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SAI Anime Coloring Tutorial by Shei99 SAI Anime Coloring Tutorial by Shei99
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....i'm...really sorry if it's not very good tutorial lol~ (and pretty messy tbh.) it's my first time. Since some asked me to make it, i thought i should just go ahead. if you have anymore question just ask me lol. I'm pretty sure i left alot out.

It's not that hard to paint using SAI, after you get used to the brushes, it should be easy. Do practice pictures with others line art if need to get used to it. Don't worry if you mess up, EVERYONE STARTED OUT A NOOB :P we learn and get better lol. Art is 90% practices after all.

this is the final product.



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ichigohoshii Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  New Deviant
I dont know if this is the right place to ask but since you mentioned wacom tablet i thought I would ask. Im having problems with my tablet could you help me with it or can you advice me where I should ask to get help?
Shei99 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
What kind of problem? 
Have you tried Wacom website? They probably got those FAQs of problems. Also I found they got customer support here
ichigohoshii Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  New Deviant
Thank you so much^^
Zaronie-animation Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Loved it!
Shinkurasha Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. This has helped me greatly
Nastia31 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Arigato^^ This help me a lot & nice(~) tutorial. I like those chibis, they're SO Kawaii ^3^
pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi, first of all dood great tutorial, it's very helpful and entertaining. good job on that,
second I wanna ask, when you did the hair, was the "inside"of the hair outline the only thing you erased an not all of it?
also do you lower your lineart opacity when you're about to merge it all?
Shei99 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Sorry for late reply. Yeah I lower my lineart opacity by -10% or so. I usually just erase the inner lines and keep the outer lines of the hair. 
pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's okay, you might be busy or something, I appreciate getting back to me XD
thanks, do you change the color of the lineart like the clothes, skin etc X(
Shei99 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
These days I usually use brown for skin and shade darker than the clothes' color for my lineart. I don't like thick lineart tho so I like making it less visible but you can keep the color black if you want. ^^
pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is you skin palette close to the light/white part? cause mine is
and that makes giving the light color difficult cause I can't put white but
anything else I use kinda won't show X( plus I need the white for highlight
and sadly I can't use the surrounding for reflection light sometimes and
now I'm rambling and sorry if it's confusing ,,oh and my lineart
sometimes is .07 which is the lowest I can get yet it's still visible XD
Shei99 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Yeah my skin palette is usually pale. I use darker orange shade for shadow and blend in a little pink, lighter orange, or grayish blue to make the shadow look more colorful. 
If you don't know what color to use look at other artists pics and borrow that color scheme until you get the one you want. ^^
Looking at others works is really good way to learn and practice. 

pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah, wow thanks, I nver thought of orange, I usually pick yellow-ish
I still got a long way, Im pretty much color impaired XD

I try to get away from that habit of looking a other peoples color style
but I guess I need to learn it before I could master it XD

I regret not paying attention to anything related to art at school XD
Shei99 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
It depend on lighting. 
I use orange and pink if the lighting is really bright. For darker lights, I like purple and blue tone mix into the shadow :3

LOL yeah but art is mostly self learn anyway. You just need to do observations and get good references. Do you have Pixiv account?
You should get one. There are alot of great artists on there 
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ParadoxicalLuck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Favourited for great justice!

Thank you so much for this tutorial.
Shei99 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Hope I can help ^^
turbulance-vodka Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well . . your tutorial and style is good but I think you are a terrible teach . first, I can't find any tool with the name Waterbrush in SAI , I'm figuring it willbe Water Tool but who knows if you use different tool. Second is the Brush, the example above is you refine and smoothen the shadow with the brush but seems like I can't make the shadow smoother, because the brush is too thick and ruined everything. I think the problem is within the set up but since you didn't mention any set ups, like dillution, persistence or etc, so I'm at lost here what should I do, because the turn out is very different from the example you gave. That's it, please be more specific . But after all I appreciate the Tutorial ^^b
KeroKeroJin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The waterbrush is the watercolor brush and you can also adjust the brush size for every type of brush, blur and erasor. Try experimenting because everyone has they own style.
Also one tool that most tablet users miss out is the stabiliser.
annette-edelweiss Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow!cute random chibi youve drawn!
radwayxp Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial!
abc-human Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I need SaI... All I have is auto desk. T^T
Shei99 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Ipanlubiss Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
What this app? Photoshop or what?
Shei99 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
SAI. It's a Japanese program lol
It's pretty easy to use tho and definitely prefer this over PS for lineart.
Ipanlubiss Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
O.O Sokka
I'll try that app, thank's for your info and tutor xD
Shei99 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
No prob~ glad I can help cuz usually I suck at teaching :P
CrazyBurger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TheEditCat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I.Suck.At.This XD I tried but im not good at drawing o-o nice info though!
Shei99 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
LOL don't worry~ it just take practice :P
TheEditCat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
A-D-I-L Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
amaaaaaazing really impressive thank youuu
Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really inspiring! Thank you for taking the time to share this! Your art rocks!
Tsureiyu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this! still trying to find a style, this might help (:
Shei99 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Glad I can help ^ ^
Finding a style is really hard at first
eienflower Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The way you color is awesome!! :D I'm going to learn this someday xDD
Chanea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for making this
Shei99 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
No problem ^ ^
glad if I can help a little bit ^ ^
Mimi-Chouw Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOLILOL, I love the "I'm really sorry if it's not a very good tutorial"
Basicly, it's a tutorial to help us so I don't think anyone will come complain !
And it's actually a very good and helpful tutorial, well made !
Thank's a lot a lot a lot a lot for this amazing tutorial *o*
Shei99 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I'm glad
Actually I suck at teaching so IDK if it's going to be helpful XD
i just usually end up giving the answer to someone math question when I'm suppose to help them solve it XD
Wolfqueencutie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im confused about deleting the lineart for the hair? could you explain it a little bit more, im confused lolxD
Shei99 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
It's just my style. I hate how the black line art look with color hair so i tend to either recolor it, or use the lineart as base and redraw the hair lines with the marker tool then erase the lineart for the hair.
Wolfqueencutie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh I get it now, thanks:)
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
When creating the shadows, do you use either a darker color from the palette, or do you usually use the base color and set the brush's setting on "multiply"?
SynthesizedAria Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Very helpful ^_^
Thanks a lot, and the pic is awesome as well!
1photoghrapher37221 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
what does Cs5 stand for?
Shei99 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
CS5 is a photoshop program ^ ^
xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make this look so easy =_=
Julien12826 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a very good tutorial, huh? We have a different definition of not very good. xD
It covers most of what people want to know, in laymen's terms. It's ingenious.

Also, I kinda have a question about the line art. You use a 0.5 size pen tool, but just how big is the canvas?
I imagine this pen tool size doesn't apply to 500x500 px images or so (just an example, not related to the answer I'm hoping for.

What is the ideal canvas to work on according to you?
Shei99 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thx lol :P
Well it's mostly because I suck at teaching people so I wasn't sure if it's good or not but i'm glad it's helpful for you ^ ^

My canvases are usually 1200 x 1600 and then I'll resize it when i'm done to make it easier to post on DA. I usually prefer slightly bigger canvases than that when I have to do more details.
Julien12826 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll remember that. Atm I'm working on a 1366x716 canvas, of which I'll probably cut the width to half. Thing is, my line art is to thick so I didn't know what would be good.

I'm gonna redo the line art on a larger canvas with a smaller pen tool. Thanks for the help^^
It may seem like nothing, but this was an important matter to me^^"
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