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Let's Make: A Pony Picture! Tutorial #4

This is a whole tutorial on how I make an illustration from start to finish!
Included are SAI tips, brush settings, as well as my thought processes.

(Of course, this is only one of the many ways to make a picture. I encourage you to experiment!)

Tools used: Paint Tool SAI & digital drawing tablet

This tutorial is funded by Patreon. Thank you for your support!

Finished image: Bugmother and Daughter by SorcerusHorserus

Other tutorials:

Let's Draw: Pony Heads!

Let's Draw: Pony Bodies!

Let's Draw: Pony Wings!

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I know I'm late to the party but thank you so much for putting this up. It's gonna help me so much with some cover art I've been asked to do.

SkittleDashu's avatar
Holy moly, This tutorial is going to help me ALOT for my future drawings, honestly I'm bad at shading.
Gotta say, YOU ROCK!
Question!, Will this work in GIMP? or should it really be in Paint Tool SAI?
Gabborul's avatar
Thnak you for these amazing tutorials! I really love them!
JumpieComics's avatar
I don't get how what you mean by putting the colors in a folder and adding shadow layers.
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
Your layer(s) with all the base colors will be in a folder. Then above the folder make a new layer for shadows. Set that layer to 'clipping group' and 'multiply' then shade away!
If you are still having issues you can send me your SAI file and I can set it up.
PanSharpie's avatar
I hope you make more tutorials soon! these are all super helpful!!
The Twilight on the upper right corner is so me.
SinFenrir's avatar
i bear no love really for MLP but i find this tutorial really informative and useful, im going to download this and use it as some brush and technique referencing, maybe ill even get creative and do a tribute piece to it!
Can I ask if you use SAI on computer, or on a tablet???
I looked at your old comic streaming,
and it didn't look like you drew on computer, so...
I want to ask this:

Exactly how do you draw???
And what do you use to draw???
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
I use a Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet (so it acts as a 2nd monitor that you can draw on).

You can find my drawing tutorials here:…
FizzPuff's avatar
This was really helpful, thank you for making this :)
Kyoshyu's avatar
Yarr, layers are your friend.
EMedina13's avatar
A quick question; How large do you usually make your canvas when you begin? Should it be excessively huge for more details? I usually have about a 1300x1500 canvas; should it be larger?
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
For comics I use a 3784 pixel width with a height around 6000 or 7000 pixels. For the Chrysalis picture in the tutorial I worked in 2539x1929 pixels. And the Fluffle Chrysalis picture was 3563x3452 (a bit on the large size). At the end I re-size down about 33-60% from the original.

You might need to take system memory into account too. For the last comic I was at 95-98% memory use so I couldn't make it much larger.
EMedina13's avatar
Thanks, I appreciate the advice
tigreanpony's avatar
Very cool always love your tutorials.
AngelofDarkFire's avatar
i love this !!! thank you so much !
PonyUniverse's avatar
HOLY CRAP, thank you SO MUCH for making this tutorial! <3 I had no idea that the different layer modes even existed!
LoyalWing's avatar
thank you so much for making all these pony tutorials. they are very informative,
EliozDherion's avatar
Your notes have been of much help, take a llama.
KirbySquad101's avatar
Huh.... just starting to get into drawing ponies right now, and I have to say, your tutorials have been really helpful in letting me understand more! I really like how detailed each step is. :D
mlpariana's avatar
Uuuuuuuuu, very cool !!!:3 ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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