Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the scene: Adding a background, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] Well now we've got our…whole character colored in…in the correct colors at least that we've chosen…and this might be the step where you just say,…okay, that's done,…and this might be as far as you need to actually take it…for a particular job.…But if you think that maybe there's more…of your character's story that can be shown…by adding some kind of environment,…then that's always a quick option.…Let me just make a new layer under all my flats here.…Maybe you wanna show in,…inside of his secret base,…headquarters…that's all techy and science fictiony,…kind of like mimicking the design ideas…that we've given him.…
If you think that that kind of really…finishes off the piece.…No matter what, I think adding some kind of background…that's gonna add to your character.…I like the idea about his secret headquarters…that we've got started here,…so I'm just gonna actually use what we've done…as my rough.…So I'm just gonna turn that down…and then work on that a little further.…So I'm gonna call that back rough…
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