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Colouring Tutorial time by Arlowa Colouring Tutorial time by Arlowa
Edit: I should add! Keeping a reference photo of a real cat nearby is always good. Even if it's not the specific breed of cat you're drawing, you can learn a lot about it's colouring and how it reacts with light from a real photo.

Edit2!: I don't recommend using straight black for lineart. I suggest a darker version of your base colour. Black can look too harsh sometimes

I've had a couple of people ask me about how I colour cats, or just expressing that they like it.
*Aishun suggested I make a tutorial so I did!
I've never made one before so I'm sorry if it's confusing. It's very big so you'll have to download it to be able to see everything.

This cat was for a friend of mine (and will be posted with a batch of other requests soon), so there are watermarks all over the images.
I don't think it disrupts the images themselves since I made them very light, but I don't want them stolen.

Like it says, feel free to ask questions! I'm not sure I explained things very well there
(I know the time on the screen shots goes for a few hours, but it really doesn't take that long I promise! Was just saving my steps, eating, etc)
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:iconcheyenne-rose:
Cheyenne-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Tried to use it here, but the coloring and shading part failed Sweating a little...
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hmmm maybe I can update the tutorial then
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:iconcheyenne-rose:
Cheyenne-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No, I just don't have the right brushes :D
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:iconmelijan:
melijan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
do you make your linearts with a brush? I tried but failed :D
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I use the pen tool :D
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:iconmelijan:
melijan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay :) just have to practice more i suppose
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:icontokalasoul:
TokalaSoul Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love your style. ^^
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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:iconouter--science:
Outer--Science Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Question... how do you make more than one window? Like... to add your reference photos and stuff.
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Click the box that's beside the red X at the top of the image window and you'll be able to play with the size. When you open new windows you can place them next to your main drawing
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:iconouter--science:
Outer--Science Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Wait... I do not understand...
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
What program are you using? Sai?
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:iconouter--science:
Outer--Science Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Yesh.
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
[link] Maybe that will help
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:iconouter--science:
Outer--Science Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I get it now! Thankies :3
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:iconouter--science:
Outer--Science Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Thankies :3
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:iconrhokasaurus:
Rhokasaurus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Automatic Fav. :+fav:
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aw thanks :D
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:iconrhokasaurus:
Rhokasaurus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np :)
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:iconannmy:
AnnMY Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you smart O.o
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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:iconannmy:
AnnMY Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3
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:iconlightstarontoontown:
LightstaronToontown Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Paintool Sei doesn't work on my computer T^T, any other way I can do this?
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Any graphics program will do. What's up with Sai? Are you on a Mac?
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:iconlightstarontoontown:
LightstaronToontown Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah .-. It's my dad's old comp and my pc broke down bc of somebody. o_o..
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:iconjayeve:
JayEve Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
;Yay!! Thanks for giving meh the link :3
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Glad to help! :D
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:iconchameleocoonj:
chameleocoonJ Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is really nice! I'll be sure to look into this with my next pictures... he he! :D
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:iconarlowa:
Arlowa Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Do show me! :D
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:iconchameleocoonj:
chameleocoonJ Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) I will! ..after I finish some important stuff... :P
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Destynee33 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You explained everything very nicely! I like how you split it up on the two sides, the left being a big picture and the right with the details in words. I found this very helpful, and the next time I draw a cat I will be following. I never thought about using brown or blue on a gray cat, thanks for the tip! It sure does look better. Anyways, thanks for the amazing tutorial! :D
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Arlowa Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
When you're working, find a random stock photo of the colour cat you want, and try using the colour picker tool on it. It's great what you'll discover! Colours change depending on lighting too, (which is why I find it a lil silly to have the colours all hashed out on a ref sheet, unless it's being animated and has to stay that colour all the time).
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Destynee33 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm yes, very true! I usually use a ref just to find the base color and then I expand from that. Usually it takes me forever just using the color picker to get a color that looks good on my image as well as the photo. But still, thanks for the tip! :)
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