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109123 No. 109123
Hello everypony,

I come here seeking feedback: critique, constructive criticism, encouragement and ideas.

I have been practicing pony drawings for about three weeks now and, as in that time I seemingly cannot put my tablet pen down and stop drawing, a record of my progress and attempts can be seen on this tumblr:

I will start my posting with the three latest sketch batches I have done and go from there.

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>> No. 116068
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G-goodness.. Thanks for the notes and feedback. I'm going to have to put that in a text file.

Anyways, Yesterday's sketches.
>> No. 116126
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>G-goodness.. Thanks for the notes and feedback. I'm going to have to put that in a text file.
Yeah, sorry it's such a huge block. Sometimes I just want to explain something that's actually pretty simple and straightforward, but I have to explain something else first or it won't make sense, and that requires a much bigger explanation... and then I have to explain some bit of theory that goes behind that... and, well, ya know, it kinda snowballs.

Dang, you absorb stuff pretty quick. I can see interesting developments already. :3

One of the differences between the posterior regions of human and equine anatomy is that for humans, there's a cleft between the gluteal muscles (ie: the butt) and the back of the thigh. On a horse, the gluteals start on the top, and go down the side. (See: Sorry, couldn't find one in English. See where it says "fléchisseur de la cuisse"? I'm not 100% sure of the translation, that's right about where the gluteals are. Sorta) So, that cleft between the butt and thigh? Horses just don't really have one of those.

Back to >>116068... the figure in the bottom right corner looks like it kinda sorta has a curve for the top of the heel, but it also kinda-sorta looks like the cleft between the butt and thigh of a human. Actually, it looks like both of those things at once, which looks weird since the figure's foot seems to be right up against their flank, and they don't actually have a calf. (All the ref pics I could find had highly visible unmentionables, which ponychan site rules prohibit posting or linking to)

This comes up in a number of your other drawings and sketches: >>113699 bottom right, >>114212 bottom right, >>113259 bottom right and middle, but I wasn't 100% sure if that was due to loose and fast drawing, unremoved construction lines, or if it was actually intended as part of the final drawing, or whatever else. Without knowing what case it was, I couldn't be sure how to approach commenting on it. Wasn't until >>114300 that I had a better idea of what was really going on, which is one reason why I had been asking to see more finished work. :3

I mentioned "complications" of mixing different anatomies and styles... this is pretty much that. Sometimes, things fit together well... looking at >>115987, the top left figure's shoulder looks very humanoid, but it works fine and looks great. Very expressive. Other times, they don't. In this case, the conflict comes out of two things: Humans have well defined gluteal muscles, while horses do not; and FiM style ponies have much higher heels than actual horses.

It looks like you're already working on some of this, particularly looking at >>116068, lower left, where the calf/thigh muscles are defined with a separate line than the top of the heel. I put together a quick redline, showing how the muscles on the back of the thigh look like where they meet the calf... rather than an arc, the creases form sort of an upsidedown Y. The upper green circle is the heel which is kinda lower down in the redline than in the original, because I wanted the muscle area to be clearer. (Also, this isn't really all that accurate. As stated before, most of the calf muscle are under the thigh muscle, so the visible part is mostly tendon. Like I said, this was very quick, I just wanted to show how the creases form.)

(Also, there's plenty of ref pics in Wikimedia Commons for the hindquarters of the horse, but most of them are NSFW, so I couldn't link to them on ponychan. Hopefully, the redline will at least give you an idea of what I'm talking about)

Anyway, hope this helps some. Developing a style takes time and effort, and sometimes weird stuff like this slips in unintentionally. Hopefully, these observations will give you a little more information to work with as you decide how to proceed.

Personally, I believe people are competent enough to solve their problems, as long as they're aware of the problem. In your case? Man, you don't waste any time working stuff out, do you? I'd say that's more than just "competent." :3

Aright, now I'm rambling. I really should be giving you more time to absorb all this information, sorry. Back to the sketchbook for me.
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Woo~ More delicious feedback and redline to boot!

More drawings, too.

I'll have to put more of your reply in textfile, it seem.

>Man, you don't waste any time working stuff out, do you

I act on all feedback I get; strive to improve with each moment I sketch.
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Quicky sketches! more practicing with a different pen and working on speed than anything. Enjoyed doing it regardless.
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more sketches one.
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more sketches two
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And more.
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And more!
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Oh hi! Still doing sketches but not posting here :P So here's an incoming sketch dump.

Posted in no particular order; file name contains dates of work.
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part two
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part three
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part four
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part five
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Not the best batch of sketches, but it's something.
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These turned out better.
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Hold that pose for me Applebloom!
>> No. 118665

Still sketching; just not updating :P
>> No. 118682
Don't worry, dude. It takes a good few months for a thread to disappear =)
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Did this a few days ago and forgot to post.
>> No. 119695

These are your best so far. Keep it up dude, you're getting there. I f*cking know it
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Flats; will be shaded and background added eventually.
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I drew a pie.
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More pie
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Twijack flats. I'm not certain if I'll do lighting and shade in the future on this.
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Pinkamina bust.
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I haven't posted sketches/studies in awhile. Here are two.

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Suddenly Sweetie Belle.
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Singing Sugar.

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Another Sweetie Belle~
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Applebloom, the yellow one.
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Mrs. Sparkle. I don't know when I'll shade this.
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Sweetie Belle gained some weight.
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Background and shade.
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(my) OC pone.

Going to do some non pone for a bit. Griffons and Dragons to delve into a familiar (FIM) yet different subject matter.
>> No. 120423
nice butt
I approve of it
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>> No. 123122
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After so long, I publish an art.
>> No. 123123
look at all this glorious art
>> No. 123124
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Aloooot of pony butts.
>> No. 125964
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Howdy folks.

It's been awhile since I've posted, but IRL does do things to ya. I've continued to practice. A lot of gestures and sketches daily. Got projects in the tube that need worked on and will (ideally) be posted soon. In the meantime here's a snippet of some of the daily things I'm doing at this time.
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I finished a thing. Featherweight sleeping upside down (he's hanging from a thin wire).
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Irregularly posted sketch. Gotta show behind the scenes stuff.
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Twilight practice in particular.
>> No. 126527
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There's motivation in drawing when you show it to an audience.
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More spaghetti as I work on drawing Nightmare Moon and particular poses.
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Flutterbat sketch. I just had to.
>> No. 127829
This threads always been useful over the years.
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I post far too sparingly.
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