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102807 No. 102807
...but keeps trying anyway.

Figure I might as well make a thread here on /art/, because what's the worst that could happen?
I'll be posting stuff I've made and stuff I'm making, mostly really horrid sketches. Please give me criticism, I do want to improve.
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>> No. 102824
That actually looks really good! Just make sure to keep the ear a little more large and wide. Just a tad.
>> No. 102988
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A quick sketch, done really poorly. This one was more about the expression, but eh, that doesn't excuse anything.
>> No. 103013
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Yet another sketch. I want to make a proper verison of this one, fully colored and all.
Applejack's proportions feel off to me, but I can't nail down what exactly causes it. What do you guys think?
>> No. 103045
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Applejacks' head is really large compared to the rest of her. Try either scaling it down or making her body larger, those would help even her out. She's missing one of her ears too.

Other than that it looks pretty good.
>> No. 103273
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Thanks, yo. I think I'll make AJ smaller as a whole in the picture and make it wider to make her look more alone.

Until then, I hope no one minds if I post random garbage and experiments like this one. Usually, I just erase brush strokes that look off, this time, I just kept them in.
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>> No. 103363
I have seen garbage, good sir, and this is most certainly not it.

-The ear looks rather slim, and tilts back.
Her bangs look short: they should come down enough to cover a some of one eye.
-I don't think the curve of her jaw is round enough, it kind of looks like she has an underbite. I could redline it, if you like.
-Ponytail too short. I'm assuming that's just to fit it on the page, tho.

Ponies are 3 heads tall, and the underside of the chest is slightly above the half way point between the chin and the ground.
>> No. 103942
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Apologies for rather sluggish updates on my side, but quite simply, nothing I draw really pleases me enough to show here. So here's a thing I threw together at some point. Again, it's not very good.
>> No. 104006
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And another sketch. By my own judgement, her head is too big, which makes the tail too small. Also her hind back leg is messing with the perspective.

What do you guys think?
>> No. 104010
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I don't think the head is too big, I think she's just missing a neck. Compare to your shot of Rarity:
It could also be that the body isn't deep enough, which makes it look small, which makes the head look big.

>attached image:
If she's bracing herself against the wall, the hoof on the ground should be pushing her backward against it. I did a quick redline with the leg curving in the opposite direction, which may give a better impression of push.

At this angle, I don't think the hoof against the wall should even be visible, unless she was crossing her leg behind the other.

If she is crossing her legs, the one in behind might look better if it were angled downward.

This is more of a stylistic point, making it purely a matter of preference, but the outside corner of her eye seems quite high. For FiM Ponies, the corner of the eye is usually level with the bottom of the ear.

Even if the head were smaller, the tail does look very short. it could be... I dunno, maybe 50% longer at least. I ballpark the tail about twice as long as the head is wide, if it were straightened out.

One last thing... her lowest eyelash lines up with the top of her pupil, which makes them sort of meld together into one line, visually. It looks kind of odd because her eyelash seems to be part of her eyeball, and suddenly the pupil looks "on top of" the lower eyelid.

By the way: you do a really good job on the shape of the nose, as well as the width of the eyes and the bridge of the nose. That seems to be something that's really hard to get right, too, so that's a feather you can stick that feather in your cap.

Also, her posture gives a nice impression of slumping. Nice body language there.

Ponyfeathers! I thought I commented on this!

>tl;dr version:
The back leg looks odd, probably because it doesn't have the corner that usually goes there. She probably has her leg straight, hoof angled back at the knuckle, but theres a sort of zig-zag look that's missing. Like it zag-zigs instead.

When ponies grin like this in FiM, the curve of the lower eyelid extends all the way across the eyelid, rather than just at the corner of the mouth.

Exempli gratia:
>> No. 104277
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Whoa, that's a lot of advice. Thanks a ton, I'll be sure to take all of it to heart.
I wish I had more time on my hands to do some more elaborate stuff, but right now, quick and moronic sketches like this will have to suffice.
>> No. 104454
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And another one. I'm experimenting with more stylized proportions in general, but do the results hold up?
>> No. 104470
Doesn't look bad at all! If there was a comic drawn like this, I'd follow it.

Only thing that sticks out, to me, is the ear. it's a little long and pointy and the smaller edge curves in sharply, which gives it an odd sorta shape.
>> No. 104878
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A quick sketch done for the sake of actually having something to show. For some reason, the proportions of fillies are even harder to nail down than those of regular ponies for me, but oh well.
Fun fact: The messier the outlines, the more often I had to erase and redraw something because it wouldn't look right.

> Now with wings. Still looking horrible.
>> No. 105396
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>> No. 105401
I don't know what you're doing either... but I like it.
>> No. 105690
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Yet another one of these sketch thingamajigs. It is imperfect, but I liked it enough to post it here.
>> No. 105727
Imperfection in my eyes is the top step of perfection.
>> No. 106550
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So, I decided to quickly touch up the latest sketch I posted here to make a fully-colored, shaded, painted-looking, whatever version if it this weekend.
Turns out "quickly touching up" the sketch took three hours. I just want to go to bed now.

