after a lot of inquiries about my colouring technique i have finally put together this walkthrough. sadly the file i prepared was too big for dA to support, but i hope this is still readable. i also hope this will answer at least part of your questions regarding my colouring process.
some of the changes between the steps shown here are not easy to spot, which is why i included miniatures of how each new layer look like in normal mode (at least where i thought it necessary).
good look trying out this (very fun and effective) technique^^
A lot of people ask me how I paint my paintings and collaborations, so I decided to finally make tutorials explaining the steps I take to get to the results you can see in my gallery.
Here's part 1, which shows how to get the shapes down easily. In Part 2 I will explain how to lay down the colors, and in Part 3 I will further explain how to polish and detail the picture.
This technique is actually a variation of really old traditional oilpainting-technique called grisaille, aka greyscale. It's a very useful technique which helps separate the painting-process into more easily controllable steps.
I know I personally can get carried away by all the lovely colors of the world and my painting turns out to be a complete mess unless I think about the shapes first, as a separate step! Then comes the colors, then comes the detailing and polishing.
I'm sorry about certain inconsistency with the screencaps and whatnot, I painted the painting in another city with a mac and then came home and changed to my PC, I used two different versions of photoshop, etc. So getting this together was a bit messy. Hopefully you peeps can still understand something of it! @_@
EDIT! HEY ALL! Since I posted this tutorial, I have changed by technique a bit! I have realized that it's better to use SOFT LIGHT-layer style for the color-layers instead of overlay! Overlay can be too strong and garish, using soft light layers and making many of those can give a much softer result! Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll be making a new tutorial sometime that explains the soft light layers!
Here's tutorial 2/3! I hope I was able to explain how I add the colors. And if you need clarification on some part, don't hesitate to ask!
I will try to finish part 3 soon, where I will show how I start to actually paint over this base I've created.
I used Photoshop CS4 with Wacom Intuos3 for this.
The brush is Photoshop's standard hard round brush.
The lineart was provided by MeganeRid, go see his gallery for awesome drawings!
TFsean requested to see the creation process of Lady Paradoxia which reminded me that it's been a long time since I posted such a piece. So here's a twelve stage breakdown of the creation with basic notes. Cheers