Coloring Without Lineart • Following a DrawingWiffWaffles Tutorial

Hey everyone! In this video, I’m going to force myself
to work outside of the box, to create something totally unlike anything else I’ve ever done,
to go against every instinct I have when it comes to creating art. I’m going to color this sketch without lineart. There’s this trend going around YouTube
where you take someone else’s tutorial and follow it. It originated in the makeup community and
it sort of spread out from there. In the usual video of this type, the person
doing the tutorial has the tutorial playing as they do the thing. Whatever that thing is. But I’m a really shy person and didn’t
know how to reach out to the original artist for her blessing to rip her video off YouTube
and use it, so that video is not here. The video I followed today is by DrawingWiffWaffles
and it is called: How to Color without Lineart. So we’ll see how this goes. Not because I doubt her ability to create
a thorough, succinct tutorial. I just doubt my ability to work in such a
different style than I’m used to. So if this turns out like crap, it’s not
her fault but mine. A link to the tutorial is below, and I highly
recommend you check DrawingWiffWaffles out if you haven’t! She’s a fun personality with this really
cute, dynamic art style with a lot of character and expression. Quick aside: I’m still having issues with
my throat, but hopefully my voice comes across as sexy or at least listenable to and not
totally fried. In the tutorial, DrawingWiffWaffles uses Photoshop. In this version, I’m using Procreate, but
all the tools she uses are available in Procreate, so I didn’t find myself lacking while following
her video. As a disclaimer, I’m sure I’ve watched
this video before because I’ve been following DrawingWiffWaffles for a year or so and I
know I binge-watched a whack ton of her videos when I found her, but I honestly can’t recall
any details. She has almost 25 videos on her channel, guys. I can’t memorize them all. Okay. Enough of that. To the colouring! As I get started, I’m going to show this
footage in real time so you get an idea of what I’m doing. In the tutorial, she names her sketch “Sketch”
so I’ve done that. She sets it to Multiply, and then lowers the
opacity. The sketch I’m working with is actually
from Inktober, of my cute witch character previously seen in my “Galaxy Witch” piece. The fiddling you saw me doing was trying to
fix a hand I wasn’t happy with, and in doing so part of the sketch ended up darker than
the rest. Because I’m a genius like that. So my sketch is lowered and raised in opacity
depending on where I’m working. I create a new layer for her skin and name
it as such. I doubt anyone is, but on the off chance someone
is curious: the keyboard I’m using is called SwiftKey. It lets you drag your finger across the keyboard
to quickly fill in a word. The same feature is on most Android devices
automatically, which is why I ended up looking for a similar app for my iPad. In the original tutorial, DrawingWiffWaffles
uses the lasso selection tool to first select and then fill in the face. It looks great in her video but I don’t
know if it’s just because the image is a lower size — I went with 6×8 or something
so that I would have a ton of layers since I knew I’d need them — anyway, my selections
were coming out super choppy and I didn’t like how that looked, so I eventually begin
deviating from the tutorial. But for this first part, I totally tried my
best! Once the skin is filled in with a flat wash
of super-saturated colour that doesn’t look anything like a skin tone — I fix that in
a few moments, don’t worry — she then drags the sketch layer to above the skin layer. It’s already set to multiply, so the lines
show up on top of the skin layer and I can see my original sketch to better place the
colour. I’m just going to speed up the skin filling
in, since it’s more of the same. I actually should point out that I watched
the tutorial as I did all this, I did not first watch it and then create my art. That way everything would be more or less
in order. So, another deviation! In the original tutorial, lines are added
very sparingly to add detail or differentiate where, say, fingers meet fingers, so it’s
not just a huge glob of colour. And I put all mine on separate layers so that
I could easily change them if I wanted to, even though that doesn’t really make sense. Realistically, this probably added more work
since I had to erase and play with the lines, so I would follow how she does it in the original
tutorial. And here is where I started filling in the
skin differently. I’ve sped up this footage too so you can
better see the changes being done to the hand. This would be easier to show if Procreate
had a cursor. In the tutorial, you can use the lasso selection
tool to build up the shapes so they’re more accurate. But because my edges were so choppy and bothered
me so much, I started building up my shapes with my pen tool instead. Later on, I start lining where the shapes
will be with the pen tool before filling them in with either a hard brush or the selection
tool, depending on my mood. I don’t think this is one of those things
that affects the outcome of the art too much, it’s really just personal preference. After the hand, I touched up the head a bit
and I’m just zooming through that too — because now we’re going into the face! Which is really just me inking her face the
way I always do. This is slightly sped up since it’s a lot
of me being finicky about things, and I’m sure that’s only entertaining for so long. In hindsight, I wish I’d changed the line
colour on her iris so it isn’t such a harsh black, but I do like how her lips and nose
turn out. In the tutorial, there are very subtle gradients
used to add a bit of depth so it doesn’t just look like cutout South Park characters,
which I do later towards the end instead of as I’m going. Why am I telling you this? Because at this point I screwed up and forgot
to record the rest of the painting. I paused here, went to get some food, sat
back down to work and — I mean, I could’ve sworn I hit record, and you’d think after
so many instances of having this happen to me I would know to double check and make sure
that I actually am recording, but nope. At this point, I was really enjoying the process
and getting into the groove, so I just … didn’t check. I’m not really
sure why I turned off her skin layer as I did her dress since her clothing layer is
on top of her skin, but where we are with a ghost. You can see I started using the method I mentioned
before — lining the outline of the shape before filling it in in chunks using the selection
tool. A lot of this method of colouring feels a
bit like chiseling and building up and sculpting, which was a nice change from my usual “outline-entire-piece-with-inks-and-then-colour-inside-the-lines”
approach. Which, I guess I should explain, in case you’re
new and you’ve never seen my art before: I create illustrations with strong lineart. I have a lot of influence from comic books
and art nouveau, influences that you can spot better depending on the art piece, but even
so. This style of working is therefore entirely
new to me and entirely different from how I usually work. I really enjoyed it. For a number of reasons. For one, I used sooo many many different layers,
whereas normally in Procreate I’ll only have 6, maybe 8 max, so I’m constantly merging
and committing to what I’ve done. But with this piece, I just kept making layers. Didn’t have to merge. Didn’t have to commit to anything I did. If I wanted to redo something, I could. It was beautiful. I mean, that’s more because I purposefully
kept the file smaller so I could have all those layers. Procreate has an unfortunate maximum layer
cutoff depending on the file size. I usually work in a huge size with Procreate,
and I’m not sure why I do. There’s no reason why art should be any
bigger than 300dpi, it’s not going to affect how it prints that much. Yet I work in 600dpi regularly, which is honestly
just overkill. For scanning something into a computer, 600dpi
is great. It scans ridiculously huge, but allows you
to edit and fix issues with your traditional art before you resize it. I’m not too proud to say that another reason
why I really enjoyed working like this is that it went by very fast. I mean, it went by so fast I didn’t even
notice I wasn’t recording the second part. It didn’t take very long to create a full
illustration in this style and maybe it feels flat and simple in comparison to some of my
other pieces but — I really like how it looks. It feels more graphic than my art has ever
been before. I feel like it’s a style I’ve added to
my arsenal that I could use again in different ways, or add onto to create something wholly
different. I also went with a very different palette
than I usually do. Often I lean towards very jewel tone colours,
like purples and blues, and I aaalmost did that with her hair before deciding on a forest
green. The colours are very warm green in the end,
which isn’t something I use a whole lot. If I do use a green, it’s normally on the
cooler, more turquoise side. I probably could have pushed the colour and
effects further, but I didn’t want to stray too much from the original tutorial, which
doesn’t have a lot highlights or shading. And here is the finished art! I hope I did this tutorial justice, even though
I feel it turned out kinda different. Hopefully not in a bad way. Thank you to DrawingWiffWaffles for giving
me an excuse to leave my comfort zone! As I mentioned before, the original tutorial
and her channel is linked below in the description box. This was definitely different from what I
usually do so I’m interested to hear if you’ve ever worked in a style like this,
or if you’d like to try this tutorial yourself. Comment down below to let me know! Of course, please subscribe if you enjoyed
this video and give it a like if you did — it really helps me out. Thank you for watching and I hope to see you
Friday for another video. Bye!

