• Newbie Artist Training Grounds Final Gallery!


    My Little Pony Newbie Artist Training Grounds Author Calpain

    And that's a wrap folks! The 12th NATG has finally reached its end and after a little more than a month of constantly drawing pony, our artists for the event have earned a very well-deserved break. All together for our final graduation prompt, we brought in 66 ponies which brought our event total to 2167 ponies in total!

    As our artists leave us this year I wish them the very best, to our new artists and to those joining us as veterans who just wanted some time to hone their skills. You're all amazing and I really hope to see more from you over the coming year until we get to the next NATG which I suspect will be in July 2023!

    Now, let's celebrate these artists by checking out their final works for today in the gallery after the break! They all deserve a round of applause!

    2 A WINRAR IS U - Stardust

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    Congrats on everyone for getting to this point. I wasn't really in the right headspace for most of the month to be as encouraging as I normally am but I do think everyone who contributed deserves some praise for trying and if you did all 30 you are a chad among chads. Best Girl, Stardust
    3 Day 30: Tai Attains His Goal - TaichiKeaton

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    Belle, Stardust and Amber came to congratulate Tai for reaching his goal. Just knowing his loved ones were there to celebrate the victory with him made it even better, because he got to share that joy and excitement with them.
    5 Thank You, NATG! - EveryDayDashie

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    We've come to the end of the 12th Newbie Artist Training Grounds. I was so happy to see that many of us were so determined and drawing along with us on this journey. It was an unforgettable experience and we had a lot of fun drawing and chatting with other artists on the Discord server. I also got the opportunity to appreciate different art styles and broaden my horizons. Of course, all of these would not be possible if it were not the person who's led us through the journey with different kinds of prompts. As a result, I want to express my deepest gratitude to Calpain, who spent a lot of time preparing these prompts and guiding us through the NATG marathon. He also decided to spend his time supporting our artworks and reading our messages on the server, which is the reason why he definitely deserves a round of applause from all of us. With that, thank you to everyone who's been drawing along with us in this journey and hopefully we'll see you next year in NATG XIII!
    6 Graduation day - Soobel

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    I cheated a bit. School and scenery and fillies i did earlier and teatcher i dont drew but sculpt. Weird. I crafted the Scool while ago and first teacher was not Cheerilee.
    7 2022 NATG day 30 - a pony attaining their goal - C_||_R

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    unsing unsing the unsung and become REMEMBERED
    8 Celebratory Modeling - llametsul

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    Another year down. Thx Cal for keeping these going~
    9 - Don

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    10 Until next time.... - BlueSkies

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    Well, NATG is ending for now. It sure was a fun adventure.
    11 - Don

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    12 - Don

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    13 - Don

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    14 - Don

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    15 Checkmark Proves Us Wrong - Faith?

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    Well, it's been a wild ride. Hopefully my prompts brought a smile to a couple faces. In the end, that's the goal. Mamba Out.
    17 See Ya! - BlueSkies

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    Well, I guess I have to do other new things now. Gotta come back anytime soon. See Ya!
    18 Dreams Do Come True! (NATG 2022 Day 30) - IronYoshi

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    He has simple goals in mind. This is one of them he managed to finally achieve!
    19 Attaining my goal - Artiks

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    My goal was to do all 30 prompts, and despite wanting to give up many times I did it. :)
    20 Caveman Pony - the great inventor - Ragmo

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    Caveman Pony - inventor of many things including the wheel. He might not look like it, but he's quite smart when he needs to be :) Thank you again to Equestria Daily staff for having this event again this year. Its nice to see all the 2100++ submissions of old and new faces over those 30 days and 3 make up days :) Looking forward for next years ATG. Thank you very much for having us :)
    21 Traditions - TenebrisNoctus

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    As per usual from me, a nice headshot piece to round things out. Thanks to all the crew for hosting this event still, and congrats on all the artists who participated <3
    23 "Welcome Home!" - EmeraldPencil

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    My ultimate goal in life is to do my Father's will, and eventually I will see Him face to face in my true home! This is my largest picture yet, so I went for a full-on notebook shot. Thanks to Calpain for organizing and leading the event, and for letting me join on day ten, AND for sending in my first few drawings via email before I joined the Discord! And thanks to the One Emerald is meeting in this picture for sustaining me and giving me peace through all of this! And thanks to all of my fellow artists for being courteous and for encouraging me! I look forward to possibly seeing you all next year!
    25 Life of the party - Zeccy

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    Waaaaay too lazy of late, too warm here in Denmark :')
    26 ATG2022 29 Twilight pulled in every direction - Twilight

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    They are all TRYING to attain their goal, which is Twilight Sparkle. Does this count for this prompt too? :P
    28 Sisters Be Graduatin - EbbySharp

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    Awesome job, all! Thanks for taking a chance on yourself and taking part in the event. It's way more fun with more people on board. Thanks once again, EQD!
    29 Graduation! - Phutashi

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    What I’ve learned in NATG is…
    31 True Cheerleader - Pone-Dancer

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    Frankie has always wanted to be a big-star cheerleader. She worked hard and has succeeded in joining the Dallas Cowgirls!
    32 Graduating Glassware pony - Frith

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    Graduated glassware pony is graduating. Decanting glassware pony is tricky. It involves yoga.
    33 Graduating Glassware pony - Frith

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    Now in technicolour! Must be lead crystal graduated glassware. Bet that's what they got in those fancy private prep schools, off in the Crystal Empire.
    34 Graduating Glassware pony - Frith

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    And that's a wrap. No more drawing until next year. Maybe. No promisses. But I wouldn't miss a NATG. Keep them coming! ^_^ Maybe next year I'll draw real horses, hairy ones, with skinny legs. Meanwhile, sleep. Sleep is good. Au revoir and thanks for all the motivation!
    36 ED: NATG 2022 Day 30 - Addelum

