there are probably a lot of different ways of removing blue sketch lines, but this is the best method that I've tried yet. It should work on red lines too, but I don't sketch with red so I dunno how to remove red lines. It's probably the same, only that in Curves and Channels you remove different colors than you do for the blue lines *shrug*
This is my method. I'd previously learned two methods for removing blue lines, but they didn't completely remove the blue lines, at least not without leaving traces of gray instead of blue or messing up the lineart.. This method that I made completely removes the blue lines! So I thought I'd share this method to make things a bit easier for my fellow Deviants. <3
This works the best if the black lines are drawn with a pen/pigment liner/ink, and not pencil. I think this method would remove some of the details if used on pencil art.. hm... gotta figure out a method for that too..
Hope some of you find this helpful
also, the blue I use is Pilot Color ENO 0.7 leads for mechanical pencils. These are awesome and can be found at [link] and probably other stores too
I recommend sketching with red (magenta) or blue (cyan) if you like drawing traditionally and coloring digitally, without having to erase your sketch lines with an eraser which often leaves the paper, well, not so white anymore. I know a lot of professional cartoonists sketch with blue before they ink their work. And it does make digital coloring so much easier.
Another thing you can do, if you want to color your lineart traditionally without ruining the original: remove the blue lines in photoshop like in this tutorial, print out a copy of the black, clean line-art and color the copy I do it as good as all the time when I want to color traditionally, 'cos I'm afraid of ruining the original ;D
just some tips
feel free to ask me any questions you might have, and I'll try my best to answer them! <3
art and tutorial (C) Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao 2011
a little "tutorial" on drawing anthros. More of a short list of tips and guidelines :3 I don't want to teach you my style, just give you some tips to help get you started or maybe even improve (if you feel you need it).
This is a simple tutorial of how I paint, more specifically the rosey flushed faces I love doing so much lol. This technique is used for paintings such as :thumb213182767:
I use Paint Tool SAI for this tut. So any terms or tools said will be from this program C: I use the 1 layer painting technique. I have 3 different ways of starting my paintings This way is the quickest of the 3 methods. I start with a few layers only so that when you finally merge all the layers and work on everything together, there is a less chance of muddy areas and time consuming repaints.
1. Rough sketch everything with the line color of your choice. Add basic details but don't get the sketch to messy. I use the brush tool for sketching. *10- 15 mins
2. Lay down base colors with the a square edged 100% density pen tool on a layer under the sketch layer. I never put two different colors right next to each other to prevent cross blending. For example, the base colors for skin and hair are on two separate layers 'cause they are considered to be "touching". *1-3+ mins (skin only)
3. For my faces I use a combo of the same type of pen tool, brush tool and airbrush tool to add blushes, flushed areas, and basic shadows (nothing too dark). don't start to blend yet. You want a decent amount of color on color layer first. They can get washed out quickly during blending. I use many shades of pinks, mostly peachy pinks and berry colors (leaning more toward purples). Darker berry colors and sometimes browns are and used for the shadows. *3-5+ mins (skin only)
4. Blend the colors out using the brush tool and water tool. Add more color if you need to. And blending doesn't have to be perfect, you just want most of the harsh lines gone. Also start adding small amounts of white and creme colors for your highlights and blend away softly. Don't over blend or things can turn muddy and washed out pretty quickly and look like an airbrushed mess. What your trying to achieve is a gradient of all the peaches, pinks and purples to add depth to the skin area. Hope that makes sense *5-10 mins (skin only)
5. Merge your color layer with your sketch layer finally! At this stage you can alter anatomy, composition etc. I use the eye dropper tool and only select colors on the face as my color palette and continue blending, adding depth, adding shadows etc. I also clean up the sketch area and darken lineart with a yet another custom brush tool that wont blend with the colors you paint over. I use the line color and sharpen details for crisper lines I use the pen tool or the ink pen. I keep blending till its complete. *30+ mins (skin only)
6. Once you've completed everything I use filters. I like things a little high contrasted, it makes the colors really bright and vibrant... I like that lol. On average I use about the same number levels. So the brightness sets about 10, Contrast around 15 and Color Deepen about 35.
The reason I say I use the 1 layer paint tech is because I do all of the important painting on one layer. The basics, step 1-4, don't take long at all, its mostly prep. But once I merge thats when the real painting starts. And thats it. Hope this helps C: Ja matta ne~