Flat Colors

Austin Batchelor
A free video tutorial from Austin Batchelor
Concept Artist and Illustrator
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In this lecture students will learn about how to flat their colors.

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English [Auto] All right for this next section we're going to start to add in our colors. So what I want to do is turn off our rough layers that we have just started cleaning the liner layer. I'm going to make a new layer and put it underneath my clean liner. We could go ahead and add our cover so when I'm going to do is grab my selection or my Lasso tool and come in here and we're just going to outline this entire shape. And it might take a minute but that's OK it's going to be totally worth it because once you have this outline we can fill it in with one big color and that will allow us to make sure that going forward when we're adding effects or painting and stuff like that in our shadows. We won't be going outside the line at all and we won't have to worry about being all careful to keep everything nice and neat and crisp and clean. It is exactly what we want. So I'm going to go ahead and outline this whole thing speeded up so you don't have to wait forever. And then after that we'll go ahead and move on. Any color. All right so now I'm going to get a color that I want to fill it in with when I pick this near white color white way. But it's pretty close with a little bit of warm fat to it. OK. That's what it is I feel it. Now do we need to do is look over and make sure there's not any sort of cut ups we need to do which it looks like there one. So this fire raged here. Go ahead and cut out command describer razor tool. There we go. Awesome. So we have that done now when we select this it'll make sure that we don't go outside any of our lines so let's start coloring this thing so Mr. new layer and this layer I'm going to do all of the clothes and you know things like that like the gloves on these Brazier's his belt and stuff like that. So we're just there were that first so we're gonna do is I'm going to get a brush. I'm going to go with a mice hard airbrush and when I get a nice brown color going for these the satchel here and because we have selected we'll be sure we don't go inside any of our lines of the civil way. Ways. And when you come here and just start painting an something that you're going to want to keep in mind is making sure that you go all the way to the edge. You really want this to be crisp and clean and really look neat. Right. You don't want sloppy lines self-hating as ourselves. Very deliberate. Everything is very crisp and the final product. And it doesn't really have any sort of a sketch quality to it. So let's make sure that we get it really tight. Nothing slobby. These buckles will do a different color will probably do those silver. So I'm thinking for the creature I want to be kind of like orange and white patterns so I don't want the gold because I feel like that will clash. But we can do it it's over look really right now I'm just painting over the viola because on a separate layer above this one we're going to go in and paint those individually. So not really worried about that right now that's not going to be a big deal. Pretty easy to go back and change. We're going to be painting over them anyway so it doesn't really matter. And since we have it set up so we can go outside the lines I can bloat my breast and fill this all out without having to worry perfect going to make the pouches at least maybe just like the body of the pouch in a slightly different color. Just to break everything up that's happening over here. I'll do the strap of the other a different color. Well. Perfect. Well it's good to strap it here. Well actually we're going to leave that one. All right. We'll do the buckles. Like I said they're going to be the silvered color. And we're not doing any shadows yet. Nothing like that. We're just keeping this real simple with just colors. For now flag colors no lighting nothing like that. I do see though that we need to clean up the mess. And then also to come to my line are layer really quick fix that right there perfect connecter colors. Awesome. All right. Let's do these bracers. The bracers to be a little bit redder. Well the other is still in there. It your movie the other side perfect and my race really quick as we can clean that they're perfect. All right then we're going to do the A little strings here the same color as the later part of the part which is landscape Here's some spots very good go with Brown and clean up. There you go. OK. Awesome. Let's do his little pom things down here. Can I go with a little bit lighter. Almost a gray color. Gray Brown. Well grab the other foot. Perfect. And then for the wrap on his legs we're going to go with a really dark gray to do that. So let's get to that. Let's go ahead and move on to a new letter. This letter I'm going to do all of his I do like is horns his teeth fingernails and we can do the glass vials and the bigger on this as well. So we use this really dark almost black color for his horns. If you want something to look black don't actually pick up all the way black right. Because then there won't be any room for you to go under shadow where you want to pick a dark color like this start gray. And then you can shade it and it will still look black in comparison everything else. So you could see were not quite black in the color picker but on our image it looks like his horns on black. Will do is Tonalist which I want to be this dark gray color. His teeth are going to be kind of like this off white yellowish color. It's really good in here make sure you get this off the low bushes and these colors are so close to each other. Now we go. Let's do the Bieger and a liquid is going to be like a yellow gold and yellowish color. And I think we actually want to reverse the way we did. So instead we're going to have the lighter yellow be the top and the darker part be the bottom. Let's fix that really quick. Write perfect so there's that and then Oh you do the violin as well. So it's good this glass color that we picked up here and that means pig colored for the Coorg I mean he's one of these vials is going to have a different color substance. So this one we're going to do green. Next one do blue and then the last all do red right. Perfect. Looks great. And then we're also honestly we can go ahead and do it I. So many do. I this really bright