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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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AMash1is Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This just becomes complicated.
How do I make a completely white duplicate?
How do I end up with a background?
More stuff wasnt answered either.
It's a good tutorial but it is missing key elements.
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Considering this tutorial is over 4 years old, there's definitely some techniques that I've since improved upon and learned how to streamline moreso than this, so its perfectly understandable some stuff might be missing. Both when I had made this, as well as in present day- it's intended to just explain what my own process for achieving the technique was, not some perfect by the books guide. You should use it as merely a reference point for exploring further and improving upon the ideas in your own ways. And if there's anything specific that I didn't already explain above, then you're more than welcome to ask.

As for a 'white duplicate', I can apologize on my part back then for not explaining it as in depth as the other elements with the interface. But this tutorial does assume you have some general understanding of digital art programs. All that step is asking you to do is copy & paste that same white layer which you created at the start of the tutorial, again. Or in photoshop's case, right click the layer and click the word 'duplicate' to achieve the exact same thing.

The backdrop is completely unrelated to the tutorial, and it's only purpose was to serve as a visual indicator for how the white around the character was cut away from the magic wand tool, hence why in ( ) I stated it's not included. It was just a little visual extra for the fun of it as opposed to using a flat color.

You'll need to clarify what 'more stuff' wasn't answered that you'd want further elaborated, as in all the years this tutorials been up you're the first to really take so much issue with it. At the time of making it I tried to be as thorough as possible with explaining my process, so anything that wasn't answered is likely stuff I outright did not do in creating the effect as a whole.
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AMash1is Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries man! Thanks particularly on the backdrop clarification!
You can find on my profile my finished attempt following your guide and I have to say, I managed to get my head around it in the end!
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear you were able to figure it out! :>  And I think the piece came out really nicely for a first attempt!

Much of the first portion for the tutorial is sort of frivolous mock-up effects to get it looking like a paper cut out compared to the actual style itself, which mostly focuses on using an airbrush for shading then adding a highlight to the shaded areas of the character :thumbsup: So just pick and choose whatever elements as reference suit your needs best and jump off things from there!
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AMash1is Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
Im using the final image as my new YT icon!
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0002niardneK Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Used up to Chapter 4.

Starlow - Paper Mario Style
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SpookyBobOmb Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What software did u use for this?
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This and pretty much all my digital work is done with Photoshop CS6! Though techniques like those shown in this tutorial I'm pretty sure can be pulled off in other programs as well! :,> Just the locations for certain tools and effects will probably be in different places.
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SpookyBobOmb Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the info! Wanted to try "paparization!"
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Brooky340 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'll try it out .3.
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Rhayian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Paper Mario: Thumbs up

And I tried!  krakuetta.deviantart.com/art/P…
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Glad it could be helpful to ya! :,D And that came out awesome!
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That-One-Leo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well this is really handy, I more or less had an Idea of how to make this BUT they still came out pretty bad :XD: following up this tutorial I might be able to finally nail the style, looks simple enough but OOOOHH NNOOO it ain't that simple as it looks :XD:

but thanks for this little tutorial, hopefully I get it right now :D
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Haha! Glad it could be of some help to you! :,P And best of luck with it!
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That-One-Leo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D
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Blockdasher91 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016
:)
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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Cool. Great tutorial, great character.
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Azealeon Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only I had a tablet, I could do this sort of thing... it's VERY nice and detailed, yet easy to follow. :3
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Since this art style doesn't have a dependence on really intricate blending, or a lot of tapered lines that'd be suited for a tablet/pen pressure, I think if you have an understanding of the pen tool you can definitely pull it off! :,D Or at least experiment with it for an idea~

And I'm glad it could be easy to follow! ;v;
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missmoonshine182 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Artist
Guess what, I officially used the "Paint" thing on my dads pc to create a paper mario character! It looked like a robot with a red shirt and stuff. his name is lighting robo and dad did most of it like the shading while I did things like the colour. Why not you try?.
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That's awesome! : D I've got my own program of choice to work with as is, so I'll have to pass on messing around with it- if it's the same paint program I'm thinking of though then I used it a ton when I was a kid, and it's definitely a really fun starting point to work from when it comes to digital art. :heart:
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missmoonshine182 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!:D (Big Grin)
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problem! <,D Glad that it could be of some help to ya <3
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missmoonshine182 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Artist
I wanna make paper mario style characters for my project but I don't have photoshop. So I will try using the "paint" thing on my dads pc. that's possible, right?:? (Confused).
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Sinice ps is the main program I use, I wouldn't know hot to execute this in other things. There's nothing wrong with applying what you found here though and seeing if it works with something else! :]
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Wrenchy247 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
How about a tutorial for people that DON'T have Photoshop? ^^
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Seeing as photoshop is the only program I own/use- that can't really work. xD;;;

The best I can suggest is look up the general terms for different functions I used in this! Like the pen tool, the stroke effect, the multiply blending mode, ect, and research the art program you're using for where similar functions might be available! :> Even if they're arranged differently- functions like that tend to be somewhere or another in all standard programs. ;D
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XxMetroBoyPSxX Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Wait, isn't Sun Dial originally from Mario Party 4?... Well, the character he's based off of, at least... He looks very similar. :)
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're thinking of Brighton from MP6! ;D themushroomkingdom.net/images/…

Sun Dial was made before I had actually played MP6 I think, though the design wound up pretty similar in the end xD

I got to how this character looked by combining the ideas of an Angry Sun with a Magikoopa basically :giggle:
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XxMetroBoyPSxX Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Huh, interesting... :3 I like the design, admittedly. Almost looks like Brighten wearing Twila's robes, doesn't he?
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MilesTheCreator Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I attempted to follow this tutorial.. The shading is not good yet because I used mobile.. :o

milesthecreator.deviantart.com…
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TheLastStarian Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would be abit more helpful if it helped with hand drawing, but helpful nevertheless.
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You can still visually apply the same techniques here with traditional work, you just have to work at it from a different angle ;D Because artwork from Paper Mario is inherently created with digital mediums, the best way of replicating it is going to be in digital. It's not impossible to do traditionally though.

For instance the major thing with the style besides the bold black outlines is having the "light tracing" around the shadows right? So instead of shading all the way to the edges, shade a slight distance away from all the lines and gradually blend into whatever your base color is. That can probably get you a similar effect ;P
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TheLastStarian Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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fishandspaghetti Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Awesome tutorial!
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Piranhartist Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <D
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lemmykoopa794 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student General 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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