It’s tough to draw characters from My Little Pony, whether it’s in any of the official Hasbro styles used for TV and DVDs, or even in an original style. I personally have drawn my own original MLP characters in 3 different styles, finally getting somewhat close to the show’s look, and it really wasn’t as easy as you might think. Thankfully I had a tutorial I had recorded of the very talented Amelie Belcher going on in one screen, a tutorial in another, and a reference sheet… it’s not easy, okay?
When I read that literally THE MOST FAMOUS fan artist of the series, drawponies was caught by his fans literally tracing an image from a screenshot, I was shocked! SHOCKED!
Okay… maybe not quite that shocked. I mean, his art is on Deviantart, a whole lot of the comics look identical to the art style, etc… but hey! I just figured he had made vectors of the ponies at least that he kept changing and moving slightly, or you know… drawn something quite similar on top of a basic model… I mean, My Little Pony art isn’t exactly Disney for Celestia’s sake!
Huh… I dunno. Maybe he doesn’t trace. For a more in-depth article exposing everything exquisitely delicious detail, check out this great article on the subject from website horse-news: www.horse-news.net/2015/04/drawponies-scandal-popular-artist.html