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Paper Mario Style Tutorial by Piranhartist Paper Mario Style Tutorial by Piranhartist
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Here's the tutorial that you all voted for! I tried to make the esthetic of it a bit more exciting than having a blank background, because goodness knows whenever I look around for tutorials I myself tend to look for the ones that are a bit more exciting on the eyes. xD

The example character I used is Sun Dial, a boss character for Chapter 2 of my Paper Mario: Fortune of Fear project. Of all the bosses I thought up for the project he was my favorite design wise, so this gave me the perfect excuse to color him up~

Hopefully you guys'll get some use out of this

Enjoy~ :heart:

Sun Dial (c) Myself
Paper Mario (c) Nintendo
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:iconfishandspaghetti:
fishandspaghetti Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Awesome tutorial!
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <D
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lemmykoopa794 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! Once I get a tablet, I shall definitely try this out straight away! 

One quick question: Do you need SAI or photoshop to make this? Or both?
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I only use photoshop- but the general idea of the tutorial could likely apply to either program! Or any number of free ones~ :>

And thank you! Glad you were able to find it useful <D
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Starlightbeat Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol''shade or not to shade, that is the question!!''

Nice tutorial!
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! <D
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thefrontmanx Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist
You make cool tutorials, but this is the one I like. :love:

In chapter 3 and 4, will serve to the original style? I wonder for this: www.mariowiki.com/images/8/82/…
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Try it out and see! ;P I pick up stuff from tutorials all the time that I apply to things that are unrelated, so you never know what could work! :giggle:
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thefrontmanx Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist
I will try it! Although I need a lot of patience. I am a dummy! 
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Jet-Petalite Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Paper Steven Universe by Jet-Petalite
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Haha nice dude! xD He looks super cute!
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Jet-Petalite Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you very much! : D
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MarioNintendofan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Oh hey would you try make a video about how you know do this tutorial?
By the way, it is kinda confusing see what things i can do by flowwing the instructions Unimpressed 
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
...Could you please explain what it was that you found confusing? I can try to help explain it clearer than what I've written out above. :> The tutorial does assume that you have a basic understanding with digital art programs however, it's not intended for someone just getting started.

I have no intentions of making a video I'm afraid. This tutorial has been up for a few years and thusfar you're the only one to have had any sort of issue.
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MarioNintendofan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Well on first place sorry if my engliish is bad.
2nd well just i have been searching others tutorials because i wanna know how i can do a Paper Mario and plus not always to be asking always Pictures resquests xD.
Well, i know how to use photoshop but it's kinda difficult the way how i can learn to draw a Paper Mario made by myself
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well then the best I can say for you is to just follow any of the tutorials you've found as closely as you can, even if you don't quite understand it all- and see what sort of results you get. Because if you start to practice with them you'll probably discover some techniques to make it less difficult for yourself :> But you won't know until you give it an actual try! ;) If you had a specific section of the tutorial you wanted me to explain then I could help more directly, like if you needed help finding a certain tool, or having me define what a specific step meant, but it sounds like you just need some god ol practice under your belt.~ :] That's honestly how I learned a lot of my own techniques for in photoshop, is by following and combining tips from different tutorials as best as I could until I figured it all out.
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MarioNintendofan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I will see wha i can do x).
So if i need a one help i'll tell you
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TRAIDIPUN Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
thanks man!
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WottSquad Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I'm probably going to try your draw it on paper than scan it technique. Then I'll try that airbrushing technique. But I dunno how to select multiple things with magic wand on Paint.Net. I'll try to figure it out though.
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Have you tried holding shift when using the magic wand? That's the shortcut for selecting multiple items with the Magic Wand tool in photoshop so it might be the same. :> If not you can always google it :iconimsotiredplz:
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WottSquad Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Actually in Paint.Net there's a direct option for multiple shading. And I made mah first PM FC! Check it out on my Profile :excited:
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germancricket13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ummm im a noob and i just wanna ask. what program are you using?
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TheOutli3R Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I just tried this with vectors in Adobe Illustrator, and it worked really well there too. Just thought I'd throw that in c: 
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I always use Photoshop CS6 for my current digital work, thought before I used Photoshop Elements :>
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germancricket13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gee thnx needed it cuz im also making my own Paper mario game
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well it doesn't matter WHAT program you use, since this tutorial can apply to a lot of them ;P Just go with one that you personally like, rather than one just because an artist is using it. :>
and besides Photoshop of any version can be rather costly :faint:
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germancricket13 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thnx a bunch
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Misunderstood-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I want to create my own character but can't find any way to do how. Any advise?
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It really depends on what sort of character you're wanting to make, as that's a PRETTY broad question to ask. xD Since this is a comment on my PM Style Tutorial, I'm guessing you're wanting to make your own fan character for the Paper Mario series? :0 And if that's the case, then look at what different sorts of species live in the Mario universe. Which ones do you like the most? Which ones are less commonly used? Which ones have more room for your own creative interpretation? Just keep these sorts of things in mind and let your imagination run wild as you plan something out that you can call your own! And if ever in need of inspiration, there's numerous Paper Mario fan projects/stories (my own included) that have an enormous variety in characters and designs that you can explore. :>
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Misunderstood-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I actually want to create a Gloomba, a variation of the Goomba, for a Paper Mario story that I started earlier in the week on a site called FanFiction.net.
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well then go for it! Figure out their physical characteristics, what they wear (if anything), what their hair looks like (if they have any), even what their teeth are shaped like. Then get into more personal details such as their likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and even in gameplay mechanics what sorts of moves they might have and what sorts of physical or defensive powers they have.

