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Two hundred themes. That's a lot of words... a lot of art. So many ponies. It needs to be signified, somehow. It felt most iconic to celebrate this milestone with a ponies most iconic trait, their cutie mark. And so, we celebrate 200 weeks of the MLP Artist Training Grounds Alumni. Thank you, each and every one of you, from Week 1, to Week 200, and everything in between. We hope to continue to inspire for years to come.

And so, without much more preamble, please take a look at our Week 200 Wrap Up Blog, and observe all these ponies showing off their talents.

Ponies are curious, are they not? They don't do well alone, searching for others to bond with, to be with. Sometimes, that bond can be with something other than another pony, in fact. Friends come in all shapes, sizes, and species. It should be no surprise that this week, we go back to a theme from long ago, with a new spin:

A Pony's Companion / A Loyal Friend

Many ponies have companions, pets, if you will. Some may scoff at the relationship that some may have with these companions, but they are real, and they are strong. Never question the loyalty between a pony and their pet, or it shall surprise you every time.

So, what kind of companions do these ponies have? To what lengths are they willing to go for them, or for their other friends? Celebrate loyalty. Celebrate those furry, scale, and feathery companions who are themselves so devoted.

Stand tall with your companion, pet them, pamper them, love them. And then upload them to the external submitter to be included in the Weekly Wrap Up Blog. The username is artist and the password is twilight.
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Gallery Folders

Week 201 - A Pony's Companion
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Countdown to Current Theme!

Sunday, May 3rd @ 9:00pm

- = | Week 201 Theme | = -

Main Theme: A Pony's Companion / A Loyal Friend
Due: Sunday, May 3rd, at 9:00 Pacific Time (i.e. Sunday night)

Click here for more details on this week's themes
Click here for Submission Guidelines

Revel in the glory of last week's last Weekly Wrap Up!

Quick Navigation

Since we have so many folders we don't really know what to do with, I think its high time we have a quick navigation to important locations of the ATG here.

Mock War

Important Info

Lost? Confused? Or just looking to know everything about everything?

Here is FAQ v1.3!

WIPs and Work to Critique folder information.

Looking for a quick list of previous themes?

Here it is!

After submitting your work to us via dA, please click here to upload your work for the weekly wrap-up.

Enter in your name, link to your image, and add any comments you want, it would be very much appreciated! Doing so will make wrap-ups quicker and comments easier :)

(Username is "artist" and password is "twilight" - no quotes, no caps! It's just there to keep the spambots out ;))


For those of you looking to talk to your fellow artists of the ATG we have a few IRC channels for that.

Some of you may not know exactly what an IRC is so feel free to look at this for some help and info on that.

IRC Server List - All are on the same network.

IRC Channel:


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GreenFly1993 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So how is everypony finding mlp season 5? as for me I am loving it like this!
Twilight (Squee) Plz 
cobralash Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
For me, every episode has been awesome so far!
norikago Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Hopefully I'll be accepted in the group.
Jezendar Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm gonna need to pull out my checklist here and make sure you meet all the requirements for joining. Let's see...

Group Membership Checklist
* Has requested to join the group. - Check

Alright, it appears you met all the requirements. Welcome aboard!
norikago Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
GreenFly1993 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when will we see pic's in An Eagerly Waiting Pony folder as I submit one to that folder too?
Jezendar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Submissions become visible in the folders once an admin has a chance to accept the submission. This can sometimes take a bit, due to all of us needing to work for a living and all. But we try to make sure it doesn't take too long.
GreenFly1993 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok I just want to know you are all doing a great job! ^-^
Anubis-LK Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How can I join?
Jezendar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pressing the Join Our Group button in the Group Info bar on the left is all that's necessary to join.
We're not exactly a picky group membership-wise. :iconpinkiewinkplz:
zunicornnation Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you ever had a background (not background pony, but one of the settings of the show) challenge?
Jezendar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is not something that we have done, at least so far as I know.
meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Do you allow humanization in this group?
Invidlord Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If it encourages you to draw, sure! We obviously want to stay SFW and such, but if humanized versions of ponies that inspire you to get out your pen/pencils/digital editor and create, we are all for it!
hip-indeed Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you guys opening up folders for NATG 4 entries like you have for previous ones?
DazDroid1995 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait whens NATG 4?
hip-indeed Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's already been going on for a few days --…
Jezendar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid that we will not be, no. DeviantART actually has a limit on how many folders a single group can have, and we've hit that limit numerous times already. (This is why many of our folders are now labeled "Weeks 25-30".) The group didn't make folders for the NATG 3 either, which I do believe was for the same reason (I wasn't yet an admin at that point).
hip-indeed Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really too bad, I dunno any other way to actually get out art out there and no one really looks at the multitudes that get submitted to EqD itself, but this group had a smaller commuity that helped the art we did for the ATG spread.  Regardless I understand the reasonings, I... guess?   Except not really since one (or potentially now 2 due to what Phoe's said about breaking it up into two half-months per year) new folder per YEAR shouldn't be an issue among the 52 others for the group's themes, but /shrug.
DAbestpony Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm very sorry for not telling you that I was going to be inactive for more than a year. Long story short, I went into hiding at DrawQuest and school activities were making me busy. I hope I can participate the weekly prompts again after NATG IV! :)
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