And I still hate how Pinkie's Front Hooves turned out
>> No. 106882
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This turned out... pretty okay, I guess. Now to add some background to it or something.
>> No. 106896
i like it. maybe increase the space between where pinkie's legs attach since her legs are spread but other than that it's good.
>> No. 106984
Looks pretty good. I like your coloring!
>> No. 109096
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And I've done something again. Tried to draw the pose without a reference, which I don't think I've succeeded in.
I'd like to think that I'm getting fairly experienced doing this, but I still struggle with proportions, poses and shapes, and how to even go about drawing, as I still try out various different approaches.
Oh well, it keeps things fresh, I guess.
>> No. 109253
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Wonder why I draw so little Fluttershy? Because I'm really, really bad at drawing Fluttershy.
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>> No. 109686
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So how's this for an idea?
>> No. 109849
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I felt like painting today- or, trying to emulate painting using Flash's brush tools. I don't think the result looks too well, but eh, it was fun to do.
>> No. 110390
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Somehow, I was not able to draw Scootaloo without giving the image a sardonic twist.

Or something.
>> No. 111059
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I like the look this produces, actually. Just the execution needs to be way, way better.
>> No. 111473
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What's it with me and drawing Pinkie with Booze? Also testing backlighting.
>> No. 111956
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I still can't decide whether Rarity or Fluttershy is hardest pone to draw.
>> No. 111963
Rarity, by far. I think their hair designs are about the same for complexity, but when Pinkie's hair is drawn wrong it's hardly noticeable. With Rarity, even the slightest mistake sticks out.
>> No. 111970
...Why did I say Pinkie? Derp.
>> No. 111977
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I dunno. Pinkie Pie's mane is easiest for me to draw in either case. Incidentally, the other pony that gives me a lot of trouble to do is Twilight. Not even sure why, but I can never get her mane and eyes down properly.
>> No. 112276
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Speaking of...
>> No. 112286
Hahaha, I love how you draw ponies. There's so much spirit and life. Especially the faces are priceless!
>> No. 112516
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So I was testing out GIMP for once with the aim to replicate a more painterly look, more reminiscient of oil or watercolor or... hell, anything that doesn't look cel-shaded.

Didn't quite work as expected.

Still like the way this turned out, even if there's many small and big flaws, but I'd like some advice on what to do in regards of emulating paint using GIMP brushes. I don't have a tablet at my disposal, which kind of limits options there.

Oh well, this took a good 7 - 8 hours, but it was fun to make.
>> No. 112629
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Quick test for GIMP's airbrush tool. Apologies for the small image size, I only noticed too late it actually was this small. I would've upscaled the original sketch otherwise.
>> No. 112931
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Requesting some advice on proportion for this one. Also I can't draw wings. At all.
>> No. 112935
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Please for the love of god don't use GIMP to do art.
Use SAI, please? Or at least consider it?

That's happened to me before
>pic related

The proportions seem fine, and you can always check the stickies for help on wings.
I personally hate how the wings are on ponies, and draw them more like bird wings.
>> No. 113006
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For the most part, I'm just messing around with everything to see if something good comes out of it. SAI has had me interested for a while, I really should check out the trial at some point.

Until then, here's a test on perspective or something. Can anypony tell me what that kind of angle even is called?
>> No. 113277
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Aaaand colored this one.
>> No. 113463
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Another sketch. Now it's Photoshop's turn to impress me.
>> No. 113509
I've got to hand it to you, looking at where you were when you started this thread, you've gotten really good in a short amount of time.

Keep up the good work. That is all I have to say.
>> No. 113588
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Aaaand done. Some parts feel quite off to me, but eh, it's fun to do. I'd love some critique and pointeres on what to keep in mind for next time.
>> No. 113663
For the cheeks and the lower face you're relying on the line art to carry the shape, where for the "arms" the line art is gone. It's a little jarring.

Then again, I can't get to the point where I can lose my line art at all; so glass houses and tossing rocks and all that.

I *love* the background; I'm trying to crane my neck to see around her to read the bulletin board.
>> No. 113739
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I don't want to ditch outlines entirely, but I haven't figured yet how to use them in a way that does look good. And thanks about the background, I love to insert little details and jokes into there.

Moving on, one of the biggest issues I see with myself is that I can't deviate from the way ponies are drawn in the show. Often, I can't get it to look right any other way. It's something I'm trying to get away from in any case. Considering that, Twilight is certainly the easiest pony to carricaturize. This was boatloads of fun to make.
>> No. 113740
This was me. Didn't realize I had no name attached.

And I know what you mean about the faces. Unless I'm copying line for line off a screencap, my sketches always feel "off" to me. I'm at that point where I can't decide to just draw what feels right at sketch time or be slavishly show-accurate.

Doesn't help that I want to teach myself to paint, but I'm doing it with characters who are mostly drawn in a flat style with cheated muzzle foreshortening.
>> No. 113775
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Speaking of off sketches, I hate, hate, hate drawing perspective, as cool as it is to look at. I'm trying to get such poses right without references, but something tells me I'm not doing a very good job at it.
>> No. 113785
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I can't do perspective without a ridiculous grid of perspective lines and vanishing points. To wit: most people would just say it looks sorta fisheyed, I have to break out a ruler and say the feet should be slightly wider than Applejack's eye. The hips may need to start closer to the viewer but I'd have to break out a protractor to be sure...
>> No. 113930
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>> No. 113932
Derp, it didn't post the accompanying message, so here's it again, slightly abridged:

On reflection, I think I made the perspective effect on Dash far too big. Drawing hooves is really difficult that way, as they are supposed to be getting thicker by the end, which the perspective is working against. It just looks odd.
Until then, here's another thing.
There's a few parts I still want to fix, mainly in regards to the perspective on the bags and lanterns, but this could just make a good image to color, shade and give a background to.
>> No. 113960
Stuff like that is why I keep Play-Dough around on the desk. Fashion a blob in the crude shape of what I'm drawing and then take a cheap camera picture from the wacky angle I'm trying to draw it from.

