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Outlining Minor Areas for Coloring (cont.)

We need now to unlock the bottom layer and hide the upper layer for a moment while we pick some colors.


Notice how the original picture has a kind of yellow ambience on the bottom-right side. We can choose to color each individual piece by color-picking the color underneath it, or we can choose a global color swatch. I ignored the varience in color, and went ahead and picked my colors from the upper-left side of his body. Usually it is good to pick 4 or 5 colors for each article: hair, shin, shirt, pants, etc.

Skin color Example

Here are some normal skin color tones. In order: Flesh - Light Flesh - Dark Flesh - Deep Flesh

Notice below that during the shading process, I did use some gradients sparingly. Ultimately I did not choose to use these gradients, they were hard to match the original enough to make it look good.

Color Shading

Choosing to go with solid colors in a palette, I color shaded the whole project and played with different looks. Overall the project is very near to completion at this stage, and it is good to get a few opinions from peers.

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Added: 2000-12-29
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The author is a mere amateur at flash, having dipped his hands into it quite recently. He came from a background in photo-manipulation in newspapers, while pursuing film and animation on the side, to getting a gig as a full-bore web designer. Now he is tackling tutorial writing for Flash-kit.
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