Intro to Graphic Novel Coloring

Reuben Lara, Illustration | Animation

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11 Videos (1h 22m)
    • Overview

    • Creating transparent line art

    • Adding flats

    • Assigning colors

    • Import actions

    • Adding shadows

    • Adding lights

    • Light effects

    • Color shifts

    • Additional base color details

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

Get ready to have some fun with your line art! In this tutorial, I introduce digital artists to some basic tools and production techniques for colorizing black and white line art in the style of popular graphic novels. You can follow along using your own line art or by colorizing the provided high resolution line art that I’ll be using in the demonstration. At the end of the course, you will have produced a print-ready, colorized piece of art that’s ready for various production uses.

I'll be using Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop to demonstrate the process, but the concepts can be applied in almost any digital painting software that features layer based workflows. I'm also providing downloadable action presets (for both Clip Studio and Photoshop) that are featured in the class that will help you get up and running quickly.

If you are primarily a Photoshop user, definitely join me, as I also hop into Photoshop to show equivalent methods. Even though some basic knowledge of digital painting software is expected, I’ll be clearly explaining where the specific tools and techniques can be found in both programs.

You'll need:

  • Access to digital painting software that supports layers and adjustment layers (Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Affinity Photo, other...)
  • Graphics tablet recommended

If you are unfamiliar with Clip Studio Paint, check out my free Clip Studio Paint Basics tutorial on YouTube

I'm excited to share this technique with you!





11 of 11 students recommendSee All

Illustrating graphic novels is definitely not my cup of tea, but I knew this class would be extremely valuable to me. As a new user of Clip Studio Paint, I have learned a ton of things that I didn't know before. The 'flatting' procedure will come in very handy for the type of art I am interested in creating, and learning more about lighting is ALWAYS helpful. Last but not least, I am extremely grateful for the downloadable content generously provided by this instructor. Thank you!
Onyx Welborne

Illustrator/Mixed Media

This was so helpful in many was. 1)learning a great flatting procedure, 2)streamlining Clip Studio with the Quick Access Window, Thank you!!!!! 3) Auto actions Functions 4) most importantly , the layout of the lighting and FX actions and how they have instantly organized my work flow as far as attacking those lighting issues that I've always had trouble with. I now just go down the list starting with the Ambient Tone and work my way up 5) I now understand the fundamentals of creating basic actions for what ever work flow I need to adapt to. Thank you Teacher, Reuben Lara





Reuben Lara

Illustration | Animation

My wife and I live in the heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, and we love being surrounded by so much natural and artistic inspiration! For the last twenty years, I’ve both freelanced and have been contracted as an illustrator, print designer and animator, diving into multiple disciplines, many production workflows, and many roles of project responsibility. I also spent about nine years at a non-profit educational organization as an art director and illustrator. But r...

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