New picture looks consistent on the CMC, but like you say, the lanterns are a little off kilter. Nothing a little more care around where the center lines are can't fix.
>> No. 114106
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And here we go. I'm hoping the lighting's not too messy.
>> No. 114112
Nice background/foreground elements.
>> No. 114113
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looking at your first few pictures and then looking at this one, I see a lot of improvement
>> No. 114601
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Thanks, but I really haven't improved a lot as I still find myself struggling with the same things I did when I started the thread.
The one big issue on my side is patience. As my holidays slowly come to an end, I'm facing less free time and thus less patience to do more elaborate pictures. So I'm sitting here late at night (or early in the morning), angry at myself that nothing I try to quickly draw up comes out looking decent. I can't imagine that to be very healthy.

Welp, here is a crude sketch that made it. Can't say I'm very happy with it, but eh, it's better than nothing.
>> No. 114643
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This took about half an hour to draw. I'll see about how I'll color it in.
>> No. 114736
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Trying my hoof at exxagerated emotions again.
>> No. 114815
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I had to contextualize Scootaloo's frightened expression somehow, so I came up with the most ridiculous thing imaginable. I don't think the image fits together in its entirety, drawing backgrounds that work with the character sketches in terms of perspective is really difficult.
>> No. 114822
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Perspective backgrounds help a lot to make it more dramatic and have a real feel even that is a carton, perspective and backgrounds, they do well!
>> No. 115696
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Yo, I'm not dead yet
>> No. 116581
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Some sketches I made over the last few days to keep myself in practice. Personally I think they're pretty hit or miss.
>> No. 116689
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Derp, didn't realize I was posting without name. Don't have much to show aside from this simple sketch. Any ideas on what to do with it?
>> No. 116693
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I just had to freaking crop this, fantastic!
>> No. 116694
dat face is awesome
>> No. 116865
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I liked the original drawing enough to color it in. Nothing too major, and I couldn't find a convenient way to draw Scoot's tail without it looking off. So we'll just pretend it's either hidden behind her body and the rocks she's sitting on... or vampirism makes you lose your tail, either's fine with me.
>> No. 117265
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Something that honestly didn't turn out as well as I hoped.
>> No. 117266
I like it. I wonder what she's thinking about. Se looks happy, but maybe longing a bit for something =)
>> No. 117274
>Something that honestly didn't turn out as well as I hoped.
Is there anything in particular that's bothering you?

AJ's body looks rather large. The hind leg looks rather lean, moving it toward her front would take some width away from her belly. The spine comes out from the neck at an upward angle... in the show the back is flat level where it meets the neck, then curves upward toward the flank.

I could do a redline, if you like. (I have a few thoughts on the hair, too, which would be easier to explain with a visual aid)

The background is kinda minimal, but it has a great atmospheric feeling. The way the more distant hills aren't lined does a lot to add depth
>> No. 117278
It's kind of difficult to sum up, but for the most part, I am really out of practice, so my judgement for what looks right and what looks wrong has gone worse, and something in the drawing just doesn't seem to come together as well as I had hoped. So, if you have the time, please do redline the thing, so I can see just what exactly went wrong on it.

>The spine comes out from the neck at an upward angle... in the show the back is flat level where it meets the neck, then curves upward toward the flank.

Oh hell, that explains what's off on the body. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

The image also displays yet another case of a problem I've long had: I am glued to the show's art style and don't really know how to get away from it. This applies to character design, eyes and hair. I should be experimenting more to get a feel for what I can do about that, but nearly nothing I tried really led to any result. So far, I haven't yet made anything without solid outlines look good, either.
Thanks for the comments in any case, they are much appreciated.
>> No. 117334
>Thanks for the comments in any case, they are much appreciated.
Much obliged, happy to help. :3

>I should be experimenting more to get a feel for what I can do about that, but nearly nothing I tried really led to any result.
A while back, I learned a trick for how not to fail, at all, ever again... lemme explain:

The technical definition of a "failure" is an outcome that does not meet a predetermined expectation. A success is the opposite: an outcome that does meet a predetermined expectation.

Exempli Gratia: Say you have a scientific experiment: what happens when you drop a ball? You expect it to fall, of course. If you drop the ball, and it doesn't fall, the result is a failure. A rather spectacular one, I should note.

However, in art as well as science, the failures are far more interesting. A success, on the other hand? An outcome that meets it's expectation? That's what we call predictable... those of us in the Fun and Creativity industry refer to this in technical terms (as defined by official Union Vocab Guidelines) as BORING. Think about it: if the ball just fell, how much fun would that be?

So: back to the whole "not failing ever again" thing:

Failures are great for all kinds of things... like jokes and plot twists and being original... but for pure experimentation?

