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If used for OC Please Fill this in {Not Mandatory}
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Name:
Nickname:
Age:
Personality:
Likes:
Dislikes:
Where do they live:
What is their job:
Cutie Mark:
Talent:
Family:
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Ill be adding other eye styles later~
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VECTOR: fav.me/d6gdwmb

GIVE credit to ~MissyTheUnicorn (maker of the vector) and link back to me. It's not that hard to do.
Free to USE~
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VECTOR: fav.me/d6l2dsx

GIVE credit to ~MissyTheUnicorn and link back to me. It's not that hard.
Free to USE~
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Lawl for all you ponies. eue
:rose: Credit me for the base
:rose: Use the curve tool
:rose: You can add wings and a horn if you like
:rose: Link back
:rose: I like roses
Original- Screenshot
-Shimmy
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.PSD file

This is for photoshop.





RULES.

~No need to ask to use.
~CREDIT me and the original artist.
~Ask before using for commissions; points or cash, don't matter. ASK.
~You may add a horn and/or wings.
~If you want to alter it a little because your OC has something different than a normal pony, that's fine. Just credit please.
~Any questions, ask :]


Link back please. I would love to see who's dancing xD
Plus, I'll comment and favorite it :3


CREDITS.
Base(c)*danteskitten
Original(c)~Really-unimportant
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Bases
:iconamiookamiwolf:
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I made this a very long time ago, and I made two icons on it that never saw the light of day. So, since I don't use it, why not share it?

- If you use it, ALWAYS CREDIT.
- You're free to edit it if you need. I didn't add a horn, wings or leaves, so those will have to be added if you need them. :c
- Please use it for Star Catchers only. It was made for them, I'd like to keep it just for them. It's meant to be special.

Star Catchers are a CLOSED species by ApriIIynne
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Bullet; Green  Free to use  Bullet; Green 

Bullet; Black  Credit me
Bullet; Black  Spend your time, please
Bullet; Black  You can link back if you want to.
Bullet; Black  Have fun! :3



Bullet; Green  MLP:FiM - Hasbro (c) Bullet; Green 
Bullet; Black  Base (c) - Me Bullet; Black 

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Download the Rar-File to get all versions.

The Rar-File contains: Earth pony, pegasi, unicorn, batpony, three types of horns, short and long tail.
:bulletblack: Lineart in PNG.
:bulletblack: Grey-colored versions in PNG.
:bulletblack: .PSD file

:damphyr: Rules ~

:bulletblue: Credit me (or the base) in the description.
:bulletblue: You don't have to ask my permission.
:bulletblue: Please, link back, I would love to see your work ~
:bulletblue: Don't claim the base as your own.
:bulletblue: Allowed to be used for all sorts of Adopts, Customs, Commissions, Requests, Reference-Sheets...



Art © me silent-umbra
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Well here is the Pony base puppet I have been working on for the past few months for the Last Stand of Harmony (LSOH) movie project.
Finally clear of all DHX parts and legal issues, ready to be posted publicly. It is based on the DHX style of puppets so except it to be more complicated to use than Double Rainboom puppets, but we made these in order to get away from those. We even added and cleaned up some stuff the leaked DHX puppets didn't include because those are no where near the puppets actually used on the show apparently.

Here is the link to the Lash Stand of Harmony website: cast-2013.wix.com/laststandofh…
Credits go to the LSOH team for helping me make these.

~Notes about the puppet~
-Using Ctrl+F to replace color will miss some spots on the front hooves for whatever reason. You need to press Replace All twice when recoloring all the strokes to get them.
-The brow symbol to make an >: ( look is located as a hidden anchor near the top side of the eye.
-To easily place a cutie mark on every leg, drag it's frame over and replace the blank cutie mark frame in it's symbol.
-Cheeks are located in the lower lashes symbol.
-Move the magic symbol inside the horn outside of the horn on top of any hair.
-I added the Class Act layer because nothing can be taken seriously. (Use it to your benefit and make lip sync easier)
-Darken the Blink Cycle Symbol by around -10% or so for that emotional turmoil look.
-You can break apart a symbol like the front legs to further adjust the rotation of each part.
-Front Mouth Symbol, Frame 39.

