Thursday, May 10, 2007

Color Me, pt. 3

In Step 11, I separated out the line work from the background, plunked it down on a new layer, and locked that layer's transparency.

16. Now, I can paint all over that layer, and it will only affect the lines that are already there. This is pretty simple drawing, so I didn't do much: just a gradation from a lighter brown to a nearly-black brown. My recent Medusa post involves a little more coloring done on the line layer. One could push the possibilities of colored line a lot further, but I tend you use it sparingly.

17. Now here's some good fun. This is something I've been playing with ever since crashing Michael Cho's studio a couple months back. After inking the original drawing, I flipped the paper over, and inked some shadows and textures on the back.

18. I ran the shadow layer through stages 2-5, flipped it over, and copied onto a layer between the color layer and the line layer.

19. I dropped the opacity on the shadow layer down to about 20%.

20. And then, after locking the transparency on this layer, too, I painted in some color to the shadows.

21. And then, a little extra tweaking. I used the brush tool, set to a large size and semi-transparent, to add a bit of warmth to the skin, and then I hit the lower face and the right hand with the dodge tool to fade out the shadows. The line around the eyes was changed to a dark blue... just, you know, whatever little adjustments were needed to make the thing feel complete.

And there you go! Three days of blog content from one little drawing! I mean, a coloring tutorial! Hurray! Dragging it all out like this may make it seem pretty involved, but half this stuff is completely rote, and goes by pretty quickly.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, please lemme know!

Now—put up yer dukes!


Stephanie Han Windham said...

Hey Joel, how about if I try to meet up with you in SD on Friday, July 27th? Since I'll be driving down after work I probably won't get there til about 7:30 or so, which should be good timing for dinner, right?

Pulpatooner said...

It's a date! The lovely wife will be braving the Geekgasm, so you'll get a chance to meet her, too!

the lw said...

I'll finally get to meet the creator of that great piece of art in our living room. Very nice. Looking forward to it, Steph.

Stephanie Han Windham said...

Mwaha, excellent! I'll try wrangle Curtis into coming down with me too.

michelle said...

Thanks a lot for taking the time to post this! Very helpful indeed.

Pulpatooner said...

Glad to hear it, Michelle. Lemme know if yo try this method, I'd be eager to see the results!

Pulpatooner said...

Oh! I see you already have! Neat!

Shobo said...

Neat! Thanks for the tutorial Joel, it's pretty hard to find good ones on digital painting. *bookmarks*

Pulpatooner said...

Mr. Coker,

Thanks, although I'm sure I have nothing to teaching you, when it comes to digital image-making.

How's to world of video game journalism?

Shobo said...

Joel, your praise is far too kind as I'm still struggling with digital art, especially digital painting with a pen tablet. I just bought a cheapo tablet last week (don't buy a cheap one, they really suck).

The videogame journalism's actually getting increasingly interesting, there's a feeling in the industry that we're on the verge of some sort of self discovery. Lots of talk about videogames as a legitimate art form, and exploration by game-makers and writers about the nature of games. Plus, people send me free stuff.

P.S. I really like your FACA "Almost-Rans" series.

Pulpatooner said...

Although I don't really play games myself (in a desperate bid to preserve what little productivity I have), I love the notion of at least a section of the video game market starting to take itself seriously as an art/narrative form. Or, if not take itself seriously, at least take itself weirdly. There are so many possibilities for the technology/medium beyond the established structures of game play.

Thanks for the tip on tablets. I'm thinking of getting a little one, and, yeah, consensus seems to be one wants to go top shelf.

chrishaley said...

This was great and fun by the way.

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Chris!