I recommend something else: stop... expecting... anything. Stop trying to do certain things, stop wanting the results to be certain things, stop thinking about what they should be, and just do things. Not for any objective or purpose, other than to see what happens.

No expectations mean no failures. And I mean, on the most fundamental levels, the very concept of failure is no longer applicable, in principal, practice, or theory. No successes are possible either, so you're under much less stress or pressure to achieve any.

Some of the results, you'll like, some of it, you won't. Keep the stuff you like, contemplate the stuff you don't. Then go do some more.

Go for it, You can't possibly fail.

Anyway... I talk too much. Waaay too much. As you've no doubt noticed. I'll be gettin' to work on that redline-and-write-up for you.
>> No. 117393
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Well, that is a very appealing way to look at things. Very often I discard drawings early on just because they don't look good on the first stroke.
One problem I have had for the longest of times is drawing heads that aren't perfectly circular, the shape feels so awkward until you add the face and hair to it. This is something I'm trying to get away from.

In that regard, here's another batch of sketches, some of which I do really like, actually (and could see myself coloring in some way). I'm trying to vary my approach as much as possible and just drawing what comes to mind.

The title of the Book next to Spike reads 'How foals are made'
>> No. 117661
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I drew a thing.
>> No. 117683
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Poor sketch, dressed up somewhat nicely, I guess.
>> No. 117713
This one makes me grin every time I come back to it.
>> No. 117723
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You gotta give yourself more credit. You can draw more than ponies! Your backgrounds are pretty good, and your lighting makes me jellybelly.

I do so love silly art.
>> No. 117809
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One of the problems I have every now and again is that I have a perfectly good sketch, but can't decide what pony I should make it. (Hair, cutie mark, other defining features) or can't make any hairstyle on it look good.

So I decided to turn it into a picture.
>> No. 117859
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Nothing more than a drawing of Rainbow Dash with some very messy lighting. I tried to make the pose as dynamic as possible because I feel most of my drawings so far are waaaay too static.
>> No. 117861
Cancer Pony needs more fan art.
>> No. 117883
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Whenever I have no clue what Pony to draw but have a pose ready, bro.

Until then colored sketches.
There's a reason I don't draw more human.
>> No. 117887
I have no idea what is going on with that carrot, but I love that picture nonetheless...
>> No. 118029
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How some pointless sketch can go out of hand.
>> No. 118039
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For completeness' sake. I just had to do something with Gak.
>> No. 118050
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Gak in the dark
>> No. 118459
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I will probably be coloring it in later.
>> No. 118473
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...aaaaand done. Let me know what ya think.
>> No. 118491
This thread is full of win.
>> No. 118706
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So, what's the hardest pose for me to draw? So far, it would have to be a pony sleeping.
What's the hardest pony for me to draw? Fluttershy. Drawing her mane with a mouse is an utter nightmare.

So let's combine the two, what could possibly go wrong?
>> No. 118714
>... what could possibly go wrong?
You could give the world a heart attack is what could go wrong. That is so adorable. It doesn't look like you have any problems with sleepng poses or Fluttershy, dude.
>> No. 118773
Dood, you do requests? Could you draw some cuddling between Celestia and Twilight? :3
>> No. 118816
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I quite honestly don't like taking requests, mainly because I worry I'm not able to follow up on them, either because I don't have time or simply can't draw it.

I will try my best to get you something, but that means I'll have to learn how to draw Celestia first. Watch me on a journey of failure and frustration.
>> No. 118820
The only thing that looks off about this is that her head is tilted upward. It's a well drawn upward tilt, but doesn't seem quite right for a sleeping pony, or for Fluttershy.

Aside from that, looks fine. And by fine, I mean adorable.

Seems like you're making good progress, the body proportions look fine. I like her mane.

The corners on the back of Celestia's hind legs are half way from her flank to the ground. She has fairly large primary feathers too, which can be a real pain. Her horn is about 1.5 head-heights long (which is just ridiculous).
>> No. 118873
File 135445594828.png - (225.05KB , 1280x720 , theshitidoforrandomanons.png )
Aaaand... phew. The pose gave me a lot of trouble, I hope the end result doesn't look too awkward. The pose also is fairly similar to a few other pictures I know of, but I couldn't figure anything more original.

So here it is, let me know what y'all think.
>> No. 118890
Looks sweet! Both in the sense of being heartwarming and adorable, and also being an awesome piece of work.

Celestia's legs laying backward like that seems a bit uncomfortable. In the show, ponies often have their hips turned to the side when they're laying down if they don't have them tucked under themselves.
>> No. 118931
File 135453543402.png - (295.46KB , 1047x1044 , whatamidoingwithmytime.png )
Quick test for some photoshop brush I threw together. Fix the horrendously messy lineart and figure out to make it look good in color, and we're actually pretty close to the look that I want to be able to do.
>> No. 119085
File 135492628707.png - (611.66KB , 1220x800 , whydoieventry.png )
Another try at this. Somehow, it doesn't feel worth the hour I spent on it.
>> No. 119089
*I* like it, if that counts for anything. (Probably not.)
Very sumi-e-ish.

What's in the hole?
>> No. 119101
File 135497924415.png - (1.01MB , 1440x1000 , akahorrendouslineart.png )
Darkness mainly, though considering I didn't draw AJ's hat, I figure she lost her hat in there.