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    Another ED: NATG came and went. It was more enjoyable thanks to the experience gained from the previous NATGs done as well as Drawabox, and the upgrade in tools from Autodesk Sketchbook to Krita to Clip Studio Paint. I've been cautioning against trying to guarantee myself to complete another of these because this is a demanding program, but the challenge of getting something done without nitpicking it to perfection is a draw too hard to resist. A great big thanks to Seth and Calpain for hosting, and I'll see if I can join again next year.
    37 Graduation Day - Ebony Crystal

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    Obviously today being the last one, we could choose between a pony graduating or a pony obtaining their goal, and I guess you can say this counts for both here with Ebony getting her diploma from none other than Cal himself! :3 And with this last prompt, 2022's ATGs are officially over for me! Better still, I've done all 30 of them! :3 Major shoutout to Calpain for making this happen every year and I can't wait until next year to do it all again! ^ ^
    38 That's a Wrap - SOENJAY

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    As a participant in 4 NATGs (and only ever 100% completing one of them), I am definitely certified to present my buddy Desert with his graduation diploma. It was his first time participating and I hope he had fun with it. Thanks as well to Faith? and IDrawHorse, who are other friends of mine who participated. We all hopped into a discord stream call and viewed the submissions at midnight each day. Artists that have made their mark on our group include but are not limited to: Frith, Soobel, Bob the Dalek, the guy who drew things that looked like screenshots from the 80s cartoon, Everyday Dashie, and Termyotter. I hope you've enjoyed following me draw Mustang for like 85% of my prompts again. What can I say, I'm adorable.
    39 Grad Anatomy Chart - Termyotter

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    Re-drawing idea I did last year to compare to see if I got any better. I THINK so. Also, with this being the third grad, isn't that a PhD? With a total around 80 pages of art, that's getting close to a thesis size project. :)
    40 [SFM] Congratulations, ponies! - red4567

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    You know, they should bring back the School of Friendship.
    41 Lands of Friendship - Star Shine

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    Thank you for another year of NATG. Almost all characters' goals in FiM is to make new friends so I wanted to depict Equestria full of friendship for the final prompt for this year.
    45 Graduation - Darksly

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    It was a pleasure to have participated this year, I think this is the event that brings me closer to this beautiful community, I loved seeing so many great drawings, thanks for all the hard work that keeps hope alive. Congratulations Artists!
    47 Darby's Graduation Dress - Alyssa Rice

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    "Congratulations, Darby, you've successfully completed the NATG!" These are the words Darby hears as she happily comes to get her diploma, while she stuns the crowd with the beautiful gown that she's wearing. As she looks at her diploma, she's reminded of how much she's grown as an artist during her journey.
    48 NATG XII Day 30: Adventurous Graduates - Blazewing

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    A pretty simple final piece for this year's Training Grounds, I admit, but I felt it was fitting, since Cookie, Syntax, and Pastel have been used for quite a few of the prompts, so I thought to showcase them one more time. I had a lot of fun participating this year, and I hope to be able to do so again next time. =)
    49 Lighting rush is in space!! - Colour Bass

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    Draw a pony returning home from a long journey / Draw a pony on an adventure.
    50 ATG2022 30 Sunset's thank you kiss for Canni - Wissle

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    After a forced break of two years, Canni achieved her goal and put on a successful Galacon again. Sunset Shimmer shows her gratitude with a platonic thank you kiss.
    51 My oc passed (barely) - TaiyoFurea

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    Worth staying up to draw for the last day.
    52 L - 32232232

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    54 Apprenticeship's End - Lore / Docard

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    Raised and educated by her mother and her great aunt Milk Thistle, this is about as close as she's getting to a graduation. She has essentially become an Earth Pony druid. Her skills certainly go beyond making calming noises.
    56 Graduation Day - Supermarine_Spitfire

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    57 Graduation. - JoeyDR

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    Graduation again. Kinda proud of this.
    58 NATG Graduation Day. - Silly filly

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    This ends NATG, Day 30 Graduation day 2022, this is some of my favorite ponies graduating NATG, I want too thank Calpain and Equestria daily for having this wonderful event, I’ve had so much fun submitting my art, see you next year!
    60 The Dokis have graduated! - BlueSkies

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    Before they go away, Monika gives out a little speech.
    61 Minty's graduation - Minty Treble

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    3 years, same background and same OC. A pleasure drawing with you all!! I'm still missing some promts, but I'll do them in my spare time in the next weeks. See you all next year!
    62 The Captain's Clothes - Sigmath Bits

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    "Aye, aye, Captain!" Congrats to all who participated in the event! I'm sure Dash would be very proud of you!
    63 Honorary Degree - Optimistic Neighsayer

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    “Your service to Equestria and the Crystal Empire has more than made up for your shortcomings in your spellcasting classes so many years ago. We would be in a much different place without you, Sunburst.”
    64 Mission Accomplished - BlueSkies

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    Looks like he has finally done it. He saved the world.
    65 Make-A-Wish - Tarkan809

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    When Spike's birthday comes around... There's always a possibility that a wish would become true when blowing out the candles... Although Spike was more eager with the cake than the wish but there's several wishes that he can make it happen even when they're not... "Happy birthday Spike!" (tbh, I don't know how old is Spike in G1 exactly... (I'd presume like around 9-10 years old but not sure if that's official or not.))
    66 A SQUISHY and BOUNCYConclusion! - Rupert the Blue Fox

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    Wanted to go for this Newbie Artist Training Grounds stuffs, but with dragons! And with that, our dragon friends have reached the end of THIS road for the time being. What better way to celebrate an occasion than with a giant rubbery behemoth blown up by our lovely dragon lord lady? See you all next time!

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