First off, you'll need the following:
- SAI Painter (or any other paint program)
- A digital drawing tablet of some sort. I used the Wacom Cintiq 12WX.
- A computer
- A comfy working space
If you have everything, lets get started!
Step 1: Sketch Your Drawing
I usually use a light blue for my pen color.
Step 2: Ink Your Sketch!
So step two, open up a new layer above your sketch layer, and rename it "ink". Now line your sketch with a dark color. I always use black.
Step 3: Hiding Layers
Step 4: Create a Color Palate
So go ahead and create a new layer called color palate.
For EVERY part of a character that has a different color, make a palate.
Then, make one "general" palate with your base colors.
Step 5: Color Your Characters
You're going to need to create a new layer for each different color section of a character. For example, a "skin" layer, "hair", "shirt", etc.
Use the colors you picked for your base colors.