My time has been spent on graphic design stuff lately, so, sorry about infrequent updates but I thought you might enjoy seeing the progression of the female Magistrate character until I get something new. Cheers
My previous reply outlines the approach I use. Additionally I'll add that when using this approach to remember "Richard's Law" - color doesn't change value without also changing hue. That is, as a color becomes more lit or more shadowed the hue and temperature also change. Coloring over grayscale with a single tone will look bland but adding subtle variations of color will breathe life into it (i.e. the olive, pink, sienna and yellow in the face). Let me know if this doesn't answer your question. Cheers
i liked that response, and i understand about the color changes and variations, i do prefer painting in b&w first so i get the values right before i color, but i meant on Photoshop, is it the brush you use when your painting or the brush you use when your using the smudge tool that helps you blend your values where it's seemless? i wanted to know what your technique or approach was, i have a hard time blending my colors together, and they come out looking very airbrushed.
I'm not sure what you're asking but I'll give it a shot. When painting the grayscale I used either the regular hard-edged round with pressure sensitivity or a custom bristly brush. I didn't use the smudge tool at all. If you're working with a mouse and not a pressure-sensitive stylus like a Wacom then blending would be a problem. It is also a problem if one sticks to using only the soft-edged round "airbrush" brush which causes everything to be fuzzy. Likewise there is not blending between color and value as both are on different layers and do not affect each other.
In Photoshop I'll create a new layer over my grayscale layers and set the Blending Mode to Color on the Layers palette. Any colors on this layer will adjust the color/hue/saturation of any colors under it without adjusting the values (how light or dark it is). Overlay blending mode works similarly and I sometime use it as well as Hard Light layers to help boost light intensity. After all colors have been blocked in I'll create a new layer with Normal blending mode and continue painting from there if I need.