AI × layer techniques ultimate explanation! A girl with no artistic taste learns to color like a pro (?) in 2 hours!!
Interview, article by Sena Kondo
However, in the article "A girl with no artistic taste learns to draw moe illustrations in 3 days", I succeeded at drawing a moe illustration!
Okay, so I learned how to draw - but what about coloring? Isn't that even harder? Even though my drawing skills improved a little bit, I'm still a beginner when it comes to coloring. However, I have good news for all those in my same situation!! In the drawing app pixiv Sketch by pixiv, you can use PaintsChainer (※1) auto coloring function!!
1. Preliminary arrangements
First of all, I need to add colors to the parts that auto coloring left blank.
2. Adding shadows with "Multiply" layers
3. Adding highlights with "Screen" layers.
The highlights we just added gave a sense of depth to the picture.
By Kondo: Adding highlights with Screen layers
4. Making the illustration dazzle with "Color dodge" layers.
By Kondo: Making the illustration dazzle with a "Color dodge" layer
5. Adjusting colors with "Overlay" layers
By making some small adjustments, the illustration can look even better. We can make her blue collar reflect light, and make her face have a better complexion. Overlay layers make the best use of the colors of the layers below, so they're the best when it comes to color adjustments.
By Kondo. Adjusting colors with "Overlay" layers.
6. Brushing up the eyes with "Multiply" layers.
By Kondo. Brushing up eyes with "Multiply" layers.
7. Brushing up eyes with "Screen" layers
The character's face comes to life as soon as you add highlights to her eyes!
By Kondo. Brushing up the eyes with "Screen" layers
8. Polishing her hair, cheeks and eyes with "Normal" layers
By Kondo. Polishing her hair, cheeks and eyes with "Normal" layers.
9. Finishing touches with "Screen" layers
Lastly, let's make the overall atmosphere convenient. I will add highlights throughout the whole illustration. It's a nice way to cheat when the lineart didn't come out so good!
By Kondo. Finishing touches with "Screen" layers
The illustration brush-up is complete!
Moreover, it only took 2 hours from coloring until finishing! Thanks to auto coloring and Kinokomushi's precious directions, I was able to complete a fascinating illustration in no time!
Thanks to the auto color function, a girl with no artistic taste could pull off a fascinating illustration!
pixiv Sketch auto-color function is currently only available on the web version of the service, but we're planning to implement it into the app in the future. If you're like me and have no artistic taste, or if you enjoy drawing but you're not very good at coloring, you should definitely try it out!
By Kondo: Shading with Multiply layers