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    DIGITAL - Coloring a black and white picture?

    I am new to digital painting, beware!

    I've read around the net that it is a viable technique to first shade in greyscale to get the values and contrast in harmony and whatnot.

    I've been doing that the past two days in paint tool SAI and for the most part I'm really happy with how it is turning out(never shall I dub the watercolor tool as useless), but I was wondering how I would follow up if I wanted to actually color it later?

    Advice?

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    That's a matter of opinion. Without wanting to be too lazy, here is a post I made yesterday on this very topic:

    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    While I am always surprised by the amount of good digital artists who actually paint over their value study with colour and overlay layers, I do not advocate the process myself. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with doing it its a technique choice, but in my opinion its a tedious trial and error practice that does not always bear desirable results. (Desaturated flat colours, etc) again, just my personal choice; I was actually doing it a few years back myself.

    The greyscale value study should be just that, a study. Either keep it aside for a reference or paint over it completely. Don't overthink it, get the Gurney book, check out his painting technique and dive right into some colour values.
    I do see quite a few artists, good digital artists, on Imagine FX using the multi-layer overlay/colour method, thats why I wanted to stress this is only my opinion.

    By the Gurney book in my post, I was referring to Colour and Light which another poster in that thread had already recommended.

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    I probably won't be buying that book (since I do not like making online purchases... and I'm broke at the moment). But thank you for your take on this, I will play around with paint tool sai some more and see for myself then. I'll just have to look for coloring tips/trade somewhere else(and hopefully free).

    (PS: I've removed the sketchbook link.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyl5_ View Post
    I probably won't be buying that book (since I do not like making online purchases... and I'm broke at the moment). But thank you for your take on this, I will play around with paint tool sai some more and see for myself then. I'll just have to look for coloring tips/trade somewhere else(and hopefully free).

    (PS: I've removed the sketchbook link.)
    You can feel free to include your DA link as your homepage or in your signature. By all means experiment until you find a method that suits you best. What matters are the results in the end. Just keep in mind that painting over a grayscale using a layers method can be very tricky. Browse the tutorials section of this site and do a search for gray/greyscale values etc, you will definitely find this question has come up before.

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    To be honest, I don't think there is a watercoloring method that isn't somewhat tricky. Regardless, thanks again.

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