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Cover Portrait #002 - 'Nopony's Perfect'

By messyb
Name: Derpy Hooves
Series: My Little Pony
First Appearance: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, S01E01 (2010)

Background splatter vector used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license.
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I think that this one turned out a lot better than the last, which is strange, considering that the last one had a more humanoid body. I suppose that MLP characters also have less details than Sonic characters (simpler ears, no hands or fingers, no gloves or socks), and making those Sonic noodle limbs look like real three-dimensional body parts was much trickier than most ponies' pudgy marshmallow bodies.

I started the digital aspect of this one in the Windows beta of Affinity Designer, which seems like a great program with some neat features, but I just couldn't get Affinity's line thicknesses the way I wanted them. I fiddled around with the brush settings a lot (like those line graphs you can use to change the varying thickness of strokes from one end of the line to the other), but I just couldn't find a way to get the lines I was looking for without making compromises, so I ended up going back to Illustrator pretty quickly. I really like using Illustrator's line thickness tool to manually tweak the thickness of each stroke throughout the entire line. Just clicking and dragging on the lines is also so much easier than fiddling with graphs and sliders.

I'm still a little unsure if the shading is right in some places. I shaded the head the same way I shaded Tails' head, but the shape and position of Derpy's ears art totally different from Tails'. Oh well. It looks alright for now.

(By the way, the title is a quote from the song "Autumn" by JackleApp. I thought that was worth pointing out, with it being fan made and all.)

EDIT (19/03/2018): Updated and replaced logo/watermark with something more subtle.
EDIT (03/05/2019): Replaced logo with the new TalkyPup website URL.

talkypup.com/
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