The last time I did one of these I felt it was inadequate because all I did was flip through the layers of a completed piece. So this time I took screenshots as I drew!
This is only my method for fast colouring; if I had, say, metallic objects, or fur to colour I would likely paint it with none of the shadows layer masking business, which seems to work best on objects that aren’t particularly shiny.
If you look at the timestamps, apparently I took about an hour an a half to colour this.
Smoothing out the shadows was done with a hard round brush with flow and opacity controls turned on. (it’s a default brush.)
Your flat colours are the most important part of this process - the layer adjustments trick will save you from having to pick a second round of colours for shadows manually, but if your flats aren’t up to scratch the whole piece will suffer. Make sure your colour scheme works here before moving to shading.
Finished product can be found here. I hope this is helpful!
Got a couple of asks about the pen I was using for these drawings, so here are the pens I’ve used recently. I’ve been really taken with the uni-ball vision series because I like the feel of ballpoint pens, and so far all pens I’ve used have had pretty consistent flow. The coloured inks are still vibrant when I water them down with my pentel aquash brush pen (on the left), and when they’re dry, they’re waterproof, so I can put down other wet media without worrying about disturbing my lines.
(my current favourite is the third from the left, the blue vision fine, which feels SUPER BUTTERY and looks really nice on a smooth cartridge paper. YEAH)
I’m feeling a bit nostalgic looking back at what was probably the first comic page I’ve ever coloured. You can see my palettes have changed drastically and I’m more comfortable with handling hard contrasts now, but at the same time when I look back at that 2009 page, the softness of the colours and the rough lines kind of fit. There’s a kind of delicacy there in between the mistakes that I really like and I’m afraid I can’t capture anymore with my hard adherence to the working methods I’ve fallen into. Like my colours have changed and look flashier now, but I don’t feel like my control over them has gotten any better.
What do you mean 5 am isn’t self-indulgent reflection hour