now with visual aides!!!
oki first of all we need lineart ha
for this coloring technique all the lines around the edges need to meet eachother (no holes!!)
(and heres why) i use the magic wand tool on the lineart layer to select everything that i don’t want to color right now
i invert the selection
on a layer under the lineart i fill in flat colors (the last 2 steps can be skipped, i just like to do it this way because it’s quicker and everything is cleanly inside the lines without any holes or blank spaces)
for shading i use the “layer clip” setting on the layer directly above the color layers and set the blending mode to “multiply”
i fill in the shading with the pen tool (+water color tool to smooth out some parts) on the shading layer
here im using a light orange/pink but depending on whether i want warm or cool coloring i may use purple or blue- sometimes green!!
and then some finishing touches; i put a bit of an red/orange on a layer set to “overlay” and adjust opacity as needed
and thats it!! this is just one way i color- i switch it up a lot and im always experimenting!!!