Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - student project

Hi! This class just helped me so much (my “before” is basically my project on the sketching female characters inProcreate class)!

First off, drawing in several iterations has made my Procreate sketches something that I would dare show people. It’s still cumbersome and drawing takes forever, but I’m really happy with the results!

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 1 - student project

and, because this seemed impossible to colour, I made another one:

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 2 - student project

I then went on to play with the colours. The palette from photo approach was what I liked best! Here are some colour ideas:

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 3 - student project

I then went on to try out the shading directly from the photo:

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 4 - student project

I felt a bit overwhelmed here, juggling colour choices, digital painting methods plus the whole lighting scenario. I think I’ll take a step back and try to copy the video exactly, using the teacher’s lineart, colours and shading choices.

I tried producing a final version, too, but I’m not happy with it:

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 5 - student project

I like Gabrielle’s “cartoony” style so much better, but I couldn’t reproduce that. So, I guess I’ll follow along with the video next, trying to do a master study to understand the process a bit better.

Of course, I’m eternally grateful for suggestions and tips!

Edit 1: I played some more with background colouring, also adding a toned background to the dark skinned version:

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 6 - student project

On the dark skinned version I also lightened some of the shadow areas:

Colouring dolls and trying to get the shading right - image 7 - student project