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Journal #225: Show Your ART! #4 (SHOWING)Hello everypony! :gallery:
I've put this together on my cell phone x__x
It was totally worth the work :3
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New Ponysona - Arctic Breeze by OoOCarolineOoO Playtime by Peternators
Chibi Snow Pearl by betaluna Hexepedal Pony, GingerDust by LadyDeven :COMMISSION: Sonate and Shadow Scope by DashiePotter2
Fluttershy And Angel by ShinmeyM Generous and fabulous by silberhase Mayaliicious (new shading) by Nightmare-Loon
Chibi Ponies- Emily and Pauline by polina2003 Fluttershy Kimono by MrEmerald34 Just another drawing T_T by Sweet-Moonie
A messy chibi by Miyunea Style update (yet again) by Tearahk Pink Baby sitter by cristle1235
Uncrowned Fate by auren-dawnstar Introducing: Sweetie Belle! Yay~ by fireheartrubie Title Card by NCbrony
Equine royalty by pallet-pride Have ya missed me?? by PonyFan2014 Anatomy of the Tatzlwurm by ZoPteryx
:thumb486433842: Big Mac gets all the Mares by KrytenMarkGen-0 On my Own by AprilTheFawn
Day#1 - Twilight's coronation by bleach7878 Applejack, put me down! (SoD sketch) by Sunny-Scribble [MLP] Autumn Witch by Fluffation
Zombie slayer by TGOM Protectors Of The Triforce by Clashwolf3 Dave and Fluttershy by Blazingdave25
Mlp Dta Entry .:MOTH:. by Mlp-Free-Adopts Nebula Gleam Hilltop by SilentArtist137 Lightning Wallpaper by Jetweaver
Trixie's Return - Page 2 by Crelyous Once Upon a Dream Whisper by Crazyaniknowit Good Day TwiDash [Request] by ChameleonMan55
Answer #2 by DuskyDreams The Dash Twins by Jujubee1121 Mmm Birthday Cake! by K-Kopp


Submitted on
January 8, 2012


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First of all, happy new year!

Here's an info-packed update:

:bulletgreen: You may have noticed that the linework in the last two comic updates (part 5 and 6) looks a lot smoother. That's because I've switched over to Paint Tool SAI, an amazing program with tablet pressure sensitivity and stabilizers that actually work.
Here's the really sweet part: I purchased it with the donations you've been sending. Thank you! Your donations are helping to improve the quality of the comic. I'm trying to scrape together $170 to upgrade my old copy of Photoshop CS2 (which is a nightmare to run on Windows 7 64 bit) to CS5, which will greatly hasten the process of making panels, gradients, and ovals for speech bubbles. If you'd like to help, here is your chance!

:bulletgreen: I've been getting questions about how I pick OCs for background ponies.

People's OCs may be included if the following (scary) criteria are met:

:bulletred: 1) The OC has to be a pegasus (or be allowed to be turned into a pegasus). No zebra/griffon alicorn hybrids.
:bulletorange: 2) The OC can't be too garish, eye-popping, or distracting (certain exceptions are allowed, though). Accessories aren't usually allowed (hats, etc.). Please don't be offended if I don't like your OC's color scheme. The comic has a palette, and it's pretty noticeable if a color doesn't fit (for example: jet black coats, very dark colors, or eye-poppingly bright colors are not acceptable). Good reference for possible colors:…
:bulletyellow: 3) The OC should have a cutie mark that look like it belongs in the MLP FiM universe (laptops, helicopters, weapons, unusual symbols, etc. wouldn't be allowed).
:bulletgreen: 4) OCs are background ponies and can't have prominent roles in the story because the series has already been planned out entirely. That means no speaking roles or marriages to Fluttershy.
:bulletblue: 5) I need a clear reference of the OC and his/her cutie mark (Pony Creator is acceptable). The references must have colors and I will not design cutie marks.
:bulletpurple: 6) I only include OCs if the quality of the strip won't suffer from it.

I no longer accept the following:
- Ponies with two or more coat colors.
- Ponies with black or gray in their color scheme. I have too many submissions like this already.
- Ponies with cutie marks that draw too much attention or don't fit well in the MLP universe. For instance, cars, knives/blood, computer, religion, and videogame-related symbols are not acceptable cutie marks.
- Ponies with rainbow color schemes. It would draw too much attention away from Rainbow Dash.
- Ponies who share similar color schemes with the main characters of the comic.
- Ponies who have the same color for coat and mane. For instance, a white pony with a white mane or a green pony with a green mane is not acceptable.
- Ponies with a wing color that is a different than their coat.
- Ponies with unusual body proportions or physical traits. If you submit a pony like this, it will probably be changed to the body types typical of background ponies the show unless I think it won't be too distracting. Very few exceptions will be made.
- Ponies with accessories. Glasses are okay.
- Ponies submitted without color references.
- Ponies submitted without a cutie mark reference.

Prioritization is based on whether the OC's owner participated in an art trade with me, consistently gave helpful feedback, left a donation, or did something else that was thoughtful. Of course, not all strips are going to be jam-packed with background ponies, so you may have to wait a bit before your OC appears. My Patreon has guaranteed OC slots for certain tiers of support (artist approval of OC design still applies).

