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Lesson 6/15/18: Coloring Techniques:

(PG-13 Warning: Video contains strong language and some suggestive imagery)

Step one: flats

-fill background with dark grey so you can see what is not colored

-turn lazy nezumi off

– make layers for each color so you can click the “lock content” button so you only draw on what’s already in the layer.

Step two: choose where light source is coming from

Step three: coloring

-start with a fluffy brush (soft edges)

Technique 1:
Takes longer. Put down each different shade individually, going lighter or darker as you go

Technique 2:
Throw down a light and dark hue and then use the “mixer brush” tool to blend it together

To get the mixer brush, hold down the brush tool till it shows the flyaway menu and use the brush with a water droplet

Wet heavy mix, hardness zero, whatever size you need

Cool shadow, warm highlight

Cool receeds warm pops out

Step 4 curves:
Click half circle at bottom of the layer window and choose curves

Move the graph that appears to suit what you want that layer to do, if you want to have a Cool shading layer move the curve to a darker blue
Paintbucket black to the whole layer, then go in with white to draw in where your curves layer will show

Use the rbg channel in the curves menu to change color of curves

Glowy shit:
Put something on a layer
Duplicate layer
Blur layer
Change layer style to screen

Make layers above your main color layer
Make swatches of your base color, a lighter hue, and a different tone, such as a redder tone for blonde variation.

Add strokes with your brush of the different hues

Add variation colors, add lighting and shading, and add back in your original color to keep it mostly that color

Use your warm highlights and cool shading, for blonde use green for shading

Colorized lines:
Duplicate the line layer for safety
Turn off the extra layer
Content lock the line layer
Use the brush to color the lines according to what you need for shading.

Usually you want a darker color than the flat color, unless it’s something like black hair in which a dark blue works well

The more tones and gradients you have the more realistic it can look

Lesson 6/14/18: Lineart Techniques:

lesson 1

Casual Video Livestream (18+ contains strong language and inappropriate drawings are briefly shown)


Separate lines into layers by color. Colored lines are usually a darker less saturated (less vibrant)hue of the fill color (Bright yellow hair = Dark tan line color)

Lining technique 2: Draw each section completely one at a time (all the hair, all the skin) on their own layers. Separate by color (Skin, hair, clothing, accesories)

Lining technique 1: Thick outline first (taper lines that go inside figure) Thick outline for any line that touches negative space Then new layer, thin lines for details inside figure

Line sizes: Thicc 20pix Thin: 8ish pix

No Criss-crossing lines Taper your points well Thicc lines for outline and thin lines for details inside -turn off sketch to see if your lineart is shittay

Edit-Preferences-preformance RAM all the way up, history states at least 20 turn off Open GL Drawing if you have lag, this makes it so you cannot rotate the canvas, however. But you can always turn it back on

Image size: 12×18 inches 300 dpi

color lines: image-adjustments -hue saturation- colorize then lock layer content (the checkered box icon)

-rasterize layer to stop lag

Teaching Process: 1)Anatomy/Composition/posing /perspective 2) lining 3) coloring 4) backgrounds 5) special effects (sweet ass lens flares, yo)