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Welcome to the new /art/ Tutorial and Reference Thread! If you want to learn how to draw ponies, you came to the right place. The internet has a lot of resources on learning how to draw or how to use programs. This thread has a bundle of tutorials, references and studies to give new artists a starting point. You can find the tutorials (including a handy directory) below.

This is a restart from the previous Tutorial thread made by Midnight Star. Unfortunately, a lot of the images have 404'd over time, meaning they couldn't be accessed. But here we are, with a brand new thread. Once again, thanks to Midnight Star for collecting all these images and links.

/art/ is always happy to help new artists. Even with the tutorials, drawing ain't easy! So be sure to ask the people of /art/ for help if you think you need it. And for the people who already have experience: show us how you do things! Share your own tutorials, or the ones that you used to become the artist you are today.


General >>111273
Body >>111276
Proportions >>111281
Pose >>111283
Legs >>111284
Wings >>111288
Eyes >>111290
Facial Expressions >>111291
Clothing >>111294
Colors >>111295
Characters >>111300
Landscape >>111303
Animation >>111309

Anatomy >>111312
Other >>111320
Griffins >>111346

Photoshop >>111362
Photoshop (Vectors) >>111369
SAI >>111371
Flash >>111374
Inkscape >>111375


Below you'll find links to an assortment of guides that may help you out. The internet has a lot of resources on drawing and programs, so be sure to look around.

General Guides
In-depth Color Guides
YouTube Guide
Vector Tutorial - Part 1
Vector Tutorial - Part 2

And with that, happy drawing!
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There are more advanced tutorials which refer more to composition, lighting and many other topics and are not pony. These tutorials are better for those who wish to progress beyond just doing pony art.
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...Or those who want to take pony art to the next level. :3
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Look what I found
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Applejack, you can delete my gallery. I'm moving, so my thread will drown in the internet.
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This is very well organized and useful. However, I can't seem to find any references for ponies from behind, either directly or from angles. Especially the back of the head.
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Heres all I got for behind ponies.
The manes don't work like that, but its the only way it looked OK to me.
Spoiler'd for plot.
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That one looks very useful.

Is there a reference for ponies from behind at ~45 degrees? The only images that I have found has the ponies looking back, so I have no good head reference for that angle.
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!!Applejack is best mod. Thanks for throwing this together! (I know it involved a lot more than just chucking things together; this is crazy convenient and well done.) You deserve a raise.

Here have some Muybridge.
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And more Muybridge for those who liked Over a Barrel.
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just put it here
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Tossing in some reference material I've been gathering on the back of ponies' heads and found a pretty decent stash of 3D models that a fledgling artist could use to build a sense of proportion and shapes.

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What do you think of my fist ever fanart?
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I wish to add one program to the list - a free and opensource alternative to Painttool SAI - while sai is indeed easy to pick up this one is a bit harder - but it is free, it has tons of brushes for download already, and works mightyfine.

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I like this program.

It may be harder than SAI to pick up, but it's far easier than GIMP. The interface can be arcane at times, but it's pretty comfortable to draw with.
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there's a thread in /pic/ for blank templates:
Probably worth linking to from here.
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Old public domain book I am currently infatuated with. Pages 38 through 77 are the most concise yet thorough and downright useful treatments of perspective I have ever seen.
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I'm a traditional pencil, pen and paper artist. Some of these help but most are for use on a program. Any references for pencil and paper art?
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Well, pretty much the only thing to do is check out some of the general how-to guides, and start drawing.

Don't be shy about posting work, by the way. We're pretty good about offering advice around here. :3

Good luck!
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I can offer this video tutorial on MLP Leg Anatomy.
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i have sum good stuff if anypony wishes to see,
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hey thanks!
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Digging through discarded hard drives and found some long-lost scans of some Carson Van Osten How-To tips.

Page one o' seven...
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hey guys, i would like to make a thread here just interviewing fellow board members for my ethnology project. would that be ok>?
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don't use charcoals like that bro.
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Don't use 'em like that either, bru
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Gotta learn line before you learn to render.
Might as well learn in charcoal. I know my own pencil work got better flow from just the unconscious habit of holding it more like a burnt stick than a writing instrument.

First dude, you do what you do. But know that charcoal gets a heck of a lot more fun down the road. Exhibit A: >>126491
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sorry if this was already posted, but I just found this really good article about light, material, color, composition, texture, and pretty much everything else-

It's an especially helpful resource for artists who want an overview of a lot of artistic disciplines. It says "Photoshop" in the title, but the techniques he talks about can be applied across a variety of mediums.
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I used to think my art was okay, then I saw all this...
I've got a lot to learn. Kind of intimidated.

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You'll be fine, just practice!

Encouragement +20
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Nice references. I think I'll create my own style and figure it out from there.
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Man.... I didn't think you needed to know all of this to draw a pony D:
>> No. 129559

So many tutorials, guides, anatomy references…

I need a system to organize and categorize all the material I have on PC.

I have basic system set up, composed of the following.

1: Anatomy and Poses. (Plus a sub folder for NSFW content.)

2. Art Guide and Processes. (For general guides and covering of fundamentals.)

3: Art How To

4: Art References. (Contains image references of characters, usually organized from other depictions of characters in other folders.

5: Facial Expressions (Self Explanatory)

It suffices for the moment, but something a bit more sophisticated in organizing it all would be nice.

One more thing. Could someone here create a torrent and/or a zip file collage of all the material presented here organized into a reasonable system?

Downloading indivdual files has proven... Well, cumbersome and inefficient.
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