~Things to Update on the puppet~
-Making the Eye and their blink cycles was the biggest pain of all, I will never truly be done working on them.
-A lot of the parts on the puppet like the wings were lined up roughly by hand, so I may need to tinker a bit more.
-Apparently I am missing a ton of different front and back legs comps. Also missing a ton of mouth comps, I'll have to look through some more refs to find them unless someone could just point them out to me.
-Wings are just uggg. As of now they only have the 8 and 13 frame flapping from Mr. Beaudette. They are the same on every angle and are missing a ton of other flapping wing cycles. The problem with making those for me is that the back wing is a different look completely then the front wing. It is often hidden behind the torso covering to much of it for a trace and I can't draw at all.
-A few problems here and there about line width.

Well, time to turn this into the mane 6.

Update: 3/26: Upgraded to the next version.
Update: 4/11: Upgraded to the next version.
Download Link for Flash CS6 (Earth/Pegasus Base Pony): www.mediafire.com/download/zg4…
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Hi guys, I'm back with another template!
Some of you requested a template for a lion rund-cycle, so here it is! I used my already quite popular animation of Novo running as a base for this, but I made some improvements to the animation, and obviously it's now much cleaner and smoother :) And this lion isn't as, uhm.. fluffy.. as Novo is. 

And just a little note/thing: I know it's completely possible for anyone to just trace that little preview-thing, but if you want to help support me and be awesome you wouldn't do that, right? ;v; Please play nice and help a poor animation-student out by buying the content <3 thanks!

Also thanks to Magnus (my bf) for making the cute layout for the template image above! Manes are beards, apparently.


The download comes as a .zip-file, containing: 
- 1 PSD-file with all frames (arranged and ready for animating)
- 1 folder with all 14 frames as normal .JPG-files
- 1 folder with all 14 frames as transparent .PNG-file


And you can get it all for the ridiculously affordable sum of 300 points! 

Don't have enough points? No worries, you can use Paypal! And you get 15% off! 

Link: [Coming soon]


The template consists of 14 frames, and it's recommended that you run it at 12 frames per second for it to look the most natural. It can also be run on 24 fps, but your lion might look a bit hyper in that case. 
This is obviously a male lion, so I will try and make a lioness/tiger sometime in the future.  If you can't wait though you are free to change it however you want to make it look more feminine or masculine, or smaller or bigger or fatter or thinner or- whatever you want! once you've bought it, it's yours to do whatever your heart desires :heart: 

CLICK HERE FOR A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO USE YOUR TEMPLATE!  

You can NOT use this for: 
- Commissions
- Redistribution (don't sell it or give it to anyone for free, or make it available to people to download for free or for your own earnings)

Q: Can I use it as a base for a gift? 
A: Yes!

Q: Can I use it as a base for requests? 
A: Yep!

Q: Can I use the animation/still frames from the animation in my comic/series etc., and then sell the series/comic? 
A: Yup!

(Just ask me how you want to use it, and I'll let you know if that's okay. Chances are it's okay ;)

You don't have to give me credit, but I would be veryveryveeeery grateful if you did, so more people get to know about it! :heart: :heart:

Examples of how this template has been used;


IF YOU USE THIS TEMPLATE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I'LL PUT A LINK TO YOUR WORK HERE! 


Thank you for downloading! :la:

Other templates of mine:

Animated Wolf Template - Run Cycle by Panimated Dragon Walk Cycle Template by Panimated
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lines
:iconnoizy-boy:
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R U L E S about LINEARTS:
:bulletblue: Please leave the credit on there. If you absolutely need to, take it off and credit me in the description.
:bulletblue: Please tell when/if you use it, link me to it!
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:bulletblack: Rules :bulletblack:

:bulletred: Leave my signature on and/or link to this dA post as credit.
:bulletorange: Feel free to add stuff like scene hair, wings, etc.
:bulletyellow: Resellable for virtual currency / points only. No real currencies.
:bulletgreen: Feel free to use for anything: ref sheets, characters, tags, etc.
:bulletblue: Do not claim as your own; do not upload just the lines to your own gallery.
:bulletpurple: No need to ask if you can use them. You can use them!!
:bulletblack: If you want to use these in anything commercial, please contact me first.
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Lineart
:iconcocoaadopts:
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Nailed it,

I'm getting the hang of this!

