Kate Beaton Teaches You How to Draw the Fat Pony

TIME

“It’s been called fat pony, it’s been called Shetland pony, it’s got a lot of different names,” said cartoonist Kate Beaton of her beloved equestrian character.

Beaton, the creator of Hark! A Vagrant!, says she first started drawing the pony in 2008. Since then, it’s been featured on Adventure Time and is now a main character in her new children’s book, The Princess and the Pony.

She was inspired by a class trip to the Shetland Islands. “It was like a dream,” Beaton said. “They’re so small! Everything there is small. Their sheep are smaller. It’s a place after my own heart.”

In the video above, Beaton teaches you how to draw her signature pony in a few simple steps.

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A little more about Coron, Palawan

Busuanga is the name of the municipality in Coron. They say they are famous for their Cashew nuts. I have to agree they are deli-sh. The souvenir shop was closed during the time we wanted to buy so we headed to the market.

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While walking towards the market we noticed that some houses were actually on water.

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After a long day we were able to walk around the town. There were barely any lights so it was a great time to take photos of the starts. We were able to get a glimpse of the Milky way and we did a little bit of light painting as we watched motorcycles pass by.

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And these are some of the remaining pictures I have from the trip to the islands. When it was around 5pm there would be low tide. You get a closer glimpse to see the live corals. Please take note that if ever you do visit, please do not take any corals or do not try to kill them. They are trying to preserve the beauty of the place and that includes the coral reefs.

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That’s a wrap! Back to illustrating and animating. Check out my upcoming illustrations! I’ll be posting some of my comic strips soon and some of my motion graphic works.

A trip to Coron

We had a blast last June when we went to the Philippines. We visited the island Palawan more specifically in Coron. It was such an awesome experience!

Flying in a propeller plane was like touching the clouds. It doesn’t fly too high above the sky so all through out the flight you can see the islands and the crystal blue waters. As you land you get to see the vast greenery. Coming from the city it is such a view—-who would have thought that such place still existed. Not a building in site instead there are small little huts and adorable houses.

On the first day we went up 724 steps up Mt. Tapyas.

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The view was just breath taking. Going up was tiring but it was worth it like the saying said, “no pain no gain”.

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We took a photo of the small town of Busuanga, Palawan.

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Here are more images of the view from Mt.Tapyas

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On our second day in Coron we went island hoping. Learning a bit of the history of the island and seeing first hand the beautifully preserves islands. There were quite a bit of climbing stairs and going through small paths. Everyone would really get a touch of nature.

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After the climb it was so nice to swim in the cool water. The water was clear that you can see the corals and the fishes.

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Here are more photos of our adventure!

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I’ll be posting more about our trip tomorrow.