hi! so your shading style is literally my fave haha and it's really different from any tutorial I've seen so far :o could you just give a quick insight on how you approach it? do you use a big brush and go erasing? do you use a softer brush often? I'd love to understand your workflow, I just think the texture can get in the way of that kind of interpretation sometimes so I can't really figure it out myself c:
I use the marker brush and regular brush found here for everything you see here.
Alrighty since my coloring style has changed from what’s in my silly tutorial tag to now, I’ll do a quick lil thingy ding. //Using Kimou because I’ve missed him and also because he’s pale as mess so it’ll be easier to see what I mean. (please bear in mind that i’m not a v good teacher, but i’ll do me best~)
Ya start with your nerdlord in tight pants. Nice. Flats and lines are grouped together here, with texture on another layer. (i leave the texture on from the get go cause I tend to smooth too much otherwise)
New layer, using straight up black to shade. Now ya break down the figure into the big chunks with shadow.Ergo, front leg vs. back leg, hair in front vs. hair in back, arms forward vs. behind, you get the idea. This part is a little subjective, but this step is to focus shadows on shape.
Same layer, and still black as before. Now you work in the areas untouched. This is when you think of form. The knees come out, the wrinkles case lil shadows, values change on a person’s skin from section to section.
Still black and same layer //I sorta shade the face and hair different. At this point I don’t have a set way to shade hair hahhh. But for the face, you just sorta bring forth the natural contours.
This step is sorta tricky in writing. Duplicate that shade layer (this layer now referred to as shade2), and then you’ll want to duplicate the flats and group/merge it in shade2 above your other shade layer. Now you deepen and saturate those colors as far as they can go. You’ll set this layer to overlay.
This is what it looks like when set to 25% overlay, which is my default. Now the shadows don’t look as flat~ Merge everything save for the texture.
I smooth the hair on the original layer and draw over it typically so there ya go.
New layer. This is another overlay layer, but right now it’s set to normal so you can see what I did. Using a fitting saturated color for each section of the shadows, I went and made them more lively. This doesn’t have to be everywhere, just in the areas of bigger shadows.
Here’s that layer set to overlay. also, blushies. Voila! You done.
This method is actually the quickest I’ve ever had thus far, and it’s what I’ve adapted for my job too ^^/ It only sounds complicated in writing, but I guarantee that this is super super simple.