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How to Make a Pony Base- ((Very Large Image)) by Ms-Paint-Base How to Make a Pony Base- ((Very Large Image)) by Ms-Paint-Base
Since my last tutorial was apparently to complicated for people to understand, I literally did a step by step process using my paint tool windows and fun red circles to help guide those who have not used paint before, or who aren't literate it art brush lingo.

1. What is a curve tool?
:bulletred:I demonstrated that in this tutorial.

2. How did you erase the color?
:bulletred:I used the eraser tool.

3. Why are your lines so neat? How did you do that?
:bulletred:Practice. I have been making bases since before I actually made this account, so I just got good at it.
4. How do you do ((insert something obvious here))

:bulletred:Look I can only help you so much, you literally just have to practice and get better and find out what is most comfortable for you. This is just my way of doing it, it is not the only way. Find out what you are good at and go from there.

5. You know there is an easier way to do it like, ((insert their way of doing bases))
:bulletred:Yeah your input is literally pointless to me, I am doing it this way because that is how I am used to it and I am not really interested in changing my methods. Stop saying this to me. Really.

6. I don't have Ms Paint!! ((Complain about my methods or something))
:bulletred:Let me tell you a thing, because if you own a PC, and have Windows on it. Windows being the operating system which allows you to use your computer ((Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Ect...)) You have Ms Paint. Ok, you have it. Trust me it's on your computer. It is the program called paint, only it's official name Is Microsoft Paint, Ms Paint. Because you know, Microsoft owns Windows who Owns most of the Pc brand and is the most commonly used operating system ((sorry Mac users idk what to tell you don't ask me I hate Apple Brand stuff))

7. How do I screenshot??
:bulletred: For one thing this question is pretty irrelevant to making a base and idk why you need to know. It varies from keyboard to keyboard and has nothing to do with operating systems. Google it, really this is 2014, learn to google it and educate yourself on how to do it.

8. Is the image technically mine?? Can I use a copyright Image??
:bulletred: Finally, an intelligent question, the answer is really no. You cannot use a copyright image, like this one, to do the thing I am doing to make a base. Using someone's artwork, without their permission, and altering it is not right and you can get into major trouble for that.

I try to never use copyright images that belong to an artist online because, as an artist myself, I classify it as stealing. I have had my original artwork stolen from me, and it sucks.

I use screencaps because I am less likely to get in trouble for it, because the screencaps belong to hasbro and they are a very large company and wont crack down on me to hard for making bases of their images.

The best thing you can do is the same, use only screen caps from whatever show you want to make a base of, credit the owners of the image, and link to where you found the image.

But yes, making bases like this is technically illegal, but I am not to worried about it. Yolo.
That is why base makers are always under fire. I try to keep mine on the down low, and eventually I am going to delete all my bases that were not created using a screen cap.

9. Did you do this using Layer??
:bulletred:I promise you I did not. This is me. On Ms Paint. Using only the tools they have on that program. You don't need Photoshop, Sai paint tool, Artweaver, or any other type of fancy schmancy drawing program.

10. Isn't this just tracing??
:bulletred:Yes, yes it is. Which is exactly what I explained in question number 8. I am not to worried about the repercussions of making traced bases. As I only use screen caps.

However, just because it is traced, doesn't mean it isn't helpful.

That is how I learned to first draw, to color, to do anything artistic. I traced, I copied, and I learned form it.

Doing bases has helped me understand anatomy much better, and has allowed me to expand my horizon on different types of art styles. To you this may seem like a cheap trick to get people to like me, but really I'm just trying to help people get their start on their art career.

That is all I want. I got better using bases, and I hope those who want to pursue art as a career use bases to. It really does help. SO I don't care what you think of me and my traced bases. In the end it has made me a better artist.

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Original Tutorial:
((My faq will be updated as we go along. if you ask a dumb question I am probably not going to answer it. Or of you ask something similar to what's in the faq, I am hiding your comment))
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Karimeher88 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  New Deviant Student Photographer
fnafFanKatie Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Thanks! you helped me do 2 bases in one day!
RachelMLP Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
thanks it is really nice
Lady-Teen-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good instruction!
P.S.I also use the same Paint!
KweenKate Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good. I like it.

