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A Lostie's Tutorial - Coloring Method by lostie815 A Lostie's Tutorial - Coloring Method by lostie815
Here is my coloring method! Also on Tumblr and has a bonus section on Coloring from Reference: thesilvereye.tumblr.com/post/5…

This technique can be done with any drawing program that has Layers, a Polygonal Selection tool, a Gradient tool, and a Paintbrush (and most drawing programs that I know of have those tools). I used Gimp for this.

More tutorials by me: lostie815.deviantart.com/galle…
Color Scheme Designer: colorschemedesigner.com/
For a more in-depth look at shading with gradients, you can look at Global Lighting Tutorial by Angelus-Tenebrae: angelus-tenebrae.deviantart.co… and Gradient Tutorial by damie-m: damie-m.deviantart.com/art/Gra…
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Ink-Dash Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard you hate the smudge tool, what do you use for shading instead?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Just the paintbrush with help from the color picker/eyedropper tool. It's easier to show than tell and it's sort of covered in these two tutorials: 1) natasha2808.deviantart.com/art… 2) natasha2808.deviantart.com/art…
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Ink-Dash Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I think I'll try this out right now actually!
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Litzana Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You must be really skilled to be able to use the polygon select so precisely; I never managed it. ^^
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cuteevee9 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sorcery... o___o I wish I could draw as amazing as you do! :'(
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
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Teniloc Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Thank GREAT TUTO !!!! SUPER
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RenoLuvsOrchids Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you wouldn't happen to know anything about painting chainmail would you?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would: 1) Shade it as if it were normal fabric. 2) Find or make a brush that makes a general chain link texture. 3) Make a new layer set to overlay and use the chainmail brush set to dark grey, just to make the texture. 4) Merge the texture layer to the cloth-like shaded layer and then go over some of it with a tiny paintbrush to add highlights/shadows/definition to some of the links to make the pattern look less generic.

That's what I did in this drawing, though I do think the chainmail could have used a little more definition so it didn't look as pasted-on. When you use a specific brush like a chain link brush, it's important to go over most of it with the normal brush you used in the rest of the painting, because otherwise the chainmail is going to stick out and look like it doesn't match with everything else. However the chainmail brush does make a very very helpful guide, so you don't have to go in and draw out every single link!
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RenoLuvsOrchids Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh wow XD i was only kidding on the off chance you had advice. thank you so much...
yeah i've done the drawing every single "link" though really i was doing the opposite and marking everyplace that wasn't chain. putting dots all over. fav.me/d6zf73s it didn't turn out so well
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OrVakninXX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
i reall love to know how u blend the pink and the lights with the skin? like what brush/tools you using for it? :)
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I just use the default round brush and the color picker, sort of like in this tutorial: www.deviantart.com/art/Blendin…
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OrVakninXX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
thank you so much hope i will make it ^____^!
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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful, thank you!
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
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RenoLuvsOrchids Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh and when i say lacking i mean my drawings not yours. this is awesome
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RenoLuvsOrchids Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
it sometimes amazes me what people can do with gimp and i'm just...blarg. lacking
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Bwushies Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just started digital art a few weeks ago, so I'm sorry if these questions sounds ridiculous. But when I put my outline layer into overlay, it disappears. How do I fix that/ what am I doing wrong?
Also do you use the smudge tool?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The overlay mode doesn't effect solid white or solid black, if your background is white, then the lines won't show up. After I finish my line art I fill the background with a light to middle valued color so the lines will show up. I think that's probably what's happening, but let me know if I'm wrong.