Moving on, a test in full color. I'll need to figure out something better for the lineart, then this might go somewhere.
>> No. 119108
File 135500881382.png - (330.77KB , 1037x1135 , scootaforestscared.png )
Also something to commemorate today's episode.
>> No. 119118
Nice job capturing the atmosphere. (The backgrounds in today's ep were awesome; I need to do some zapprudering and copying...)
>> No. 119383
File 135543699270.png - (235.53KB , 1280x720 , sketches4.png )
Thanks. The backgrounds were indeed quite something.

Because I don't have much else to showcase, here's another couple of assorted sketches I drew lately, some of them unfinished, and simply not enough on their own to show here. The colored ones are generally more recent.
>> No. 119591
File 135578775533.png - (467.60KB , 1280x720 , ajdashbar.png )
Here be Dashlejack.
>> No. 119632
File 135586882774.png - (35.48KB , 313x251 , MyMyThisIsAwkward.png )
>browsing /art/ haphazardly
>hover over >>119383
>did a double-take when this happened
>> No. 119721
File 135618640568.png - (77.23KB , 814x391 , hoofstandlyra.png )
Here is one of 'em random tests again. T'looks weird, yo.
>> No. 119722
Angle of the horn looks off and back part of her mane is defying gravity, other than that I don't see anything wrong.
>> No. 119742
File 135629276513.png - (293.49KB , 567x600 , somepointlessexcerciseinoutlinesandshading.png )
I tried this again. The way I do this takes too long for how meh the end product looks.

Is it apparent yet every stylistic variation I try beyond celshading is really just an expression of "How do I make it look like I got a tablet when I don't?"
>> No. 119771
File 135648012206.jpg - (46.89KB , 400x300 , apple ack jump_opt.jpg )
>lol i can't draw poni
>draw rarity

my sketch
who da poni? it applejack!
yeah that bad!
>> No. 119779
File 135657280968.png - (150.27KB , 752x782 , iamnotpresent.png )
Been a tad inactive over the holidays, but eh. Here is something to hopefully make up for it.
>> No. 119843
File 135666678710.png - (275.19KB , 734x797 , lyradarksoulshumanity.png )
A dumb idea that took way too long to do for how it turned out. Can you tell the perspective of the background gave me a lot of trouble?

If you don't know, it's referencing the game Dark Souls, and Lyra is using an item called 'Humanity'. Because, get it? is funny joek
>> No. 119851
>Saw art.
>Sees what you did there instantly.
>> No. 119852
Much love for this [<3]
Instantly knew what it's supposed to b-
>'Humanity'. Because, get it?
>> No. 119853
> [<3]
..why is that not a thing anymore!?

anyway - deviantartupload soon so I can fave?
>> No. 119864
File 135678587019.png - (52.11KB , 454x425 , meh.png )
Not exactly the biggest fan of deviantart, but if you insist:

Until then, let's confirm that I still can't draw Fluttershy. Still easier than Rarity.
>> No. 119878
For "not being the biggest fan" you sure uploaded a lot there.
>> No. 119944
File 135713146957.png - (187.02KB , 474x584 , meh4.png )
Far from everything though, as the amount of random sketches here shows. Perhaps I should be getting one of 'em tumblr thingamajigs instead, but I'm not sure about that either.

Until then, stylistic tests. I like the idea of using textures, but did it end up looking like something?
>> No. 120002
File 135725700140.png - (105.09KB , 589x698 , thistookwaylongerthanitshouldhaveforanimagelikethis.png )
I was gonna do another image with textures, but trying to get this pose right took so long and annoyed me so much ("aaargh, why won't you look right!?") that I just called it a day at flat colors.

Perhaps I should've drawn a background or an object to give the pose and expression some context, but eh, I prefer to leave that to the viewer's imagination. Or something.
>> No. 120003
File 135725878268.png - (226.87KB , 1100x720 , 135725700140.png )
Foreshortening can be quite the trick to learn and everything will look really weird until you get it down. It can be discouraging at times, but it's too useful to let yourself give up. Specific to the image; you might want to have Fluttershy's left arm sway outwards rather than arching awkwardly back in, and then make the upper part of her right leg more clearly point upwards to give the rest of the leg the proper amount of room to fall into place.
>> No. 120007
File 135729260324.png - (56.88KB , 460x413 , itshouldnotbelegaltoshowthisimagetoanyone.png )
*gasp*, Critique! My one, secret weakness! How did you know?
Thanks for the redline, it does show very clearly what's off. The problem I had when I drew it was that her limbs didn't really want to fit together, along with the body. I didn't even have a pose in mind, so I just drew different things until something ended up looking somewhat acceptable. In either case, thanks, bro.

