Coloring the Dark Magician : Part 1

Hey yall !! This isn't exactly a coloring tutorial, but i thought some of you might like to see how i color my work, so i chose my "Dark magic Attack" work for you guys !

Step 1 : Scan that sucker !

You might not think this is part of the coloring process, but it's important. After you've finished your line art (which i might do another post like this for in the future ), having a good clean scanner and a fresh paper on which your line art is that's not bent or dirty will me the coloring process much easier.

Step 2 : Clear that sucker up digitally !

Now i don't think every artist does this process, because it's not entirely necessary, especially if you've either inked your work or think that your lines are strong enough already. I don't most of the time, so i open up my handy picture editor (i use a software called Photo Suite ), adjust the constrast and VOILA !! cleaner looking line art !

Step 3 : a dash of color !

I use Open Canvas to color my work, the really old one though. You can get it for free here http://wistinga.online.fr/opencanvas/, you have to pay for newer (and i presume better ) versions of open canvas. Anyway, back to what i'm supposed to say here. (lol)

If you know what colors you want to use, that's already a good step in the right direction. Ctrl + Z is your friend, don't forget to use it when you make mistakes or want to experiment on what colors might look better for you.

Open canvas works with layers, so don't forget to open up a new one every time you want to tackle another phase of the coloring process. By the way, you should always divide your layers in different phases. I do the skin first, then hair & clothes, extra ( if there is another extra piece that's not human, like an object or item, for example my dark magician's staff here) and i always do backgrounds last.

Step 4 : Let there be light !

This is important and should be thought about as soon as you finish the line art. I'm talking of course about the the light in effects and shading. Now I don't know about you guys, but i can be pretty lazy sometimes , so upon experementing with open canvas i found an easy way to do it, and that my friend is the art of layer copying ! Layers are the key to my coloring style. But i won't go into detail... i've said to much...

hehehe, Part 2 will be for another time. Bye Bye for now !!

The Under Grand Hotel

Have you ever surfed the net and discovered something you consider a "Hidden Gem" ? Well i have when i discovered this fantastic yaoi comic.

Under Grand Hotel follows the story of two inmates ( Owari Sen, a Japanese exchange student convicted for murder, and Swordfish, a Black Drug Dealer crime boss and murderer ) who have both been sentenced to life in an inescapable prison where they will never see the light of day. The story quickly intrigues you as you get pulled in by the prison atmosphere filled with violence and fear and revs up as you see the beautiful illustrations and not to mention the DEVILISHLY HANDSOME AND DROP DEAD GORGEOUS CHARACTERS. Of course, this IS a Yaoi comic, so prepare yourself for some very intense and erotic sex scenes, that's right i'm talking Jail sex here.

The most entertaining part of the worlderful story would have to be the dangerous and raging romance that sparks up between it's two main protagonist, Sen and Sword, who are both STRAIGHT !!

I don't want to get to much into details because i don't want to ruin it for you, but this delightful tale includes twists, rape, violence, language, drama, and passion. It's very serious and is not all googly, sweet or sugar coated, which is something one might expect from a japanese yaoi comic, as i myself feared that the men would be too "girly", but i can garantee you that you won't find that here, which is why i strongly recommend you check this one out !

You can find all three Volumes here and download them for free : http://savefile.com/projects/119771.

As you can tell, I LOVED IT so i hope you will to. So now i'll leave you with this wonder full quote from the man who created this Hidden Gem :


Introduction : Hey There !!

Hi everybody, you may already
know me as K3rry from the Y!
gallery , or even Yrrek from Furaffinity, well now you can see all my Yaoi and other Stuff here ! Welcome to the Freelance at kslash.blogspot.com Everybody ! I'll be posting some of my works here exclusivly and many other things ( but mostly my beefed up slash-tastic yaoi ). I Hope this blog will allow me to get in touch with other great artist and viewers. For now, i've just opened up a poll that will close in 2 weeks, so please vote and you can see my current work here http://yaoi.y-gallery.net/user/k3rry/ .
BYE BYE for now ! and i will be
posting some of my stuff soon.
See you all then !