Anonymous asked: Am I right in thinking you use SAI? I too use this programme with a Wacom bamboo tablet, but I have a query. When colouring, which tools do you use? I am new to this programme and I can't figure how I get the amazing colour look you do. Could you please describe your colouring process? p.s, I absolutely love your drawings. Thanks :)
I use a combination of Photoshop and SAI, but go through phases of preferring one over the other. At the moment I tend to use PS for the sketching and lineart, SAI for most of the colouring, and then PS again for the finishing touches. Depending on how I feel that will switch up, though.
I’m really not one for using custom brushes unless I see a pack that I like where someone has made brushes for specific things like clouds, stars etc. I usually stick with the defaults. In SAI I use a combination of the pen and brush tools, with a smattering of the water tool thrown in when I’m feeling adventurous. With Photoshop I use the hard round pressure and hard round pressure opacity for pretty much everything. The only things I change aside from the size are the flow and opacity in PS and the density in SAI, but that’s something you’d have to experiment with to get a feel for what you like.
The following is the general colouring process I use but it’s been simplified somewhat because I tend to vary how I go about things. If you want to see my colouring in action, have a look at my Livestream, where I’ve saved some videos.
1. Flats - pen tool (SAI) or hard round pressure (PS). I normally keep separate items on separate layers to avoid mixing them up, so hair on one, skin on another etc.
2. Colour adjustment - occasionally I’ll be unhappy with the shade I’ve chosen so I’ll use the image adjustment tools to play around until I’m happy. This can be done at any stage of the colouring, though.
3. Basic shading - same tools as above, I often rough in some block shading to get a general sense of the light source and play around with the colours a bit. Colour theory is not my strong point but it’s something you generally figure out as you go along (I like blues and purples, usually). I normally just lock the layer of whatever I’m colouring so it doesn’t go out of the lines, but if I’m feeling experimental I’ll create a layer above and use a clipping mask instead so I can delete the shading easily if it doesn’t work out.
4. Refined shading - Pretty much what it says on the tin. I’ll neaten up the block shading I put down before and keep an eye on the light source. Sometimes I’ll use the brush tool to create a gradient or the water tool to soften some edges.
5. Second light source - if I remember, I’ll add a hint of a second light source just to make the picture pop.
6. Textures and overlays - just some added extras to make everything fancy ;) One technique that I like to use is to merge all the visible layers > duplicate > gaussian blur (set to about 8.0) > set the duplicated, blurred layer to either soft or hard light and reduce the opacity. Simple yet fairly effective at brightening things up!
I hope that answers your questions, lovely, but please just ask if you’ve got any more <3 Enjoy experimenting with your new art program!