After the colour rough I scrap that, and start over selecting and filling in some proper flats, also flatting the highlight and shadow areas. By the way for the tool obsessed, I'm working in Photoshop CS4 and using a mouse.
So, after you inked with a real ink pen then you colour in. But I always thought you just ink it with photoshop. So you just use lasso to select the certain areas you want to do? Or is this just more complex than that?
Yes generally I only use one layer for flats, and use the magic wand to select different areas I want to work on. I may add another layer of flats if I want to save time on selecting multiple areas at once.
i notice here you did flats but did different values for ares you are going to have lighter. What makes you do that rather than rendering it in the next stage after the flats are done? i always figured flats were the straight color for an area devoid of value.
Yeah I guess it is another step, but I do it on my flats layer, and it is for larger shadow and light areas only, so I consider it all just flats.
The reason I do it is so that I can select the light areas and apply a large overall gradient if I want too. It also makes it easier to do selections with my cuts e.g. I do a highlight cut but I select a bit of the shadow area, I can easily deselect the overlapping part with the magic wand, rather than lasso it out.