I've been looking for a way to color my work, and I've so far been disappointed with the results. I'm looking to create a look that's vibrant, but at the same time looks high-quality enough to be put along side the art you see in comic books.
Here's what I have so far, along with my layer scheme in Photoshop:
1. "Energy Effects" -- Linear Dodge. Used for the glowing eyes and energy effect seen on Silver Surfer's hand.
2. "Energy Lines" -- Normal. Used to create the basic shapes for energy effects
3. "Matte" -- Multiply. The base colors for all the characters
4. "Lines" -- Normal. The black lines for all the characters
5. "High Tones" -- Normal. Used a 90% grey to fill in anything that should be white, like teeth and eyes.
6. "Shades" -- Normal. Mostly a 50% grey used to create the shadows. There are darker greys for Shadow Charlie.
7. "Base" -- Normal. A 70% grey grounding, used to keep the matte colors from looking TOO bright / cartoony.
All opacities are at 100%, and the background is just there because it's a .jpg, and can't be transparant.
The major, glaring issues I have to far is that the color on Namor's Beltbuckle and arm bands, Colossus' and Silver Surfer's skin, which need to have a shinier look to them.
If there are any other issues that need to be addressed, if you have any tips / suggestions on coloring digitally, I'd be glad to listen. Thank you for your insights!