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Traditional Colouring Tutorial by Silvolf Traditional Colouring Tutorial by Silvolf
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Ok, since a lot of people ask how I colour my work, I made this tutorial. I hope its easy to understand. I broke the picture down into steps showing the process I use to colour and shade a picture.
Basically all the info is there. If you want to colour like this then my most important tip is to use 5 or 6 shades. The more shades you use, the better and more three dimensional the picture looks. Don't use too many shades though cos you don't want it to go too dark.
As for the fur, I hope I showed clear enough how I do fur like this. It's simple once you get the hang of it and looks really good. It's taken me about 3 years to perfect it basically cos I couldn't find a tutorial on it.
And that's another reason I did one, to help anyone who is struggling.

If you have a go at colouring using my tutorial, please let me see!
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Shanglon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
Ok i definitely need to fave this as colouring is one of my weakest point. Not to mention the annoying grainy effect my draws tend to have. Thanks to white coloured pencil i managed to reduce them but still there are some of them. Maybe the paper plays a role. Anyway thank you!
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Hope it helps! The grain of the paper does affect the colour lay down. Try using smoother paper or pressing a little harder and blending layers of colour to get rid of the grainy effect. Using softer coloured pencils helps too :aww: you're welcome!
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Shanglon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
Thank you very much for these tips, i will keep them in mind. Sometimes i am "afraid" to lose the colour effect i am aiming if i press a little harder so that's why i tend to press lightly. :thumbsup:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I used to be like that as well. Hope you can find a happy medium with the pencil pressure!
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RazorCookie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I so need to make one of these xD
We color quite similar! lol
btw I looove the drawing you used c:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd be interested to see how you colour too. It's taken me a long time to work out how to colour like this and I had no tutorials to help me. I really like how I colour now.
Thanks! I'm proud of that drawing, I'm glad I used it.
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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RazorCookie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Soo many people have asked me..I'm just too lazy to make one lol
It took me a while as well, I've been changing it up a bit lately though
it's good to experiment sometimes :) I really like how you color too 8D hurr
welcome! :heart:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah people asked me too so I thought I'd make one lol!
I totally agree!
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RazorCookie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I might just rig up my camera and take a video of me drawring XD
I'm too computer stupid to make something pretty like yours lol :B
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a good idea, I've done that too. There are videos on YouTube of me drawing Zorak and AvistA.
Its easy to make one. Just scan the pic at each stage of colouring, put them together and write under each one what it is. I can help if you like.
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RazorCookie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
orly? lol I'd like to see those videos :) what's your youtube?
Yeah I'll try it someday, maybe with one of my new drawings or one of my chars :dummy:
Awesome! If I need any help I'll let you know! ^^ thanks you <3
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My YouTube is [link] Let me know what you think if you watch them!
Okies ^^
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Mango-Kimchi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
omg XD I saw this and thought..hmm is this how silvolf colours and i saw that it was by you lol XD
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol yes it is! I thought it would help people :aww:
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Mango-Kimchi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
It has! ^^
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PorcelainMyths Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This was so helpful! I'm finding it relatively easy to follow for my first attempt at a character. :D I'll upload the results once I am done :3 :la:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, glad you find it helpful! Please show me the results too, I'd love to see!
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PorcelainMyths Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Not totally finished yet..but I don't know when I'll get round to finishing it. xD

I wouldn't say it's too bad for my first attempt...

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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think its good ^^
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shy-ameko Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
nya thanks you :3 its a very good tutorial *-*!!!
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you find it useful!
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shy-ameko Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
yes its was very useful *-*!!
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hawkeyelullaby Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Awesome and nice tutorial!
:)
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it!
Thankies for the :+fav:!
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hawkeyelullaby Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Your welcome! :DD
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TehBlizzyWolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this will help my shading a bit ^^
Im going to try it out:3
Nice tutorial, and I love your character lol
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope it helps! It took me ages to learn so I thought I'd help others out with it. Thanks, Trinity's cool :D
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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RougeRoks Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Wow, thanks! This was really very helpful! :love:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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RougeRoks Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Anytime! :D
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
a really helpful tutorial!:D
thnx x]
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Hope it helps ^w^
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
yep it did, loads x3
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WolfehMaster Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! =] I've always had serious shading problems (probably due to knowing no anatomy whatsoever) so this is really helpful. ^_^
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Silvolf Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you find it useful. I did it cos it took so long for me to learn and I hadn't seen anyone else do one, not even people who colour how I always wanted to. Good luck!
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Tree-Darling Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Awesome, thank you for explaining this. ;D I've been wondering what a good way to shade is. ^-^
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! It took me a long time to learn so I thought I'd help others since it can be difficult to get the hang of.
Thanks for the :+devwatch:!
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Three-Stripes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
too...hard!!! must....practice!!!!! *dies* lol i havent tried using ur coloring style yet ^^; but it seems realy hard to me as the fur detailing part is the biggest chalenge T.T not to mention adding shadows. ah well get back to you when i do use this :D thanks
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah getting the fur shapes right is also hard. It took me 2 years to learn this fully, I didn't have a tutorial but looked at how other people did it.
Good luck!
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Three-Stripes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
thanks :D but the coluring tip helped me make meh wolf look slightly better than usual :D
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay!
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VampireUmbreon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Thank you! I have been wondering how people get that effect with fur for a while now, and I'd love to try it =3
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It took me ages to get the effect too, which was why I thought I would share the knowlege!
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Ikanku Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is awesome! I will definitely use this!
What colour pencils did you use for this? Coz I have prismas, and I was wondering whether it would work well with them?
Thanks,

~~Ikkiii~~
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you find it useful! I use Crayolas. I can't get hold of Prismas, where do you get yours from? I see you are in the UK like me.
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Ikanku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crow...!
How on EARTH do you get that effect with CRAYOLAS!!!!!????

:faint: *faints* :faint:

Yeah - my mum ordered them of the internet for me - a box of 48 of about £36 pounds + shipping costs - there are loads of sites you can get them from! Hope I helped
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I dunno, I've just always used them. It's funny how amazed people are when I tell them :XD:

Yeah they are pretty expensive. I will get some one day....or maybe next year when I go to the USA.
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Ikanku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah people have told me you can get them in most art shops over there.
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LaraMuk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
ive been trying to do fur like this for a while, im gonna fave this so i can look at at and try again later :)
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish you luck if you use it!
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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