blue. All right. Excellent. Let's move on to doing his skin. So this is going to be nice. The other two words we just did this week when we paint the skin. We don't have to worry about going around any of these other objects we've already painted. So for his back I want there to be. We're going to go with them orange but we need to find the right forms. Luckily since we're doing this on its own layer we can come back pretty easily and just change it with the he said Thracians later. So that being said let's try this Brissie and they are that now in self-feeding is typically not any blending So if you wanted to be a transition between two colors. It's not just super stiff what you would need to do is create a shape similar to this. Now we're kind of show a little bit more of a transition sort of having such a hard edged blend to this new shape. And B to me they're Stu is a head K and we have this come down on his nose. Breaks down a little bit. Write it looks pretty good up there for his head his face area. So let's move on. How long is neck here. And the top of his thighs. I'm here on his side the bottom is right. Bring it over here to remote versus down. We're just going to break up some of these circle shapes a little bit so they don't quite just perfect circles. What do his other arm over here. Now there are braces that go to the right. Perfect So it looks pretty cool I think. Now we can take our slider if we want to. Just so we can adjust the saturation area here a little bit. I think it's pretty close. We're one maybe just a tad bit darker and then for this look underneath we're also going to adjust that is like a skin layer and we're going to have a beer at about there and maybe even on Saturday is a little bit more do you want even more towards Orange. No but there is good. OK. So we have that but we're not quite done yet. I'm going to make a new layer. We're going to select the shape again and our words later we're going to bring in just a little bit better and a little bit darker and a little bit more saturated. We're going to do another layer of spots just to really help out a little bit more depth and interest to a skin tone. So pinning this on top of our previous orange layer and just kind of like a second layer of spots and a little bit more visual interest to things going over almost all the other places we already went over with the orange just pulled back a little bit on the edges so that we can still see that lighter orange showing through. But we're still going to come in here and add some just a little bit. Here is my birthday down a bit this is head go ahead and do his side just a little bit right here. This leg here the top of his leg so the leg almost finished here. My birthday is some big chunks going excellent so I think that looks good for that layer. Some things that want to adjust though. Teeth I'm noticing compared to this look. Really not very bright. So I'm going to the teeth we're you know bring up the saturation and Durkan those seconds just a bit. So they actually show up every one of them actually want to do it. We just want the more saturated fat looks better. Let's also just this entire layer with all of the artifacts on it like is clothing and stuff. I'm going to lighten it just a little bit. Bring this situation up to matches well then for these other layers like the orange layer for a skin. We're going to just this. I think it's that maybe a little bit too bright. Too dark I mean. And then this one to bring it up just a bit. And then for his skin layer we're going to darken the world just a little bit. They think it looks better. How about there. And then let's just try this one experiment and see what it looks like if we add a little bit of a lighter color. One more layer for a skin. So I'm going to select the skin color and I go a little bit lighter with the and this. We're going to add just splattering on his chest a little bit under his jaw line. Maybe know around his eye his ear think that helps. Looks good. Remember you want to be keeping pretty crisp clean lines here. We are still trying to hit that sell. So saying sort of Theo I'm going to go ahead and bring all the way down into here into the belly. We also need to remember to do his nipples as well. Or I would say it looks pretty good. Maybe you're going to lower this just a little bit. So I'm going to darken that up just a little tiny bit and warm it just a little teeny bit. All right. And that gives us a couple of layers worth to work with. Have color variation and then the last thing we just need to do is going to be the ground. So let's go ahead we'll finish that up. One more thing before I move on to the ground. So we're going to create a new layer here we're going to stick this one to overlay this time and I'm going to select the shapes are not pinning outside the lines and we're just going to have a little bit of color variation in his face so that overlay select him and I go out and get a soft airbrush. We're going to keep it pretty small and in this area around his eye we're going to add a little bit more color. Same with around his nose area his lip miles tips of his ears are as well. Excellent. And then we can throw some in around the base of his horn. Now we're going to go with a yellowish color. We're going to get the brow of his face a little bit and know blue to light. We go somewhere about their lower half of his face. His job is called facial banding. It just helps us feel like there's some light in his blood flowing through his face. It's not just all fly. OK. Right now it's a little silly it looks like a clown but we're just going to take this and look with the opacity down really low. Oh wow. Looks like 20 percent looks good I think maybe 25 now. Yeah 25 looks good. And then I'm going to take the airburst and just clean up a little bit around the eye. Doesn't look very good when it heads over into the orange area so I clean that up. Perfect. So now we can go ahead and do the ground so a new layer below all the other is for our fav player. Go ahead and slide that. We're going to get a nice tan dirt color and make sure we have a hard brush. Might use a large one this time and come in here to the dirt. Two big racer too. They need to go up. Looks pretty awesome. Just going to readjust if you want things to go down back down to 16 percent it was still a little bit too strong. There you go. That's it for a whole year. So we can go ahead and start adding our shadows so I'll see you guys next one.