WHEN I WAS A YOUNG LAD i saw a great many people i admired drawing on the computer. i wanted to draw on the computer too… and seeing as mspaint was the only thing i had, i decided
i would become an mspaint master then use the $$$$ to get photoshop USE WHAT I HAVE, WORK WITH WHAT I GOT.
AS SUCH, most of the things i’ve drawn these past… five… six years… has been on mspaint! for this tutorial, i will demonstrate how i use the limited number of tools available on paint to create my art!
TABLE OF CONTENT
My general style dictates that you need to have a pretty firm grasp of colour! I hand pick every colour I use in my art… so…
I recommend you read my colour tutorial (if you haven’t already) to comprehend how I work. MY COLOUR TUTORIAL pretty much details how and why i pick colours, and while i’ll mention random tips from that tutorial, this walk-thru will KIND OF assume you know how to create palettes and gradient from one colour to the next! *___*
Another cool read I ALSO HIGHLY recommend is teera-misu’s mspaint tutorial as it is the tutorial that got MEEeeEEEE started!
AND… That’s about it. LET’S GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD.
All images are clickable for larger.
2. PREPARING YOUR LINEART.
I AM pretty terrible at sketching, but that is OKAY— for it is very easy to clean up sketches on paint.
First, sketch! It doesn’t matter which brush you use, though I tend towards the pencil—
2a Changing your sketch colour.
After you sketch, look at your palette and right click on the colour of your sketch (in this case black). Once black has been selected (it should be behind your primary colour), click the select rectangle and select your entire figure.
Next, right-click CUT!
There should be a huge black block.
By the way, you should remember to highlight where I’ve circled! OTHERWISE, this will not work.
Paintbucket fill that big black block with a lighter colour. I usually use peach because it’s easy on the eyes. IF YOU HAVE NEVER TOUCHED MSPAINT IN YOUR LIFE, you get custom colours by double clicking any of the colours. Then you move around the little pointer and click okay! Here is a screenshot.
NOW, RIGHT CLICK, paste! You’ll notice that when you move around your sketch, that all the black areas are “transparent”… in a way. It’s a bit quicker than using the colour replacer described in teera’s tutorial, but both ways work.
Move your lineart over your coloured block.
Your sketch is now peach.
Next, line over that sketch. HOPEFULLY you have a steadier hand than I do HA HA HA.
2b. Now you’ll want to get rid of the sketch underneath.
We’re going to use my cutting and pasting technique again! Rightclick the sketch colour (which should still be on your palette). In this case, it is peach.
There should be a big peach block this time.
Fill it with white/erase it!
Click the selection square. Again, make sure the correct mode is selected (bottom one.)
WHALLA YOUR SKETCH is clean.
Or, if you’re cae as clean as you’re willing to let it…
Most of the time, I’m zoomed in when I colour. HOWEVER!! This doesn’t mean you have to go back and forth zooming in and out because mspaint has something a LOT LIKE PHOTOSHOP’S NAVIGATOR. Go to VIEW select ZOOM, check “SHOW THUMBNAIL”
So now, colouring adventure.
I’m zoomed in at 6.0x. Here, I’ve picked my focus colours… I want to work with green/peach. Why green and peach? Because I like them and experimenting is good… HA HA. If a tutorial ever gives you set colours to work with (“i always use purple to shade XXX and blue to shade XXX”) DO NOT. LISTEN TO IT! You should be picking colours with consideration to your individual piece. AND, it is LAZY relying on OTHERS to create your colourschemes.
MANUAL BLENDING ALL THE TIME is really good practice for colour control/proficiency… Knowing how colours “blend” into each other and all that! In this case, I’m PRETENDING to blend peach/pink with green by picking colours that can “fit” inbetween the hues/shades and blobbing them down with the paintbrush.
If it helps, go and play around with opacity/colour levels on photoshop/sai/paintchat/gimp/paint.NET/etcetc… or coloured/stained glass if you have any. *___*
I also added in some shading in the eyes. I’ve chosen a green teal shadow… So the shadow colour needs to be consistent. Green teal mixed with purple creates cooler, desaturated purple, which I’m using.
Also, I’ve changed the lineart colour of the eyelashes, nose, and mouth by fillbucketing them in.
I’ve also added some blushies because there is blood under the skin and blood is red?
OKAY NOW. HAIR. there’s less detail work on here, so I’M GOING TO DEMONSTRATE. A QUICK AND DIRTY METHOD OF COLOURING I’VE DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS.
First, colour all the shadow areas black/the colour of your lineart.
Next, paintbucket the areas your true shadow colour (greenish teal)
Next, pick colours that would gradient from your figure’s colour (orange) and your shadow colour (green teal). You’ll notice that the shadows are more intense the farther away it is from my imaginary lightsource.
So yeah, MY SHADING METHOD. It’s a series of bucketfilling/blobbing out shadow areas… Followed by manual-gradienting between shadow, light, and figure colour *___*
Repeating the same on the dress (which i resketched to make more sense WHAT IS LINEART).
Blackout all the shadow areas. I’ve zoomed out because it’s just the same thing.
HELENA’S SKINTONE and the white of Helena’s dress are really similar. My lightsource should interact with it colour-wise in a similar manner. THUS, a lot of the colours I’ve chosen to shade the skin, I’m using on the dress.
In this case I’ve taken one of the grey-teals I used for the skin, and fillbucketed the black shadow area with it.
More of the same. Gradienting and blobbing! I pick the darkest shadow colour to outline hard edges and really dark shadows! I also added some random spots of pink/red onto the dress… That’s because the colour of Helena’s skin should interact with the whiteness of that dress! YES.
So I keep repeating, then i Clean Up! AND WHAM. FINISHED PRODUCT.
4. COOL PATTERN TRICK.
HOPEFULLY this all makes/made sense. THANK YOU FOR READING! AND, IF YOU USE THIS TUTORIAL PLEASE TELL ME I’D LIKE TO SEE IF IT WORKS!!!
CAE PEACE OUT.