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Quick Tutorial by StevenSanchez Quick Tutorial by StevenSanchez
Okay, coloring can be a little nuts in the beginning but here's a simple solution, follow these steps and you can see results pretty fast. Although keep in mind that referencing is really the best way to learn!

The beginning image is one from someone here on DA learning how to color digitally, the images that follow are my approach to how I'd go about it. There's different styles and techniques but this is the way I'd go :)

Start off with a base tone, next heighten the tonal value to a richer color I either feather at this stage or use sharp lasso cuts, either way is fine. The last step is sharp lasso fir highlights. That's it! :)

Keep it simple and fun but really try to work the piece as well. Don't get lazy and fluff it off, if you do, viewers will do the same when they come and see your works. That's never good. So spend the time and focus and make sure it looks great to you before you call it done :)

Hope this helps many young colorists out there.

San-
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
You're the man, San!
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bySeri Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Awesome, San! Thanks again!
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JonnyPyro Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
You need camtasia... I'd so watch a video of your coloring techniques...
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have quicktime it does a great job of screen capture, I'll be working on a color vid soon enough.
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JonnyPyro Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
This pleases me :D #VectorToo!!!! ;)
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Zach-Starker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your helpful words. What a great quick tutorial!
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
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Duranrivera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thanks for the info! I have to try out those techniques myself. I'll keep you up to date on my improvements. I look back at a year from now compared to now, and it's been huge. You can see for yourself on my gallery! The digital colors from early last year!
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool :)
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SweMu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'll have to try this technique sometime. Thanks for making this.
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Wagnr Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful pics, i love Thundercats.
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krissthebliss Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Digital Artist
usually I dont do lasso cuts but I will try to use it more
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GAGMATROM Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student General Artist
cool Very fast and quick and clean
look the hand different color and the end
look very well......
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
do you actually paint in a lighter color or do you use a layer on a certain setting to achieve the brighter highlights? or the 'levels / brightness' command?
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's all painting in higher tones.
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bluenique Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010   General Artist
and i do have another problem...with the lightning...does light come from th ring as as the Ink say yours will not work. (i know thats not waht you wanted to show out- but it still irks me)Have you a link to the orginal picture? i wanna show what I would do- nevermind because of my spamming. Its late...
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bluenique Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010   General Artist
Im kinda clouless about the picture but isnt this glove supposed to be furred - at least at the part where the arm is?
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah but it's a quick tutorial on coloring not texture like fur.
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bluenique Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   General Artist
i understand that- just irked me...Im coloring comics (Perry) so its just me...you know?
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reddragon162 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Its awesome that your always super helpful!
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
;) I tries :)
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MarcBourcier Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool so the shadows are almost built in, then you only have to build up the highlights :)
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yup ;)
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dullboy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Thanks for the mini-tutorial. It is nice to see how someone who appears really good does it. Nei Ruffino does some live streams of her actual commercial work, but I am not usually up at that time of night, so things that are hard copies, like what you have done here are great! :)
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StevenSanchez Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for viewing :)
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