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Coloring Water
Mazoo at 10:44AM, Aug. 6, 2006
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I've been having trouble coloring water lately, and more specifically, ocean scenes. The most trouble I've been having is drawing and coloring foam on top of waves when ships and boats move within the water. Their wake just doesn't look right.

If anyone's got any tips it would be much appreciated!
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:56PM
LIZARD_B1TE at 2:10PM, Aug. 6, 2006
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Make a black and white comic. Then, you won't have to worry about coloring at all! Except when you want to achieve special effects and such. Or, you could totally disregard backgrounds. Or, if you don't want to take the easy way out, uh… uh… I don't know.
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Ian Jay at 11:33PM, Aug. 6, 2006
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Remember that large bodies of water act as sort of a mirror for the sky. Above everything else, make your water darker in the foreground than in the background– not only because of water's reflective property, but also because of atmospheric perspective and everything. (You can use gradients for this, but I prefer to do it by hand, because it gives my pages a little bit more of an organic look. But then, if that's not what you're going for, then by all means use your gradient tool.) Remember where your light source is, too, if you plan on picking out individual highlights and shadows.

For the foamy crests of waves… I have a a little less experience here. The only advice I can give is to make the foam part of the wave: don't just plop it on top like a pile of shaving cream (which is an error I've seen sometimes in others' works). Same for the wakes of boats. From what I've seen, wakes extend from the back of the boat (duh) and get progressively wider the farther they are from the boat. I'd recommend studying pictures and practicing a few times.

last edited on July 14, 2011 12:56PM
Jenshin at 2:16PM, Aug. 7, 2006
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Water has layers..
It's dark first down deep..
And then shiney on top.
And then the foam and stuff is erratic in streakes and stripes above that..
If you can get all three of those down, it will probably look something like ocean.
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:07PM
shany at 2:20PM, Aug. 31, 2006
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Here are some tutorials… for painting waves in photoshop.

Dunno if it'll help anyone but I wanted to share these awesome tuts with ya.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 5:49PM, Aug. 31, 2006
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Awesome tutorials, shany.

This year, school's full of BS!!!
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