• Newbie Artist Training Grounds IX: Day 24

    Every one of us has our own story of how we came into the fandom, our own favorite memories and experiences. They are as varied as the artwork I see here each day in the NATG yet still united through the common bond of ponies and the join they have brought.

    The show may be ending, but we'll always have these memories. Ones we will never forget.

    For today's prompt we managed to pull in 57 ponies which brings us up to 2500 ponies in total. Not a bad showing for a tougher prompt! Keep it up guys!

    While our past two prompts have been a bit more meta this prompt will put us back on track. For tonight our prompt was actually decided by the ATG channel over on Discord, voting to have you all Draw a pony's greatest fear / Draw a pony meeting their worst nightmare.

    As always our submitter is here.

    Animations do not animate when sent through the compiler! Include some text with your submitted animation that people should follow your links to the source to see the animation in full.

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

    Also, if you are late submitting and the submitter is closed, don't just throw your pic into the next day's submitter. Wait for a Makeup Day to submit!

    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 #artist-training-ground 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 Tank Lovers of the World, Unite! - Arkadios

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    This user (name changed) and I traded some tank fan inside jokes, and it was awesome. :D

    2 Timeline of the last 2 months - Alexander Williams

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    ATG Day 23: Draw a pony experiencing your favorite moment in the fandom / Draw a pony experiencing how you discovered FiM for the very first time (SFW)

    Basically me

    4 Princess Luna Discovering Something (pixel art) - SuperHyperSonic2000

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    Here's a pixel art I recently did of Princess Luna discovering something while using the computer. I hope you guys like it.

    5 Atg201923 - ManDuMustBasukaNemen

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    Reading fanfics all night

    6 This was a Triumph - Sigmath Bits

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    I used to wonder what testing could be~

    7 Favourite Fandom Moment - Silverwind

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    I drew a picture of my favourite fandom moment from BUCK 2016. My first time singing pony karaoke, and I happened to look over my shoulder and see a whole crowd of people joining in. It really lifted my spirits and made me feel like part of the fandom, and something special.

    8 FiM Discovery - Star Shine

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    My sister was the one who got me into MLP FiM. She doesn't watch it anymore but I am grateful to this day for her showing it to me.

    11 - AmarthGul

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    In Diablo III
    Oh look! A rainbow portal! What could possibly go wrong?

    12 Discovering MLP:FiM - LizardWithHat

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    Eeyup, got here because of a SFDebris-Review. Stayed because of the nice company XD

    14 NATG 2019 Day 24 : The past - Devinbay

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    No new title either I know. Okay I have heard the fandom and the show for a long time since like of Kuledud3(saying that name makes me feel old). My first episode was Season 3 premiere I think? Anyway years later it eventually I was watching LuigikidGaming and what interest me was RAINBOW.EXE. Watched and kinda make me crept out but was interested. Then I watched the brony documentary and the rest was history.

    15 Hell, It's about time - Ragmo

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    This one is quite important for me:
    10/11. March 2011 - this is the day i first encountered MLP:FIM. This day i was browsing the starcraft 2 forum and encountered a thread named "Ponycraft 2" and the thread creator said "hey check this out" with a link to Ponycraft 2 on Youtube
    I was a very big SC2 fan back than and the what i saw in the video looked nice - then i saw: its mlp... Well; it looked good, lets give it a shot.
    And i went through all so far published episodes within 1-2 days... and i noticed... o s***... i like little pastel ponies.
    So... a massive thank you to Starcraft 2 and Ponycraft 2. Without these two... i'm not so sure if i would've encountered this show to begin with... let alone to give it a try.
    I'm so sorry - especially for this one, that i have to use my phone-camera and not my scanner; will do another upload with this one, once i'm back home

    16 Where it all started - Velvet

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    (Disclaimer: if you don't know what E621 is, then it's probably better to stay away from it)

    17 NightmareBloodMoon - Starswept Dusk

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    Ponyvania is a game you should search for and play if you have not. Seriously.

    18 How i discovered the fandom - JoeyDR

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    My fandom story is in the source

    19 It Begins - EbbySharp

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    Sorry. Rush job today :P

    20 NATG2019 - DAY23 - Beginning Of A Journey - DarkDabula

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    "Don't worry Twi, you will get used to it !"

    It was nice to remember how I stumbled over MLP:FiM. Read the "full story" on the DeviantArt page.

