Hey guys! just thought I’d share an easy way to help make your art look more vivid, with what I’ve learned from another cool artist.
Lately I found that using only black outlines on my work doesn’t always “fit,” and when I tried to shade my colors, they didn’t feel right. So I decided to dissect some of Fabien Mense’s sketches, and I found a relatively quick and easy trick for those of you with software like Photoshop or Gimp
For this demonstration, I’m going to start by drawing a simple sketch. First thing I found in fabien’s work was that his outlines and shading were done with only two basic colors, usually a light and medium shade of magenta. and had some details like the eyes almost finished right off the bat; for easy editing I try to keep the shading layer and line work on different layers.
then i picked whatever flat colors i wanted to add on another layer below (keep it simple)
This is where the shading/line work do their thing. By setting both layers to multiply, they make nice, warm, and vibrant shadows without making the colors look muddy or monochromatic.
and for extra pop I just splashed a bit of desaturated color behind the sketch, and it’s pretty much done.
it always helps to figure out how other people do their art, and it’s fun to!