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MLP - Basic Anatomy Guide Part 1 [Overall + Head] by DShou MLP - Basic Anatomy Guide Part 1 [Overall + Head] by DShou



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Basically re-making -

into more of a guide rather than just a study with sketches.

Wing guide that was shown a bit in that study will be made later.

If you still prefer the old one, that's fine, whatever helps you the best is all that matters.

Q. When will you get part 2 and such up?
A. No promises =D



Note
This isn't 100% show-accurate, there's a bit of my style lingering here and there, but nonetheless the purpose is to show how parts relate, and how things look by seeing multiple perspectives on it. The best way to learn is to 'understand' rather than to 'copy' so having the whole idea should hopefully be helpful in achieving the former.

Everything can be changed when seeing different styles; one's personal style can be found through experimentation, but as well observing a combination of favorite artists. It can end up being show-like, or as drastically changed as possible while still somehow the same old ponies we know. What's important, is to make sure that things are still in the right place - you can't use style as an excuse to have the mouth above the snout for example. I gave a few examples of modifications, but that's just a few out of many variations people have done to each part . . . ! Try and experiment what works best for ya when you can.



More Resources/Guides by Others

For more of my guides I made (at the moment, most of 'em are outdated, but should still be helpful) - dshou.deviantart.com/gallery/3...

I have no plans to go extremely in-depth, I provide what I think is good enough but if you ever need more information or anything then try out the following!

PonyResources [A Collection of Screenshots from the Show, all Screenshots tagged for Searching what you want] - ponyresource.booru.org/index.p...

A Collection of Pony Guides in the MLP-ATG-Alumni Group - mlp-atg-alumni.deviantart.com/...

A Collection of Pony Guides in the MLPDrawingSchool Group - mlpdrawingschool.deviantart.co...

EqD's Collection of Tutorials and Tutorial Collections of Those Mentioned and Not Mentioned - www.equestriadaily.com/2013/06...



My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic series belongs to Hasbro

You are free to share this guide so long as I am clearly credited with my internet alias "DShou" and a link back to the image page and/or my profile page (you may not link directly to the image URL), this includes using it for personal purposes. If you wish to use the guide for commercial purposes, groups, projects and/or minor events then you must ask me for permission. If you wish to use the guide officially and/or in a major project/event then a Material Release (Art) form is necessary.

You may not create derivative work for release, this includes tracing, vectoring, creating the artwork in a different medium, copying the drawing in any form, alter, transform, build upon, etc. without my permission (you are allowed to take information and tips for copy/use however). Even then you are still required to credit me by linking back to my profile page, dshou.deviantart. com




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:iconmarzillao:
MARZillao Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
Wow! This is more clear yet better! Thanks!! :D
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:iconthesarcasticbrony:
TheSarcasticBrony Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Thanks so much for your tutorials, I've been trying for the longest time to learn how to draw perspective and this is just one of several I have on my phone to check for reference.

BTW, I absolutely love your style! :D Especially the oversized ears and 3D muzzles! Love 
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:iconmrsmcgordan:
MrsMcgordan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful, I'm using this to help me start drawing ponies in Mypaint. :)
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lollipopflower Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
May I use this as a base?
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:icondshou:
DShou Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
To trace and practice on sure? Not to take credit on 'though, and uh I don't really like the idea of bases all that much
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:iconlollipopflower:
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Can I use it for adopts? I'll still credit you!
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:icondshou:
DShou Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah I suppose it's alright then, just remember to credit and sure :p
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:iconlollipopflower:
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yay! :D
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PurpleSkyCat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This will help a lot :D
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ReD-DuX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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i hope I did alright. Thank you DShou! Your amazing!
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:icondshou:
DShou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah nice work so far :3 as well you're welcome, and thank you too~
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ReD-DuX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ no problem. And you really think so?
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:icondshou:
DShou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm assuming the camera is tilted so it's giving a smushed feel to it so I'ma ignore that bit

Yea I'd say you got the anatomy proportions down reasonably - while there's still room for practice such as trying the anatomy out in different poses/views - there's definitely promise of progress yep yep
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ReD-DuX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea I work on an iPad so that's the best I could do with photos. So yea.... It's a bit //cough cough// really //cough cough// tilted.

and thank you I'll keep practicing till I think I'm good!
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hannahcw Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thankyou, i really need to find out more about pony antonomy, im gonna try and make clay ponies or a clay pony :0 Gonna take a while to make...
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:iconask-angie-ocs:
Ask-Angie-Ocs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Helped me with making a base since the mane covered both backs in the shot I took
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   Artisan Crafter
thanks for this.. for me is really dificult draw.. and this will help me allot to finish my ocs ^^
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:icondshou:
DShou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad it can be of help~
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:iconmrconnected:
MrConnected Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks brah your graphs are really really helpful
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Derpyfluff51 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
This is SO useful THANK U😋
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:icontheroidypegasus:
TheRoidyPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems really useful, will definitely use with my drawings! Adjusting to digital media and this seems like the perfect thing to jump start myself
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mama--bat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this! DX But if only my tablet would work with the old Paint Tool Sai. Why just why couldn't she have just saved the code?! ... my big sister's friend is weird XD
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:iconlostinmusic222:
lostinmusic222 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
omg this is awesome! 
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:icontc97:
TC97 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Definitely going to be using this as a guide for some things I'm having trouble with :) 
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:iconkalluspony:
KallusPony Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student
Cool!
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:iconcatcatcat34:
catcatcat34 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This will come in handy, or should I say hoofy La la la la 


Thanks for marking it!
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:iconkierwiny:
kierwiny Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
More Knowledge never hurts, Thanks man.
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:iconjezendar:
Jezendar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I can see some of the lingering bits of your style in this.  Specifically, the long neck, large ears, and overall shape of the eyes.  And I love the cute little sketch of Shooting Star in the corner!
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Dissection 101, always useful. Thanks
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RainBowDashForever3 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Ooooohhhhhh *saves for possible future reference* 
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:iconthelastlonewolf:
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can you do something on manes? I'm bad at hair and general and getting the right shape/flow.
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:iconthelastlonewolf:
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*generally 
also no and after it.
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:icondshou:
DShou Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm considering making a guide for each part, no promise since I always seem to randomly take breaks between things but it is part of the plan yep yep
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:iconthelastlonewolf:
thelastlonewolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice.
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:iconhurleyboss:
HurleyBoss Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Thanks for the guide, I need to start practicing how to draw ponies again :)
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:iconmrkyuubi:
MrKyuubi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
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I don't now why, but your ponies are always so kawaii. As for the guide? Very useful and fluent. This could definitely help those who are building a style or need a little bit of a push for an idea needing a reference of some sort. I can say this gave me a few ideas on how to further develop my own style.
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DrewAlexain Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! This is exactly the type of guide I've been needing! You're awesome!
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FallenShadow000 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! This will come in most handy.
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