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Tutorial 1: Understanding references by viwrastupr Tutorial 1: Understanding references by viwrastupr
First tutorial for the MLP Drawing School Art Manual.

Second tutorial: [link]

Questions, comments, queries, concerns? Feel free to drop by the subreddit: [link]
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:iconmlpfimrox:
MLPFiMRox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Is it allowed to scale the shape using the reference?
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:iconclacksphob:
Clacksphob Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Just a quick question, what if there is no suitable reference for my idea?
If I think up a composition that I haven't encountered yet, how should I improvise?
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:iconginsederp:
ginsederp Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Um... Why is the head so small?
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:iconepik22:
epik22 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
the head wasn't made too small, you're mind is comparing it to the flank, which in this case, is too big.
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:iconorangeponi:
OrangePoni Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful and will continue to be for quite some time! Here's my first attempt (I might have sort of skipped the mane and tail):

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:iconyomilbert:
YoMilbert Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a good technique, but I almost never use anything like it haha. Probably should, but the few times I have tired it, everything came out weird quite quickly.
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:iconblackvegetable:
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Interesting! :D
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
my weird thing is, that i can draw them easier from the eye, (so the complete picture) then a tutorial with those circles and lines and shapes that result into the final piece 0-0

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
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:iconviwrastupr:
viwrastupr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
To be blunt: Your understanding of volumes. It's easier to see a pony, flat as she is, and not see the volumes that make her up. Getting to know the spheres and cylinders that make up a pony will help you to be able to create your own pony poses.
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
....i DO see the cylinders and such, it's more that if i want a certain pose, taking 3 different pictures and drawing it myself OR take a picture i can draw it directly, instead of following each and every single step with cilinders.

examples of "volumes" in original poses.(oldest to newest, the oldest still has a flaw with a leg)
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:iconviwrastupr:
viwrastupr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Then the cylinders aren't necessary to draw. If they've been internalized then there's no reason to throw them around everywhere.
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
yes, also sorry i have been a bit too far in the last comment ^^'
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good! So very useful! Thank you!
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:iconmaverick92193:
maverick92193 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Questions, comments, queries, concerns?"
My physics teacher used to say this all the time. Anyway, nice tutorial, should be very useful for a beginner like me.
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:icon621chopsuey:
621Chopsuey Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
My theater teacher says that all the time, too. Oi, small world.
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Very nice! I was surprised that for all the wealth of information on MLPDS there aren't all that many guides adapted to dA.
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:iconrorydixon:
RoryDixon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Good guide, followed the steps and my own lyra didnt turn out too bad!
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:iconabronyaccount:
ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
The thing is that their forelegs seem to change joint orientation depending on how anthropomorphic they need to be for a given scene. Sometimes they look and move more like a real horse's forelegs, and sometimes they look and move like human arms.
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:iconviwrastupr:
viwrastupr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
The ponies in the show are quite flexible, it's true. Exaggeration is common in animation and it takes careful fudging to get away with it in stills.
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:iconrobby9653:
robby9653 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Just look at pinkie 0_o
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:iconworldtrekka:
Worldtrekka Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I have been having such a hard time starting. This guide really helps.

+ Watch
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:iconxxkrenzyxx:
xXkrenzyXx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
wow i do this all wrong. i just try and free hand the vector or reference and it comes out just as good. till i get to the hair -_-
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:iconhounddawg12:
HoundDawg12 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks! Whenever I try to draw the body, it always looks weird. This really helped!
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:iconsgt-lolwut:
Sgt-Lolwut Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconviwrastupr:
viwrastupr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Yes.
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:iconkhanage94:
khanage94 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Yes.
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:iconrenevanbelzen:
renevanbelzen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beyond cool. This is awesome, and very helpful for the budding pony artist. You deserve a medal for paying it forward!
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:iconviwrastupr:
viwrastupr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I'll settle for watching people improve. Slowly but surely the world fills with art.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Cool tutorial.
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