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How I do them step by step by Astringe
How I do them step by step
So, contrary to popular belief, I'm not dead; I've just been taking a little break from ponies to do other things and haven't had any time for drawing. Someone asked how I make these resemble screenshots from the show, well, I quite literally draw them piece by piece with the vector tool. This isn't really a tutorial because this definitely isn't the best way to do it (it's just always worked for me) and there's no real instructions involved.

I sketch it by hand first (which, unfortunately I didn't save the sketched version of this) and trace over it with the vector tool. I actually draw the lines manually (if you zoom in, every one is an enclosed shape rather than just a line) so I can control the thickness of every one by hand.

Next I draw shapes and set them on a lower layer to serve as the coloring.

Then I use a couple of screencaptures for reference and draw a background that resembles the architecture. I also borrow the same color palette from the shots to make it look as close as possible.

Then comes little things like cropping, fine tuning, resizing etc. Mimicking angles the show would use and cropping to a tv aspect ratio definitely helps to make them more resemblle the show. Usually I work at about 4X this size, but I shrank it down so you could really see the lines more clearly. I don't remember how long this picture took, but I'm guessing about 3 hours total time.
Bad Future - Merrilay by Astringe
Bad Future - Merrilay
I've been meaning to do pics like this for TP's original characters for a long time, but I've just been too busy. Never the less, I actually managed to get one out. Now I know technically Merrilay was in the R.E.A.F. pic, but to be totally honest that color scheme was a complete coincidence and I actually didn't mean her to be any more significant than the other four goons in the air other than being slightly more detailed since she was in the middle. TP noticed her color scheme was like a combination of Big Mac's and Cheerilee's and came up with her back story entirely.

What I like about Merrilay so far is she strikes me as the only character in the entire story to be pure evil. Even the other major baddies like Dinky and Rumble seem to have at least some redeeming qualities: they're the kind of characters where they're almost victims themselves, like under different circumstances they could have easily been good guys themselves. Merrilay seems like the first character who would have turned out evil no matter what, even if the entire bad future had never happened and even if she had her father around.
I'm such a dork. I actually took a day's leave to watch the season 4 premiere. I've yet to see an episode live for the first time, and damned if anything short of the apocalypse is going to stop me this time.

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Sonic555ify2 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Hey I saw the bad future and it caught my attention is there a story you wrote or came up with to explain it? I'd like to know there's alot of potential of a good story too
OffClaireBlue2001 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Wow you don't have a comment signature
I'm glad I'm not the only one.
Nice to meet you
SaimGraphics Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to meet you Random Deviant:rose:
Astringe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the birthday wishes guys!
PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday! :party::iconcakeplz::w00t:

I shall drink to your health
tlegg Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Happy birthday
Fullmoonrose7 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Godliek :D Lily Wishing a Happy Birthday pinky pie party canon emoticon 
Sesshomaru431 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Happy Birthday! Birthday cake  icon 
TrueMadayar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Good future for you!
MH11387sly Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Happy Birthday!!
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