Perhaps that's what bites me in the arse after all, I don't ever really plan ahead, resulting in some rather awkward things indeed.
Case in point, somehow, Sweetie Belle snuck her way into what should've been a sole sketch of Rarity. Perhaps I'll redo it, we'll see.
>> No. 120021
File 135739259515.png - (66.91KB , 761x500 , pinkieohstopitu.png )
Something I drew earlier today. Figure I might as well post it here.
>> No. 120206
File 135794312659.png - (62.07KB , 757x408 , my special talent must be 'phoning it in'.png )
Apologies for not having drawn anything this week, but classes started again and I didn't really have the time to do anything.
Naturally, the moment I actually get to do something again, I'm totally unsatisfied with it.
//To elaborate, I was originally gonna draw Bon Bon and Lyra closer together, until I realized that proportionally and stylistically, they didn't fit at all. So you just gotta take it as two separate sketches, I guess. It's not even like the idea is any original.
>> No. 120250
File 135811382482.png - (84.65KB , 698x410 , ajdrawing4.png )
It's the Apple Pony. Not entirely sure about it.
>> No. 120251
i like this
it is unique
>> No. 120350
File 135842286409.png - (116.83KB , 605x670 , somehowthearmorruinedeverything.png )
Back when I did the Lyra Dark Souls Humanity picture, I thought about giving her armor to match the game more, but I had never drawn any kind of armor on a pony up to this point, so I left it out.
Now here's my try at doing it with a Pyromancer robe. It doesn't want to look quite right to me, but maybe that's just the fact that it's not colored.
>> No. 120447
File 135879939978.png - (85.47KB , 954x530 , theinternetisreallyreallygood___.png )
I felt like drawing something again. Or something.
>> No. 120596
File 135924191060.png - (109.92KB , 503x550 , tagalong.png )
From today's episode, the character design was just too awesome for me to ignore. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that in the meantime, I have completely forgot how to draw these goddamn things.
I was thinking of adding a rudimentary background to it, but then I remembered that I am lazy as all hell.
>> No. 120612
>> No. 120665
File 135953637567.png - (31.85KB , 348x509 , strikeapose!.png )
Or something. It gave me a bit of trouble in the end.
>> No. 120679
File 135964724212.png - (761.30KB , 1200x800 , scootafield.png )
I've tried to paint again. I could've done with a better idea, though.
>> No. 120699
File 135975256609.png - (84.66KB , 489x584 , allieway5.png )
I've been wanting to draw Allie for quite a while now. And jesus christ, is this pony hard to draw.
>> No. 120794
File 136014668268.png - (116.60KB , 858x669 , rarisweetiebelleagereversed.png )
Filly Rarity is not any easier to draw than regular rarity.
>> No. 120795
Strange, I know >>120794 is there, I can see it on /all/ but not in the thread itself...

Edit: Haha, nevermind, after I replied it showed up just fine

Last edited at Wed, Feb 6th, 2013 06:24

>> No. 120855
File 136035565902.png - (95.31KB , 991x674 , whatthehellisthiseven.png )
What the hay did I draw just now?
>> No. 120873
...That bellybutton makes me crack up. I really don't know why. Maybe it's just what the picture needs to push it over the edge...
>> No. 120946
File 136068815401.png - (727.00KB , 1920x1080 , sketchdump.png )
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I really enjoy drawing like this, I should be doing it more often, I reckon.

Until then, here's another sketchdump of random stuff amassed over the last couple weeks. Generally, the more recent ones are further towards the left of the image. If anyone wants, I can post larger versions of individual sketches.
>> No. 121181
File 136147324216.png - (220.26KB , 1280x720 , dashajfluttbowitsnotcute.png )
I just can't keep myself from drawing stuff.
Consistent styles, what's that?
>> No. 121227
File 136163868941.png - (102.04KB , 475x700 , alitwidrawing.png )
I gotta wonder, does this look good, or just really odd.
>> No. 121229
I like it. Perspective seems okay.

Possibly need to continue the cheekbone line on the opposite side of the nose, but that's mostly bothering me because I've been looking at it trying to figure out what's bothering you...
>> No. 121356
File 136207075224.png - (548.19KB , 1125x900 , raritry.png )
I've been trying this crap again.
>> No. 121365
i know people who consider ponies like an antidepressant.
your style is your style, i cannot say it's bad - it is coherent although not being canon. abstraction forces the artist to focus on the expression and movement more than anatomically correctness anyways, that is why on this base there is rare BAD pony artwork. it's cute and fun so you get it.
>> No. 121369
You draw this with a mouse?

Damn nice.
>> No. 121382
File 136217681093.png - (37.32KB , 253x396 , failuretoperform.png )
It's the main reason I'm using Flash as my primary tool. It's vector software and provides smoothing for decently clean lineart. I'd use Photoshop more, but I can't really draw using it.
Oh well, thanks everyone.
>> No. 121442
File 136233396887.png - (718.13KB , 1200x960 , scootadash2.png )
>> No. 121447
File 136234381962.png - (79.80KB , 726x474 , abbabsbros.png )
And a little extra.
>> No. 121506
File 136251589381.png - (104.94KB , 671x621 , alitwisitting.png )
I tried styles and Princess Sparkle again. Don't know how well it ended up but eh, t'was fun.
Despite having close to no clue about the site or the community there, I also decided to give tumblr a shot, so if you feel like checking that out, it's here:
I will be posting anything I draw here as well, though.
>> No. 121533
File 136259641234.png - (426.49KB , 641x765 , pinkiething2.png )
This is eerily captivating.
>> No. 121619
File 136270056387.png - (180.84KB , 780x980 , spoiler.png )
I spoilered today's image due to its somewhat suggestive nature, it shows apple bloom laying on her back with a surprised look on her face. Nothing explicit, though.

