Tutorial Level :- Basic to advance
Techniques Used :- Live paint & Knife tool
Reference illustration :- Ella At Peace

STEP 1

Create and decide the Artwork you want to work on

Since my aim here is just to share with you the process of coloring i will not be going much further in the details of drawing process but i will just elaborate my drawing a bit. I start by creating a sketch , then keeping it in front of me as a reference i turn to Flash . And start working with basic shapes circles and lines , here is a past tutorial on aivault which will show you how. After i am done i export the lines as illustrator 8 document . After opening it up in illustrator i have a clean crisp line which is exactly what i want. This little girl is part of a digital stamps series that i am creating for Aifactory Crafters community , her name is Ella and she is sitting in a yoga pose here šŸ™‚ .

STEPĀ 2

Choose Color Pallette

After IĀ am done with the drawing IĀ turn to color palette and decide on colors with a set of squares filled up with color tones for reference .

It is a good idea to convert your choice of colors into swatches if you are going to proceed with coloring using live paint.

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In order to shift colors to swatches palette select a color and then from the tool bar drag and drop it into the swatches panel.

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STEPĀ 3

Coloring using palette

Once you have your color palette ready select your drawing which needs to be colored . you can easily navigate to next color by moving next arrow buttons on your keyboard. Select the color and then the paint bucket and start filling in the colors.

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Keep on coloring selecting colors and filling spaces up, what fun!

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After you are done filling in the basic flat fills you will now see a bounding box something similar to the one below . The whole drawing is at the moment one object , click on expand button you see on the top bar.

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Right click and ungroup , this will break every section apart.
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STEPĀ 4

Shading

I love using mesh tool in my coloring it is a very handy and useful little shading tool , select a section and after selecting the mesh tool and your desired color click anywhere on the flat shaped area.

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Continue with the shading wherever you require , more fun!!

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Now i will be using another useful technique to give form to the body of the girl . I chose to start with the face click on the shape area and create and reserve a copy of it.

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For her blushing cheeks create a circle with the same fill color as her face color . Select pink color and with mesh tool click anywhere in the middle of this circle.

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Make a copy of it and place on both cheeks. simple hun?!

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Now with the reserved face shape copy , using the knife tool cut out across the face somewhat like below

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Discard the middle section and bring the cutout shape over Ella’s face. Give it a slightly darker tone .

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you can further adjust it by reducing the transparency level as well.

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Now for the shape and form of the body i will repeat the same step

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Another way is just to choose the section , thanks to paint bucket and expand , we can easily select each section and slice it where it is and shade it.
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I placed a green circle behind Ella and clicked in the middle while picking up a lighter tone . Below you will see i played with it a bit further and drew a flower on her shirt and clicked a few more times with mesh tool using another tone for hair. And i am done! Ella is all done , sweet and cute , i love her!
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Ella is available for download through Aifactory store you can find her HERE

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