You may use it as long as you credit,
To get a frame by frame you need to open it with Photoshop,
16 frames long.
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RULES
:bulletorange: You do not have to ask
:bulletyellow: You need to credit me
:bulletwhite: Link back
:bulletpink: Please take your time
:bulletblue: MS Paint Compatible
:bulletpurple: Have Fun!!
original :iconsillycaracal: IF THEY ASK ME TO TAKE THIS DOWN, I WILL. THANK YOU
base edit by :iconthesardine: (the edit is now the base)
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Hurrah a pony base ! 
This time only MS paint friendly (or pixelart friendly )

RULES
:bulletpink: When you use it , give me credit
:bulletpink: You can use it for adoption sheets and commissions

Have fun with it , I quess ?

More bases
Anthro pony bases V2 by LouiseLoo Pony base 2 - Free to use by LouiseLoo
Pony base 3 - Free to use by LouiseLoo
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Cool Bases
:iconleatheinvader:
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Stallion horn and wings from softybases.deviantart.com/art/…

This is FREE TO USE.

Rules:

Please don't use for real money. Points are okay.
Frankendolling is ALLOWED.
Do not STEAL.
Please CREDIT me in the description.
Use the CURVE TOOL, or atleast make an attempt at dolling it nicely.
Please, please, PLEASE, if you aren't going to credit me correctly, COMMENT BELOW SO I CAN SEE IT


MLP:FiM belongs to Hasbro
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:iconfreeperm1::iconfreeperm2::iconfreeperm3::iconfreeperm4::iconfreeperm5::iconfreeperm6:
:iconyouareplz::iconallowedplz:

Rules


*Download for best quality*

Point Right Credit me and Hasbro
Point Right Take your time (More then 5 minutes)
Point Right You can change the gender and add/remove a horn and/or wings

You no longer have to link back your base edit(s). If you mention me in the Deviation description

[Meaning you properly credit me, such as :dev soulful-bases: or :icon soulful-bases: without the spaces]

I will see it thanks to the Mentions system!


Free to use if you follow the rules listed above

Original Image: Screenshot from the opening song
MLP: FiM© Hasbro
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I haven't seen a base of this yet, and I REALLY wanted a base of it... So I decided to make one! I know it's not completely correct, I use MS Paint and Ezimba.com


EDIT: Okay, I have seen anther version of this base, but it's larger, and more details, and I think there was small pixels that you would have to color in yourself.
EDIT 2: Thanks for most comments, views, and favorites on this than any of my other submission. But I'm also upset that THIS has all of that. This is really not 'original' and I didn't put effort or love into it. Maybe one day my real art will get views.

THIS IS MSPAINT FRIENDLY! Download if needed

RULES:
Free to use
Remove 'Base by Kaciekk'
Credit me!
Link me back PLEASE!
Have fun
Take some time
The lines are meant to be black, but if you want to change them, I'm fine with that.


Original: I actually don't have a link, it was from a meme

MLP (c) Hasbro
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The original image is from the mlp fim wiki

This just in, Apple Jack joins Princess Luna's one eyed pony Pirate Crew. Yarg.

Rules; [link]
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:iconreadcplz1::iconreadcplz2::iconreadcplz3:
I just helped :iconcmonkeyzrulez030: to make her pic out to a base :meow:
You can use the base as a collab,adoptables etc :meow:
--
Rules:
:bulletblue: No need to ask
:bulletblue: Credit me and/or ~CmonkeyzRulez030
:bulletblue: Link back
:bulletblue: Have fun! :meow:
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The pic~ [link]
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My Little Pony belongs to ©Hasbro™
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Featured
:iconfangirl-for-fun:
Collection by

All credit goes to :iconbamboodog: for the original heart ponies!
PLEASE CREDIT HIM.


With his permission, I traced the bases from his picture in PS, and this is what we have. :3

Earth Pony base I traced from [link]




Rules

:star: After you use, credit me for the base, and Bamboodog for his awesome artwork.
:star: You can link your pony used in the comment section on this base; I'd love to see it. c:
:star: Enjoy!

--Heart Pony Bases--
Pegasus:[link]
Unicorn:[link]

Original Art (c) :iconbamboodog:
Base (c) :iconwannafok:
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crap but better than my first attempt, I'm still trying to get better at line art

This is for

:iconfangirl-for-fun:
 
who motivated me to do this :)
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RULES:
YOU MAY USE, JUST LINK ME TO THE PIC.
YOU MAY USE THIS FOR ADOPTABLES.
CREDIT ME.





art (c) Me
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bases
:iconangel-strong:
Collection by

:star:RULES::star:


:bulletyellow:Please link/credit me or the base to the description
if you use. (What ever base you use, link ALWAYS the original
base/creator.)
:bulletyellow:Show me what you have made. : D (so I can comment and stuff~)
:bulletred:Don't use this base to make another base.
:bulletred:Do not claim as your own.

