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MLP- Skeleton anatomy doodle by Earthsong9405 MLP- Skeleton anatomy doodle by Earthsong9405
Just a quick doodle I did in class the other day. The skeletons of a pony mare and stallion, based on my headcanon of the equine in the MLP universe. The ones on the very ends on the right are simply "templates" with cloven hooves and a lion-like tail, because every breed can have these characteristics. It isn't exclusive to the unicorns, although it's more common in them than other breeds.

Earth ponies are generally the larger of the breeds, while the pegasi are generally the smallest. Obviously, there are exceptions to the average with each breed, though. And before anyone asks, yes, they do have fangs. In my headcanon, the equine are omnivorous, but a lot of them still keep a relatively vegetarian diet with a few meats here and there. And yes, they do keep livestock (their livestock would be a bit different from ours, since... you know, cows are sentient beings), but that's another story for another time.

This is basically just me using the same skeleton sketch and erasing and adding things to it. Because I'm lazy like that. Also, I was using my phone to google a reference, but you'll have to forgive me if some of it looks wonky; I wasn't going for total and absolute accuracy (or... you know. As accurate as you can get with fantasy ponies). Just a little fun, is all. c:

I'll draw the alicorn skeleton after I finish up on a school project and a couple of commissions; they're still pony, but as I've said several times before in previous deviations, they're built slightly differently.

But yeah. Will I do a muscle study of them? Probably. Probably not. It's whatever I feel like at the given time. But, I did draw this for a reason; it's because I have a question to ask you guys.

For those of you who actually read my journals when I update them, I've recently spoken about working on getting to a few Cons fro next year, specifically Bronycon. Among some of the things I'm thinking about crafting for said con is an AU artbook of MLP. As in, an artbook filled with my headcanon/personal interpretation on how the MLP universe works and such. A world building book, if you will. If I do end up doing something like this, it would possibly include:

-Anatomy concepts of the ponies/equine based on my style specifically (maybe comparisons to real horse anatomy too)
-The very basic biological workings of the ponies. As in, their typical diet, and how the cutie mark works, along with a few other things
-Size charts in comparison to the average human height
-The specifics of each individual pony breed and what makes them unique from one another (for example, a unicorn without its magic DOES NOT make it a horned Earth Pony at all.)
-The existence of Alicorns and Winged Unicorns, and what separates the two of them from one another
-The basic workings of the Equestrian military, touching on technology, types of armor, branches, factions, and alliances with other nations of this universe
-Studies on notable landmarks of Equestria, such as Canterlot, Everfree Forest, Ponyville, and maybe somewhere like Las Pegasus or something.

But yeah. What do you guys think? O:

Also, feel free to ask questions, like always. c:
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Crisy101 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool, I absolutely love your designs :D I do have one question though, how do you think Unicorns would walk with such long tails. As beautiful and graceful as the tails are, I'm having a hard time imagining how they'd walk with them, without them getting in the way. Would it be like a cat or something else :? I can't quite picture them just dragging them across the ground, so it makes me wonder :meow:
I'm also kinda curious what your idea's on why Unicorns have tails like that would be. I mean Pegasi having tail-feathers makes sense, but why those long lion-like tails are more common to Unicorns, well their would have to be a reason for that.
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Unicorns typically carry their tails with a curve to them so the hair at the end doesn't drag too much. Whether or not the pony's hair drags depends on the individual, however, as in whether or not they care if the hair of their tail drags. Those with a leonine tail typically have strong and more flexible tails, so carrying them in such a way is second-nature to them.

As for the tail in general, the classic representation of a unicorn is with a leonine tail and cloven hooves. It's simply features some unicorns have, however not all unicorns obtain said features, nor are these features exclusive to just the unicorn breed. Any breed can get them, they're simply more common in the unicorn.
LullayMoon16 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What would the bone structure of a pony with multiple wings look like?
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
If you mean having a keel, then yes.
jadedacatl106 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what does equine mean?
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
jadedacatl106 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh....sorry I asked a silly question
santawithsponge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Think you'll do anything about the Crystal ponies?
Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
santawithsponge Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
How old do ponies (in your eye) live?
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