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MLP FiM G4 Main 6 in Profile by Nimaru MLP FiM G4 Main 6 in Profile by Nimaru
I did this profile sketch to begin the learning process for drawing G4 ponies. I used the head measurement, body measurements, and hair/eye pre-sketches that you can find in my gallery to do it and it seems to have worked well.

I understand it's not perfect, but this took a significant amount of time and effort (though it got far easier the further I went). Now that I have a sense for the relative sizes and positions for everything, a head-on sketch will likely be next followed by 3/4 view.

Once those are all complete, I hope I ready to actually do some fan art (I have several ideas in mind already)
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ILOVECATS567 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey great job 
im really sorry about the thief but there are just some people who steal or troll
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Mrs-Cup-Cake Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like to have to tell people this, but I've found someone who's stolen your work: buttershy123.deviantart.com/ar… .
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up.
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TobyandMavisforever Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Lauren Faust will love these if she ran across them.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love if anyone from the show had liked what I'd done :)
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Bamboee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Thank you so much i have read your story/tutorial. I wasn't bad at drawing ponies but somehow it wasn't right, i'm following your steps atm first side then front view of all main six. This will help improve my drawing greatly thanks again!
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Glad to help :)
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Bamboee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Btw the lines and circle technique is awsome
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's definitely a good place to start. For a long time (and even now sometimes), it helps me to think about those proportions and connection points.
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SuperorWolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Perfect? If id known any better id say those were the sketches for the show! Don't give yourself such poor credit sugar.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We artists are hard on ourselves, but I'm aware it was a good accomplishment. It's led me to even better things so I'm happy with it :D
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SuperorWolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel so jelleh, I can't even draw their heads. -failure-
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have to start somewhere, even if somewhere is ugly. Believe me, find an excuse to draw and keep at it. See here: [link]
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Kriscilla98 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Can I use to color in?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're not perfect but sure :)

If you post it, please link back to the original in comments.
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kisiel345 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"They're not perfect" ARE YOU KIDDING ME MAN??? THIS IS BETTER THAN CELESTIADAMN LAUREN FAUST SKETCHES!!!
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! Definitely not. Consider that she was the inspiration for the show style, but didn't actually create show style so there would be some variance. And most importantly, she can draw anything her mind can imagine without guides or massive amounts of time and effort like me.

Someday I hope to be more like her :)
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AnimatorMarco Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I wish I could find a naked pony...with no mane....or cutie mark....or clothes...to see better the picture of the pony...the hair makes it a bit confuse...sepcial for my HORRIBLE talent!
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SuperorWolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
try looking up mlp base linearts that might do the trick ;D
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AnimatorMarco Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I wish I could draw like you... I tried so many times but the head and the body....everything is a failure....
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you should start with just the head. In my gallery under guides, there's just profile shots of their faces. All you need to do is draw a circle (I used a quarter to draw good circles, but you can use a jar top or anything else to make it bigger if that's easier).

Once you have a circle, you just need to add a few lines for things like ears, nose, eyes, etc.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thanks for doing this, its so hard to get a pony to stand still enough for measurements.
Especially Pinkie when she gets a few expressos in her.

Looks great.
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JunaECBS Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Considering my style... this will be a great help, thanks! They look far more amazing than anything I can come up with yet!

One question... do you plan on doing something like this to other (and maybe non-pony) characters?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, not sure. Right now I plan to draw all the main six in profile, head on, then face shots (already through a few of the face shots). After that, the princesses and I have an idea for a comic, but that's going to be REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY hard!

I might make an OC pony too. Hard to say. Did you see my profile drawing guide that I used for these? If you draw your own, that would be pretty helpful.
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Chromadancer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am jelly of your shading ability with just a pencil.

I still haven't grasped the concept of guidelines yet. About the most I can do is draw three circles and then try to draw the rest of the pony from that, but I can't ever get the right proportions consistently. How did you get your circles so perfect?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I traced a quarter. It makes it silly easy to do :)

And you're the second person to bring up the shading thing. I never thought of it as anything special.
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Chromadancer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, the "low-tech" method. Simple, yet effective. :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed :)
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. This is amazing!

I'm gonna go weep in a corner now...

>a shaded rainbow mxne and tail? Curse my hooves

Thanks for the leaving the guides in though =D
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I left most of the circles at least outlines so people could see that they really worked. The profile circle guides were a lot easier to use than the front ones though so I'm glad I did profiles first.
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And I thank you so much for doing that! I actually was able to make something that looked good!

[link]

yeah. It's looks like a slightly worse copy of yours (with worse shading), but now I got the hang of it (I think).

Again: THANK YOU!

No longer must my poni suffer the humiliation of being horrendously mis-proportioned.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and as for getting the hang of it, that's the trick. Learning to draw the lines all curvy like they do was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Any practice you can get helps :D
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad I could help :)

I think it was a pretty good effort with the only real need for change being her eye too small.

Use my closeup of the heads for a better idea of eye size and placement based on the lines:

[link]
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! /)^3^(\

I don't know how I missed those the first time!

I wish I could free-hand better. I took me around two hours to draw that first one .;

I still can't draw wings. I'm going to have to try putting circles on stills from the show.

I just want to thank you again for these images.

/is that illustrator?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I used illustrator because you can't make circle outlines and lines very easily in PS.

As for the rest, I'm working my way up to freehanding and I mostly freehanded the Apple Bloom faces, but only after taking hours and hours to draw the others. Don't feel bad if it takes a while. It does for everyone at first I bet (except those pro types, but we all hate them right :)?
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean. [#59] from _Newbie_ Artist Training Grounds: Day 10. He said it took ~2 hours cause it didn't call for exact details...

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Adoration shouldn't be mixed with the desire to fly into a blind rage and murder someone should it?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow! ha ha!
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Mn27 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its really great that you use circles and guide lines, I've having a hard time with them, lol and decide to make a mess, and do it my own way, and this turned out perfectly :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! You said go for it and I did. Now to see if I've made a horrible mistake going down this road. How does the phrase go? Confound these ponies...
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Mn27 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you did.
the guides looks pretty handy, did you made the guide lines and circles yourself?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. You can see the templates elsewhere in my gallery that I used to discover the correct proportions. Then I drew 5 circles per pony by tracing a quarter. I free-handed the rest.
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use a nickel. Or the top of a jug of milk. Depends on the size drawing I want I guess.

And if I've not spent my nickels buying soda already =)
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Mn27 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really clever, i might use the same method, but its way too complicated for me.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the way, I left many of the guidelines and circles from my measurements template so you can see how I used them in practice.
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