Finally, we get to color something! =3 Coloring line art… Doesn’t sound all that hard, does it? Depends on the kind of line art… Is it done with ink/pen, or is it done with pencil? If you’re doing the first, you can skip the next step, but if you ever want to color a pencil line art, it might be useful… *hint*
Okay, a pencil line art it will be! What is the common problem you’ll encounter? I will show you, using a simple drawing. (Don’t mind the color, green is easy to see!)
Method 1. this is what happens when you just color over the pencil lines; the lines will get weary and the coloring will look ‘filthy’.
Method 2. well, I usually call this the ‘color-around-the-lines-method’
First, you color the ‘safe’ parts, and then carefully follow the lines and color the rest.
When done right, this can look good. Otherwise it can look a little sloppy, also because you can’t avoid every singly line..
So… It weren’t for me to try something else instead!
Tadaa!! Looking good? So.. What did I actually do?
To find out, grab the paper you used for part A. (If you skipped that one, just grab an empty sheet.)
Draw .. let’s say 3 lines next to each other, three times. Just like this:
Try out the first two methods yourself:
Now method 3:
Quite a difference, eh? Hmm, now I’m being mean for not telling, ain’t I?
Ok here we go! The trick is, instead of avoiding the lines, we are going to start with them! Use the third set of lines, grab your colored pencil, and draw on top of the drawing pencil lines. Just like this:
First a thin line, then press harder and make a nice think line on top of it. (This is easier to do, when the pencil is sharpened)
Now, you can play safe and use method 2 to color the rest… Or just color over the lines, like method 1.
I did the second thing. (It takes a little testing before you get used to color the line completely first, in a way that it won’ t smudge out or mix with the other coloring, but it’s worth it =) Just try it a few times)
Also, after coloring the lines, make sure the tip of the pencil is clean, otherwise you’ll get a few weird grey smudge stripes on the coloring)
Knowing this, coloring a pencil line art isn’t much harder than coloring an inked line art, is it? To show that, I will color a drawing that consists of pen lines as well as pencil lines. Also a great time to show how I color skin =)
So, this will be the drawing! First grab the color you want to use for the skin. I chose
Color the pencil lines, and then color the face with the color. (Don’t press too hard, but not too light either)
It should look a little like this:
Now, use the same color and darken the places -were the shadows will be- a little. (Usually you can do these two things in one step, though) Mine now looks like this:
Well, not really =>
This is just an edit to see
Were I darkened the first
My picture looks like this now:
Some anime-ish colorings already stop here! O_O (Well, after smoothing) No more… Well for me the fun has just started! You can choose to smooth it already, but it’s not necessary yet. Grab the following colors, and lightly color on the skin tone. When I say lightly, I mean lightly!
(Red-brown, red/orange , beige/light-brown, yellow)
I drew the weird circle-like things to show were I put the colors. Note: if the drawing is very small, using only beige and red on the original skin tone will work out too.
Especially watch out not to use too much yellow! My picture now looks like this:
A lot more lively, in my opinion =) Now is the time to smooth it a little; grab a small piece of toilet paper, and fold it a little. I usually hold it like this:
Don’t worry if you smudge the color on the white surface; when you smudge with TP, it is very easy to erase! =) It should look a little smoother now, maybe a little tad lighter.
Now, on to the shading… What do we use? Black..? Nope! Drawing pencil? …No way! Well, the only option left is; colored pencils! It might seem a little strange, but the colors I use for shading skin are:
(Light purple and dark green!)
And I use them on these places! (Watch out for making the green too dark! I always use the purple first and then the green)
=) Now, smudge again! After smudging, grab the original skin tone you started with and color the face again. (You only need to do a very thin layer) Especially pay attention to the parts that may have gotten too purple/green.
After that, you might want to use black (yes, finally!) and color the shades that need to be darker (As in the ear, some parts around the nose, and very few areas around the eye).
After doing that, my picture looks like:
You can darken the shadows some more if you want, or add a few more. Or give him a bit of a tan, whatever you want. Just smudge it afterwards. =) Anyway, I like the way the skin looks now, so I’ll stick to this.
Well, I can’t say the coloring in the pencil line areas look worse than the other parts… =)
You can color clothes etc quite simply. It’s very alike to coloring skin; start with a basic color, darken the shadow areas. Then pick a few colors which are alike (for blue clothes, you can pick teal and other blues for example) and work it out. Try to use colored pencils for shading, and use black only if it needs to be quite dark.
I put the coloring of eyes and hair in part C of the tutorial!
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