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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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Dim-Blomb Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, is this any good for a first try?…
Dim-Blomb Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering, what do you do when you paint over the yukky black lines. Just use a solid brush or something?
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?
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!
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!
SadUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what do you use for shading? which brush?
Hailo95100 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hi! I thought this was a lovely little walkthrough I tried it out:

Would it be okay if I continued to experiment with this way of coloring?
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.
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?
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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