TIPS, TECHNIQUES & TUTORIALS
So many people have asked for a video tutorial on water drops and now it's finally here! This is the fourth in a series of grayscale coloring tutorials featuring the coloring of the talented grayscale colorist, Jones Flores. In this tutorial, Jones teaches us how to color water drops using the leaf from the "Beautiful Nature" grayscale coloring book.
Many of you may have seen the tips that Jones provided on how to color water drops. I've included the tips below in case you haven't seen them or if you'd like a refresher. Now we have expanded on those tips with a full video walking you through all the details from how to do the background around the drops to the drops themselves. All color names and materials are explained in the video as well as instructions on each layer of color and type of stroke or pressure to use.
Even if you aren't a grayscale colorist you will still find this tutorial helpful because the techniques transfer very nicely to line art. The grayscale water drops are excellent practice for learning where the highlights and shadows should appear on a water drop.
Click the video below to start watching. I hope you find it helpful!
*Note: if the video is too "speedy" then just enter the video link (https://youtu.be/rv7_mMOW80o) at www.youtubeslow.com and you can slow the video down to the best speed for you.
Jones' Tips on Coloring Water Drops
Outline each water drop with a thin black line (or other dark color) and highlight the light area of the drop with white. Then, follow the grayscale for determining the lightness or darkness of color to use for the rest of the drop, choosing colors from the same color palette used for the rest of the leaf. You'll notice that the drops often have some shading near the edges of the drop, this extra shading helps with the 3D effect.
Remember, the contrast of the darkest and the lightest colors are what bring out that nice 3D effect on the water drops.