Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Using warm and cool tones to create atmosphere, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] So, what I'm gonna do now,…it's gonna take me a little bit, and it's a lot…of trial and error, but I chose a warm color.…It's the same kind of warm light that we were…talking about earlier for this direction…of light, and then I'm gonna choose a cool color after.…You'll see I'm gonna go for a purple,…similar to what we have down here, coming at him…from below, and I'm just gonna use a really soft,…semi-transparent, semi-opaque brush.…I'm gonna use an oil brush, actually.…
I just don't know which one, yet.…I'm gonna play around and find the right one…that I like, and what I'm gonna do is just…hit him on certain areas where I think that…that, you know, the warm light will hit.…Then I'm gonna do the same thing where I think that…that cooler light, or shadow, will hit, and you'll see…the kinda three dimensionality that…that gives us, and all of that stuff…I'm gonna want to be on top of…our character's colors, but underneath his lines.…So, that way this is kinda not part of the background.…
This is now getting into these final atmospheric…
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