Somewhat of a simple tutorial I thought I'd do for you guys. A lot of you asked about my coloring techniques on my ask journal and this is what happened.
For some more coloring tips, ask me here, note me, or in the journal here: [link]
. This is mainly for SAI users, though, maybe Photoshop, but not too sure.
And this is just for Transformers/Mecha/Robots type of thing like metal and lights.
This is a long description, so be patient if you really want to learn. I'm taking the time to do this for your benefit.
Your first layer. Start with a base drawing. Use lighter value colors for this step. In a bigger piece, it'll help you with improving your anatomy.
2. Rough Sketch
Use a second layer for this so you'd be able to hide for layers used later on. Usually use a darker value for the sketch. Your strokes DO NOT have to be perfect at all, just make them understandable and easy to follow for the next step.
Make a layer on top of your base and sketch. Try your best to keep your line work smooth unless you're the type of person that prefers it otherwise. For those, like me, who use the 'Magic Wand' tool on SAI, you might want to try to keep your lines closed.
4. Flat Colors
Hide your sketch and base layers. Make a new layer under your lining layer. The most basic step is to just throw some color onto your lines. Simple as that.
5. Flat Shading
It is up to you to decide whether or not you want other layers for the next steps, I usually don't give another layer, I'll just use the same layer I used for my flat colors. For flat shading, use either the pen tool or the ink too and lower the value level of you're flat colors. Give some shadow effects to make it pop.
6. AirBrushed Shadows
Use the same value if the shadows you used for your flat shading. You use your airbrush for this step. For SAI users, use the smallest, fuzziest edge shape above your size bar. Bring the brush sizer to a larger size, depends on how big the pic is, then set it to a lower density, I usually use 60 or below for this step, is also depends on what effect you want it to have. Stop until you have the effect you want, DON'T cover the flat shading completely, just give it an effect that makes it look like it's still there, but not entirely.
7. Flat Shining
Take the color you used for your flat colors and give it a higher value to make it lighter. Don't make it too light, or too dark, only whenever it's necessary. Same technique as the flat shading, just keep it in the direction the light is coming from.
8. AirBrushed Shining
Once again, basically the same effect you want with your airbrushed shadows, just in a lighter color. DON'T cover you're shine completely.
Add some fun effect to your lights if you are working with robots.
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I hope you guys benefit from this~
Credit me if used this please~
If you'd like another tutorial, ask me what you'd like, I can see what I can do~
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