Digitally Coloring Hand-Drawn Art & Isolating Line Work

This is a tutorial I made about some techniques I've adapted from other tutorials on how to digitally color my drawings. I like the look of hand-drawn ink illustrations, but watercolor doesn't give me the effects I want. So, I've taught myself some simple ways to add color digitally to get the look I want. 

This tutorial covers some techniques I've learned from other artists. I digitally color my handmade ink drawings using two different techniques. First is a simple multiply and paint technique. The second part of the tutorial shows how to isolate line work so that the drawing can be digitally colored without using multiply.

New drawing: "We Grew Up in Bubbles" (a.k.a. "Bubble Ladies")

I've been working on this idea for years in my sketchbook. It started out with the idea of the "Queen of Unrequited Love" floating in a gritty glass cage sitting on a throne that had grown around her. 

I had plans to make her into a big oil painting, but never did, 'cause sometimes painting is intimidating. I decided to draw her with some other figures floating around. I overdid it on the first drawing but got a lot of graphite practice in - nothing is ever a waste - the drawing didn't turn out the way I hoped, but I learned stuff and the second drawing went a lot faster but still did not look right. 

So, here's the third and final version. I'm never completely satisfied but I will be done with this composition and move on to other things.

Community Bonds project

I am so proud to be a part of this project illuminating the horrors of immigration detention. Below are the videos I illustrated and animated.

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