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How to vector a sketch from A to Z (part 2) by Mamandil How to vector a sketch from A to Z (part 2) by Mamandil
I felt like trying to make a tutorial, so here you go. :<

Part 1

Useful links :

:bulletblue: MLP-VectorClub quality guide : darcowalways.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletblue: :iconmisteraibo:'s tutorials : misteraibo.deviantart.com/gall…
:bulletblue: :iconzutheskunk:'s Unicorn glow tutorial : zutheskunk.deviantart.com/art/…

:bulletblue: Color guide : i6.minus.com/iurGZ8Q9WHQVp.png

:bulletblue: Cutie marks' gallery : mlp-vectorclub.deviantart.com/…
Yes I didn't mention it in the tutorial, but I prefer using the MLP-VectorClub's cutie marks (well except in this example 'cause the cutie mark was really well drawn) rather than tracing the sketch. It's both faster and more accurate.

:bulletblue: Thanks :icontheholytuna: for that tip on the eyelash part. :)

:bulletblue: Gradient and clipping video complement
:bulletblue: Taper video complement
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:iconrockthunder:
RockThunder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
<3 thanks
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:icontwilightsparkle2013:
twilightsparkle2013 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wait, do you speak French? This is so helpful! I love it! Can I give you applause?
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SolarFluffy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how to make the background transparent? :(
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is by default.
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SolarFluffy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thnx... i already know...but still Thnx ;)
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ScarletLightning565 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I never new Inkscape could do that. The clipping for the eyes, the stroke-to-path conversion, wow. I always use paths for my vectors and let me tell you, width consistency is very hard. Thanks for making this tutorial.
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Spaceisthelimit Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think this is one of the most helpful tutorials out there! Nice job!! :happybounce: Clap
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it could help. :)
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ViolaDreamCatcher Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I cant seem to figure out how to make the ends sharp! Dx
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps this will help ? www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9D53w...
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:iconthe-queen-of-cookies:
The-Queen-Of-Cookies Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH. MY. GOD. THANK. YOU. SO. MUCH. FOR. THIS.

I made my first vectored sketch! And, it came out AMAZING!! :dummy:

I learned a few things from this: How to get nice and clear lines WITHOUT making a path, saving the file correctly, and, how to do eye gradients, well, gradients in general correctly! :dummy:

I am honestly so happy, and I thank you for this tutorial. Without this, I probably would've made vectors the way I USED to... oops. Also, I wouldn't vector Rarity as much or even at all without this tutorial, because of her hair gradients. I even checked out your videos, also very helpful!

I will use this tutorial forever, until I can remember all of this by myself! :heart:

You have restored my faith in humanity :heart:

Again, thank you. :)
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why, you are very much welcome!
I'm glad this tutorial helped you! :icontwilightlaplz:
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:iconthe-queen-of-cookies:
The-Queen-Of-Cookies Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It helped so much, and I'll worship you forever for it! :salute:
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Easle-Darkpaws Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh Vector art is so different than I'm used to -_-...so hard for me.
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Lissy-Green Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Now, I'm having trouble with this gradient of the eye.
When I attempt it, it gives me the chosen color of the gradient, not the gradient itself.
Am I doing something wrong?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what your problem is, but someone else had a problem with the gradient so I made a quick tuto completement : [link]
Hopefuly this will help.
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Lissy-Green Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you for the quick reply and help!
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:iconkrisgelle:
Krisgelle Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Hello,
thanks a lot for your tuto. I begin with inskape and you work will help me .
see you
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:iconderaza360:
DeRaza360 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
With the overlapping issues, you can just use the convert to path method there as well, as long as you're happy with the stroke placement beforehand.

The sclera? Never heard of that before, I'll add it to my vocab. Thanks.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely not. Turning your stroke into a path is literally ruining the vector.
I was ok with this at first, since I had no other choice to taper the strokes, but now that I use ponyscape, it just sounds like the dumbest thing to do.

You should always keep as much strokes as possible, because you might want to reuse it or tweak things a little in the future.
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:iconderaza360:
DeRaza360 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I was against it too, for a while. It's just that the lines look so bland with the default thickest going throughout the whole thing. Also, some things are impossible (you try the hind leg nook?) with simply lines. However, I believe lines can still be used to speed up some things, like the lines in some of the ponies' hair.

