• Newbie Artist Training Grounds XII: Day 30

    My Little Pony Newbie Artist Training Grounds Author Calpain
    Artist: Tarkan809

    And with that we finally hit our last day everyone, day 30. It has been a long road and I know for many of you it has been hard, but I have been so very proud of you all to even get to this point. Even if you only managed to get some of the prompts done you're still a success in my eyes simply because you tried something new, something to improve yourself. And that deserves all the praise in the world.

    As we wrap up the NATG we managed to get 52 ponies for this makeup day, giving us 2101 ponies in total!

    Now, with it being the final day, I'm sure you all can guess what is coming! That's right, today is graduation day! A day of celebration and joy! I really hope you all had fun this year and as always I want to thank you all for including me and my silly prompts in it. I hope to see many of you next year, I'm going to miss you lot in the meantime, but even so I'll be looking out for your art throughout the year. Keep the drawing strong as we head into our final prompt: Draw a pony graduating / Draw a pony attaining their goal.

    Also, artists have 48 hours to complete this one instead of just 24. The marathon is over, time to take things at a more relaxed pace.

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    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 Pinkie Pie Makes Up - Ebony Crystal

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    Day 24 - Follow the link for the whole story behind this one! :3 I remembered that Pinkie had never made up for Cranky's memory book in the show, so I wanted to do something here. Only problem was one picture wouldn't have been enough to describe everything so of course I went for another comic.
    2 Trixie's Tall Tales - Ebony Crystal

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    "If you think that last story was good, wait until you hear about Trixie's narrow escape from a Manticore's giant paw and a fierce Bugbear's stinger!" Day 25 -What better pony with tall tales to draw than Trixie herself. After the whole Ursa Minor experience, something tells me she had to make up a LOT of different stories to impress a certain pair of unicorns that were always hanging around her. :3
    3 A Rude Awakening - Ebony Crystal

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    Ebony had a very rough night and she had JUST dozed off before sunrise when that stupid alarm went off. Upon instinct, she ended up zapping the bloody thing to pieces, unfortunately she ended up waking poor little Sunshine in the process, the little cat's fur now standing on end as his claws gripped her sheets. Looks like today was going to be one of those days...
    4 Games from the past - AnxiousPon

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    Day 9: Draw a pony as a filly or colt / Draw a pony sent back in time
    5 Day 26: To Crazy Or Not To Crazy - Faith?

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    That... is the question.
    6 Day 28: Zeph's Day Off - Faith?

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    It's a prequel!
    7 Day 24: Steel Midnight Redeems Himself - TaichiKeaton

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    Once, Steel Midnight survived as a thief lurking in the shadows of Tartarus, doing whatever it took to survive to see another day. With his past life behind him, he now helps Belle, who helped give him a second chance at something better.
    8 Day 25: Narrative License - TaichiKeaton

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    Tai stretches the truth of some adventures Steel Midnight and Belle had in Tartarus, which keeps the crowd rapt with attention.
    9 Day 26: The Day Tai Got His Cutie Mark - TaichiKeaton

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    Once upon a time, as Tai wrote in his journal about a story he remembered, he was surprised to discover his cutie mark appeared! From that day forward, Tai embraced his destiny to be a storyteller and share his tales near and far.
    10 Day 27: Tai Races for the Finish Line - TaichiKeaton

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    Cheered on by Belle, Tai races for the finish line in the art marathon with finished art pieces flying in his wake from his saddlebag.
    12 - Fullmoonrose7

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    14 ATG2022 26 Flash Sentry Joining The Royal Guard - Flash Sentry

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    That was a life changing decision for him for sure
    15 - EveryDayDerpie

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    16 ATG2022 27 Derpy hitting dat butt - Derpy Hooves

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    She's beating the clock in a special way. The hourglass "clock" on his butt, to be specific.
    17 Day 29: Draw All the Prompts! Part 1 - TaichiKeaton

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    I tried to do as many as I could fit into one drawing, but then I realized doing the entire list of prompts will take more than just a page! This is only as many as I could get so far, but I will have extra stuff on my page, I'm having too much fun making pony doodles!
    18 Work Detail| Trash Pick up. - Spellbound Canvas

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    Its been a little while since I threw some ponies in the slammer. So here it is; ponies paying their debt to society by picking up trash on the side of the road even as they sweat and burn up under a beating sun. Originally this was a Newbie Artist Training Grounds piece, but I decided that I wanted to work on it more than was required. This picture actually qualifies as two prompts. Day 11: Draw a pony burning up / Draw a pony beating the heat. Day 24: Draw a pony facing a mistake from their past / Draw a pony trying to make things right.
    20 Thank you so far - Tarkan809

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    (This is not related to the story but this is rather a thank you letter to NATG as well as a thank you letter to Calpain mainly. Hopefully it’s for the best. Thank you all!)
    21 NATG #19: Going home - MrKat/Panko Pai

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    Taking lil' AJ back home (Artist Note: meant to be uploaded to previous makeup day but I screwed up with metadata and couldn't repost it again)
    22 Cute Ladybug - Minty Treble

