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What is the better sport? 

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209 deviants said Footie Dashie by BlitzPony FOOTBALL
37%
125 deviants said The Muscle! The Hustle! by NCMares FOOTBALL

Fluttershy

Cutie Mark Crusaders: The Mark Awakens

Pinkie Spy!

The Legend of Derpy

Sweet Apple Acres

Pinkie Pie Deadpool

Derpy Mail Mare

Vampire Hunters Speed Sketch!

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Bat Anthro by drawponies
Bat Anthro
So I found this ADORABLE picture of a little bat and had to make him into a character ^-^  476040a-f1.2 by drawponies 

He doesn't have a name, what do you think he should be called?

As a side note, we've been studying torso anatomy in my classes, so I put it to good use XD
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What is the better sport?
63%
209 deviants said Footie Dashie by BlitzPony FOOTBALL
37%
125 deviants said The Muscle! The Hustle! by NCMares FOOTBALL
What movie are you looking forward to the most?
37%
199 deviants said Pinkie Pie Deadpool by drawponies Deadpool
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88 deviants said Captain America Pony by MilesofCrochet Captain America: Civil War
16%
84 deviants said Equestria Girls CMC by uotapo Equestria Girls 4
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37 deviants said Mane-iac - Suicide Squad by Persona22 Suicide Squad
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35 deviants said My bubbles by JinnMandor Finding Dory
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29 deviants said Other (Comment!)
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26 deviants said Erm Da Derk Knit by NCMares Batman vs. Superman
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19 deviants said Star Trek: The Pony Generation by Hollulu Star Trek Beyond
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8 deviants said They ain't afraid of no ghost by Christinies Ghostbusters
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6 deviants said Really Really Attractive by TyrackWolfII Zoolander 2
Who's your favorite of the gender-bent Mane 6? (art by NolyCS)
24%
110 deviants said Dusk by NolyCS Dusk Shine
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93 deviants said Stretchin' by NolyCS Rainbow Blitz
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91 deviants said Lucy. by NolyCS Elusive
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59 deviants said AJ. by NolyCS Applejack
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54 deviants said ''I don't like this look'' by NolyCS Butterscotch
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48 deviants said Berry Button by NolyCS Berry Bubble
Which of these ships do you like more?
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471 deviants said MLP - Doctor and Derpy by FireBrandKun Doctor Whooves x Derpy
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187 deviants said A Flutterdash Christmas by drawponies Fluttershy x Rainbow Dash
Heya everpony,

Many of you may or may not know of the production studio helping us out, known as Nightwave Studios.  (Find out more at www.nightwave.me )  Nightwave has several departments, spanning from music, to 3D animation, to comics, to translations.  We're now looking for more members that'll help us translate comic series, websites and other things from English into all kinds of different languages.

If you're interested in learning more about this and how to sign up for the translation team or Nightwave in general, make sure to message :iconvinyldarkscratch: (the founder) or comment down below, and Vinyl Darkscratch will send more details!

- DrawPonies and Nightwave Studios
Who's the best Cutie Mark Crusader?
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225 deviants said :Patreon Commission: Scootaloo by NekoCrispy Scootaloo
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195 deviants said :Patreon Commission: Sweetie Belle by NekoCrispy Sweetie Belle
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150 deviants said :Patreon Commission: Applebloom by NekoCrispy Applebloom
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34 deviants said Square Series - Babs Seed by sophiecabra Babs Seed
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8 deviants said New Crusaders {Bio} by PitterPaint My OC
Lisbeth Salander by drawponies
Lisbeth Salander
A quick portrait study from life drawing class :)

Been obsessively reading the Millennium trilogy (i.e. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) lately and this reminds me of the main character.
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Are you a furry as well as a brony? (I'm curious)
46%
341 deviants said Animu Twilight Sparkle by NabbieKitty I consider myself a brony, not a furry
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293 deviants said Bad Wolf by FoxInShadow I consider myself a brony and a furry
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95 deviants said Sweetie Shrug by glitterypencils I consider myself neither a brony nor a furry
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19 deviants said anthro azzai colored by azzai I consider myself a furry, not a brony
Dapper Rat by drawponies
Dapper Rat
A friend's rat character - drawn for fun :) You can see some of the influence of my art school training here (before it was nigh impossible for me to get a character to stand on two legs and make it look right, haha). 
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Hello everyone! I have some exciting news. For the past four months, I’ve been in art school. It’s been an exciting journey so far, and I hope that you think so too. Let me tell you about it :)

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(Above: Me with my classmates and one of our professors. I'm in the hoodie at the far right)

I’m sure that most of you know I was the subject of some significant criticism from the fandom at the beginning of last year. This made me think long and hard about what I should do. I knew that I needed to make big changes in my life. How could I move forward? How could I grow - as a person, and as an artist?

After several weeks of thorough contemplation, I hit upon the idea of going back to school. I’d been completely self-taught in art up to that point, and so I decided to find the best place that I could learn more about anatomy, gesture drawing, figure construction, and digital painting. After a great deal of research, I settled on a small art conservatory in Los Angeles, California, which offers a 3 year course.

