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Vector Tutorial:Anime Coloring

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So, I don't know if this is what anime looks like to you, but this is what anime looks like to me.

Ideally for Illustrator CS2 users but these principles/tips/techniques can be applied to pretty much any program.

This is my contribution to Vector Week; July 21-25.


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highfieldcountrypark's avatar
Wow..nicely done plus the detailed tutorial..Thanks for sharing it..
msaishakristine's avatar
I've  never tried gradient on skin or hair before. I'd like to give this a try.
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sangpendosaHobbyist Digital Artist
nice tutorial, I will try this when I'm on vacation :D
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LanelinHobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect. Thank you.
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zebraqueen098Hobbyist Artist
what i said to myself trying to draw it myself
Twinkle twinkle little star
Why is art so fucking hard
I'm truly about to cry
Twinkle twinkle little star
Why is art so fucking hard
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rahul808Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful :)
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rioligity20Hobbyist Interface Designer
Appreciated :)) Keep it up man ~
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13thBloodhoundHobbyist Digital Artist
great tuts.. thank you very much.
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NarithiansHobbyist General Artist
Very Nice! Thank you!
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RCopeland-AiijuinArtProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for clarifying a few things up for me that even as an advanced graphic anime artist - I still couldn't 'get,' no matter how many layer effects that I applied! :heart:
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Ran196242Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice and helpful :iconthankyouplz: thanks for making this tutorial :iconlaplz:
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jibrinartsStudent General Artist
nice tutorial, it really helped
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AnchenProfessional Digital Artist
This is a really nice tutorial. :la: I will definitely try to use it. How did you get your lines to look so good?
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PirateMuffinHobbyist General Artist
Very informative, thanks! :)
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generallaserfistStudent Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial. I especially like how you make a guide to where to put the gradients.
Rabbithole-Photos's avatar
"Triangle Cheek Lighting" as you call it actually already has a name. It's called Rembrandt lighting, named after the great painter who so often used it in his work.
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draweverywhereProfessional Artist
This is a great tutorial Thank you for sharing!
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darkclouderHobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial. But one question: how to make gradients on paths? I can't do step 1.
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tahoProfessional Digital Artist
My lineart is composed of shapes that can be filled, they are not created with the line tool but with the fill tool that is part of the pen tool.
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sweetangel1927Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey wow, this is pretty cool! Thanks :3
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Obsess-ConfessStudent General Artist
thank you!
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