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Hello, everypony.  Boy, it’s been a long time since I’ve done this.  Let’s see if I remember how...

To be honest, I’m not even sure where to begin, having been asked to come back and make this last post.  It’s been so long since I’ve been away; leaving all this in the extremely capable hooves of Fetch, Flurry, and Jez.  It’s like coming back to where you grew up, and finding it’s moved on without you.  It’s a strange combination of bone-deep familiarity... and a sense that everything has changed forever.  I have so many thoughts and feelings about all of this - pride and regret, happiness and sorrow.

In a word: it’s incredibly bittersweet.  But I suppose endings often are.

It’s been a journey; an incredible journey, upon which I met so many people along the way - many of whom are now some of the most important people in my life.  And it was a journey I’m proud to have shared with so many of you.  The route wending like a river; many ponies coming together to walk the same vast road, eventually breaking off into a thousand meandering paths, each going their own direction, each changed by the time spent together.  

At least, I know that I have been; and I hope you were, too.

I’m not doing a very good job of this, I realize.  Trying to come up with the right things to say, I went back and found my first journal entry.  Maybe me-then could guide me-now from the past, reaching out across the years (years!) that separate the two of us.  I’m not so sure he can, though.  I found there someone younger, more energetic, more upbeat - qualities I could try and mimic now, but they would ring hollow.

Plus, I don’t really know that now is the time for pep and hijinks.  Seems like it would be in poor taste when writing the last post of such a wonderful group.

And it really has been a wonderful group.  I mean that, from the bottom of my heart - I know I’ve not been around in ages, but all the time I spent with this group are some of my proudest and fondest memories, and I have all of you to thank for that.

And to think that I never even intended to be a part of anything like it!  Obviously, Phoe was the catalyst, starting and running the first NATG, providing prompts and encouraging artists.  Then Nullh came along, and was the madman daring enough to set this group up after I’d told him it was a good idea as a way of keeping everyone in touch after the NATG ended…  And he promptly made me an admin for it, whether I liked it or not.  He was the Gandalf to my Bilbo, shoving me out my door into a wonderful adventure…  And we all have him to thank (or blame, if that’s more your style) for getting this party started.  Without his prodding, none of this would have happened, and I know my life would have been the poorer for it.

It was a crazy time, running this madhouse alongside some other great admins thrust into the role.  Sometimes it was hard, or frustrating; sometimes there was friction behind the scenes.  But no matter what, at the end of the day, I enjoyed it, and was glad to have the co-admins I did.  I always felt we had an amazing group of people doing the job, and I was extremely lucky to have them along for the ride.  Thank you, all of you.

And now, to see that those entrusted with running the group for so long after I left have run it for so long…  I don’t even know what to say.  You all have done an amazing job - and for far, far longer than anyone could have possibly asked.  I can’t thank each of you enough for keeping this ball rolling, the themes thought of, the wrap-ups written… And the group living.  Thank you all, so, so much.

And speaking of wrap-ups: to those of you who participated in this, our final week; thank you, and well done!  The gallery can be found here: Wrap Up Blog!  There’s nothing quite like a good final battle to really wrap things up in a story - everything else is just the gathering of whatever loose threads remain.

So now…  It’s time to gather those loose threads here, and close the doors of the MLP-ATG-Alumni.  

And while it's hard, and hurts, that's okay.  There were so many things I loved about this group, but most of all, I loved watching the same folks submit week after week, growing in confidence as artists…  Even while knowing that someday, they would no longer need us.  That they would spread their wings and leave the nest for good.  And now…  Enough of you have flown, soaring aloft unaided, that it just doesn’t make sense for us to keep that nest occupied, so to speak.  

But, despite closing the doors on new themes or new submissions, the group will stay up - able to be visited at any time, it’s galleries still available to browse.  It will stand as a testament to all of you who ever participated over the years it ran - your effort, your skill, your growth as artists.  Whenever you’re in doubt of how good you are, we’ll be here for you to see where you came from, and how you’ve grown.  Also, a bunch of us have gathered on Discord as our home away from home.  As ever, we’re happy to have you come join us, if you’d like.

And finally: all of you artists…  Without you - each and every one of you, over the years - none of this would have been possible.  It would have just been a hoof-full of us chatting about the first NATG, or putting themes up for no reason.  It was all of you that really made this group what it has been; and I can never, ever thank you enough for the time, effort, and most of all, heart that you all put into this place.  It would have been nothing without you, and I am so glad to have been able to be a part of it.  It's been a beautiful ride.




