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OUTDATED Art Style References by Detective-May OUTDATED Art Style References by Detective-May
I realise I have a few different coloring art styles and people who ask for commissions sometimes say it is difficult to find a piece of my artwork with some sort of coloring style to link to me as a reference.

The person is actually Aoki Lapis, and I just realised I shouldn't have posted this reference sheet... the original was supposed to be for a birthday present... oh well lets hope she doesn't see this hee hee.

Top row, left to right:

1: Just the base colors, it's very bland and I absolutely hate doing it because of the time consumed simply just coloring in those narrow parts of the hair or erasing anything that goes over the lineart.

2: My standard style where I just use the brush and blending tools, also known as the lazy-style. Notice that I don't bother highlighting each chunk of hair and instead just adds a halo. Aside from the shading on the skin and clothing, I don't bother shading the hair properly I just make the lower parts darker. Example: [link]

3: This is where I simply just use the airbrush tool to shade and then add highlights, I actually start with dark base colors then slowly lighten bits with the airbrush. It gives it that neon/glowing effect, not my kind of style anymore (it was actually my original coloring style when I used artweaver). Example: [link]

4: This is where I just use textures, I don't bother shading because the textures kinda do it for me. The textures used on the hair is actually the same texture I use for jewels, golden accessories, metals, etc. It's a style I don't like because it doesn't always look nice but for some reason one person wanted it so... Example: [link]

Middle row, left to right:

5: Cheap, simple style that I have seen some artists who have problems shading, use. There is no lineart for this one. I also made the colors dull to give it that cold effect. This is a new style that I just found and decided to try out.

6: The art style I currently use, again I am using a texture that gives it that almost traditional effect. I actually color in the lineart to make it match the coloring, almost. This style is the one I spend the most time on because I actually use a lot of layers to get stronger shading, I'm also blending a lot more colors together. Example: [link]

7: The coloring style is from number 2 but all I did was make it look like the background is really bright. Sometimes this backfires as I get many comments screaming "MY EYES!!!". But it's actually quite a nice simple technique if you can't think of backgrounds. Example: [link]

8: The coloring style is from number 2 again, all I did was add a shadow. It gives it that 3d effect, some say it looks like she is floating. The shadow doesn't have 100% opacity so when there's a colorful background the shadow doesn't look out of place. Example: [link]

Bottom row, left to right:

9: The coloring style is from number 2 again, I just used dull colors to give it that icy cold effect. Useful if the background is a winter theme. Example: [link]

10: The coloring style is from number 2 again, but I made it black and white because some people like it that way.

11: The coloring style is from number 2 again, this is what I call a ghostly style. I've only really used it twice, once on a ghost character [link] and here [link]

12: Manga style~ I only put that there because I had an empty space so I just pasted the lineart and added some shading. This is the first time I have tried it so it sucks. Zoom in to see it.

Well thanks for reading, I hope this helps with picking a particular coloring style when you order a commission from me~
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MendedDragon Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like 3, 7, and 9 the most to be completely honest with you :dummy:
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Fuzzyflanks Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uwaaah your art is so versatile oAo I love all the styles >u< especially 6
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wow may, this is awesome! =D I love the folds in number three, and number seven's epic~
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wingz-G Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you actually have the cutest style, MAY :D
amggg, i wish i had the guts to try to make something like this xD but frankly, i can't grasp a solid colouring style if my life depended on it~ im actually quite jealous of you :)
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Detective-May Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! WINGZ YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO ME WHEN YOU SAY MY STYLE IS CUTE!!! 8'D

thankyou~ >w<

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wingz-G Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, never lose your style :D it's just.... so unique! and cute man I love it!
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Detective-May Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I won't~ I actually do like this style so hopefully (unless I get better or something), I'll try to keep it as long as possible~

Thanks again dude!
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RebelionRoja Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Number 7 is wonderful
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Detective-May Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :)
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RebelionRoja Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome c:
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