Digital Colours

I spent yesterday trying different ways of colouring and different styles but didn’t get to a result that I liked. Today, however I got things going for me!

Colouring digitally has always been one of the things I wanted to be able to do. A while back (and still) I would look at other artist’s works and be left in utter awe because it was just magnificent. So when I started i thought that it couldn’t be too hard. If you look at a finished illustration you see all those colours and they make perfectly sense. Yes, the shadow is blue because it just has to be. the highlight are yellowish instead of white because what other colour would possibly come to someone’s mind who’s got eyes?!

So I took one of my inked sketches, scanned it and opened it in Photoshop.

Three hours later I was done with the sketch, done with the painting and definitely done with the day, too. While I was laying in bed it bothered me so much how hard I failed that I couldn’t sleep for hours. The next day I went back to my computer and tried again. Same result, early bedtime. This went on for weeks and I started blaming my computer and my version of Photoshop – which was a pretty old one. It just felt easier that way.

I went back to colour my sketches and illustrations in the traditional way (markers, pencil, ballpoint pen) but now I suddenly sucked doing that too!

After hours and hours and hours and even more hours I finally started to get the hang of it (Thanks God!).

Art is probably the most disappointing thing I’ve done in my life. But also the most rewarding.

And by now I dare to say that my colouring has turned out to be quite okay.

One of the first fully coloured pages of my comic “Warden of Time”:

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Finally finished!

Today I had an appointment in town and stopped in a small store to buy the missing pencil! Unfortunately, they didn’t have the exact color I wanted but I got something similar.

Because the pigments of this pencil were differently it was a little bit more difficult but I am still happy with the result.

As always, please share your thoughts. Your comments are much appreciated!

For those of you who are new and haven’t read the work in progress post: I used colored pencils (Polychromos) by Faber-Castell and a grey-ish toned paper. That’s pretty much it.

Here she comes, the finished Jessica Rabbit!

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Trying new stuff

I decided to experiment a little bit with colored pencils. I got these awesome Fabercastel Polychromos pencils for my Birthday a few months ago but haven’t used them properly yet. I haven’t finished the illustration because I need a special color for the skin. Might get it the next time I’m in town.

Jessica Rabbit on greyish toned paper (:

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