Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding shadows and effects to the environment, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] One thing I know I want to add…to this background just a little bit…to show off the different pieces…of all these metal plates and what not…is just a little shadow layer.…Just this simple, maybe 21% opacity...…black layer.…Go back to a normal kind of brush.…And I use rough inking brush.…It's the same deal as what we did on our character here.…
We're just going to add just a little bit of shadow…under some of these plates of metal…that you think you'd like to show…are a little higher than other things.…I know that I want to do that on the grate here.…This adds a little bit of…three-dimensionality really quickly.…We're not going for a full-on painting here…with these backgrounds.…A lot of artists could paint me under the bus.…I'm just trying to do a simple…kind of animation style quick background.…
Again, I'm thinking about the light source…coming from the top.…So a lot of these shadows I'm adding are underneath.…On the underside of these panels.…We can use this time also to add a little bit to the smoke.…
Ben takes the characters he created in Drawing Good and Evil Comic Book Characters and adds color, subtle shading, and simple environments with Photoshop. He shows how to prep your illustration and perform color flatting—simple color fills that save professional artists a lot of time. Along the way, Ben explains how to choose and apply color that feels authentic to the characters and environments you are developing.
- Color flatting
- Choosing the right colors for your characters
- Adding shading
- Drawing the background
- Creating atmosphere
- Adding shadows and highlights to the final scene