Hey here’s a quick tip/guide (sorta) to making picks a lil more interesting/have a different tone or color to them
i like to make my own gradients because i can add more to them but you can do the same with a program that makes/has a gradient system to it
I use sai but you can do this in pretty much any program that has dif. blend modes and layers
this is pretty quick so the picture isnt perfect sorry
1.) finish the drawing and merge the layers together/select the parts you want colored with a tool like a magic wand/layer selection tool like this
it will make it so the gradient only goes in that area (or you can make the layer the gradient goes on clip to the first layer if its possible on your program)
2.) make a new layer and make your -unblended-gradient. the colors you chose will determine the colors of the finished product so chose wisely. start with a base color and then build up from that until you reach the lightest part (usually white)make sure it follows the shading path of your drawing or it will look a lil funky like the example i provided above
like this. add on until you are satisfied with your color selection!
3.) Blend your finished gradient with a a brush that is capable of blending colors together (i used my brush tool at maximum blend for this)
4.) change the gradient’s blend mode to something that will show the layer beneath it.
for this example i changed to mode to Overlay at 100%
but you can change the mode/opacity to whatever you see fit
bonus! here’s the finished drawing i made to show how I did this vs. the version that was made before-hand. pretty neat how the light source changes an image so much!