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Custom MLP: Symbol Tutorial by The-Lancastrian Custom MLP: Symbol Tutorial by The-Lancastrian
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The fifth of my MLP customization tutorials: how to paint pony symbols. This is the main way I paint most of my symbols, with varying levels of shading and highlighting. I don't always if I'm using a style that calls for something else (see my art style series of ponies for examples) but this way is fairly standard. Feel free to play around with it to make it your own. When in doubt though, outline. Outlines make symbols pop and look very clean.

Bait Prep Tutorial: [link]
Repainting tutorial: [link]
Rehairing Tutorial: [link]
Eye Painting Tutorial: [link]

My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro.
Above tutorial and photography belong to S.A. Lancaster aka the-lancastrian
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kettychan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These tutorials are great, I've wanted to do a custom for a while but never really been sure about how to go about it. Maybe I'll actually get around to it. 

Out of curiosity, about how much do you spend per pony?
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KibaPuppyPaws Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Maybe you can help? My pony's going to have a dragon wrapped around one of it's back legs, then it's stomach and then it's head on one of the shoulders and fire across it's chest. (Sounds confusing...) How exactly would I go about painting between legs and underneath the pony?
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The-Lancastrian Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Very carefully? I've done that a few times and patience plus a steady hand got me through. There aren't any tricks I can think of, sorry!
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KibaPuppyPaws Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It's alright, thank you
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Stormslegacy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wonderful tutorial! I'm sure a lot of folks will find it very helpful ^__^
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The-Lancastrian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
<3 My shading still isn't up to your awesomeness, but I try!
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Stormslegacy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh don't flatter =P You have a cleanliness to coloring I cannot match.
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The-Lancastrian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
XD If we ever have a conversation like this in front of Coureton he's going to injure himself from eyerolls.
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Tori-Inazuma Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful job! I hope to be able to do customs some day ^^
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The-Lancastrian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I'm sure you will!
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