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Pony Anatomy Tutorial by secret-pony Pony Anatomy Tutorial by secret-pony
It seemed like most people are struggling with pony anatomy, so here's a quick tutorial on how I draw my ponies.

WARNING: THIS FILE IS HUGE!
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There isn't much text, 'cause it's hard, weird and actually kinda useless to type out how I draw. So instead I added a lot of step-by-step drawings with guidelines and everything to show how I work.
Again... this is not a bible or the one true way to do it. It's just how I work in my style. The point of this tutorial is not to learn and copy my ways, but to give some insight in pony anatomy so everyone can devellop their own style and unfold their own talent ^^

I hope this clears up some things and/or helps a bit
Don't be afraid to ask questions, I'm happy to try and help everypony.


Don't forget to check out my other tutorials:
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:iconmegamew2000:
MegaMew2000 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful! Thank you very much ^^
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful! ^^
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:iconroxeu:
Roxeu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconethan-avail:
Ethan-Avail Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Thanks!!
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:iconcordcartridge:
cordcartridge Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect
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:iconpixiegav:
Pixiegav Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thanks!
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:iconjeriih:
Jeriih Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Hohoho this can come in handy. I've been thinking on getting a tablet for quite a while and start practicing drawing. I might be getting it by next month. is it ok if I study this, secret? :)
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TesterkaGier Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Thanks a lot, you did anatomy pony: :3 I'm so she helped :)
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:icongamerboy870:
GamerBoy870 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cool
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:iconskyieavaie:
skyieavaie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
great tut :D very helpful
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you think so!
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:iconwawern:
Wawern Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
<font><font class="">спасибо,пригодится )</font></font>
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:iconmidnightbatponies:
MidnightBatPonies Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
The wings really helped! :D
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:iconklushsketching:
KlushSketching Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
It helped! Thanks! Heart
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:icongeneral-sedivh:
General-Sedivh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AMG

Gaia Online. ;u;
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:iconrebelgirlfrombelgium:
RebelGirlFromBelgium Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you don't mind I print these out :3 It's very helpful.
I wanted to draw ponies for a very long time, but I didn't know where to start D:

So thank you so much for these tutorial :la:

Ohh, Can I speak dutch to you or do you prefer English? :3
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You can speak whatever you like xD
As long as it's understandable >w<
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:iconrebelgirlfrombelgium:
RebelGirlFromBelgium Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dan is Nederlands beter, mijn Engels trek op geen zak xD

Ik heb gisteren ongeveer geprobeerd wat jij in je tutorial deed en ik faalde xD
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dan ga je't nooit leren! :p
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:iconrebelgirlfrombelgium:
RebelGirlFromBelgium Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ik praat regelamtig Engels, maar als het niet hoeft dan hoeft het niet xD
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Maar het kan beter! >:3
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:iconrebelgirlfrombelgium:
RebelGirlFromBelgium Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're evil xD
Well... I will talk English to you xD
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconlikeasirplz:
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:iconzukolovesme:
ZukoLovesMe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My sister suggested I learn pony anatomy...this is so helpful, thanks!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so. Good luck!
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:iconzukolovesme:
ZukoLovesMe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ouo
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:iconwait0wat:
Wait0wat Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
How long is the torso?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't say, I just go by what 'feels' right.
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xir1111011 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you ^_^
...still can't get his head quite right... oh well, practice makes perfect, right?
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:iconvintergnista:
Vintergnista Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How could I have missed this. Thanks! LOL I was browsing dA for anatomy sketches and this is the best :3
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MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
...oh yeah, and my pony-heads look awkward too! Looks like I should't try to fit it all into one circle...
Very helpful! Thank you! I should nail this on my leg when I try to draw next time XD
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MrWetTowels Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Although this does not follow my own art style, I still found Your joints one extremely usefull.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks.
Anatomy is pretty universal, even across art styles, though ^^
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:iconmrwettowels:
MrWetTowels Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Yeah, well, I meant the heads and eyes and such. Most of my art style is inspored by the Creepy ponies tumblr.
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ParaplegicPony Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Maybe with this my pony drawings won't be as terrible as before.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wish you good luck! ^^
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sweetannabee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpinkiepielurk1plz::iconpinkiepielurk2plz::iconsaysplz:what was that about wings and horns?
:iconpinkiepielurk3plz::iconpinkiepielurk4plz:
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nuffin
*grabs cookie*
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:iconno-more-drama:
No-More-Drama Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This is so useful! Thanks a lot!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful ^^
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Sutexii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist
I admire how you can keep your face consistant when at those different angles, it's always something I struggle with orz;;

Will definitely keep this tutorial in mind when I'm sketching! <3
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks and good luck ^^
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DrossLoveYaoi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you this was so useful for me <3 finally drew my very first pony yay ^^
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yay! :dummy:
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HaloPrime Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks :3 The wing tutorial especially helps quite a lot
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear that ^^
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batmobil Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
nice
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
My problem is how do I do the fine lines that you use to define where everything goes without having to erase them in artrage without layers?


Looks great.
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
not quite sure what you mean... but maybe 'use layers anyway' is a valid answer x3
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Its easy if you have layers but if you don't have layers are there ways to do this?

Artrage has 2 versions a free version and a cheap version that supports layers.
The free version does not support layers and my wallet is full of moths instead of dead presidents.

No biggie if you do not know, maybe an artrage user will see this question and provide an answer.
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