gonna use this mob to finally explain my COLORING PROCESS.. and how i go from these base colors to the final product ..
i always start with my base colors, which are almost always the same, so i keep a color palette to choose from. I usually pick the skin tone first and then change the hue for diff colors (I sometimes change the saturation and brightness too) The example below is the skin tone i use almost Always.. and of course it can be changed later on
well everyone saw this coming right!!!! nothing like space babes in a space aesthetic to get you feelin spacey. the reason for the homeworld outfits is i checked smackjeeves and looks like i have over 130 fans on origins now!! which is bizarre since normally my comics maybe get 20 readers max. so here’s a thanks for that i guess!!!
i’ll add a few alternative versions of this piece under the cut since i went through a couple (with help from a uni friend) to figure out which looked best.
can you do a tutorial on how you do your coloring? like is it a one-layer painting style or something
Yeah sure I’d be happy to! This will be my first time doing an art tutorial so bear with me >_<
I have a few ways that I do my colouring, so I’m just gonna show the two styles I use more often. But honestly there are so many different ways to colour a drawing, and a lot of what you learn is through constant experimentation.
Anyways first things first: I use my iPad pro to do my fanart, and I use an app called procreate along with an apple pencil (cause it’s pretty convenient).
But no worries, even if you are using a software on your computer, the basics are about the same. Most programs have layers, brush opacity options, and you can probably find some similar brushes to work with (I don’t do anything really fancy).
1.) COLOURING SKETCHES:
This is a simpler, quicker option that I use to colour line art sometimes, there aren’t many layers and it retains the looseness of the original drawing. This demonstration is done with a drawing of everyone’s fav hatstand: Nakahara Chuuya.
So I do linework with the flat marker option on procreate, usually my first layer is very rough and is there just to get the general shapes in place.
Then I change the opacity of the rough sketch layer so that it’s semi translucent, and I do a cleaner line work version on a layer above.
Then, I usually change the colour of the background to act as a base tone for the colours I put on top.
Working on a single layer underneath the line work layer, I use semi opaque washes of colour with the round brush option. This is usually pretty rough, it doesn’t have to be neat, I mainly focus on finding the lights and darks of the painting. I like layering semi-translucent brushstrokes to try and get some tonal variation.
I’ve done this demonstration in monochrome to make this easier to follow. But the same can be done with a colour layer directly under your line art.
Afterwards I touch the drawing up and add some emphasis with some white highlights.
At this point, you could leave the drawing be or you could cheat I mean *coughs* have a little fun and experiment with some colour adjustments and filters like I did here. I just increased the red colour balance, and added a typical apple chrome filter onto the drawing to get this result (hey it looks more interesting this way don’t judge).
Also I forgot Chuuya’s choker and added it last minute (proud of myself)
2.) FULL ON COLOUR
Ok, so when I wanna get a fully coloured drawing I usually use this technique, much more layers involved but not too complicated? It def takes up more time than simply drawing one line art layer, but I like the results cause the colours blend together nicely when you colour it in.
Ok so instead of cleaning up the rough sketch with a single black line art layer, I basically do the line art in a colour that complements what I will colour with later. Usually this is a colour a tad bit darker than the base colour I will use.
I separate the line art on different layers: for the face, the hair, the clothes ect, to make it easier to work with later.
Then I get to the general colouring. I tend to split things up this way:
1. Fill in the shape with a base colour
2. Add shadows and highlights with a semi opaque brush
3. Touch things up with a thinner brush and add some more details and highlights.
Remember to work underneath each line work layer.
Basically I repeat this process for the skin, hair, clothes ect. Once again, I like layering semi opaque brushstrokes to get more tonal variation, or variation in colour. It also adds more texture to the painting.
In terms of choosing colours, Idk how to give that much advice about it cause I usually just follow my instincts. Anyways I tend to think of the colours I work with on a scale of light to dark, I never really like using generic colours out of colour sets, and I prefer choosing from a colour wheel.
When I’m done colouring, I merge the layers, clean up the painting and add some final touches. Once again, I like playing around with colour adjustments and background colours.
Anyways the results of this tutorial are two very different looking Chuuyas (I’m never consistent with how I draw characters wtf) He looks traumatised or confused tbh >_> but oh well this was a colouring tutorial, he served his purpose.
I am not saying that this is the best way to colour, it’s just how i’ve chosen to colour my drawings so far. There are plenty of of other ways to colour artworks that are way more amazing *_*
and tbh when I’m colouring most of the time idk what the result will be and I just tweak things as I go (so don’t be afraid if the colouring isn’t going the way you want it to because you might be pleasantly surprised at the end)
So yeah…. there you go. I hope this helps? Or I might have just made you feel tired and confused because of my long art rambling post.
