I have not colored very many manga panels. I think this is my fifth attempt or so. This is my first One Piece panel. Zoro is my favorite character and the epicness of his entry into Part II made it impossible for me to resist coloring this panel.
Panel from One Piece - Chapter 599 - Page 18 by Eiichiro Oda. Lines and color by me, scanlation from Mangastream.
I hope I did it some justice, even though there are a several areas I'm not pleased with. I'd like any constructive criticism on how to improve it, because I may color the entire page in the future. I pretty much taught myself, so I have a unique coloring style, and don't know how to make good lineart.
EDIT: Version 2.0 - The result after everyone's great feedback!
Last edited by DeBaron8; October 24, 2010 at 12:09 AM. Reason: Added updated version of Artwork
It looks quite nice, but that lineart issue certainly is quite visible as some lines look really shaky. To avoid that, you could use Pen tool to set paths before you let them be drawn, I just recently made a small overview on the base functions of pen tool:
Also a background might be nice, even if it's just a single colour, the black background of the thumbnail gives it a nice touch for example.
I like the general style though, much more refined than the usual solid flat-shade-approach
I agree, the pen tool would be great to avoid the shake... variation of the line's thickness would also help, as it can give a better sense of shadow and even help during coloring... when I'm drawing I always imagine were the light comes from, especially for the clothes, to add variation to the lines while inking and then follow the lines during coloring...
but I liked it, I think the shoes are great, after all, they are totally black in the original... and I find kind of difficult to imagine how his clothes are positioned over his legs @__@
For the first tests Zorro is really succeeded. But the lines are really not that good. Take the manga or a better tutorial for lines then the pic looks even better.
I like the colouring but as stated above me, the lines need a bit of work lol. The scar looks too bold imo. It should standout, yes, but not to that degree. It should be lighter imo.
All I can do is agree with posts above. The shading looks pretty good but your coloring would probably be a lot better with a less sketchy lineart. Also, the clothes not having many lines makes it look a little "too smooth", if you know what I mean. Anyway, I'm really not the right person to tell you about linearts, since I can't make them either. Listen to the people above me who know about that stuff.
Still, like I said, the shading and colors are good. Hell, the legs and shoes look friggin' great, awesome detail. I'd like to see more from you, so please keep improving and do more!
Thanks for all the useful feedback everyone. I will try to learn to make better line art when I get some free time away from school work. Hopefully, I will be able to fix this coloring b/c I really like this panel. I kept the lineart in separate layers, so it should be possible.
After everyone's great feedback and wanting to procastinate from doing school work. I spent a few hours editing the lineart and adding a simple background.
Last edited by DeBaron8; October 24, 2010 at 12:07 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
Wow, great improvement! It really looks so much better now, both the lineart and the entirety with the background and all.
The only thing which still bothers me a little is his right hand, his fingers look a bit... fat, and weird. x) But besides that, now I absolutely love it, man!
I think those lines indicating movements look a bit like he'ld be shaking so I don't specifically like them, but the background is lovely
It's a great improvement indeed! It feels more like an ink line now...
Damn, It looks really good now. Just redoing the lines make your colors look Amazing. XD