SS 1: Basic Pony

Today marks the beginning of September Sketches, where I will post a different drawing or drawing tutorial every day in September. Today, I decided to make a tutorial, of sorts, for a pony. Note–I darkened the lines in Paintshop, because the scanner butchered them. You can also click on the picture to see it full-size. I tried to have it that way in the post, but it messed up my formatting.

Hopefully you can see the writing, but if not, I’m including it here below–starting with the paragraph under “September 1, 2011” and continuing clockwise around the picture.

1. Basic horse/pony. More pony, really. If you look closely, you can see the guide circles I used. If you build off the circles correctly, you can use the remnants to shade your horse. (Above: Kidney bean shape for body)


2. Mercia Dragonslayer (My signature. While I’m on it, please remember that this is my artwork and I’d like you to respect that by not copying it!)

3. See, the line of the shoulder is parallel to the front line of the hoof. So the leg should be angled like this: (see picture for diagram)

4. Nose circle should be larger than the knee.


5. The mane should be light and whispy, but with enough solidity to distinguish it from your shading.


6. Highlight approx. in the middle. The neck rises there, the mane should be shaded and drawn accordingly. (You’ll have to look at the drawing to see what I mean.)

This concludes my first ever drawing tutorial, of sorts! I hope you enjoyed it and/or learned from it. Remember, practice makes perfect–if you practice the same form over and over again, you’ll perfect it. Keep holding on!

~Mercia Dragonslayer

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About merciatremblac

I'm a junior in college, creative writing major, currently living in the mountains of North Carolina with my best friend for a roommate.
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2 Responses to SS 1: Basic Pony

  1. Sandy says:

    It's pretty 🙂 Horse drawings are so cool. Liked the tutorial, can't wait to see more ^_^

  2. Thanks ^.^ I enjoyed drawing it. It'll be interesting to test my abilities this month 😉

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