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Hi! I'm toasterkat (AKA Aubrey W).
I'm a 39 year old disabled artist. I haven't been able to make Art for a while now. But I hope to be able to again soon!
Here is a small portion of my Art: http://toasterkat.deviantart.com/gallery/ I have experience with:
pencil
crayon
pastel
charcoal
watercolor
acrylic paint
ink
terra cotta
plaster
wax
aluminium and bronze casting
paper mache
found object sculpture
sewing
photography (film & digital )
computer Art (2D & 3D)

I focus on figural imagery.
I'm not a teacher, but I'm happy to give advice or explain methods.
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sensei, teach me how to color xD
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Melancia_Girl wrote:

sensei, teach me how to color xD


Sorry, I can't tell if you're serious or joking, lol!
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Sorry, I can't tell if you're serious or joking, lol!


I'm serious and joking in the same time
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Melancia_Girl wrote:

I'm serious and joking in the same time


Ok! Though I'd prefer you call me shisho, LOL.

Seriously, do you work on paper or digital?
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only paper, but one day I will try digital xD
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only paper, but one day I will try digital xD


Ok, first piece of advice: Make multiple photocopies of the image to be colored. (colon copy if it's a pencil drawing, B&W copy for ink.)
Doing coloring testis and practicing on copies can reduce the anxiety of making a mistake while letting you develop skill.

What medium are you looking to color with? ( watercolor, markers, colored pencils, etc)
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Ok, first piece of advice: Make multiple photocopies of the image to be colored. (colon copy if it's a pencil drawing, B&W copy for ink.)
Doing coloring testis and practicing on copies can reduce the anxiety of making a mistake while letting you develop skill.

What medium are you looking to color with? ( watercolor, markers, colored pencils, etc)


colored pencils
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Melancia_Girl wrote:

colored pencils


Cool, those are the most forgiving of the 3 I mentioned.

Have you already tried coloring? If so, what did you feel you had trouble with?
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Cool, those are the most forgiving of the 3 I mentioned.

Have you already tried coloring? If so, what did you feel you had trouble with?


shading I don't know how to
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shading I don't know how to


Ok, sorry if I get a technical.

To start, shading is about how light is hitting your character and/or background.

If it's a character, first decide what your lighting situation is. ( Outside or inside, morning or noon, etc)
knowing the direction of the light dictates your shading.
If possible, ask a friend to dress approximately like your character and take a picture of them in the light situation you want.
Having a reference of light and shadow will greatly help until you have enough experience to do it all in your head.

Next, decide how many steps you want the shading to have. (unless you are doing noir style, the minimum is usually 3 steps, highlight, mid tone and shadow. But you can do as many steps as you want up to full gradation.)

next, look at your photo and see where the highlights and shadows are. On one of your copies very lightly sketch bubbles where the highlights are and lines where the shadows fall.

Try 3 step shading first.

For each color in the figure pick 3 colonel pencils ( light, med, and dark )
The med tone is your base.
Fill the highlights first and erase the sketched bubbles before filling the medium tone.. Fill the med tone and erase the sketch shadow lines before filling the shadows.

No matter how many shading steps you choose, always work from light to dark.

Notes: shiny stuff will have white highlights. Just leave the paper white. The same goes for light skin. In that case erase the highlight bubbles after filling the med tone.
I'll talk about eyes later.
Shadows for skin are rarely black.

I'll cover more stepped shading and full gradation later.

Any questions so far?
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Any questions so far?


I don't think so, but I'm little confuse

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I don't think so, but I'm little confuse



Ok, what feels confusing?
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Ok, what feels confusing?


"highlight bubbles" why the bubbles

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"highlight bubbles" why the bubbles



Bubble is the word I chose because highlight areas on figures tend to be roundish.
If you look at a photo reference, find the brightest area in any color. That's the highlight for that color.
Use your judgement to decide how big and what shape the highlight should be.

Better?
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