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Gallery of Goodwill

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Hello everypony!

 

I am proud to present to you today a pet project turned reality, supported by a initial band of brilliant and kind artists and Poniverse!

 

This project, which I call the Gallery of Goodwill, is meant to spread a little joy and inject some cheer to people who need it, as well as supporting and showcasing some of the talented artists this fandom has to offer.

 

In a nutshell, the project works like this: If you know someone in need who could use a little cheer, you can put forward a request here to get them a little surprise commission from one of the artists who have volunteered their time and talent. The artist gets paid out of a donation pool, fair and square, while your friend in need gets a nice artwork done just for him/her. As a pony who puts my money where my mouth is, I’m getting the ball rolling with a $750 seed fund donation (in parts so as to not hit any transfer problems). I hope that people will see the good in this, and give freely to spread the cheer these artists bring, straight to the people who need them.

 

How the request process is going to work is rather simple. You need to put a request up on the thread below, and include some information:

 

Your friend’s name

We have your name on the post, but it’ll  be good to know who you are asking this artwork for. You don’t need to give their real name, only their username or online handle.

 

A brief description of their situation

You don’t need to go into all the details, or write a calamitous tale, but we appreciate if we know the context of the situation.

 

A description of the commission

Well, we need to know what you want drawn! Describe it, but include the references later when your request is confirmed. However, all requests must be within reason, as this art will be displayed publicly in MLP Forums and other sites. This means no NSFW or 18+ artwork, please. Any requests like this will be instantly denied.

 

Which artist you want to work on this

Here’s an upfront disclaimer: You may not always get your first pick of artist. It isn’t  fair to any one artist if we suddenly load them with 20 requests while the rest don’t have much to do. So it’ll be best if you give a selection so we can try to fit the request in.

 

The type of art will come later when we confirm with you which artist will be taking up your request.

 

In addition to this, I do some 3D printing in my spare time, and there miiight be customised 3D printed goodies for those who are quite generous. We will also be open to more artists who would want to contribute in this way, so you might want to keep your ears open.

 

And so, here are the band of artists who have volunteered their time and effort!

 

These artists have been part of the initial band, and have helped since inception:

 

11newells, an artist I trust with a lot and has always been willing to give. 
 
Balareth, an animator and an artist, and sensationally good at both.
 
D-Dyee, an artist with a beautiful style to show for his work.
 
Midnight Scribbler, with an incredible flourish for drawings. 

https://mlpforums.com/topic/149994-scribblepwn3s-traditional-art-commissions-open/

 

These artists rose to the challenge the moment the opportunity arose:

 

Ambergerr, bringing both a show style and her own style in.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/154814-ambergerrs-art-shop-open/

 

Vitaj, an artist whose atmospheric drawings are truly captivating.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/163036-vitaj-digital-painting-shop/

 

Ariida-Chi, an artist who has melded an anime style with ponies.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/162892-ariida-chis-art-shop/

 

LiraCrown, offering a very unique range of artwork.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/149082-liracrowns-wonderful-and-mysterious-world-of-yadda-yadda-art/

 

Swinton, with a clean yet beautiful style.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/151661-open-lord-swintons-arts-and-oddities/

 

Naiya the Brony, whose works are simply beautiful.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/155157-nihi-the-bronys-commission-shop-opening/

 

dragonsponies, bringing a cool but simple style.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/145178-dragonsponies-horse-commissions/

 

Javaleen, with a clean yet intricate style of drawing.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/136881-javaleens-dream-machine-open/#entry4059445

 

Syfr, with a very pretty style ive always found captivating for some reason.

https://mlpforums.com/topic/122112-sfyrs-art-corner/

 

Changeling-Neon, with a unique take on the pony style.

http://changeling-neon.deviantart.com/

 

I think it’s best if I spent some time addressing the burning questions some of you must have:

 

Who is overseeing this event?

I’m going to be curating the Gallery of Goodwill. Yellow Diamond is providing technical assistance on behalf of Poniverse. No frills, no spills.

 

How long will the event last?

The Gallery of Goodwill will end on June 14 or if the fund is completely drained before then. So make sure to join up soon!

 

Who qualifies for a commission?

Basically, anyone you think could use a pick-me-up. If someone you know and care about is in hospital, is struggling with depression, or is having a rough day then feel free to put forward a request on their behalf!

 

Do I need to donate to ask for a request?

