For each color area, I usually choose 3-4 colors that range from light to dark in shade.
Next I decide where the area should be shaded and where it should be highlighted. As a general rule for me:
- areas that appear to be further away or curving away
- areas that are lower
- areas that appear to be behind something else
- areas that appear to be closer or curving toward me
- areas that are higher
- areas that appear to be in front of something else
I've just chosen a simple image to color to demonstrate the technique, but the same principle would apply for a more complex image with more areas to color in. The stamp image I used is called Teapot, and comes from Impression Obsession. These are the Touch Twin Markers that I used:I always begin coloring with the lightest color. I start my strokes from the areas that will be the darkest, working the color out toward the highlighted areas. The places that I want to remain the lightest I leave uncolored at first.Next I begin at the same points using the medium shade, going in the same direction and with the same motion, but not covering the lighter areas completely. After that is done, I work out from the same places, using the darkest shade(s).
When I'm done with the darkest shade, I repeat my shading again with the medium tone, to blend the dark and medium colors together. Finally, I repeat with the lightest color to blend all the layers together.
Here is a video for the visual learner:
(This is my first video, and the length of 2 minutes seemed to work pretty well for our upload speed here in the sticks! If there are other 'quick' techniques you'd like to see me demonstrate, let me know.)
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