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MLP FIM front measurements by Nimaru MLP FIM front measurements by Nimaru
A series of lines and shapes overlaid onto official pony sketches to see how the proportions and angles work. Used to help me draw them correctly.

Check out my guide to drawing ponies here: [link]
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HakitoCZ Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exactly what I was looking for. yupyup Cheers!
SplashinginHappyness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, this is so helpful! *squee*

I have always had trouble drawing ponies facing forwards!
Vaprrenon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
This helps so much lol
KreepaKiller Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
You somehow made a mad Scootaloo a happy one... :/
GARfearfak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Nice ^^ this is certainly, but not exclusively helpfull, when someone wants to draw a pony in 2D. It also is a good reference for 3d modelling
TigroSpottystripes Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Hm, is perspective the reason the head circle overlaps here but not on the angled profile picture?
Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The overlapping was just me attempting to make the measurements with one circle size. The idea was to be able to trace a quarter or something to create the template and then draw the pony from there.
Srskandy Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where'd you get the vectors on the left from?
Nimaru Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hasbro's website. They had a front view of each pony on their "introduction" page.
bugsydor Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is unspeakably helpful. Came across this after I realized that I had no freaking clue how to draw a pony from the front. Thanks for putting this together! I'm sure to refer to this image a lot in the future.
Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy to help :)

Be sure to check out the full guide here: [link]
bugsydor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did. This is gonna speed up my workflow.
TwitchyGears Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Huh, I've been looking a long time for filly measurements compared to adult ponies. Only now I stumble upon this because you are on the front page and I thought I'd take a closer look at your gallery. Maybe add the word "filly" to keywords?
Other then that, this is great! I've been having trouble making a proper filly plushie and now I can see exactly what I'm doing wrong.
Do you perhaps somewhere on your computer have a side comparison too? Only if it's not too much trouble :)
Nimaru Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, you might find my full guide interesting: [link]
twiggirl21 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
lol pinkie pie looks evil
unmarkedbrony Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
antpie94 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
veryusefull thank you
TheClosetBronies Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
i be reffering to this page :I haters gunna hate
Ballistic456 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOCKEYMASK PONIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been scouring the web for this kind of break down, thanks! I'm just starting this drawing business having stopped in the past because I used to get a lot of *ahem* 'comments' in school and such, and thus I wonder if you could spare the time to critique my Twilight sparkle attempts in my gallery.
Most appreaciated :)
PS// I followed the link on the Reddit page
Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure thing. I'll go check out your Twilights and I'd suggest you check out my actual pony art guide for beginners : [link]
Nameleslight Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This have been realy helpfull for me, thank you!

I have a question about the height placement of the eyes.
In this picture it apears they are placed at about the center of the head, but in this picture [link] they apears to be much lower. I'm confused.
Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go with the sideways shot. From the front, their heads are more oval it seems though I used circles anyway. It helped me with proportion, but eye placement is best done this way: nostril to just above the bottom ear attach point. That works for front or side.
assuming-control Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally off the subject but pinkie looks angry :iconlolmemeplz:
anyway, good tutorial! :D
kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've a few questions because I'm having some trouble making out some of these measurments

Is the line at the top of the eyes 1/4 of the height of the circle? Or something else?

The body circle looks tangent to the face X, i assume that is a 90deg angle?

Then the top nose line is tangent to that--I can't really figure out anything about the next two lines other than equal spacing.

The inner body circle is, about 2/3 of the outer body circle?

I see what you mean about these not being as useful as the profile version!

hmm. I just noticed: In the profile version the feet only go down 3/4 of the last circle. In this version they go all the way down (if you count the bottom of the curve, which it looks like you did on the profile).

Sry for spewing all over you comments, but these REALLY helped me.
Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The top horizontal line is half of the top half so yeah, that's a 1/4 of the total.

Not sure of the second question, though you'll notice the body circle for Twilight wasn't directly under the head while the others kind of were. I think it tends to shift based on how they're standing/moving.

The three lines on the bottom show that if you cut the bottom into 3rds, the top line is the top of the nose, the next is the nose holes and the bottom is the mouth.

If you cut the second circle into roughly quarters, the body circle is 3/4 of a head (or something like 2/3rds) I'd have to look closer. The key is to make most of the measurements based on head so once you've drawn the head circle, the rest flows from there.

Yeah, this was a lot tougher for some reason, the measurements weren't as clean or easy.

The feet don't go all the way down, the circle is indented. The second circle in this one is partially over-lapping the head while in the profile version, they touch only at the ends. The over-all feet length is the same

And no, I don't feel puked on, your comments/questions are totally valid. Keep in mind that if you just wanted to do a really good free-hand, you only really need to overlay a picture with a even-spaced grid. Then basically draw one square area at a time. [link]

The point of this exercise is to permenantly learn the way their drawn to allow for more creativity than just copying. Sooner or later, I plan to do original art.
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