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Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Coloring

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Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework and Coloring.

In my previous post I finished the linework and shading for my new work Yuki Onna. For this post I’m doing the coloring and lighting effects using Adobe Illustrator as usual. This work was a bit special because I wanted it to be very light, almost all white. Because of this I didn’t need to draw in any highlights. So how do you colour a work that’s mostly white? Well I began just as usual by drawing in the basic color.

The flat color:

Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

Because I wanted the illustration to feel really light I changed the inked lines to light shades of grey. The hair and clouds are a lighter than the outlines of the face and clothing:

Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

Soft shades are used for the hair and skin. I also use gradients for “makeup” – a blush on the cheeks, and shiny pink lips. I layered gradients over the eyes to give them more depth.

Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

I changed the shadow on her face to a gradient. This creates the effect that the shadow is fading away from the left. Because this is the focal point of the image I adjusted the other shadows to make them lighter.

Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

After some thought I decided to change her mouth. I also added a soft texture to the background to create a sense of depth. Although the background was done in shades of grey, by layering gradients over it with the opacity set to color, I can added some subtle variations in color.

Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

A layer of blue with the opacity set to soft light increases the contrast brings out the cold tones of the image. It’s done!

Work in Progress: Yuki Onna Color

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