:bulletgreen: I also get frequent notes and comments asking when the next strip will arrive. It usually takes 1-2 weeks per strip (or maybe even longer, based on how much free time is available when I'm not at my job/school). I'd like to remind everyone that there is a comic progress tracker on my profile page (below my journal) that I update every time I make progress on the upcoming strip. For reference, the two steps that take the longest are the character and background coloring steps (1-2 days for each, usually).

:bulletgreen: A big thank you to all the translators of Dash Academy!

:bulletgreen: One final thank you to :icongrusnoid:, who's been answering all of my sports-related questions and bringing me up to speed regarding the ins-and-outs of high school football.

:bulletgreen: If you have any other burning questions, leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.

  • Watching: Friendship is Witchcraft
  • Eating: Zapapples
  • Drinking: Zapapplejuice screwdrivers
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Rolly-Derby Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Thanks so much for even accepting ocs!

Name: DarkenedMatter
Gender: Mare
Coat color: Yellow-ish
Mane/Tail/Eye color: Blue-pink-yellow
Cutie Mark:…
Just a rain cloud.. She doesn't actually have one but this is what I imagine it would look like if she did.

Image:… Oh and please ignore the wing... it's just normal colored
Color referance:
I would really appreciate it if I got in :D You're my inspiration :D (Big Grin)
Dubstep-Eevee Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
If you are still doing this, would my OC PJ be acceptable? She does have a bandana, but it can be removed
: )

You can leave out the googles
Thanks, even if you don't use it!
Sky-91 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
.:Commission:. Sky Sparks for Sky-91 by gigandjett  
Ray915 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Hey I love your work and that's awesome that you accpet OC's! I'm a bit ashamed to show mine (because Pony-Creator you know...) but here it is!

Name: Lost Thunder
Gender: Stallion
Coat color: Brillant light gamboge with light camboge hooves
Mane/Tail/Eye color: Yellow
Cutie Mark:…
It's a dark cloud disk with a lightning in the center, not original but I took time to me so I'm proud of this one  :D (Big Grin) 

Also here's a image of him:…

Hope I'll be accepted!  :happybounce: 
xSagefurx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Hello! c: Your comic is very nice, and I was wondering whether my pony could be in it. She does have rainbow in her mane and tail, but it can be taken out.

Name: Gentleheart
Species: Pegasus
Mane/Tail color: Blonde, with darker streaks similar to Fluttershy
Coat color: Caramel
Eye color: Blue-gray
Cutie Mark: A paw with a red cross next to it
Here's a full-body of her, the rainbow can be changed
derpy526 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
If you could put my OC in that would be great, but if not it's okay.

Name:Springer Rose
Eye color: Red
Coat: Light orange
Mane: Red with green and yellow stripes
Tail: Light blue
Species: Pegasus…
rififa11 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Hello! I get here because of your awesome comic! :D
I've read all this journal and I think my OC could meet all the conditions ^^…
Pegasus, Mare
Coat: Bright orange (her ears and flank is brown, but because you don't want two coat colors I'll make it all orange)
Mane: Barn red
Eyes: Light gray (but if you reeeeally don't want any grey, you can make it brown)…
Cutie Mark: a 8 colors paint palette

So it give this if we remove the gray eyes and the brown spots:…

Do what you want :) It'll cool if you tell me if you like it or not, it may help me improve my drawings ^^
Lakeore Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Writer
Wow. I've followed you for what seems like forever and I didn't know about this?! I'm an idiot.

OC Name: Fable
Base color: light lime or olive green (it's up to interpretation really
Mane color: soft chocolate with a dash of light blue
Eye color: light blue
Cutie mark: an old time film reel with a pencil in the middle of it
PauNyanOrange Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want to...., can you use my oc as a background pony? please, sadly she have black hair and is terrenal :( but you can turn her into a pegasus…
and her eye have a little diference as a normal pony…

So I don't know if she is breaking a rule :(
But I hope you can use her in your comic :)
SapphireSkies24 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww Dark colors Dang

I was about to submit my oc but Dark colors stop me ,Why?
DaJoesefMon Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014  New member
Could you add my OC Buzz Shield please?
Base: Dark Blue
Mane & tail color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Dark Brown
Cutie mark: A shield with a wing in it.
saraggman777 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dang!! then i cant ask for my oc to be put in :( she has the grey coat. now im sad Cry emote 
GingaNinja177 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel ya.
FlameWhisker2 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  Student Artist
Can you have my oc Rose Blossom in it?
Base: White
Mane & tail color: Red
Eye color: orange
Cutie mark: A rose
Foxtaile Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2014
Reference_Summer Berry by Foxtaile
You can change her into a pegasus ^^
ILM126 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A low def of my OC, Treble Sketch. (Can be turned into a pegasus)

Whole body,
Colour guide,

If you need anymore info, just send a note my way. Also, I really like your Dash Academy series XD
bernardofoquita Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014 here it´s mine he is already a pegasus
Muikelo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Here is mine. She can be turned  into a pegasus. :)
pony creator:

