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Yuzuki Yukari Making v2 by Nobu-Hazel Yuzuki Yukari Making v2 by Nobu-Hazel
Version 2
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Series: VOCALOID
Character: Yuzuki Yukari

Hello! This is a response to requests for Yuzuki Yukari and a coloring tutorial. Below is the technique I usually use to color a sketch without lineart.

Tools:
Paint Tool SAI:
Pen (default)
Airbrush (default low opacity)
Brush (default with custom texture)
Watercolor (default)
Watercolor (custom for soft blur)
Watercolor (custom for sharp blur)

Photoshop:
Airbrush (default)
Brush (custom)



1. Sketch: New Normal layer, brush tool
2. Preliminary color: 2 New Normal layers under sketch (one for skin, one for everything else), 3 watercolor tools (one to put color and 2 to blur), airbrush for the skin, 2 shades used for each color
3. Eyes: New Addition layer above sketch, watercolor for purple and pen for white. If I am posting the picture on my blog instead of DA, I usually stop here.
4. Hair detail: New Normal layer above sketch with 4px fringe, pen and brush to draw, watercolor to blur. Chose only one color, and used different brush sizes. This step was very important to me because I wanted to balance the eyes using the hair. Most of the time, I use a lot of brush instead of pen, but I used mostly pen this time.
5. More hair detail on top layer: Eyedropped other colors from different parts of the hair to use. Pen tool only in small size.
6. Shading hair details: Lock the hair detail layer and shade it. Chose an already existing color.
7. New Overlay layer above sketch. Used pale yellow with watercolor.
8. Watercolor: Added dark purple in the shadow areas on the overlay layer.
9. The eyes looked too simple so I redid the coloring with brush, watercolor, airbrush, and pen.
10. Locked the sketch layer and colored it with different shades of purple. I colored the eye area with a saturated purple to amuse myself. Amusement is needed to maintain interest.
11. Added texture. Texture is great for messy styles because it instantly makes the messiness look intentional. I do not add texture to skin. Added some clothes shading with 3 watercolor tools (one for color and 2 for blending). Changed the purple overlay in the shadows to blue. Softened some shading in the hair.

Optional 12 in Photoshop. Cleanup with the eraser and some more clothes shading. Added some fat hair on the hair detail layer with the brush tool.


The Photoshop step afterwards is very important, sometimes up to 50% of the look would be changed. I only use the airbrush and custom brushes in Photoshop.

After this, I just edit and clean until I feel like it's done or get tired of it. Editing may take from a few hours to a few days. But there is no new technique so I won't cover that. I plan to finish painting her sometime next month. :la:


Please ask if you have questions or would like to see something else. :) As always, feedback is much appreciated.
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:iconyoonjuj:
YoonjuJ Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I really like how you drew her^^This is awesome!
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconshizuka-05:
Shizuka-05 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!
i love yuzuki!
great job!
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you ^^
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:iconshizuka-05:
Shizuka-05 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup yup! ^ ^
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:iconsweetsweetsunshines:
sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the help <3
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:iconhelly-chan135:
Helly-Chan135 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which programm do you exaly use to color this ? and make a lineart of it ? XD just so great
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:iconsajin01:
sajin01 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol i'm so impatient i'd stop at 2 and say "fuck it i'm done"
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:iconyuzukip:
YuzukiP Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
If only i have time to Spend drawing....
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Even 10-15 minutes per day is a good practice~
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:iconyuuike:
yuuike Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful~!!!:D may i ask how long it take for you to finish 1 drawing?>.<

and alsoxD how do you resize your images?:3
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Yes, I resize. Original size is 3000 - 5000 pixels on one axis. ^^

How long it takes depends on the style. If it is messy like this one, maybe 4-10 hours.
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:iconyuuike:
yuuike Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconogoshplz:Oh my that's huge...what do you use to resize? Sai? Ps?

