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Pinkie Pie - Never-Ending Party Vector by AncientOwl Pinkie Pie - Never-Ending Party Vector by AncientOwl
Here's the finished vector.
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MrFoxington Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait this is a vector?!

How did you get the lines to appear like that?

Would it be possible to see the original file? I would love to see how you made this :)
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AncientOwl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll be uploading the original file, so yes.

When I drew the thing, I just made the lines incredibly dark and I erased all possible junk lines before I scanned it.

When I was in Photoshop, I used the Magic Wand tool to select the outline after I erased most of the excess lines it might have selected as well (I set the sensitivity to 90).

I created a new layer, colored the outline black, then set the sensitivity on the brush to 100, selected the black outline, and colored it in again to thicken the line.

I then followed this ([link]) to try and smooth out the lines (This used to look much worse).

After that, it was just copy the outline to a new document, filled in the color, added the lighting effects, then shaded it with the burn tool.
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MrFoxington Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm that is actually pretty cool :D

Photoshop itself has really poor vector support and because your lines are so unique and appear hand drawn it's making me wonder how you converted the raster(pixel) brush lines into the vector format.

No offense but I am having a hard time believing that this is an actual vector. It would be nice to see the original file with my own eyes so I can put that disbelief aside. The number of people who are confused with that a vector actually is surprisingly high.

I could have sworn that [link] was a sketch and the artist didn't realize what a vector actually was. This piece is actually a pure vector and the artist had used thousands of single strokes to achieve this effect.

Sorry for not taking your word that it's a vector, it quite well could be. It's just so different from the normal style for vectors It would be nice to see it for myself :)
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AncientOwl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the wonky, hand-drawn look much more than the smooth, digital look, so I attempt to keep that as much as possible in the finished product.
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AncientOwl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess a simpler way to put it is it's a combination of vector and bitmap. I just got into digital art, and I'm still working out some kinks in my usage of the pen tool, so I opt to use the Paths tab instead. It's vector lines over-top my filled, hand-drawn lines.

It's not "true" vector in the normal sense, in that I only used the pen tool and paths tab. I'm not sure what your definition of a vector image is, but I'm going to guess my image isn't TOTALLY within it.

Here's a [link] to the image when it was just vector lines, not outline, which is where I get those wonky, off-center lines. I'm warning you, it looks terrible without the outline filling in missing spaces.
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