So here’s to you: each and every one of you - artists, admins, and contributors alike - who who made this mad, wonderful group happen over the years.  May your pencils never dull, your erasers never smear, and your inks never bleed…  




And may you always have an idea for what to draw next.
More Journal Entries

Gallery Folders

Featured
Week 382 - Climactic Battle or Final Challen
ATG S8 Week 23 - The Final Battle by Jezendar
In the Fire of the Nightmare {Timelapse] by Lux-The-Pegasus
Week 381 - Parents or A Reunion
Soarin Cadance Reunion by ekas86
Week 380 - A Foreigner or Exotic Pony
Meditations by AaronMk
Week 379 - Being Tested or Facing Fears
Spoon and Fork Attachment by AaronMk
Week 378 - Out of Place or Finding Their Place
ATG S8 Week 19 - Out of Place by Jezendar
Week 377 - Pony in Danger or Risky Venture
ATG S8 Week 18 - Dangerous Quest by Jezendar
She Rigged It by ekas86
Week 376 - On the Road or On a Journey
Week 376. On the Road by AnimatorWil
Journey ahead by LeavingCrow
Road Trip! by GreenflyArt
ATG S8 Week 17 - The Return of Tripsie by Jezendar
Week 375 - Pony Musicians or Making Music
Week 375. Countess by AnimatorWil
Tenere by AaronMk
A song of fire and friendship by LeavingCrow
ATG S8 Week 16 - Lyrist by Jezendar
Week 374 - Pony Archaeology or Artifacts
ATG S8 Week 15 - Archaeological Discovery by Jezendar
Week 373 - Undercover or Pony Investigation
ATG S8 Week 14 - Undercover Operation by Jezendar
Week 372 - Storytelling or A Pony Fairy Tale
ATG S8 Week 13 - A Story's Impact by Jezendar
Week 371 - Rock or Metal Ponies
Week 371. Family Picnic by AnimatorWil
Week 370 - Pony Pet or Animal Companion
Druidshy by Jezendar
Week 369 - Pony Rivalries
Week 369 - Say It To My Face by AnimatorWil
Week 368 - Pretending or Imaginary Friends
ATG 368 - Imaginary friend by RemnantViscera
Week 367 - Beach Time or Pony Swimsuit
Teeny Tiny Painting by TunRae
Week 366 - Enjoying the Weather or Rainy-day
ATG 366 - A Rainy Day by RemnantViscera
Week 365 - Crimefighters and Caped Ponies
ATG 365 - A Caped Pony by RemnantViscera
Week 364 - Scheming Pony or Sinister Villain
ATG S8 Week 12 - Vengeful Scheme by Jezendar
Week 363 - A Pony Tutor or Learning
Week 363 ATG - This Weekend by AnimatorWil
Week 362 - Pony Changing or Transformation
Twilight ant Anti-Twilight by patrykoe
Week 361 - In Love or Love Hurts
ATG S8 Week 9 - Love Bundle by Jezendar
Weeks 356 - 360
Week 360 - Unlimited Power by AnimatorWil
Weeks 351 - 355
Natg-355-improvising by the-mysterious-ponyX
Weeks 346 - 350
Sea Prince by Jezendar
Weeks 341 - 345
The Pony Cool by Lux-The-Pegasus
Weeks 336 - 340
Week 340 ATG - Holiday Hugs by AnimatorWil
Weeks 331 - 335
Love Throungh The Eyes by Lux-The-Pegasus
Weeks 326 - 330
Rainbow Booty colored sketch by DrAltruist
Weeks 321 - 325
The Headless Horse :o by RedQuoz
Weeks 316 - 320
Sentiment and Emotion [Timelapse] by Lux-The-Pegasus
Weeks 311 - 315
So I'm a princess of friendship - Twilight Sparkle by patrykoe
Weeks 306 - 310
Week 310 ATG - Shipping Mare by AnimatorWil
Weeks 301 - 305
To the moon... by TunRae
Weeks 296 - 300
Come into my Parlour by TunRae
Weeks 291 - 295
Week 293 - Sombra The Collector by AnimatorWil
Weeks 286 - 290
Encounter in the Snow by Jezendar
Weeks 281 - 285
ATG Week 285 - Follow Me Young One by vaser888
Weeks 276 - 280
ATG Week 280  - My Flying Mind by vaser888
Weeks 271 - 275
ATG Week 275 - Sunset Hill Chill by Speedy526745
Weeks 266 - 270
Cossack Changeling by AaronMk
Weeks 261 - 265
MLP-ATG Alumni Week 265 by Rainboom-Dash
Weeks 256 - 260
Twilight05 by thelordhimself
Weeks 251 - 255
ATG-A-255 - 'Abandon ship!' by Lemon-Bitter-Twist
Weeks 246 - 250
ATG VIII - Day 1: Amethyst by LightDragon1988
Weeks 241 - 245
reflection ponyville Background by Lux-The-Pegasus
Weeks 236 - 240
Old Rites by AaronMk
Previous Weeks
Bonus Themes
Classic Training Grounds Folder
WIPs and Work to Critique
Lineart: Seapony Flares Midnight by illumnious
Guides and Other Helpful Things
[STUDY] Stallion's Skeleton by Sooshimaru

