I like them. Sorry if that would sound stupied but I really would like to know: what do you use to draw them - ink? Background is computer added? How do you do that? Is there any tute or how-to about that computer manipulating images (adding background for example) drawn by hand?
Thank you in advance.
I usually do a very rough version of the pose I want in pencil first then solidify it in ink and spend a bit of time fixing up the line work to look nicer. Prob'ly not much more than an hour. I then erase the pencil and scan them at medium-high resolution (I think these are 200 DPI?) on greyscale. I use photoshop to colour them. Don't know if there's a tutorial for doing exactly this, but it is sortuv easy to explain.
1. Scan your linework in greyscale and a medium-high resolution (100-200 DPI should be fine unless you want really high quality prints). Bring your greyscale image into photoshop.
- the first is what you layers window should look like. From the lock icon on the layer that tells us it's locked, and we don't want that.
-so we right click on the layer. The only option that isn't greyed out id "duplicate..." It'll pop up a menu where you can rename your layer. Renaming layers is obviously a good idea 'cause some images get terrifyingly cluttered.
-now we have a copy of the background layer. We want to set its mode to "Multiply" from "Normal" This option is in the drop-down menu in the top left of the layers window. This mode does exactly what it sounds like it does. Anything black will stay black, anything lighter will be multiplied with layers underneath it.
-now delete the old background since we won't need it. There's a little garbage can icon in the bottom right of the layers window that will delete it. Create a new Layer and call it "background layer" or something like that. This layer should always be the bottom layer, and you line layer should always be the top layer.
2. Change your image from greyscale to RGB mode.
Go Image>>Mode>>RGB Color.
Photoshop'll ask you if you want to flatten layers. Click no.
3. Colour. Use a new layer for each area you want to colour. Keep skin all on one layer, hair on one layer, eyes, pants, etc. Anything that needs to be a different colour should be a different layer. Use flat colours to start.
4. Shade. The checkerboard icon underneath the layer mode drop down menu we were looking at before will lock the opacity of your layers. If you click this on your already coloured layers you can go back over quickly with a new, or darker colour without having to tediously match the edge of the first area.
5. For the coloured background I was really lazy and just used a circular gradient. There's a couple where I added squiggles and played with the layer opacity.
since that's a hugely vague tutorial I'm happy to answer questions too.