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[SAI...tutorial ? ] How I colour Things by uchuubranko [SAI...tutorial ? ] How I colour Things by uchuubranko
        I Do NOT own Ayanami Rei, the character! It just happened to be her! XD She's from Evangelion

How I colour characters etc...please download if you can't see it/ or it's slow! :iconpinkballoonplz:

I don't know if to call this a tutorial, so I couldn't settle between "I'm doing like this" and "You do like this" phrases XD

:happybounce: check out this tutorial for SAI TOOLS if you are a beginner with the program >>
:happybounce: feel free to ask, I'd be glad to clarify something :hug:
:happybounce: feel free to share on websites/etc
:happybounce: crediting if you reference isn't obligatory but appreciated :heart: :tighthug:
:happybounce: it's my way of colouring, you're not obligated to follow sit strictly/ do it like you would do it and help yourself from some parts :nod:
:happybounce: please don't modify, remove credit and / or crop this tutorial

I hope it will help someone....maybe? :iconimsotiredcryplz:

starry sky tutorial : ; original drawing : ; if you want to colour the line : (please don't make it like this ^ :giggle: )

like an alpaca~ :iconlazepacaplz:
I hope you have a wonderful week everyone!! :iconlisbethhugplz:

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ULTRAWONDERFUL :iconrydi1689: FOR THE DD! :iconohfuckgrandpaplz: :icontearplz: thank you so much for all the support as well! :faint::faint::faint::faint::faint:

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[SAI...tutorial ? ] How I colour Things by *uchuubranko is the tutorial to go if you want an informative, easy-to-follow and helpful guide to improve your colouring technique! Learn how to add special effects to the background to make your character blend in! A must read!
Featured as part of Manga & Anime Project Educate Week. ( Featured by rydi1689 )
Lammebill Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I would like to ask if you always keep your opacity at 100%, even when you blend colours? I tried your brush settings and when I try to blend 2 colours I always get those hard edges because of the new mixed colour. I watched one video of your speed paintings and you seemed to have no problems to achieve a smooth transition between colours though, especially on the face. So I just wonder if you can even get it smooth without lowering the opacity.
uchuubranko Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Hello, :love:
hmm it sure depends! Opacity is always at its 100% for my Main Brush because it has a shape (Stringy_L) which helps me blend things easily. For a shapeless brush (your usual round one) I usually change the opacity between 100 and 40. I sometimes may use the blur tool at full or lower opacity on some parts or skin. My main brush, however, doesn't change much. I like shading with the help of tones. ex : when Blending tone A (light) and tone Z (dark) I add in-between tones, b,c,d and w,x,y. My tablet pen's buttons are set on the pick tool so I can easily pick surrounding colours and tones, and that helps a lot too. As a pressing matter, tones A and Z will be in high contrast, but to produce b,c,d and w,x,y, I always press lightly to generate them from A and Z.

omg. I don't know in what I changed my explanation into... O_o I read it again and wtf. Still I don't have a better way of explaining :'C Feel free to ask further details if needed. :bucktooth:
Lammebill Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry that explanation fully made sense to me, I will try this.
Thank you very much for taking your time to help other people, that's really kind :)
uchuubranko Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
yay! :'D :heart:
my pleasure and thank you for checking it out! :hug:
lilybunny25 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!! thanks for making this tutorial! This will really help
me in my coloring! :heart: Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 

I have one question though: what are your settings for your brush which you use to blend colors with?
uchuubranko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you and my pleasure! :hug:

I use the same 2 brushes for everything

Star! settings/names may differ for each version of SAI Star!
just follow the order and it should be right
Brush 1 (main brush) settings :
- min size : 0
- density : 100
- color blending : 4
- opacity mix : 17
- persistence : 7
(keep opacity is checked)
- quality : 4
- hardness : 30
- min density : 33
- max density : 33
- hard - soft : 116
(density / size / clr blend are all checked )

Brush 2 (secondary brush)

- min size : 0
- density : 100
- color blending : 31
- opacity mix : 48
- persistence : 43
(keep opacity is checked)
- quality : 4
- hardness : 21
- min density : 0
- max density : 0
- hard - soft : 104
(density / size / clr blend are all checked )
lilybunny25 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thank you!
Momatsu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
Um, how do I line/ink like you? I mean when I try to line/ink the lines are always ugly like it's drawn when sitting in a car and the car is driving.. So my question is how do I make beautiful lines like you and other artists? (I'm new to this xD) 
Another question if you don't mind. When I use the brush tool before I preserve opacity do I have to erase the colours that are out the lines with the eraser? :o I use big brush sizes when I just brush the hair before preserving opacity lock so the colour always gets out of hair/face or whatever I'm trying to colour.. So do I have to erase all of it by an eraser? :S
uchuubranko Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Inking depends a lot on your personal preferences and brush settings. I experimented inking with both pen tool and brush tool and settled with the latter.
In SAI, you have a "smoothing" setting in the upper right part, when you click it a list of numbers appears. The last number is the slowest brush while the first one is normal. My lines are ugly with the 1st one too! :XD: I use the number 2 or 3, it helps straighten/smoothen (not even a word :lol:) the line details. Other than this is practice and your hand getting used to your brush and tablet. :eager: Try to make quick and straight lines first, till the trembling feeling disappears.

Yes, you'll have to erase the colour that is outside of the lines if you want to have clean work. :noes: Erasing the colours AFTER you click opacity lock will only look like they're erased but will not actually erase them. Or you can colour directly without many "colour get-outs" by using smaller brushes and doing a colour contour inside the lines then applying the bucket tool. (refer to tutorial ) :love:
hope it helps. :hug:
Momatsu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for your answer ^^
By the smoothing setting in SAI do you mean the 'Qualty' when you click on 'advanced settings' or when double clicking a tool and then choosing the numbers in 'stroke stabilizer'?
What if I erased before clicking opacity lock? Will it then be erased? ^^
So coloring really takes a lot of time :o...
Thanks again for answering! :hug:

PS: Can you do a tutorial or something about what tools you use to sketch, ink, color and shade? Like your size, blending, edge hardness, etc..? (I know I'm kinda exaggerating)..I would be really grateful if you did or if you already had one done and I missed it, then can you please post the link below? :hug:
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