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Coloring Tutorial - Mary

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A tutorial explaining my (cobbled-together) method of creating and coloring images. It's efficient, though a little haphazard, but I like it.
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Coollylly's avatar
CoollyllyHobbyist General Artist
really awesome looking tutorial!
jupiesco's avatar
jupiescoProfessional Digital Artist
This is so awesome. One of the best tutorials on this ever. Loved your "dirty shadowing". Thank you! :)
Surpl3s's avatar
Surpl3sHobbyist Digital Artist
Hi do you hae a tutorial on brush settings? I want to know how to add "bleed" property to a brush :)
I'm using Photoshop.
Jaquina's avatar
JaquinaStudent Traditional Artist
do you work with photoshop?
Hinakoki's avatar
Really helpful, thank you!
HaAnthony's avatar
What happens between step 3 and step 4? Do you yourself clean up the lines as neatly aas shown in step 4? Or is there a setting in photoshop that does it for you?
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
Unfortunately, there are no settings in Photoshop (that I'm aware of, beyond just selecting areas carefully) that automatically cleans up for you. I'm sorry if I was a little unclear, but what I was trying to convey is that you build up layers of color. For example, the first layer of colors (the skin, in this figure) can be the most messy. As you add more and more layers (i.e. the hair, clothing, etc.), you do have to stay more and more in the lines. Places where the colors meet, like the sleeve of her arm, resolve themselves by the topmost layers obscuring the "bleeding" of the under-layers.

The purpose of "bleeding" is simply to eliminate junky lines that often occur with selection tools-- areas where the colors don't cleanly meet and you can see bits of the background through. However, when it comes down to the underlying technique, you still eventually have to just paint in (most) of the lines.

Hope that helps!
HaAnthony's avatar
It does! Its been bothering me for who knows how long! I see most of these tutorials showing the step 3-4 like you have. It got so confusing to the point I had to ask, cause it seems like it went from messy to super neat, And I just discovered how to PROPERLY turn sketches (clean ones) into more line-art after about 6 years of Photoshop it's sorta embarrassing haha. But yeah its very helpful to clean up that understanding so I won't have to go on a crusade trying to find a setting I thought most people used. Thanks so much and you do such a great job in your photo :thumbsup:
ElMiche's avatar
Hey this is great, I just recently got Photoshop and it's rather daunting when the program pops up. All those options, the tool bars, the sheer magnitude of all the possibilities... it's just a lot to take in. You make it seem fun though.
I have one question for ya!
When you scan your pencil sketch how do you get those perfect fucking lines?!
I'd be really grateful if you could elaborate on the whole "adjusting and multiplying"...
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
Thank you very much! It can be very daunting, but it's also a lot of fun to play around with and learn new techniques and tricks in it.

As to your question, it's one I've answered a lot.

The short answer is: I draw it that way.
The longer answer is: I took the pencil sketch in Step 1 and manually (with pencil on paper) cleaned up all of my lines and made the lines I wanted stand out a bit more. I'm really terrible with the pen tool, but a lot of artists also use that. I prefer the tactile feel of pencil on paper, but there are plenty of Photoshop inking tutorials out there if you're so inclined.
Adjusting the levels can be done by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels and adjusting until your sketch looks more of a crisp black-on-white. Then, you can double-click your Line layer and click the little box that says "Normal" and change it to "Multiply". This way, your line work acts as a transparency - any layers underneath it will show through anything lighter than black.

I hope that all helps! Good luck!
ElMiche's avatar
Yup, I was messing with some of the effects earlier and all that sounds familiar. I guess my biggest issue is the leftover gray pixels, I might be over analyzing it though. Actually it just occurred to me, I'm drawing really small art on really small paper, perhaps the solution to my dilemma is simply to draw bigger?
Thanks for your help!

Now excuse me while I fan-girl out here...

I love your work! I can't wait till Wednesday of every week, that means you put up new stuff and I get to feed my brain some of your delicious and beautifully crafted masterpiece-soup. Please continue your amazing work! I'm telling all my comic geek friends about "Find Chaos".
Correction. ALL OF MY FRIENDS.

*girly squeal* ヽ(´ ∇`)ノ
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
You might try drawing at a larger scale, or even adjusting your scanner settings to a higher resolution. Depending on your scanner/computer, it may take more time to scan, but it is much easier to color at a higher resolution than a lower one. Afterwards, to save your image, you can resize it (I usually resize to 100ppi) so that it's not a giant file once you post it online. I usually only keep the original PSDs saved as larger resolutions.

And, thank you so much! It really does mean a lot to me when I get positive feedback and learn that someone new enjoys my/our work! And don't worry, unless some horrible hand-in-garbage-disposal train wreck befalls me, we'll continue making FindChaos and all of the other projects far into the future. Thank you again, and I hope you continue to enjoy!
ElMiche's avatar
Hey this is great, I just recently got Photoshop and it's rather daunting when the program pops up. All those options, the tool bars, the sheer magnitude of all the possibilities... it's just a lot to take in. You make it seem fun though.
I have one question for ya!
When you scan your pencil sketch how do you get those perfect fucking lines?!
I'd be really grateful if you could elaborate on the whole "adjusting and multiplying"...
Psililoquy's avatar
Findchaos (via Imgur!), thank you! This is outstanding---it makes so much more sense to me now, in adding shading without it being grey smudges.
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
Thanks! I hope it helps!
HyperFeline's avatar
HyperFelineHobbyist Digital Artist
Found you from tumblr! Haha! Looking forward to trying out some of these. I hadn't thought of the low opacity eraser... that's a good idea!
TotoYasu's avatar
TotoYasuHobbyist Digital Artist
Love this.
I usually rough out a pallet and then I draw colours from that.
Agreed with TheLovelyChemist... I haven't used burn/dodge in ages. I use SAI.
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
Thank you!

I agree Dodge/Burn aren't for everyone, and I didn't even use them much in this image myself, but I like their organic unpredictable nature.
TotoYasu's avatar
TotoYasuHobbyist Digital Artist
I go for darkening the color and then airbrushing if it calls for it. You can see it a little in my art here.
Treyos's avatar
TreyosHobbyist Writer
You make it seem so easy...

Y'know, it wasn't until I was looking at this that I realized that you'd made the lollipop translucent. It was a revelation. ;P
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
People seem both happy and upset about the translucent lollipop. It leads me to believe that not many people eat lollipops.
Treyos's avatar
TreyosHobbyist Writer
Can't say that I eat them very often, but I've definitely never studied their translucent qualities. ;P
Bettia's avatar
BettiaHobbyist General Artist
Awesome !
FindChaos's avatar
FindChaosProfessional General Artist
Thank you!
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