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    Day 6: Draw a pony facing their greatest fear / Draw a pony scared senseless
    23 Melody and Pipp - Minty Treble

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    Day 16: Draw different pony generations meeting each other / Draw a pony exploring a brand new world
    24 Beating the clock - Wolfy

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    26 Worry for their students - Erik Butterworth

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    Just getting some last minute new work in for the final Makeup Day. I've still got a lot of Garry's Mod I haven't uploaded to my DA Gallery yet so I'll have to save it for next year's NATG.
    27 Worry for their students (Alternate) - Erik Butterworth

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    Just getting some last minute new work in for the final Makeup Day. I've still got a lot of Garry's Mod I haven't uploaded to my DA Gallery yet so I'll have to save it for next year's NATG.
    28 Race for an Adventure! - Alyssa Rice

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    Darby joins forces with Alyssa Rice and Friends as they compete with each other in a race. Who will win, who will lose? While it's unknown, the only thing that matters is that they're having fun. (This is my makeup submission for Day 27 of the NATG.)
    29 "Ready for Adventure!" - EmeraldPencil

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    Emerald is fully kited for an adventure in lightly or never before explored territory! This is my largest drawing of a pony yet, and allowed me to get more detail in. I also included the sword of the Spirit from prompt #26. As always, constructive criticism is encouraged and appreciated! :)
    30 "Perfect Peace" - EmeraldPencil

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    Nothing is more relaxing than spending time with the One who made you and cares about you. I did some light shading on this one. It might not be noticeable, because I didn't want to botch the entire drawing by putting a shadow in the wrong place and having to erase it and everything around it. As always, constructive criticism is encouraged and appreciated, especially with this drawing as I definitely could use some tips on shading! Thanks! :)
    31 Twilight's Destiny - Ebony Crystal

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    Day 26 - a pony a pony facing their destiny, or a pony about to make a life changing decision, and I guess you can say I did both with this one, Celestia and Luna having passed the torch on to young Princess Twilight to take over Equestria in their place, fulfilling her own destiny once and for all. I've got to admit I love this drawing of Celestia better than the last one I did ages ago and it really shows how much I've improved anatomy wise. I know I still need to work on my backgrounds, but I'll get there. :3
    35 CMC Root Cellar Jam - Lore / Docard

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    I'm going to have to finish and color this. Another Open Night at the Root Cellar.
    37 Unlikely Group of Adventurers - Lore / Docard

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    The original party is Treehugger, Fizzlepop, Angel Bunny (behind Fluttershy's back), Scootaloo, Lore, and Pinkie Pie. They're fighting off Diamond Dogs, but I ran out of page and time.
    39 Herald of the Headless Horse - Sigmath Bits

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    "I've been told that these very woods are haunted!"
    40 Rough Draft - Optimistic Neighsayer

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    In every drawing, if I fix one thing, I’ll notice something else is flawed… or otherwise muck it up more. May as well just pick it all apart.
    41 Darby's Reminiscence - Alyssa Rice

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    Darby has made mistakes just like everyone else does. However, some of hers are more regretful than others. As she sits alone at night, she reminisces about her past and how far she has gone. (This is my makeup submission for Day 24 of the NATG.)
    42 Bon bon looks inside a barrel while Lyra watches. - Silly filly

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    Lyra waiting for bon bon to find out what’s inside that barrel.
    43 Lyra ate too many of bon bons imported oats and is happy to her. - Silly filly

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    Even the most inseparable couples get on each other’s nerves from time too time, Lyra has to fart because she ate too many of bon bons imported oats that she has been saving for a special occasion.
    44 The last cider - Minty Treble

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    Day 17: Draw a pony feeling hopeless / Draw a pony at the end of their rope
    45 Bon Bon excercises - Minty Treble

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    Day 20: Draw a pony finding their second wind / Draw a pony finding the courage to go on
    46 Equestria Exploration - Minty Treble

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    Day 21: Draw a pony returning from a long journey / Draw a pony on an adventure Inspired by Equestria Exploration
    47 smarty pants - Minty Treble

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    Day 29: Draw as many previous prompts in a single picture as you can / Draw a pony pulled every which way I didn't like this draw, but since I already made it... here it is, although without color
    48 Sweet waifu dreams - Minty Treble

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    Day 18: Draw a pony dreaming / Draw a pony letting their mind wander
    49 The cutie mark crusaders decide to help other ponies find their cutie marks. - Silly filly

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    The cutie mark crusaders face their destiny by helping other ponies find tire cutie marks
    50 Tables Have Turned - daExile

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    supposedly day 8 (pony as another species)
    51 Applebuck Season - Ebony Crystal

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    Day 29 we had the choice to either draw as many previous prompts in a single picture as we could or draw a pony being pulled every which way. I DID have an original idea with Pinkie and Discord, but Day 26 took a long time so I had to scrap it for this doodle from Applebuck Season in which poor Applejack was being sleep deprived from taking on one too many things including trying to pick all of the apples in the orchard when Big Mac injured himself. It came out decent for the short amount of time I had. :3
    52 Green Byte thinking about Fluttershy - JoeyDR

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    NATG. Catch-up day. Redoing a prompt with same idea. Again.

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