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Base Colors

  • Software:Photoshop CS6  ·
  • Difficulty:Beginner

Color can affect the perception of your character, help create a personality, and set the tone for the rest of the rendering process. So when I create a color palette for a character, I think about who that character is and what environment they will be in and how that affects their clothing, outfit, and ultimately, Color! For this character who I have starting naming “Red” I wanted more earth tones that would compliment the pulled back scarlet red hair.   1. I like to start off on a neutral grey, and fill in the skin first. This tutorial series picks up where the line art tutorial left off. I first fill the background with a neutral grey to help show the true values of the colors as I add them on top. 112   2. I look to draw on the shadows and lighting based on where the direction of the light is coming from 22 3. For the hair I build up the reds dark to light and work in the direction of the hair. I try to add in gradients to help break up the solid masses of colors. I work with a green to help compliment the hair color and keep the color harmony in balance. 44   5. Finishing up, I add one more gradient to the box and call the color base finished!   final