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G4 MLP Anatomy Notes - Neoteny and Acceleration by Pix3M G4 MLP Anatomy Notes - Neoteny and Acceleration by Pix3M
One of the more theoretical things I've written but in a way, it helps make sense of a lot of things artists do. Some of this I picked up glancing around with texts about drawing manga, but luckily it turns out that my time wasn't entirely wasted.

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

And there happens to be a wiki article about neoteny: [link]

Sources for:

Pumpkin Cake: [link]
Sweetie Belle: [link]
Twilight: [link]
Twilight's dad: [link]
Fluer de Lis: [link]
Fancy Pants: [link]
Celestia: [link]
Bonbon: [link]
Twinkleshine: [link]
Luna: [link]
Big mac: [link]

Philomena: [link]
Chrysalis: [link]
Dragon: [link]
Iron Will: [link]
Parasprite: [link]
Angel: [link]

(Wow, needed a ton of vectors to be able to make visuals)

Baby stock photo: [link]
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:iconwilson8787:
This is very insightful. Well done.
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alphabetsoup314 Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Random fact for the curious: real foals are pretty much the opposite of mlp foals in terms of proportion. Real foals are pretty much all legs; if we were to put a silhouette of a real foal in that height comparison chart, it would probably be closer to Fleur-de-lis or Celestia than Pumpkin Cake (not sure of the exact proportions, but you get the idea). 

But, like the tutorial says, this doesn't exactly say 'baby' to humans who may know nothing about horses. So we gotta pretend they work like humans (much like many other aspects of mlp ponies that were pointed out in this tutorial series). 

This is an excellent tutorial series so far that points out lots of abstraction concepts used in MLP ponies and how they are used to maximum effect. I also like that you point out some common mistakes and how to fix them. 
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ImPAWster Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Unfortunately, I'm not looking forward to G5 ( if it happens ). I mean, it's nice for a change, but from G1 - G4 the style has gotten less and less equine-based. I do understand that the younger audience the show ( intentionally ) attracted would most likely find pink horses throwing parties a bit creepy. Okay, stopping the squabble. This tutorial is very helpful and if there was ever a MLP:FiM class you'd definitely be my first choice teacher.
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EverViciousYuna Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know.. maybe they'll take some notes from some of the more realistic fan art on here like that by earthsong9405.deviantart.com/. Some of the more realistic art can translate just as easily to a cartoon and will also be popular among fans.
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:iconevilbob0:
Wow... reading this made me feel like I just sat through a university-level art class.

Nice work.
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Twilight-Vulpine Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say I love your tutorials. They are so interesting
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:iconporkchopsammie:
I love your tutorials. Very insightful, and I love that you give the reasoning behind things and leave us to use that information however we will.
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Pix3M Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's the sort of tutorial I appreciate. =)
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:iconjah9895:
What if, there were G5 ponies?! i wonder how that would look?
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Pix3M Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
However they will look, I hope they will have a ton of variety. I think part of what makes G4's art style shine from past generations is the sort of variety they had. A lot of ponies from past generations (as far as I've seen them anyways) looked very similar, except maybe having younger fillies which are practically just shrunken regular characters.
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