Completing the program would require me to move all the way across the USA. I’d be thousands of miles away from my friends and family. “Is this the right step?” I wondered anxiously, even as I prepared my application. “Will I be good enough? Will I be able to keep up with the other students? Can I make a fresh start?

I took the plunge, submitting a portfolio of 10 sketches and drawings to the school. I fully expected my application to be rejected - after all, I’ve always been a cartoonist, not an Artist with a capital “A.” Imagine my surprise when, a few weeks later, I found out that I was in! Months of preparation followed, but soon enough, I was on a plane to Los Angeles. My fears grew even stronger. This was crazy - moving to a new city, starting a new life. I felt like I was stepping out of the dark into the complete unknown.

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(Above: View out the window of the airplane as I arrived in Los Angeles (left) and some of my fellow students in my new apartment (middle) and my first day at the school (right) )

I soon settled in with my new roommate and met the members of my incoming class - to my relief, I loved them all. Every one of them surpassed me in artistic ability, but I was determined to do my best and work hard to improve. I soon found just how difficult that would be - Staying up until 4 am to finish homework was an all-too-frequent occurrence. I drew more than I had ever drawn before. As an example, in life drawing class we drew over 500 charcoal sketches from a live model. I also learned a great deal about shading in “light and form” class, where we drew a dozen or so highly rendered graphite drawings. We also spent the whole quarter making an anatomy reference sculpture in another class. And those are only 3 of the 6 classes I took!

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At every step, my mind was challenged as far as it would go. Fortunately, my wonderful classmates and incredibly gifted teachers were always there to help me when I had difficulty. It’s only thanks to them that I made it through the first quarter of this training.

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(Above: Perspective class (left) and light and form class (right) )

I completed the quarter with a last, valiant effort, not without difficulty. “Is this even worth it,” my mind kept telling me. “You’ll never improve your drawing ability.” I’m sure many of you have experienced these discouraging thoughts. It takes a lot of effort to overcome your fear and move forward anyway.

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(Above: My exercises drawing Michelangelo's "Ear of David." Beginning of the quarter is on the left, and end of the quarter on the right)

It was actually not until the winter break that I was able to see the fruits of my labor, because at the advice of one of my teachers, I refrained from creating fan art for the first quarter of school (for those of you who commented asking why I wasn’t posting last fall, this is why). I set myself a goal of creating 5 new MLP designs, and to my astonishment, I was able to create 7 in just two weeks. Coming back to drawing ponies was incredibly surreal - it felt like I was drawing and inking in slow motion. For example, this Fluttershy design only took me about 7 hours from start to finish (blindingly fast in comparison to my previous 20 or so hours per piece of finished artwork). It’s also instructive to compare this piece to earlier drawings I had made - the handling of shading, composition, color, etc. is vastly improved.

Fluttershy  by drawponies

Compare to earlier work, such as: Lyra x Bonbon by drawponies

As I mentioned, I had so many fears and so much negative thinking before starting this art school journey. Finding out just how much my skills had grown in just three months was a huge confidence boost, as was making so many friends at the school. In addition, one of the biggest changes was a simple commitment to mental discipline. I’ve taken up daily meditation - it’s incredible how much difference just a few minutes of quiet contemplation can make. Meditating helped me see the fears for what they are - my own mind trying to sabotage my artistic journey. I am good enough. I can keep up with the other students. I can make a fresh start.

For those of you who struggle with the same mental resistance that I do (and if you’re an artist, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about), let me recommend you a few good books that can help.

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Art Making

And for those of you interested in trying meditation, let me recommend the following resources:

The Honest Guys Youtube Channel
Wherever You Go, There You Are (Book)

As most of my recent artistic efforts have been put toward my assignments, you’ll see me post a number of non-pony pieces in the near future - I can’t wait to show you the exciting artwork I’ve produced!

It’s been a challenging journey so far, and I know that it won’t get easier - my classes and assignments are only going to get more demanding from here. But this, I feel, is exactly where I need to be right now. I’m growing as both an artist, and as a person. I still have a long way to go, but at least I’ve made a start.

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(Above: the graphite drawings that I and my fellow students made in "light and form" class)

Thanks so much for reading, and for sticking with me through this. You're awesome :) 
Which is your favorite Star Wars series?
49%
218 deviants said Darth Pinkie by johnjoseco Episodes 4-6 (original trilogy)
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96 deviants said Cutie Mark Crusaders: The Mark Awakens by drawponies Episode 7 (newest movie)
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81 deviants said Other / I don't like Star Wars
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51 deviants said Friendship is the Force by johnjoseco Episodes 1-3 (the prequels)

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drawponies

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I am a My Little Pony fan artist and voice actor, best known for my character art and comic strips.
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Heya everpony,

Many of you may or may not know of the production studio helping us out, known as Nightwave Studios.  (Find out more at www.nightwave.me )  Nightwave has several departments, spanning from music, to 3D animation, to comics, to translations.  We're now looking for more members that'll help us translate comic series, websites and other things from English into all kinds of different languages.

If you're interested in learning more about this and how to sign up for the translation team or Nightwave in general, make sure to message :iconvinyldarkscratch: (the founder) or comment down below, and Vinyl Darkscratch will send more details!

- DrawPonies and Nightwave Studios

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