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The Road Traveled by MrRowboat The Road Traveled by MrRowboat
“I have walked a stair of swords,
I have worn a coat of scars.
I have vowed with hollow words,
I have lied my way to the stars

-Songs of Sapphique; Catherine Fisher, Inc
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ahandgesture Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I quite like the armour design! Very nice.

Say, how did you get started with pony-ing? I must get better.

And for that matter, how did you get started with digital art?
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MrRowboat Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually started with a really bad drawing. At the time, I thought it was good but I've come a very long way since then.
To be honest, I didn't like mlp at all when I first heard about it. I thought it was girly and I ended up watching some episodes here and there because my sister would have it on the TV. I actually started to like the show when I sat down and watched it for myself and I really liked the art style.

If you've gone through my gallery, you'll notice quite a bit of wolf art. Don't get me wrong, I still love wolves but I just Never felt satisfied drawing them and I always felt like I wasn't drawing what I wanted. I loved cartooning and had a knack for it; ponies eventually just became natural to me. My real push to develop my style was to create a pony to represent me and as my style progressed, my character changed.
I would love to get to the point to where I can make wonderful pieces that can tell stories at a mere glance, but for now, I still diligently draw to further that dream.

I actually used to be a traditional artist (and not a very good one). A lot of what I drew I scanned into my computer and would upload to places like Sheezyart. It wasn't really until about a year ago when I bought my first bamboo tablet and I began to draw straight onto my computer. I wasn't good at it at first because I didn't have good hand-eye coordination but over due time, I got a little better.

The program which really helped me get started was Manga Studio. Most of the mlp-style art I draw, comes from there. The tools are easy and fluent without making my work look sloppy. I actually do all my lineart in there, even for this piece.
I Never figured out how to vector images but I can relatively well, mimic the style by drawing it from hand in Manga Studio. Doesn't look exactly the same but I still get the feel of drawing the characters for myself.

But Yeah, I Never really was good at art or happy with what I drew until I started drawing ponies. Now I just feel like my work has some merit to it and I can look at my own work and feel accomplished instead of empty. Mlp strangly had saved my art from when I was near going to give up. I don't think at any point in time I would have thought that drawing ponies is what I'd do but I'm happy with it.
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ahandgesture Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy wall of text, Boatman!

This is great, it's nearly what I've gon through. Minus the wolves and being good at art. Slowly, I feel like I'm getting better and better at pony-ing (just doodles I never upload) and I just need to get a feel of the tablet I have.

*flails for no reason*
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MrRowboat Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The good thing about ponies is there's not a whole lot to them. Their build is only comprised of 3 circles and 4 tubes.

The difficult part is making the most of their simplistic form to give their actions something that is lively.
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ahandgesture Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And details!

For the life of me, back leg structure will be the death of me.

Does that statement makes sense?
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MrRowboat Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The back legs are a little more of a task than the front ones but its simply just two cones that set tip to tip (structure). Or in my case, I just draw a line curved in, then out; arcs back in and points out at the combining area of the flank.
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ahandgesture Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
....You should do a tutorial! :D

Seriously, that whizzed over my head. :P
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MrRowboat Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can, it shouldn't take much to do one.
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