Today we show you how we make an anime cellshading style illustration: Demonika, the Bad girl of Stars Nya.

I used Photoshop for coloring and FireAlpaca for the lineart.

At first I make a simple sketch of the character pose with a digital blue pencil in Photoshop.

After that I add more detail to the sketch in a new layer with a black thin brush.

I design some clothes over the body.

Then I paint some rough colors, to test the overall mood.

I Ink the drawing in FireAlpaca or MangaStudio, both are nice softwares for inking. I tint the lineart, I don’t want pure black lineart in this illustration.

At first, I make 4 layers in Photoshop for anime style coloring:

  • Light layer in soft light mode, 100% opacity, white color
  • Eye shine layer in normal mode, 100% opacity, white color
  • Shadow layer in multiply mode, 35% opacity, chestnut color (in this image you see black shadows, but I changed to chesnut later)
  • Base flat color in normal mode, 100% opacity (in this image you only see grey, but I changed to color later)

I add color to the base layer, and extra little details:

  • Blush
  • Extra shadow layer
  • Eye layer, I like to paint detailed irises.
  • I duplicate the lineart layer and apply a soft gaussian blur filter, put this layer in overlay mode and 70% opacity. This extra lineart layer adds a nice effect to the character.

I create the background. It has different layers for stars nebulas and character glow effect.

We hope you enjoy and be sure to check back for more updates!

Author Emma
Categories Stars Nya
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