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.