how to color anime style

How to Color Anime Style

Step 1.

Ok! Let's get started! I just drew a fast sketch. It's good for planning. : )

Step 2.

Line art! I just kinda traced my sketch.

Step 3.

I'm going to lay down my base colors now.

Step 4.

Using several different tones, I add some shading to the skin. I used the blur tool to blend the colors too.

Step 5.

Time to shade the hair! Hair has cleaner and crisper lines, so don't blur too much!

Step 6.

Oops! Just realized I didn't add a base color for the sweaters. > < Sorry about that!

Step 7.


Step 8.

Now zoom in really close for the eyes! The eyelid casts a shadow, so I just added a gradation to add a little more depth to my drawing. Also, have fun with the eyes!

Step 9.


Step 10.

Almost done! Just add shading and highlights to all the accessories!!

Step 11.

Shade the stuffed cat heads/rainbow/banana/pillows! Then add a background and adjust the colors. All done!

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Uploaded: June 21, 2014
Artist: hana123123123
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: June 21, 2014
P.O.V: 3/4
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Artist comments

I drew this for a contest and felt like making a tutorial out of it. : ) These are not my characters! They belong to the amazing @enzuko (follow them on deviantart!!)who is hosting the contest!I hope you find this tutorial helpful!