Sunday, 28 December 2014

Week 183 Wrap Up

One of the major hallmarks of this fandom is its creativity. This fandom an unusually high proportion of fan artists. Painters, musicians, sculptors, animators, and many other creative types have applied their talents to My Little Pony, spreading ponies far and wide through the internet. And while this may have proved annoying to some people, it has also helped to attract others to ponies. Indeed, I myself became interested in Friendship is Magic because of exposure to fanart (and pony memes) online.

This creativity is the inspiration for the Newbie Artists Training Grounds, and thus for this deviantART group. They're both attempts at nurturing this creative spirit through the simple act of providing prompts for pictures, and thus giving artists theme ideas beyond what they might normally come up with themselves. So, I think it's time for me to stop yapping, so we can see what interpretations people have come up with for this theme:

Gallery for Week 156

01. nunitko

This pony seems a bit confused, and that pencil looks a tad abused. - fetchbeer

02. Vaser888

Drawing little shrubs and trees, enough indeed to distract the bees! - fetchbeer

03. RemnantViscera
There's a comment section for this, eh? Um... Merry christmas-is-over everyone!

Will this pony fall into a blatant trap? Or will from aggravation will they snap? - fetchbeer

04. Cobralash

Painting colors so very lush, just make sure to not dropm the brush! - fetchbeer

05. Blast

Even a stick pony is a place to start, and a gift that will warm a heart! - fetchbeer

06. Paradoxical
Somehow the scanner is having issues and cut a strip out of the whole but as for a picture, you get the Idea.

A palette with the colors for a tree, but I wonder what the joke could be! - fetchbeer

07. Matanya
From a 7 year old, and this is of less quality than one can usually find in the artsonia account

There's little worse than being bored, though patience does come with a reward. - fetchbeer

08. ScuriLevenstein

Some ponies don't want to wait for even a single drink, though for empties they might need a bigger sink. - fetchbeer

09. HalflingPony
Never Forget a Pegasus' Wings!

10. A Brony Account

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Week 182 Wrap Up

I am of the belief that you can never be too old to enjoy the things that you loved in childhood. Maybe you can find new appreciations for them, maybe you never lost your old appreciation.

Maybe the joy comes in passing toys on to your own children and seeing them experience the same joy you felt. These are treasures old and new, timeless joys and nostalgic visions.

What wondrous things have been given to these ponies to toy with this Hearth's Warming Eve? Well, I don't know about you, but the suspense is killing me! Let's rip through the gift paper, open the box, and see what joys your art has bestowed:


A tiny princess to rule your tree, and issue a holiday decree! - fetchbeer

02. SkywalkerGirl666

Tiny ponies and tiny hoops, to recreate those dramatic swoops! - fetchbeer

03. SkywalkerGirl666

I wonder if anyone gawks, at a hook and eyepatch wearing fox. - fetchbeer

04. Blast

Giving yourself as a present, in that bunny may breed dissent. - fetchbeer

05. Speedy526745

A tiny friend as a plaything, to which you can hug and cling. - fetchbeer

06. Vaser888

A bear is very nice to hug, and the are always nice and snug. - fetchbeer

07. TheThunderPony

A doll of your sister for when she's not near, to continue to bring you love and cheer. - fetchbeer

08. dredaich

Playing with your little blocks as you think outside the box. - fetchbeer

09. WovenTales

Even a changeling has a favorite toy, to play with when they are not trying to destroy. - fetchbeer

10. ScuriLevenstein

It is not wise to toy with some ponies, but otherwise do as you please. - fetchbeer

11. DazDroid1995
WOn't tO pLAy?!?

12. HalflingPony

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Week 181 Wrap Up

Oh dear, I'm gonna be late! I gotta write this quickly, if I'm gonna have any chance of finishing before the deadline. I wish I could've started working on this earlier, but things have just been so hectic recently. Between working on various projects, the Newbie Artist's Training Grounds, and helping to run the ATG Alumni, I've just got so much time and so little to do!

Scratch that, reverse it.

And I'm not the only one who's been busy as of late. A great many people have been rushing around, trying to accomplish all that they need and/or want to do. But fortunately, some time was found for more creative purposes, showcasing some of the ponies who have been very busy in their own right:

Gallery for Week 154

01. Blastradiuss
Who said I'm stressed?? I'm not stressed. I'm just fine! *twitch twitch* STOP SAYING I'M STRESSED! waffles.

So many things and no time at all, almost makes you want to bawl. - fetchbeer

02. Speedy526745

Be careful of books stacked far too high, for soon things may go awry. - fetchbeer

03. dredaich

So tired after so much work, but that's not a thing one can shirk. - fetchbeer

04. ScuriLevenstein

No matter the fatigue the show must go on, even if you must suppress a yawn! - fetchbeer

05. Jezendar
When Minuette volunteered to help set up for the Equestrian Winter Games, she never really considered exactly how many different sports would be showcased, or how much equipment they would collectively utilize.

