Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files and what you should know, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] If you're a Premium member of Lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. The exercise files are laid out in foders organized by chapters. Inside each chapter, you'll find a layered PSD file that will start you off in the same place that I'll be beginning so you can follow along with me. If you're a monthly member or annual member of Lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files. But you can follow along from scratch with your own projects. Throughout this course, I'm gonna be using Photoshop, working on a Wacom CINTIQ drawing tablet, and using some cool brushes I downloaded from the Photoshop Brush Wizard, www.kyletwebster.com.
His brushes are very inexpensive and sometimes even donation only. I really love 'em. But if you have favorites of your own, those should work just as well. So follow along with me while we add some cool colors and effects to this drawing and learn some tips and tricks you can bring with you in the future coloring your own comics and characters.
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