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I made this specifically for a certain friend that currently only draws highly stylized equines from a certain beloved girls' cartoon but it's something shareable, I think. Originally, it was three sheets of cardstock with a bunch of scribbles and bad handwriting. I think this is much easier to look at.

The idea behind this was to break everything down to the simplest instructions. It's not detailed because it's not supposed to be; I wanted the information as easy to absorb as possible. There are no diagrams of muscle structures or joint angles or any of that. You can reference them if you want; in fact, many people find it helpful for figuring out the shapes of things. I just haven't included it. However, I do intend to make a series that focus on different parts in more detail, like hands and faces and whatever people think they want me to talk about.

A note about the heads-high diagrams:
The diagrams displayed assume that all heads are the same size to make the head ratio comparisons easier to understand. However, not everyone has the same head size, especially children. A child five heads high will not reach the shoulders of a six-heads-high adult because child heads are much smaller than adult heads. However, that's something you'd need to study elsewhere because I'm not going into detail here. I will say that, realistically, older children (middle school and up) are closer to five and six heads high and younger ones (elementary to middle school) are in the four-to-five head range. Many manga styles skew this ratio because bigger heads look better in their style; mine is one of those. Working out the heights and ages of the characters should help you figure out relative sizes.

There are some errors in here, more notably dealing with the torso and stemming from me typing the wrong words by mistake. They'll be fixed when I get the time.

I hope this helps someone. If not, well maybe my weirdly contorted doodle will at least amuse you.
By the way, that generic-looking fellow on the cover is a ladyfellow. And the scribble at the closing statement in no way resembles myself. I just thought loopy hair was appropriate at the moment.


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iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was helpful. :) I like finding simple tutorials that can give me little tips to keep in mind. :D
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StellarSynthesis Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Digital Artist
I'm glad it could help. c:
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iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe :D
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SlytherinRathlou Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've seen many tutorials out there, but this was one of the best!
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StellarSynthesis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks. c: I'm glad it can help.
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SlytherinRathlou Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. Do you, perhaps, know of any tutorials that can help with angles and the likes? Shoulders are tough, huh...
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StellarSynthesis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Tutorials, I don't know, but anatomy references can be good for this kind of thing.

Here is an assortment of human arm references (shoulders included). There are more you might find on that blog (many of which likely include nudity; here's your warning).
Shoulders are tricky, especially at the joint, but hopefully those pictures can help.
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SlytherinRathlou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, thanks! Hope I can put it to use! Once again, great tutorial.
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StellarSynthesis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Digital Artist
You're welcome, and thanks. c:
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Oblights Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh I wish this was downloadable!
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