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Cpezryz-Drawz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you :D
fnafFanKatie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
Thanks For helping  :D (Big Grin) 
Klare21 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student General Artist
hardgirl92 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
hey! thank you so much! I just doone my first pony base! thank you so much for uploading it
Wolfiethecat203 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thx dude it will really help :3
12momjosh12 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
Dude, tracing is illegal SO DONT LISTEN TO THEM.
Mimikie-Qu33n Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
MuffinTiger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats when you are tracing someones hard worked, original art that took hours upon hours to create. Base-makers HAVE to trace, so please learn how DeviantArt works before you comment :)
candy--kun Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's not??
rodraws Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's not illegal, noob
Pikachu101girl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student General Artist
I just try to draw my self it isn't always as good
samanta030 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
he echo uno    Wwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeee Base
BlackMasterElite15 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oooooh~ nice tutorial!
Zeichnung-Lara Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Faster Idea :
Step 1 : Make all the step to 11 (at the tutorial) but you have to make the lines white
Step 2 : Save it then go in there again
Step 3 : go to the features, open it and press ´´black and white´´ then press ´´OK´´
Step 4 : you can see the bakgrounds are black and the lines are white. select this art and press ´´white and black´´
Step 5 : Save it again and open it again.
Step 6 : Fill the lines and other like the last step
Hope this works. When not leave a comments and i'll make a tutorial soon. But check out my other steps (I only got one tutorial )
Magda44 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Fenks Pinkie Crazy 
kasia098 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dziękuje ;3
Meadowind Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How to- paint over and recolor a screenshot and make it somewhat acceptable to be still posted on dA: traced bases. I am so incredibly glad you covered this in your description. While it is true that companies like Hasbro couldn't care less, it is technically still the same kind of violation and against the rules of this website just as using fanart is. It will just get less to no flame because no one bats an eye. But kudos to you for considering all of this, most people -especially other base makers- simply don't know. x)
I also like how you explained that tracing can help someone improve and to understand the basic things first, before completely drawing on one's own. One just should not forever entirely rely on bases and manage to jump away from them at one point. I however enjoy using bases every now and then, still. Not because I'd really need them, but simply because it can be fun (especially when I can't come up with own poses). ^^

About the erasing part, that looks like a lot of work. I always used to save the image as a 16 colors bit map and then paintbucketed everything white that was not lines (I did that with my pictures that I drew on paper to color them digitally). But then I came across an even easier method: Make the lineart pure black. Invert. Go to Image->Attributes and set the colors to black&white. Invert again and you are done, everything's clean. (I'm using the old mspaint. win7 might have other steps)
It might not be helpful to you, but maybe to someone who sees this. :dummy:
Ms-Paint-Base Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I know the black and white color thing, and it is indeed very helpful and much quicker. I recommend this tutorial more for the artist who are just starting out, and might not understand the anatomy of a person (or pony) in a certain way.

But thank you for your kind words, and it is truly sad that some base makers don't realize that yes, in a way, this is stealing. If you just give credit where credit is due however, most people tend to not mind the use of their pictures for bases. It's all about the credit, and no one seems to understand that it is the most important thing to an artist.
Meadowind Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not only about the credit, asking first sure would not hurt either. I am personally not someone who would mind much, but I think there are others who wouldn't like to see their work being taken, changed, and then offered for the whole internet for free use to further change it just like that. I saw artists who became very angry when they found their drawing being turned into linearts, and the linearts needed to get deleted, but I also saw people who were asked and then gladly gave permission. =)
Ms-Paint-Base Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
so very very true~
snowfang123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Artist
L0cK3t-f0x Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You!
sea-breeze-is-me Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Artist
This is great because I make loads of bases my self now
xAbsolute-Trashx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its too hard D:
thelastairbender20 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
this is harder than your last tutorial
thelastairbender20 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
why did you remove your own colors?
twistarfiresweet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
thank you so very much!Clapping Pony Icon - Rainbow Dash :rainbowdash: 
sea-breeze-is-me Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks I made my first base ever
Albina2702 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student General Artist
LarryandLemmyKoopa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
It's too small for me to read :(
ThisKittyIsAPitty Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just click it, It will zoom in for you
xXRosettaCookieXx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click the picture to zoom in.
LarryandLemmyKoopa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
oh ok
sea-breeze-is-me Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Artist
Zoom in
LarryandLemmyKoopa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I have a I pad mini so it's still kinda small...
sea-breeze-is-me Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Artist
Oh sorry I have a bush tablet and I can zoom in
Tonka-Pony1234 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) You realy helps
WhisperingBlue Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesomeI am a dummy! 
xxSactaviaxx Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Wow Thank You Because Thanks To You I Finally Made My First Base!!!… 
MLP-Bases-and-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, nice tutorial, have one for photoshop?
Ms-Paint-Base Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Interface Designer
No, I don't know how to use a photo manipulation program like photoshop.
huskypup17638 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool and better
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