Everything else all done by
Here’s something really special that I have been working on for quite a while now and my word I have so much to talk about this pic!
So as most of you know, I am a huge fan of the game, Them’s Fightin’ Herds which if some of you don’t know what it is, it is a fighting game that uses Lauren Faust’s
MLP art style which makes the characters look very adorable and awesome. I was one of those people who were very interested in playing the game back in September. Before the game had come out, I thought of making some art of the game before the game officially came out on Steam. Oh yeah, I wanna mention that on the day the game was supposed to come out, I was literally waiting for minutes until the buy option appeared (which I was literally mashing the select button on my computer mouse like crazy seconds as the game had became available to purchase!) In fact, I might've actually been the first person to buy the game once it became available on Steam.
Now about the artwork that I did before the game had released, I was only able to make Oleander as she was a unicorn and the other characters were different animals so that meant that I could only make art of Oleander and for a while after my last Them’s Fightin’ Herds pic, I was thinking on making the other characters. A while later on March 19th, that was when I was in the mood to draw Pom. The way Pom has turned out was so adorable that I actually wanted to digitally color her in and I wanted to post the picture of her on here! But that was when I started to think about the other characters as the days and nights passed. One day I said to myself, “Let’s try drawing Velvet” so I of course did and I somehow did not like the was sure turned out. Sure it looked exactly like Velvet but I didn’t like the simple pose she was doing so that was when I put that drawing of her away. It wouldn’t be until a while later that I would start to draw Paprika and Arizona while I was relaxing at home doing nothing. Those two turned out very great and adorable at the same time! A week after that, was when I wanted to draw Oleander and she was a very fun one to draw and she turned out pretty adorable. I made her look happy instead of looking mad like how she does in the actual game. Around that same time was when I decided to draw Velvet again and she turned out much better than my previous drawing of her so I kept it. Finally, we come to Tianhuo who which I drew during a really long power outage! With all that being said, I have completed drawing every character from Them’s Fightin’ Herds in my own style of art and I was ready to digitally color them all in.
Now I'm going to start talking about how my progress went through these characters as time went by starting with the first character I drew and ending with the last one.
Pom: Pom was by far the easiest character to draw because of how small she was compared to the other characters. For the posing, I wanted something that showed Pom's happy side (despite that she's the shy one out of all the characters). As I mentioned up above, I had previously made a solo picture of Pom prior to working on the collab. I used that same render of Pom from the solo pic and included it on here. She doesn't look very different compared to my solo pic of her, apart from some minor shading adjustments.
Paprika: Paprika was a pretty tough one to make and this mostly had to do with her long neck and her body. What I did to make Paprika easier was that I only drew her from her head to her fluffy chest. Yeah, I couldn't draw her body because of difficulty reasons as that part was just too big to fit on the paper I drew Paprika on and trying to make a separate drawing with Paprika's body would've made things a lot more difficult. This is why she's behind every other character to hide the missing parts of Paprika. But other than that, Paprika still looks very adorable like how she should be! ^^
Arizona: Arizona was a very easy character to draw despite the amount of detail that she has. One thing I would like to mention is that I actually made a drawing of Arizona long ago which looked very awesome but it didn't include her body but instead, just her head so I pretty much left that sketch alone until I drew her again for the collab pic up above. The posing for Arizona mimics the pose she does in her official artwork though the way I made it was much more adorable so that it fits the art style for the collab. I would say she's a bit shorter but she still looks great!
Oleander: Oleander was more of in the middle in terms of difficulty. At times I would make her look perfect but she would always end up way too big and when I tried to make her smaller, she would be more difficult What made Oleander hard was the way her head and her mouth are positioned. After many failed attempts, that was when I had to look up reference of Oleander online and after looking through enough reference, I was able to finally draw Oleander's mouth and head and that put a big smile on my face. Her mane looks beautiful and the way I made her body just looks perfect!
When I was drawing Oleander, I had also drew FHTING who was floating next to her. At first, I had planned to include FHTING because he is always seen alongside Oleander in Them's Fightn' Herds. For a while, I had thought on how exactly I wanted FHTING to look like in the collab and as I say that, I mean by his appearance as a book or his demon form. But due to the lack of clear reference of FHTING at the time which resulted in difficulty problems, I was not able to include FHTING alongside Oleander in the collab. For the book form, there was just not enough clear reference of the Unicornomicon (which is the book Oleander holds in case anyone is wondering!) and the demon form was just way too big and difficult to make. In fact, making this form would’ve slowed down the art programs I was using because of how huge the character render of FHTING would've been and this might've possibly crashed the computer that I was working on.