In general, I was kind of squeamish about uploading it, because for the longest time, I didn't feel comfortable with people knowing I'd draw stuff like this. So I hope you like it, it took far too long to make.
>> No. 121648
File 136286992558.png - (126.48KB , 1000x720 , bah.png )
Some sketches from today. I'm not satisfied with any of them, but I couldn't just let an evening go to waste like that.
>> No. 121680
File 136293657325.png - (94.48KB , 892x568 , outlinetests.png )
The method I use to draw generally leads to very thick outlines. So let's try something different to see how it turns out.
>> No. 121714
File 136312786486.png - (76.43KB , 570x547 , rarisweetiedrawing.png )
Recycling old ideas because I'm unimaginative like that.

Also requesting critique on this image, since I've been told it looks off. I can see that Rarity's thighs are mismatched, but what do you guys think?
>> No. 121728
I think with that picture, the thing that throws me off the most is that with the way that Rarity is sitting, we shouldn't be able to see her cutie mark, since we're seeing her inner thighs.

The way the backleg-feet also kind of turn into rounded spheres seems off as well. I understand you were trying to make it look like the hooves were curving, but it just looks odd to me. Maybe adding some of the lines for where the bottom of the hooves would be?

Otherwise it's a very cute concept <3
>> No. 121743
Cutie mark shouldn't be there if she's sitting and facing us.
>> No. 121798
File 136354836166.png - (155.39KB , 1099x731 , dashfluttdrawing.png )
Thanks a million. How I missed such an obvious error is beyond me.
I was a bit short on time the last few days, and I fear it'll stay that way for the next couple weeks. Still, I managed to get something out, which I hope you like.
>> No. 122036
File 136412366898.png - (121.36KB , 1179x720 , lyrabon.png )
Something which I really didn't put a lot of thought into. Was fun to make.
>> No. 122049
Are they detectives?

(Dibs on the first "dust for fingerprints" joke.)
>> No. 122121
File 136446415874.png - (114.89KB , 960x720 , shadydazegameboy.png )
Initially, I wanted to do that, but when I was on the background, I felt like making it like a cheesy 80s sitcom or something. This is what I mean when I say I don't think images through very well before I do them.
On that note, I wish I had more time for drawing right now, but I need to learn. Perhaps this is what inspired me to draw this.
>> No. 122291
File 136503499538.png - (94.59KB , 1393x816 , pinkiestage.png )
Holy crap I drew something.
I'd have a million different things to say about it, but when I try to write it out, it all comes out mangled and incoherent. So I'll just write "yes"
>> No. 122530
File 136587954201.png - (73.86KB , 1195x796 , pinkiedrawing2.png )
Finally I'm getting to draw again. Foreshortening is as tough as it always was, and I'm not very great at making abstract backgrounds. Oh well.
>> No. 122592
File 136615254107.png - (80.39KB , 427x526 , dashsignno.png )
"Hey scrimpeh, have you gotten better at drawing since?"
>> No. 122626
File 136638451458.png - (175.89KB , 1354x750 , twigarden.png )
Now you tell me why Twilight Sparkle is not supposed to be my phantasmal significant other

Last edited at Fri, Apr 19th, 2013 08:17

>> No. 122737
File 136655595539.png - (124.47KB , 1176x804 , spoiler.png )
Spoilered today's image due to a healthy dosage of fluttershy butt. Foreshortening doesn't really do me any favors, and her hind legs look off as a result. Oh well, who cares.
>> No. 122743
File 136656793946.gif - (131.02KB , 58x130 , 55e.gif )
Your style slightly reminds me of the Rainbow Dash Presents crew of late. I hope that comes across as a compliment.

Picture unrelated, I just like pictures.
>> No. 122770
File 136672286445.png - (55.48KB , 650x404 , prostyleimitation.png )
My style? Reminiscient of the RDP crew?


I really do like their stuff however, so perhaps their style has had more influence in me than I have thought. I think I will never be able to settle on one way to draw eyes and other facial features though.
>> No. 122778
File 136680475982.png - (212.30KB , 456x457 , ajtest.png )
...However, Flash's clean lineart is something I frankly want to get away from, since I feel there is so much more you can do with just lineart. So here's something I threw together in 10 minutes to test a potential new approach.
>> No. 122788
File 136685937148.jpg - (81.31KB , 400x400 , 15228524.jpg )
How ever you like to draw, that's your style. Feel free to explore till you find something comfortable and enjoy it till you find something new. A cycle of self-rediscovery.

I'm sleepy so this is probably stuff you've already heard a thousand times before, only more eloquently phrased, but anatomy helps. People don't bug out over lineart, they double take over something looking odd, and it rarely ever looks odd because of well planned anatomy.

I'm just biased, I like anatomy. Shading can be a good way to check it, if you care as much as me one day. If you can't figure out how light falls on it, it's probably not accurate to your perception of reality. Generally, if you're drawing something, you want it to align with your perception of reality; it really helps.

Pic sufficiently related

Last edited at Wed, Apr 24th, 2013 20:09

>> No. 122793
File 136691648805.png - (400.56KB , 816x625 , dashthing3.png )
Back in the day, when I was still "searching for my own style", I figured that whatever I'd do, I would never be able to settle down on one thing for long. I think that in the last couple weeks, I have gotten sorta complacent though, so I do want to mix things up more again.
As for anatomy, it's something that still manages to give me lots of trouble every now and then. There's some poses I simply can't nail down to save my life, I should probably work on that some more. Guess why the bottom of today's image is cropped out
>> No. 122799
File 136693553437.jpg - (93.06KB , 300x300 , brocifer.jpg )
One day you'll hit the point where you deliberately choose difficult poses just to fuck with people. I'd like to say I do it just for the challenge, but I'm pretty sure I choose complected poses just to show off.