Nope! You are welcome to request without giving anything. Of course, we would encourage giving a little to help others have the same experience as your friend, but there is absolutely no need to do so!

 

I’ve been feeling pretty awful lately. Can I get an commission for myself?

Unfortunately, no. I know it’s very tough if nobody knows what you are going through, but it’s difficult to verify your story if only you know about it. The Life Advice section, your friends here, the whole community is here for you, and the people here don’t bite. I should know, the people here have helped pull me back from the suicidal edge more than once. I’m sure at least one of them will help you along in this tough time.

 

I’m an artist and I want to help out! How do I do it?

Well, I am running the Gallery of Goodwill with Yellow Diamond’s assistance, and we are open to any artists that want to come in and join in the party. However, since we have to balance the project out, we will need to check if we have room for more. We are also open to artists wanting to contribute donation rewards too, though it’ll need a little more discussion. Just send us a PM.

 

What’s this about goodies for the generous?

Yeah! I will be contributing some time to make some stuff for donation rewards, and we will be open to artists contributing to donation rewards, so watch this space!

 

Current goodies:

 

Skysweep

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7911vej7qhpns4z/IMG_20170315_063009.jpg?dl=0

Inspired by the style of Wonderbolt badge, I have 3D printed a Pegasus, Unicorn and Earth Pony badge that can be painted to match your OC’s race and colour scheme!

I’ll make one for you if you donate more than $60, and I will ship them in batches because of my limited time. In addition, I have a little thing I’ll do, too: For every shipment, if you are the most generous pony, I will make all three badges for you so you have a full set! The others can be generic or of the same style as your OC -- it’s up to you. Subject to availability, of course, as I’m an active servicepony spending most of my time in camp. So you’ll want to grab one before it’s gone!

 

How do donations and payments work?

And now an explanation from Yellow Diamond!

 

Hey there! There are two ways you can contribute to the Gallery of Goodwill. The first option is available to members of MLP Forums: simply donate through the following donation page.

 

The second method is for those who wish to donate but don’t have an account on MLP Forums: please send a payment to https://paypal.me/Poniverse. You should leave a note with your payment saying that you’re giving money to the Gallery of Goodwill.

 

Each donation to the Gallery of Goodwill is essentially held in escrow by Poniverse, as per our commission policy (read about it here!). When an artist finishes a commission, the payment is processed and sent directly to the artist via PayPal. I should note that 15% of each payment will go to covering transaction fees and maintenance costs. Your generosity is very much appreciated!

 

My friend needs help but isn’t a Poniverse member -- Can I still give them some cheer and make a request?

That is absolutely fine! This project is open to everyone! However, for simplicity's sake, I’d ask that you post your requests on the main thread in the Commissions section of MLP Forums so that it’s easier to track your request and ensure nobody is forgotten.  

 

But I’m not a Poniverse member! What do I do?

There are ways around this, of course. One is you can sign up for a membership, which is free and easy. If you don’t want to, then I’m available on DeviantArt; you can give me the information there. However, do be warned I check DeviantArt notes less frequently.

 

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us. Otherwise, thank you, and enjoy!

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Do you have to donate to get a request? If so how much? (Sorry Im a little confused since I've never done this before)

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skysweep, if a person is facing a hardship a requester is aware of, but the requester doesn't want it publicly stated or acknowledged, can a request be made via PM instead of in this thread?

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Do you have to donate to get a request? If so how much? (Sorry Im a little confused since I've never done this before)

 

You dont need to donate to request anything. However, we still appreciate if you are able to give so that others can have the same joy as your friend. But if you really are tight on cash, then its totally alright. Just request away.

 

skysweep, if a person is facing a hardship a requester is aware of, but the requester doesn't want it publicly stated or acknowledged, can a request be made via PM instead of in this thread?

 

Of course! You can PM if you dont want it publicly heard whatsoever. Its just that the request itself (the details of what you want drawn) need to be here for tabulation. Otherwise, the details of the hardship can be shared privately. 

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I quite love this idea, and I'm kind of disappointed that it hasn't been taking off as much as I'd hoped it would!

