7. Painting (1): Characters



Since I finished organizing my layers, I will paint on top of the colors of the rough draft while adjusting it to improve the quality.

Then, I will keep drawing more details.

[1] Painting the main characters

First, I will start painting the main characters. Before doing this, I hide all layers except "Character 1".

First, I create a new layer inside the “Character 1” folder > “Paint: Character 1” folder and change the layer name to “Face”.

Then I select the “Dark pencil 2” brush.

While using the [Eyedropper] tool on the base colors, I paint over the parts that go over the lines, any blurred parts, or dust to tidy it up.

I switch between the “Darker pencil” brush for sharp areas and the “Dense watercolor” brush for blended areas.

I clean up any parts that go over the lines and add in the details.

Before moving to other parts, I add a mask on the “Rough: Character 1” folder so I can hide any parts outside that go over the lines.

I select the “Rough: Character 1” folder and right-click to select [Create layer mask]. Then, I use the “Hard eraser 1” tool to erase these parts.

(In order to allow some flexibility for correction, I use the mask with the layer folder to erase the parts inside the “Rough: Character 1” folder.

Do not forget to separate the layers for each part, while paying attention to the theme.

While processing tiny overhangs with the mask created in the layer folder, I paint on top of other parts in the same way.

(For unclear parts such as the hand, I erase all of the rough draft and draw from scratch.)


When painting, I don’t cover all the rough draft lines, but leave some of them visible.

I’ve finished painting the first character.

[2] Painting the main characters (apron)

Next, I will paint “Character 2” on the right.

Basically, I will use the same method as "Character 1" on the left, but I will use tools for the pattern on the skirt and apron, the lace underskirt, the basket, and shirt buttons, so I will do these later.

First, I display the “Character 2” folder.

I set a mask over the “Rough: Character 2” folder and hide the parts that overflow using the Eraser.

After that, just like "Character 1”, I add layers to the “Paint: Character 2” folder and paint.

I will paint the layers while carefully dividing the parts and considering the context.

The layers in the “Character 2” folder look like this.

While painting, I do the following on the circled areas:

· Do not paint on top of the red buttons on the shirt.

· Color the entire apron including the patterns.

· Similar to the skirt, paint the basket portion while ignoring most of the lines.

· Fill the vertical stripes on the black skirt

· Don’t paint the lace underskirt.

[3] Painting the main characters (buttons and skirt)

Here, I will add textures to the buttons and the skirt.

■ Red buttons on the shirt

After painting, I copy the “Button” layer and use the [Move layer] tool to match the position with the button below.

After aligning the two buttons, I right-click and select [Merge with layer below] to combine the buttons in one layer.

■ Apron pattern

I create a new layer above the “Apron” layer. Afterwards, I change the layer name to “Apron mark” and draw a pattern like for the button.

I drew a pattern based on leaves.

I finished drawing it. Now, while selecting the “Apron mark” layer, I choose [Duplicate Layer] from the [Layer] menu and duplicate the pattern I drew.

(Layer name “Apron mark Copy”)

I use the [Move layer] tool to move the “Apron mark Copy” layer to the left side.

I select the [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Flip Horizontal] and invert the pattern.

Then I select [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Free Transform] and shrink, rotate, and edit the position to make it more distant.

After finishing the transformation, I follow the same process as the button to combine the patterns in one layer as “Apron mark” using [Merge with layer below].

■ Vertical stripes on the skirt

I create a new layer above the “Black skirt” layer. Then, I change the layer name to “Skirt stripes”.

I draw the vertical stripes so that they extend beyond the width and length of the skirt.

Since the skirt lines look better when they have a little hand-drawn feeling, I draw them freehand.

The brush I use here is “Darker pencil 2" (size 7, opacity 100), and I pay attention so that the gaps between the lines are around the same. In total, I drew 23 lines.

I select [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Free Transform] to align the lines with the skirt.

Then, I distort the vertical lines.

I select [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Mesh Transformation].

I increase the number of horizontal lattice points and vertical lattice points to 10 (maximum value).

I gradually transform the lines according to the shape of the skirt.

After finishing the transformation, I set a layer mask to the “Skirt lines” layer.

I use the eraser to hide the parts on top of the apron and the parts that go outside the lines.

Then I select the “Skirt lines” layer and turn on [Lock Transparent Pixel].

I also shade parts that are in the shadows. (I use the “Darker pencil” and “Dense watercolor” brushes)

■ Lace underskirt

I create a new layer called “Lace” between the “Skirt black” and “Leg” layers.

Then, I make a lace pattern at the size of the existing lace, then line up this lace with the center lace using the [Move layer] tool.

I select the “Lace” layer > [Duplicate Layer] and then select the duplicated “Lace Copy”.

I select [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Free Transform] to adjust the angle and position of the copied lace on the right.

I repeatedly copy the layer and transform it.

I replicate the lace on the left so that it is below the original “Lace” layer, and narrow the gap between the lace pieces toward the far edge of the skirt.

The lace extends beyond the skirt on both sides, so I cut these parts off and draw a line.

Each lace is on an individual layer, so I can add shadows to the overlapping parts.

I select the second-to-right lace layer “Lace Copy 4” and turn on [Lock Transparent Pixel].

Then, I use the “Darker pencil 2” brush (Opacity: 100, Blending mode: Multiply) to add the shadows.

I add shadows to other parts in the same way.

After painting the shadows, I merge all the lace layers.

I select all the duplicated lace layers and combine them by right-clicking and selecting [Combine Selected Layer] from the pop-up menu. Then, I rename the layer to “Lace”

The lace is finished after erasing any visible rough lines on the “Rough: Character 2” layer.

[4] Painting the main characters (basket)

■ Basket pattern

First, I will add some lines as a guide for the basket pattern, then paint on top as with the other parts.

I create a new layer called “Basket lines” above the “Basket” base color layer.

I draw one long curved line that extends far beyond the basket.

(Here, I used the “Darker pencil 2” (Size: 7, Opacity: 100, Blending mode: Normal).)

I duplicate the “Basket lines” layer with [Duplicate Layer] and use the [Move layer] tool to move it to the right.

I repeat this process until I reach the edge.

For the left side, I shift the lines to the left.

When lines line up to the entire basket, I select the duplicate layers and combine it into one “Basket" layer with [Combine Selected Layer].

I duplicate the merged “Basket line” layer and select [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Scale up/Scale down/Rotate].

I change the [Rotation angle] of the [Tool Property] to -90 and move the lines so that the patterns appear inside the basket.

After this, I merge the two layers as one “Basket lines” layer, and erase the parts that go out of the basket using the Layer mask.

I create a new layer above the “Basket lines” layer and change the layer name to “Basket lines (paint)”.

While I obtain the color of the basket and scrape the lines, I skip the lines one by one between the lattice patterns to create the sense of weaving.

I paint bulges at the edges of the basket to add a three-dimensional effect.

I also add bright, narrow light to the edge of the pattern, and draw lines of the borders of the basket.

Now I’ve also finished painting the second character.



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