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Fearless, I can dig in with my million little lines. I used to try to smudge my lines away to create sleek tones, somehow thinking that belief in a 2-D reality had a direct correlation to drawing realistically. Now, I am making a concerted effort to let the lines shine. The tiny hatches and visible paper fibers can do just as much to create a reality as the most
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I've been playing with the next step off and on for years (the first time being for a close-call picture book submission - post to come). How do I add color to my drawing?
In Photoshop, there are many different ways to go about this. You could paint right over your drawing, using it like an under-painting. You can set your drawing layer to multiply and color it like you would a coloring book. This is a great technique for comic book style illustrations. There are countless other ways, I'm sure (feel free to add them to our comments section). The problem I have found is that my darling little pencil lines end up washed out or completely obscured. And I love my pencil lines. They are my home.
What I have been playing with recently is using the selection and colorize tools as my primary coloring device. I used the lasso to select specific areas of the sketch (hair, hood, shoes, etc.) copy/pasted them to new layers, and colorized them. This way, instead of color on top of or behind my pencil sketch, I am actually changing the color of my original grey work - preserving what I loved about the drawing while adding color.
I did have to monitor the contrast of the drawing as I worked. The art became washed out at points, but the fixes were easy. I could either adjust my levels to bring the punch back to the piece, or I just hit small areas with the dodge/burn tool. I did feel that the highlights of the original piece got lost in the digital color. You can see that I added new highlights to the piece, being sure that my marks fit in with the style of the original sketch.
Ultimately, this is the best technique I have been able to find to preserve the feel of my line drawings while bringing them into a colorized world. I am using it for a picture book project that I am putting together (sketches to come). Give it a shot.