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mlp:fim Tutorial: The Pony Skeleton by emeralddarkness mlp:fim Tutorial: The Pony Skeleton by emeralddarkness
Does this count as a tutorial? I think it does. IT IS A GUIDE, AT LEAST. A GUIDE TO PONY ANATOMY. IN THE FORM OF A COMIC, BECAUSE I CAN. Oh Pinkie, that poor fourth wall.

Yes, I know I'm late for Christmas, but I just got back from having no internet. Merry Christmas anyway, guys.

This was drawn for the December Draw-Off.
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:iconiamtherealmjumper:
IamtheRealmJumper Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I count this as a tutorial. It makes sense, and the measuring by heads actually made a lot of things click in
place for me. Lets hope I actually can do those things now. ':/
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RedLotusPony Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, ponies are digitigrade :)
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Divine-Angel-Heroine Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I thank you very much for this tutorial! Your tutorial helped me with the proportions and helped me picture the overall simple anatomy.

My attempted results:
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fav.me/d7n7p32
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Neulibrium5 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
so thats how ponys are drawn . . .huh never knew it was that simple. thx :) (Smile) 
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:iconbloodlily16:
BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is definitely Pinkie Pie doing a tutorial. 
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:iconcitrus-squish:
Citrus-squish Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read this in her voice.
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
\o/ mission accomplished
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:icondracdraconis:
DracDraconis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
take my fave just because Pinkie Pie!
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Pinkie is one of the best ponies, yes.
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:icondracdraconis:
DracDraconis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I'm giving you my like just because Pinkie Pie!
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:iconzappo210:
zappo210 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
i've been looking for this everywhere.
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Glad you tracked it down!
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:iconcentaur71:
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
the craziest part is...SHE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Hahaha she's Pinkie of course she is!
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ChaosContrl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Funny, and useful!
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad.
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:iconfabulousdemon:
FabulousDemon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I read the whole thing in their voices.
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
eeeexcellent
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:iconhuman-pon3:
Human-pon3 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And me as well ;)
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:iconangelcosmo:
angelcosmo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I caught myself doing that too XD
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InkyPie123 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Me too!!! :D
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InfinitysDaughter Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
First I gotta say this is ADORABLE and I always love anything with Pinkie breaking the 4th wall.

But I'm going to have to disagree with the leg thing. I didn't when I first saw this tutorial but the Hub had "Hurricane Fluttershy" on this morning and, well, it has many scenes showing both knees and ankles bent so the pony skeleton wouldn't be different than the horse skeleton (in that respect).

But I love the expressions here and Pinkie is best pony so <3 it no matter what. ^^


[edit] Aaaaannnndddd I just realized this was drawn 3 months before that episode sooooo....

Remember kids, hoof-in-mouth disease is dangerous to bronies as well as ponies. /is bricked
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emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you for the comment, but.... 'so the pony skeleton wouldn't be different than the horse skeleton'...? I was saying they were the same, just sorta squished in because ponies have different proportions and all sorts of craziness, so NOT SURE IF THAT WAS A MISTYPE OR IF I'M JUST READING THINGS WRONG.

In either case there are a lot of instances in the show where ponies bend in ways that would not actually be supported by a typical horse skeleton and frame of movement because haha they're cartoons they can do that, so the rules I'm presenting are more a guideline to work off of than hard and fast every time. But it's still good to know the rules before you break them, because the base framework that mlp ponies are built off of does follow horse skeletons and patterns of movement, no matter how wildly it may deviate from those later, and I'd seen a good number of pieces that didn't seem to understand the rules they were breaking! Which resulted in super awkward posing.

Anyway tl;dr, and yes Pinkie is the best pony.
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InfinitysDaughter Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I think I was misreading the tutorial. I was reading it exactly opposite of what it was saying, I think.

...this hoof in mouth disease must be more established than I thought...I should see a doctor about that... ^^;

That or I shouldn't post at 3am... >> Just ignore me. X3
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DiscordsMight Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Lol and thx
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joeski87 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
twilight's angry face made me laugh. good stuff
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emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Haha I'm glad; I had fun drawing it.
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JedaUW Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I do love how the new MLP has more of the correct anatomy of a horse and pony. Like during Suited for Success, i heard Rarity says Croup, and i am horse crazy and kinda just am starting to get the hang of the parts of the horses! XD

As well as they have said, trot and gallop, and they use more horse terms, maybe that's why i like G4 better....XD

This is a great tutorial~ I was thinking of ways to put it, and you make it perfect 8D thanks~
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emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
That's one of the things I love too - like I mean obviously they've got squishy skeletons and can bend and move in ways that real horses don't, but their default actions are anatomically correct, just... squished. So unless it's something that's clearly meant to break the rules, the rules are known and followed. Makes me happy.

I'm glad you liked it!
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Dakuu75 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mmm... useful and insightful, thanks for the assist.
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Hope it helps! Or helped, at this point.
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7camo7 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WUV THIS

XD
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azgamerman Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These kinds of tutorials are my favorite xD
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SandBlaster3000 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you X-Ray Pinkie Pie!
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Just don't ask her where she got it.
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SandBlaster3000 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pretty helpful in any case. Don't look a pony-gift in the mouth, right?
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:iconwait0wat:
Wait0wat Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
This helps with how long the torso is.
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
mlp ponies are actually pretty simple to draw once you get the hang of it - their bodies are basically a peanut. But having the approximate measurements really helps.
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BLUEvsFIN Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, Pinkie Pie is awesome.
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Rainbowdash2701 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
WHAT IS THE FOURTH WALL?!?!
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emeralddarkness Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Super late reply is super late, but the fourth wall is the 'wall' that separates works of fiction from reality. Imagine you're watching a play, and the stage is set as the inside of a room. Now there are probably three walls, the back and two sides, but there is no front wall in place because if there was nobody would be able to see the actors. However, there's an acknowledgement from both the audience and the actors that that wall is sort of hypothetically in place, and it divides the world of the play from the world of the audience. If members of the audience are acknowledged by the play, and the fictional characters interact with the actual audience, then that is breaking the fourth wall, as it's removing that divide between the two.

tl;dr: Breaking the fourth wall is when a fictional character who should exist within a self-contained world acknowledges they are being watched, or interacts with the audience in any way.
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Human-pon3 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hard to explain what the 4th wall is but breaking the 4th wall is like, say, a MLP:FiM pony walking into your living room. Pretty much a cartoon or nonexistent character in the real world.
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fabthemiller86 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Ponies are aliens from another planet. that's why the universe is a nice place.
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EeveeTheCat17 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i read this with their voices XD
really find this useful
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Rainbowdash2701 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
i read it with their voices too!!! rofl!! xD
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Wolfess10 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh Pinkie Pie. Breaking the fourth wall.
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Aaaas usual
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:iconwolfess10:
Wolfess10 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
But, I thought Mr. Turnip was a -real- person!
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Hayabusaoffaith Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!
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:iconemeralddarkness:
emeralddarkness Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you!
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