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Pick a Side, Any Side! by Monseo Pick a Side, Any Side! :iconmonseo:Monseo 5 1 Biotech Woman : Lineart by Monseo Biotech Woman : Lineart :iconmonseo:Monseo 8 3 Shake Your Booty : Lineart by Monseo Shake Your Booty : Lineart :iconmonseo:Monseo 5 3 Paint Your Own : Exhausted Rabbit by Monseo Paint Your Own : Exhausted Rabbit :iconmonseo:Monseo 6 5 Pet Intermission : Pop Corn by Monseo Pet Intermission : Pop Corn :iconmonseo:Monseo 8 3 Pet Intermission : Nacho by Monseo Pet Intermission : Nacho :iconmonseo:Monseo 17 4 Pet Intermission : Blue Cheese by Monseo Pet Intermission : Blue Cheese :iconmonseo:Monseo 13 1 Broken To Pieces by Monseo Broken To Pieces :iconmonseo:Monseo 26 1 Natural Nemesis  : Brutally Beastly (Coloured) by Monseo Natural Nemesis : Brutally Beastly (Coloured) :iconmonseo:Monseo 25 3 Natural Nemesis  : Brutally Beastly (Lineart) by Monseo Natural Nemesis : Brutally Beastly (Lineart) :iconmonseo:Monseo 23 8 Sibel And Sasha ( Finished ) by Monseo Sibel And Sasha ( Finished ) :iconmonseo:Monseo 18 8 Sibel And Sasha ( Color Concept ) by Monseo Sibel And Sasha ( Color Concept ) :iconmonseo:Monseo 8 0 Sibel And Sasha (Lineart) by Monseo Sibel And Sasha (Lineart) :iconmonseo:Monseo 10 4 Portraits Take One by Monseo Portraits Take One :iconmonseo:Monseo 13 3 Frying Pan Eddy by Monseo Frying Pan Eddy :iconmonseo:Monseo 9 3 Opposition by Monseo Opposition :iconmonseo:Monseo 15 3


This image is both eerie and captivating at the same time. The lines are strong and confident making the overall composition even more ...

All the elements of the background and foreground work together to create a polished and dramatic result. The mountains move up working...

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The Sketch

Suppose you have a heaping pile of sketches you're just dying to get digitized, digitally ink, and colored. No, just me.

Grab that camera, or better yet a scanner and it's time to get started.
Results will vary, poor lighting, unsteady hands, scanner software that just does not seem to get the contrasts right.

Now is the time to open your favorite software, and change the LEVELS.

Using a color picker most software will let you pick areas that should be black(the darkest parts for those of you with heavy hands), the greys in the middle (most pencil tones fall somewhat in this range), and white(dare I say the paper).

This does not have to be perfect, since the next step is changing the contrast/brightness levels.

Teak as needed, but DO NOT go back and forth. It's better to UNDO, and start again until the drawing looks like, the drawing.
This keeps all the lovely textures, when the coloring is completed (especially for rough textured paper).

  Opposition by Monseo Frying Pan Eddy by Monseo

Digital Inking

You could of course skip the above step if textures aren't your thing, and draw with a tablet. Or mouse you name it, and favorite software.
FYI : vector software is great for precision!

But since you're here, BLACK my good old friend it's time to add some definition.
For pencil drawings, when you don't increase the contrast to an extreme black/white range, go over some the contours and some of the key details.

OPEN A NEW FILE, the BOTTOM LAYER (should be the scanned image you cleaned up), EVERY OTHER LAYER ABOVE (will be the digital inking).
Set the BOTTOM LAYERS , BLEND MODE to normal at this point (a what you see is what you get result).
And a minimum of one other layer, above this, set it to MULTIPLY.
Reduce the opacity, or use shades of grey with the layer @ 100% to get the effect you need (a solid black brush will result in a solid black image, and that's why you will want to reduce the effect this way).
MULTIPLY, is also key to keeping the texture of the paper.

You can always add more later when adding some shading, and actually coloring your work.

