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Kathrine ([personal profile] spkathrine) wrote2010-10-03 02:30 pm

Does this mean I'm an artist now?

I completely suck at coloring. I know this and yet I still color some of my manga icons anyway. They look like crap, but I do it. A couple days ago I finally decide to check out a tutorial on how to color manga scans and put this Photoshop that takes up so much space on my harddrive to good use. For my coloring exploits I decided to use D.Gray-man chapter 199. And spent hours playing with Photoshop and forgetting about everything else. >>

Given that is the most recent chapter, these may be considered spoilers. And there's a Kanda/Alma-focus...but if you know the recent chapters...yeah.

This is my first completed colored panel and when I saw the finished product I started to question why the hell I had chosen not to use Photoshop for so long. Sure it's not the most perfect colored scan ever, but I still think it looks nice. Much better than the icons I color using just basic Photofiltre.

This one took a lot more work because of all that shading and I had no idea how to get rid of it without making the picture look weird. So I tried to get around it instead. Overall...I don't think I did too badly? I also changed up the image a bit more once I had turned it into a PNG file and here's the brighter version:

I chose yellow for all of the backgrounds because it's a bright contrast. Probably should have chosen a different color but oh well. I'm using the first scan with the hug as an icon for my Alma journal, but I have no idea what I'm going to do with the other one. *shrug* I just colored it because I love that scene.

[identity profile] erogenous.livejournal.com 2010-10-03 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
What? <3

You've been an artist since before I met you. And these are lovely.

[identity profile] sp-kathrine.livejournal.com 2010-10-03 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)

A literary artist maybe, but now I feel like I'm an actual arteest~ Except I still can't draw to save my life. XD;

Thanks so much for the vote of confidence though! I now have the urge to recolor all of my Rayflo icons...since they are plain and not made of Photoshop awesome. ...I have no idea how I will find the time.

[identity profile] erogenous.livejournal.com 2010-10-03 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
One word: icons.

I've heard it's an excellent practice to concentrate on right brain things like photoshopping and iconing. It stimulates the left brain, and overall complements your writing.

Hmm. Speaking of, I need to make icons myself. :)

[identity profile] sp-kathrine.livejournal.com 2010-10-03 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
That makes a lot of sense really. Stimulating one side of the brain to keep up by working with the other. Though I haven't written fic in...a long time. RP has taken over my writing. XD

I should fix that one of these days. It's October. Maybe I should seriously think about doing NaNoWriMo this year.

ICONS~ I have a commission (sort of) to do, I should probably get on that. When I'm done coloring this other Alma scan.