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Octavia Tutorial by WillDrawForFood1 Octavia Tutorial by WillDrawForFood1
The companion piece to [link]

I've been meaning to make a tutorial on how I make my stuff, but video-editing software hates me. So I'm going this route.
Keep in mind, this is on how I do my hand-drawn-then-digitally-colored art, which is like 95% of my stuff. Otherwise I just draw the linework straight into Photoshop with the tablet/CINTIQ, but the rest of the process is pretty much the same.

I might do an advanced tutorial on shading and backgrounds as well.
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theWeaverofTales Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous! Really helped when doing my first photoshop coloring piece! :D
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DrCaptPepperGirl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Filmographer
Great tutorial! :D
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KatieTheWolf98 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect! Thanks SO much!
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glittering-pony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I love this image! You are very confident with your pony lines.

Can I make one suggestion to your tutorial...or at least something you might try using with your next image...

Use the magic wand tool to extract your lineart is great, but not really the best way in Photoshop to do it. I would recommend using Ctrl+Alt+~
It is designed to remove all white from your black lineart layer. [link] <-- Will show you how to use the command correctly.
It's been a real time saver for me.
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Kirajoleen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:O im not the only person that does it that way?! :iconfluttershyyayplz:
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SuperLeviathan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
What kind of paper do you use do draw? Any particular make or manufacturer?

I've been working with pen and ink off and on for many years and haven't been able to find paper that can take ink without bleeding.
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SomethingVeryWitty Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredibly helpful, thanks!
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OsakaOji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
thanks for this nice Guide ^^
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malaysian-cat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful tutorial ^^
Although I don't really use PS, but it's quite informative
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Jdan-S Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally, I use Levels to adjust my scanned work. Half of the time I need to adjust grayscale sketches to be used as a guide for vector art, and Levels generally allows more control over shadows, midtones and highlights, as well as brightness.

I also usually skip making transparent lineart since I work at low resolutions. Setting the layer to "multiply" and making all the fills and shading underneath the lineart works similar to painting behind an animation cel. But it is a little harder to manage when adding the background.

Anyway, it's always nice to see how others work. You can pick up a few tips here and there! For example, I only learned about locking transparent pixels during the training grounds event! :XD:
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've tried Levels a few times, I dunno, it didn't really work for me. At least not as quick-and-dirty as this method does.
And I typically like to make the lineart it's own Layer so it's easier to manipulate, in case a part needs to be skewed or enlarged for the proportions. Plus, as you said, BG insertion.

That's neat. I typically learn or try some new technique with every picture I make, in a big way or just a tiny way. The ATG event overall helped me work on my speed, as well as accurate pony anatomy. Plus it gave me some serious respect for deadlines.
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Caerdwyn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Excellent tutorial... and I appreciate that you did it without talking down to the viewer. (Not all tutorial authors have internalized that little skill yet...)

Plus, Octavia.
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I tend to mimic the style of my better art professors; informative, but understanding that the student may not be quite ready for this level of instruction. More than anything I tried to make sure I didn't skip over any important steps, so I meticulously went over every stage of the process.
I feel like I accomplished that.
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CreeGeneral604 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
OMG Thanks brah! Now all I need is a scanner and those pens.....
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can use any kind of pens, altho the ones I use have a REALLY nice line quality.
I get them individually for $3.00 or so at art stores.
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raHunterB Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I ever teach myself Photoshop, I will need this badly.
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose it can come in handy, yeah.
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raHunterB Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I'll need it for everything, including ponies. And is this the Octavia from Tumblr?
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't upload it to Tumblr. Tho maybe someone else did.
I make the Ask Surprise blog, remember?
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raHunterB Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that. But there's an Ask Octavia. So I'm guessing Octavia is a real pony, then? I'm so behind on episodes it's not funny. :(
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Octavia is a background pony who plays the cello in the season finale episode. She's only on screen for about 3 seconds and has no lines or any important plot points. People just draw her 'cuz she's pretty.
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raHunterB Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've noticed that the pretty ponies are never the important characters.
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, Rarity notwithstanding...
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Neoridgeback Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh snap! someones using physical mediums for art
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just don't like how my tablet linework looks.
Despite using that method for the Surprise Tumblr...
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Neoridgeback Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Honestly I hated doing my line work digitally too until I started using paint tool sai and got accustomed to the stabilizer settings which makes my line work damn near perfect with some hiccups here and there despite the tiny ass bamboo I'm using. For example [link] , did that in a little less then an hour with out too much trouble in sai. Honestly zach if you use sai once you'll become a sai junkie like me and the rest of deviant art lately
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nooo, I must... resist... temptation...
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Neoridgeback Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Search your feelings, you know your desires to be true!
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Magic wand? Hmm... but why don't you use select by Luminosity which works much better and accurate than MW (as far as I can see)?
ctrl+alt+2
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hadn't even heard of that... Might try it sometime.
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
You probably need to play with Levels a bit as well to remove some leftovers from dirt sketch. In this case the feature will work better.
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, dirt's not really a problem, I always do a little touch-up cleaning of things like that when I have the linework isolated anyway.
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Forgot that you need to desaturate image first ofc.
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WillDrawForFood1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For your method?
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