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G4 MLP Anatomy Notes - Legs by Pix3M G4 MLP Anatomy Notes - Legs by Pix3M
Another thing I've written on the various possible mistakes I've learned about.

Edit: Jan 2, 2013: changed the name of the series for 'marketability' reasons, added more content.
Nov 25, 2012 : rephrased some parts.

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

Another leg tutorial I think has a bit of merit, by *Whatsapokemon [link]

Sources for...

Standing horse: [link]
Jumping horse: [link]
Hoof: [link]
Elephant: [link]
Crazy Twilight vector: [link]
Diagram about homology: [link]
Photo of the horse skeleton is at least a century old so it's public domain :D
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:icondissonantmuse:
DissonantMuse Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   General Artist
Very helpful! Always tricky to get the anatomy down.
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Shanley-Mallo Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got a caption for the crazy twilight

"Oh no-exlamation point, my keyboard is broken- I can't stand all of these lessons anymore -exlamation point-" or something related to that
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:iconlee-chung:
Lee-Chung Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All this time the answer was in front of me.....
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014   Digital Artist
artwork is like that =p
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:iconvixiponyartist:
VixiPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
when you said wat about pinke-pie, I though it was funny because pinke-pie' limb is like that sometimes.
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:iconpyrodianbrony:
PyrodianBrony Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you! EqD brought me here, I suck at anatomy XD 
Back to studying ze equine! :icontwilightsparkleplz:
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh, I just poked around and found that they linked my stuff on their site. :D
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:iconpyrodianbrony:
PyrodianBrony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
:D
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:iconhorsesnhurricanes:
Horsesnhurricanes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
These are so amazing, and insanely helpful in my own learning process.
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:iconcormy1:
cormy1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
What's wrong with Pinkie's legs in that pic? The knees are bent back as they should be... It doesn't look to me like they've reached the ankle joint just yet. Usually when they do bends like that, it seems to me more that they've enlarged the hip-knee section and the kept the ankle and hoof joints straight. In fact, it looks almost identical to the pose of the correct Rainbow Dash legs just above, and even incorrect RD to the side has the same elongated femur part followed by the knee joint and straightened ankle and hoof joints. There is a bit of distortion/stretching going on and Pinkie's... Totally a liquid in that particular pixture (chubby, gum-like) but I think they're still following their pony-joint laws.
The incorrect RD definitely has some... Length issues, everywhere. But I think the bends are okay. Just shorten that femur, elongate the shin, add a hoof join in there... Prolly wouldn't look so bad.
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:iconwolfiemeowmeow:
Wolfiemeowmeow Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking the same thing 0u0
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:iconcormy1:
cormy1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Holy balls.
You realize that comment is nearly 2 years old?
Good to know I wasn't the only one who noticed though =)
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:iconwolfiemeowmeow:
Wolfiemeowmeow Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha yep, but I thought the same also 0u0
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:icondestinydecade:
DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That has always been a problem when I do legs. It's a pain. :(
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:iconkissfull:
kissfull Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lul. "wat". Bendy horse legs. :D
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:iconjimmytrius:
Jimmytrius Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Very useful, thanks :)
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:iconclassicallyornate:
ClassicallyOrnate Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these are so awesome!! thank you sooo much for these!!!! its so helpful!! :iconadorableplz:
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:iconrookieowl:
RookieOwl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well I'm working on a design on fully anthropomorphic ponies (walkin' on two hooves and all) and I found myself doing those back legs mistakes ... now I'm not sure how mistaken I am...
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Star--Sprout Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I've never really been aware that MLP-style ponies have "knuckles". ...At least, I'll see it every now and then, but I easily forget about it. I'll have to keep that in mind...
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Please do. I've seen so much GREAT art that forgets that it exists, and creates a much less convincing pose that kind of ruins its believability.
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:iconstar--sprout:
Star--Sprout Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Not to mention it adds to the stiffness. That Crazy Twilight vector had so much life, all thanks to those extra joints.
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MA573rMiND Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not much of a brony, but this is pretty cool.
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LuckyNChance Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Yay! Thank you for this.
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Pretty insightful, though getting this one down (atleast for me) is gonna take some time. =P
Btw the Pinkie Pie pic, I dont see how it could have been avoided for that scene for that kind of pose.
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Have it bend the other direction, like now Luna is bending hers in this vector: [link]

Btw, I also know that I'm missing another piece of info... you know that last joint analogous to our knuckle? A lot of artists tend to forget that exists in ponies.
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:iconsairoch:
Sairoch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the Rule of Funny is applicable here; that pose is more amusing, and better conveys her mood in the scene, so it's acceptable despite the anatomical impossibilities.
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Now I'm thinking if we can execute the legs to stretch out without bending unnaturally. I was probably too quick to not realize how that changes the expressio but I'm certain there are other vectors of ponies on their belly with legs stretched back... without having legs bent oddly... are there?
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:iconsairoch:
Sairoch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found other shots of Pinkie where her legs are extended in a similar manner without the bend: [link] and [link]

I think they might have been going for more of a kneeling position here, though.
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
I still feel the application of 'rule of funny' is a bit of a dangerous move as it looks far more unusual than letting ponies rotate their 'forearms' like we can. Either way, I think I'll be more considerate of more extreme instances like that for the next edit.
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Yeah that could work.
I've noticed that quite a bit in a lot of artists as well though most times it doesn't hinder the overall piece. Do you plan on adding it into your tutorial?
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Digital Artist
some time... yeah.
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:iconblazah99:
blazah99 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Sounds good.
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:iconlucas420:
lucas420 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!!! useful!!!! Q - Q
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:iconandrefe91:
andrefe91 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice, thanks !!
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effing-stock Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks for using my stock!
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xxxThePretentiousxxx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These tutorials are amazing :D Please post more!
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
They'll come along when the time comes. There's a bit that I feel that I gotta research and analyze a bit more before I write a few more.
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xxxThePretentiousxxx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! They're really helpful, and it is really nice to know you're putting reasearch into these :D
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:iconsavercat:
SaverCat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Artist
its just a cartoon pix3m. but when the leg bends the other way, it does look weird. :D
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
It's not just a cartoon. It is said that there are professionals who have been trained to know what you can and cannot exaggerate, which is the central part of drawing cartoons. Though I cannot say I am such an expert myself, I believe there are reasons why some ways of drawing ponies seem 'off', and less correct. These tutorials are written to try to give some insight as to why that is, and at least tries to analyze how the FiM-style works, and any other people's styles may seem less convincing.
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:iconsavercat:
SaverCat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Artist
oh............... well that helped me wit drawing my ponies! :D
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:iconporkchopsammie:
porkchopsammie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Loving this series of tutorials :)
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:iconhorsestockphotos:
HorseStockPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Thanks for using our stock in your tutorial! :D
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:iconsyncallio:
SynCallio Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish this had existed when I made my first attempt at drawing ponies. It's very thorough! For leg positions, I did a lot of practicing with little stick skeletons, and I still use a reference for galloping poses.

I think at this point we just have to assume that MLP ponies's shoulders are some kind of ball joint, like with humans. There's no other explanation. :-)
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Woa great guide, great job :D
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:iconz32o:
z32o Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 you for these guides, it helps a lot!
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:iconoverarrow:
overarrow Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Great guide! I notice way too many otherwise talented artists drawing ponies with completely wrong legs. Hopefully this will help some people improve their anatomy!
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:iconcelevius:
Celevius Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Cool! Proved to be quite helpful! thanks!
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Digital Artist
??? Proved? it's barely two hours since this was posted? :?
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:iconannieroshino:
AnnieRoshino Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like those ^^
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