    21 - Scarfanon

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    22 NATG 2019 Day 23 FIM: First Contact - TallaFerroXIV

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    My first encounter of the fandom was back in 2011ish on TWC when people were changing their usernames, avatars and signatures to these pastel-colored cartoon things. I was part of the neigh-sayer's group for a while till I eventually succumbed to the plague. The first user to completely "ponify" themselves and make a bunch of sound was "Twilight Sparkle", and I couldn't help but think that the cartoon horse thing looked kinda cute. Took me a couple of months, but I eventually ponified to "Lyra" and started doing some tentative draws which I print-screened while holding them in front of my crappy, technically illegitimately-begotten netbook and posted on this site- you can go take a look at them in my gallery. Times were tough, then, but ponies was a bit of a light in the darkness. Took me a while to start drawing consistently after that (thanks ATG 2016!), but without art, I don't think I would be where I'm at today.

    23 Brony discovery - Wolfy

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    Autumn Breeze just discovered her new passion for Brony art and music.

    26 ATG Day 23 - Fandom Favourite: Friendship! - Kii Krindar

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    Because it's not just about the journey, but also about the friends we've made along the way.

    27 we’ve all been there - Dani

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    First vid I watched was the Sonic Rainboom clip...thought Rainbow was a boy...lol

    28 A Friday in the Summer of 2011 - phallen1

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    The moment I found out one of my D&D friends drew a bunch of pony pictures I liked, back during the inaugural Newbie Artist Training Grounds. This is before I started drawing. This is *why* I started drawing.

    30 - Frown Factory

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    Truly, the most exciting way to discover the show...

    31 ATG IX 23 - Discovering FiM - Coldtrail

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    Origin-story of joining the fandom in the picture description on source site ^^

    32 2019 ATG IX - Day 23 - The Start - KirbyLiscious

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    It's been a blast~ �︎

    34 I GOTS FINS! - SnowfallMountain

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    One of my OC's becoming a merpony/seapony. ^!^ I liked that part in the mlp movie.

    35 NATG 2019 Day 23 - Addelum

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    Lyra: "From this point on, we're best friends?"
    Bon Bon: "If you say so..."

    37 Circa Nov 2011 - Allonsbro

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    39 Mine - Novaintellus

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    What do you mean boulder? This big beautiful, bedazzling rock is a DIAMOND!

    41 Fire of Friendship - Frith

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    Draw a pony browsing the internet? The keys are so small and not hoof-friendly! So I ditched the literal and opted for an abstraction. The Hearth's Warming Spell cast by the grand teasing of 4chan with pony content, as described on Know Your Meme. It was as awesome as it was hilarious! The fires of Friendship burned brightly that winter.

    42 Best In Show - Heir of Rick

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    I have so very, very, very many favorite fandom moments. But one of the highest for sure was when I got to see, live at Bronycon, the PMV I collab'd on with TheeLinker (La Da Dee) win Best In Show at the 2014 PMV contest. They saved that announcement for last, and by that point I was 100% positive La Da Dee failed to place at all. I was feeling really low for letting my collab partner down, when lo and behold…

    43 - ZetaMad

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    all started with the cupcakes video :v

    45 Joining the Herd - PalominoPone

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    Props to anyone who recognizes this video from the thumbnail.

    46 'Discovering' MLP FiM - Pone-Dancer

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    I actually got into the fandom thanks to Pintrest. There were so many fantastic artists, and I had just recently started drawing pones. It definitely influenced me in a positive way.

    49 - SazerLite

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    51 Shade Meets Tai the Human for the First Time - TaichiKeaton

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    When Shade was just a filly, she met a friend of her mother's. A kind human named Tai. She gave him a drawing she made and excitedly told him about her friends in Ponyville where she lived with her mom.

    Shade: Here Tai, you can have this drawing I made!

    Tai: It's a lovely drawing, Shade. Thank you so much, I'll hang it up on my wall to enjoy it everyday.

    (Through RP with friends, I discovered something amazing that grabbed me and didn't let go.)

    54 Definitely Not Cadance - VanillaGhosties

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    it's smurfin time

    56 The Internet is a Dark and Horrible Place - Stardust/Dafiltafish

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    May Celestia have mercy on my soul.

    57 Love for the fandom - Shelltoon

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    My favorite thing in the fandom has always been the creative side. Thanks to it, I regained the spark to draw again. Never lose sight of the things you love.

    Twitter: Calpain