About

Draw the Squad is a fanart trend that involves illustration images with multiple personalities in flamboyant, outrageous poses or precarious situations. The trend is usually started with a photograph of world posed uniquely, with the suggestion to artists to replicate through their own an option of characters, either from your OCs or their desired fandoms. Occasionally, once only two characters are the main focus in the photo being replicated, the caption instead reads "Draw your OTP." The meme has been seen used with display caps, real-life images similar to Nightmares Fear manufacturing facility photos, and additionally original blank templates for the sole purpose of drawing.

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Origin

The drawing meme an initial began appearing as "Draw your OTP," i beg your pardon was tape-recorded in use on the Tumblr court-the-qunari ~ above April 27th, 2015 in a write-up called "New OTP Challenge";<5> which controlled to obtain over 34,000 notes in the following 10 months.<5>

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Spread

The earliest known instance of the phrase"s intake was in a tumblr short article by user garbageboi-archive, as the caption of an image of what shows up to it is in a staged boyband album cover or press photo (shown below, left). The write-up gained end 62,000 notes in the following 8 months.<3> ~ above July 6th, 2015, a solitary topic blog titled Squad Poses<1> was developed for posting and also reblogging a selection of different draw the squad images from countless different fandoms.<1> The blog easily grew in popularity, reblogging articles such as queen-norge"s July 13th post, which gained over 4,700 likes over the same duration (shown below, right).

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As of February 2016, a Pinterest gallery with dozens of submissions for the picture exists with 571 followers,<2> if DeviantArt"s search yields 833 results for "draw the squad meme".<4>


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Various Examples

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Draw The OTP and also the third Wheel ideal Friend

Draw The OTP and the third Wheel ideal Friend is one art an obstacle in i m sorry participants are requested to draw their favourite fictitious pairing (also recognized as One True Pairing, or OTP because that short) together a close personality from the same universe; influenced by a picture of a male seen sneaking a drink from another girl"s cup if she is busy kissing a various male (shown below, left). In these drawings, the drinking masculine represents a third wheel, the person remaining in a group of 3 out of i beg your pardon two space in a romantic relationship. The original snapshot can most most likely no much longer be traced back, and also over time assorted versions and qualities have actually been spread, yet searches present that the photo was currently shared as early as 2007<6><7> with boosting spread in the following few years.

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On July 6th, 2015, Tumblr user Bumbleshark posted a "Draw The OTP" article featuring the particular image (shown above, right),<8> starting a series of replies featuring pairings in the layout of the photograph; which controlled to gather over 128,000 notes as of September 2016.