In this course, Colleen Larson will demonstrate methods for quickly coloring character artwork in a cel-shaded style, while focusing on production value as well as flexibility. Over the span of four videos, many subjects will be covered, including isolating scanned artwork onto a transparent background, and preparing lines for color using levels. It will also cover how to use clipping masks, layer masks, adjustment layers, and a number of other tools and functions in Photoshop.
Put Into Practice
These tools and techniques will then be put into practice to create a base layer onto which all of the flat local color layers will clip. Adjustment layers will be placed over these flat colors in order to light the character. Throughout the videos, various shortcuts and time-saving methods will be used to speed up workflow as much as possible. Other than speed, the other focus of these methods is their nondestructive quality, which allows the artist to go back into any stage or section of the piece and easily change it.
The course also covers how to push the appeal of the character by employing gradients to add dimension and interest, and using a combination of cell shading and painterly techniques to get the most out of the character and ultimately produce a high quality piece of character artwork.
In the zipped download files, you’ll find ALL of the associated video and source files to watch and follow along!