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Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise has been popular with a variety of audiences – ranging from preschoolers to adults – since the release of its first toy line in 1981. The first My Little Pony television cartoon aired in 1986, and popularity has continued to increase since the 2010 release of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
The ponies that reside in the magical land of Equestria are brightly colored. Each bears a symbol called a “cutie mark” on its flank. Rainbow Dash is a quirky Pegasus who enjoys aerial acrobatics and is known for her loyalty.
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Would you like to draw your very own My Little Pony Rainbow Dash? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need to draw Rainbow Dash is a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pen, pencil, or marker. Of course, you’ll also want a rainbow of crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color your finished sketch.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your initial lines before you complete the drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony
Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the pony’s head.
Below the circle, draw an irregular bean shape. The line of this shape will curve upwards to meet the circle on each end. This will form the pony’s neck and body.
On the left side of the head, draw the snout and mouth. Begin by extending a curved line out from the circle. Draw another curved line downwards from the first, allowing them to meet in a rounded corner. Draw a short, curved line within the snout. Draw two curved lines to make a “V” shape back to the head. Finally, connect this point to the bottom of the circle using a curved line.
Erase the guide lines from between the head and snout.
Draw two curved lines from the upper right of the head, allowing them to meet in a point. Draw another curved line between these.
Erase the guide lines from within the ear.
Draw the mane extending from the ear to the front of the face. Begin with a long curved line, then draw six shorter curved lines that meet in jagged points. Connect the mane to the bottom of the ear using a curved line.
Draw the next section of mane extending from behind the head, across the body. The longest line should extend nearly to the bottom of the torso. Use five curved lines to form three jagged points.
Erase the guide lines from within the mane.
Draw two curved lines through each section of the mane.
Draw Rainbow Dash’s pegasus wings. Starting from the rear portion of the mane, draw a curved line with three scallops. Around this form, draw another line with five scallops.
Erase the guide lines from within the wing.
Draw Rainbow Dash’s cutie mark. Begin by drawing a closed form consisting of four scallops. Draw a small, curved line within this form. Then, draw a lighting bolt extending from the cloud form. It should consist of six curved lines meeting in three jagged, zigzag points.
Draw the tail. The tail consists of a series of long and short curved lines meeting in jagged points – three sets of lines on each side of the tail. Allow one of the points to cross over into the body.
Draw a smaller lightning bolt within the first using five slightly curved lines. Extend five curved lines from the base of the tail to the tips.
Draw the near front leg extended. Begin by drawing two curved lines, nearly parallel but curving inward as they meet the body. Connect the two lines at rounded points using a nearly straight line. Repeat this process to form the other three legs. On the back foreleg, be sure to include an extra pointed curve in the line nearest the tail, just before it joins the body.
Erase the guide lines from the legs.
Draw a large oval for the eye. Extend three short lines from it to form eyelashes.
Draw two more ovals in the eye, one within the other. Shade the inner oval. Be sure to leave two small oval portions unshaded.
Color Rainbow Dash. Remember the order of the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
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