:bulletred:Do not use my art for commissions etc. (I have only allowed the adoptions)

If you see someone breaking these rules, I would be greatly thankful if you could tell me about it.


Wolf/Dog Base. Imma booored again so I desided to make a new base. I think the head looks little too big... “_”
Feel free to use~

GIF version without background: i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad…

© :iconfisukenka:


:star:SOME USEFUL FAQs:star:

#FAQ
Can I use it as in ID if I give a credit?
- Yes you can if you remember link/credit me. But actually ID's are better if you do them by yourself. : )

#FAQ
I found someone selling adoptables made from this base for points. Is that allowed?
- Yeah. I have already seen some people use other bases on that way so I think its okey.

#FAQ
Can I change some lines ex. ears or make a hair?
- Yes. But don't erase them all... |''D It can be difficult to use then.

#FAQ
Can I use this for a animation plz?
- Sure :'D But still remember link/credit that I was the base maker. But you can tell that you made the animation. : )

#FAQ
Can I move the signature to the corner or something?
- Yes. If it is easier then : D If you want to erase the signature, you need to move it to the descripition.

#FAQ
Can I use this for my web-site?
- If you will do that, you just need to link/credit me to your web site.


:star:My other bases:star:
Happy Dog Base by fisukenkaChibi Base by fisukenka
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DOWNLOAD IF YOU WANT TO USE

:heart: Original image [link]

:star:Rules:star:

* Take your time on it, I don't want to see crappy 10 minute artwork! Show the world that base works can have good quality too!

* You can customize it yourself, i'd love to see some people being creative and change the expression or the position of the arms!

* You can genderbend

* I'd love to see what made with this base! Please send a link of the finished picture.

I don't ask for credit since this is a traced base and the pose isn't mine.
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Equestria Girls style Butterscotch.

Anyone can use this, you don't have to ask. Just give me credit and link back here, OK? Oh and comment with a link to your pixel :)

Design (c) :iconjaquelindreamz: [link]
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FREE TO USE. PLEASE CREDIT ME.
I present to you the long-awaited base for male ponies!

Great for making your own stained glass!


SVG File:
Female base:

Have fun! Please credit me! :D
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Original image [link] (beware with this site >.>)

Rules
:bulletorange:Use it, no need to ask ^^
:bulletorange:Credit me, writing on the description "base by : iconNayume-pixels : or :dev Nayume-pixels : (remove the spaces)"
:bulletorange:You can edit it, but don't forget to credit me
:bulletorange:If you edit, you can't redistribute the edited version. (But if you really want, ask me first).
:bulletorange:Show me your work done, I would LOVE to see. ^^
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Base
:iconwait0wat:
Collection by
These are free to use line arts I've taken time out of my busy schedule to make. Please respect my effort and hard work by following my simple rules.

-You may use these to design your character, your blood stock or whatever you need.

-You may use these as bases for adoptables.

-You MAY NOT remove my signature in the image.

-You MAY NOT claim these images as your own.

You will need a program capable of supporting layers to use this base, but you can also download the full size lineart. These were made in SAI.

Download PSD: [link]
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Vectored base.

Rules:
:bulletgreen: Please click download as it contains a zipped folder with all the files. :3
:bulletgreen: Completely free to use.
:bulletgreen: Can use in point (:points:) commissions/adoptables, just no real world money trades (Paypal etc).
:bulletred: I'd prefer it if you linked back to me on your uploads.
:bulletgreen: Linking back to me is preferred as I like to see what others have created.
:bulletblue: Frankendolling is fine. :3


This base is made for users of Illustrator, Inkscape or Photoshop, but it's fine if you don't have these programs, there is heaps of free software that can open this file.

MLP Belongs to :iconhasbroplz: / :iconfyre-flye:
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RULES:
Link back.
Credit me upon usage of le base.
Make sure that you download for full size. If you don't the pixels may not be the right size, there for, they will come out blurry.
Frankendolling is okay, mostly because I don't really care.
You can edit this as much as you'd like for your picture.
And a suggestion... do it right.
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All credit goes to :iconbamboodog: for the original heart ponies!
PLEASE CREDIT HIM.


