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Zensei "Bank" Tutorial by Javadoodle Zensei "Bank" Tutorial by Javadoodle
I will admit that I have very little in way of textual explaination for my latest method of coloring, as I am absolutely terrible at explaining such things, and am still figuring the whole thing out myself. Suffice to say, though, I have been starting off in rendering everything in a monochromatic scheme, and adding color overlays to it in order to achieve the effect I'm going for in terms of light and mood. Even if I can't explain it in a manner that makes sense, I'm hoping that at least posting a visual example of the steps I've been going through may help folks out, and maybe give them an insight into how I've been working in Photoshop CS3 as of late :)
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RiffReiff Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the fifth panel, the big guy on the left I notice has a gradation as do the kid and the cloth to his right, but the the area surrounding him doesn't. How did you do this? Were they each selected with the magic wand or lasso tool followed by coloring the gradation in with a brush. Or did you use the gradation tool? Or is none of this correct and you just carefully painted it in without selecting anything? Please, if you can tell me your process for this step. I've seen it in god knows how many works and it looks awesome, but I can't figure out how it's done.
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! Sorry I'm only just getting back to you on this - I haven't had much free time in a while. I often tend to flat-color each character on their own layer, and then lock that layer. That way I can put a gradient on it (Sometimes using the gradient tool - which was the case here, I believe. Other times I might paint it in) without effecting surrounding elements :)
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xXSpit-FireXx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
awesome tutorial! easy enough to follow without any words! i will try this method A.S.A.P!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it was helpful! :)
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xXSpit-FireXx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
it was very helpful. thnx
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whome Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Interesting tutorial. I think the monochromatic scheme approach definitely simplifies things. Sometimes I think thinking about color confuses the basic feel you are trying to achieve. In some of those snapshots, it looks like you had some ideas, but then discarded them as you progressed, like the cracked tile ground in the 4th frame. I kinda liked that ground effect in general, but i think your later decision to keep it simple suited the overall scene better.
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coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008  Student Filmographer
Wow, man, that's simply gorgeous!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much ^_^
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sneakyfreaky Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
That's awesome! I'm starting to draw something right now so I can try this as soon as possible! =D
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome! If you do, I'd love to see the result when it is done :D
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rouko Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
This really does help alot! I've just begun trying to do things with monochrome or grayscale then doing color overlays on top.... Its taught me a lot about value and tone and how to be careful not to get an image that ends up too light or too dark. (which has been my problem for forever)

Thanks bunches!
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome, I'm glad it helped! ^_^
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Miserie Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really interesting technique. I'll have to give it a shot sometime. I much prefer phases of work showing the process over text explaining it. Thanks! :heart:
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Kraden Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Dude.
I know how to use the programs well enough not to need the text but this was actually a really good tutorial.

You start with the lighter tones, which most people don't. Nice method too.
Definitely a +fav.
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad it it works out ok! Thank you :D
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Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!!! Very detailed drawing and colouring!
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Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
huh...that's really interesing. I'll have to try that out. I've always thought it easier to capture the lighting of a scene through monochromatic schemes, but never thought to apply it like this.
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jozisars Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
i've got this compulsive fav'ing tick when it comes to tuts. its like my ghost wants to absorb all art knowledge, when consciously, i'm too asstardedly lazy to attempt any of it. i must be an artist's inner dilemna of black-and-white 69s, spinning infinately, till i explode into a nice dull grey.
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TheKnottyNerd Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Hm, never thought of going about colouring like that, but it makes sense. Conquers large areas at a time. I can see how that would make someone feel less overwhelmed at tackling a piece with that much going on. :+fav:
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you much ^-^
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genekelly Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome. Thanks for sharing. :)
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure :D
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pariahsdream Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
I might have to give this a shot myself and see if I can stretch my coloring muscles. :)
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
OMG, I would love to see it, too! Lee arts FTW! :heart:
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jakface Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work Mel. You're so awesome at environments. You really have a knack for it! Me, I couldn't draw an environment to save me life. D:
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Molly :heart:
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LordDirk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Did you learn this on your own or was it part of Ben's class? Either way great process and of course, artwork. I should really post more of my recent work on Deviantart. You've inspired me. :)
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This whole method is something I've started using all on my onesies to enable me to get the assignments for Ben done in a more timely manner ^-^ Thanks, Pat! :D
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BekaDavis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE tutorials like this, thank you for sharing it! *luffs you forever*
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! I'm so glad you find it useful. :D :heart:
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