Part 2 of how I made the Star Wars #21 Mile High Comics Tie Fighter Pilot Variant...
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Ok, here we go...
The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.
Generally, I hire someone to do this for me - a "flatter".
At this stage I go and adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece. - the first part of coloring.
I had to work quick on this one so jumped right in...
I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 after I scanned the original line art.
Used a big Pencil to rough in at 100% of color then used lower % to work to add lighter and darker values. AND the Gradient tool to break up the flat background.
Notice the red lasers? My editor, Heather, did :-)
Work in Progress Screen Shot
Using both the Pencil tool at various %'s and some Gradients to smooth out.
Mostly just big shapes with the Pencil though
Converting Lineart to Color.
Adding Reflective color - either using my Pencil or Lassoing and Gradient.
General cleanup and smoothing using % low of Pencil and Gradient...
See Part 1