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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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shark235 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to disagree with on the part that if the ponies look like real horse, they won't be cute. I mean look at this drawing right here.…
Wilson8787 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
This is very insightful. Well done.
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner 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. 
ImPAWster Featured By Owner 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.
EverViciousYuna Featured By Owner 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 Some of the more realistic art can translate just as easily to a cartoon and will also be popular among fans.
Evilbob0 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Wow... reading this made me feel like I just sat through a university-level art class.

Nice work.
Twilight-Vulpine Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say I love your tutorials. They are so interesting
porkchopsammie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Digital Artist
It's the sort of tutorial I appreciate. =)
JAH9895 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
What if, there were G5 ponies?! i wonder how that would look?
Pix3M Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   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.
JAH9895 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
hah yeah true!!

wonder if there will be a new generation,, say.. 2020 IDK
Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here [link]
SuperPeasentNajeeb Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you! Loved it!
Xeregon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Makes sense, mostly. My foal OC's got a slightly different build compared to the norm, though, but the head and body are still in foal proportions. At least they should be. I made him bulkier than usual, which makes his head smaller in proportion. One thing I didn't see, btw, was the effect hair has on the general appearance. I messed around with different hairstyles and it turns out that having a big head of hair can go a long way to making the head look smaller or bigger.

But anyhow, this noob found the explanation useful. Thank you, and I hope many artists can benefit from it.
Moonlight-Pen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It helped a lot.
ChocoMilkTerrorist Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very informative man, it really helps! great job Pix
joethehero2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How is it that this has taught me more about art than any art class I ever had to take?
addiiict Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You are magician. Thank you.
AvareQ Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting...and very useful (at least for me). As the friend below me,I look forward to see more of these :)
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Quite a few interesting points made. Looking forward to the next one if you plan on continuing them. ^^
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