Shake Your Booty : Lineart by Monseo Biotech Woman : Lineart by Monseo

Want to Add Shading?

You can do that to, add another layer, or group of layers (Just above your digital inking).
Set them to MULTIPLY, have you sensed a common theme by now? It's a very handy blend mode.

Try to picture what you want to draw in GREYSCALE, without color. This will help a lot.

Natural Nemesis  : Brutally Beastly (Lineart) by Monseo  Broken To Pieces by Monseo

Finally, Color.

So you have a workable line art image, with or without shading by now.

Flatten/or Merge the visible layers. From this point on all the fun colored bits go UNDERNEATH.
Set the Flatten/Merged Layer, blend mode to MULTIPLY,  this layer now stays at the top!
TIP : keep a backup of the lineart, in it's un-flattened form!!!

Add another layer, or group of layers (Just below the finished lineart).
Coloring styles vary.

A well shaded piece of lineart can be colored with a single layer of solid colors using the NORMAL blend mode.
Since most of the shading with affect the solid colors, consider this the flat color stage of the process.

Most of the time things are not a single solid color. Lighting can cause reflections of color from surrounding objects, more stylized techniques could exaggerate extremes of color.

The limitations are endless.

Natural Nemesis  : Brutally Beastly (Coloured) by Monseo  Pick a Side, Any Side! by Monseo

Some Final Thoughts.

Don't rush, be kind to your body and equipment. 

A gentler grip for both traditional and digital pens helps with creating smoother lines,  and less fatigue over time.

Try to draw with your whole arm, shoulder, elbow, fingers.
fingers, for small details.
elbow and shoulder, for larger shapes, longer lines, etc.

When an area looks done, move one. It's easy to continue making minor tweaks here and there... but be critical, keeping a mental note of what can be improved.

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The Artists Featured in this Feature!

Two images or content that works unexpectedly well together.

:iconjay20121: :iconcorankizerstone: :iconfj24: :iconanadia-chan: :icondr-pen: :iconscott-a-t-art: :icontaraday: :iconwintersmagic: :iconzinchano: :iconcapndeek373: :icongilzur: :iconlivingwild: :iconirrationalrationale: :iconmiss-blurry: :icondavide-bondi:

Ostrich Family - Running after Mom by LivingWild  Mountain Desert by irrationalrationale
Dangerous kitte by GILZUR  Hi how are you today? by GILZUR
Luna, The Mutt by Miss-Blurry  My baby girl's Portrait by Miss-Blurry
Vin - Mistborn by Anadia-Chan  Breaking Free by Anadia-Chan
Rainbow Halls by Dr-Pen  Daily 30 by Dr-Pen
haircuts and tattoos by CapnDeek373  shot room #1 by CapnDeek373
Gearl Power (Colored) by Davide-Bondi  Hunter by Davide-Bondi
Ms.Frog by TARADAY   2 by TARADAY

Be awesome, and have a great day!

Did you know.. pressing [ makes the brush size smaller.. pressing ] makes the brush size larger!

Have a few parts here and their on different layers, use the marque selector, then ctrl-click the layers you want to change.
No merge down, merge visible... needed.

What's your favorite blend mode besides normal?
Mine would be multiply, overlay, screen, and soft light - back when making photo manipulations.

Going to Market ( Lineart ) by Monseo Going to Market ( Coloured ) by Monseo
10 Years on DA!


Master of Gold Leaf, and more.

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Would you approach a wild bear? and other traveler images.

Horseshoe Bend by Crooty   Double Arch by Crooty   Navajo Arch by Crooty   2018 Alaskanada Calendar by Crooty
It must be bigger than an elephant, we probably look like m&m's.

Sci-fi monster concept _ Normal by amethyst021294
Pictures that say more than a thousand words.

Silver rings by Villiedoom   the Smell of Blood by Villiedoom   Black and White by Villiedoom



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When I'm not programming these days you can typically find me near a sketchbook/tablet, or with photoshop/illustrator/gimp/inkscape/blender open on the desktop.



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TrevorPhilips1 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur llama doesnt help me....onion sad 
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