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MLP FiM G4 Body Measurements by Nimaru MLP FiM G4 Body Measurements by Nimaru
Body measurements for drawing G4 ponies. I overlaid some circles and lines onto official artwork to get a sense for where all the parts go and see if there were any easy connection points to use.

Turns out that doing this made it much, much easier to draw them correctly (or as best I could manage)


Check out my guide to drawing ponies here: [link]
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ILM126 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very useful! Thanks ^^
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BigBenElectronic Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I thought it may be helpful to point our a typo, assuming the 1h is the diameter of the circles, at the 1/3 mark, it is really 1/6, the 1/2 is divided by 3 making 1/6, it was messing up my program for pony making till i noticed some multiplication patterns :3
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Arianna8204 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
*Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (...I Wuv It!) cool!
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TigroSpottystripes Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Wouldn't it be better to make these calculations from a straight profile instead of this slightly sideways view?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not if your goal is to draw them in a sideways view. What do you mean, "slightly sideways". I thought it was totally sideways.
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TigroSpottystripes Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
My wording wasn't the best. I mean she isn't 100% sideways; if she was, her right legs would be perfectly hidden behind her left legs.
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BigBenElectronic Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it may be to give a field of depth and to be more natural in that we have perspective viewing while completely flat is isometric and is not the best, mostly used for engineers making parts and may be why you were asking
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mylittlepony1211 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
hmmmm games omg WTF
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fuyu-oleander Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super useful!
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mylittlepony1211 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
SHUT UP YOU
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fuyu-oleander Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, hold your angry horses. I've done nothing to deserve you shouting at me.
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Deratyne Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
You, sir, are genius. This is the only thing that helped me to actually draw something. Amazing.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check out the full tutorial if you haven't already: [link]
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Deratyne Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Yeah I came straight from there. Hugh thanks for making it.
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ArkAngelGreen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this im trying to become a better drawer like you and be able to draw my own comics like you, i just cant get the out line right. i dont know how you guys make it so smooth.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this picture itself is just official art with some circles and squares on top so it's definitely not an example of what I can do :)
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ArkAngelGreen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o how do you mak everything look amazing!is it like some weird way i cant do on a normal tablet? or is it really easy and im drawing them wrong
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well if you're referring to this picture you commented on, I used a picture I found online like this: [link]

Then I used photoshop to make it slightly lighter and put circles on the top. I didn't do any drawing in this one at all.
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ArkAngelGreen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i see but what about the drawings you do do? like your OC and your comics, which i love by the way.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, now I know what you mean. Have you seen my full guide here? :[link]

In that article, I explain how I learned this art style from the beginning to now.
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ArkAngelGreen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So thats where you started? I see i think im getting the basics on alot of websites but its that outline that's messing me up, i just cant get it right
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At first it was tough because I used all those circles and lines as guides. After drawing all these though, I started to get a sense for it and didn't need the guides anymore. But even now, I still try to find art from the show that's close to the same pose I'm drawing and I keep the screen capture close so I can refer to it when I draw.
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CHR0M0PH0BIC Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read your guide, as I am very interested in MLP: FiM, and I found it helpful. I use a Bamboo tablet, but I am only a beginner in ponies. I've been trying to draw them more, and your guide helped a lot. Thanks for the guide.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you. I hold an engineering degree in Management and my drawing skills are moderate and only in AutoCAD... but I will definitely try to do a pony your way... if it works, I will try to make one for an owl :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, here's the process in full: [link]
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Writer
oh, I have seen your site and your tips in proper e-mail sending are quite helpful... I actually improved my work skills with them today so big thanks ^.^
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Meow-meow21 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
great tutorial
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LyokoTravelsPegasus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student
This is helpful :D
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matty4z Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
hmmm? this could be handy for my clay models?
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AnimatorMarco Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
1h...is One Hour?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. One head height :)

Everything can be drawn starting with a circle for the head and figuring out everything else from there.

This is a time consuming process, but I only had to do it a few times before I could start doing it freehand.
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AnimatorMarco Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Phew! I thoguht it takes one horu to make a leg! xDDD
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No way :D
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AnimatorMarco Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
WOW! :( this looks hard.... I'm a very new at drawing...I still draw like stick figures as a human.....
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Erivel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If i can ask you for something...
You draw on ? (Tablet/paper etc. if it is device write model too)
What programs you use?
Do you have special tutorials you use?

This isn't bad play to ask right?
I love your last comics and i wanna draw like you, so i need some information from you :D:iconthanksplz:
Sorry for my english btw...
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I draw on paper first. I have no special tools, just a mechanical pencil and printer paper.

Then I scan it in and use vector programs to do the artwork. I only use my tablet (a Wacom Bamboo) for certain kinds of lines, touchup effects in photoshop or the occasional piece of non-vectored art that I do.
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Erivel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You write "vector programs" can you write a name of it?
And sorry for making problems. :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problems :)

Inkscape is a vectoring program as is Illustrator. If you go on Youtube, there are MANY tutorials that will show you how they work.

Vector art is done mostly with the mouse and what's called a "PEN TOOL". So you don't need a tablet to do great things :)
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Erivel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well i did a little interrogation, what size (in pixel) you use for a single pony i mean, one pony in normal pose.

That's the last q i swear. :-) And thanks for all your time.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I create an illustrator file, I usually make it at least 1700x2200 which is about the ratio of a sheet of paper. When I drag my scanned drawing into the program, I resize it so that the paper is the same size as the new file. Then I start vectoring.

The reason I start by increasing the size of my drawings is so my default line width is about 3pixels. If you start with a line width of 1pixels, you have no where to go when you need to make things smaller :(

I hope that made sense. In short, make it whatever size you want so that the outlines of ponies look good at 3 to 5 pixels.
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Erivel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah i think i got it.
You help me a lot :) If i'll have a more q i can ask right? (no today :lol:)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure :)
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endocentric-soul Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I must thank you for these pictures. They really clarified for me (how) to use proportions and measurements. For creatures and things in general.:nod:
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad if they helped. The definitely helped me at first.
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ThisNameIsNotProfane Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful. Saved it 0.3 seconds after I saw it.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it was useful :)

Logical types like me really needed to start with this. Also it helps to refer back to now and then.
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Mike-O-Shay Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
You come across as a very mathematical artist. Also, shouldn't that one in the very bottom-left read 1/6 h instead? That's what the measurement is, you're splitting those halves into thirds but keeping the unit of measurement the same.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted the measurements to mimic the action. I think it's easier to cut into a half then into 3 more. Also, there's no point in drawing the first 3 lines (they'd be in the way) so this made more sense to me (though you're right that it's entirely the same).
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MaximillianVeers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'M SAVED!

Possibly.

Thanks! :)
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