a Kaori piece that's been absorbing my free time over the last week or
so. Kaori's hair is like Pocahontas's hair, it's almost its
own character. So I wanted to do a portrait that I could go
kinda nuts with the hair. After figuring out the pencils I
inked every part in it a seperate layer (which is probably something
everyone already does ^_^;). It made coloring a lot harder
but I think it helps everything pop a little more. When
inking her hair I tried not to keep it too clean, so you'l notice a lot
of fuzzy and sketchy lines. I wanted to keep the messy look.
The first pic is pretty much how I wanted to colors to turn out, but I
ended up doing eight passes at the colors. Usually when I try
my hand at a blended coloring style I get scared and only use part of
each layer's opacity. But this time I after working on the
colors for a couple of hours I cranked most of the shade and highlight
layers to full opacity to see what it looked like and whaddya know?
I did something kinda right without even knowing it.
As for the other one, after doing a cel-shaded pass I thought I'd give
a night piece a shot since I don't color those much. I
cheated a bit with the colors where I just took the flats and kicked
the sliders all the way to cyan. :O But hey, it
worked. Obviously it was a lot simpler than the blended
piece, I just threw in some extra gradients for the shadows and
highlights and I was done. Okay, maybe not THAT much
I also went back and did some simple cel-shaded colors to better show
off the line art. I'm glad I did because those ended up being
some of my favorites. ^___^
The four up top are the finished versions that turned out the best I
think, but you'll see my other tries below. They're all a bit
different, different levels of layer opacity and bringing the pencils
back in to help with shading and such. I'm really happy
with how these turned out but I'll probably hate them in a few days.
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