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If you've noticed, I've recently been churning out a bunch of custom vectors. These are for an Equestria Daily banner I'm working on. Now, I've gotten compliments on them, and someone even asked if I did commissions for vectors! Now, before I list any prices, let me tell you a little bit about the vectorizing process.

The first step in vectoring is finding the pose. There are two ways I can do this. The first, and easier method, is to find a full pose from the show to work off of and use as a base. For these, I generally trace the body outline, then create custom hair for it. I haven't needed to copy any of the main six's hairstyles yet, so all of these have been unique. I look at it, lay it out, then put it into the style of the show. Simple! The second method is a little more time consuming. This is the splicing method. With this technique, I take multiple images and layer them so that different parts create a unique pose. Then, I copy what I need to so it makes the look I'm going for. At the end of the posing stage, I have a pose that I want, and all of the body parts are in place.

The second step is the actual tracing part. For this, I use Adobe Flash CS5. This step, depending on the complexity of the vector, takes me 1 to 2 hours of work. All it really boils down to is using the line tool to trace lines over the image(s) and line things up so that the colors will be correct when added. You can find a video of myself performing this step here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BuAM8…

The third step, and second easiest, is applying colors to the image. Using the bucket tool, I fill in the borders that I created in the previous step. Because of how Flash works, it fills in these sections almost perfectly, and no extra lines or shapes are needed for coloring. After this step is finished, it's on to the fourth step!

Cleanup! In this step, I go through the vector and double click to select groups of lines and delete them. After that's done, I usually fill the background with a vibrant color to look for any holes in the coloring that Flash may have missed when filling in. It has these problems because sometimes, it attaches lines fully together, but forgets to fill in the areas it just fixed. It's a slightly irritating little thing, but it happens. It's easy to fix. By this point, the vector is pretty much done. It's been drawn and colored.

The final step is resizing. This is by far the easiest step. I simply select everything I've done and type in my preferred resolution. I usually pick whichever is value is larger and bump it to something like 2000 or 3000, making a sufficiently large vector. When it looks all good, I delete all of my references (because they'll show up on the final product even if hidden) and export as a transparent PNG.

So, that's the process. It takes 2 to 3 hours for each vector, and the completed .FLA file is less than a megabyte, generally!

Now, on to the pricing. I consulted some friends about pricing, and I've come to something like this...

Straight recoloring of an existing vector (i.e. no custom hair or poses) - $10
Custom hair and pose - $15
Any additional accessories or features - $2 each

Additional characters - Half of everything above.

Examples? You want... a recolored Twilight in her awesome pose, but with glasses: $12 ($10 + $2). Your OC, with a scarf, hat, and boots: $21 ($15 + $2 + $2 + $2). Just your OC with correct hair and a custom pose: $15. Your custom hair OC with an Applejack recolor? $20 ($15 + $5).

Thoughts? Opinions? Ideas? I'm all for suggestions, and since my paypal doesn't work at the moment, I have plenty of time to readjust things or make things more fair. Feel free to comment and tell me if you're interested, because I can completely do this stuff. There are plenty of examples in my gallery!
  • Listening to: The Windwaker - Phantom Ganon
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Sakanoue Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I am poised over paypal to commission you! ^^ There are loads of commission artists out there, but as soon as I saw your latest Soarin vector I knew it had to be you ^^

Please say you will open custom slots up.
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Alexstrazse Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I will open commissions up as soon as I get my paypal settled, then we can work something out! Should be a week at most.
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Sakanoue Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Epic ^^ I shall be top of this list. *watches*... *in a dA way, not a creepy way*
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Chyuukuchi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw man... If I wasn't broke as a son of a gun.. I'd throw my money at you.. This hubworld maker is driving me nuts with the feathering it does and not letting you change the background color.
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GuruGrendo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Two to three hours for a vector?
That's insanely long.
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Alexstrazse Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, that includes finding the base and everything. I timed myself yesterday, and at my quickest I can get a vector done in an hour.
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GuruGrendo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've recently finished in around 40 minutes but I do average around an hour.
But two hours is a long time.
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HiveLordLusa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flash? Illustrator is probably better. Well... It's what I prefer at least.
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kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used AI too. I'm still learning it, mostly trying to figure out how I can avoid having to having 'patch' color fills to cover gaps in the wings etc.

Flash does have one massive advantage: once you get a vector, you can animate it.
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