Hey guys. I decided to take photos of some of the coloring steps while working this afternoon. Some areas of a picture have more layers of color than others, some fewer. It varies.
Copics are semi-transparent, so the colors that are laid down first tend to affect the next layers. Often my base color is completely covered by a later color. This may make the base color seem pointless. But, that color helps me get a richer tone. As a result, I consider the time spent laying the base down worth it.
Here's the steps the dragon in 'Rooftop' went through.
First layer... Y15-Cadmium Yellow.
Second layer... R14-Light Rouge with Y15 used for blending.
Third layer... R27-Cadmium Red with R14 and Y15 used for blending.
Fourth layer... R89-Dark Red with R27 and R14 used for blending.
Fifth layer... this is where things got interesting. Lost of little details were added at this layer. BV23-Grayish Lavender was used to add the spots on the wings. BV25-Grayish Violet and BV29-Slate were used to darken the shadows. W5, W7, and W9 (all Warm Grays) were used to darken the hands and tail tip. After all this, B63-Light Hydrangea and BG23-Coral Sea were added to the lighter areas to give the highlights a slightly bluish tinge.
The dragon still wasn't finished at this point. More highlights were added later with a colored pencil and a white gel pen. Those needed to wait until the rest of the picture was colored.
Hopefully this quick look at the image in progress was interesting.
"A jug fills drop by drop."