Call me a dinosaur, but I love traditional art. Something about using a paintbrush along a paper is just so much more fun than using a stylus. (Die-hard digital artists, feel free to send me your hate mail here. 🙂 )
Comic art basically follows a formula of 1) Penciling 2) Inking 3) Coloring and then lastly 4) Lettering.
The above steps can be done digitally and if so, can produce lovely results. Wink,wink. See, I don’t hate on technology.
Though today, we’re coloring in the ye old-fashioned way! So grab your gear and let’s do this.
Select and pour your colors on the palette beforehand.
This may seem obvious, but trust me. If you have to constantly stop and rummage around for a different bottle you want,and then pour it on to the palette, you’re going to lose valuable time.
For this piece, I decided to use a warm colored palette of Crimson,Scarlet, Process Magenta, Marigold ( Lemon Yellow + a touch Scarlet),Orange (Lemon Yellow + more Scarlet), Forest Green (Emerald + a touch of Sepia)
2. Remember that Acrylic Inks dry fairly quickly.
Like their full-bodied brethren, fluid acrylics dry pretty quickly. For better or for worse. So either dilute with water to keep them moist or work quickly.
3. Think in Layers.
One of the easiest ways to build up depth is simply to add another layer of the same color on top once dry. As an example, check out the two hot pink flowers below. I add the first layer of hot pink (process magenta) to both roses and let dry. Then add another layer on the petal tips and bottoms. Let dry. Then one more layer on the very edge of the tip and bottom. Voila! Depth from the same color.
4. Don’t panic when making a mistake!
If you make a wrong step,be it a wrong shade, or worse accidental splatter, don’t despair. While you can’t erase the paint, you can cover over the mistakes with a thick layer of white ink or matching color. Somehow a little drop of black India ink spilled from my brush right between the poppy and lotus! It was to small to destroy the whole piece but too big to ignore. So, instead I turned it in to a black lotus,adding more petals and white highlights.
To balance out the piece, I added more black lotus to make it seem like it was intentional. It ended up looking really nice!
5. “Re-Ink” if necessary.
Sometimes you may accidentally cover the existing black ink, if not don’t worry. Just re-ink the edges if needed.
6. Add those final touches.
Voila! It’s all done. But it’s got no atmosphere. What to do…what to do…
Let’s ‘connect’ all the pieces together and highlight the warm, vibrant colors using layers of marigold!