5. Painting the Character: Clothes



I’ll paint the background and character at the same time while checking the balance, but here I’ll explain how I paint the clothes first so that the process is easier to understand.

[1] Roughly place shadows

I create a color layer for the lowermost color in the folder for each part, and roughly build up shadow layers.

For the shadow layers, I use masked fill layers as I’ve been doing so far.

If the underlying base color is a cool tone, I overlay shadows in a similar tone on layers set to [Multiply] or [Color dodge].

Note: If the base color and shadow color are different tones, it can create a muddy effect (e.g., overlaying cool effects on a warm base color).

I check the balance as I layer the colors, and adjust them as necessary using the [Edit] menu > [Tonal Correction] > [Hue/Saturation/Luminosity].

[2] Adjusting the color of the line art

I make the interior lines a little lighter.

The lines of the clothing wrinkles and hair were only drawn as a guideline. Instead, I will define the shapes as I paint.

I make sure that the line color is the same tone as the base color of each part. For example, the haori jacket is light blue, so I use a blue for the lines.

I create a new layer with with a lighter color above each line art layer, then turn on [Clip at Layer Below] and paint over the parts I want to make lighter.

[3] Painting

I’ll explain my process using the haori jacket as an example. I typically use the following seven layers.

① Base color, ② Multiply, ③ Gradient + Multiply, ④ Multiply, ⑤ Screen (reflections), ⑥ Color dodge, ⑦ Highlights

▼ The following images show each layer stacked above the base color one by one.

▼ They look like this in the layer palette.

Explanation of each layer

① Base color

This is the solid fill layer that acts as the base.

I added gradients for the haori base color, so I moved these into the “base” folder.

② Multiply

I paint the overall shadows on a layer set to [Multiply]. Using the [Pencil] tool and [Airbrush] tool, I paint the clothing wrinkles while keeping a sense of speed.

I use the [Pencil] tool to paint sharp shadows at the joints of the body and places where the fabric creases. Meanwhile, I use the [Airbrush] tool to add blended shadows where the fabric doesn’t crease.

③ Gradient + Multiply

I make the shadows in the creases slightly darker. Using the [Airbrush] tool, I just slightly add color.

④ Multiply

Layers 3 and 4 are clipped to layer 2, so the shadows don’t go outside these areas.

⑤ Screen (reflections)

To add variance of color, I add a slightly different color to the shadows for the reflected light. For example, if the shadows are grey-blue, I might add purple reflections.

I lightly add this color as an accent.

⑥ Color dodge

I paint broadly in the direction hit by the light.

However, I want to leave some parts in shadow, so I try not to paint over too wide an area.

⑦ Highlights

Even if it is a material with a texture that doesn’t have strong highlights, I add a strong highlight on the edges to emphasize the outline.

Now I’ve finished painting the haori.

I paint the kimono, innerwear, and accessories in the same way.

I paint the skin and hair in a slightly different way, so I’ll explain this in the next part.



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