Discussion in 'Transformers Fan Art' started by Defenestrator, Mar 1, 2011.
Constructicons 2D first attempt at coloring, what u guys think? any tips for future reference?
Yes, nice start but needs lots more contrast, and more importantly having a well defined light source! It's far easier to achieve that in photoshop than with pencils though.
For a first try just import the lineart into photoshop, and set the layer to 'multiply'. Then make a new layer behind that one, and on that layer just colour everything in flat block colours.
The easiest way to do it is to use 'polygonal lassoo' to select areas, and then just use the fill tool to colour them in.
Then decide where your light source is, and add in a new layer containing flat plain white on all the sides that are pointing directly at the light, and another new layer with flat plain black along all of the edges that are pointing away from the light.
Then experiment with the transparency slider on the shadow and highlight layers to adjust the intensity of the light and shade.
There's more to colouring than that obviously, but if you just do those first couple of steps then that'll be a good introduction.
For the next step you can either follow one of the great tutorials knocking about or just develop your own style straight away from there. You could even start with the photoshopped image as a reference and copy it using pencils, once you've got a good idea of where the light and shadow goes and how light/dark it should be.
Although simple, I still love it.
I really like the style you drew them in.
Simple and Excellent.
I agree with every one here. Great job (just needs more color and contrast)
keep it up and hope to see more of your art here soon
sicknasty. like it a lot.
oh wow thanks heaps! wasnt expecting it, esp. kjeevah ur advice is awesome ive always wondered how to tame the scary beast that is photoshop
quick and dirty example:
so for what happens next, depends on your style.. tweak contrast, add more layers of shadow and highlight, add texture or gradients, etc
Well, don't stop kjeevahh
don't have the psd saved, and im not a colourist either - josh's live streams would make for better viewing!
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