uhh i’m not good at explaining but i’ll do my best i guess
before i colour i try to make sure my sketch is cohesive, having hair separated into chunks. hair does naturally form in clumps rather than individual strands but i stylise it a LOT so it looks real thick
basic colours, on a layer set multiply (usually decrease the opacity of my lines so they’re less obvious but blend in better with whatever base colour i use). considering the light source also, darkest in the middle but a little less so on the very bottom. textured brushes also help toooo
usually i’ll reuse a colour already existing in my colour scheme to add into the hair, but since this is real quick i just picked two colours i like, and i consciously try to pick colours that work well together already (blue and orange/brown). unless i’m deliberately doing unnatural looking hair, i try to keep those colours a little pale, a little desaturated so they blend in a little nicer. i’m trying to think of my reasoning for doing this but all i can come up with is ‘it looks cool’ x_x;;;;
hair is usually pretty shiny or at least i just really like how shiny hair looks so i put in a darker shade of the brown-black, mostly in the middle
i finally merged the line and colour layers together so i could start blending and defining everything better. also, for even more shinieness i put in some highlights. don’t overdo this :0
i don’t usually pick new colours at this point, just eyedrop what i already have. but if i do add new ones in (like the highlight) i try to make sure it’s similar enough to fit with what i already have (the orange highlight is just a paler version of the brown i was already using)
basically just continue defining stuff, don’t worry about making everything perfectly smoothly blended, hair can look better if its scruffy and less defined looking.
i still like to use outlines in my colouring, but i vary between having outlines darker or lighter than the colour inside. also in the case of the hair on the edges (notice the back of the head), i’ll use the orange as an outline against the blue, i found that looks kinda cool since they compliment one another
i think the key for it, and just for my approach to colouring in general, is to have a variety of tones and hues while still keeping it unified. rather than having the same kind of brown all throughout the hair, trying having multiple kinds of brown, warm browns, cool browns etc. or my approach is to add in stuff like blue as i’ve just showed you lmao
keeping colours unified can be hard, i have trouble with it a lot, but the more you experiment with colour the more you’ll develop an eye for it and start knowing intuitively what colours work and what don’t
i hope that answers it to some extent??? if you need me to clarify something let me know because i know im terrible at explaining myself ;_;
ALSO I GOTTA MENTION THE OBLIGATORY “this is just my way not THE way” please take everything i say with a grain of salt!!!!
somethingkumandkum asked: Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start a webcomic?
uh-oh you guys somebody made the mistake of asking me about comics, prepare for a gigantic essay… Please don’t feel pressured to read this whole thing, I totally lose my head when it comes to talking about making comics!
- You won’t get rich, you can’t please everybody, so it had better be a labor of love.
- Set an update schedule and stick to it. Finish a good chunk of pages before going public, so new visitors to the comic’s “grand opening” can get hooked.
- Publishing a webcomic is like performing live; you can’t let “stage fright” stop you. Stop “planning” and start publishing!
- Lots of links to the software that makes BFF work on the technical side at the end. And books I’d recommend reading!
after ep#4 i waited and waited for this joke to appear on my dash but then i still don’t see any and i got impatient and drew one myself O(—(
So I went on Ebay and found the Free! Character Duet cds
And I was just scrolling along, looking at the prices
And then I realized what they all had in common
Is this is a fucking game to you, Japan?
Newtype August 2014 - Free! high res scans + translation Part 1
Here is the little surprise I’ve been talking about a few days ago.
To celebrate this blog reaching one thousand followers, please have an english scanlation of this month’ Newtype.
I did the magazine scans, cleaning and typesetting, kudouusagi did the whole translation, and ccparadise proofread and helped with typesetting. So, if you enjoy this read, please visit their blog and thank them warmly, for that couldn’t have been done without them!
- Pages 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
- Magazine cover (not translated)
- Table of content 1 | 2 (not translated)
- Original scans (not translated, zip is 11,3 MB)
As you can read in the post title, this is the first part only, there is more to come in the near future!
Makoto’s Motherly Instincts