SONIC ADVENTURE ART TUTORIAL
Way too long.
The long awaited SA style tutorial.
At long last, the day has arrived where I'm finally releasing the Sonic Adventure Style tutorial!
The question I get asked the most is when I'm finally going to release this project that I've talked about for years, and I've never been able to give a solid answer until recently.
This thing has been on the cards since 2007, but every time I started it, something got in the way that stopped me, whether it be education commitments taking up my time or the hard drive crash I suffered in 2010. This time though, I was determined to get this finished and finished well.
I'm actually thankful for all those roadblocks over the years. I realise now that I wasn't really ready to produce something that was worthwhile back then, whatever I produced I would have been unsatisfied with months. Now years later, I feel I've developed enough solid skills and techniques to be able to make this a reality, something I can be proud of and something that I hope others can learn from.
I actually released this last week on physical discs at Summer of Sonic. I only had 100 of them and they proved to very popular, I hope this digital release continues the trend.
So, I hope what I've put together for you here is useful and that you enjoy working through it!
Hit the download button to download the .zip folder!
What did I use?
Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS4
Sonic the Hedgehog and all related items(c) SEGA/Sonic Team
the files in the zip are unknown and that webside you posted it on is too slow
Well, I already know how to color in SA style. But I hoped to maybe learn some new tricks or an easier method. Adobe Reader was just like “Lol, nope!”
I'm not sure what the problem would be...I've never heard of that before.
I tried doing lineart with that tool, and oh my god. I'm too impatient for it. x_x I use the pen tool for the lines, but when I do smoothing, I don't see a difference.
Is there something i'm missing? :c
The Smooth will 'work' with the Pen Tool, but as the Pen gives smooth lines anyway, it's not really needed (hence why you won't see much of a difference). The Smooth is only really useful when you apply it to something done by hand (like the Lasso) it helps make up for Human error. With the Pen, the computer handles the lines so they don't really need any smoothing.
Lots of people use the Pen Tool for lineart and it can certainly do the job, it's just not my tool of choice, I prefer working with the Lasso and Warp. I will admit it takes more patience. If you're already comfortable with the Pen (which from the looks of your gallery, you are!) then I don't think there's much in the Lineart tutorial that will aid you, the techniques are too different.
I will send over a note soon and explain some other options to work around for you which there are.
Okay, thanks, I wanna learn how to use this style This tutorial is like a blessing to me
THX for doing this tutorial XD
And thanks! I hope it will
I am thinking of providing some sort of online hosting for people to view in a browser if it improves the workflow, I'll have to look into it and how it performs. One of the key things I want this to have is a smooth performance, but that can be challenging in something like this so I'm sorry if it's a little sluggish.
Out of interest, what version of Acrobat are you using?
May I ask, what kind of computer are you using?
I think I will look into providing some kind of online hosting....we'll see how that goes.
I don't think I'm too bad at SA myself, but I realize I can always improve. Your method varies from mine, especially on lineart, so I'm tempted to see how different the Polygonal Lasso Tool is from the Pen Tool. I remember when I first began SA, I actually did use the PLT. I was probably just too impatient because the lineart came out horribly. When you do it, it looks so easy and perfect. It's nice to find common ground on things we do similarly though.
It's a long read, but worth it. It's great that you stop at every little step to mention what you're up to. Many tutorials have 5 to 8 steps from start to finish and I'm often left wondering "Okay...but what did you do inbetween?" Some people have different strengths and weaknesses with the SA style and knowing they can surely find how to fix their weakness through this tutorial makes it invaluable to everyone. I'd say this is a good guide to be fully read through once, and then consulted whenever one is stuck at a particularly daunting step.
The final analysis is a great addition too. While I've made most of these notices myself, having a compiled reference could be a big help.
Thanks for spending so much time on this, I'm sure it will be gobbled up by many excited Sonic artists in no time at all.
I have tried to keep the text down as much as possible. I reviewed every step and tried to cut it down as much as I could, while still getting across what I want to say, it actually became quite tough. I hope it's not too word heavy. I'm glad you think the analysis is a good inclusion as well, this was something I wanted to see if people found useful or not. While it's probably best to use official reference, I thought it could be handy to have a reference within the document for people to just flick to quickly without having to search online. Plus, if you're working with the sample sketch, it can serve as something to compare your work to.
Again, thank you for the kind words! I hope you get some use out of it.
Like...3-4 years ago? 5?
So I've started making the document 3 times over the past 5 years, but I've had about 5 SA images that I've done, which all originally had the intention of being used for a tutorial. Obviously however, they never made it.
Can't wait to see people start to use it ^^