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How to Sketch Ponies: The Stupidly Easy Approach by drawponies How to Sketch Ponies: The Stupidly Easy Approach by drawponies
This is my magnum opus on how to draw characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

I hope you like. If you want me to make more of these for different poses, let me know.
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iWantcoal Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Practice makes perfect, you know what does not?
Reading 10 different guides.
I'd expect to easily make my own conclusion after reading about 3, but EVERY SINGLE ONE teaches different ratios.
Some say the snout is 1/8, but ones like yours say it's at 1/16.
Frustration aside, I find the body incredibly easy to draw compared to the head. For those of you wondering about the legs, there are 4 joints in each: the one inside the body, the "toe", then 2 more in between. both fore and back leg segments roughly follow 1:1:2:0.25 from top down.
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stuffy568 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Great. I have some reference for the side. But what about Angles??
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DashieWho Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx now i can draw while i'm not at home. :D
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drawponies Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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ncbela2 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Looks like a pizza.
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drawponies Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL
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kiwifingers Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the worst tutorial I've ever seen. The proportions are terrible and you don't teach them how the legs actually work. Make a new one.
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Tkangaru Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned to draw ponies with this tutorial... what's so bad about it?
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kiwifingers Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TK, I love you, but I sincerely hope you're joking. D:
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drawponies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, it's a really early one.  I should make a new one.
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kiwifingers Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats what I just said. Give me actions, not words, and shile you're at it maybe a disclaimer to make sure any poor souls who come by this dont try to learn from it.

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Paingod556 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
"shile you're at it"

... is that supposed to be 'shill' or 'shite'?

I mean, it works either way, but still...
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kiwifingers Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While actually...

shit i dun goofd
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lcponymerch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS TRUE, PRACTICE DOES IMPROVE. its just a matter of time!
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psychotard Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
A sweet and simple guide. This'll come handy. :3
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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fasrboy25 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Wooh! I've been looking for something like this, nice work Neil!
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Cloud-Dash Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
My legs always end up too long and thin like an alicorns' XD I knew the basics but the part of the "pizza head" helped a bunch. Hoping one day I'll be as good as you.
Fingers crossed :3
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help :)
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bassdrop1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me. Alot.
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad to hear that, I hope you continue practicing and excel your drawing abilities and make some great pictures :D
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bassdrop1 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, if i could only get to a damned printer, I could show you how much it improved.
I've been drawing that little thing from fallout equestria from the end of chapter 17 to about a quarter of chapter 18.
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well I'm sure you're drawings look great ^^
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HeavyXo Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
This is very helpfull ^^
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drawponies Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad that I could help you out, I wish you luck on your future drawings :D
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HeavyXo Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Thanks! =D
Also, about 15 minutes after I saw this guide I thought *Drawponies... I know that name...*
2 minutes later I realised that you're in our facebook-group, Swedish Bronies xD
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drawponies Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
XD That's so cool, I'm really glad I was able to help you out, it means a lot knowing that I can help out a fellow brony in the online community. :D
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ProfessionalPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I watched your panel in EQLA through youtube. I must say this is quite useful, and yes i did draw ponies (and pretty much everything else) without guide lines. This will help me a lot, thank you.
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drawponies Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!

If you want, you are more than welcome to come to my livestream, which is every Saturday from 3-6 pm EST at [link].

If you'd like, add me on skype: neilthenerd1 and I can add you to the Drawponies chat group
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greencarrotgurl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
When I make them thay're always to fat and their legs is to big. :/
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drawponies Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Keep practicing, you can do it!
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WOLLFFEEY Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Considering I lack fine motor control in the muscles in my hands (a bi-product of ADHD I believe) I can never make anything that looks that smooth, at least with a pencil. Doesn't matter how much I practice either, my hands just shake uncontrollably. BUT, this is a fine tutorial for anyone who has the least bit of skill. Love the comments ("Looks like a pizza" lol).
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drawponies Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, Vicki :D
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boardgamebrony Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I might actually be able to draw my OC sea pony with this! Huzzah!
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HaloPrime Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps a lot, thanks c: but is there anything for other angles?
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drawponies Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not as of yet, but you are more than welcome to come to the livestream with any questions you have: www.livestream.com/drawponies
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HaloPrime Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, I join every now and then :D I'm The Doctor lol
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drawponies Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, yes! Awesome :D
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Derpylovesyou Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha! This tutorial really made mae laugh! It was also very helpful thanks!
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drawponies Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Derpylovesyou Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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greencarrotgurl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Can't you do one like this but in forward? :D
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greencarrotgurl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thanks for learning me draw ponies!

(sorry for bad english)
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DevilBottlesBoy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Quite confusing, yet, understandable. I must learn your ways of pony drawing and see if this shall work.


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drawponies Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you want me to explain anything, simply comment with your question.

Also, we're on livestream every saturday from 3-6 PM EST here: [link]

I'll be happy to answer any questions you have live. :D
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DevilBottlesBoy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks for the tip!:D
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :D
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JackSapphireFrost Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
This is great! It's really helpful
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drawponies Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like. :D
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