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Design-A-Pony(s) painted by DerpyMadness Design-A-Pony(s) painted by DerpyMadness
Remember the tattooed design-a-ponys that came out not too long ago? [link]

Well, I removed the tattoos, then went for a more show-accurate appearance. I think they cleaned up pretty nice, don't you?

If I ever feel ambitious enough, I may attempt to draw the cutie marks on the opposite sides.

Also, this month marks my 1 year as a brony. Yeah!

Tattoo remover: Goof Off [link]
Paint used: Tamiya Color Acrylic model paint [link]
Time spent: 6 hours (for both)

PS, I'm not entirely pleased with the color i used on Dashie's wings, but it will have to do for now.. may fix later. **UPDATE!! FIXED!**--> [link]

Front view: [link]
Opposite side view: [link]
Rear view: [link]

EDIT: EQD feature, :iconrdsoawesomeplz: SO AWESOME!

ALSO: Design-A-Pony Luna added! [link]
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ZimmyRose Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
DerpyMadness Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
PandaPopcorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh I love it. Apolgese if this question has already been asked but what other things can I use instead of goof off to remove the tattoos? Ive seen someone use nailvarnish remover but it leaves a black stain/smudge. I dont think I can get hold of goof off which is why I as :)
DerpyMadness Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm, when I first used the goof off, it left a stain, but it would come off with more goof off. Maybe just need to apply more nailvarnish remover...
and always make sure you test it on a hidden area first to make sure you don't damage the plastic.

Sorry for the delay, I was on holidays and didn't check my messages, I hope this helps!
HustlerSophie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Photographer
I've just bought some paint to try this! :) do you have a method for painting between dashs' wings and mane? It's a very small gap!
DerpyMadness Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nope, just a small brush and a very steady hand ;)
Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am thinking about doing the same thing with Fluttershy. Could you give me (the total newbie to this) pointers how you removed the tattoos, and what kind of paint you used?
DerpyMadness Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

As described above, I used Goof Off, which is an Acetone-based paint/glue remover solution dabbed onto a paper towel (or q-tip, depending on where the tattoo was). keep in mind the solution WILL remove any kind of paint on the figure (Tattoos, cutie mark, eyes) so be careful around them. The body is colored plastic, so the solution shouldn't hurt the coloring (test on the bottom of the hoof or something first).

As for painting, I used Tamiya Color acrylic model paint (though I'm sure any decent acrylic paint will do). I used plain gloss paint for the mane/tail, and a flat/satin paint for the wings. To get the right coloring, it was trial-and-error. Just mix white with yellow and play with it. I used a very fine tip brush and a steady hand to paint.

Hope this helps!

Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Sorry about the remover part, I have missed it in the description. How did you manage to match the shade of the paint yellow to the wings?
DerpyMadness Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
just mix white with the yellow until proper shade is achieved. Keep in mind, however, that paint always appears lighter until it dries and darkens up. When trying to match the wings, mix the paint until it is slightly lighter than the body color, then when it dries it should be close. It is mostly trial and error. Look at rainbow dash, I had to paint her wings twice and it still didn't look right. I waited awhile and did it again, seen here:… (On the picture it still doesn't look right, but in person it looks flawless).
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