Let's Color a Goblin! | Complete Digital Coloring Process Walkthrough

K Michael Russell, pro colorist & instructor

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13 Lessons (1h 30m)
    • 1. Introduction to Let's Color a Goblin!

    • 2. About

    • 3. Adding base colors

    • 4. Adding shadows - part 1

    • 5. Adding shadows - part 2

    • 6. Direct lighting - part 1

    • 7. Direct lighting - part 2

    • 8. Direct lighting - part 3

    • 9. Indirect lighting

    • 10. Color details

    • 11. Color holds & glows

    • 12. Final polish

    • 13. Conclusion


About This Class

Hi! In this course, we'll be coloring a goblin! (The time-lapse in the promo video was created from the lessons of this course!)

We'll go through coloring the entire illustration, step-by-step, from start to finish. I'll explain each part of the process throughout. I was inspired to create this course after someone paid me a wonderful compliment:

"It reminds me of watching Bob Ross!" I think that's a reach, but I'll take it!

I'll be showing you how I use Procreate to create rich colors all on one illustration! Procreate is a very powerful digital art application. I even use it in my professional work for comic book publishers like Image Comics and Top Cow.

We'll cover flat colors, shadows, direct light sources, indirect lights, change the colors of the lines, and even add some special effects all on one illustration!

I'll also include: 

  • A selection of Procreate brushes used in the course.

  • My final layered file of the finished piece, so you can see how it all comes together!

  • A version with only flat colors, so you can practice your lighting and shadows.

  • An inked version to start with the flat colors.

  • A sketch version if you want to ink it yourself.

Important note: Although I do explain what I'm doing throughout, it assumes that you understand the most basic Procreate functions like where the brush and eraser tools are.

This is not a "how to draw" course. The course will start with the ink drawing of the character. This course is focused on coloring this particular illustration. The lessons learned can be applied to almost any kind of art.