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Coloring Technique Preview: Greyscale Step by Step by ConceptCookie Coloring Technique Preview: Greyscale Step by Step by ConceptCookie
After being asked by Kent to sculpt a creature concept, went ahead and recorded the process, with no real tutorial in mind but led to the idea of doing a tutorial on coloring done with a greyscale technique. 

Many artists work this way and build up their values before adding color! It's a great way to focus on lighting without worrying about color balance, harmony, saturation, etc.

Look forward to that happy accident sometime after the Cecelia course 
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:iconmsnur:
msnur Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
sorry for asking but, what does the greyscale do before starting adding colors?
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
working in greyscale helps understand values. A lot of painters tend to use greyscale first because it helps the eye determine if the composition and lighting look correct to the viewer. Some artists even tend to limit their range of values to help express individual style. 
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msnur Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I see! Thanks for the info! 
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ArtByEvo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015   Digital Artist
Kinda reminds me of Scratch from Ice Age movies but as a reptile. :D

Very nice!
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NobleValerian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Shared this on my blog today  :)

www.noblevalerian.com/da-favou…
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attiliovascas Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional
wow this is really usefull! thanks ;)
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Elmo04 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks like hes giving the look Randall gives in Monsters Inc xD
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:icon2p54:
2P54 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors sort of remind me of Spiderman's outfit. Really neat way of coloring!
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simon0sox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
make on PS? D: really really awesome!
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lordsavino Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
when is this tutorial coming?? i cant find it on cgcookie
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's been put on the back burner while other tutorials and content are taking top priority unfortunately
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liark2z Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant wait for this tutorial! I really want to paint in this way
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Wannab3Otaku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A very well organized step by step tutorial! :D Except, I'm a bit confused on how you "refined" the painting after putting down the values. When I use the greyscale method, I could never seem to figure out how to refine and clean it after putting down the values :/ Is there some sort of technique? Or is it just being patient with an eraser? :P
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I like to start out with a larger brush to lay out the values and then get smaller as I refine the details. This goes for the eraser tool as well. Hope this helps =]
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Wannab3Otaku Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh i see! thanks!
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Funky-Intuition Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Great tutorial!
One quick question though; How do you "lose the lines"? Do you simply delete them,
or do you blend them into the grey scale?
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Whichever seems to work better for the scenario, I often draw over the lines but if the lines are on it's own layer, I would hide that layer. 
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Funky-Intuition Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Oh ok! Thank you so much for the reply!
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Vonstrous Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is awesome! imma try this :D
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DouchinUrMahogany Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super cool !
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TracyWong Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aww he lost his hair. heheh

This is actually one of my favorite ways to color, the grayscale technique. I'm curious as to the way you guys go about colorizing the grayscale though so I might have to check it out (if it's not too much). :)
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Izene Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
Thanks for sharing

May I ask how did you add the colours?
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It will go more in depth through the tutorial, but basically you can first create a new layer and set the layer style to "color" or "hue" and then paint your colors over the greyscale image without losing the values already set!
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Izene Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Most tutorial uses overlay and for reason I just can't do that.
Thanks, I'll try the "color" or "Hue" next time. :)
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d3xk0ntr0l Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Great job, i like this Picture. Reminds me of the ice age squirrel.
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ha now i see that as well. Good reference
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CraftyPixel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- Perfect :) -
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:iconobsiron:
Obsiron Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So simple but just perfect <3
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LordFou Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx!
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I always ask a lot of artists about that and almost all of them do greyscale first. I find it hard sometimes to add the color to the greyscale though. Cool!
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tangnamoo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
at first i thought its spiderman's limb
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lol, hard to unsee now.
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:iconjiacchi:
Jiacchi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So, i'm not the only one..? :O
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SunsetBobby Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great, thanks a bunch :D
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Xsuprio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This always looks so comprehensive (to not use the word easy), but then when I try... :iconshit:

Nevertheless... this is great and I will take another look at it when I have delusions of grandeur once more.
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Keep practicing and I'm sure you'll get better in time!
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Xsuprio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:iconherotimeplz: Yus!
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NvEldrith Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
tis to bad that i dont do digital art, ive been sticking to traditional since its what i know and i dont think its possible to do gray scale first with out having it turn out weird looking
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This will be the tutorial for you then! It explains the process of working strictly greyscale and how to add color afterwards.
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lpjonathan2011 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Awesome!
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TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
 I made a drawing recently that started with greyscale and it's probably because I don't master it but it felt like SUCH a waste of time!!
I'm a lot faster when I start colouring straight away and then simply add shades and light.
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I feel the same way. I almost always start in color and have fun exploring color harmony and expressing emotions through saturation and color combinations. But this is a technique that many artist use and may work for other artists. 
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Voxejst Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I'll get you...and your little dog too!!!
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