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Dang so this is the biggest file ever, haha.

This is a quick (?) walkthrough of how I did the colors for the most recent page, using the first panel as an example.

I was going for a more general overview here, more of my thought process than a set of instructions of how to color like I do. Personally I don't think you should color the way I do, I take kind of a long time and anyways, everyone should develop their own style.

If you're one of those people who NEEDS TO KNOW RIGHT NOW what settings and such I use, here is a list for you:
- fill tool
- gradient tool
- default round brush
- default soft brush
- dropper tool

As of March is use Photoshop CS4, and as of last month I use a Wacom Cintiq (before that I was using an Intuos 3)/
I don't use fancy brushes or settings in Photoshop other than messing with opacity and pressure.

And my final color file for this page had these layers:
- Frame + Text
- Lines
- Soli Shading
- Soli Base Color
- Room Details (several layers flattened into one file)
- Room Shadows
- Room
- Base

Google Sketchup, a free and simple 3-D modeling program, is available here.

Hope that satisfies your curiosity :)

The Meek (c) me

My other tutorials:
Pose tutorial
Expression tutorial
Hand tutorial
Foot tutorial
Ladies tutorial
Fellas tutorial
Face tutorial

Commission Tutorial
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:iconone-eyehitomi:
One-eyeHitomi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Lol googleing everything is pretty much how I found this awesome artist! XD
Thank you for this. X3
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emilee1404 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
THE CHINCHILLA.

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Dahnell Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I love how you googled "everything"

I do too :D
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Tetrodoxin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I come back to this tutorial over and over again but only now I realized I hadn't faved this. Oh well, got that fixed. :lol:
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Aposteri Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting use of Trimble SketchUp.
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Rhith Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
All your tutorials are wonderful, they're some of the easiest I've found to follow, while going into enough depth that you actually learn!
Sorry for the fave spree <3
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Varflock Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great tutorial. : )

I've got a question about Sketchup. I checked its license for the free version and it says it's only for non-commertial use. It means I can't sell anything created in that program but can something made based on it be sold? I know they have no way to check it.
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Aster1os Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you could sold something based on it 'cause first, nobody will never knew if it has been created on SketchUp or not ( except you Wink/Razz ) and secondly this is not SkecthUp that you show, it's your drawing =P (Razz) 
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Caoscreator Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
cool process, thanks for sharing
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M-L-Prometheus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Wonderful. One of the best coloring tutorials I've seen yet.
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DisturbingGreen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS
I NEED THIS SO BADLY
AND NOW HERE IT IS
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P4thogen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
[AGGRESSIVELY SAVES THIS IN MY WEBCOMIC REFERENCE/FLUFF FOLDER AND ON THREE SEPARATE USB STICKS]

Your tutorials have always been my absolute favorite and I know I wouldn't be half the artist I am now without them.
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Sashimi18 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, even if I had just browsed a few of your excellent tutorials, I did not think that you would forget the chinchilla. I did not. Chinchilla sprite 
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Painted-Panda Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omgomgomgomg this is beautiful.
Thank you for making this!
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Lakorvin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wahaha thats chinchilla XD
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definitelynotangie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
thankyou Love Love (even though this is hella old)
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SaxonVoter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student
I know this is old, but this is really nice! Thanks! ^^
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Lizzy-Sakura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial. 
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Chimera-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
cool and useful stuff you got here. Thanks for sharing!
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AsianAnimeGamer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
But... How can I google things when I'm behind the great firewall?
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Tatchu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, reeeeal sweet! I have the annoying habit of picking "correct" colors for everything. This mostly confuses the eye, seeing there's no pointer towards what's important and not. Thanks for sharing!
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koonitchi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this !!
This will be very useful !!
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Niveal-Sedulo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
 I got it ... chinchila
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shamethedawg Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant tutorial, one of the best I've read. Thank you so much!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No prob!
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asckii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, great tutorial ;)
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OOSHIZ - I have just gone through like half of your tutorials before realising that you're the guy who did The Meek. I thought your art style was familiar...
Anywho, love these tutorials. Would like the webcomic to start again, but I get that its not looking likely now..

Also, loving the chinchillas.
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Opnast Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL I feel like an idiot but after seeing Step 05. I went back to The Meek - 3.07 and checked to see if there was actually a chinchilla in the background. I was slightly surprised when I found out that the scene was lacking chinchilla. xD
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isrslyhavenoidea Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thank you for posting such a helpful tutorial! :D
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shingworks Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for reading :)
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Neelai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for a great tutorial :-D
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DesuShitfaceMcNigger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Step 5 made me lol XD
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theta-ix Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artist
This is totally awesome and inspirational. I used the sketchup and coloring stuff on a comic I've been meaning to start for forever: [link]

A couple questions--do you use the dark-to-light technique for everything, or only in dark scenes like this? Also, how'd you determine the base color you started with?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Depending on what kind of coloring you do, you want to use a different technique. Sometimes it's nice to have a light color coming through from below, for example you can look at `loish since she's done that a few times on her rougher paintings. Basically you should experiment and find out what looks best for the mood you're trying to achieve, it helps to work from a photo ref or even another artist's work if you find it helpful or inspirational.

You should set the base color based on the mood of the piece. This doesn't always need to be the base color of the piece if you're painting over it. Like for a night scene, you might be tempted to use blue at the base. I might go for bright purple instead and paint blue over it, you'll get a more interesting feel out of it than if you went with the more simple choice. For painting skin you could paint bright orange on the body first, like light through blood, then add skin on top. That will give the skin more life and vibrance (just some examples, and of course variations are extremely useful as well).
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Silver786 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Writer
I LOVE THIS CHINCHILLA
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shingworks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Who can resist him??
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Silver786 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Writer
No one, obviously :iconloveloveplz:
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Snecka Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're real good at making me understand so easily! Wow.
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Ziggyman Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just keep with the chinchilla.
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cantucci Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
aieeeeeeeh.
Nice tut/walkthrough/how-to/dsfuishy-a-hufdfyhd or whatever you want to call it.
And the chinchilla... THE CHINCHILLA.
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varialome Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would you make a video tutorial of this ??
please please please X 10
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Wolfos1232 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Generally, we make concept art before we model them, but you say we should model them first? PARADOX!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Model them before you draw them, at least. You should probably concept first, but for the purposes of this tutorial I had a pretty good idea in mind of what I wanted already so the sketchup phase was the same as the concepting phase.
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iROCKthouSUCK Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooo much!!;u; I learned a lot! *O*<3
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shingworks Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No prob :3
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tankgirly Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
This is really helpful. Breaking down all the elements step by step. thank you.
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:iconshingworks:
shingworks Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No prob :)
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Luminous-Eve Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
OH MAN I've never heard of sketchup before. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Also, your tutorial is very nice. =)
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sailorsmula Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Wo, you're great with sketchup! Coud you please make some tutorials for this, too?
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4040404 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
dude
this isn't a coloring walkthrough, this is a how to build a believable background and shade it appropriately walkthrough
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