Anonymous asked: In your bunny girl piece , how did you isolate your graphite and ink lines in order to color it? I've tried looking up a number of tutorials and can't find anything, and I'd love to mix graphite line work with digital coloring in the future. I absolutely love your work, it's been a huge inspiration for a long time!! Thank you in advance!!
ooh yeah this is a really great trick thanks for asking me, i’ll be happy to share!
(for other people reading this: this is how to get your scanned/traditional line art onto a transparent layer that you can COLOR!!! this is really versatile and also works if you accidentally drew your digital lines on a non-transparent layer and need to separate them, and also for making textures and brushes and stuff, ITS COOL! this is for PHOTOSHOP ONLY btw, i dont know about other art programs. this should work in every version of photoshop as far as i know.)
1. turn the picture to grayscale (image > mode > grayscale)
2. mess around in levels and curves until it’s as “clean” as you want, AND HERES THE BEST PART, it doesn’t have to be pure black and white, you can keep ALL the texture of your original lines. but i think there has to be at least one area of pure black and one area of pure white for it to work? i don’t know, i’ve never tried it without. if you are doing something really light you can probably just paint a little dot of black in the corner and erase it when you’re done.
go to channels (in the layer panel) and click on the little dotted circle at the bottom. this selects all the white.
5. make a new layer, inverse the selection (select > inverse) and fill with black (edit > fill). deselect.
now go back to image>mode and change your picture back to color (be sure to not flatten the layers!)
now you have a transparent layer of your traditional linework that you can color!!
YES OMG COLOR IT
for the bunny girl piece specifically, i drew all the lineart and textures on the same paper so the image you see on the screen is exactly what i scanned in all in one but it’s also really easy to draw them on separate pages and combine them.
like in this pic for example:
-lineart in ink
-layer of shading in ink wash
-another ink wash layer
-color them and stick them all together, hooray!
so those are all done on separate pieces of paper (i use transparent layout bond or a light box to be able to match up my textures and shading with the original drawing) scanned in separately, using the same method of isolating the black and making it a transparent layer, and compiled in photoshop.
this works for all mediums, just as long as you stick to b+w traditionally, i know some people who draw in like colored pencil and scan it in and then keep coloring digitally over top of it on a multiply layer and it looks great but my attempts with this have never been very good, so i really like this method. i’ve used it with paint, ink wash, markers, ballpoint pen, ink, and pencil … you can also just make textures to use again and again with this, i tend to make textures specific to the piece im working on because im bad at manipulating textures in photoshop but there are all sorts of things you can do with this, it doesn’t have to be just lineart.
i hope this helps!! thank you so much, im glad you like my art! :’3