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Mlp 17 Star Swirl's library by andypriceart Mlp 17 Star Swirl's library by andypriceart
For the cover of MLP 17, I took a slightly different approach to finishing it up... typically if I do a marker color cover, I have to be very careful of how I ink. I typically ink outlines only with a Faber Castell PITT pen, do my color work, then do fine and detailed inking with a brush and india ink. There can be no mistakes, as you can't use markers over white out. I can't ink with a brush first, or the markers will reactivate the ink, and smear it.

When I was working on this I decided I wanted to have a little more freedom with my inking, so I inked it as if it were intended to NOT be colored... that is, I could make finer details and effects or corrections with white out, and not worry about what the markers may smear. Once I was done... I made a full size high quality copy on a sturdy cardstock, and hand-colored that one rather than the original instead.

 Notice up top, the bottles with the Elements of Harmony on them... they were not finished as I knew the comic logo would cover them... my intention was to hit them with my airbrush rather than markers to get a weird glowing effect on each of them.... but, once art is ready for production purposes, it's hard to make time to go back and do the stuff just for you. It will be finalized shortly before Convention season, so I can make limited prints :) When doing a cover it's easy to leave such areas blank or featureless as it's going to be covered, but I like to be happy with the end result if to please nobody else but myself.

This is the first part of a new 4-issue story by Katie Cook and myself, which is one we've looked forward to doing for some time! 

Original artwork is 11x17 on Bristol Board, brush and india ink, copic markers.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Awesome!
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PuffPink Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Please tell me that's Vulcan script on those pages.
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RedStarryNight Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Uh-oh, Star Swirl's hat and cape don't match Twilight's costume; I assume this picture takes place five seconds before she starts breathing into a paper bag.
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DAVCM64 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
and the no°19?
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MohawkRex Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
The only freaking issue I missed and it was some of your best work... GAWDAMMIT!!!
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Xtralife Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a shame that this couldn't have been used as a splash page instead of the cover. But I'm jealous of your inking ability! My lines are frequently wobbly and of strange thickness. I can only imagine what difficulty you'd have with making something this ornate without any leeway. And thanks for sharing about your process!
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FallenShadow000 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, having a steady hand is difficult, both in digital and hand inking. I know I shake like a leaf, especially since I haven't gotten fully into the habit of using my forearm for broad/long strokes.
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Xtralife Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What helps me is quicker movements, and I keep my eye on the point where I want the line to end instead of following my stylus/pen. But I'll have to try using my forearm more!
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FallenShadow000 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It helps a bit. The hardest part is not looking down; I'm used to sketching with a pencil.
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
bought and read it. aplauds. very nice..........
though a little overboard with the references. waay to many, though i will admit this alternate stuff probably made stuffing as many pony parody puns perfectly presentable.
find a term used for the constant references over the internet. called non diegetic. means that things like dc references and songs in the show are viewed by us and itnerpreted dfiferent by the characters.
think largely to help preserve sanity foir bronies and guys writing fanfics.

also i like that touch on the sides, pinkie and rainbow spotting their alternates in the mirrors.
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Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there is no such a thing as "too many references!"
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
well if it is oneveyr single page of a comic i would say it ws too many............. then again the comic did not have one on every page. guess it didn't have too much............

then again, the helm of naboo, the golden gun, a giant coin ala batman museum collection, a jeckel and hydde potion............ dem references were all over the place. i thoguht they only explored one world that entire time..
thenagain it does bring the image of celestia beating up a pony james bond equivalent to get the golden gun which is amusing in its own rights.
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do the same thing: get good quality copies of my sketches and then color them.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
The bottles with their cutie marks! The reflections. The suspense.
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Shotgun-Butterfly Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Boy I love this art so much! And I am definitely looking forward to this storyline.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, look at that, the price treasures and possessions of Star Swirl. :)
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EllisArts Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I tend to do my sketches and inks digitally. Its not because I can't use the traditional media, its more because I have epilepsy and oops doesn't go well with india ink. More often than not I have to start all over again. Having switched to digital gives me more freedom and less worry. I love the fact that markers are still out there. I work pretty much in the same dimensions, though sadly the art doesn't go anywhere but to cons with me. Nice work.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I can't wait to read this comic! This cover is quite intriguing.

