Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
December 26, 2012
Image Size
2.3 MB


47,563 (7 today)
2,826 (who?)
TUTORIAL 2: Adding Colors by juuhanna TUTORIAL 2: Adding Colors by juuhanna
EDIT! HEY ALL! Since I posted this tutorial, I have changed by technique a bit! I have realized that it's better to use SOFT LIGHT-layer style for the color-layers instead of overlay! Overlay can be too strong and garish, using soft light layers and making many of those can give a much softer result! Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll be making a new tutorial sometime that explains the soft light layers!

Here's tutorial 2/3!
I hope I was able to explain how I add the colors. And if you need clarification on some part, don't hesitate to ask!

I will try to finish part 3 soon, where I will show how I start to actually paint over this base I've created.

I used Photoshop CS4 with Wacom Intuos3 for this.

The brush is Photoshop's standard hard round brush.

The lineart was provided by MeganeRid, go see his gallery for awesome drawings!

TUTORIAL part 1: TUTORIAL 1: Building the Form by juuhanna
TUTORIAL part 3: TUTORIAL 3: Overpainting and Finishing by juuhanna


FINISHED IMAGE: Female Warrior Fate by juuhanna
Add a Comment:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :hug:
BloodMet4l Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Thank you sooooooooo much!
: )
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, and thanks! :D
DEIIDI Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, your work is amazing.
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, if you use pure black or pure white in the greyscale, those areas won't pick up any color from the transparent color-layers later on, and in worst case will look 'lifeless'.

Pure b&w can be used intentionally of course, but when it is used by accident it doesn't do the piece any favors most of the time. So they're not totally forbidden, they just should be used intentionally so that they support the piece as a whole.

I leave the greyscale layer on normal setting to the bottom and lay the colors on top of the greyscale, so all areas pick up some color. If some area looks too dull after the first color-layer, it's easy to create more soft light layers on top of the whole thing and add some more colors to whatever areas might need it. These days I have up to 10 color-layers, so I build up the color-scheme gradually.
En-Seta Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
There's one thing that bothers me about painting in grey-scale first. I've been told by MANY artists to never shade with black, and instead, use different hues and saturations along with darkening. But this method uses only grey scale to lighten and darken, so how do you keep the painting from looking bland and de-saturated?
7guineapig7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx so much^^
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I got the swatch from CGHub, you can download it here ->
7guineapig7 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for this great tutorial, just one question: where can i get the color swatches you use?
Narzik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Llama Emoji 03 (Sparkles) [V1]
Add a Comment: