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Pony Process

Posted by Dragonfly the Luminescent , in Pony Dec 11 2011 · 1,597 views

Just in case anyone cared
I figure I might as well put my blog to use.

So here I shall show you people how I draw ponies. ^_^
This isn't a strict order, but it is the basic idea. The order of how I draw the details gets swapped around a lot.

Here is the gallery, but it's fun to explain the stages. So let's explain:

Stage 1 - First I need to draw three basic circles to place the pony's body correctly.
Stage 2 - Then I begin to sketch in the legs, nose, and larger details.
Stage 3 - I add the basic facial expression and more detail.
Stage 4 - Then I draw the mane and tail (and beard for Necro's pony), but the position of these can and most likely will change frequently.
Stage 5 - Now Almost finished with the sketch, I add the smaller details, such as the guitar cable around his neck and chest, guitar details, cutie mark and wings. Here I added a bit to the mane - told ya it changes frequently :P.
Stage 6 - Then I finalize everything, tweaking the details. The mane changed a bit (again), and I drew hair lines in the mane and tail, which I find very fun. I repositioned the cables around his chest, and I erased extra lines I didn't need anymore.
Stage 7 - I outline the pony, putting much more pressure on my pencil.
Stage 8 - I love this stage because of how much it scares people. I erase the lines because the pencil's pressure left indentations in the paper which I can trace with markers.
Stage 9 - With colored markers, I draw over the indents. If I left the pencil marks there, it would show through the marker, giving it an unclean look. And pony outlines are very clean, as everypony knows.
Stage 10 - Once all the outlines are done, I color in the iris with usually three colored pencils. One for the shine towards the bottom, one for the main color, and one faded into the top for the darker shading.
Stage 11 - Now I begin to color in the pony with colored pencils, which is the longest stage of completing it.
Stage 12 - The pony is done, but not complete.
Stage 13 - I go over the colored pencil with a very light grey marker, filling in the tiny gaps of the pencil's coloring, giving it a smoother look. Then I scan the picture, photoshop it to bring back the colors the scanner seemed to forget, and I upload it.
Finally, I show my fellow bronies! :D

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I'd definitely use it for my own purposes.

But I'm horrible enough at drawing to screw even that up.
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That's fascinating, and I might even take a few tips. You really are good character design and pose. Thanks for showing this.
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LNU n' Pinkie Pie
Dec 21 2011 10:04 AM
So, here's something I've wanted to know.

Approximately how long does it take you to finish a pony in this way. From start to finish. (Not counting breaks and such.)
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Dragonfly the Luminescent
Dec 21 2011 03:20 PM

So, here's something I've wanted to know.Approximately how long does it take you to finish a pony in this way. From start to finish. (Not counting breaks and such.)

Not couting breaks or those pauses where I stop to inspect/admire my current work? Obviously the simpler the pony, the shorter it takes, but I would guess around one hour to sketch it before I darken the lines, and maybe another hour or two to find the right markers and pencils to outline it and color it in. Then it takes a total of about five to ten minutes to scan it when the scanner wants to cooperate, fix the colors in Photoshop, upload it and post it in my Boutique.

But like with Skarloth's pony, it took another day to get it scanned, because my scanner hated me yesterday. I even flattered it, and it didn't work!

All in all, I would guess around three hours to start from the beginning to getting it uploaded.
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LNU n' Pinkie Pie
Dec 23 2011 04:51 PM
I see, I see...

Now I feel like an underachiever for drawing Pinkie with my tablet in about 15 to 20 minutes. :P I guess that's why you're the one ponifying things.

And flattering copiers/printers/scanners is something I know all to well. Having to have 8 pages printed for a lab notebook on the day they're due and the printer not working? Yeah. That'll do it. :P
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