Okay, so recently, I discovered that quite a few people have resorted to using the pen tool to fill in their lineart neatly, which takes EXCRUCIATINGLY long . Some people use a masking tool, others just hastily fill in the lineart with the brush tool, which usually ends up with colors poking out the side of the piece that you have to go back and erase.
Well I’m going to show you a quicker, easier way to do it, using the wand tool [or selection tool in sai). Some people have problems using the wand tool, as it leaves a blank space between the lineart and the actual fill space, but this tutorial tells you how to avoid this!
First, let’s start out with our lineart.
Now, you’ll need to select this tool, the wand tool
Now, this is important. you need to select OUTSIDE the lines, not inside. You also have to be on the same layer as your lineart. Make sure your lines are closed so that you don’t end up selecting inside the lines! (If you have intentional gaps in your lineart, I will tell you how to use this same method later in the tutorial)
NOW INVERSE!! (select -> inverse)
Your selection is now inside the lineart! BUT WAIT!! Do not fill behind the lineart just yet, or this will happen!
You will get white around the outside of the line! We certainly don’t want this! before you fill it in with the bucket or fill tool, you have to go to Select -> Modify -> Contract
you will get this, and you will will have to change the number depending on how thick your lineart is and what dpi you’re working in. Normally I just do 3 or 4 since i work in 300 dpi.
So now your selection will go from this:
NOW you can fill/use the bucket tool underneath your lineart.
Now you may have to do a little erasing in the corners, since the selection tool normally can’t get into little crevices.
Also, if you select INSIDE your lineart to fill in certain areas, such as the eyes, all you have to do is go to “select -> modify -> expand” instead of “contract”.
NOW FOR LINEART WITH INTENTIONAL GAPS.
normally, if you do the selection tool, it will do this, right?
It selects inside the lines as well. Here’s how you fix that. go underneath your lineart and make lines as if you’re connecting the lines together.
Now go back to your wand tool. At the top, you will see a box that will say “Sample all layers”. You need to check this box.
Now select outside your lineart and…
Viola! Now just go to the layer that you used to close the gaps, repeat all steps above, and fill it in. (if you’re using the bucket tool, you’ll have to click twice to fill it in completely)
ta da! Now just do your cleanup, and you’re good to go! Don’t forget to lock your layers, as well as use clipping masks so you don’t paint outside your lines!
I loveeee your art you lines are so clean!! How do you color??
That’s super kind of you! I’m always surprised when people compliment my lines because they’re…well, they’re not what they used to be haha! But here’s a really speedy tut on my colouring (luckily my colouring style is mega simple becuase I’m so impatient)
I’ll use this redraw of a redraw of R!Gen I never uploaded as my example. Also, I use sai, so keep that in mind.
First thing’s filling in the lineart with grey–I always select the white around the lineart and then invert it and fill it because it’s more precise and saves a tooooon of time.
Next is flats–I clip each colour to the gray so I don’t go out the lines.
Next is colouring the lineart. Like with the flats, each colour is clipped to the lineart layer. This step is the most important to me because it tends to make even some of my worst colouring jobs pretty salvageable haha.
Then a multiply layer to add a bit of variation to the skin tone across the face, neck, arms and knuckles (though I applied it more sloppily than usual here). I also gave Genji’s hair a slight gradient on this layer because why not
Then shadows–that’s just a multiply layer, using a pale purple or pink usually. I put the multiply layer above all the others because I like the lineart to get darkened too.
And then a luminosity layer, where I airbrush a bit of light in relevant areas and shiny places get more pronounced light with the pen tool. I also airbrushed red on an overlay layer to make the palette slightly warmer
And that’s it! Very straightforward, but hope that was helpful to you!
Hello! Sorry for the random question, but for one of your pieces with the caption "nosotros vivimos la vida" (it's a painting of viktuuri), did u do something special with the lighting? It looks amazing, but also has a strange (a good strange!!) effect to it, but I can't quite place my finger on it!
I was testing out a new coloring way actually. Forgive me if this doesn’t sound clear but basically what I did is fill out the entire lineart with the lightest color(the color of the highlights)
and then I colored out the places where I want my dark areas to be, with a few extra shadows here and there
and then to try to spice it up i added an overlay layer
you can also color the linearts
and that’s it i guess? You could also look up color theory to make the colors work better together(I still don’t understand it myself..)
For lineless, you just drop the paintbucket twice. First to fill in the colours, the second to get rid of the artifacts. The only bad thing is that the outer edges will have a sharper appearance, but it’s not noticeable when you shrink the image down or print it.
((Hi! This is a question for the mod, how do you go through the process of drawing an answer? Like, can we see step by step how you do it? Also I love your art so much and I love this blog! Ty!))
((Hiya! And omg of course I’ll be happy to show you!
So first I start off with a really rough sketch of what I want to do c: I’ll use the art from the ask I just answered lol
Lots of scribbling. XD
Then I reduce the opacity and do lineart over the sketch layer (with minor modifications as I see fit)
Hide the sketch layer, thicken the lines…
Then I fill in the lineart with one color by using the magic wand tool then inverting and paint bucketing two separate color layers underneath the lineart…like so!
And then I magic wand tool inside the lineart and paintbucket some more to get the base colors down. Also clipping groups rock.
Next I go in and do some simple shading with overlay layers c: And extra details (eyes, stripes, glowing, scars, etc.)
After that is a background! For this one I just used a simple paper texture background off of google lololol I also go in and add overlays and other screen color effects to make it look nice n pretty. I extended the canvas a little to make room for the text bubbles
And then after that I put a white outer glow around them and added text bubbles!
Lastly I fix any errors I see, add extra details if needed (like highlights), bring it into Photoshop and add text. And then post!
So yeah it’s a pretty lengthy process, usually takes around an hour or two depending on how many panels I’m doing! But yes, that is the whole process I go through when I answer asks! ^^))
I decided to make some wip for @sorarts! I hope it helps someone! You can open up the images and there will be a comment for each photo.
Anyway, I’m going to list all the steps: 1) I make a quick sketch with the red pencil 2) I low the opacity and I start to cleanup the drawing with a black pencil. 3) I make a new layer and I apply on it a layer style. Stroke usually from 4 to 10px, it depends by the image dimension and by the lineart. I put this layer with the fill at 0%. 4) Voilà, lineart it’s finished! 5) I paint some shadows in greyscale and it’s done. C:
How to Fill in Lineart with Flat Colour on a Different Layer
It occurred to me that a lot of people, I think, don’t know this really useful little tip in SAI that lets you colour lineart with the bucket tool while still being able to have separate layers. It’s really great and saves a whole lot of time so I decided to quickly explain this for people who don’t know!
Make your lineart layer, and draw the lineart. At least one whole lineart. On that layer, select the option that says “selection source”, as demonstrated in the first image.
Select your bucket tool and look at the settings. Instead of having it set to “working layer”, set it to “selection source”, like in the second image. The bar on top, by the way, is a slider that adjusts how sensitive your colour will be to the lines. Zero is very strict, meaning it won’t bleed out of any lines at all (assuming they’re closed properly), and the higher you go, the more lenient it is. Play around with this a bit if your colour fills in weird on the first try.
Go to your colour layer, and with your bucket tool, just slap on that colour where you want it in your lineart! It works the same way as if everything was still on the same layer, but you get to keep your lineart layer separate from your colour layer!