With his permission, I traced the bases from his picture in PS, and this is what we have. :3

Earth Pony base I traced from [link]




Rules

:star: After you use, credit me for the base, and Bamboodog for his awesome artwork.
:star: You can link your pony used in the comment section on this base; I'd love to see it. c:
:star: Enjoy!

--Heart Pony Bases--
Pegasus:[link]
Unicorn:[link]

Original Art (c) :iconbamboodog:
Base (c) :iconwannafok:
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:iconjustwestofweird:
RULES:
:bulletblack:Link me to it when its done. I really want to see it!
:bulletblack:Credit me in the description.
:bulletblack:Link it back to this base in the description.
:bulletblack:Take your time and blah. You get the point.
:bulletblack:Enjoy it.
:bulletblack:You can gender bend. Pretty much just taking away the eyelashes. Yes, I did just make it that easy.
:bulletblack:You can frankendoll, as long as its OK with the other MLP base makers.
THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT AND FAVES. THIS IS NOW THE # ONE MOST POPULAR OF ALL TIME BY SEARCHING ONLY 'Suprise Kiss' BECAUSE OF ALL YOU GUYS <3
Original image can be found on Google just by searching 'mlp shipping kiss' and scrolling a while.



:star: BASE WALL OF FAME :star:
~ToxicWarDog [link]
~rikusoralovers0base [link]
~Andienonymous [link]
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Made for Lunadoodle. Go check it out if you want to see more Luna every day!
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Sorry! 9MB!

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GET THE 720p VERSION IN BETTER QUALITY:

www.mediafire.com/download/m29…

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Here it is eventually. The model, where all these changeling models, I uploaded recently, come from.
This was the longest render, I ever did. 1200 frames rendered in about 2 weeks!

Unfortunately, I must say, it's not the quality, I wanted to achieve, but I just couldn't render more samples or remove more light.
I will perhaps render this again, when I or a friend of mine has a better machine.

So, there's a second chance. If you find something, what you think, is a glitch, feel free to tell in the comments.
However, I already know, there are fireflies and noise. You don't have to tell me.;)

Tools:
Blender 2.69
Inkscape
Gimp
Flash cs

Enjoy!
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IT'S HAPPENING



GIF is optimized for a white background.
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I TRIED TO ANIMATE

and forgot to animate the shading fuck
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Base and Tutorial
:iconmarini4:
Collection by
:iconprojecteducate:
:iconprojecteducate:


Anime and Manga Week


Background



Sky Tutorial by Vakhara Tutorial - Rocks by Katikut tree tutorial part 1 by calisto-lynn tree tutorial part 2 by calisto-lynn tree tutorial part 3 by calisto-lynn Tree Tutorial by GrimDreamArt Extremely Easy Tree Tutorial by GrimDreamArt Tree drawing tutorial by Morpho-Deidamia Background tutorial - Part 2 by kalambo night sky tutorial . by megatruh Cloud Tutorial Part 1 by yuumei Cloud Tutorial Part 2 by yuumei Grass tutorial by Sadir89 Grass brush settings -  tutorial by ryky water tutorial by kuro-mai water splash tutorial by Caucasian-eagle Easy Water tutorial by ryky Water on the Beach - Tutorial by Okami-Rain Waves Tutorial by B1nd1 Background Tutorial 2 by Tervola 3D background Tutorial by yuumei Background Tutorial Section 2 by Mireielle Cloud Tutorial by Dea-89

For Anime and Manga backgrounds you can use the regular Digital Art and Traditional Art tutorials based on backgrounds. :)

Anatomy



Hand Tutorial -Tips+Reference- by Qinni Foot tutorial by shingworks +TUTORIAL-Feet drawing guide+ by goku-no-baka + Tutorial - Hands + by goku-no-baka Feet Reference by Ninjatic Hands Reference I by Ninjatic Hands Reference II by Ninjatic Head Perspective Chart by yuumei Learn Manga: How to draw the female head front by Naschi Learn Manga: How to draw the female head side by Naschi Learn Manga: Emotions by Naschi Learn Manga: Female Hair Styles by Naschi Learn Manga: body proportions by Naschi Learn Manga: Drawing the Ears by Naschi Learn Manga: How to draw the male head front by Naschi Learn Manga: Bishounen Boys - Draw the head by Naschi Learn Manga Basics: The Male Puppet by Naschi Learn Manga: Create your World - CC Proportions by Naschi

