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Comic RD Layering Example
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Published: May 14, 2014
The purpose of this image is to show how I do my layering and strokes. Of particular note should be how strokes continue to exist, even if they are covered by other pieces. This allows them to be nice and smooth.
Images such as Rarity Stroke Guide by Ambassad0rStrokes Experiment by SilverVectors are great too, but without the transparency, it isn't obvious what strokes are continuous. Hopefully this helps.
If you found this useful, let me know with a comment!
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theromosdos's avatar
theromosdos|Student General Artist
Rainbow Dash: wuuUUUAAAATTTT
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HannaKulcsar|Student Digital Artist
I LOVE THOSE COLOURS! >w<
Ps.:It looks soo cool! :3
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Electric0Journey|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is cool! I dont quite get how these are suppose to be used but it looks creative in my opinion
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If you're doing any kind of digital art with layers for each object, the "z-order" is important (what goes on top of what). For vectors specifically, having smooth lines sometimes requires continuing the line behind other objects. This image tries to show all of that. The final product is here: MLP Rainbow Dash: Guh...Trixie?
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Electric0Journey|Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhh okay. I might try this out sometime
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LyricGemVA|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh this is VERY useful! Thank you! <3
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Glad you found it useful!
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Kishmond's avatar
Fun! I like to view my vectors in various stages of... what do I call this? Incompletion? Technicality? Anyway, I think I'll try this out.

Though I noticed one shape with an orange outline along her back is almost completely hidden, except for one gap in the lower mane. Why do you use such a large shape to fill a small gap?
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Hey! Thanks for the feedback.

You're right: that orange piece is almost entirely hidden, and was mostly to fill in the part near her mane. However, the stroke is slightly visible as well, and I wanted to make sure the stroke curvature was correct. This involved swinging it out "excessively far" as you see. I could adjust the "back" up or down, and it would still make sense. If I'd used a smaller shape, adjusting it down would result in an out-of-place looking line.

The comic source is definitely not as clear-cut as show references, since a drawing artist doesn't need to worry about shapes, layers and ease of animation. Some definite liberties are taken (by them and us).
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FuzzyAcornIndustries|Professional Interface Designer
Interesting. I could use this example on more complicated vectors. Or maybe I used to but its been so long since I have that I forgot. ^^;
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mewtwo-EX's avatar
Heh...get back into it! It's fun.
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FuzzyAcornIndustries|Professional Interface Designer
I'll try! c.c'
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