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How Equestria Was Made

Ever wonder what goes into making one of these comics? Here's the step-by-step process of making "Dash Academy 2, Part 3" ([link])

:bulletblue: Step 1: Script and sketches. Sketches are scanned and positioned on the canvas in Corel Painter 11.

:bulletblue: Step 2: Character lineart. The eraser tool is used to sharpen lines.

:bulletblue: Step 3: Background lineart, with lots of perspective guidlines.

:bulletblue: Step 4: Character coloring. A really fun part! This is when characters get shaded, too. (Note: As of the recent strips I save the character shading for Step 6)

:bulletblue: Step 5: Character lineart coloring (I didn't do this in the first two strips but it looks soooo much nicer!) The lines are on their own layer and then I check 'preserve transparency' to color on only the lines.

:bulletblue: Step 6: Background colors (the most time-consuming step!) Background lineart is also colored. Environment lighting/highlights/shading is done after the background is colored.

:bulletblue: Step 7: Dialogue placement and speech bubbles

And then it's off to DA to submit!

I'm still new to comic-making, so this method could definitely be optimized to save time. If you have experience with this, critique is most appreciated!
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HCShannon's avatar
Wow, I'm impressed!
ILM126's avatar
Wow, that still looks complicated!
ILM126's avatar
Wow, that still looks complicated!
nyan-cat-luver2000's avatar
geez after seeing all this hard work I now truly under stand how long it take you to post. I respect you now I shall be patient!
whispii's avatar
how did you change the black outline to a different color? what command is it?
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
In SAI, you check the 'preserve opacity' box under the opacity slider. In Photoshop there's the lock opacity icon above the layers.
An alternative method is to make a clipping group layer above the black line art.
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OPGroovyDaddy's avatar
or just use the fill tool
naric12's avatar
How did you insert the line art for the sketch?
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
I scanned the sketches and then copy/pasted them into the program. Now, I draw the sketches in the program digitally.
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zealouslyy's avatar
This is an epic tutorial! I have read all the comics you currently have, and they are amazing works of art- both with drawings and literature. I love your work and owe you one for lighting up my days... keep going strong!
derpmuffinzderp's avatar
you kow in the coulored section with no speech i just pictured rd groaning like 1.ugggh 2.uggh 3.uggggh 4.*beats up gilda* 5.UGGGHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i love how you made DETENTION on the chalk board very clear.
sonicxamy4ev's avatar
Wow! This looks so simple! You made me want submit my art on here. :iconfluttershyyayplz: BTW I just love dash academy. Keep up the good work!
ToM2Will's avatar
Thanks for uploading this! It should at least give me an idea of where to start if I ever get around to making my own stuff! Which I really want to do but lack major skills.

A few questions,

What programs do you use for this?
What equipment do you use? (Pens, paper or something more techy? I really have little idea of what there is out there for techy stuff!)
and finally
Do you have more step-by-step process of making stuff?

Oh and i forgot to say Great comic!!!

SorcerusHorserus's avatar
Thanks! I'm glad it was helpful. I have a newer-ish but still old step-by-step here: [link]
My process is now entirely digital. Your other questions are answered by my front page FAQ.
Brollyhero93's avatar
This is one of the most useful tutorials I've ever seen! Good job Sorcerus! <3
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
Thanks, Brollyhero93!
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Nubicat's avatar
you Shoul be doo this tutorial again becouse your Stile it's SOOOmuch bether Now
SorcerusHorserus's avatar
Thanks! I'd like to redo it sometime.
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