As far as I know at this time, not really. I mean, so long as they fit into the ask blog format. We have NSFW and grimdark tags that we use as well, though it’s not as common as the SFW blogs that get submitted.
The main restriction I believe we hold to is the drawn ask blog itself. General art blogs, for example, are not our focus (not counting the one because it was a winner of one of our contests). Outside of that, if the rules on the submission page are followed fairly closely then it’ll probably get promoted. It just may take time because, well, we have quite a few still.
As it states in the rules on the submission page, we focus mainly on drawn ask blogs. Though the quality is not a factor in this so you will likely see promotions to well-drawn blogs as well as those still new to drawing. Provided the blog is still active, as we’ve had many that sadly haven’t updated in many, many months once we get to it.
To answer your question, canon refers to a character seen within the show, be it a main character or even a background pony; whereas OC, as you know, is a character made by a fan, etc.
Featuring: The Aquarium Ponies
Astera, Tender Tide, and Sea Garden are three ponies who have a love for sea creatures, and hoping to one day own an aquarium of their very own!
"It’s very funny and adorable blog with loving characters! The writing of the posts are very well done and its always a pleasure to see an update from them on my dash. :D"
Submitted by: asktheconsoleponies
Featuring: Killion Lightfeather
Killion is a young colt who found life to be a struggle after the passing of his parents. Getting by, things seem to settle down as he grows accustomed to his current life and the friends that he’s made since moving from Cloudsdale. However, things start getting strange when he begins to hear voices from seemingly out of nowhere.
“This blog is drawn traditionally with colored pencils, and let me be the first to say that redrawing every panel for an update with more than one image can be a lot of effort when done this way. But the work he puts into his blog doesn’t get noticed all that much, which is unfortunately pretty common amongst lesser-known OC centric blogs. The mod is a very kind person, and I think a promotion for him would be a great way to lift his spirits and make him happy. This is for you buddy, keep up the good work~”
Submitted by: askcloudsdalefillies
Featuring: Princess Derpy
Through Celestia’s errors, it is revealed that she had an older sister - and the rightful heir to the throne is Derpy Hooves! Follow her adventures in royalty with Princess Luna.
"I am promoting it because she is a good artist with a unique idea and is not very well known."
Submitted by: lil-houndstooth
Featuring: XIII Lightning
A blog that began as an ask blog but turned into a general purpose art blog of the artist XIII Lightning. Contains all sorts of pony art, also includes NSFW but is placed safely behind warning images.
The mod is also the creator of the OC Art Challenge(does have NSFW material on it), a blog that sets up 30 minute challenges where artists draw the OC featured in the challenge.
"Seemingly switched from an ask blog to an art blog, scrolling through the history, you can tell there has been a big improvement in the art style. Definitely a blog to keep an eye on, at the rate their improving." ~PrancingMad
"XIII Lightning has a very unique artstyle, using beautiful vivid colours. I think their art is very appealing, and promising aswell. The OC art challenge blog the mod runs is a great idea aswell and I have seen it make many people very happy! Both blogs are certainly worth a follow ^^" ~Tracymod
"Over time, the artist has improved their style which is always a great thing to see. I’ve also seen the mod around streams and such quite a bit so they’re very interactive with others. So if you enjoy the art or the company, definitely check this one out." ~PhoenixSwift
Featuring: Thunder Daze
Thunder Daze is a young pegasus mare who travels with her lover, Love Turner.
"When my wife and I saw this submission hit the PaP inbox, we both instantly fell in love with her very cute art style. The mod has a lot of potential in store should she pursue her artwork. As for the blog itself, it features a very cute pegasus going about her daily life." ~PrancingMad
"I absolutely love the adorable artstyle of this blog. It’s wonderfully light-hearted and the character is very cute aswell! One thing I love most about following blogs is seeing their art improve and this blog certainly hasn’t disappointed me. The artist keeps improving and I can’t wait to see how their art will evolve in the future!" ~Tracymod
"The style is very cute and the artist is getting good practice in to improve. Give it a little time and I think they can make some beautiful artwork. The ask blog itself has a lot of potential as well." ~PhoenixSwift
Featuring: Tyrant Sombra
King Sombra may have been defeated, but he will rise from the darkness once more… and also be fabulous while he’s at it.
"This blog caught my eye very quickly. I personally thought Sombra was an excellent villain for them to throw out, because then the fandom takes over, and gives them the chance to form Sombra’s back story. This one is taking a comical, yet still possibly dark and serious approach to it. That, and the artwork has a very distinct style." ~ PrancingMad
"I have been following this blog for a while before the mod entered in our contest. It’s amazing how much the Sombra blogs out there differ. This one has created its own unique mood that is dark yet colourful. That, combined with the beautiful drawing style of the artist makes Tyrant Sombra a wonderful blog definitely worth following! <3" ~Tracymod
"Every Sombra blog seems to be dramatically different from each other which is a great way to explore the character in different ways. This one is no different. With an impressive art style and tons of potential, this one is absolutely one for following!" ~PhoenixSwift
Cogs, a pony with the knack of dis-assembly, taking care of a mute pegasus named Dawn, alongside Stitches, his unicorn friend.
"Reading through the blog (And it’s previous incarnation), I have come to really enjoy this blog. The art syle is very adorable, and the chemistry between the main cast has really worked so far. I’m very anxious to see where this blog goes." ~ PrancingMad
"One glance at this blog was enough for me to press the follow button. The artstyle is very clean and appealing and the characters are adorable! I can’t wait to see more works coming from this artist." ~Tracymod
"Ever since I found this one, I’ve been hoping the artist gets back to it. The characters all have a great dynamic with each other and the style itself is nicely done. Not the mention the humour in the interactions between Cogs and the others. Keep an eye on this one and be sure to follow!" ~PhoenixSwift
Today’s promotions are going to be a bit different than what we usually post. If you recall, not too long ago we held contests and the winners were to get a special promotion from us. As we, the moderators, are fairly busy tackling life priorities it has taken some time but they are now ready and those shall be posted later today. So look forward to that!