So, you are new to project character art, eh? Don't know where to start? Here's a guide to get you started. Hope it helps!
Creating Basic Image Edit
Pelt Colors Edit
- We're just starting on our image, and first you'll have to go get a copy of a warrior blank, depending on the description of the cat you are doing. For this part, we'll use Mumblefoot as a warrior.
- Once you have him open in paint, you'll have to choose his pelt color. To do so, goto the tab that says "Colors" and go to "Edit colors...". Adjust it to a natural color of brown (or whatever color you need) and fill it into the blank.
- And there's your pelt color!
- NOTE: With a black cat, the pelt would be dark gray. Look at images such as Nightstar and Hollyleaf for examples.
Coloring the Eye Edit
- After your pelt is colored, It's time to color the eye or eyes. This is pretty simple.
- Basicly, set the eye color like we chose the pelt color. Fill in the whole eye with that color.
- Then, select a slightly darker color and paint underneath the top and the pixels around the pupil with it. This is part of the eye's shading, but be sure to leave some of the natural eye color showing. This step may not be needed.
- Next, choose an even darker color and only color in the pixels at the top of the eye with it.
- Finally, add a black pupil (usually one or two pixels) and one pixel of white in both eyes. You're done!
- NOTE: On the blanks of warriors, apprentices, and blanks with eyes similar to them, you may want to erase a few black outline pixels when coloring the eye.
- Here are examples of the eyes in different blanks:
Shading and Highlights Edit
Shading Warriors, Deputies, and Medicine Cats Edit
- This will be the second hardest step. There are two styles of shading; Normal and Directional. First, I'll show you the Normal style.
Normal Shading Edit
- This is the style of shading that you will see on most images submitted and accepted. Here are some examples:
- White-eye Mistyfoot Mudfur
- So we have our eye and pelt filled in on Mumblefoot, but he looks very flat. Lets add shading and highlights to him. To do so, grab a copy of GIMP, Photoshop, or go to Pixlr and open up the saved image. Once you have done that, run over the areas that shading is needed with the "Burn Tool". In Photoshop, you'll have to right click on the sponge at the bottom of the tool section, and go to the fist. In GIMP, click the dodge tool (a handle-like button) and hold down the Crtl button on your keyboard while you go over the areas you want shaded. In Pixlr, simply click on the fist. Here's a diagram:
Directional Shading Edit
- Why do they call it that? It's the style of shading that is trickier, although easier for some. Not many people have done it on medicine cats, deputies and warriors, but here's what I found:
Willowpelt Sunnytail Kestrelwing
- Here's how to do it;
- Once you have added the eye coloring and pelt color, and it's time to add shading, open it up in Pixlr, GIMP, or Photoshop like we did in the Normal shading tutorial. Also, select the burn tool. This style is made slightly easier when you draw an arrow pointing towards the cat from the light's direction. Below, I have done this on Mumblefoot.
- Why is there a big arrow? What the HECK will it do?! Right now, nothing. But, it will provide a hint as to where you want the highlights to go (we'll get to that in a little bit) and where the shading should go on the opposite side. Now what? Now, you use the blur tool to shade behind the mucsles to give your charcat some 3D effects. In my style of directional shading, I would shade on the white parts:
- NOTE: I would NOT shade all of the white in the same darkness the whole time. On the top of the tail, I would lightly shade, then gradually darken it until it's pretty dang dark brown at the base. Also, You don't have to put your arrow at the nose and forehead. You would use this same technique is you were to put the arrow pointing at the back or chest.
Shading Leaders, Kits, and Cave-guardsEdit
- So, we know about the burn tool (if not, read the beginning of the the normal shading style for Warriors, Deputies, and Medicine Cats), which will make this part pretty easy. Let's say that Mumblefoot was made into the leader of ThunderClan. We'll have to make him a new image; using the Leader blank. Grab a copy of the needed blank, and fill in the pelt and eye color before opening it up in a photo editting program like we did with Mumblefoot when he was a warrior.Once you have done that, we'll use this diagram to spruce him up:
- You would still use the same techniques as on warriors, deputies, and medicine cats for directional shading.
Shading Apprentices Edit
- Shading apprentices is like a flipped warrior or medicine cat which makes it very easy. Here's where to put your burn tool:
Shading Queens and Elders Edit
- Queens and Elders are reletively simple.