Hey happy later birthday 😁 ur amazing definitely my top five favorite artist on here. Also I was wondering I you could give me an explanation on how to change ur grayscale paintings to color again? I’ve been trying to figure it out but it never looks right 🤔
Hello, and thank you! Here, I whipped up a quick, shitty tutorial because honestly I’m shit at tutorials. I’m not sure what ‘right’ is, but let me show you my process for the fundamental trick. My colouring process is actually much more complicated than this when I’m doing paintings and it varies with each art piece I make, but this is the most basic of basic. A game of layers really.
So. Pick this. Create a new fill/adjustment layer. Then select gradient.
Click on the gradient selection slot. It offers you some pre-mades, but I usually use the two colours that I’ve already previously selected for the foreground/secondary colours as one does when they paint iin Photoshop. Select a premade or fuck around with the direction dial or whatever you like. Then click ok.
Now, look at the layer tab and adjust the layer opacity. I ended up with this just for show.
Next up, layer mode. Here I use whatever I like, whatever produces the colours I want. I settled for 48% opacity, colour burn layer mode for this.
And there, base colours have been laid down. After this I usually start painting over it with other colours on new layers, blending each one in with more layer modes or leaving them as they are. I also adjust brightness/contrast to even out more glaring colour mishaps, and hue/vibrance in image > adjustments tab in PS are also my favoured tools.
Another important step to get the.. uh… “fleshwerks look”, is that I constantly flatten my image and after each colour or layer adjustment I tend to fiddle around with more filler layers, cropping and cutting out shapes of it. Like this. I rasterised the colour layer first, then used magic wand to select the background because while you probably can’t see it here, it’s a bit green-orange. I want it to be solid grey as it was before. And then I just selected the colour layer again pressed delete
I ought to do a speedpaint video one day instead. It allows for a better look.