Duuuude, thanks for taking the time to list some suggestions!! I really appreciate it. :)
At 1/25/13 06:45 AM, ImpendingRiot wrote:
Good stuff Rhunyc, glad to see you're still at it. I have three suggestions.
1. I'm assuming you're using the overlay method of coloring? Doing black and white tonal drawings and then putting color on top of it? I'm curious if after you do this step, if you manually select any colors? As in putting a layer of color on top that isn't set to overlay, just using your eye? I've found it helpful to do this, especially when it comes to skin tones. Overlaying color is great to get an idea of what the color will look like, but some colors can end up looking muddy so I like to go in after and manually throw some color down. If you're already doing this, ignore me.
Normally yes, I do that greyscale first and coloring with an overlay/color/multiply layer.. However with this last one I just started shading and everything with colors first. And yeah, I do add in colors after I do the initial color overlay.. It's just now after doing it for a while I'm learning that before when I thought I was being risque with my color choices I threw in, I wasn't really.. So someone who normally paints with colors and stuff would look at it and not see what I saw while doing it, haha. It's hard to explain, but I understand what you're saying completely.. I guess what I'm trying to say is basically I'm inching my way to that point.. Haha. But that's probably a given just by looking at my art.
I just feel like I gotta progress slowly with it instead of jumping into it head first, especially since I barely know anything about color theory and what colors make sense where.. It's something I'm trying to grasp, but yeah.... It's a little over my head yet. Haha..
2. I think you'd benefit from doing a few restricted palette exercises. Maybe have 3 or 4 tones and set your opacity to 100% and try to render something as best as you can. I still feel like you're over shading in some places. It creates a bit of blurriness and diminishes some of the edges. Don't be afraid of flat colors.
I have to agree with you on this. I'll try that, thank you for the idea.
3. I'd like to see you color some of your pieces the way you did your Skyfall image. I've noticed in most of your pictures you tend to color everything with its associated color. Skin is fleshtone, blood is red, etc. I'm not saying go completely wild (or maybe I am) but try to experiment with more cinematic lighting. Use unexpected colors.
Yeah I'll have to say I'm guilty of that... Like I said earlier in this long reply, I'm just too uneducated in ways of coloring skin tones in a realistic fashion off the top of my head without using associated colors... That was a mouthful.. But yeah. Any suggestions or tips on recognizing them? I mean, I've watched videos on warm and cool shadows and colors.. but for some reason I'm having a hard time figuring out how it all works together.. It's just something I don't think about logistically... And looking at things, it's hard for my brain to pick out the actual colors, rather than the colors that my mind thinks they are.
It's just guess work for me right now. >.< So yeah, gonna have to get shit together here with that..
Maybe I'll try that color pallet thing... No blending of two colors usually?