Months later, I was finally able to find clear reference of FHTING in the Unicornomicon book form in which I decided to draw in my own art style just like how I did with the rest of the others. FHTING turned out amazing and exactly how I wanted him to look and of course I had to include shading for him as all of the other characters had shading! The one thing I did add to FHTING that I don't think happenes in the game is the glowing red eyes. I don't think FHTING's Unicornomicon book for does this but I thought that this would be a very nice touch to him. And finally, I put him right next to Oleander in the pic which I think looks very awesome and very cute at the same time!
Velvet: Velvet was a really tough one. While her body and floof were easy to draw, what really made Velvet tough was her head because it was angled much like Oleander’s head was. As I mentioned above, I did draw a pic of Velvet prior to the one I included for the final pic and in that drawing, I was able to make Velvet’s head perfect but since the drawing wasn’t that big, I had to draw Velvet again and I did so seconds after I finished drawing Oleander. I really love the pose that Velvet is doing and this pose was actually from one frame of a gif from her victory animation. I thought that the pose Velvet was doing in that one frame would’ve fit very perfectly with the collab and so I actually drew it in my own art style! ^^ I did have a tough time trying to make Velvet’s face due to the way her eyes are adjusted but I tried my best and I think they look great on her. ^u^
Tianhuo: Tianhuo was an easy one to draw and as most of you know, I love drawing dragons so Tianhuo was a piece of cake! Like Paprika, Tianhuo’s full body wasn’t drawn as she was getting too big on the paper and this prevented me from adding the bottom part of her legs but even without them, Tianhuo still looks awesome and that’s what makes me happy! Something that I wanted to add to Tianhuo was that I originally wanted her mane and wings to glow like actual fire. This would’ve actually been really cool but due to the insane amount of slowdowns Photoshop got from trying to do this, I wasn’t able to include it but it would’ve actually been awesome! Also Tianhuo is my favorite character to play as in this game!
My goodness! That covers all of the characters for the pic and now let’s take a peek at the background that they’re in. In an earlier version of this pic, the background was originally more colorful and the checkered floor was black and red. I thought this would’ve been a really nice background but when I started playing in the training stage in Them’s Fightin’ Herds, I thought that the colors from that stage would fit the pic more better. I later changed the background to be much more darker and the checkered floor was changed to black and dark blue.
I just wanna say that I am very happy that I was able to spend months working on an amazing pic for an awesome game that I love very much. The amount of work that I put into this pic was just insane! All of the characters are from original Them’s Fightin’ Herds sketches that I made all myself and having to digitally color them in was tough but very fun! Then when the time came to add shading to all of the characters, I knew from the beginning that this was going to be the most insane part that I was going to work on! Once I had finished adding the shading to the characters, I was just left in complete surprise and happiness because of just how everyone turned out. All of them looked adorable and cute! Just like how I imagined them to be from the very beginning!
I am not going to lie, making this incredible pic starting from March and finishing it in January was totally worth it! I wanted to push the limits to make something very hard that in the end would turn out very awesome and that right there puts a huge smile on my face from all of the work and effort I put into the pic! Because of my awesome artistic skills, I really wanted to make this pic very special. I am very glad that I spent a couple of months working on.
I would love to give a special thanks to Mane6 and of course the awesome Lauren Faust
for making such an awesome game that inspired me to make this awesome masterpiece! All of you are very talented and amazing. That really puts a smile on my face.
Oh and one more thing! All of the characters on here were all traced from original sketches that I drew of all of the Them’s Fightin’ Herds characters! ^^
But as always, with every other pic, enjoy this incredible masterpiece!
March 19th, 2018 - January 9th, 2019
Them’s Fightin’ Herds, Oleander and FHTING (Fred), Arizona, Velvet, Pom, Paprika, and Tianhuo belong to Mane6
This pic has no involvement with the Mane6 team as this is fan art. Not an addition to the Them’s Fightin’ Herds video game.