Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mane 3

Hi Everypony!  I hope all's going well in your corner of Equestria! :)

It's been hot here.. in terms of temperature.  The week's been  hard as was concentrating. BUT, we are still working on the video.

Most of the last few days were spent making the puppets of the foals that will appear.  Luna's not completely done in terms of animation but the shots require those bundles of joy as characters.  While they all have the same build, they require time as their manes are all different and we want them to look good.  While we know which foals will be up close, we never know how it will look exactly when we're done so we might switch one for the other.

We have, however, established the 3 main (Mane 3) fillies that appear in the orphanage and concentrated our efforts on those first.

Here's Magpie (Maggie).  She's built using the same terminology as Luna but all foals have one less leg joint so it makes them simpler but still tricky.  Thankfully, the timing doesnt change too much.

I had fun while making them and when all 3 of the Mane Cast was done, I did a small test with the puppets.. both for fun and to see if it held together.   From left to right, Maggie, Spirit and Gari.

Tell us how you think it looks! :)



I think they're super cute ^^

Enjoy :D

-Lion, signing out.

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  2. They look very good. :) Will you be showing the colts too, in a future post?

    MLP:FiM has been making me like Flash a lot, so it's always enjoyable to see something like this.

    What's that thing in Spirit's back? It looks like a small wing.

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  3. D'aww. They're so cute.

    Any particular reason why you chose these specifically as the mane 3?

    Spirit and Gari both have "earth-tone" color schemes. I would have chosen Night Light, SpringSign, or Moondancer, in place of one of those two, to keep the color scheme varied and interesting. It's just a small thought though. If you have other plans for those other three, then that's great.

    But that's the only thought I had. It's absolutely brilliant! They're like the middle-ages version of the CMC. :)

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    1. They DO look like precursors to the CMC don't they? :D

      But I think those got chosen for the types.. Pegasus, Earth Pony and Unicorn. Spirit's the real expert in her own story so ^^;

      They were still fun to give little 'idle qwerks' :D

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  4. Spirit is a Pegasus, but she was born with severely athropiated wings. They are like inside her, for they never sprouted properly, so she cannot fly.

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  5. Sooooo cute! these look amazing!

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  6. Personally, I think Maggie's mane looks a bit big for a filly, but considering I'm a picky guy, and that's the only complaint I have, the fillies look adorable x3

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  8. Looks good but why the color of legs and ears differ like this? The design looks a little amateurish. Is there a specific reason for this design?

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    1. Spirit and Gari are actually two ponysonas, from myself and a friend, and they come from previous characters (squirrel and Cougar)

      However, before putting them in COTN, I did some research, and found out that the markings I used for the coat were from actual horses. Then I took the accent features of the original characters and translated them into pony world.

      Spirit comes from Arabian Pure Blood, (darker ears are not uncommon)

      http://www.theequinest.com/images/pinto-medicine-hat.jpg
      http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q122/EddieNme/Rusty/CopyofDSC01497.jpg

      Gari's coat type is called "Chestnut Strawberry Roan"

      http://www.whitehorseproductions.com/images/horsecolor/roans/roan_chestnut_foal2.jpg



      Maggie is based on an actual Magpie, but her pattern is possible, since she has what is called "Stockings" which are actual horse coat markings.

      While I hesitated towards making the bellies lighter, I found out that there are horse types that have them, like the Prewalsky

      http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/pictures/files/2/1/4/2/IMG_0313.JPG


      So, you can see the research was mostly intensive.

      The girls have some features that we all know from the show, and many features from actual horses, always following an idea behind the design. The reason for their color choices was for them to blend well in nature and in the night (this is actually very important in the story).

      My guess is that in the old canterlot, ponies still preserved some natural features, while slowly, more unusual colors coats, Like Pink, Blue and Yellow, started to show up.

      The mixture that the girls are made of would preceed the future generations colorful and variated coats.

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  9. Spirit and Gari are actually two ponysonas, from myself and a friend, and they come from previous characters (squirrel and Cougar)

    However, before putting them in COTN, I did some research, and found out that the markings I used for the coat were from actual horses. Then I took the accent features of the original characters and translated them into pony world.

    Spirit comes from Arabian Pure Blood, (darker ears are not uncommon)

    http://www.theequinest.com/images/pinto-medicine-hat.jpg
    http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q122/EddieNme/Rusty/CopyofDSC01497.jpg

    Gari's coat type is called "Chestnut Strawberry Roan"

    http://www.whitehorseproductions.com/images/horsecolor/roans/roan_chestnut_foal2.jpg



    Maggie is based on an actual Magpie, but her pattern is possible, since she has what is called "Stockings" which are actual horse coat markings.

    While I hesitated towards making the bellies lighter, I found out that there are horse types that have them, like the Prewalsky

    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/pictures/files/2/1/4/2/IMG_0313.JPG


    So, you can see the research was mostly intensive.

    The girls have some features that we all know from the show, and many features from actual horses, always following an idea behind the design. The reason for their color choices was for them to blend well in nature and in the night (this is actually very important in the story).

    My guess is that in the old canterlot, ponies still preserved some natural features, while slowly, more unusual colors coats, Like Pink, Blue and Yellow, started to show up.

    The mixture that the girls are made of would preceed the future generations colorful and variated coats.

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