Ponyscape has remedied this? I demand that you explain how. By the way, I actually completely agree with your points, but who the helm downloads our vectors to do crazy stuff with them? They only ever use the exported raster... *sigh*
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well ponyscape have powerstrokes, which is the equivalent of the width stroke tool in AI.
I don't make paths for the outlines anymore, it's all strokes.
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:iconderaza360:
DeRaza360 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds rather ingenious.

So, let me get this straight, you're doing what I do now?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that depends.
What do you do now ?
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:iconderaza360:
DeRaza360 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have lost myself. Sorry.

Ignore that comment. Anyway, thanks for the useful information.
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:iconpyrmappege:
pyrmappege Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a ton! I've been wanting to vector up my sketches, and I got Inkscape, but I've been completely clueless. Your guide was really easy to understand, and easy to use. ^_^
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it's helpful. :)
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:iconvictoriathekitty:
Victoriathekitty Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks to this I managed to properly save my vectors :D
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SingolDarkwood Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Quite the useful vectoring tutorial, I've already applied it to great effect on my own first forays.

Thank you very much for making this... oh, and also for your assistance with my little brother Piolet's eye vectoring trouble.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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Myardius Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist
you... you can mask several objects at once!? That canges EVERYTHING!
Well, not really, but it'll make vectoring the eyes much easier and faster for me.

Another thing: the sclera(strange word) of the left eye lies over the face outline. Normally only the eyelashes should do that, but not the sclera. Was that intentional?

I have to say: Very good and clear tutorial. Bravo!
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :aww:

You're right we usually let the body stroke overlap over the sclera, but most of the time, the cheek is made of a curvy stroke that goes well with the elliptical shape of the eye.
As you can see in this sketch, the head stroke has a sharp node on the cheek and I just thought it would make the eye look weird if it was under this stroke. So yeah, that was intentional. :)
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Pilot231 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Writer
ok, I'm having several problems on this tutorial. One is getting the second stop on the eyes for the Gradient and the other part was trying to get rid of the overlapping part of the eyes. When made a second layer of Sclera and removed it's fill, I try to crop, but then after selecting all the parts of the eyes, minus the black line and lashes, almost all the eye disappears and theres this small black dot there. Any chance you can record the whole eye process step by step in like a video?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, I'll do that this afternoon. :)
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:iconpilot231:
Pilot231 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Writer
thank you. That should help a bit better.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here ya go : [link] :<
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:iconpilot231:
Pilot231 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
...Oh...my... god... IT WORKED! =D thank you so so much for taking the time to make this! I saw what I was doing wrong and now everything works like a piece of cake! =D
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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matty4z Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
you do the eyes like me but i cut holes for the eyes in stead
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:icontheholytuna:
TheHolyTuna Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
A minor point regarding node deletion (referenced in the eye segment): In Inkscape, Ctrl+Del deletes a node, but preserves the angles of adjoining nodes, not only making the process faster but reducing inaccuracy caused by the better-known method of 'twiddle it 'til it looks right'. Then, all one needs to do is convert the cusp node to a smooth, then to a corner and viola, corner node with no change to adjoining nodes.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I didn't know that, that is just awesome! :iconfluttershyyesplz:
I'm going to edit that part, thank you very much. :iconhappytsplz:
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:icontim015:
Tim015 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, just one more suggestion. Do you mind adding a link to previous/next tutorial on each tut accordingly?
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh you're right I completely forgot this.
Fixed. :)
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VladimirMacHolzraum Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just so you know, the colored part of the eye is called the iris. The pupil is the black part.
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops my bad, I mixed them up.
I'll fix that, thanks. :)
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:icontelaros:
Telaros Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Great tutorial. It really took it's time to explain even the minor facets to creating vector work yet keep it short and to the point on each step. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why, thank you very much. :)
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CloudshadeZer0 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mouais... en gros, c'est comme vectoriser un screenshot, quoi |D
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:iconmamandil:
Mamandil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Plus ou moins. Disons qu'on a plus de liberté quand on vectorise un sketch.
J'ai voulu monter un truc que même les néophytes pourraient comprendre dans un premier abord. :<
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I'll add some corrections I see here as well:

:bulletblack: Fixing stroke overlaps - "(I prefer the latter ...
:bulletblack: There might also be some translation errors (possibly in part 1 as well) - I think "Object > Cut > Define" is actually "Object > Clip > Set" in the English version so it might be a bit misleading.

Regardless, it's a solid and well written tutorial, nice work on it. ^^
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