Quickly de­velop colour and mood

Shows you how to bring colour and to a greyscale sketch, quickly and sim­ply, us­ing Pho­to­shop’s ver­sa­tile Layer modes

ImagineFX - - Inin Depthdepth Colourcolour Andand Moodmood -

arly on in my stud­ies as an artist, I was over­whelmed by how much there was to keep track of when mak­ing an il­lus­tra­tion. Com­po­si­tion, value, colour, anatomy, per­spec­tive and so on. This method came about as a way for me to fo­cus on one step at a time.

For this work­shop, I cre­ate a sketch where colour plays a key role in how the im­age will read. The fan­tasy world should draw im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion with sat­u­ra­tion and con­trast. Only af­ter­wards should the

Eeye wan­der to­wards the re­flec­tion and com­plete the story. By cast­ing the character’s real-world re­flec­tion in a shal­low, muddy pond, at­ten­tion fo­cuses on the vivid world of her imag­i­na­tion.

You’ll be sur­prised how much you can ac­com­plish us­ing only Layer modes. You can read on­line how th­ese op­er­ate on a tech­ni­cal level, but I’ll de­scribe them as I think of them when paint­ing. The goal of this process is not a fi­nal paint­ing, but a coloured sketch that con­tains all of the in­for­ma­tion I need.

This work­shop fo­cuses on the tech­ni­cal process I use to build up colour, but no tech­nique can re­place a solid un­der­stand­ing of how colour works. Fan­tasy art gives us the won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to use colours in a way we wouldn’t nor­mally see in na­ture. But it can be dif­fi­cult to ex­er­cise re­straint when you have ev­ery colour imag­in­able at the click of a mouse. You need to know the rules be­fore you can bend or break them. To this end, I rec­om­mend read­ing James Gur­ney’s ex­cel­lent book, Color and Light.

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