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hi i just started using a tablet to draw and hopefully to improve my art. it would be helpful if you guys can help rate my art and give me pointers on how to improve it. i feel like my coloring is off but im not sure how to make it look more smooth. sorry if im not making sense but its hard to explain. here are some of the pictures i drew recently:
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this one is not finished but i would love for advice on it since im still working on this piccy
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thanks guys!
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I think you have the same issue I did when I started colouring digitally. When selecting your darker shades you look like you're selecting colours by just selecting the same colour but closer to black. While doing that can work for some pictures(it works quite well for your first one smile ) it can make pictures with a lighter mood appear dull, lifeless and dreary. Also when selecting the skin tone I prefer to lean away from yellow based tones and lean to more orangey and red tones(again awkward for me to explain) as it makes them that more human and lively but it will depend on the mood you're trying to express.

One other thing I'll add for shading is not sticking to one line on your colour selection box(ie going from your basecolour and going from there). I'm not sure how to describe the next bit properly so I'll use an example. Just say your base colour is orange- don't just use a darker/lighter orange for your shading try getting another orange with more red or yellow and then adjust how light/dark it is.

May I ask what program you use because, different program, different tools to be simple about it.

Basing the next opinion from the program I use I'd say that the smudge tool is your friend? I might suggest that you try using a brush with a lower opacity/hardness which can make your shading that much smoother without as much effort biggrin (If it's lighter towards the edge it can make blending the next lighter or darker shade a lot easier)

One final note is making some of your shadows a bit narrower.


Ulitimately you will need to find a colouring style you like and are happy with and over time you will find your own little tricks to get the desired affect.

I'm sorry I'm such a rambler and that this book is at least understandable smile
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I think you have the same issue I did when I started colouring digitally. When selecting your darker shades you look like you're selecting colours by just selecting the same colour but closer to black. While doing that can work for some pictures(it works quite well for your first one smile ) it can make pictures with a lighter mood appear dull, lifeless and dreary. Also when selecting the skin tone I prefer to lean away from yellow based tones and lean to more orangey and red tones(again awkward for me to explain) as it makes them that more human and lively but it will depend on the mood you're trying to express.

One other thing I'll add for shading is not sticking to one line on your colour selection box(ie going from your basecolour and going from there). I'm not sure how to describe the next bit properly so I'll use an example. Just say your base colour is orange- don't just use a darker/lighter orange for your shading try getting another orange with more red or yellow and then adjust how light/dark it is.

May I ask what program you use because, different program, different tools to be simple about it.

Basing the next opinion from the program I use I'd say that the smudge tool is your friend? I might suggest that you try using a brush with a lower opacity/hardness which can make your shading that much smoother without as much effort biggrin (If it's lighter towards the edge it can make blending the next lighter or darker shade a lot easier)

One final note is making some of your shadows a bit narrower.


Ulitimately you will need to find a colouring style you like and are happy with and over time you will find your own little tricks to get the desired affect.

I'm sorry I'm such a rambler and that this book is at least understandable smile

no no this is EXTREMELY helpful. ive been trying to apply some of the smudging tools in my latest piccy. i use Paint tool SAI for my drawing app.
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jkingbudha
I think you have the same issue I did when I started colouring digitally. When selecting your darker shades you look like you're selecting colours by just selecting the same colour but closer to black. While doing that can work for some pictures(it works quite well for your first one smile ) it can make pictures with a lighter mood appear dull, lifeless and dreary. Also when selecting the skin tone I prefer to lean away from yellow based tones and lean to more orangey and red tones(again awkward for me to explain) as it makes them that more human and lively but it will depend on the mood you're trying to express.

One other thing I'll add for shading is not sticking to one line on your colour selection box(ie going from your basecolour and going from there). I'm not sure how to describe the next bit properly so I'll use an example. Just say your base colour is orange- don't just use a darker/lighter orange for your shading try getting another orange with more red or yellow and then adjust how light/dark it is.

May I ask what program you use because, different program, different tools to be simple about it.

Basing the next opinion from the program I use I'd say that the smudge tool is your friend? I might suggest that you try using a brush with a lower opacity/hardness which can make your shading that much smoother without as much effort biggrin (If it's lighter towards the edge it can make blending the next lighter or darker shade a lot easier)

One final note is making some of your shadows a bit narrower.


Ulitimately you will need to find a colouring style you like and are happy with and over time you will find your own little tricks to get the desired affect.

I'm sorry I'm such a rambler and that this book is at least understandable smile

no no this is EXTREMELY helpful. ive been trying to apply some of the smudging tools in my latest piccy. i use Paint tool SAI for my drawing app.

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It's looking good so far smile Just be careful with the smudge tool though as using it too much can ruin your colouring and make it look a bit dirty(originally I thought that might be the tool you were using sweatdrop )

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