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OUTDATED Art Style References by Detective-May OUTDATED Art Style References by Detective-May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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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ATCFan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
wow may, this is awesome! =D I love the folds in number three, and number seven's epic~
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wingz-G Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Number 7 is wonderful
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Detective-May Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :)
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RebelionRoja Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome c:
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