First step is to compose a contour drawing. A detailed and well-done contour drawing can successfully minimize the need of revision when coloring at a later stage.
For the ink and wash painting materials used in the background, the S-shaped line dividing the characters renders the most important. To make the perfect S-line, I drew many S’s with writing brush on India paper and picked the one that fits the best.
After scanning the hand-made S-line and compose into the graph, I started to work on the color setting to create an overall impression of the graph.
The next step is to bring out the sense of three-dimensional space in the drawing. I often take pictures of myself posing as the characters and observe accordingly in order to better visualize the light logic.
Now is time for color matching, which is adding colors to the characters and costumes. The costume color sets of the two main characters—purple and yellow—are of complementary colors, making the drawing more vivid.
Adjust the Chroma, Value, and contrast.
Work on details such as facial features and hair. Also adjust the Chroma of the white leather and the tint of the clothes.
It is important to note the difference in material properties of the costumes and accessories. Leather and clothes carry a soft tone, which can be descried with a gentler change in line quality and color. Metals, on the other hand, can be portrayed with a strong contrast in light and clear, solid lines.
Adjust the Lighting of the white leather again. For a playful twist, I changed some ink spots to flying birds. The sizes of the birds also suggest a sense of three-dimensional space in the background.
Again, the light of the leather and clothes are adjusted. Also, I added spiral pattern onto the pants of the character in the back. The spiral pattern increases the fullness of the bottom half of that character. Lighting in some part of the background was also adjusted to further emphasize the characters.
Add dragon pattern to the pants of the front character. After a final adjust to the Lighting, the drawing is finished and ready to be published.
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