Cutie mark:
BilliumCipher Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014…
Here is mine, I do not know if this will work or not but I think it is good
RebekahByland Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love love love Dash Academy. Keep up the good work! If you are looking for a filler OC I'd like to submit my Solar Flare. You can leave off the gold color from the hooves/wings, that was just something fancy I added for the sculpture. The painting shows how her hair is. Her cutie mark is a sun, you could stylize it any way you want. She also has freckles but you don't have to include those either.……

If you don't end up using her thats fine too. Please keep up your amazing comics, I love your work! :D
cbugnet2 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will my OC work? You Can remove the mint streak and her cutie mark is an eighth note and a swirl of the rainbow woth a pencil looking raspberry color and a mic in front of the eighth note.…
Daddys-Girl1997 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you are still taking OCs to put in the comic I would like to know if my OC Patunia could be in the comic. She is allready a pegasis and ic colored different shades of purple. It is ok to take off her circlet (headband thing) if you want to. (she wouldnt have had it as a teen yet in the story I made for her)… (only the itp usualy gets darker but doesnt have to)

Or if Patunia doesnt fit you could use Tulip who is Patunias daughter. the only downside to her is I havent decided on a cutymark for her but I can if you want to use her.… (i am working on a full body of her but the only thing you cant see here is all her whoovs have dark spots like above her nose like her in this…)
MustacheOfAwesome Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you still accepting them?
SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
MustacheOfAwesome Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a question, is there a way I could try to get to the higher priorities list? You see, my friend has a birthday soon and I don't know what to get her. She's also a huge fan of Dash Academy. I would feel rude for asking a favor from such a lovely artist so I couldn't help but ask.
dbkit Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I'll give it a shot.…

Just try to blind yourself to her character description, otherwise she is a time traveler. 

If the jacket is too much of an accessory. Here is Option B:…
TheGoldenStefan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
I was gonna submit' but then I saw no accessories.
SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If they do have accessories they usually won't be included in the comic. But if your reference has them it's fine. No need to remake references just to take off accessories. I guess the exception would be items that hide parts of the reference like sunglasses hiding eye color.
Star-the-alicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
umm  PLEASE I KNOW SHE HAS A GREY MANE BUT :… THESE TWO PLEASE? you can turn changeling into a normal pegasus is you want
Star-the-alicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yellow ones cutie mark:
you can make her a pegasus too if you want :| changeling is a blank flank
Star-the-alicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you if you do i adore your comic so much! 
TossarN Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist Placing him here as my note was prolly spammed away when I asked if he looked fine hehe xP. digital colour pattern ^^

Will be fun to see if he works :D
Zephyr-Aryn Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014
Thanks for giving everyone a chance at this! It looks like you have quite the fun project.

I know my pony is pushing it in the accessories department, but they can always be dropped so I'll put Copper Skye up for consideration anyways. It's all in good fun. :3

Copper Skye by Zephyr-Aryn  The Gleeful Mechanic by JustaSuta
OddishPonyGirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Ok!  Here's Moon Splash.

Her cutie mark:

One thing to note, she is quite small with bigger than average wings. Hope you like her!
GrffinSmith Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My Oc (mostly) fits this!!!!
I'm ok with you making her a pegisus
you can scrap the accesories, I'm acculy about to make a refrence without them because I don't like them any more.…

*Crosses fingers*
luigiluigi1234 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey hey, I was wondering if you could put in Speed Strike? I have a ref here:…
If you draw him I would appreciate if you could maybe make him look like more of a lazy and goofy character. Thanks! :D
FluffehLovesChoco Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Hello! I would love to submit a character named Bubble Bounce. I hope you don't mind, but I REALLY want her to be a possible Derpy love interest. She is a silly, unjudgemental, goof ball, and if anyone hurt her friends I wouldn't doubt they'd show up next day with a black eye. If you had ever gone to her house you'd notice her parents aren't around a lot. At least not when you get invited over. When they are home, they beat the crap out of her and make her work her plot off and never feed her. Good thing they're almost NEVER home. It's kinda the thing that powers her anger when someone hurts her friends. I don't have her pic yet but, she's a blue mare pegasus with red mane and tail with a dash of green. Her coat is cyan.
Winter-Hooves Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Here's my ponysona/OC Winter Hooves!
Winter's Reference Sheet (Updated)
And her CM: Winter's Cutie Mark
You can make any changes you need if you choose to use her.
TheAskDarkShadow Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I suppose I'll give it a try as well.…

Have a good one, and good luck in the future!
SugarLlamaz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist is she okay? you can make her into a Pegasus and you don't have to put her scrunchie
Sxmpiternal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist…
How's Spice? :3
RGB for coat: R205 G103 B19
RGB for mane: R136 G84 B34
shadow-the-forbiden Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VelvetBolt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Would my OC be acceptable? Velvet Bolt by VelvetBolt
thatonenerdybroad Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I have an oc!
I checked, and I think she has all the guidelines!
babylaces Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Please can you use mine <3 ive been following right from the start i think i might actually die if you use mine!!!…
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