If David Hohn is lurking on the boards...
I was hoping to pick your brain on your digital painting process since it seems to be the way I like to work as well (from what I've learned on the videos). I'm doing value layers in grey scale first and then will have some layers ontop of it for the color - kind of like a glaze. Do you colorize your value layer to sepia (or other color) first? Which color modes do you tend to use (Overlay? Normal?). Any words of wisdom?
Oh, also: do you keep your linework separate from your value layers? Thanks!
@Laurel-Aylesworth-0 I check in pretty regularly!
I did work that way in the past. And still do for all my initial color studies. Greyscale value under painting with color glazing on top.
I didn't colorize the value layer -- but that would probably be a very good idea! Maxfield Parrish used to do a value underpainting in french ultramarine blue and then glaze colors on top. Rembrant did a brown (probably burnt umber) value underpainting with color glazes on top.
The color layers on top is a layer set to blend mode "color", but I know lots of artists who use "multiply" (and various combinations of both). I have at least one layer set to "normal" which is my digital equivalent of opaque paint.
And yes, the line work is always on it's own layer. (unless I screw up somewhere in the process and accidentally merge the line work with another layer. In which case I figure -- eh, in traditional painting I wouldn't have it separate anyway . . . )
@davidhohn Oh yay! Thanks for sharing your process...and for lurking
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Oooo this is great! I love an in depth look at how people work!
@Laurel-Aylesworth-0 I am not sure what program you are working in. I work mostly in Procreate now and they have this nifty little tool called a gradient map (I don't know if photoshop does too). Sometimes I do a value study and then I color my value study using the gradient map and paint on top of it. It works really well.
I recently used this tool for a project and I used black and white traditional paintings in gouache, scanned them in and recolored them seamlessly to sepia using the gradient map tool- then I could color pick right from that and clean up the painting on another normal layer.