Why do these sports take so much gear? Why can't they all just use a spear? - fetchbeer

06. A Brony Account

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Week 180 Wrap Up

Over the past several weeks, we've seen pony themes covering all four of the classical elements of nature: Water Ponies, Air Ponies, Earth Ponies, and Fire Ponies. And now, we add Crystal Ponies to the list. Now you may be wondering why Crystals would be important in this set of themes. After all, a crystal would normally be considered part of the Earth element. The reason would be the centerpiece of crystal pony civilization: the Crystal Heart! This artifact's magical power connects directly to the emotional state of the empire's citizens, with the Heart's magic growing stronger as the crystal ponies emotions grow more positive.

Indeed, this artifact shows pretty clearly that 'Heart' can be a very powerful force. And when you combine Heart with the classic four elements, you get a force for good that no corrupt villain can stand against! So, all together now:


By your powers combined, I am Captain Equestria!

Gallery for Week 153

01. nunitko

Such a shiny little pony, and only slightly stony. - fetchbeer

02. Speedy526745

How does one become this shade of blue? Do you use a dyed shampoo? - fetchbeer

03. Blast

Just standing there being green, all calm and lovely and serene. - fetchbeer

05. ScuriLevenstein

Public restroom attract strange folks, though at least no one in this one smokes. - fetchbeer

06. dredaich

This pony seems to be their own night light, at least they won't have a nocturnal fright. - fetchbeer

07. Schluberlubs

Charging at the enemy at full speed, hoping that you'll be the one to succeed! -fetchbeer

08. DazDroid1995
Crystel Hall

Frozen in place for all of time, creating an atmosphere quite sublime. - fetchbeer

09. AaronMk
"Her... Majesties Celestia of Equestria. Empress of the ponykind, queen of Unicornia, and of Pegasopolis, and of Canterlot and Earth. Duchess of the Everfree. Raiser of the sun, first of her... their name of the Celestial House. Slightly more serious attempt at the EQD ATG prompt."

The throne from which the sun is raised, and on which her majesty is praised! - fetchbeer

10. HalflingPony
Denizens of the Frozen North

Always be open to make a new friend, though carnivores i can't recommend. - fetchbeer

11. A Brony Account

Now obsessed with nicer glasses, at least now he no longer torments the masses. - fetchbeer

12. Jezendar

Was this pony exposed to radiation? Or did sugar cause this aberration? - fetchbeer

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Week 179 Wrap Up

Have you ever gotten angry at something? Like, really angry? Red-faced, blood-boiling, steam-coming-out-of-your-ears enraged? So angry that you feel like you're gonna burst into flames?

Everyone feel a little hot under the collar now and then. Sometimes, more than just 'a bit'. It always helps to have a means of calming ourselves down for such occasions, ways to cool off when we feel like we're gonna self-immolate. One way is to look at fanart of settings we enjoy, like the pony-themed art below. Which happens to feature several ponies bursting into flames.
Hmm. Maybe this isn't such a good idea, after all.

Gallery for Week 152

01. AaronMk
"Those aren't pots! They're SILVER VASES OF NAZIAH!"

Magic that makes armies disappear, that is indeed something to fear. - fetchbeer

02. ScuriLevenstein

Do ponies make good ammunition? Or was to be a cannonball their ambition? - fetchbeer

03. Speedy526745

Such an adorable little firebug, dismissing those flames with a little shrug. - fetchbeer

04. dredaich

A flaming mane and burning tail, extinguishing them seems of no avail. - fetchbeer

05. HalflingPony
The Phoenix Master - Revisited

Rising from the ashes with hooves and horn, differently this phoenix is reborn. - fetchbeer

06. hip-indeed

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Week 178 Wrap Up

Oh... sure... um... ask the Pegasus to write up the info on the subject of keeping your hooves on the ground.  I mean um... I guess it's good to walk about on the ground from time to time, right? I'm sure there's a few reasons...

I mean... walking on the ground IS the best way to see the beautiful snow up close this time of year... I know not everypony likes the snow, but I do. And I've learned in the past that seeing things from the ground can give you a whole new perspective... you know, even for ponies on the ground. Have you ever taken a moment to just look where you are?

Keeping on the ground can also mean staying sane, keeping things together, and moving ahead in full confidence of yourself. Strength. Stability. Endurance. Keeping yourself grounded is a key to setting reasonable goals, and to taking the steps necessary to complete them. It's a successful pony who can stay grounded and keep the task at hoof in mind.

So, with a steady hoof, and a solid foundation, we shall forge ahead!  Now then, let's see what everypony is doing this week now that we've got all four hooves planted firmly, and safely, on the ground:

Gallery for Week 151

01. Speedy526745

It takes some time for plants to grow, but eventually your work will show. - fetchbeer

02. Sunnybrook1
A pegasus youth - weary, orphaned, and alone - trudges away from what was once his home, now looted and razed to the ground by bandits. Burdened by his loss he has completely forgotten about the wings on his back, and his hooves guide him towards an uncertain future...

I hope this poor pony recovers soon, otherwise he may just swoon. - fetchbeer

03. dredaich

This pony's hooves don't leave the ground, but they still manage to fly around! - fetchbeer

04. ScuriLevenstein

You'll never keep Dash down here long, for in the clouds she does belong. - fetchbeer

05. A Brony Account

This is indeed quite a feat, leaving hoof prints down the entire street. - fetchbeer

06. Bulbamario