Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Coloring and texturizing the background, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] Once our background drawing is in place,…the only thing left to do is color it up.…So what I'm gonna do, and you can watch me,…it's gonna take quite a while…because it's a whole lot of fun.…I like to play with all these different brushes…I mentioned earlier, the oils,…the watercolors, the pencils, the pastels,…and then a lot of other effects brushes,…like Splatter Paint, all that stuff.…There's ton of stuff to try out, this is when you do it.…I'm just gonna throw in random colors,…random effects, and get this guy rolling.…
I'm using all these Kyle T. Webster brushes,…but Photoshop comes pretty well stocked…with some cool brushes.…And actually, if you just Google search…free Photoshop brushes you might find some stuff you like.…I do have a couple Watercolor textures in here…that I'm gonna be using, as well.…It's just trial and error,…it's just using lots of different colors.…I'm actually colorblind, so I'm gonna be using,…you know, bright colors, dark colors,…and then changing them as I go.…It's kind of the best part of using Photoshop,…
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