

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    One of the CNBronyCon mascot "��(Harmonia)"

    Yay a dragon horse!

    70 - ZetaMad

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    sorry for the quality
    I dont know what happened, but I did not have time to solve it
    it's just the lineart, and I missed many prompts, so it's incomplete :(

    71 Redraw - RhythmPixel

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    Today pulled everything it had to prevent me on getting time to do this, but here it is.
    Redraw of the first day's prompt.
    Improvement? Maybe, but what I did learn was how to stay focus, and I got quicker doing these one off prompts.

    72 NATG VIII Day 29 - Cheesy Puffs

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    Day 7 prompt (a pony in danger) redrawn.


    74 Masking For Paint - Novaintellus

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    This is the step I take between the roughs stage and the painting stage. Doesn't look like much, but is arguably a decent investment...


    76 Sigshausted: The Sigcond - Sigmath Bits

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    Been a particularly exhausting week for me, especially balancing in NATG.
    Been worth it, though!

    77 Smile for the Camera (2018) - Binky T.

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    "Hey Daring. Why doncha look over here and just give the world a nice big ol' smile?"

    Remake of my very first ATG entry from ATG 2017.
    https://derpibooru.org/1498096
    BOY HOWDY HOW HAVE THE TIMES CHANGED FOR ME.


    79 Journey Through The Jungle - phallen1

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    Equestria Daily's Newbie Artist Training Grounds 2012, day 14: Draw a pony on a journey/Draw an exotic pony. ... Hang on, what year is this again?


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