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Hello!  I'm going to have some spare time this weekend, so I've decided to open a limited number of requests.  I'll take the first couple that hit my inbox that I think I can actually complete.  I'll update this entry when requests are closed again. 

Ok, that didn't take too long!  I might do this again in the future, so keep your eye on the request status icon!

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Hi everyone.  Sadly, I am going to have keep all requests/commissions closed for the foreseeable future.  Due to the unfortunate nature of "real life", I'm not going to have the free time I used to have to work on art.  I'll still try to post things here as often as I can, but I don't see myself being able to get requests done in any reasonable time frame.

Please refrain from asking if I can take your request, because I will just have to tell you 'no', and then I will feel sad :(.  

Thank you for your understanding.

-uxyd



You do not need to ask for permission to borrow or use by artwork, unless it is for commercial purposes.  Credit is appreciated, but not required.

Hello everyone!

I've been getting a lot of vector requests again.  In order to make sure I can finish all of the ones that I have, please hold off on your requests for right now.  With any luck, I'll be able to open them again after the weekend.
Hello Everyone!

I've had a few questions about how to make vectors, so I'm making this post to share some of the tools and resources I used to get started.

First off, the program I use for vectors is called Inkscape.  You can download it here: inkscape.org/ . It is free and runs on any platform.  Don't be fooled by the price tag, it is a very capable piece of software.

In Inkscape, the most common tool you use is the pen tool.  You can draw paths using the pen, then manipulate them using the 'Edit path by nodes' button.  If you select Object->Fill and Stroke, you can find the display to adjust the width and color of the path.  Pressing Ctrl+Alt+C will convert a path to a shape, allowing you do do things like taper lines.  Playing around with the pen tool and watching Youtube videos of other people vectoring will help you get more comfortable with it.

Youtube user OrangeL89 has a worksheet that you can download to practice with the pen tool here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=65laQk… (Just look under 'Show more')

If you are going to vector ponies, I recommend getting an official color guide.  The one here: i.imgur.com/OYmIf.png works very well.  Often times the colors in screenshots are incorrect, and if you try to use the color picker tool you won't get good results.  You can also make color palettes that can be accessed from within Inkscape.  I've got an example here: sta.sh/01w0jc2khga8 . Open it in notepad or another plain text editor to see how to setup the file.

When working from a screenshot, try to use the highest quality source that you can.  You usually want a 1080p source, but sometimes 720 is good enough.  If you try to work from a lower quality image you are going to have a much more difficult time.  VLC media player (www.videolan.org/vlc/) has a 'frame by frame' play mode, which is much easier than trying to pause at exactly the right moment in video playback.

There is a set of tutorials for Inkscape, including how to do pony eyes on R4inbowR4age's Youtube channel here: www.youtube.com/user/r4inbowr4… . I found these to be a big help when I was starting out.  There is an extension for Inkscape to help with drawing ellipses.  You can see it in action and download it from the link here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAl3WJ…

Once you have made your first vector, you will probably want feedback on how to improve.  For that, I recommend the mlpvector subreddit www.reddit.com/r/mlpvectors . Your first few vector attempts will probably get marked up in red, but don't get discouraged!  The subreddit is also a good place to ask around if you have questions.

In general, there is no real secret to vectoring.  The best way to improve is to practice and get feedback.  A few tips that I have picked up are:

    - Use a few anchor points as possible.
    - When using nodes, use a 'smooth' node type unless you are actually at a corner.
    - Try to keep stroke width as even as possible.  Sometimes it might look like a stroke has thinned out on your source image, but that is usually due to animation error.
    -Play around with groups and layers.  Properly building up a vector makes modification easier.  

I hope you found this useful.  Have fun!
I'm going to have to put vector requests on hold for right now.  I will hopefully be able to open them up again in a week or so.  It will kind of depend on my schedule.
Well, I've been here for a month, and I'm nearly to my 100th deviation.  I might need to get a second hobby.  Now seems like a good time to add a journal entry, so here it goes.

I want to say thank you to everyone who has commented on and collected my artwork.  As long as I have the time, I intend to keep making wallpapers.  Thanks also to the 38 people now watching my account.

It is my goal to gradually improve the quality of the work that I post here.  As I've learned more about The Gimp, I've been able to use my fractal and function gradient renders in more complex ways.  I still have a lot to learn, I might need to buy a book or something.  I fumbled my way through a lot of my earlier wallpapers, since I didn't know that things like Layers existed, so I'm getting better.

Anyways, I'm working on a set of renders right now for CrunchNugget's Mane 7 vector crunchnugget.deviantart.com/ar…

I've got about 15 hours left before all the layers are done, so I should be able to finish the vector sometime before the weekend.

After that, I want to take some of the fractal vectors I've done and play with artistic effects in The Gimp. I'm thinking that something like a canvas effect, if done right might look really good with some of these.

I've also got to do a fractal vector for Fluttershy's and Rarity's cutie mark.  I've been unhappy with my attempts at those so far.
  • Listening to: Bassnectar - Color Storm Remix Tape
  • Reading: Following The Equator -- Mark Twain
  • Eating: Chinese Food
  • Drinking: Water