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How I Color My Illustrations Part 02 by karniz How I Color My Illustrations Part 02 by karniz

Session Completed: July 22 2012
Program: Pencil & Paint Tool Sai
From: Dark Souls

Another "How I Color My Illustrations" post!
This time with Ornstein and Smough.
But it pretty much goes over how I color in recent times... it's still very similar, just more refined.
And this time with Paint Tool Sai. ♥

Go see the final illustration here~


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Art by Donna Brown. Character(s) from From Software/Dark Souls. All rights reserved.
Please do not copy, use [icons, avatars, etc.], reproduce, or redistribute the art for any reason other than personal use.
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Rinsley Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to detract on the picture, because it's impressive as hell and far better than anything I can do, and artistic license and what not, but just a little note; Ornstein's headpiece is meant to be a lion. That's also why he has the Leo ring.
karniz Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ummm...I know his helm is based on a lion? XD
What do you take me for? An artist that draws fanart of games they don't actually play?
Hehehe... but I digress...

Plus, I only work from references? Like these! These shots are what I used when I initially worked on this illustration.
[until I took my OWN screenshots in a brighter easier-to-see location~]
So what I see is what I draw. If it doesn't *look* like Ornstein's helmet then... erhm, whoops? Hehehe...
Rinsley Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I just meant his helmet looks a bit more dragonlike in this image, which would be understandable, considering his name.
Ecco7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Almateri4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I am probably an unwashed pleb, because I like Step 3 the most
karniz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankies! And sadly so do I, Hahahha!
I like simplistic illustrations sometimes.
But it was requested to see my full process of colored illustrations.
Zkwid Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!! :la:
Digital-Ashes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome and very informative. Hell, even your initial pencil sketch is awesome. I've seen some tutorials where the first sketch is nothing but scribbles and messiness. Yours is neat and smooth.
karniz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankee~ And actually, this is just a how I COLOR walkthrough... it's not how I do my lines. Mine start out incredibly scribbly too. Even more than others. ^w^;;
I actually posted a sample picture taken w/ my cell phone the day I was working on it, you can see that here.
You can essentially see how my rough lines are in Smough - I hadn't worked on him yet in that photo.
Digital-Ashes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, love the sticky note XD

It's still better than some others I've seen, though and a heck a lot better than mine. Like I said it's hard for me to do continuous lines so I end up a bunch.
Bronf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
awesome ^ ^
defiance7 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
once again another great work
JamieKinosian Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh sweet, so you even add a bit of value to your lines before you even begin rendering with the colors? Neeeeat
karniz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEFORE, not after is the key for me.
I prefer it that way so I don't start to mess too much with those colors so I don't do too much tweaking. I hate tweaking... >m<;;
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