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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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SapphireSkies24 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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
Dang!! then i cant ask for my oc to be put in :( she has the grey coat. now im sad Cry emote 
FlameWhisker2 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  New member 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  New member…
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  Professional Digital 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
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