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colour process breakdown by ChillySunDance colour process breakdown by ChillySunDance
Some people have asked me questions like 'can you teach me how to colour the way you do, or do you have any tips about colouring/shading in general', and while I'm not exactly learned enough to give proper advice, I can certainly do a step-by-step explaining the way I colour using the most basic tools and techniques available.

Done in Sai with default brushes. Well, the bar 1 em setting is custom, but you're probably going to get the same effect using Flat Rough or some other similar flat brush.

The important thing is to know how to use the dropper tool to ease into colours nicely and paint using flat shading efficiently before attempting any blending, and of course, having an understanding of the way light falls over objetcts. If you're having trouble with shadows, I suggest practicing with simplistic shapes and objects.

also, I'm lazy so I constantly flatten and work over my layers to avoid having to juggle them. If you have the patience to manage multiple layers for a neater lineart/more manageable shading then go right ahead, but I find that painting over the top of everything works best for me. (I keep backgrounds separate from character images of course, and things like effects and ambiant lighting on their own layers)
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Snarf1089 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though this is a quite old devianation, it helped me SO MUCH in painting without annoying lineart, THANK YOU
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DayBrite Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Also, is this any good for a first try? dimblomb.deviantart.com/art/Co…
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DayBrite Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Just wondering, what do you do when you paint over the yukky black lines. Just use a solid brush or something?
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DewwyDarts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um yo I'm curious about the part of painting over the library I normally use the ink pen. Like what do you do in the 3rd and 5th panels?

Like i understand I'm suppose to go over the lines but they still kinda show in the middle of the overall stroke over?
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Kingadee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thankyou! this was both simple enough yet detailed enough
I've dug through literally hundreds of lessons and tutorials, but I think this might be the one that actually makes it click!
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TeoLeif Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
GAH! =w= I come back to this too much. My brushes never seem to look the same as yours, but maybe that's just me. I did come close I think with a style test but when I tried applying that to a full piece it didn't end up quiiiite the same. [Link] xP

Oh well, I'll keep trying! The tutorial has been a great help!
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SadUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what do you use for shading? which brush?
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Hailo95100 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hi! I thought this was a lovely little walkthrough I tried it out: fav.me/d6dt2hu

Would it be okay if I continued to experiment with this way of coloring?
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ChillySunDance Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
of course! That's the whole point of a tutorial like this. Feel free to figure out what works for you and what doesn't.
That's really cool too, I love sableyes.
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StarBomber109 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
is the bar 1 em setting easy to make?

Anyways, I like the idea of painting out a palate, do you do that on a different layer or just right there on the layer you're working on?
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ChillySunDance Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It shows in the process that I make a new layer for coulouring underneath stuff, but then I flatten it and do it all on the same layer as necessary. Of course I keep things like characters and backgrounds separated but for simplicity I prefer to do all my painting on the same layer.

As for the bar setting, it's just a simple flat line brush I believe. a small filled rectangle.
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ooh that will help a ot with shading this :D
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armoroad Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I have yet to get the hang of it but I tried grypheonix.deviantart.com/art/...
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TeZkO Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had to prove that I could amount to something this picked me up when I was down this put me back in the swing of things I figured I should share the wealth
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sekihiro Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
That's so nice of you for sharing your coloring tutorial :)
This is really helpful and I hope I can try this as soon as possible :love:
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MixedMelodies Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'll probably try this anyways, even though I'm not much but a mouse user. >u< This is super helpful though; I've always wondered how you do your process, but I was too nervous to ask hehe.
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SabreShot Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I really need to get Sai one of these days >.< My trial ran out before I figured out how to use it xD
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ShinyVanillaTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this work without a tablet?
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ChillySunDance Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sadly not, the blending and outline tweaking requires some kind of pressure sensitivity. Without it you're going to end up with very hard, jagged corners.
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ShinyVanillaTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I noticed xD though i did manage to creat similar stuff with two pictures i did, using the flt brush like that. (( [link] & [link] ))
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ChillySunDance Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, very nicely done for a mouse. Guess it was still a little helpful after all!
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ShinyVanillaTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanks
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FlamesVoices Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, wow, thank you for posting this!!! 8DDD I've always admired your colouring skills, but I never dared to try and bug you about how. X'P You make it seem so simple, haha~!! X'DDDD Ah well~ I'm going to give this a try at once! 8u8/
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KiwiCactus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had to give this a try fav.me/d6cmy5l
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ChillySunDance Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, very nice! I like the colours you chose, very light and pretty.
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PMDE-Miles Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Awesome! I always wonder how you managed such vivid colors and now I know! Maybe I'll try this style sometime and paint one of your characters in it? I'll make sure to link it if I ever get around to it!
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Pombei Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   Digital Artist
I love seeing how other artists work.
I wish I was good enough with Sai's brushes to paint on so few layers.
I usually end up with so many layers that I have to put them in groups.
And even then it's still a mess, lol.
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ChillySunDance Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to use a LOT of layers. there's actually nothing wrong with using lots of layers, but I found that personally it was causing me to lose out on a lot of completion time when I had to sift through tons of layers just to find what I wanted to edit. So nowadays I prefer to keep them to a minimum and simply paint over mistakes directly.
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DarkAmphy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Looks very interesing. Thanks for show to me your colours process on your stories.
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Rashinba Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful! I'll be sure to credit you when I test it out :3
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ZeroZi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
its quite informative
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