Color Studies are a necessary step in the illustration process. This allows the artist to test out different color schemes quickly.
Ideally, these should be done AFTER Value Studies.
- Refine and finalize your drawing based on feedback and suggestions you have received.
- Do not shade your drawing. Focus on drawing clean line art only.
- Do tape off the edges of your composition.
- Edit your drawing by using photo editing software.
- Scan or Carefully Photograph final art.
- Adjust Brightness and Contrast
- Carefully Crop Art
- Save your Artwork as a HighRez file (to continue working on)
- Save a Copy as a LoRez file (to post to Openlab)
- Create fill in sheets for Color Studies using one of the following methods:
- Using a Adobe PS, copy/paste your design to create a fill in sheet.
- Reduce the size of your artwork, using Adobe PS or Photocopier.
- There’s no hard and fast rule, but studies should be small enough to fill in quickly.
- About 25% of the FINAL ILLUSTRATION SIZE usually works
- Copy and Paste the artwork so that you have 3 or more to Fill in .
- PRINT this sheet, so you can and fill in traditionally with colored pencils or markers, OR create DIGITAL COLOR STUDIES by using Adobe PS/ or Procreate etc. to color.
- Color each Color Study.
- Create one Lo-Key, one Middle-Key and one High-Key Design.
- Consider Focal Points, Image Hierarchy, and Contrast.
*Try coloring digitally in Adobe PS on a transparent layer on top of your Value Study. Try setting your layer to “COLOR”.