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A lot of folks have been asking me to do another tutorial, so I've decided to make one about coloring, as this was the most commonly requested topic.

This isn't really a tutorial for beginners, though... You should know how to use Photoshop or your favorite image editing software, otherwise you probably won't find it very useful.

If you come across stuff that you don't understand, you should find the answer pretty quickly by typing in the word in Google, but if not, let me know in a comment or send me a pm!
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:iconmafurakochan:
MafurakoChan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
dont wanna be rude or so, but where is her spine? xD
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:iconlastjerry:
lastjerry Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
thank you for this
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:iconmakini90:
Makini90 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013   Interface Designer
Really Useful Thanks :)
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ovlibion Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
@Xmoonlight, If you have a good tablet, I would recommend you Photoshop Illustrator for Inking. Might wanna go to youtube and search for some tutorials on that though, unless you have worked with photoshop before it's gonna be quite some time to master it. (lol I'm still learning but I have learn now to at least Ink..the coloring is killing me. Oh hey thanks for this tutorial Echi...imma give it a try!
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DrN3k0 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
what program do you use :iconphilosoraptorplz:
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:icontheunknownlover:
TheUnknownlover Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What kinda brush do u use for ink. im kinda caught on that ^^;
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:iconovlibion:
ovlibion Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
You actually have to mess with your brushes...(in photoshop,thers so many) Go crazy on em! lol
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:icontheunknownlover:
TheUnknownlover Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lol ok
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:iconfranfrancutie:
FranFranCutie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Nice! Very nice!
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:icondeusix:
DeusIX Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, an a real tutorial. For lulz you could just delete all except the first and the last image. "First you have a scetch, then add colours" :D Harharhar.
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:iconjaz212:
Jaz212 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, thank you for posting.
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:iconindy6270:
indy6270 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Great help, thanks
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:iconmale-model:
male-model Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
This is really handy, I have never been good with skin. Thanx :-)
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dmastermanga Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thankyou kind woman! :nod: I am most eternally grateful! all of the other tutorials Ive encountered has never informed about the clipping tool!
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:iconladyashara:
ladyashara Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for making this! :) This is very helpful!
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:iconakosimiki:
akosimiki Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very helpful tuts! thanks!
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:iconaz7769:
AZ7769 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
helpful
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:icon3ninja:
3Ninja Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
cool
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:iconinjectionofmadness:
InjectionOfMadness Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Wow, thanks! I lack the pacience to colour very well, but this is very helpful and will definitly help me improve my colouring!
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:iconmaleartist:
MaleArtist Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Tutorail but were you talking about Painter or PS? I think it will match to PS as well..Thanks
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:iconconceptrook:
ConceptRook Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I can not even begin to express how helpful this is! I feel like I just found the master sword, This is going to be such a huge help, thank you, I was looking everywhere for a skin coloring technique and this is PERFECT
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:iconlordlkiller:
lordlkiller Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could ya do a hair tutorial? PWEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASEE~
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:icondarkereve:
DarkerEve Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Excellent tutorial :D
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:iconangelicruin:
AngelicRuin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Thank you very much, I've really been struggling with colouring and this has REALLY helped me on my current project! Thanks again <3
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:iconwawa2009:
wawa2009 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whaaa...!
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:iconkittyillustrations:
Kittyillustrations Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is so helpfull thank so much for doing this
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:iconryujisama:
Ryujisama Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful.... Many thanks.
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:iconbanane-cuite:
Banane-cuite Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
That's very helping! I always have such hard time with lights and shadows...
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:iconnersop:
Nersop Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
...Kumatora?
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:iconecchi-mia:
ecchi-mia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
LOL no, I didn't even know about that character until now!
It must be the hair... :XD:
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willyra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
simple and i yhink this pretty good tutorials :D
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:iconbigralph:
BigRalph Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Hmmm,never tried any of these techniques before. I might look into them.
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Defend-TheCookie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Yay.
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WALKINGDEADMANN Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for this tutorial! this helps alot :)
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arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Do you not know what a core shadow is, because thats kind of important. Cast shows turn into core shadows on a form shadow, they dont just simply "bleed out". Cast shadows are caused by an absence of direct light and the least amount of reflected light. Shadows are just made of reflected light, as an absence of both reflected light and direct light would result in pure and utter blackness. Core shadows are on the edge of a shadow because its where the form starts to turn, so it receives the least amount of reflected light and no more direct light, that is why core shadows and cast shadows are roughly the same value. Since you understand what cast shadows are, why does your drawing's head not cast a shadow over onto her shoulder, it would only make sense with your light source and the cast shadow of the breast; you also missed all the cast shadows that would be on the face. Cast shadows travel in the same direction as the light source whereas form shadows travel perpendicular to the light. One thing here that you seem be approaching, im not sure if it was intentional, is that when your light source is warm, your shadows will be cool, and vice versa. Knowing that makes coloring so much easier, since you have a lot of impressionable artists watching you, perhaps would be a good thing to tell them. These are just a few of things ive been picking up, not intentionally trying to be pretentious by the way, so bear with me XD. Cant wait to see your next tut.
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ecchi-mia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I don't know much about those different distinctions of shadows, but I get what you mean and you've also made a nice tutorial about it. Although, what exactly is the difference between form shadows and core shadows?