haha...you're so fastxD~!
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
PS :)
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:iconyuuike:
yuuike Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um...if it isn't too much trouble may i ask how you do it?>.< cuz whenever i resize a pic it always turns out blurry....:iconrazycryplz:
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
There are different "ways" you can resize, like Bicubic, Nearest Neighbor, etc. Look for it in the menu when you resize. Use the Bicubic ones, and your image will be sharp.
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:iconyuuike:
yuuike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alrightxD~! Thanks!!!
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:iconhachiimi:
Hachiimi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh~ wow~ so this is how you colour your work *A*
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thank you for reading!
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:iconhachiimi:
Hachiimi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~ This will help me improve *u*
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:iconicanreachthestars:
ICanReachTheStars Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very interesting to see, expecially the change in the eyes! :D
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thank you for reading!
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:icongat-xx03:
GAT-XX03 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have the finished version of this???

I sooo love Yukari!!!
And this art is nice!!!
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I'm not done with it yet. T_T
Maybe next month...
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:iconutakoloid:
Utakoloid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love you <3
I love this even from the lineart, you are really great and this is really helpfull ;u;
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I'm happy that it helped you! Your comment encourages me a lot. ^_^ Thank you!
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:iconchahaya-chan:
Chahaya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
What canvas size do you usually use?
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Approximately 3000x5000 pixels
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:iconchahaya-chan:
Chahaya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Whoa, that's big. ^^
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:iconhigurashixyoumi:
higurashiXyoumi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So you do most of your lineart with the brush tool then?
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Yes. If I were to lineart this one, I would make another layer on top and still use the brush tool at slightly lower opacity. It looks better than solid lines from the pen tool if my coloring style is painterly.
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:iconhigurashixyoumi:
higurashiXyoumi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, okay I think I got it now. Thank you so much.
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:iconmikumikuh:
mikumikuh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
O.O :so-awesomeplz:
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
[link] My Rin picture uses the same technique~ ^^
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:iconghosi:
Ghosi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Woah, amazing! :)
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconwields-oblivion:
Wields-Oblivion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Kind of think you should have stopped at step 8 or 9 tbh, but that's just my personal preference. It's very good still :)
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
#12 is actually not the final product, but what I do afterwards uses the same techniques that I already listed. I think I made it too misleading, so I edited the file a bit. Thank you for your input!
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:iconwields-oblivion:
Wields-Oblivion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
That's okay ^^ welcome for it :3
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:icontaez:
Taez Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^ This. The finished is still nice and all but not as good as 8/9.
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
#12 is actually not the final product, but what I do afterwards uses the same techniques that I already listed. I think I made it too misleading, so I edited the file a bit. Thank you for your input!
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:iconheroman778:
Heroman778 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   Artist
nice
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconkureru25272:
kureru25272 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my eyes... it burnnsss :iconfrageplz:
ASLKDJGFLAKDGALKSG SO AWESOMEE :icontuzkiflailplz:
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconkureru25272:
kureru25272 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcomee :iconcute-plz:
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:iconyasminapopovici:
yasminapopovici Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow,cool[link]
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:iconaaronquinn:
AaronQuinn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks great but I think you over did it. Should have stopped at about 3rd or 4th stage. Compare them to the last stage. The last stage is just wayy over done with lighting and saturation. Still great but it just looks too complex. The eyes look much better in the earlier stages. Same with the hair. Although the lighting on the clothes does get a lot better :) sorry just what I feel would look better :)
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:iconnobu-hazel:
Nobu-Hazel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Over time I have optimized my coloring style for the studio's digital printer, which makes much better prints for pictures with high saturation. I do agree that I prefer a solid base color with more subtle shading, but it does not print well at all. #12 is actually not the final product, but what I do afterwards uses the same techniques that I already listed. I think I made it too misleading, so I edited the file a bit. Thank you for your input!
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AaronQuinn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah I see. Would love to see the printed outcome :)
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