Learn how to add color, subtle shading, and simple environments to your comic book character drawings in Photoshop.
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- I'm Ben Bishop. I'm a comic book creator from Portland, Maine, and I've loved comic books ever since I was a kid. As an artist, I've always strived to get my work to look more like what you see on the shelves. One of the biggest hurdles for artists though is getting their work from that black and white stage to the full color, finished quality stuff that they see in stores. So in this course, we're gonna be going through some of the very basic steps you can use in Photoshop to enhance your drawings by adding in color. We will discuss and demonstrate how to strategically prep your illustration by color flatting each section of the drawing, saving you time with every additional step.
You'll see how just by adding colors, a little bit of background, and simple atmospheric effects to a comic book hero, you can really bring them to life on a whole new level. As we go, I'll be working on multiple layers, and trying out all sorts of brushes and effects to get our illustrations to the finished quality that you would expect to see between the pages of a real comic book. So let's get comfortable and let's get rolling.
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