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How I paint - Eyes/Nose/mouth - Grayscale to color

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Beware !!! Huge canvas !!! This was a desperate attempt to stay awake ... not working, GoodNight XD

Explanation : I USE THE DEFAULT TOOLS OF PAINT TOOL SAI !!!

Step 1 : Line/ clean sketch - SEPARATED LAYERS
2 : On base layer, add 1 shadow.
3 : Merge layers and blend shadow/base color. ( watercolor tool )
4 : Add 2nd Shadow ( airbrush )
5 : details and refine the eyes.
6 : IF YOU STOP AT THE GRAYSCALE : Add highlights.
6-2 : IF YOU ADD COLORS : NO HIGHLIGHTS ! Red ONLY on overlay layer 50%
7 : Add Colors : Skin, eyes on multiply
8 : Redness, eyes on overlay.
9 : Luminosity layer : highlights.

Last thing : NEVER use black and white on a grayscale if you're gonna add colors !!!

That's how I work on grayscale and grayscale to colors. It's a technique I've developped from experimenting myself so there might be better way of doing it.
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I like it. Great reference. Thank you for posting :)
ajtakashi's avatar
On my sketchpad app, I don't have the blur/blend/smudge options :(
SAR500's avatar
Thankyou for sharing, very nicely done
pinkypeaches's avatar
These are so pretty!
EllieWilson121's avatar
This is totally awesome, thank you for posting C:
candaceleeparks's avatar
Thank you for posting this :)
Iduna-Haya's avatar
Thanks a bunch! I think these will be really helpful. I usually don't color using grey-scale, but I'll definitely give this a try ^^ It's good practice, and I actually think steps 1-6 might be applicable to my regular way of coloring too. 
Ladyalucard1's avatar
Ohhh! Thank you so much! I see the light! Sunburn 
PsychoticDayDreamer's avatar
thank you so much, these nose references will be helpful, thank you 💞
wispical's avatar
Awesome! I've been looking for mouth references :retarded-drool: 
shiiokaraii's avatar
This is awesome!
evatheshyva's avatar
Thank you for this helpfull tutorial! :D ^^
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