Join Daniel Lieske for an in-depth discussion in this video Coloring the drawing, part of Creating a Digital Illustration with Photoshop CS5.
Now this is our Digital Drawing and I want to do a little very subtle coloring on it to give it the last kick. I'm doing this coloring on the background layer directly beneath the drawing. And the first thing I will do is I pick up a color to fill the background with. And it's supposed to be a very light and esaturated brown in order to indicate some sketch paper maybe, some brown sketch paper. And what I want to do now is, I want to pick out a pen, a brush, that is not textured.
I don't need dynamic size adjustment. I need the opacity driven by pen pressure, and I need the 30% flow. I guess I can decrease the, hardness of the brush a bit. Yeah, it's a little bit softer on the edges. And this is now my brush, and for the sake of completeness, we will save it to our tool Presets as Color Brush. All right.
Now, what I want to do with this brush, I set the mode of the brush to Multiply. And by that, each stroke I'm going to do will get darker if it overlaps with a preceeding one. So without changing the color I can darken with every new stroke the proceeding one. And this is really handy to do some quick coloring, and what I want to do is I want to give certain parts of the drawing a distinct color.
I want to darken the whole park bench, for example. And this step is meant to give some parts of the drawing a little bit more distinction. And in this case, it also helps to bring the character forward because we have a contrast between the darker park bench, and the lighter character.
And I also want to use this general idea throughout the whole drawing. I darkened the area behind the park bench, and I'm darkening the trees, but I want this coloring to be very subtle. Just like as if you were taking some watercolor to glaze some paint over your drawing in your sketchbook maybe.
And it really helps to model the forms a little bit more, like here, with the tree trunk. Yeah, it's a lot more form when you give it some shading like that.
And this can be really quick and dirty. That doesn't matter too much. It's just to give a little bit of shading here and there. Really doesn't have to be very elaborate. Here we can indicate the shadow of the tree, on the ground and we can also, add some shading, maybe dirt, to the pavement, like that.
And I will darken the leaves of the trees also, and I will make them even darker than the tree trunks. This, by the way, frames our drawing quite nicely if the top most part is a little bit darker. And now, I do the exact opposite of that. I change my Mode from Multiply to Screen.
That, basically, lightens everything up. So when I now paint, and please notice, I'm still painting with the background color. That's the color I filled the whole canvas with. And just by using the Screen Mode, it turns my brush into something that lightens everything up, and I use this effect to lighten up some parts where light might be reflected. Here, the shoes.
And of course we want to have some highlights here in the hair. And that way we create the strongest contrast between light and dark in the character that brings the character forward and makes for a very nice end result I would say. And by using the F key I'm toggling the Screen Mode here so that we have an un-occluded a view of our final result.
This is our Digital Drawing from scratch, completely created inside Photoshop.
- Setting up the tools and documents
- Constructing the perspective
- Drawing the background
- Adding the character
- Cleaning up the drawing
- Coloring the drawing