3rd Installment - 2nd Color Pass
I made a new layer.. then set it to normal
. This layer will overwrite many of the harsh lines from the linework... So you need to be careful here not to stray far from the original. At this point you can change the entire look (which is great for corrections.. but not so great if you mess up.. LOL!
After adding and correcting colors to get closer to the reference picture.. I blended the colors together somewhat by taking a sample of the color.. and set at a low opacity (there's that word again Terry) I airbrush the color into the surrounding color... then resample that color. and do it again. Back and forth until it blends in nicely. It's kind of like using a stump in drawing.. or a colorless shader in colored pencils.
Once finished with that layer.. I merged it with the layer below (Step 2 - 2nd layer) and then shaded once again. I think the airbrush was set at ~40 opacity or so. This gives me the base to now go in and really begin getting details in.. but that's our next step
Up until this point I have been working zoomed out between 75% and 150%. Now we might get in as close as 500-600% to really see the details.
I thought in this picture I would show you my desktop so you could see the setup. This program is my favorite.. called ArtRage. Tools on Bottom left.. Color Wheel on Bottom right.. Layers panel in the upper right. The picture on the right is my reference photo.. The one in the center the artwork.. and the one on the upper left is just a smaller version of the artwork (2nd view). This will come in handy when we get to the up close work... as you will still see the entire image in the left frame... giving you an idea of what it's looking like not
PS - Thanks Chanda.. I was putting the pic up when you tried to click on it.. .LOL!