Shadows and Lights with colored pencils on solid colors


1: Overview

  Hello everyone ! This is my first TIPS on Clip Studio and I will show you how I proceed when colorizing an illustration. On a solid color, I will use colored pencils for shadows and areas of light.
 This is not what I usually use, but it's still good to have several coloring techniques to see which one fits us best.
I make a small nod to beginners who would like to perform a simple colorization time adapt and find their comfort during the design of their work. Because yes it is simple and quick to achieve! So do not panic, you will not have much to read and everything will be explained clearly and accurately.
 Hoping that this tutorial will please you !!


2: Tools

1- The pencils:

then here we will need only two pencils:
-Lighter pencil (1),
-Colored pencil (2).
  Here is a visual overview of these two tools:

2a- Blur

In the "gradient shapes" icon we will use the "blur" tool that will allow us to blend the lighter pencil (1) and the colored pencil (2).


Pay attention to the properties of the tool! you will only touch the attenuation intensity AND NOTHING else if you are not comfortable with the settings. This can disrupt you and have an unwanted rendering of your shading.

2b- Intensity of attenuation

we must understand this part because it is the key to a rendering of your own. Here we have two options:

- An "automatic" intensity, that is to say that the attenuation depends on the size of the brush.
For example, let's take a size of 30 and one of 170:

It is clear that the attenuation is not the same (the sheet is large, so that we have the impression that the first line is not blurred, but the result remains the same whatever the format chooses).

-Intense to "fixed values" that is to say that the size of the brush will not affect the attenuation value you choose.
For example, let's take a size at 500 and two different attenuation values like 34.0 and 90.3.

The size of the brush is the same (500), but the attenuation intensity of each line are different.

Small conclusion: We will use the "soft focus" attenuation attenuation tool with fixed values. Which for me is more practical for the future.

3: Colorization

1- Color without overflowing!

Yes Yes ! Without overflowing! I do not think especially of the magic wand. On Clip Studio Paint There is in my opinion, a way much more practical and CLEAN than the magic wand. This is this:

It is the "masque d'écrêtage sur le calque inférieur".
comment ça marche?
1) flattened
2) where you will create a new squat AU-DESSUS of the flattened (who will wear it for the shame)
3) Apply the masque d'écêêtage du "calque ombrage" who is more than just the flattened.
4) on colorie sans dépasser.


That's what happens if you remove the clipping mask:

We exceed!
This will be all the more useful for the future.

2- Shadows

Here is the flat area on which we will work:

first of all, we put the clipping mask well above the solid.
then we take the colored pencil (1) to color our shadow areas.

You make your nuances, you put your personal touches etc, but everything in color pencil (1).
Then you fade everything. Be careful of the value you choose.

Do the same for the rest.

3- The zones of lights

Add some effects to all this:
To make an area of light light, use the colored pencil (1), otherwise use the lighter pencil (2) and then blend:

Still using the pencil crayon (1) for the shadows, I insist a little more with the pencil lighter (2) for the reflections of the hair and for the eyes. And I finish blurring everything.

And here is the work !!

Obviously this is only a tutorial, each brings his personal touch etc ...
It was nice to share a little bit of knowledge :)
I hope you liked and learned things!
I could do a new tip if you want (especially for beginners, do not hesitate!)
and see you soon! : 3

NatsuZaza <3


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