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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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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi 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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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi 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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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi 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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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi 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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horserat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Wait.. Your the magical person who made one of my favorite MLPFIM story comics??? OMGOSH!!!!
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am? Oh cool!
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horserat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
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vila1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just love your drawings. when i first saw them,was the first thing that come to my mind" is this a comic or something made by hasbro?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neato :)
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RadiantVoid Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is your order? Is it Vector > blacklines > color vectorlines > color inner body > touchup?

I can't seem to figure out a way to color everything without having to have a touchup layer or two. If I use a 'soft edge' my 'body fill' has gaps... but if I use a hard edge I have to blend it (which takes a long time).

Do you use a 'paintcan fill' or do you prefer filling the body in with a brush?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using Illustrator for vectors so when you make any shape or line, you just pick the outline color and fill color. No special fill to worry about :)
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TiElGar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Great Job!
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siegehunter Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
where did you get the "celestia's phoenix mode" drawing? Seems like there's no available vector for it. Original drawing, courtesy of you? <<<(my best guess).

keep up the good artwork
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost everything I do is based on the style of the show, but completely original otherwise. That's partly what takes so long. Most of the things I've actually trace-vectored are body parts like a wing or two there, a leg there, a building or a cloud (and plants), but a LOT of it (most in fact) is just from my imagination. For example, mix Twilight's rage mode from Pinkie Keen with Celestia and that's where I got the Phoenix mode from
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siegehunter Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Scratch that, I would rather call it "Phoenix Fury", it's sound cooler that way hehe, just thinking out loud.

Anyways, any idea to when part 3 will be finish?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Possibly this weekend, definitely by next if there aren't too many interruptions.
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BuzzyBuzz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wow, that is an awful amount of work. *claps at your awesomeness of doing this*
I love your character designs for the maids.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It's really hard to come up with original colors and hairstyles, but it was worth it.
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BuzzyBuzz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I bet! You did well.
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Mister-Hand Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beyond impressive. It's just...wow. The comic, too. I'm really looking forward to part 3, and anything else you may have in store for us.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. It's getting more challenging to create what I imagine the further I go, but thankfully the experience I gain as I go gets me through the next one. I hope I can finish this story with the justice it deserves.
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Gadvac Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, that's quite a lot. Quite a lot of work goes into these comics, no?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. I posted a pic of some of the vector pieces of the comic to give people some idea of the work involved.
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Ryuzaki-Kagura Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Are you a wizard?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
? That's not all of the work by far, but it's most of the Illustrator stuff. Notice that I grab some screenshots here and there to help me remember the correct sizing and proportions. People have commented how a lot of my stuff looks authentic. This is why.
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AmbroseButtercrust Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very neat to see this!
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Raxadian Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Favorited for usefulness!
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thanks! I didn't really expect anyone to fav this, only to use it as a topic of discussion.
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