Coloring



Eyes-ColorLearn Manga Basics: Eyes-Color by Naschi Hair Tutorial by rosuuri Anime Style coloring Tutorial by baka-ouji Head shot tutorial by LanWu Watercolor Tutorial by Loonaki Copic and C.P. Tutorial by Loonaki COMIC+MANGA Bitmap Halftoning by fox-orian Progress Shot of Commission-Lovette by rosuuri Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits How To Color Lips -Tutorial- by Lavah Fishys Step By Step by Maruuki Anime Eye tutorial by Trinity-In-Rainbows Chu's Lineart-less Coloring Tutorial by chuwenjie How to draw Manga Art by Xunq Hair Colouring Tutorial by Pockicchi TUTORIAL: Copic Markers by ember-snow +Coloring Tutorial - WIP+ by goku-no-baka SAI_IllustudioColoringTutorial by IZAYAAA Copic markers tutorial by mary-dreams Copic Tutorial: Making of Sea Serpent by Dea-89 Copic Tutorial by DarkSena TUTORIAL: Watercolor Paints by ember-snow Tutorial for soft cell shading by getty Tutorial for how to paint eyes by getty How to paint anime-styled hair by getty


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Showing some steps here...Hope its help ^_^
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Yes. Another one of my rants that starts with a personal experience. 

It was a day like any other, and I was just surfing DeviantArt, browsing the many deviations in my inbox. While I did so, my eye wandered to something that was called an 'tutorial on manga anatomy'. As usual, I was curious about the content. And as the preview image was pretty small, I wanted to check this out. It seems like this girl, let's name her Abbey (it's not her real name, but I think calling her 'that girl' is so damn confusing) had made a tutorial on male manga anatomy. Nothing wrong with that, you'd say. But I've been following Abbey for a while already. I originally met her in the forums, asking for feedback on one of her fanart drawings. Mostly anatomy related stuff. I gave her some tips. We talked a bit. And I followed her soon after, as I thought her art looked pretty promising altogether.

Now, I didn't know Abbey in real life. But she was a beginning artist, nowhere towards a level that she could actually be explaining things the right way to other people. But not even that bothered me. The thing that did bother me, however, was that she asked money to download her entire tutorial. The deviation page offered only a preview -- from which I could already see some large anatomical mistakes. To download the entire thing (which said to include a video tutorial), you needed to donate some DA points (which are actually money) to her account. 

So... okay... people ask money to download an 'anatomy tutorial' which isn't right at all? At that point I began to wonder why. Why would you ask money to teach people stuff the wrong way? Are you so bent on earning money? Or haven't you got a clue on what your own skill level is?

Anyhow. I tried to be kind. I mean; I helped her before and she appreciated that. So why not help her again? 
So I put a comment underneath the deviation in which I pointed out some things that were absolutely wrong in the preview image. Not everything. It wasn't my intention to discourage her, as she was just a beginner. Just a few things that really bothered me and were really REALLY wrong. It wasn't meant to put her down. It was meant to help her out to make better tutorials. And I didn't even mention the whole money-thing. A few hours after I responded, one of Abbey's loyal 'fans' responded. How the hell a 'lowlife' like me could insult her. I tried to be reasonable. But the girl (no older than 15 -- according to her profile) wasn't up for a discussion. When she started insulting me on a personal level, I soon stopped replying. I thought that might be just one fan, but I couldn't be more wrong. There were more.

Sadly I never got a response from Abbey herself. She removed my reply and deleted the deviation soon after. The discussion was obviously done with. And as I was blocked and removed, I suppose she didn't like me anymore. Well... so much for being helpful on DeviantArt, I guess ~__~

Okay. I admit that I might've just let this go. That I maybe shouldn't have replied to her drawing. But it just bothered me.
Why would people charge money for tutorials that won't even teach you the right stuff? 

Bad habits are easy to learn, but hard to forget. So why make people learn bad habits? And even charge for it as well? I can't understand at all. The 2 most logical explanations that I could think about was that Abbey either greatly overestimated her skill own level, or that she was so bent on earning money that she didn't care about this as well. I see both of them happen a lot.

