I really like your redlines/coloring.. things. :C Do you have any guides or tutorials you would recommend for coloring? I'm really bad at it and I don't understand it, much. XD
Thank you! And yes, of course~ I’m not sure how experienced/comfortable you are with colours currently, but I’ll try to be thorough in my answer by considering multiple points and list some general tutorials from Project Redline that I really like for their usefulness, succinctness, and clarity. :)
First and foremost are the steps you should take to prepare yourself for the colouring stage of your artwork. This varies amongst artists and tends to change/be tweeked depending on what you’re drawing/colouring. But my favourite method is simply outlined here, because it allows you to play around with the colours while focusing on just those - and not be restricted too much by lines or the colour of the canvas (according to art psychology, this actually affects one’s visual processes more than you think).
In an extension of this post I recently made, here is a tutorial that explains more thoroughly how to keep your palette more interesting/realistic and less flat. It’s all essentially combining our normal perception of colours with lighting, and reflections. With only the first, which beginners tend to do very often, the colouring leaves a more of a 2D feel than a 3D feel. With that said though, sometimes that’s exactly what you want.
In terms of lighting, values are usually where it’s at. Thesetwo better explain the concepts depending on whether you’re drawing a background or a living body.
With reflections, I’m referring to our lovely friend, phyics. XD For example, when people think faces, they tend to think the colour spectrum from red to yellow. In fact, there could be blues, purples, greens, any colour essentially - it all comes down to the mood you’re going for and more importantly, the environment, because light (and colour) reflects off objects. It’s hard to consider this but with practice and time, it can become second nature. One should be familiar with base colours and lighting before trying this; it’d help a lot to understand the following intermediate tutorials: Herearesomeneatones to consider. There are many more, of course, and I have to say, the blogs + artists on tumblr are a great source!
Lastly, if you’re a big visual learner like me, I would recommend looking at artworks that take advantage of what they know of the above in their artwork. There are many, many, many brilliant artists, but here’s one I pulled from my personal list that I admire greatly for doing just that: http://xhxix.tumblr.com/
So, do you lurk on gaia much nowadays? (And by gaia I actually mean the Project Redline thread (ಥ▽ಥ).... )
lol sort of ;w; my browsers automatically log me on but I usually don’t have much energy to go through notices in detail, so I usually don’t bother until I know I have a decent amount of time on my hands to spend on finishing up requests! If you submitted a redline request, I’ll get to them within the next few days! <3
Yes, I am, one by one. :) I’ve got something started for every commission though, so I’m kinda happy about that. I tried speeding through some of them because I felt bad for not presenting finished pieces after so long but just couldn’t go through with it in the end. That’s just not something I’m comfortable with doing and I’m sorry commissions are taking so long to get done because of it. ):
I’ve never done them before so it would be a first, but if that’s your choice, I’m happy to comply. I know I ask my commissioners for a lot of a patience, so that kind of request is completely understandable.
When you finish a commission, how do you let the owner know? Do you send them a message or just post it on your blog?
I usually send them a message via the way they first contacted me, unless there is another way I believe the commissioner can be notified. I also post commissions on my blog in case commissioners forget or if they ever lose their artwork (although sometimes the version given directly to the commissioner is of better quality).
Also, most of the time, I contact them right after the commission is finished, but when I do a commission run where I attempt to complete multiple commissions back to back, I may wait until the next break to notify all commissioners in one go (just tends to save time). This can be 1-3 days after their commission was actually finished.