Dec182014: Flatting Colours

“i was wondering why you flat colored the characters one color before you colored them individually”

Asked by xaydoodles

It’s due to speed really. I used to flat the normal way (i.e colour the elements individually in separate layers), but somehow it always took more time than if I have just flatted everything in a generic colour, then deal with the individual parts later.

Here’s a visual demonstration:

Border the flat.

Paint bucket. BOOM!

Border the elements.


This took me less than 5 minutes to do. The only drawback is that there are artifacts (you can see the faint white line on the lapel) but that’s easily fixable. So yeah, an explanation to my weird flatting process.

Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

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