Post Reply TUTO | How to Colour a drawing
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Posted 4/29/08 , edited 4/29/08
Well, a member here asked me to put up a tutorial about colouring, I searched around and found some. It´s not very much, but I´ll do my best to find more later on^^
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Eyes


I decided to show you how to colour a few different eye types with markers. However you can use a similar technique for digital colouring as well ^_^ This eye here is a fairly average shaped eye, and I decided to go with golden colours. First i put down a base colour of a pale yellow for the iris. Then I put in a shade of darker yellow, to start getting the shape of the pupil. Then inside that I layer it with yellow ocher, and finally a brown sepia colour to define the pupil more. TIP: if something happens and you accidentally go over the highlight area, you can always get a small brush and touch it up with a little bit of white acrylic paint! Also, you can add more sparkle to the eye just by placing some white acrylic where you want it to make it more exciting! I usually touch up my picture with white highlights after I've finished the whole picture.


The evil eyes. Unfortunately my scanner doesn't do red very easily so bear with me on this one. First put down a layer of bright yellow, you'll see this at the bottom of the eye and it will really make it look like the eye is glowing. Next put down a layer of light orange, and here I've started to put in some darker orange. Then blend in the dark orange to the top of the eye with some red. Finally with a grey colour, mark in the pupil shading up to the top of the eye. The grey is up to your choice, whether you want bright red or a darker more sinister look with grey.


Pretty 'n more realistic. First put down a layer of light blue. Then put a layer of darker blue or aqua colour, really defining the pupil. Now for the sexy part! With a darker blue, shade in the bottom of the pupil and leave it lighter at the top! This idea gives the eye a different feel again and is a different trick for you to use. Finally I've made it a bit darker again, and added little lines in the iris to give it that realistic feel! Play around with this one, you can get a lot of different effects from the same style.


Big Dating Sim eyes! Well this one is quite a distinct style of eye, where most of the eye is dark with just a small bit of light colour showing at the bottom. First I've started with a caramel brown, then in a darker sepia I've defined the pupil. Its very close to the bottom and I haven't left too much of the caramel brown. Then it's just a case of slowly layering up browns, finally ending with a dark grey or black at the top. I really love these eyes, I think they are cute but kinda mysterious, they have a lot of depth to them :3


Now, with the same skills you've acquired with practicing the eyes, you can apply the same skill to gems and jewels! sneaky I know, but very effective! Just layer up the colours like you do with the eye, just leave a white rim around one edge of the gem to make sure it looks nice and shiny!
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Hair


First, get your line art ready, and clean. When using markers, make sure you use ink that is water proof!! You don't want your markers to make the ink run and all your hard work go down the drain. You also don't want your marker tips to get ruined with getting ink on them. For this Tutorial I'm going to be using copic markers, I find they are the easiest to use since they have a brush tip, and make for very soft looking hair and blend nicely. However any markers will do, though you might end up with a more cell shaded look, depending on the brand. When colouring with copics, always test them on the paper your going to use, to make sure they don't bleed too much. Make sure you have natural light or white light when colouring, as yellow light can effect the colours you use! It's suprising but true. Anyway on with the tutorial!


Here, I've put down the first colour (Copic colour: Aqua BG15) brushing in the direction of the arrows. I usually start from the roots and the fringe. To get those shines on the right hand side of her hair, when I stroke the marker down i stop, and you can see this leaves it with a jagged sort of edge, then start further down and stroke upwards to get that nice shine line. It may take a bit of practice but when you get to know your copics, it should come easier and easier. I've also left shine's down the middle of the curls to show they twirl in and out.


I've applied a slightly darker shade here (Copic colour: Teal Blue B18) and this shade will end up covering a fair bit of the first colour, just follow the same step as above, just be sure to leave the base colour showing, especially where your shine areas are. From this you will start to see the shading appear, exciting!


In this step I've added some streaks of blue through the hair (Copic colour: Peacock Blue B06) which adds a bit of volume and depth to the hair. These streaks of blue are even less than 3rd step, and the smallest amount of colour I added is dark navy blue (Copic colour: Antwerp Blue B37) at the roots and under her chin area. This shading, even though it seems like just a little bit really make the picture pop. I finished it off by going back over some parts with the base colour just to blend it in a bit better, but this is optional. If you accidentally go too far with your copics and there aren't much highlights left, you can add some in again with a very fine brush and some white acrylic paint. Remember, hair is very detailed, so it will need a fair bit of practice, especially learning how much shine to leave and which colours look good together. But keep with it, the finished product will be great!
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Skin


With this tutorial I decided not to use copic markers for the skin so you can see that even cheap pro markers can do the job. First of all, get your line art all ready for colouring. Remember, use water proof inking pens! Now lay down a flat layer of skin tone, just leaving a few areas white along some of the lines and some areas on the face.


Next, with the same colour, layer up some darker areas, like under the eyes, under some of the hair and fringe, under the chin and on her arm and back. I know this step looks a bit horrid, but we'll be adding more detail next step ^_^


Here comes the fun part! adding the blush! Using a pinkish/peachy colour, start blending in some flesh colours on her cheeks and other places. This starts to give her a bit more personality, and a bit more depth to the character. You can also start on her lips! Don't use too much of this colour, as it really shows up, and its more for attracting the eye to her face and certain areas, to keep the eye moving around the whole picture to make it more interesting and memorable


In the final step, just add a faint little bit of grey, here I've added it by her back, under her chin and under her fringe to give that last little bit of depth to the picture. I've also made her lips a bit more red :3 And there you have it! It's not as complex as it first looks eh? If you find you've gone over too much of the white space or you want to add the little shines after, use a fine brush and some white acrylic paint and add it back in!
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I know it isn´t much but I hope it helped a little at least.
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Posted 5/2/08
wow thats very good im iseless at colouring on comps
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Posted 5/2/08
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Posted 6/7/08


this is my tutorial
its blurry
but message me up..or reply in here i can teach you how to color ur drawing
materials i knew how to use : color pencil..water soluble pencil..water color..pastel..air gun paint..and oil base canvas
this is my example of multiple coloring drawing..

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Posted 6/7/08
hey those picture are from mangarevolution..nahaha
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