… wherein the girls enjoy the hottest time of year.
This is the "underwater", where sponges learn to drive boats, fish don't stink, and mermaids dream of fighting on land
How else would book pony spend her beach vacation?
You could stand to do a bit of research yourself. There aren't any coral down here yet. How is everyone supposed to get the joke?
fcs, give me time. Trust me, it will all pan out.
So I stepped away for a few seasons to get my head straight and lines solid. It's pretty funny how even this small bit of time can change your perspective.
Something struck me as odd about Twilight's face, and it turned out to be a bit squished. Some other slight changes to pose to keep things graceful.
Still hesitant about turning off the sketchwork, but I may have found a new lining trick I'll eventually use. I'm definitely worrying about how all that hair is going to look.
Changes to her swimsuit. Early on, I had accidentally shifted the stripes, or purposely so for reasons I can't remember.
At the moment, many of my flat colors are shapes, mainly to help keep curves curvy, but also to avoid having random holes where brush strokes didn't quite cross. It has been years since I stopped using the Bucket, a really good habit to avoid when starting out since it either leaves halos or overpaints areas you don't quite expect.
The problem with using vectors for fills is when your linework is not nearly as clean-cut, or intentionally scratchy.
Getting fancy with the Path Blurs. I remember submitting an idea to Adobe years ago about adding some way to have blurs have different parameters throughout the canvas. They clearly outdid themselves with Blur Gallery, and being able to use it as a Smart Filter is pretty damn sweet.
Starting to feel comfortable with linework today. It occurred to me that I could use Levels to sharpen a linework layer by simply adjusting the gray slider. Only problem is that I use solid color fill layers for linework (basically a flat color with a mask), and adjustment layers—which would allow me to preview and adjust the effect at will—can't be applied only to masks. Clearly I'm straining the system.
Meanwhile, I'm trying a lineless method for hair that still makes use of the basic colors.
… and it seems to work well enough. Nothing quite like drawing each and every strand of hair. I'd love to be able to replicate the effect with much less work. I think the bristle brushes would fit the bill, but with a more advanced tablet than what I have. The original Intuos stylus doesn't have rotation, which I think breaks the deal for now.
Scootaloo gets some high-def treatment. Still need to figure out her SCUBA gear.
Some of the residents are dropping in.
True to form, Twilight's bubble is magic—mostly a side-effect of the Divide blending mode and the color I was trying to remove. I can't explain where the purple comes from. Sweetie Belle's bubble is as close as I got trying to repeat the results, but in green.