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Tutorial: Coloring Technique - Lines Flats Shading by ConceptCookie Tutorial: Coloring Technique - Lines Flats Shading by ConceptCookie
The wait is over, you can now watch the zombie clown tutorial below!

Watch the Full Video Tutorial HERE


Tutorial: Lines, Flats, Shading

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

In this Citizen tutorial Tim Von Rueden takes you through the standard ways artists go about their process in coloring and shading their pieces! The first of this series is the “Lines, Flat Colors, and Shading” tutorial with the Zombie Clown bust. Stay tuned for more as we develop this series.

What you’ll learn in this tutorial

Below are the major 4 techniques artists use to go about creating their digital art pieces! The processes are vastly different but they have some similarities in able to produce similar results.

1. Lines, Flat Colors, Shading

The most well known technique is the first one on the list. In this technique we take a sketch, clean it up with a solid lineart and then lay base colors as the foundations. From there we take a look at how lighting would interact with the subject matter and shade it appropriately.

2. Greyscale

The second most known technique builds foundations that are purely focused on value and how lighting affects the different materials and textures of the subject matter. This technique is great for building accuracy but the trick is knowing how to take this and add color onto the greyscale.

3. Blocking it Out

This represents starting from silhouettes or just blocking out the different shapes that represent what you are trying to create. This focuses on the idea that everything can be broken down into the fundamentals to create your subject matter through the process of detailing.

4. Organizing Chaos

The final process is the most free and open to interpretation. When you’re creating your pieces you have to start visualizing and create form out of the chaos you’ve laid out before you. You pull shapes and subject matters out of the mess and slowly but surely a piece will come alive!

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:iconivanmelitopol:
IvanMelitopol Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  New member
Ugly and beautiful in same time :) cool stuff
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LocoPapo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Awesome results!
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alaxdas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow...
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Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Artist
amazing detail :D
* the eyes O-O *
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Ryusoko Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice!! 
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KeshtkarArtem Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
nice. thanks for manual!
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KatchArt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love this!
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:iconcoinimus:
Coinimus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME½!
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Vaskania Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did this course ever come out? I thought I saw it was slated for Feb, but I've had a hell of a time trying to find it.
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wastugejrot Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014   Digital Artist
when you paint at top of the line ? can't wait for this course and know how this do it
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Once the lines become irrelevant, I typically hide the layer containing the lineart work. So that typically happens a little after I lay down all the base colors.
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KCV7129 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That eye.....wow
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B-tot Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing! i love that it's some kind of cartoon figure instead of a more realistic creature or something!

Awesome work! 
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aggvmm Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
REMARKABLE.
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DarkHeru Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Interface Designer
brutal!
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:iconlenardsalceda:
LenardSalceda Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"Grandma I told you not to follow me here!"
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Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's fucking amaizing
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DouchinUrMahogany Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah creepy.. but cool c:
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WonderSara Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool :)
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kym-cookiemonster Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool, the drawing and the tutorial too
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:iconmaripon:
Maripon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Brant-loser Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is helpful, and the painting itself is awesome too
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NeMangaWolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
how did you do the light brighter? and the textures? o_o I'm amazed about it!!
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll talk more about that in the tutorial. Usually this is done in the final process of editing the "levels" or the "contrast"
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NeMangaWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
great, i'll wait for it :D
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MrIrish963 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I really like this set up, Each step really helps show really what is done in between steps and what is done next. Thank you.
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:iconrickyrico:
rickyrico Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really great!:la:
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Artmeans321 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aswesome talent !:) (Smile) 
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Gabyhi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
wow!! this is impressing ( *0*) what i like the most are those eyes :heart: they seem so real D:! great job!
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TabathaZee Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I think it's wonderful that you're demonstrating so many different shading techniques... It's important to experiment with a few different types when you're starting out to get a feel for what method you like to work with. There are pros and cons to each and it's a good idea to play around with different types until you find what works for you/the particular piece you're working on.
As someone just starting with digital line art myself, I really enjoy this series thus far.
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed full heartedly. I wanted to show that there isn't just ONE way of working up your colors. There are many ways and I want to showcase four of them!
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d3xk0ntr0l Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Impressive... Great Job! I like the eyes expression of your pictures!!!
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TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Why do so many artists draw on a dark canvas? What is the benefit of it?
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l1lshadow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The surroundings affect the way you perceive the picture. If the background is white, the art(in this case a character) will appear darker. Likewise, if the background is complete black it will appear lighter. Also, a bright background causes contrast in a less helpful manner by taking away attention from the art. The art appear clearer when you put it in a darker background which means you can easily work with it. Try watching videos with dark background surrounding it as opposed to a white one and you'll see what I mean.
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TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
You are talking about the end result. We both agree on that. I can understand choosing light or dark for the background once the drawing is done.
What has always puzzled me is having a dark canvass WHILST DRAWING. Sometimes the final drawing won't even have a dark background but the artist temporarily darkens the canvass during the drawing process, as if it helps them somehow.
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l1lshadow Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
No I am not. If the image is not clear while you are working on it, then it is hard to work with.
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:iconthegodofpegana:
TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
My mistake. I re-read your comment. I get it now. Thanks. I'll try that for my next drawing.
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CreativeVortx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
It's easier to create contrast on a grey background. Since you're starting right in the middle, you can go light or dark very easily.
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:iconthegodofpegana:
TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I'll have to try that and see if it makes my colouring experience easier. Cheers.
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JakkalWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
For me, it's easier on my eyes.
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TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I'll have to try and see if it's easier on my eyes as well.
Sometimes at the end of a 5-hour digital session my eyes are just to red volcano craters.
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MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist
I start with a white or transparent one but whe I want to fill colours, I add a dark (or contrasting) background to catch the places where I haven't filled up well or left uncoloured. I don't keep it (usually) for the final piece.
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TheGodofPegana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
That's a very good tip!
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MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist
:) Try it out, it helps a lot. I guess that artists then choose to keep it if it looks good. I usually choose some kind of grey or brown, but sometimes I might go for a mustard yellow or whatever suits that specific piece.
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ValentineHearts Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you merge your lineart in step 5/6? 
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I paint on top of it but I will talk about going through both methods in the tutorial and even how you can work with coloring the linework itself. 
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ParkdaleArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I look forward to this, coloring or getting rid of lineart is a massive hurdle that I haven't seen discussed before 
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is definitely something that I have been wanting to show since it's been requested so often. I will certainly cover how do to so in the tutorial.
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ValentineHearts Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
(: I've been looking for a more accurate way to paint with actually using linework; so getting to see this is actually pretty helpful (I always love seeing more from you!). You wouldn't happen to tell the brushes you used when you do create the tutorial would you? 
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, glad to hear you enjoy our work =] As for the brushes used, I worked with the soft and hard edge basic brushes along with the chalk brush and actually our gold flake texture brush for the texturing on top. You can download the brushes here: cgcookie.com/concept/resource-…
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