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Birdco Art Tutorial 1: Overview by Birdco Birdco Art Tutorial 1: Overview by Birdco
A quick Tutorial on how I put together show accurate ponies.

Future tutorials are on how to make specific elements.

Drop a note if you want a specific aspect of my art demonstrated in tutorial.
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Fluttershy: "Um, Twilight? Do you have any better books on anatomy? I'm trying to study for my vet license renewal and...I found out Angel doesn't have anatomy. Or internal organs for that matter. Then I looked up this book and found out we don't have anatomy either! Or internal organs!"
Twilight: "Uh, Fluttershy..."
Fluttershy: "Have I been treating nonexistent tummyaches?!"

We've seen fear, cute, and Flutterrage...what would Fluttershy look like when she has an existential crisis?
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... Id have to think about that one.
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romansiii Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Completely different to how I do it lol.
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not saying my way is the right way, it is just the way I do it to get the results I get
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romansiii Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I wasn't saying that I did it the right way either, it's what happens when people teach themselves. Different methods for the same result.
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AlexKadin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Cool!
Go on.
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Funeevee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Wow this will help me a lot. I tried making Pinkie Pie and well that might never see the light of day.lol Thank you for this. Are you going to do the other 5 ponies also?
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am going to be a bit more general, to explain 1) how I use SAI adn 2) how to make your ponies look as good as mine

Some of my tricks will cut across to other art programs, some will not.
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Funeevee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Okay cool that would help out. I am interested to see them.^ ^

Sorry for late reply.
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pastery Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
whew intricate
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:iconbirdco:
Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite. But I like accuracy with my ponies.
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pastery Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
i try my best to keep as acurate as possible but
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HarukoHoshiko Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, this will help. My unfortunate attempt at drawing ponies didn't turn out so well, my lines are sloppy and I'm fairly sure I missed some things. Hopefully I can improve with your tutorial.
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure thing, what program do you use?
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HarukoHoshiko Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do all my work in photoshop, though even that is a pain because I forget to do things (like not doing color on my lineart layer)
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Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpinkamenaknifeplz::iconsaysplz:Hey, dismembering ponies is my job!
(Sorry, this opportunity was just too good...)
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol
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PineappleZombie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
OMG! Dissassembled Twillight
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masterseamonkey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
......Pregrams?.......XD
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do not claim to be a master at spelling, and GIMP doesn't have a spell check
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I thought you used SAI!
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:iconbirdco:
Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but SAI does not do text, so it is either GIMP or MS Paint for text, and I choose the lesser of 2 evils
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Writer
GIMP's not evil! It's open source!
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:iconbirdco:
Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so hard to use, so it's evil to old fogies like me
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Writer
It's hard to use? It's almost the exact same as Photoshop, except the commands are in different places.
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:iconbirdco:
Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Compared to SAI, its a real pain
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masterseamonkey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
OBJECTION!no...wait you're right GIMP doesn't :/
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Dekomaru Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neither does Adobe Illustrator.
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SirCxyrtyx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
That's almost exactly the same as what I do (although I'm making vectors) I do put the eyes on top though. Does SAI have support for clipping masks? Because if so, it seems to me that you could use one on the horn instead of making two separate mane pieces.
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If SAI does, I haven't figured it out yet... I do not claim to be a master at SAI.
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savannagrey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can use a clipping mask in Sai. You have two layers, the bottom base layer that it will be locked to and the top layer that will be clipped. On the top layer, select it and then check the box above the layers titled "Clipping Group." You can create multiple layers like this. There's also the ability to lock the layer itself and color on it without going outside the silhouette. Select the layer and check the box "Preserve Opacity."

In case I didn't make any sense, here are some nice basic overviews of all the tools of SAI and how they work! [link] [link] [link] [link]
Using the lineart function specifically (works well for a mouse too): [link]
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm... I'll take a look at it.
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ryolo132 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
WOW! THAT IS EXTREMELY USEFUL THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!
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Birdco Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome
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