I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my art, whether it's drawing or painting, digital painting or vector art. There's always something new to learn. Today I want to share a few tutorials and techniques I've come across recently.
How to Make Super Fly Paper People by The Cotton Project (tumblr)
This isn't a paper doll like I make (you know, a doll and wardrobe). It is, technically, a paper doll and such an awesome one! The link takes you to the first part of the tutorial and there's a link at the end of it for the second part. This artist takes an original drawing and uses tracing paper & construction paper to literally build a paper doll. It's pretty cool and I recommend checking it out.
Step by Step Portrait by Katikut
I found this tutorial on Pinterest and it changed the way I thought about coloring faces. Turns out, Katikut has several amazing tutorials, both written and video. Check them all out -- they're great.
How I Mostly Color by Pernille Orum (tumblr)
I'm not a big fan of Tumblr, but there's some great art and terrific tutorials to be found there. This is one of them. I like the way this artist incorporates so much color into the shadows and highlights of her painting. It's easy to make black shadows, but shadows are not black, generally. There's a lot of depth in the color choices here. Also, check out the rest of her site. Amazing inspiration for paper dolls!
Hair Coloring Tutorial by lostie815
I love this tutorial! It shows a great technique for coloring hair as well as a list of things to avoid. And really, a lot of Photoshop tutorials (like this one) could work with real-world paint, too, with just minor adaptations.
And lastly, thought not a tutorial, I love this Steven Universe fanart paper doll by Purpura Imperial on tumblr.