My…Lin art? Blurred…colours? I’m not 100% sure which drawing you’re talking about since I’ve got a bunch of Lin drawings, but I’m going to make an assumption based on this being the one Lin-only drawing I’ve posted that’s kind of painted, and because I got this ask at about the same time as a bunch of notes for this drawing. So prepare for a rant about my colouring process OH JOY
Here’s my lineart layer, inked with a ballpoint pen and probably a black marker to help fill in the solid black areas, I can’t remember right now. First thing I do after scanning and minor cleanup is separate the lines from the background. To do that I duplicate the blue channel (though you can really duplicate any channel on RGB mode), go to select–>load selection, select your duplicated channel and check the invert box. Now your darks should be selected and you can go ahead and fill them in. There is one reason that I do this instead of just setting the lineart layer to multiply, and that reason is because I can now lock the transparency of the pixels on my lines layer and colour them.
Granted, I usually don’t colour my lines until after I’ve done my flat colours. But it’s a lot easier to see where I’ve coloured the lines like this.
Unfortunately I can’t actually walk you through the colouring directly because it looks like I did the bulk of it on one layer. Basically I started with flats and picked a shadow and a highlight colour for each area. The shading’s not quite solid because I used a brush with flow and opacity control turned on, it’s probably easiest to see the base, shadow and highlight colours around the face.
Then I slapped an overlay layer under the lineart to give a very slight green light coming from the left and to add some pink/red to the skin.
Lastly, an overlay layer on top of all the other layers. I’m a giant cheat and use a gradient with a light, warm colour around where the light source of my drawing is and a darker, cool colour in the shadow.
SO NOW YOU KNOW MY COLOURING SECRETS
(The final secret is that I made videos of myself putting on a coat in a rather underwhelming manner as reference for this drawing.)
(…Yeah that ask was about another drawing wasn’t it?)
Jenny, Can I start with saying I love your art? Its absolutely gorgeous! I really admire your use of color! (heres my question!) when you first started out did you use color palettes? How do you know what colors to use? Everything you put together, even if there crazy colors, looks beautiful... When I try mixing colors they end up all muddled and stuff xD Do you have any color theory's / laws you find useful? Keep up the amazing art! :)
AHH THANK YOU V MUCH WOW!! im really happy you like my colours u wu!
thats a pretty loaded question haha pls keep in mind that this is how i view colour and everyone sees it differently so dont take my word as concrete trUFACTS im not an expert omg i could be totally wrong ok
yep i did lotsa colour palette challenges from thesetwo color scheme challegnes when i first started drawing digitally like i didnt know jack shit about picking colours
i also looked a lots of colourpallette sites and i got to see which colours look nice next to each other
BUT ITS REALLY BEST NOT TO DEPEND ON THOSE THINGS AND INSTEAD MAKE UR OWN PALETTES through experiments and shit
OK FIRST ITS RLY GOOD TO UNDERSTAND COLOUR THEORY! i suggest THESETHREETUTORIALS (esp the last one)
see i used to always pick darker/lighter versions of a colour to shade it with but that sometimes makes stuff look kinda dull! like they said in the last tutorial i linked, its important to change NOT ONLY THE LIGHT/DARKNESS, but also the COLOR ITSELF(hue) and BRIGHTNESS(saturation).
eg if i had to shade something pink, id just move the colour to a darker pink and a lighter pink dont do that kids
but now when i shade pink i like using brown or purple or a lightish green idk it depends and i like adding light with yellow or light orange or w/e
IMPORTANT WRODS WITH COLOURS INCLUDE COMPLEMENTARY (opposite on the color wheel like yellow n purple, blue n orange)(these can either make ur drawing a DISASTER like sbahj lmao or really nice!), ANALOGOUS (next 2 e/o like yellow green blue), and MONOTONOUS (1 colour but diff shades of it)
ok another thing i like 2 consider is that “real life” colours dont always look as nice in a drawing! eg if you take a photo of emma watson and use the eye dropper and pick out the colours for her hair and face in that photo, its actually really werid to colour with! (left one)
instead id use a yellower/oranger shade for a her skin and a brighter orangey brown for her hair
i like to exaggerate and over brighten my colours! when i color balck hair, i really dislike using BLACK AND WHITE, so i use blue and yellow instead! shading with black and high lighting with white is something i try to avoid a lot because almost nothingis true black or true white ever
OK SO MIXING COLOURS the results reallly DEPEND ON UR INITIAL COLOURS LIKE
look at that gross red/orange thing and the really darkish green they dont look as nice as the pinker red and bright blue
ok but the righ t red and green can look nice blended together!
you have to pick the “‘RIGHT”’ COMPLETEMENTARY COLORUS for it to look nice together. if you put a grayish red next to a bright green it’ll look odd
actually look i suck at explaining it just REALL Y HELPS TO EXPERIMENT WITH COLOURS IM SO SORRY IM UNHLEPFUL OMG GOMEN I REALLY DID TRY TO EXPLAIN IT
SO IN THE END THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ABOUT COLOUR IS THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION AND SAVIN G THE COLOR SWATCHES YOUVE CREATED
What prompted the name change, if I may ask? I like it! I've been wanting to change mine to not include my last name, but I'm still trying to think of a name :)
I hope you don’t mind me answering this publicly, since I’m sure some other people might be curious too.
Basically, it came down to a few reasons but the main ones were:
I have sentimental feelings for paper cranes, but I feel it’s such a universal symbol that I didn’t feel comfortable making it something associated with my art. I guess it didn’t feel enough like a personal identity.
I thought it’d be cute to have a username related to my actual name without actually being my name. This isn’t necessarily a “pro” presentation blog but it’s not exactly a fandom blog either. So I thought a nickname would be best.
Usernames with dashes are untrackable, and even if I tracked “papercrane” I would only get pictures of paper cranes and tattoos. Occasionally, I’d peruse the tag to see if anything addressed to me made it in (and sometimes they did) but I found that I missed a lot of replies, etc. because of it.
I am going to miss paper-crane (it’s served me well for like…years now), but I think it’s finally time for a change. :)
(On a more serious note, i'm not very good at non chibi art, and Its something I want to get better at... do you have any tutorials / views that you found helpful when you started? )
Uhm, I studied a lot of different artists, like Burdge and other internet artists and then a lot of Maxfield Parish, who is fantastic and beyond amazing. I did a lot of figure drawing and it always helps to look at books about anatomy and things.
I don’t know if you remember, but once you said if this artist thing didn’t work for you, you’d open a tea shop called The Jasmine Dragon. Well, I hope you do find your way as an artist, but we could still open that shop :). So happy birthday danielsherv!!!
Amen to this! What fun is drawing just for the sake of impressing people? Sure its nice if people like what you draw, but drawing because you love it is its own reward, If your happy with it thats all that matters!