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Recent News Surrounding Drawponies and Response

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 24, 2015, 10:52 PM


Hello everypony,

I hope you are all enjoying the new season! Today's episode promises to be truly exciting (not the least for the reason that Rainbow Dash is my favorite pony).

I would like to take this moment to talk about the recent news surrounding drawponies and allegations of him having traced some of his art.. A year ago or so, there was a debate within some of the groups I run about allowing traced images to be accepted or not. The questions were mostly surrounding vectors, which tend to have a high volume of show tracing. Tracing is something that helps artists develop artistically, and acts sort of like training wheels. Ultimately, this group (and others that I manage) decided that traced art is to be allowed, to help encourage further work from developing artists and to help them get feedback on their progress from those who see their submissions in this group.

However, the situation with Drawponies is a bit different. He recently admitted to his having traced certain images in his artwork. Drawponies refers to himself (on his own dA page) as a "professional" digital artist, and must be held to such standards. He has knowingly traced the work of the show creators, not to use as "training wheels" to improve his own work, but to sell under his name. I personally do not believe that is fair to the show artists whom we have to thank dearly for our show. As someone who has seen Drawponies at conventions and has witnessed his large online presence, it is clear that he has been very successful, and has made a large amount of money from his artwork. While I fully believe that he is free to continue making money off of his OWN work, I, nor the groups that I run, can condone the actions that he has chosen to take in regards to making money off of work that was directly not his own.

As a result, this group will no longer be accepting submissions of art by Drawponies, and neither will our sister group, Bronies.

Thank you all very much for reading this, and enjoy your weekends.

~Fifth Element
MLPFriendshipIsMagic Group Director

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kknkbaker Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Is there a way we can add a folder for cutouts?  
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TristanTreg Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
We don't necessarily need a folder for cutouts, we'll just place them in the folder of the character which the cutout is of. For example, I see you have an Octavia cutout; you can submit that to the Stable - Submit Deviations Here folder and it will be moved to the Background Ponies folder by our team.
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kknkbaker Featured By Owner 2 days ago
thx for the info! :) =^-^=
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FoxyTheFoxPirateGal Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
Sad Foxy Animated Chat Icon Hey, I have some news... I got this threatening diease and IM letting my sis have my account because I probably won't be up and about for a while, mind taking it easy on her?Sad Fluttershy 
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angelickittens Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
We will don't worry. :)
Hope you feel better. *hug*
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linkinpunk123 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Thank you for letting me join your group. I feel very honored to be in a group with such talented characters. I only hope that I will be able to fit in.
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hannyah Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everyone can fit into this group! Your art is terrific!
We are looking forward to your future submissions : )
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linkinpunk123 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you very much, Hannyah!
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hannyah Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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manglefnaflover Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Are you making this child friendly because I am only 10?
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