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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.



NATG
NATGII
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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 ;))




IRC CHAT:

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.digibase.ca
irc.kitsunet.net
irc.kitsuria.net

IRC Channel:
#mlp-atg-alumni

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MY-LITTLE-P0NY Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  New Deviant

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LeavingCrow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2018
Ah damn! I see only now the group has dropped the curtains. Too bad, i was going to check for a new prompt....
I'll join the discord :)
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Rainboom-Dash Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
Hey, I just saw that this group is closing, and the most recent Discord invite appears to have expired.
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Mafon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
But a shadow of it's former self this group is.
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Legeden Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Cheers guys, I've been wandering around. Is the discussion still on IRC for real? :D I was hoping I'd find link here for some sort of Discord or something actually user friendly.
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We do actually have a Discord server now, which this should link to: discord.gg/4pHAtj
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Legeden Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
Strangely, it says that the link is invalid. Let me know if you can get another one :P
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently these links only work for 24 hours or something by default; my knowledge of Discord is still pretty limited. I'll look into sending a permanent link to you via PM; the mods would prefer we not post such links publicly because the IRC side of things has been getting hit with troll spammers recently, and we don't want them getting into the Discord server too.
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the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
when i try to submit to the external submitter it never works. it says no theme's been posted yet and the veiw gallery links to week 327. i follow the instructions too no avail.
anyone else get this?
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The submitter actually is working, it's just a bit screwy. In particular, the week is off because the submitter wasn't created until several weeks after the group started, so it's always been behind the curve.

What you do need to be careful of is the type of link submitted: For reasons I do not know myself, the submitter refuses to accept 'https' links, but simply deleting the 's' from the link will get it to work.
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the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
aww nuts, i drew something for week 351 and didn't upload in time.
for some crazy reason i thought you went wednesday to wednesday.
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We do go Sunday to Sunday, I'm afraid. However, the themes never actually close or end, so you could still submit your picture to that theme if you wish.
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the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
awesomness
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EnkeiNN Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How long is it actually to join you guys? =)
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not usually all that long. It just depends on how often I remember to check up on DeviantArt.  :icontwilightblushplz:
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SirBevian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, new to the group! I joined after the last ATG but that month burned me out for drawing and I was on holiday too. Now getting back into it and looking forward to taking part and seeing everyone's work. =)
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Freedomeblitz4 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
The art i need is custom art like my oc House inside and out, part of ponyville, the adoption center inside and out, and rainbow dash house inside and out and night time scene and the luna dream space. I need you to show one pic of art to be one of artis for my story and i need away to get a hold of you once you is choosen for it and this is a mlp story pm me if you want to talk to me. and i need 3
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EbonyCrystal1986 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And another new ATG graduate here! I just submitted a request to join-this group really does look like a lot of fun and I'm glad these prompts are only weekly instead of daily like the ones were over on Equestria Daily ^ ^;;;;
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SoanoS Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Urg. A new NATG graduate here. This was linke din final gallery, not entirely sure what this thing is yet.

Deadlines... They don't agree with me. Because to make it to the deadline... For the last month I haven't slept at night.
And still manage to only submit at last moments. before deadlne at 8-ish in the morning. Are they any longer here? 1 day deadline causes major issues to a slow European artist thanks to timezones.  My health can't take much more sleep deprivation. X___x

...the pain...
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