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Old school! If you want to keep it looking like it was done when the turtles were new, I'd leave it like this. But, if not, I would add some shadows and work on rendering them in a three dimensional way. So that would mean thinking about light direction and then shadows and highlights.
My only beef is... wheres Splinter!? lol
This looks quite a bit like my work when I was younger, not just in subject matter, but in execution as well.
Digital coloring wasn't an option back then, so I used markers a LOT.
I know how hard it is to get a nice even color.
A few recommendations:
You need to find a way to develop the form a little more.
Add cast shadows from the arms and heads and other objects.
You also need to add highlights on the parts of the form that comes out the most.
Colored pencils work really well on top of marker.
Just pick a few lighter colors, and start drawing some highlights in.
Then a few darker ones to add shadows.
Basically, you just use the marker as a base color, and use the colored pencil to alter it and make it look smoother.
Another option when using alcohol based markers, is to try a blending marker.
It's like a marker with no color in it.
By using it before you lay down the marker, or immediately afterwards, you can fade the marker to white, and make nice gradations and highlights.
Here a quick paintover showing what you could do to Leo very easily if you used some colored pencils.
- Dan Dos Santos
wow u just made it AMAZING! so you say just colored pencils will work? i REALLY want to learn coloring on the pc, any good tips for that? and thanks for taking ht time to show me how much better my work can be!
When colouring on the PC, remember your colour theory (the colour wheel really is your best friend), and remember that layers, when used properly, can be a lifesaver. That's pretty much all the general info I've got, unfortunately...
"Most people have to be mad to work here... I live in one of the few places you have to be mad to live here..."
-Darkwolf (aka Jamie Thomas Durbin)
Good advice. I think what you need to do is experiment and take your time with it. I would also add that experimenting with brush opacity is a good way to go too... thats if you use Photoshop I guess. Also, get yourself a good graphics tablet (if you don't have one already). I think another member of this forum will be better suited than me to suggest a graphics tablet. Thats what I would like to add.