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Tutorial series part 1: Armature by frozenpyro71 Tutorial series part 1: Armature by frozenpyro71
The start of my tutorial series for sculpting MLP:FIM ponies

Might as well start with the very basics. :)

Part 1: The armature. [You are here]
Part 2: Legs and body fav.me/d69vldi
Part 3: The face fav.me/d6drijt
Part 4: The ears fav.me/d6ez4my

Any feedback for this would be most appreciated.
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:iconsalemsparkler:
SalemSparkler Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I'll have to try that! Thanks for the great tutorial!
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:iconallyirenejean:
allyirenejean Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of tape?
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I use electrical tape but it doesn't matter what tape you use, its just to mark the length of the wire.
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:iconallyirenejean:
allyirenejean Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, thanks! :D
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Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is a stupid question, but do you think you could maybe send the digital file of your references, so I could print it out for my sculpting, and have it the same size? I'd be affraid I would make mine to big or to little.
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I dont have anything like that. Its all estimated sizes and guesswork. Load a picture into a program with a ruler bar and work off that.
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:iconcozd:
cozd Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You deserve your own element of harmony for sharing knowledge. Awesome tutorials, thank you!
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:iconakamalu:
Akamalu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am questioning as to your source for the reference material. (I can never find pictures of the same size...)
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Neither can I,  so I just drop them both into a blank photoshop canvas or  MS word page and size them myself.
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tristen124 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
can someone help me 
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:icontristen124:
tristen124 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
i can't do the wire you wrape around is it the wire i have its 21.9 m and its so hard to actually wrap around it its thin and can but its hard
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
This is a very easy to follow tutorial! I found it extremely helpful, i can't wait to start making my own ponies! I also found all the other tutorials you provided were really useful for me, thank you very much for uploading this!
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:iconbunnygirle26:
Bunnygirle26 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This has been very helpful thank you so much for making it
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:iconcrafty-magic:
Crafty-Magic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love seeing how people do this. Armatures are so important!! 
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DinoBoy1998 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic in two ways one twilight with whoop whoop face and two ur art awesome
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Dogz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   General Artist
What gage is the armature wire?
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It really doesnt matter what gage the wire is. You just need one thick and one thin. I use 2mm steel fencing wire for the thick and 0.5mm gardenwire for the thin, if that helps.
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Dogz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013   General Artist
It does a bunch thank you :)
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really helpful tutorial! :D
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
hahahaha very cool xDD killed me the last image LOL to fav xD
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:iconbunnygirle26:
Bunnygirle26 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this is so helpful thankyou so much
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HannajimaShields Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
AWESOME
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:iconmommakip:
Mommakip Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fav'ing for future reference. This is really helpful!
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:iconjashin325:
Jashin325 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Instead of using the thinner wire would it also work if you wraped to wire with tinfoil?
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep, as long as the clay has something to grip to anything will do.
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Djmatava Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
It wouldn't load. :(
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thats a problem on your end. I assure you its there.
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Firehawk9 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had not known that you use a removable base...it all makes sense and isn't impossible now. Very glad you decided to make a guide.
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:iconwinree:
Winree Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you soooo much~!~
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TaishoArcanix Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
You have my full and undecided atention.

...


Also, going to stalk this series with the power of a thousand highly caffeinated Pinkie Pies.
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:iconkonjulove:
konjulove Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely helpful! Please do more!
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Boy.....TOOLS! Thanks!
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:iconzarylo:
Zarylo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Very nice. I think you deserve a watch for sharing your knowledge :3
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:iconteslithia:
Teslithia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Awesome! I always wondered this process & it will be great watching something come to life from step one. Thanks for this. I'm looking forward to more!
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:iconmusepony:
MusePony Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well written, interesting and informative tutorial. Well done!
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mushroomjardin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
lookin' good.
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:iconakamalu:
Akamalu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to see the rest of the tutorials! Can't wait to use it for later when I retry my luck at sculpting. Nor can I wait to see you finish princess twilight! PONIES FOR LIFE!!!! :iconponies4life:
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The-almighty-rager Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If ever I do decide to sculpt a pony, I'll look to this for pointers. Thank you for providing tips to those wishing to make some of their own pony statues!
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MaquettePonet Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Awesome! It's always good to see how others do their armatures. :) I work a lot with foil and masking tape as well to build up the bulk in my sculpts, especially the larger ones.
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:iconleft2fail:
Left2Fail Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've been planning on making MLP scupltures for a long time now and this tutorial will help a lot. Thanks so much!
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Very, very interesting.

I was just thinking how nice it would be if I were capable of artistic efforts like this. A nice tutorial might help me at least try my hand at it, albeit with assuredly pathetic results.

Still, nice tutorial. I felt like every step was succinctly and efficiently explained and I almost feel confident at not screwing up should I try this. :thumbsup: Nice jorb there, Homestar.
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firesoxs Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Twily looks so cute with those sport fingers.
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:iconretardeddogproductns:
RetardedDogProductns Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aw man this is going to be AWESOME!! I can already see it :'D
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Ridleyman9000 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
WTF why wasn't I watching you!? lol now I am.

awesome tutorial! I only use PARTS of wire for my sculptures but I can see how a whole armature would be a lot more secure and easier to sculpt with.
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uBrosis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Woooo! \ o /
:P
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sapphire44456 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've always had trouble with armatures, this really helps! Just one question, what are the gauges of the wire? Also what material (steel, aluminum etc)
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I honestly dont know the guages of the wires but it doesn't really matter. Just need a thin one and a thick one :D

As for what material; I use steel fencing wire (thick) and aluminium garden wire (thin).
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sapphire44456 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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GladiusIlluminatus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
dude awesome i think ill try it out as soon as posible
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Westfallen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
*sigh* I never got to do this sort of thing in art class...
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