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    Question Medium?

    Hi there! I was just curious, what do concept artists typically use when working with color? I've been wanting to add color to my drawings - it will of course make it more lively, and I need to move up from pencil and pen - but without screwing anything up, I was hoping to get some input. Medium, brand, for what style, etc., etc.?

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    Concept artist in the entertainment industry usually work digitally. Usually for it's speed and the ability to change things quickly.
    Illustrators can work in any medium they chose as long as the client gives the okay.

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    If you don't want to mess it up, just scan it in and color it digitally. Way less trouble than trying to copy it by hand and using traditional media for coloring.

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    You can always print the drawing on a paper type that suites whatever medium you paln on using (ex. arches watercolor paper) and then color that way. You will retain the original drawing that way. Also, if you are talking oil or acrylic paint, many artists work up a sketch, transfer to illustration board, canvas or panel and then paint using the drawing as a basis or reference. It all depends on what you want to do.

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    Thank you for the responses! I forgot about the digital aspect, if only I had a Cintiq and Photoshop. And the suggestion to copy my original drawing is a smart idea.

    As for now I was thinking more along the lines of markers or colored pencils, just to train my eye and to start off.

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    Markers will probably look better than colored pencils if you are scanning them to post images online.

    If you have certain papers rather than bristol board, the markers might bleed and the pencils would be more effective. Maybe we need more information.

    How do you usually like to work (e.g. intricate and painstaking versus broad washes with some details tossed in)? Tempera can be inexpensive if you like making a billion hatch marks, but it makes light papers curl.

    You could mix media depending on what seems to be the right tool at a given moment.

    Perhaps jump in the pool by posting us something.

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    Talking

    I use pencil and paper, draw out the angle and shapes, go back over with detail, and then go back over with pen to bring out the objects and characters. I guess I do broad, and painstaking detail? Still finding my nitch I supppose.

    Today I'll be posting my sketch book on my profile, and in some forums for critiquing. In the mean time, however, I will be working on scholarships, grants, and other financial-aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordonmark View Post
    Thank you for the responses! I forgot about the digital aspect, if only I had a Cintiq and Photoshop. And the suggestion to copy my original drawing is a smart idea.
    You don't need a Cintiq though.

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