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How are these people adding the colors to these dragon paintings?

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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I want to draw a dragon, I can see that they're adding almost all of the details first, adding grey, more detail and then they seem to add a tint rather then coloring it in (about 2:50 into the video) Can anyone tell me how they are adding the colors? Thank you :)
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Basically if you think about, the grey thing in painting terms is call the underpainting. Its purpose is to eliminate the white, and seperate to shapes. It also helps with values for your colors, because with the greyscale in place, all you have to do is add color to it. Then its straight on coloring, which can be done in various ways, but Friendly hand is probably the fastest and easiest way.
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Do you know of any ways to save layers so I can take a break? When I save something I'm working on it wants me to merge the layers.

I'm completely new to digital painting I just did my first one last night
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
If you save it as a PSD you shouldn't have to merge the layers. If you are using GIMP save it in the Gimp format whatever that is. Same thing for most art applications- use the native format to preserve layers.
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
K thank you! I can really take my time with it now!

I'm so new, I just did my first digital painting last night
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks good for a thumb so far. Just keep on doing it.
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fROSEn24 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
omg i have been wanting to know this for a long time
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,

Looks to me like he starts by adding a new layer and then using a fill in "hue" or "color" or "overlay" mode with that orange color. Then uses a soft paint brush in the same mode to apply the other colors.

Some youtube tutorials have voice overs that explain similar techniques: [link]
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Estheryu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
i agree!
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks... is there a way to save layers? When I try to close what I'm working on it wants me to merge all of the layers. I'm very new to digital painting lol
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I guess the link helps [link]
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