I wouldn't worry too much about your style getting "sorta complacent" for a few weeks. If you're spending time thinking about your style, you're not spending enough time thinking about improving everywhere else.
>> No. 123194
File 136874236448.png - (179.33KB , 1165x1200 , godimlazy.png )
Sketches I have saved up for a rainy day. Considering how much I put out in the last couple weeks, I'd say it's rained, there was a hailstorm and now all the streets are flooded. Figuratively, that is.
For what it's worth, the bottom two are new.

Last edited at Thu, May 16th, 2013 15:13

>> No. 123395
File 136939378835.png - (68.34KB , 514x755 , fillydash.png )
>> No. 123449
File 136959592430.png - (492.66KB , 2083x1351 , fluttclawcranefatkid.png )
I'm hoping the kid's not -too- ugly for the image.
>> No. 123462
Far too amused by this one.
>> No. 123503
File 136977290683.png - (76.90KB , 342x283 , look at my swag doe.png )
I dig how you silhouetted the other ponies.
>> No. 123614
File 137020566062.png - (114.16KB , 998x809 , pinkiesuperglueceiling.png )
Thanks, y'all. As for the sillouhettes, it was kind of a tough one for me. I didn't want to give them full color and detail, since that'd distract from fluttershy, but keeping them all as a gray mash would've been too much.

Until then, this:
>> No. 123727
File 137063403902.png - (122.36KB , 805x500 , cmc2.png )
I drew something whoops

I never really have a concrete plan in mind when I do images like these, I just start drawing an expression or a pose and make it up as I go along. When it works out, it's easily one of the most fun ways to draw for me, when not, I feel like I'm wasting hours accomplishing nothing. Owell
>> No. 123730
File 137064260263.png - (713.55KB , 944x1501 , autograph.png )
I'm thinking about posting some drawings for everyone to see

not because they're good, but because they're so autistically bad that it's hilarious

I've always wanted to be good at art, but I'm a software developer, not an artist
>> No. 123731
File 137064303884.png - (188.05KB , 500x647 , bilbo.png )
oh I forgot my question
scrimpeh, did you start out that way?
>> No. 123733
File 137064615604.png - (85.46KB , 634x593 , ajsketchsmall.png )
Not really. I never considered myself especially talented at drawing, nor was it what I thought I'd be doing on a regular basis once, but then I just kept drawing more and more, until I was where I am now.
So by all means, go for it. Who knows, you might just end up discovering your passion for art and become a great artist. Just need to find a way to balance the time it takes with being a software developer too, but art really only takes as much time to make as you want it to.
And hey, if not, what's the worst that could happen?

>pic is from september 2011
>> No. 123742
I figure it'll just be really funny with no progression happening at all
>> No. 123783
File 137087823000.png - (133.07KB , 760x591 , whoa.png )
Hey, don't let your notions hold you back, that's what I'm doing too often as it is. In the end, what matters is whether you like doing it or not.

So, on to today's picture. I really love the look pure lineart + highlights only produces, and wanted to take a shot at slighty more messy lineart, so here this is.
>> No. 126269
File 138038333887.png - (109.45KB , 800x920 , sweetiesomething.png )
You may have thought that I, indeed, could not draw ponies to save my life.
But I drew something again.
>> No. 126282
File 138045619584.gif - (306.96KB , 375x300 , yagerauoysihtdaernacuoyfi.gif )
I like :)
>> No. 127648
File 139500687293.png - (99.52KB , 934x1284 , anthroscoota.png )
It's been a while, hasn't it.

As of late, I wanted to try my hand at anthro/humanized stuff, which is how this test came about.
Don't think I'm quite there yet, but I like to think I've made some progress. You be the judge.
>> No. 127649
File 139502762352.png - (5.16MB , 2300x3800 , LunaInTheHalls.png )
>the dude who can't draw ponies to save his life
Are you kidding? These pictures are fine(actually they're pretty good). I only wish I could draw that nice. Love your style, might not be orthodox show accurate, but how much pony fan art really is? I will definitely keep an eye on this gallery. Love your pics!
>> No. 127828
File 139681098642.png - (49.35KB , 495x892 , this_looked_better_when_i_finished_it_than_when_i_uploaded_it.png )
Heh, thanks. For the most part, the way I draw ponies is a fairly pragmatic adaptation of the show's art style, geared towards being easier to draw.

I kinda want to try something more than that these days, however. So, with that in mind, redline me pls.
>> No. 129169
File 142177770717.png - (90.52KB , 1081x739 , a_little_something_celestia_taught_me____by_turbosolid-d5ks8n2.png )
That looks quite nice.

There is no system to get commissions drawing ponies is there?
>> No. 129191
File 142190046640.jpg - (119.69KB , 760x820 , Chuck_Jones_animal_legs.jpg )
On the anatomy front, it seems to me that you tend to draw the hind legs with one too few joints in them, as though the hock was a sort of projection from the back of the calf rather than the equivalent of the human ankle - - e.g., in the drawing accompanying post #122737. See the attached sketch by Chuck Jones.
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