Comic book style coloring

Kinkar Kishor Roy aka KIKIRA is a magician character created by famous bengali writer Bimal Kar

comic book style digital coloring tutorial

I recently started a fan project revamping well-known bengali heroes from various writers and sharing on my facebook and page, obviously in my favorite style - which is comic book art. Now thought about publishing the steps involving my coloring method, so here we go.

This is very rough sketch

comic book style digital coloring process sketch

Based upon sketch, here is the ink - I always use 3 brushes : 8px, 16px pressure mapped to size; and variable size round brush. I also use eraser in same settings like the brush to carve out light from dark.

comic book style digital coloring tutorial inking

Now in a separate layer underneath ink I enclose whole area with any color using a large round brush, for sharp areas I some time draw using brush with pressure mapped to size.

comic book style digital coloring tutorial flatting

when the whole area is enclosed, I simply fill in using bucket. After that using a comparatively smaller brush I cover the brush-bucket gaps, so that I get a solid fill of the character.

comic book style digital coloring flatting tutorial

As now I have the solid block of the character, I lock opacity of the fill layer and using lasso and bucket, I select the large color block - in this pic, the jacket and fill.

comic book style digital color filling tutorial

Now it's time to color fill different areas, to do this I paint the overlapping areas and then fill the areas with bucket, then pain the gap - and so on.

comic book style digital color flatting filling process tutorial

Now I have my flat - it's time to add light and shadow. In this phase magic wand is very handy. still keeping opacity locked, I select a block using wand, sample color from the flat, change that to darker for shadows and brighter for high lights and paint and blend. To paint I generally use a block brush of variable size and then blend using water brush.

comic book style digital coloring shading tutorial

Ok, after repeating the paint and blend step, this is what I get.

comic book style digital coloring shading tutorial

Lastly it's time to dramatize the whole pic - which definitely needs a background behind the fill layer, linear and angle gradients with some tweaks on blend mode makes this fast and effective. lastly to smooth lines, I lock opacity of the ink layer and add highlight matching with background

comic book style digital coloring background tutorial

So that's all!

Ok, this is not a proper tutorial - rather just can be regarded as steps shots to share my work flow. Pl let me know what do you think about it.