I made a coloring tutorial for those who have Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or similar graphics programs. I certainly don't claim to be the best computer colorer out there, but maybe this'll still be useful to some people:
*nod* Setting a layer to Darken or Multiply (or colour burn or whichever depending on how you want it to come out) is a great trick.
I am happy I now know how to do your style of highlights/shading I love how the Buzzles look, all softly shiny, and hadn't been able to do it myself. It works *really* well in Painter with the oil pastel brushes!
Everything works a leeeettle differently in Painter, so it can be frustrating switching from Photoshop, but the natural brushes are TOTALLY worth it. Oil pastels, palette brushes, tons of pens, conte crayon, normal crayon, distortion brushes, japanese brushes, watercolour, oils... Anything really. It's especially great with a tablet due to the pressure-sensitivity though I have used it with a mouse too.
The one actual flaw I've found is that it doesn't save .pngs and I LOVE .png files. I'm looking to find a patch or plug-in or converter or something. Other file types - like .psds - work fine, all my old photoshop files basically work without change.
Try the free IX.5 trial if you're interested corel.com has it available for download.
hehe I love layers. At first I had no clue what they were.. now I swear by them. I can get up to 30 layers for an image!
With the layers blending mode, you can also set it to 'Multiply' to get the same effect as 'Darken', unless you are using colour on that layer.. I think they have different effects then.. Just a random note.
Interesting use of Greyscale too, I will have to remember that next time I scan an image.
I want to get Painter one day, aparently it is good for sketching and working on the lineart of an image.
I love seeing the different ways people colour in PS, you can learn so much from them!