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.
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.
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.