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G4 MLP Anatomy Notes - Eyes by Pix3M G4 MLP Anatomy Notes - Eyes by Pix3M
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Feb 12, 2013: Moar content.
Jan 2, 2013: Changed name of the series for 'marketability' reasons, added a few tidbits.
Dec 3, 2012: Edited to be more objective

If there are stupid errors, bad phrasing, or anything else which makes these notes less awesome, don't be afraid to point it out.

Also check out what I've written for
...the nose: [link]
...the legs: [link]
...the ears, tail, and the core: [link]
...neoteny & acceleration: [link]

Source for photo of horse's eye: [link]
Source for photo of the girl's eye: [link]

The example I pulled as an example of a totally comical art style is from Edd, Edd, n' Eddy. Like the pics of MLP, I consider its usage fair use.
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powdertoy1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
this post is very helpful to me! i'm feeling so delight now!
thank you for your information! (with tieenytiny jokes!)
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HinatasDouble Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing deduction! 
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vaporeonSHIT Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Ms Doodle for best pony!
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:iconkatrueyumenikki:
KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:
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PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the amazing tutorial!
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Fairytale5353 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this helped me a lot!!!
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pink-polar-bear Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Haven't read the whole tutorial yet, but just as a point of interest, in a relaxed state, my whole iris shows. So it cant be claimed that it is the case for all humans. Not a criticism of the tutorial, just a point of interest.
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist
This is a lovely tutorial, but I have to disagree about humans being the only ones that use eyes to gauge social cues. I can't speak for animal social structure in general, but cats definitely use eyes in their body language. The old "cat staring contest" isn't just a humorous thing, it's a threatening dominance thing (it's essentially perceived as agressive to stare at a cat for too long, this is part of why they tend to like people who aren't cat people... they don't stare at them). Cats vary how much of the white of their eyes shows when they're really upset to show extreme distress or agression (much like horses, although I don't know if horses read that cue from each other).
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FlavinBagel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
PFfff, "Source Needed". Ohhh you!
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cormy1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
As a casual watcher (VERY casual, haven't rewatched any episodes yet), I never actually noticed Cadence's eyeliner... Funny enough that may also be because none of the fanart I have of her has it either! O.o
Wonder why?
Fantastic tutorial series btw! Not an artist myself but reading this is quite enjoyable anyway.
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sissy2001 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
wow
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fabthemiller86 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
a real horse eye is very expressive, too.
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Are they? All I figure is that human were a bit different as other animals paid attention to other things like ears.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to be learning this lesson well. Nice job.
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
You accidentally typed 'or' twice in the paragraph right after you added highlights to Ms. Doodle's eyes. =D
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
I accidentally my typing
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Rabbit-EYE Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I was over the moon to see the eds.
I fricking love the eds.
Anyway, it's an infomative, funny dive into how to draw eyes.
Also, I love Mrs. Doodle's original eyes.
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Can't say that I love the original eyes, honestly. I still see it as an uncanny stare.
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:iconrabbit-eye:
Rabbit-EYE Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I love uncanny stares.
In fact, that's my facial expression 90% of the time.
I look like an excited John K cartoon. :o

Oh, btw, you wouldn't happen to have a basic pixel tutorial in your gallery, would you?
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't have a basic pixel tutorial. I don't know what a 'basic' pixel tutorial would look like to you. I guess showing you this won't hurt though:

[link]
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Rabbit-EYE Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks. I will read it next time I wake up. It's 5 a.m and all my brain can process is Avant-garde music, and basic streams of thought like talking, and fanfiction reading. XD

Thanks again, friend.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Let me know if there's more you feel that you need to know though. The thing I sent you is fairly technical, and I don't know anything that's good for people who just wants to jump into pixel art as a lot of stuff I see tends to either give generic advice or in the case of this link: [link] might be a bit overwhelming as it's a huge wall of text.
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Rabbit-EYE Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks so much for the help.
Reading a bit of the Pixel Joint one you sent me, I do like the idea of having complete control and precision. Much better than drawing where when I wanna draw a circle it comes out looking like Peter Lorre.

I actually remember doing a few sprite projects a year or so ago. When I was done, I was quite pleased with the results. I am excited to see where this all goes. :la:
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Not bad but I get the feeling theirs more to these eyes than could be elaborated on in one go. I'll keep an eye out for a followup if one comes around.

And thank you for the tutorial. =)
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Digital Artist
If there would be a follow-up, it would most likely be expanding on expressions.
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Expressions are helpful! Do you think it will go over differences in eye shape (like Raritys and Twilights) and a bit more on eye placement w/angles?
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Digital Artist
I think I emphasized the one thing that will probably help people go farther than reading tutorials - studying references... pay close attention to proportions at various angles. I like to think that these tutorials help point stuff people can potentially find given enough time spent on studying.
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ExplainableChaos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much. You have no idea how much this will help... Especially since I completely forgot about the slantness-ess... I dunno. But it helped me and that's all that matters :iconfreakysmileplz:
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Digital Artist
References are the best teacher. I've written these tutorials to help out things out, but still encourage use of references to know what you're drawing. Of anything, that piece of advice of using references will be more helpful than a lot of tutorials people tend to post around :thumbsup:
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kasta135 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I love how it says by Pixem at the top. :)
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kasta135 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
That way no stupid artheif can steal it.
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
I would imagine a smart art thief would erase the name though.

Then again, from experience, art thieves aren't very smart anyways. Who knows?
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kasta135 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
:) Exactly.
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SaverCat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Artist
maby thats y math is so important. even in art! aaaaaah math is killing my brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "make it stop, oh make it stop!"
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
and Derpy just breaks all the rules
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Rebron-y Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great. Very helpful.
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:iconxeregon:
Xeregon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This should come in handy for future projects. A well-thought out explanation to an oft overlooked issue. Kudos to you!
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:icontearahk:
Tearahk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done and thought out ^_^
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awesomeluna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
another great tutorial, thanks!
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Star--Sprout Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for these tutorials! They've helped me so much. ^^
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:iconz32o:
z32o Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent tutorial!
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
There's an Elmo's World joke here with the Doodle family.
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:iconpirill-poveniy:
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Another great tutorial! It always irks me when people do eye parts that don't touch one edge and they end up extremely creepy and soul-staring.
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Truepikapuff Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I'm not entirely sure what to comment, so I'll just leave an emote:

:iconiloveitplz:
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
These are wonderful tutorials :).
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