Awesome work
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SeanPatrickKelly Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this cover
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Wisetria Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
(If someone said this already, sorry for being redundant :P) I noticed that Rainbow Dash's & Pinkie Pie's reflections in the mirrors are different. Rainbow's looks mad and Pinkie's looks like the sad/depressed version of herself. 
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TexasUberAlles Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, man... having those cutie mark bottles up there where they would be covered by the logo on the cover is the stuff conspiracy theories are made of, that's brilliant.

You're a braver man than I am, Gunga Din; I always make copies of my lineart and marker over that rather than the original, 'cuz there is just way too much potential for an errant hand twitch to ruin a nearly finished piece with marker over ink. Photocopied lines allow a lot more leeway on bleedover as well, if you want to use a less-thirsty paper that lets the ink bloom more.
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
There is something really oldshcool about this picture. It gives me a nostalgic feal for old fantasy shows and books from the 80's.
I can't wait for the comic to come out.

Also, bottles with the the mane 6 cutie marks, i wonder what that means?
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BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
There are a lot of mirrors in there. I see something else in the one Pinkie Pie is looking at, I wonder what any other Pony would see if they looked in it?
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BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
And since I read the comments, I now saw Rainbow Dash's reflection. I wonder what Fluttershy sees.
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sugarrush-pony Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
I will always be impressed by how you're able to squeeze so much detail in to every panel or cover you do Andy, and this new arch for the MLP comics is something I've been dying to see for a long while. Hoping I can snag this soon if my local comic shop in the bay has it by now
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet, comes out mid march!

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sugarrush-pony Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Sweet! Marking my calendar. Keep up the awesome work Andy!
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
as always! this is great! love it!
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MARoy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like this style, so much detail and beautiful lines 
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Mannaro Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Hey!! Those in the book are ancient vulcan script (from Star Trek) or is just a coincidence?? o.o
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Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I am soooooo psyched right now.
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
i have high hopes you guys will do good by it. though i am hoping there is nothing dumb like a negaversion of the elements of harmony............... though it sems unlikely since twilight not alicorn.
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evangelian007 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Truly awesome! Since Luna is there I really hope she takes on a more active role in this arc.
I honestly cannot wait for the Starswirl arc to come. That's an aspect that the show never addressed and I was always curious. Who was he? The show gave some hints but it felt more mysterious. I found it odd that the show didn't expanded on Starswirl's back story.

Also I'm really interested to know that Sombra will play a role here. Maybe they'll reveal his back story too.:)
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pj202718 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Waitaminute? Are his spells written in Vulcan?
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Stahi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Eeeeeyup.
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pj202718 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Weird. Must be why Twilight is so into logic.
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shinigamisparda Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Uh oh. The knife and the reflection of Rainbow Dash that doesn't match her looks like trouble.
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batosan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really enjoy your work! This is fun to looks at! All the details make it similar to a "Find this object in this picture" search!
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UltraProny Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really wanna get as good as you some day! Amazing work! You are my favorite mlp comic artist. :D
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dancinninjac Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Wait, he had liquid Elements of Harmony? Whoaaaaaaa.
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Madness-Made-Fresh Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Nice!
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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The Beard Cave!
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andypriceart Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Quick! To the Beardmobile! We haven't ONE MOMENT TO LOSE!!!

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IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Atomic Beard-eries to power! Tur-berads to speed! Roger, ready to move out! 
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty dusty, I bet. ;p
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconrainbowsmirkplz: This is great, I can't wait to see this comic! Star Swirl the Bearded's secrets!
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TakeWalker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Ahh dangit I've fallen out of the comics. D: I need to pick them back up, this cover is fantastic as always!
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perryplanet Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
The expressions in the mirrors are awesome, but what really intrigues me is whatever Applejack is looking at. I'm guessing it's whatever was in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME!
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
You can't bottle talent, but apparently you can bottle friendship...which in this case is harmony...which is also paralleled by each team member's special talents. Hm, guess you can bottle the stuff.

This is looking good; I can't wait to read this arc, especially after Cadance's exasperating selectivity in the framing setting of issue 11.
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