Step-by-step: Make your line work fly off the page
First I do my flatting. This is the process of filling in the basic areas of colour. I make sure every area is flush to the next, with no white between them by working on a separate layer from the inks and using the Lasso tool with the Anti-alias option switched off. I then rough in my areas of shadow on a separate layer (I always keep a layer of just the flat colours as this enables me to select areas easily with the Magic Wand). This gives me an idea of what the full colour palette will look like. It’s a quick process that instantly adds dimension. From here I render the colours, using the shadow colours with a lower Opacity brush to build them up. I’ll also add a few highlights tones and texture details. I do a test printout of the finished version, because sometimes the screen will flatter the rendering a little.