My first tutorial ever.
There are some grammar mistakes I caught when I read over this, BUT I WAS SO LAZY TO CHANGE IT. FORGIVE ME PLEASE. DON'T KILL ME. </3
Excuse the horrible crappy handwriting. I really didn't want to switch back and forth between Sai and Paint to get words on the thing...>.>"
SO. I hope you can at least read some of it. If not then I'll save you from straining your eyes by writing it out.
Topic: Hair ♥
Model: Ellie ♥
This tutorial will show you how I color hair. You don't have to follow it completely. Variation is pretty big in my style.
First set you layers. Put lineart in one folder and go ahead and create subfolders.
These are the colors I'll be using to color Ellie, we'll just use the hair color.
Create a basic check list. It's part of staying organized.
*Staying organized helps finish the job faster.*
1) When filling up the spaces with the bucket keep the settings on Precise and Canvas to fill in neatly. Don't worry so much if there's little white spots, use the pen to clean it up.
The transp can change. The bigger the number the more space the bucket will cover and vice-versa.
2) Create a new layer. Click on layer clip and change 'blend mode' to MULTIPLY
. Keep the same color you used for the base.
Now use the pen tool to create a few shades. Use a light source so that you aren't cloud shading.
3) Using the same method from step 2, create a new layer again. This time use the marker tool to create more shades around the previous layer. This is to soften up the look a little. But in this example, I used the airbrush tool to shade. *You can switch between the two to reach desired effect.
4) Repeat step 2, but instead of setting the 'blend mode' to multiply, change it to SCREEN
. Use your light source to help create your highlights.
5) Finally we reach final step and that is adding extra details to make it prettier. Add strands of hair here and there. Don't add too much or you'll end up with a hot mess! (unless that's what you want.)
Now mess around with the Filters to change the color to your liking.
This tutorial is pretty self explanatory...
I forgot to mention a few things.
Remember to merge all the layers before messing around with the filters. Or you'll end up just changing one layer instead of the whole thing together.
Merge the screen layer last. So combine the multiply layer with your base layer first and then the screen layer. This way, your highlights won't end up turning into a shade instead.
When shading in the hair, pick a point where the hair falls around. It should be an obvious point.
Hair is flowing and not so stiff, so don't make your shading stiff, make it flow a little too. Use shading to make some waves or curls in the hair. However if your character has straight and really flat hair, maybe your shading can be a little stiff.
Throughout the whole process the only color you should have used was the base color. There was no need to change the color or anything. However you may have to change colors if your character has multiple hair colors and not just a single colored one.
The end result should look soft and blending really shouldn't be needed. If the lines look too harsh just blend it a little. The blending tool was to help soften it up. If you use the airbrush and marker tool properly you may not end up needing to use the blend tool.
Honestly I hate to color, it's like a chore to me. Make it fun by playing around with settings on your brushes or something. That's why variation is sort of my thing, I always end up changing my settings because it gives a little life into the coloring process for me. Not sure about you, but it sure does get me to feel worked up.
Throughout this whole tutorial Ferris was all lovey-dovey. LOOOOLBY THE WAY
Please show me how your work turns out in the end! ♥ I love to see how you applied my technique if you followed my tutorial. ♥♥♥♥
This is so messy and cramped together. Please forgive me. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME MAKING A TUT. EVER. CUT ME SOME SLACK? I'LL LOVE YOU. ♥ But seriously, I knew my handwriting was crap, BUT DANG WAS IT REALLY THIS BAD?