The idea was to bring together a group of of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could.
I absolutely love your art! I'm actually really curious what your brush settings were for your sad Viktor art thingy. It looked really really good. You don't have to share, but idk i'd love to have them too to try them out.
Thank you so much!! <3
For that pic (which i did on sai) i used just standard pen settings for the base colours, then added multiple layers of ink pen (with fuzystatic texture), playing around a lot with the opacity
and added some softer shading with marker (with noise)
I also used standard pen to do thicker highlights on the hair but blended some of it a little with the water brush.
Ok srry if this is a stupid question or whatever but how t h e hEcK do you get your traditional art to look so bright and clear? like?? it looks like it's a digital sketch do you just edit the pic's saturation or- idk plz help this kind soul (maybe u just have a really good camera + lighting)
Huh, so I don’t do anything particularly special. I scan my traditional art with an Epson Perfection V370 scanner and then make adjustments in Photoshop when necessary.
To get rid of some of the smudginess/texture of the paper
I played around with image > adjustments > brightness and contrast, and then duplicated the layer, set it to multiply and repeated the adjustment step until I was happy with the darkness and clarity of the lines. As a final little colour tweak I used image > adjustments > variations on the multiply layer to give it a red tint.
Resizing the image for the purpose of posting probably sharpened the look of the lines as well.
Nothing more than that :D I hope my answer was clear enough!
Hey friend, what kind of brushes do you use when digitally working?
it makes me feel real special that anyone actually Wants to Know this so thank you! and sorry for the lateish response, but i whipped this lil thing up here!!!
just as an fyi before tho i play a LOT with minimum size and sometimes w/ density! so go ahead and mess with those, have fun!!!!!
i don’t really use this one so much anymore but it’s still fun sometimes!! mostly i just use it for sketches n stuff, occasionally lineart if i’m going for a super textured look! i use it to shade a lot of lineless art for that purpose :^)
THIS is my main lineart brush!!! for lines of all kind, be they smooth and clean or scribbly and sketchy. i also use it to fill in colors, flat/unblended shading, etc. i really like working with hard, sharp lines, and this does the trick p well.
this is what i use to sketch the most and it’s also the brush i use the most when painting! it can be really blocky or really soft depending on the amount of pressure ur using. i use this and my ‘soft’ brush to make gradients for overlays and stuff, and i typically use this one to paint in shading when i do a more finished piece. SOMETIMES i use it for quick/messy/sketchy/etc lineart if it’s just a doodle or something.
i use this for gradients, blending, soft lighting/shading, etc! that’s about all there is to this one lol, whoops.
i use this one for adding some quick texture to stuff, but mostly for cool effects n stuff or bloodstains, or just big splattery blobs for backgrounds cause im lazy lmao. it’s a p fun brush and you can get pretty blendy with it!
these are pretty much all the main ones i use at this point, but i like to play around and mess w/ diff brush settings a lot from time to time! just experiment and use whatever is the most fun and comfortable for ya!!! thanks!!!!! :^)
i mostly just eyeballed the colors, but my steps for this:
1. Made the texture grayscale.
2. Played around with different browns and layer adjustments til I got something close to the darker brown. I went with the ‘color’ layer adjustment.
3. Used a grungey brush at ~50% opacity to put the main 'green’ and some lighter brown in. Adjusted the layer as 'Overlay’.
4. Added another layer of lighter green at low opacity (normal layer adjustment) bc idk why not. Also played with contrast/brightness.
It’s basically a game of trial and error where you test out different colors at different adjustments/opacities until stuff looks okay. I spent like 2 minutes on this and it’s accurate enough for me, but someone else might wanna take the time to adjust more or w/e. I didn’t really pick a good image to test with it since there weren’t many colors involved, but shh. You got the basic gist.
could u give me some styling tips? bc when it comes to putting outfits together I'm a disaster! i know what i like but i never but the right things to go with eachother and I love kstyle...but im not korean so it doesn't rlly work for me >.<
hmmm… well i don’t know what your style is but i personally like to:
style my outfits around one statement piece, rather than a collection of pieces (e.g. clashing patterns, although sometimes clashes work!!!)
focus on the color palette (e.g. similar hues, values, complements, etc.)
play with textures and patterns, especially if i’m pulling off a one-color look
work with the minimum. sometimes less really is more!
always, always remember every little detail, even down to the shoes!!! shoes are v important and can complete the entire look!!!
yeah that’s pretty much it i think??? idk i just wear whatever tbh… ㅠㅠ