I never use the smudge tool (though I used to). I do not recommend it at all! It makes everything look dull and blurry, and I think it's better to just get used to using the paintbrush tool for rendering. It gives you more control and looks better  in the end. This is a good basic tutorial for how I blend with the paintbrush+the color picker.
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Bwushies Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It works! Thanks for the quick response. 
Thank you a million time! Before this tutorial, I had no idea how to start coloring really. I just filled in the colours and hoped it made sense somehow lol. Thank you sooo much.Enough to Make a Grown Man Cry 
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Falling-Into-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I'm new to photoshop, so may I ask a question? If I'm using photoshop, how do I lock the opacity of the layers?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you look in the layers section, it should say "Lock" followed by some tiny icons. The icon for opacity looks like little checkers and if you hover over it, it says "Lock transparent pixels" You click that icon to lock the opacity for the layer.
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Falling-Into-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Okay, thanks!
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb! What a great concept, to use gradients first and then select shades. Basically, do you create those gradients for each item on separate layers then merge them together before shading? Also, as I am new to working with gradients, do you select your colors and then draw a line in whichever direction the item, like a shirt or hair, is aimed? Heheh, I appreciate any explaination you can offer me ^^;

Marvelous work, I am so impressed by these and the way you presented the material made me feel at eased instead of overwhelmed by complicated advice :clap:
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Normally I'll sort layers bottom to top like this: Clothes, Skin, Hair (+whites of eyes), Black (meaning outlines of eyes, mouth, nostrils, eyebrows--details that stay solid black while I shade the face), and Outlines. I merge the layers together at I finish shading them. And of course you can use as many layers as you want, like if you want to shade pants and shirt separately and not have to worry about going out of the lines as much.

You're right about using gradients, you just try to have it work with the light source. So the lightest part of the gradients would be coming from the same directions.

Hope that helps! Thank you! :D
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ShunakkeAndringa Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful, thank you. I love the drawing too, it's very beautiful :)
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SteveAndrew Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Another brilliant tutorial! I'm mostly a black & white artist who's made a few stumbling steps into colour. I'll definitely give this method a go. :D
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XBlackstarXD Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks alot for these tutorials, i have one question tho. For your colour palette do you choose all the colours before hand or do you choose a couple but also add some as you go along?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have a general idea for what I want at the beginning, like what color the light and shadows should be or what I want the overall mood of the drawing to feel like, but I'd say most of it is adding colors as I go. Sometimes I'll have to change my initial palette choices to make the color scheme work better as a whole.
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kijonaia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of :iconpainted-bees:. :) Love it!
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes! Painted-bees really makes those gradients work with their style!
Thanks!
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kijonaia Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. So do you! And you're definitely welcome. ^_^
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KunoichiH29 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial!! :D very useful and you have awesome skills :)
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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MiaWingscort Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so fast, I don't think I'll ever be using the old method again. Thanks! :D
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Garaladin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
How do you blend the colors? As I recall, you don't believe in the smudge tool..
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Here is a decent tutorial. I keep one hand on the shortcut key for the eyedropper/colorpicker tool, and flip from color picker to paintbrush quickly as I paint to smooth out the colors. It gives me total control over my colors, and it leaves the drawing with nice paint stroke textures from either just the round brush or a textured grunge brush.
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Garaladin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Sorry I haven't replied to this. I wanted to save this message and didn't realize there was an option to save the message after replying to it! Thanks so much for the help! :)
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Elenna-Huntress Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
That is probably the very best ultra-basic 'here's how to color if you've never done it before' tutorial I have ever seen. Wow.
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Wow, that's stunning!
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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InPBo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
i love this ^^ this looks simple but yet it has its own complexity. thanks for the tutorial :D
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Seika-Moomoo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheh.. I like the little cactus thing.
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That was my favorite part to draw. :D
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xxKawaiiKitten Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My brain... x-x
This is overwhelming to me since I am a very new artist to this kinda stuff xD
But this seems really helpful. I will try to break it down and stuff so I can learn how to do the skin and clothing right... Right now my shading is horrible and I can't even do lighting ;3; Good job though. I will be trying this out :3
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I understand, it took me years to learn these things :faint: I hope this helps!
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missrukia-chan7 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ur tutorial is osm
QAQ
i follow ur tutorial n tis is the result 

missrukia-chan7.deviantart.com…
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, nice! :D
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