Step 6 FOR PHOTOSHOP ONLY
Pen-and-paper people can ignore this part; you guys might want to color after you put in the details.
Tip: If the fish is black, use very dark gray. True black is difficult to work with.
Other tip: It's probably not quite as bright as you think. Double-check.
In Photoshop, this is ridiculously easy. All you need to do is make a layer just under the lineart but above your whitelayer, and you pretty much have a coloring page like out of your childhood.
I recommend making two color layers, actually. The first one (name it basecolor) should be the basic color that occupies most of the fish. The second one (name it color details or something like that) should have details like body color that extends into the fins, ribbing, fin highlights, scale details--and you do need at least some of those details. After you do your details, you can go back to the base color and fill in a little shading, or any variations in the base color.
Adamantium has a pretty neutral palette: pale yellow-gold and a warmish gray, with coral streaks here and there in his fins. He has a gray stripe in his tail and I'll need lots of highlights in his fins to capture their texture.
Here I'll show both his base layer and his full, detailed pic.
Step 6 FOR PENCIL/PAPER ONLY
Add your details first, guys. Take a look at the Photoshop version's details--the difference between the first pic and the second for that step. That's what you're aiming for too.
*Now* you should color if you want to.
If you choose to color, use light strokes and try not to make individual colored pencil lines (or whatever you're using) visible unless you're doing it intentionally, to catch the fin texture or scales or some other detail.
Step 6 FOR PAINTERS
Watercolor people, follow the Pencil/Paper instructions.
Any opaque paint, follow or adapt the Photoshop instructions.
Did I miss anyone?
Last edited by myexplodingcat; 04-16-2014 at 12:37 AM.