Posts tagged coloring
Posts tagged coloring
First off thanks!!! I tried to make a tutorial but it ended up extremely vague and more of a step-by-step of a headshot i drew today for this purpose whoops;;;
This is one layer but If it’s a complicated drawing then i’ll draw it out and line it with a thin brush with no pressure sensitivity, and then bucket fill the shapes on separate layers, usually 1 layer per character and one layer for the bg.
I also might do color adjustment layers and merge them down as I go but I got lucky this time and didn’t have to make any adjustments.
I work on one layer but every 30 minutes or before I begin a new stage (hair, the eyes) I’ll duplicate that layer and paint on the topmost one. This way I can check to see if I over-rendered by hiding the top layer. If i over-render or mess something up, then I have that back-up layer that I can go back to and start that part again.
Some additional things:
- lost edges are where the edge of a shape bleeds into the other without any visible separation between the two. If you don’t need an edge consider getting rid of it for a more painterly look
- The very very darkest shadows on skin are almost always warm. Even if the light source is cool, the nostril will be a warmer color than the rest of the skin.
- warm light: cool shadows
- cool light: warm shadows
- Vary the hue here and there with little flecks of bright colors that harmonize with the local color of the object to make things pop
- If the background is dark, draw a very thin orange or dark pinkish line where the skin meets the bg. This is called a corona and will make the skin look like it’s glowing
- you don’t need to use pure black AND pure white in the same image every single time
- The eye is drawn to hard edges, so use them where it counts!!
- Read Richard Schmidt’s Alla Prima for more of this kind of stuff. I got most of these ideas from that book
- and proko’s youtube channel
- ps that’s makoto
That’s all I can think of right now!!
A tutorial by me. Because I can.
I used Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop, and this square brush set. Yup.
Edit: Oh, and I know there are a ton of spelling errors, sorry! D:
A quick little thing that ended up being neither quick nor little, for an anon who asked how I do skin colors.
As usual, I’m not a professional, this is just how I do things. Hope I answered your question!
SK IN COLORING CAUSE i received a bunch of asks on this omg i don’t know if this is the right way or anything but it’s a quick way i use to pick skin color s YEAH BLUES AND PURPLES add a nice bit of variety to the skin i feel idk IM SORRY I KINDA GO ON INSTINCT WHEN IT COMES TO THE EXACT COLORS
If you’re ever not sure of skin colors it’s always best to look up a ref of a RL person of that approximate skin color!!
Common digital coloring mistakes. by natasha2808 of deviantart
COLORS ARE HARD. I have a hard time with colors myself, I feel your pain entirely!
When I’m having troubles like to sit down and just browse through my inspiration tag of random creative-feel goodies, #Art-Reblog.
I also really enjoy looking through colourlovers.com and just searching random words to see what color patterns come up. Sometimes it’s just a good idea to sit down and work with a random color palette you find. Make a portrait, draw some scenery, just anything with that limited color palette.
As for art books I would recommend for color/coloring inspiration… Give me a few minutes as I flip through my collection to pick out some goodies.
The Croods, Puss in Boots, Bolt, Ratatouille, Wreck-it Ralph, Tangled, Brave, The Princess and the Frog, Shrek Forever After, Rise of the Guardians, Planet 51, Megamind, Monsters VS Aliens, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Take note I only skimmed quickly. I didn’t read the tidbits so there might be even more treasures in there if you have time to kill. This is just me flipping through my art books and feeling that these were the most “Color Inspirational” by landscapes, character design, and concept scripts.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST………… Be sure to play with yourself! Oh, wait, no. That came out wrong. HAha, okay be sure to open up your SAI or whatever program you use and just… Mix and match colors. EXAMPLE?
It’s so much fun to sometimes just sit down and mess around with colors. RANDOM colors, make them ugly, dull, bright, whatever you want and just see what happens! You’ll be amazed at how many different colors you can mix and pull from said mix. It gives me lots of character thoughts and ideas when I do this so maybe it will help you!
(Btw the tool I find most helpful to mix up colors can be found here! It’s call Acrylic. If you use SAI that is.)
I wish I had more literature for you, I know I personally need to buckle down and get some for myself and learn my color basics. But this is still really fun to look at and practice in the mean time while you’re feeling down!
DON’T EVER GIVE UP! KEEP COLORING!!!
(Made rebloggable by request!)