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my simple color process by wulfmune my simple color process by wulfmune
okay so here is some stages of working on my latest illustration, as i've gotten a few requests for tutorials. eh i kind of suck at tutorials so this will have to do instead >_<

stage 1- sketches of characters are overlapped with sketch of background. i draw them on separate layers of paper on a light box because it gets rather messy and confusing if i don't. i find it easier to deal with the layout of the room this way.

stage 2- revised cats as per request of commissioner. inked with micron pens. scanned at 600 dpi. cleaned up black and white levels in photoshop and ran a very slight paint daub filter to smooth the edges of lines.

stage 3- i duplicate the line layer and set it on multiply. then i color flat tones on the bottom layer in their "true color"

stage 4- made a new layer grouped on top of the flat colors. using a grey tone, i shade the image and adjust the layer to hard light and lower the opacity.

stage 5- [link]
added a layer for soft blush, hightlights and multiple layers of gradient effects and color for lighting.
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:icon123lemonade:
123Lemonade Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist
the lighting and poses were nice in this one!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
i was pretty satisfied with the effect in this one :) thanks!
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HS11 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
nice pic and well eplained :)
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
thank you! it's easy to explain because it's such a simple process lol!
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:iconhs11:
HS11 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
your welcome :)
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RageChan-OCFamily Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! 8D thanks for the tut you've shown us.
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:iconwulfmune:
wulfmune Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
really there is not much to my coloring process :X im not much of a painter.
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RageChan-OCFamily Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks good, I like it!
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MeghansDreamDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Artist
That looks cool :highfive:
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LaKidDK Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
NICE ! LOVE IT !
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Sinda2 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Are you ever going to make book 3???

I love your "2 volume" mangas, but there wasn't any romance in them. What's going on???? Why the huge delay?? Don't TELL me you've discontinued it?!!?
NO!! NOT ANOTHER GOOD ARTIST WHO'VE STOPPED WORKING ON THEIR MANGA!! :cries: :cries: :cries:
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Kittengrl39 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
It wasn't really her choice... apparently Tokyopop had some issues and hasn't agreed to publish the third volume as of yet. It sucks.
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Sinda2 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Why????? The fans have been waiting all this time and Tokyopop is going to F**** us up like that?!!?
I know they use to release a few yaois back in the days, but now they don't anymore. But how come they're still bringing out Loveless and new Gravitation? It doesn't make sense!!!!
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uberneko-zero Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
i really like the colors you have in this version as opposed to the final. these colors *feel* like the offbeat world... maybe because it is the sort of colors you used on the covers?

i laughed at how there are so many cats everywhere. a nest of cats, and tory doesn't seem to mind. heh heh.

they are so adorable!!!!!! <3

oh, and i loved all the little mini comics you did! thank you! :D

p.s. is there any hope for offbeat 3 ever coming out? i tried finding some information but i couldn't find where you may have mentioned something.
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
perhaps~ i think the original colors look a bit bolder..but i felt i needed to add the mood lighting to get the feeling of atmosphere i wanted.

i have no new news about offbeat 3 sadly.
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uberneko-zero Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
oh darn. i really hope you get to do volume 3.... i'm incredibly attached to the series. T__T

(i know the mood you were going for. sorry if i sounded critique-y. i was just mentioning my preference... either way though, it looks awesome) :D
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blwhere Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah!!! I tried so hard to practice coloring your way, but it's harder than you think! (i think i just suck at coloring stuff...) Thanks SO much for making this! (I thought i commented on it a long time ago, but i guess not....)
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
if it helps i'm very glad! practice makes perfect
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:iconblwhere:
blwhere Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep, i'm getting better as i go along!
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hello-yes Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist
thanks for the step by step process!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
np i hope someone finds it useful
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:iconcreepella:
creepella Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Wow, a masterpiece in the making!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
ahaha...i'm a little embarrassed at how simple my coloring really is
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FujiFox Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
That was so insightful and very helpful!! Thank you for taking the time to do this!! =) When I see things like these from the artist I admire it inspires me so much and makes me jsut want to get to work rigth now instead if dilly-dalling around.



aaah. So inspired.
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
glad you found it useful! you were one of the people i had in mind XD
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FujiFox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
thank you again!! XD I am very glad you did it!
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NekoAiTorankusu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh god, I love in-process stuff! :D It's just so fun to see another artist's way of it all and seeing it be made step-by-step. :D
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
glad you found it interesting!
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Chisako Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really interesting! :) No, really, I mean it! I usually color in much the same way as you do, but you added some usdeful little tricks to the process (like doing the outlines on two different pieces of paper, or setting the outlines on a layer transparency in PS).

Thank you very much for that walkthrough! I think it's even more useful that way (at least to me) than a full tutorial.

And can I add that I :heart: the motive to pieces too? ;) :hug:
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
glad you found it useful. i think my process is very basic but i'm a firm believer in strong simple foundations?
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:iconchisako:
Chisako Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Copy that ;). Even processes that seem basic or fast to do can bring forth a great result - that's why I believe, too :).
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ChoiceMockery Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student
Wow, what a flawless technique o_o!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
XD;;; eep! why thank you~ i don't think of my coloring as anything special but that is a very generous compliment
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thelifeofabinder Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eee~ these look SOOO adorable!! I really love the pencil sketch a lot! :D They looks so comfortable. :) You did a great job with this! Thanks for showing us the process. :D
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
you're very welcome!
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Kittengrl39 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Looking at stages 3 and 4, I immediately thought "Off*Beat cover".
It would be so awesome if you could have used this as a cover.
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
a bit too revealing for a cover imo though XD;;
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egglorru Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
O.O; Wow I'm sorry I had no idea how much work I was putting you through, you make it sound so EASY when you just pop up with an "Oh by the way here's the pencil sketch" and a "Here you go it's done ^^"

I actually recommend that you put the pencil sketch up in full size on dA too because it fascinates me just as much as the final image. There's just something so mercurial, so fleeting about it...like you just happened to catch such a private moment by accident.

lol I was looking in my little Thesaurus widget on my mac for mercurial because whimsical wasn't quite the right word and both queer and offbeat came up as synonyms. I don't know why that's hilarious but it is xD
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
oh no no no! don't apologize~ it was my pleasure. i was totally happy to put as much as i wanted in to this~

as far as putting up a larger pencil...ugh i don't like my pencils >_<
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wonder1440 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
All 4 look so good, <3 <3 I love it!!!!!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
thank you~
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Saria-Sama Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Wow thats alot of steps for one picture. And oh my god they look sooooooooo cute sleeping together! =>.<=
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
the drawing is really the longest part for me. i didn't show the drafts of sketches i did before i came up with the final composition XD;; too embarrassing.
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Saria-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
I think it would be a cool idea though, to show all the different steps you go through to get the final picture.
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