You're right about the lack of shadows on the face, neck, shoulder, etc. but unfortunately I lack the skill, knowledge and time to make a technically perfect tutorial... I only have a few hours time to draw after work and on weekends, so if I don't do it fast I know that I'll never get it done.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Core shadows are a part of form shadows, they travel on the edge of where the form shadow begins. Core shadows exist because they get no direct light and the smallest amount of reflected light. Reflected light on an object is just strongest towards the edge where it becomes more apparent, but all shadows are made of reflected light. I guess i may as well bring up the opposite rule of light and shadow now. The bright planes in direct light become the dark planes in shadow. When an object enters into shadow, it no longer gets any direct light, so its only light source becomes reflected light. Reflect light comes from the opposite direction as direct light, so if the light comes from above, the reflected light comes from below. Cast shadows become core shadows on the edge of form shadow, thus they have the same, or similar value. Cast shadows are crisp, form shadows are fuzzy is how my teacher wanted us to remember. Its a ton to take in and im not sure how well im explaining this, ask me if its unclear. For your next piece if youd like me to do a once over on your lighting, id be more than happy to as well :)
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ecchi-mia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
So would it be correct to say that a form shadow is everything that is not covered by direct light, while the core shadow is simply the part of an object that gets the least amount of direct and reflected light?
Is there perhaps an "opposite" term for form shadows, i.e. the parts that are covered in direct light (maybe "lit areas")?

I'm not sure if your teachers distinction is very helpful, though :XD:
I mean, cast shadows can also be fuzzy if the light source is bigger than the object that's casting the shadow.
So perhaps it's better to say that cast shadows are created by objects blocking the light from reaching another object, while form shadows are created on parts of the object where the direct light can't reach?
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arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cast shadows become fuzzy as the shadow moves further away from the object casting the shadow. Cast shadows also become dimmed or almost nonexistent under filtered light, like a very overcast day. All shadows do not get direct light, thats what makes them a shadow. Form shadows are shadow caused by change in planes on the form, cast shadows are from objects obscuring a direct light source. As a general rule of thumb, if you want your work look dramatic and eye catching, use crisp cast shadows and fuzzy form shadows. Youre not going for photorealism anyway, so these little exceptions to these rules are of little importance.
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Deltaforce11 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice on :) maybe you should make a video next time? if you do, send me a mail :)
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FelipeMaker-BR Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good tutorial! Very too me for my improvement
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:iconstormfeder:
StormFedeR Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial! I'll save it for rainy days, thanks and congrats on your work :)
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:iconalexlayer:
Alexlayer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Forget the coloring and gimme a tutorial that teaches how to make that awesome background! O_O
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:iconeployardo:
eployardo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
jajajaja!
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BlackSoniko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Oh yeah, thanks, this one is real usefull!
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:iconjpremier:
JPremier Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Aw you love me after all :D great tut
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