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If you can't copy this style then you need to go learn the basics because it doesn't get any simpler than this. You paint this way like you paint anything , you mix the color put it down mix the next color put it down.Use traditional cell vinyl if you can't paint it digitally. There is no special technique involved at all.
I beleive those are animation cells. Miyazaki usually paints like this
Probably done in watercolor, as for the actual technique, I can't really help you.
Once again, the irony of your user name is almost unbearable. This is the most basic cel shading one can get.
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I want the drawings I color to look like they came right out of a movie. Don't you notice that the drawings in Hayao Miyazaki movies are kind of grainy. Is there some way I can make this happen without actually painting cells? I really want to do this on the computer.
Darker version of the same color in shadowed parts to show a little depth.
Desaturate or saturate depending on desired effect.
Type "film grain" into google. Save/Copy/Paste as it's own layer - Set to overlay/softlight/etc until it looks like how you want it.
It will not look like it's "come right out of a movie" until it looks awesome, though. The reason this looks like a movie is because it's professional-grade art.
If you could already do professional grade art, you would have probably solved a lot of these things already.
Not saying that to be a dick, just saying. You need to keep your expectations low and not get frustrated when it doesn't look straight out of a movie.
Just so there's no confusion, Miyazaki's skills are god-tier. Just because people have said it's 'basic' or 'simple' doesn't mean it's 'easy'.
Don't expect to be able to pull off anything like this without some serious practice.
At first I was expecting background art for this question since the colors in Ghibli films are always so bright and gorgeous. But yeah this kind of coloring is simplistic because it's meant for animation and mass production. People have to do thousands and thousands of frames so they have to make the colors simple.
The background art however. That shit is absolutely fantastic. I just watched the Secret World of Arietty and I was drooling.
About the topic... Well... It's lines, base color and a darker value of it as shadow, I can't see how this can get more simple.
Miyazaki style is simplistic, but you can easily recognize his characters.
Another movie I liked the backgrounds was the Yobi the Five Tailed Fox. This was a Korean anime and definitely had Miyazaki leanings but not as sophisticated in story telling.
However, I was just stunned by the backgrounds in the movie.