8 Replies to “Coloring Without Lineart • Following a DrawingWiffWaffles Tutorial”

  1. This came out really good! 😀 Love the concept too x3 Awesome job on stepping outside your comfort zone, that's not always easy 🙂

  2. Another great video! ❤️Can I suggest you make a sticky note with the simple word…"record" on it and leave it on your screen. Might remind you to hit record when coming back from a break, love you! 😘

  3. Beautiful artwork, and bravo for trying out new ways of creating art! When I first tried going to an art class, the teacher said we have to draw the still life with only the shapes, without any line… Cue a heck of a lot of confusion. Had no idea what on earth he meant. THIS makes way more sense.

  4. Another Ley video~~! <33

    This piece came out so pretty, the colors look really nice and the earthy tones are a cool change of pace. <3
    It was definitely really interesting to see a video like this put out by you, as when I think of your work, the line art is always what comes to mind first. Your inking style is so beautiful and the poses never look stiff and I'm honestly really inspired by it. <3
    Though after seeing this video I'm inspired to do something like this as well! :'D Beautiful work as always Ley!

  5. When I started doing watercolors, I abandoned my lineart-loving ways and tried my best to do everything with just the paint. But then inktober happened. And I remembered that I freakin love ink. =>.<= lineartless stuff looks so pretty, but it’s just not my way, I guess!

    Love the super duper greens you used. Mmmmmm.

  6. I love how it looks. I love that you're working outside your comfort zone. I think it is always important for an artist to work outside their comfort zone even if it isn't marketable.

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