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MLP - Basic Perspective Study 1 by DShou MLP - Basic Perspective Study 1 by DShou
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This is a universal drawing tip for perspectives, not just MLP but is useful for keeping your ponies on the ground correctly at least.

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Note - I draw the proportions / style in 'my' way usually but I'll try and make sure to include relatively-show-accurate examples. Nevertheless, if you take the general idea of placement and such, it should hopefully help you to draw better and find you're own style a bit easier.

I may occasionally post some new studies/notes on Ponies and General Drawing stuff, you can check them out in my gallery folder here - [link] or when I submit them to the MLP-ATG-Alumni tutorial folder.

I may also go into the other creatures of the MLP universe, but anywhere beyond won't be posted in the group folder.

if you want to see some more in-depth guides/studies (note that I didn't add positioning/proportions, eyes or mane/tail here either), check out the MLP-ATG-Alumni's Drawing Tutorial Folder here - [link] and perhaps join the group's weekly themed drawings as well if you haven't.

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My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic series and characters belongs to the Hub & Hasbro

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Maldrete Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I see you've dotted the two focus points, but to me, they look like 2 dots put in random spots. What makes these two spots so special that they become focus points?
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DShou Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
2-point perspective means to just put 2 points down as reference so you don't gotta put it exactly like shown, where you put it is up to your composition, it will be used to help with referencing everything else. Depending where you put the two dots can change it quite a bit, but normally the dots will be considered as making the "horizon" line (where sky meets ground)
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Maldrete Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hmm. Reference points? Looking at your adorable sketches above, I'm trying to see how those points helped you draw each character. I'm at a loss how they helped here.

Wait a minute! Are you representing how the audience is viewing the drawing with the dots? Like with the Pinkie one, I feel like the reason I'm only seeing Pinkie's front is because the dot is like my viewing angle.
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DShou Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
That's one way to look at it! This isn't a very thorough tutorial, rather, it's extremely lacking - if you'd like to learn about point perspectives properly I would recommend searching for proper guides on it such as the videos by MarkCrilley.

Its not shown very well here because I only have one subject for each example and that's what is probably confusing you. The point perspective helps with how far everything is drawn and to help keep sizes consistent with distance, and is most notably helpful for drawing cities for example.
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Maldrete Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you for your time in the responses DShou.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
quite helpful:happybounce: 
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Catiacaterina Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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Darkangael Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
always good to have good perspective even if we dont always remember to do it properly
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CYSYS8993 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's quite hard to tell if that horizon line is a horizon line or the edge of a cliff. Is it just me?
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openskyline Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I seriously doubt it's a cliff. ;P
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HoseAKM Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Hi! I've been looking at your tutorials for a while and they've been very helpful, reason why I thank you. But I don't understand something in particular about this tutorial and I am hoping you can answer it, which is why the back of the pony is parallel to its hooves even when is above the horizon line? I don't know if I'm actually missing something or is just me, but isn't the back suppose to be going down to the left vanishing point?
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DShou Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I admit I need to update this one as I was just learning perspective around this time. Glad nonetheless they are helping! In a way you're right, the subject no matter what part of the body should be drawn towards the vanishing points for precision rather than relative points (though it is also good not to be so technical and just give it an average guess). This gets complex however with organic shapes unless you block the subject in an imaginary box with divisions. It becomes easier with that - if you treat the back to vanishing points alone your pose may look stiff or proportionally incorrect. Sorry I dont have a visual to explain this yet.
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HoseAKM Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
That's alright. Thanks for the clarification though :)
Also thanks for the tip on "not being so technical", I've always done my drawings with some type of template, thus making them look stiff, I'll try to be a bit more loose in my drawings from now on.
BTW, you just gain yourself another watcher. :D
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DShou Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:3 Thanks for watching also~
(Though I admit I haven't been very active on dA, if you ever stop by Tumblr 'though over here ya can check out my blog there too)
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killersteel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Hallelujah, I can ACTUALLY put these tips to use with my doodles! You saved me a very harsh mistake in drawing the eyes. Thank you!
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Horsesnhurricanes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
These are excellent and quite helpful.
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TheAntsaBoy94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazingly real looking lines! With a realistic paper texture it would probably be really hard to tell this was drawn with computer! Well, those little not-so-realistic looking texts looks pretty artificial, but other than that, I don`t belive I could say the difference.

Your other artworks, those that are clearly made digiatlly, might look awesome with all the colors and all, but I think you should draw like this more often!
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DShou Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I use the mechanical pencil tool for sketching at least, I made a few 'refined' sketches occasionally here and there lately, but painterly/lines feels more complete to me.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, the eyes should come down so the bottom is level with the nostril or just below.
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DShou Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Recognized now - hadn't noticed it before but this was also back when I wasn't 100% good at anatomy and such.

Well the perspective tip can still be seen at least

I'ma tackle perspective again later properly when I can
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes indeed. A great guide overall :)
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TheGamer67 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm...who knew that Engineering Class could help me draw ponies.lol
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DeAdP1nG Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
useful for all kinds of layouts when trying to figure out where you're trying to put your character especially when its a pony, great stuff!
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DeAdP1nG Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lovely!
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ashantiaja Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Btw, Do you have any tips for backgrounds?
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DShou Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Atm not really, at least unless it's zero-perspective backgrounds.

Closer objects are bigger and less blurrier, then the opposite for farther objects. You follow towards one-perspective or more but if working with a background without much parallel lines line nature then you'd just loosely follow that first thing I mentioned.

If being more detailed, you can provide a movie-effect of focusing the foreground or background by blurring the other, the far background is slowly tilted blue (due to atmosphere). To balance with the character, you'd want the character about 1/3 or more of the screen to have viewers focus on the character more, while if smaller the background becomes more noticed first, depends on your goal of the drawing.

I'd make more studies, but at the moment I'm still learning a bit myself and rather busy with work/projects.
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ashantiaja Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Ty :D
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ashantiaja Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
That actually helps a lot, I always failed when it came to perspectives and backgrounds!! :)
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jump-cut Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
this is rather lovely.
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doom251 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for posting this. It may help me later. ^^
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