Digibash: Coloring of Don Figueroa's Rolling Thunder Prime

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  1. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    My shading is quick and sloppy, but I'm content with how it came out
     

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    Looks fantastic. This is the best Optimus Prime design to date.
     
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    Here's my crits:

    1) Harder shading. I only see shading on the legs. There's a different shade of red on the arms but it doesn't come off as shadows.

    2) Shade in color like a dark blue. New Layer -> Multiply.

    3) Add some highlights in areas. Where's the light coming from? Are there lights on him somewhere? His eyes! (Put a desk lamp and shut off the other lights and point it at the Classics toy version of Prime and see where the light hits and the shadows take over).

    4) You added a lot of gray details. Good! Utilize them! Make them nice and shiny!

    I don't want you to hate so I'm defending my stance to give you advice. I went from here (my first coloring): Swindle by *DrewEiden on deviantART to here (maybe my proudest coloring): Iron Man by *DrewEiden on deviantART based on the comments and criticisms and tips and advice I got here and across the web.

    If you still have the .psd file I challenge you to go back and try to add some more shadows and highlights in there and make it even better.
     
  4. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    Not offended at all :)  I couldn't have asked for a better response--critiques and tips from an actual colorist!

    I do still have the .psd and I accept your challenge
     
  5. encline

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    My only thing I would suggest, the windows should not be red...

    I have seriously considered painting the one I am building like this, but can't wrap my head around a big red and blue rolling thunder army vehicle...
     
  6. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    The windows aren't red...they're light blue. Are there windows I missed that I colored over in red?

    And yeah, I get what you're saying about his color scheme, though GI Joe vehicles are pretty outlandish.
     
  7. GAUGE

    GAUGE In Art, Nothing Is Impossible.

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    the two windows he's referring to are the huge windshields that make up the majority of his shoulders.

    Nice attempt at the coloring btw.

    I'm no pro colorist however, i do my fair share of coloring and If I may reiterate on what Drew already said, I usually use a whole separate layer just for the shading when i color. but I usually pick one really decent shade of gray and color all areas you want shaded. if your using photoshop just click on the layer filters option and click "multiply"

    It's the best friend you'll ever have when shading any art like this.

    I got a few examples in my DA Gallery.
     
  8. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    would you be cool if I printed this out?

    And yeah, the shoulders are mostly windows/windshield. If you look at my sig you can see what I am saying.
     
  9. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, didn't even realize those were supposed to be windows until I logged out and saw encline's sig (have sigs shut off when logged in)

    The shading is a separate layer, though I did it a different way then you describe. Gonna redo it when some extended free time presents itself.
     
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    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    Sure. You can download the .psd as well here

    edit: Updated with corrected windows. No shading cause I fucking suck at shading.
     
  11. GAUGE

    GAUGE In Art, Nothing Is Impossible.

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    Trust me when I say this you don't suck, it just takes a bit of work my friend.

    a piece like this is perfect to practice on.

    don't give up, we won't let you. :) 
     
  12. catch22

    catch22 Well-Known Member

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    I did give the second shot an honest attempt. My shading just wasn't making much sense...shining a desk-lamp light onto a Classics Prime helped a bit, but the further I got the more screwed up it appeared.

    My school semesters nearing an end and once it's over I'll have a lot more time to giving stuff like this another go. Thanks for the kind words, though.

    FYI, anyone that wants to use my coloring of Don's pic as a jumping off point to try shading it are welcome to do so.
     

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