There's numerous sorts of quizzes and forms as well for the purpose of character development, which help you flesh someone out through answering different questions either in or out of character :> If you literally look up "character development quiz" right here on deviantArt there will be all sorts for you to try.~
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Misunderstood-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
How did you do this by the way?
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
...what do you mean? xD;;
I do it the exact same way I explained it to you in that last comment!
Lots of development quizzes, brainstorming, fleshing things out.
That's literally the best way I can put it
Some things there just isn't a step by step tutorial for, unless YOU take that step to start learning from other resources, and find a method of development that can work best for you.

For me a lot of my characters were designs I already had from past scattered works, so I just refined and updated them to fit their current purpose ;) While others I started from scratch and developed from the ground up
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Misunderstood-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I got some of the detail of the Gloomba figured out already, like personality, the 'clothes' per say, and the name of her.
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KawaiiWolfOphi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial was very helpful ^^ Here is my result - kawaiiwolfophi.deviantart.com/…
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very cool! Glad to know it was useful for you~ <D
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Pikachu4Prezident Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Nice work here! Now anyone can be paperized!

Ahem, I digress. You may remember me from one of the concept art pages you drew...either that or the character bios you made a long ways back. Good to see you're not dead!

Anywho, how's Fortune of Fear doing lately? Have you still been paying a little attention to it, because I know you have your mind on other things besides this, but hey, it doesn't hurt to come back aond continue fleshing things out/updating things.
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks.~

And I can't say I recall all that well- but if you watch me at all then you'd know I'm always far from dead, I'm always doing things on here on a daily basis :giggle:

It's where it sits right now still with the finished prologue and all the partner artwork. Sometime in the future when Mario and Luigi Dream Team comes out in the summer I might get back into the mood to add a bit more to it, but the with the amount of stuff I've put into the project now I'm more than satisfied with what I already have. :> I'll always enjoy the concept of it and I'll never "abandon" it by any means, since it has no definite end yet to what I'll be adding. xP
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Pikachu4Prezident Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
True, true. Still, with what you have right now, I'd say you've done quite a good job. There's still always more room for what you could plan; after all, the imagination is, quite simply, limitless!

I will admit though, aside from the first five chapters, I would still love to see more. But, there's no rush involved. I'm just the type of guy who just wants to see more in this project, because, like a few other Paper Mario "fan games" I've seen on here, this has potential to yet to be achieved!

I don't know how fleshed out the story is at the moment, but getting some more of that would be cool. And seeing as the Prologue and the first chapter has been completed thus far, I don't see any reason to not continue it. Plus, I'd think it'd be pretty cool to see what the final boss would be/transform into!

Then again, I probably need to look into your gallery again...sorry if I'm rambling.

Dream Team's gonna be a while off, but if you do decide to come back to the project, that'll be nice. Heck, I might just draw fanart of your paper partners just for kicks to show my support.
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FireYos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does any version of photoshop will do?
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't say for certain but I'd assume any of the recent sort of versions would. :>
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Wiiboy4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Great, elaborate tutorial, but I only have paint.net. Do you know if all the features in photoshop used in this tutorial available for paint.net? :/
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'd have no clue since I've never used paint.net, you may have to search up some tutorials for that program to see if they have certain features such as layer strokes and pen tools and whatnot. :>

I do know that GIMP is a completely free program that supports many similar features to photoshop, so that's worth a look as well if you're able to download it.
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Wiiboy4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Okay, thanks so much!
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Decapitated-Kittens Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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MischiefLily Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO READ THIS RIGHT NOW BUT I AM SO USING IT :icondeterminationplz:
I wonder if I can do all/any of this stuff in Gimp? :I
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I THINK THAT YOU CAN
I know for certain there's layers and the pen tool, and I'm sure that there's airbrushes and such. The only thing I don't know for certain is where the ability to 'stroke' layers would be, but I found something that might help in figuring out how to do so :iconimthinkingplz: [link]
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Merriann Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agh, Photoshop... How will I make thicker outlines in SAI? Hmmm... WAIT! I have magical curve and edit tools! Hooray! Using curves is not too bad actually at this point of view. Still a little annoying though. But this is helpful tutorial! Will be helpful for people who want to draw in Paper Mario style. It's detailed about all what people need to do ^^
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MechanicalOven Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Huh, this is kind of like how I create things in Paper Mario Style... But I never knew about the stroke thing for the thicker outline. I usually used paths for that. XP

I found this is quite helpful! :)
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Not too surprising, there's only so many ways I think that a person can mimic an existing style :iconimthinkingplz:

I'm glad that it was helpful to you though! :D
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