Back in the old days, before the internet was widely available, the only way in which you could teach art was either by joining an institution (like a school) or having an art gallery and holding workshops. Those were nearly the only ways to get attention, as print media was expensive, so only large institutions could afford to promote themselves that way. Either joining an institution or having a gallery meant that you needed to at least have teaching papers for art (and in order to get those, your skill level was tested) or that you have to be good enough to actually have your own art gallery. The same went for publishing. While in the old days, you could only publish your books when you could find at least a publisher, nowadays every person can put stuff out on the internet and ask money for it. In a way, this is more fair. But with the internet market expanding rapidly, the amount of crap published often makes it hard to find the real quality pieces. And often popularity isn't a good indicator of skill level, whereas there are highly popular artists that dedicate themselves to a fandom which is very widespread (and those people often aren't able to make another type of art), and artistic masters that don't get the attention they deserve because of poor marketing. 
The point is; there used to be a certain skill factor that kept the real crap out. Because publishers only published what they thought 'would sell', and educations just had certain quality standards in order to justify the amount of money students should pay. A standard that doesn't exist anymore.

I guess this rant kinda makes is sound as if I'm some sort of elitist against the open culture of the internet. 
But I am not. Not at all!

I honestly embrace the principle of online sharing, user generated content and open source. Hell, as a programmer I've even contributed to open source projects myself. I think the openness is one of the greatest things of the internet, which led to great websites such as wikipedia or systems like linux. The point is... once the internet became popular, a lot of dumb people went there. I mean; real dumb people. The kind of people that have hardly enough brain cells to breathe. And those people started making art tutorials. And once they found out that you could make money by making art tutorials, they started uploading minimal screenshots with 'anatomy tutorial here', in the hope that people would buy it from them. And people did, and ended up totally disappointed. 

Not that this goes for unpublished artists alone, though. The best example in this case is probably Christopher Hart. A self proclaimed artist, whose books almost entirely consist of drawings not made by himself (Seriously! Have you ever checked the lists of artists that worked --almost for free-- with him, just to get a glimpse of his fame?). 
I can still remember being a 12 year old kid, interested in drawing manga. As the internet wasn't yet available here at that time (I sure feel old now), some friends bought my one of his books for my birthday. In the hope that would help me get better at drawing. I read it throughout and followed the steps. But somehow my drawings never got out as good as his, and I was clueless of why this was. It wasn't until I was much older and getting the hang of learning real human anatomy, that I saw the many mistakes that were in those books. How Christopher pretended explaining how manga faces work with simple 'guidelines' (as he called them). But without taking into account the 3 dimensional shape of manga head.

In short; once you learned those tricks, you could indeed draw a manga face. But only with that specific eyes/nose/mouth, and only in that specific angle. You got the illusion that you were learning how to draw, but the only thing you learned was a simple trick. Unlike what you thought; you weren't much wiser. You still didn't have a clue as how anatomy worked. You just copied a drawing with a few 'guidelines', which you couldn't reproduce properly! And on top of that, you were highly frustrated that you couldn't make those awesome drawings other manga artist could make. What did you do wrong? You followed the tutorial, didn't you? And you started to blame yourself for 'not having real talent' while all you did was looking for knowledge at the wrong place!!!

As I told before; bad habits are hard to unlearn. I ended up pretty frustrated by those manga tutorials. I continued drawing in my own style, until I couldn't get any further by myself, and eventually stopped drawing and continued writing. It was only after years, that I got fed up with the typical manga style, that I came to enjoy a style that was closer to realism. Which led me to learning realistic anatomy from from books from guys like Loomis and Hampton. And I immediately realized how I could use that knowledge to make manga as well. But was already over 20 years old by then. And the only thing I was thinking was; WHY DID I NEVER KNEW THIS BEFORE???

Although Christopher Hart is probably one of the worst manga drawing 'instructors' out of there (and no, I am not ashamed to say this), he sure isn't alone. Unlike many people out here, I've never been a real fan of Marc Crilley for the same reason. It's true that he makes cute drawings. But the proportions are pretty much off. And the worst thing is that he's unable to explain why he does certain things. Take this, a tutorial on a 3/4 face. Although the end result looks pretty neat, he fails to explain about why he does certain things. Why are the proportions that way? What happens when I turn the face? Why does the side of the face have bumps? Now compare it to this video, based on the Loomis method (it's realism, but hey). Same face, but better explanation (in case you wonder, the guy has separate videos on eyes, lips, etc). Got it now? The only credit that I can give Marc Crilley is that at least he does't charge money for his video tutorials. They're all free.


