As I have been inquired how I color or how I achieved a certain effect in my drawings, I decided to do a tutorial on my coloring process! Before we begin though, please note that I am not an expert in this but all are from experiences. Anyways, do know that my coloring style is not the only way to color and I hope from this, you can learn a little something to incorporate in future drawings!
After many drawing strokes, tons of erasing, reading manga and procrastinating, have your lineart ready to color!
Lineart Layer should be at the very top of all your layers!
Underneath the lineart layer, I usually fill the background with a dark color in order to see the colors better.
I usually use gray but any color is fine.
Now for base colors!!
I tend to pick light colors for the base, the hues that are at the very top (as ovaled in the picture).
Each coloring item or in my case, clothing items are in different layers to avoid messing each other up.
The two colors I picked out are usually my tones for the skin.
You can use either one of those to shade the skin but using both makes the skin more alive.
I forgot to mention this but all the base and shade colors are done in pen.
Yay! Shading time!
I tried to shade where I think shadows fall but I usually just do it randomly...what is light source??
BUT, don't be like me and use a light source!
Another one of your best friend is the water color tool!!
It's the tool on the most right, 3 columns down from the top; because I'm lazy, I tend to just stick to the watercolor's default format.
I use the base color to blend in the two colors; respectively following the flow of my lineart. What I mean is coloring in the direction of my drawing...if you understand what I'm trying to say OTL
Zoom out and it should look something like this. If you're satisfied with this, you can move to step 10.
*The power of the water color tool!!...I call it that but I think it's called brush OTL
This is a similar process just like above but with the second shade color.
Sometimes when the shading seems too dark, I use the airbrush tool and try to lighten some parts. The base color works great for this.
Hair is the same process. Like I mentioned before, color in the flow of the hair.
* Haha, what a mess this is, seems like I just jumble the colors together OTL
Wooot! From base colors to almost finised drawing in mere seconds, lol, jk!
The rest of the drawing follows the same process as the skin and hair! Easy enough to understand, right?
I don't usually save eyes for the last process but I guess this time was special!
1)Anyways, for the whites of the eyes, I use a grayish red color and blend it in with the watercolor tool.
2-4)Light base color, then a darker color followed by an even darker color! ;A; I blend the "pupil" using the 2nd darkest color.
5)To make the eyes stand out, I first used a yellow at the very bottom and then a complimentary color on top, which happens to be red.
This was all done on the skin layer but it works the same if you color the eyes on a separate layer.
Shines!! Those sparkinling, shiny, bright bright dots that just makes everything seem alive o V o
This part here, I add another layer, on top of the "skin layer" and set it to "ADD".
Then, I choose a not too bright, not too dark color , in this example, red, to use as my shine.
Can you see a difference between these two? haha, I don't either xD
Anyways, I usually put my "lineart layer" in "subtract" mode. What this means is that when you color over the lineart, the lines changes color according to that hue. You can't really see it here but if you have the chance, try it!
This is optional, I just really like this layer mode
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I really like color contrast so I tend to re-color my lineart red in the end. Use "Lock Aplha" so that the colors will only affect whatever you have drawn.
Sometimes, I'll use a variety of colors (usually darker than the coloring).
I would had been done after step 15 but here's a neat effect for you to try.
Under "Effects" is the option "Noise", which comes in white or colors. Either one is fine. I apply this on top of all my lineart and coloring.
Also under the Effects tab is the "Blur" option, which comes in real handy sometimes. I used this to make the "Noise" less strong so that I wouldn't have to lower the opacity of the layer too much.
I usually set this layer to "Overlay" but use whichever mode you like best. You can also lower the opacity, which I usually lower to around the 40s-50s.
AND we are done, thank you so much for viewing this long tutorial. Apologizes for any error I've made! I hope you learned a thing or two ^^
If you have any questions or need some clarification, feel free to ask me!