 

If I may, I'd like to put in my own request, for my girlfriend, Alex (AKA Mercury). (I believe she goes by LadyMercury on MLPF.) As of late she's been struggling with depression mainly caused by problems with her roommates, and not much that I'm able to do has really helped with that. It's really bringing her down from what I can see, and I hate being helpless to do much since we don't live together :( I'd love to get her a cute piece of art to make her smile for a little while, but I can't really afford it myself due to my own problems that I won't go into. I think she'd love a normal pony style drawing from either Naiya the Brony or Ariida-Chi. I'm not sure too much what I'd like the content of the piece to be - generally I give artists a fair bit of freedom when I commission them! If I get accepted, though, I may be able to come up with a bit more concrete of an idea.

 

Thanks for considering my request!

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Does this mean total, or at once? 

 

Oh! Well I dropped the donation amount a little (I know by $5 isnt a lot but still) and may do so more, and to answer your question, yes, its a total running tally for each person. So if you give $30 today, and $30 tomorrow, it still counts as $60 to me. 

 

I quite love this idea, and I'm kind of disappointed that it hasn't been taking off as much as I'd hoped it would!

 

If I may, I'd like to put in my own request, for my girlfriend, Alex (AKA Mercury). (I believe she goes by LadyMercury on MLPF.) As of late she's been struggling with depression mainly caused by problems with her roommates, and not much that I'm able to do has really helped with that. It's really bringing her down from what I can see, and I hate being helpless to do much since we don't live together :( I'd love to get her a cute piece of art to make her smile for a little while, but I can't really afford it myself due to my own problems that I won't go into. I think she'd love a normal pony style drawing from either Naiya the Brony or Ariida-Chi. I'm not sure too much what I'd like the content of the piece to be - generally I give artists a fair bit of freedom when I commission them! If I get accepted, though, I may be able to come up with a bit more concrete of an idea.

 

Thanks for considering my request!

Sure! Ill be sure to add your name to the list and see if Naiya or Ariida will take this up. 

I quite love this idea, and I'm kind of disappointed that it hasn't been taking off as much as I'd hoped it would!

 

If I may, I'd like to put in my own request, for my girlfriend, Alex (AKA Mercury). (I believe she goes by LadyMercury on MLPF.) As of late she's been struggling with depression mainly caused by problems with her roommates, and not much that I'm able to do has really helped with that. It's really bringing her down from what I can see, and I hate being helpless to do much since we don't live together :( I'd love to get her a cute piece of art to make her smile for a little while, but I can't really afford it myself due to my own problems that I won't go into. I think she'd love a normal pony style drawing from either Naiya the Brony or Ariida-Chi. I'm not sure too much what I'd like the content of the piece to be - generally I give artists a fair bit of freedom when I commission them! If I get accepted, though, I may be able to come up with a bit more concrete of an idea.

 

Thanks for considering my request!

OK! Naiya has agreed to take on your request! So might want to think about that solid request, also maybe some ref pics and such. 

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Yay, I'm so glad to hear that!

 

Here are a couple of references of her:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/81618929973198848/292735921563107328/1469667628.valkyrie_ec_017_nopony435.png

https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2016/10/22/1279110.png (Bonus picture of AppleDash!)

 

Now, the art idea... It all depends on how many characters I'm allowed to request! Because my ideal idea would involve her laying on her back with AppleDash (https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2015/7/17/938451.png) laying on his belly on top of Mercury and pressing his nose against hers, with about the same size proportions of the second reference picture up there.

 

But... If that's not possible, then my second idea would be just her curled up sleeping with a thought bubble that indicates she's dreaming of lemon merengue pie (it's a bit of an inside joke between us :P)

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Yay, I'm so glad to hear that!

 

Here are a couple of references of her:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/81618929973198848/292735921563107328/1469667628.valkyrie_ec_017_nopony435.png

https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2016/10/22/1279110.png (Bonus picture of AppleDash!)

 

Now, the art idea... It all depends on how many characters I'm allowed to request! Because my ideal idea would involve her laying on her back with AppleDash (https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2015/7/17/938451.png) laying on his belly on top of Mercury and pressing his nose against hers, with about the same size proportions of the second reference picture up there.

 

But... If that's not possible, then my second idea would be just her curled up sleeping with a thought bubble that indicates she's dreaming of lemon merengue pie (it's a bit of an inside joke between us :P)

Sounds interesting....

Also, Ariida has expressed interest too, so which artist would you want to do this?

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Sounds interesting....

Also, Ariida has expressed interest too, so which artist would you want to do this?

 

My preference is Naiya still! (although I expressed interest in both because I love both styles of art, so no offense to Ariida :P)

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