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SONIC ADVENTURE ART TUTORIAL by TheGatestormer SONIC ADVENTURE ART TUTORIAL by TheGatestormer

SONIC ADVENTURE ART TUTORIAL

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Way too long.

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The long awaited SA style tutorial.

Description

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!

Thank you!

Hit the download button to download the .zip folder!

NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE AT ISSUU
Part 1
Part 2

What did I use?

Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS4


Sonic the Hedgehog and all related items(c) SEGA/Sonic Team

Art(c)TheGatestormer

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:iconshadowgirlfan:
Shadowgirlfan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
don't you have png or jpg files?
the files in the zip are unknown and that webside you posted it on is too slow
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:iconmeadowind:
Meadowind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My computer almost crashed when I tried to open it. Pretty huge file. 
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!”
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:iconheartinathepony:
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!
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:iconxelaalex:
xelaalex Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
No shadows, shadows make is SA2 art :/
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:iconkentathegamer:
Kentathegamer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh i neeeeeddded this! thanks bro.
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:iconchaosmiles07:
ChaosMiles07 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again, Envy! (You'll always be Envy the Hedgehog to me, bro!)
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:iconkirissland:
kirissland Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the tutorial can also walk with photoshop elements 4.0 version?
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:iconuragiritakara1111:
UragiriTakara1111 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Just tested it, and it was AWESOME! Everything, from the beggining to the end, was 100% proffesional, it helped me a lot! Thanks very much! =D 
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ClearwaterMK2 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
My download has a file called: _MACOSX & I don't know why.
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
That's weird, can you not open it? What's the file extension?

I'm not sure what the problem would be...I've never heard of that before.
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:iconclearwatermk2:
ClearwaterMK2 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I assume that file is an APPLE exclusive.
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Well, I do use a Mac - but the file itself should just be a .ZIP containing two .PDF files and a .PNG. I know plenty of people who have downloaded this who aren't on a Mac.
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Sebaslowpoke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!!! c:
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:icondragonballgotim101:
dragonballgotim101 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
would I still be able to use this tutorial in gimp for the art?
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I'm not familiar with Gimp, I've never used it so I can't say for sure, but this tutorial was made for Adobe Photoshop.

Sorry!
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:icondragonballgotim101:
dragonballgotim101 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
eh...thanks anyway. guess it wouldn't hurt to try and see how far the tutorial can get me on gimp.
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:iconleopardlynx:
LeopardLynx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question though - Does smoothing only work with the polygonal lasso tool?

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
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Hello :) Sorry for the late response.

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.
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The-Wind-Rider Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm hey so I dont have the CS version, I have elements 10.0, and I dont have that warp option ^^; So do you know what I should use instead?
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Ah, yes. The warp isn't available in Photoshop Elements :( sorry about that.

I will send over a note soon and explain some other options to work around for you :) which there are.
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:iconthe-wind-rider:
The-Wind-Rider Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I noticed ^^; Atleast I have a version I can use, the most recent one :D, and I got a sketch already Im gonna use :D.

Okay, thanks, I wanna learn how to use this style :happybounce: This tutorial is like a blessing to me :D
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:iconrabid-noodles:
Rabid-Noodles Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You should submit your recent stuff to groups so they get a bit more attention than they already do! They totally deserve it! :) Especially this tutorial.
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:iconnxgnetwork:
nxgnetwork Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks for releasing this, perhaps it might be useful to me! :D
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I hope it is! :)
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:iconnxgnetwork:
nxgnetwork Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I hope so too! Perhaps I'll let you know :)
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:iconar-ameth:
AR-ameth Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This can be very helpful X3
THX for doing this tutorial XD
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
My pleasure, I hope it is!
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:iconar-ameth:
AR-ameth Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll download it and I can tell you then X3
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WrappedInBlack Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks and I just happen to get Photoshop yesterday!
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Haha, just in time!
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:iconhappyaggro:
HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Man, haven't seen this method used before. Great detail in all of this, will definitely come in handy!
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I don't know anybody out there who uses a technique similar to mine but I find it interesting how everyone has different ways of doing things. My method has evolved over the years quite a bit into what I have now and I think over time, anyone who uses this will most likely also adapt whatever they can take from this into their own unique methods as wel, everybody's different!

And thanks! :) I hope it will
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:iconkittygurl521:
kittygurl521 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very tidy and informative! It takes a long time to flick through the pages and pan around in order to read it though, but it may just be my version of Acrobat.
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thank you!

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?
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:iconkittygurl521:
kittygurl521 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Version 9. :)
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
OK thanks, well that's pretty recent.
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.
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:iconkittygurl521:
kittygurl521 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm on a Dell with Windows Vista, granted my computer is gettin kind of old :XD: Good luck with the online hosting!
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thank you :) I've added an extra part to the description for anyone else having similar issues. I hope you still find it useful!
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:iconkittygurl521:
kittygurl521 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Happy to help! Yes, it is very useful, though I have been SA Styling for quite a number of years. However, yours is definitely the best quality I've seen!
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Dody-Inferno Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
I must say, this is worth the years of hype. I've seen many excellent Sonic Adventure tutorials, and have been consulting them since I first joined deviantART 5 years ago, but this one tops them. The professional presentation is second to none.

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. :XD: 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. :XD:
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Wow, thank you for all the kind words! :) I have indeed worked hard on this, I'm glad you like it!

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.
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Camo-the-Porcupine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I remember when you first started the very first version.
Like...3-4 years ago? 5?
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TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Haha, The first one I ever attempted was in 2007 so yeah 5 years ago, long time. I then tried again in 2010. The 2010 one nearly saw the light of day, I got pretty far with it but my hard drive crashed and I lost all the work. As I say in the description though, I'm glad those attempts were never finished as to be honest, they would have been shite.

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.
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TwisterTH Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Sweet work.
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks, I hope so!
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:iconkasarin-desu:
Kasarin-desu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet, finally online ^^
Can't wait to see people start to use it ^^
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Haha, well that's the plan anyway =P hopefully the result as well.
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superskeetospro Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't seem to download this. I know this is a lot of trouble, but could you e-mail it to me, maybe?

superskeetospro@yahoo.com
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:iconthegatestormer:
TheGatestormer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Do you have any idea why you can't download it? I've tested it myself and the download works for me.

Send me a note!
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superskeetospro Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, well, now it decided to work....

Whatever, Internet... whatever... XD

Thanks again. I appreciate your immediate response. :)
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