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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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