So what does make a good art tutorial? 

Do we all need to go to an art institution to learn proper art? I don't think so. But I do think we should keep in mind to check a lot of tutorials before we accept things to 'be that way'. And look for explanations in why things are in a certain way, rather than just accepting stuff and try to remember every single detail. Things like anatomy are pretty logical, once you remember the basic shapes. And in the end remembering just a few basics will be a lot easier than remembering a bunch of 'guidelines' for every single position a manga face can be in. Same goes for stuff like light and colors. Try to look at the physics behind lighting and shading, instead of remembering a set of rules for every specific situation. It'll make it easier for you, even if you're in an unfamiliar situation. 

The price for an art book doesn't always tell how good its contents are. Although there are certain quality standards that must be met in order to get published, it doesn't always mean it's good quality material. So before you purchase an art book, make sure to check its ratings. Either on Amazon/eBay (or wherever you're buying them), or on specific art sites. This also goes for stuff here, on DeviantArt. Be a critical customer. Know what you're paying for. If there's no preview available, then check the replies underneath the deviation, or ask for a preview. If people expect you to pay for stuff, you should at least know what you pay for.

As for free tutorials (on DeviantArt); try not to take them too serious. Some of them are good, most of them are mediocre, and some are really bad. Often those tutorials are about people explaining their view on a certain subject, or their method of painting. It could be very interesting to take a look at, or become inspired by. But don't see it as an 'absolute truth', because it often isn't. It's nevertheless good to look at, to get inspired by. Because... it's free. Why not?

What I like most, myself, is people like Proko or FZD school that make tutorials for free. Of course they have their motives; to sell their products (or in the case of FZD -- their art education). But they give you the opportunity to enjoy free tutorials, and pay only if you're interested and want to see more. And to be honest, I think that's a great way of marketing in the modern internet age. Customers are nowadays very critical on what they purchase. The time that we just bought something and 'hoped it was good' is long gone. Review sites are everywhere. And it has become really important what customers think about your product. So giving customers an option to enjoy your product, and leave them willing for more, is an extremely good way to market your stuff. I mean; look at the sofware industry. They're using this principle (trail versions, or free versions of a program) already for a very long time. And although the payment model changes over time, I still think this is very good way. 

So what about you?

What do you think makes a good art tutorial? Do you think there should be quality guidelines for art tutorials, or does the usefulness depend on the target group (the reason why Christopher Hart is still popular by kids, maybe?). Do you think it's justified to pay for an art tutorial? And if you paid for one; what made you willing to pay for it? What made it so good? Or did you ever purchase anything that you had different expectations of?

I'm happy to hear about your experiences.
And, in the meanwhile; if you're still looking for a few decent free art tutorials, here on DeviantArt, take a look here.


Disclaimer;
Everything written in this journal is entirely based on my own opinion and experiences. Yours might be different. The name of the girl in the example was entirely fictional, though the event itself really happened. 
Oh... and I'm not a native English speaker, so there could be mistakes in this text. Please forgive me for that. 
Edit: Since this has seemed to hit the frontpage again, and there are people that simply don't know how to behave: Every deliberately hateful or hurtful comment will be immediately reported to staff and the user will be blocked without any further notice. I'm up for a reasonable discussion, but I've totally had it with all of the senseless hate just because something hit the frontpage. 






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I promised ageeeeeeeeeeees ago that i'd do some flash tutorials, and today i managed to find some time to scrape one together.

I've seen endless tutorials on dA teaching people how to tween a circle across a screen, one even spent 10 mins faffing around with "LOL aren't i funny" before getting to that tweeny circle part.

Which is a big waste of time.

So, here's a tutorial from me. Its straight to the point and should be user friendly, though if you do come across any bugs or problems let me know!

The First tutorial i have for you is: Walk Cycles.

Why? Because they are the trickiest things to get right and the also teach you the idea behind key frames, inbetweens and a little bit of easing, so it should be a fun start.

I hope this helps out those people that have wanted to animate their characters but haven't the slightest clue where to being.

For this tutorial i'd recommend using flash 8 and a pen tablet, though other flashes will still work, flash 8 proves to be a little less of a hastle to work with.

Hope you enjoy~

You can download a trail version of flash at adobes website
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