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The many parts of an MLP comic by Nimaru The many parts of an MLP comic by Nimaru
Several people have been asking me about art and comicking so I thought I'd share a little behind the scenes stuff. Here's a screenshot of most of the pieces that were vectored before being assembled for the final comic.

Ask me anything.
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FlutterBOSS Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm starting on my first comic. Starting very simple with a 6-panel one, which I have so far. I'm just aiming right now to sketch what it's going to be so that I know what's going to happen, what I'll need to draw, etc. Is there any advice you can give me for this? Any good "how-to-comic" guides you can think of (I've been looking everywhere for something like that)?

HALP.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends. Are you shooting for doing a color comic or just black and white?
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FlutterBOSS Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely color comic. Like, the real-deal. The kind that get on EQD (of course NOWHERE near as epic as your "the Real Story" comics). I'm struggling to decide. :nuu:
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I went that way too and it was hard, but GREAT practice. What programs are you using? I first used Photoimpact, but Sai would work and so would photoshop if you happen to "have" that.
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FlutterBOSS Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I have (am renting) Photoshop. I at first planned to sketch in PS w/ my Wacom, then vector in AI. And I have the specific backgrounds plan but no idea on how to do those.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sketching can be done in PS or paper (and then scanned or photographed). Illustrator is a good choice for "inking" the outlines whether you use the pen tool or the brush. The brush may be faster unless you're pretty good with the pen tool. It depends on how complex your drawings are. Either way, once that's done, you'll likely do the rest of the coloring in photoshop. Backgrounds included.
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FlutterBOSS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm not too great with the pen tool. :P But I've never really inked before either. I think I'll go for inking though. Just gotta find lotsa tutorials. And I don't think my comic is particularly complex. Only the last of 6ish panels will have more than 1 pony and a pretty complex BG.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pen tool is cleaner, but slower in most cases. Using the tablet with the brush tool in Illustrator is a good choice because it helps smooth the lines you draw.
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mnayeem Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Your comics are just so... AWESOME! I bet you need to make tons of vectors for a single comic page? It would be better if you created a tutorial of your process of vectoring in Illustrator or any other software you use:)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been thinking about that since I bet a lot of people could use a quick and easy guide.
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