Water and reflections
I was sitting at my desk, thinking how much fun it would be to go wading in a stream, when I thought of this image. Coloring it can either be simple or complex. I am going to show you an advanced way of coloring it today. For this example, the light is coming basically from above.
I started with the water. I started with B12, feathered out from the center. Then I pushed back towards the image with a lot of colorless blender. This is how I achieved the really soft, trailing edge that looks almost watercolored. Then, I streaked in some BG15 and B45.
The base color on his skin is E000, and the pool toy is colored with YG05. I added a hint of shadow on the pool toy with B12, the same color I used on the water. I did this to tie the shadow colors into the reflected color of the blue of the water.
Next, I darken his skin tones and deepen the contrast on the shadows on the pool toy. Skin tones were layered E11 and E13. Notice his face is almost all in shadow, since his head is tilted down to look at the fish. His ears stick out and catch more ambient light, so they stay light.
I deepened the shadow on the pool toy with B45. I colored the spots with Y06. As the light is strong, I kept the coloring very simple. At the end I will add highlights back in as pure white to show the shiny, reflective inflatable toy.
I added highlights with Y02 to the tops of his ears, tip of his nose, and top of the arms.
I added another layer of E13 to his face around the nose to darken it even more, but I left off coloring the nose, to keep it looking like it sticks out of the face.
When you look at this image, compared to the second one, it is easy to see how contrast helps make the boy look more dimensional. His face and arm on the toy, in particular, look much more rounded.
Here is the final, color-corrected version of the artwork. On the final image I finished coloring his hair with E11 and Y02. (I started with the B12 simply to show you where it was on the hair. Otherwise, you could add it after you color the hair as well.) Then, I added Copic Opaque White to create the final white highlights and reflections on the pool toy, and water. Also, I added white streaks into his hair with opaque white, rather than trying to leave those fine details white.
The line image was drawn with a 0.2mm Multiliner SP and printed on color laser copier paper to be colored. I hope this helped you, have a great week, and I will see you next week at CHA in Chicago!