i absolutely love the coloring on your drawings! do you have any tips/rules you use or do you just kind of wing it?
Thank you!! Usually I do just do whatever but there are a few things I like to keep in mind when coloring. I’d illustrate these “rules” myself but most of them I learned from these tutorials anyway and the original creators do a much better job of explaining than I would haha.
- Gradient Tutorial by damie-m (my #1 shading rule tbh)
- Dramatic Lighting Tips by gigidigi
How to Choose Colours and Use a Painter’s Wheel by Sycra (highly recommend watching his videos on color and this one on practicing!)
- Light and Color Tutorial by Lin Ran
It’s been awhile since I watched Sycra’s video there so I’m not sure if he touches on this exactly but these are my rules for picking colors. Of course, while I say don’t use pure black or white, I do it all the time anyway haha. It’s more a rule for painting I’ve found, but I usually still don’t use pure black for any of my lineart (too harsh).
Another small thing that I know I read in a tutorial (but I don’t know where weeps) is to use greens to shade the whites of eyes! Its a big contrast from the pinkish/brown skintones and makes the eyes stand out. Though don’t go too green or else your character will look like they ate uranium.
I also color pick from references a lot but pretty much always adjust the saturation so the colors are bolder or more contrasting before applying them to the drawing (otherwise things start to look muddy). Color picking is honestly really useful for at least figuring out where you need to be on the color wheel, so don’t be afraid to use it to your advantage.
Hope this hodgepodge of an answer helps you out!!