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How I Color Sonic the Hedgehog by herms85 How I Color Sonic the Hedgehog by herms85
Hey guys! Here's something I've had alot of requests for for a long while. This is a step-by-step for the character rendering style I do in the pages of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe every month! I've been meaning to put this together for ages and finally had a window thanks to the production schedule for the Sonic/Mega Man crossover.

I hope this is useful or at least sheds some light on the process for ya'!

Also, I have a PSD of this lone panel with each of these steps separated onto its own layer. If someone can suggest a way to host that and link it here for download, I'd be happy to share that, too.
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:iconsonicluke:
sonicluke Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Cool :)
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SonikkuFan94 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this helpful tutorial
I gave it a try myself sonikkufan94.deviantart.com/ar…
I'm still learning but thanks again, I always wondered how you coloured.
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smileprettycure Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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TheSheepPen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know that much about digital art and stuff like that but what does the flat layer mean
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:iconnobody661:
nobody661 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the layer where he's doing the flats coloring, named so because the colors are flat at that point.
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:iconthesheeppen:
TheSheepPen Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh I get it now thnx ^U^
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:iconnobody661:
nobody661 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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:iconkyarameru-kitsune:
Kyarameru-Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist
This is awesome! I am a huge fan of you!
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:iconmr86returns:
Mr86Returns Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Saved for great justice! This will help me a ton with my own work!
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:iconraylaopal:
RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks Herms for the amazing tutorial! This'll really help me on my pic on Hope Kintobor and Maria! Thank you~!
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WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student
What program do you use?
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:iconraylaopal:
RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
He uses Photoshop, well, that's what it looks like to me. I use Photoshop, so I suppose there's a pretty good chance I'm right! :D
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:iconwolfmanhanan:
WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student
Just maybe. :)

Does Photoshop cost anything?
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:iconraylaopal:
RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist

Sadly; Yes, a lot. D:

But even though it shows disrespect to the company... *leans down and whispers quietly* If you know where to look on the net, you can find it for free! But watch out for viruses!

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WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student
Is it illegal though? I don't want to do anything against the law.
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:iconnobody661:
nobody661 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pst pst Adobe has Photoshop CS2 available for free as of 2013's New Year. Artist Evan Stanley says it's enough for Herms style. Go to gizmodo.com/5973730/grab-photo… for more information.
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WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student
is it still available?
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:iconnobody661:
nobody661 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah!
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RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Kinda. It's probably best to just buy the program... but it's super expensive! I would also recommend Paint Tool Sai, you can download it for free on a heap of sites out there, and it's very similar to PS! :D
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:iconwolfmanhanan:
WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student
I see. I'll keep it in mind. ;)
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:iconraylaopal:
RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool! Hope I helped! :D
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
I really appreciate tutorials like this as I hope to improve my own amateur skills over time. 

Thanks for sharing!
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:iconthepuppycompany:
ThePuppyCompany Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
This really helped with my shading! Thanks a heap!
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MythTheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did you use Photoshop Cs3? Or.. something else?
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:iconteamnazo:
TeamNazo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wait. you THE matt herms from archie?
well, if you are, i'm Nazo T. Hedgehog, a scrapped character from Sonic X.
I need to be a major character in your comic.
-Nazo
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice spamming. 
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:iconteamnazo:
TeamNazo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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FantasticDreamz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! I'll use it in Paint Tool SAI, or try to^^;
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nobody661 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Photoshop, actually.
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:iconfantasticdreamz:
FantasticDreamz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I know^^; I was trying to find a way to make it work on SAI
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:iconnobody661:
nobody661 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photoshop CS2 is now free! So you can do it that way
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:iconfantasticdreamz:
FantasticDreamz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is? I didn't know.
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:iconnobody661:
nobody661 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah! Adobe decided to close activation servers on that and give the old thing out for free! All you have to do is make an Adobe ID and you can do it! Nobody cares about Adobe suggesting not to download it unless you bought it.
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FantasticDreamz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Okay
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Sarah-Herron Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful.
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SonicUS1000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome dude~  :aww: :hooray:  But I don't have PSD, I have is MS Paint, GIMP, and Paint.NET. ^^;
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kirissland Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are what your tutorial also works with Photoshop Element 4.0?
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:iconcolor-gal:
Color-Gal Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
 How would you color it if you're using traditional tools, markers and color pencils? :)
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Blue-Midnight-Angel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely explained.
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:iconpluszaczek:
Pluszaczek Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sonic Nazo Unleashed HD Director's Cut  www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZxseZ…
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scourgethehedgehog1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
sorry but this not work in my paint, and i dont have paint tool sai, only paint.net ,if can help me please?
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ShardTheMetal1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This is VERY helpful. I've always been in love with your colouring style! I like it more than the SA style Sega always uses.

 

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dantiscus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
SUPERB!!!!
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NeonDragonHeart Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA
This is amazing!
Oh, and for the PSD, you may be able to put the file on tumblr and link the tumblr here, I've seen a few people do that!
Thanks for the tutorial!
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THEATOMBOMB035 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   General Artist
good GOD! THANK YOU OwO now I can color like a pro!
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:iconhopeisnotdead:
hopeisnotdead Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I replicate this style in Paint Tool SAI?
BTW, this tutorial is great :D
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tedbergeron Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Thanks for sharing! This is great.
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hybridchick Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
You work for Archie comics and sega? That's way cool!
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BlazeDriver Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just Archie.
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hybridchick Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Oh, so archie create comics for other companies as well? Plus, do you know and excellent paint/color programs for iPad that are equivalent to photoshop? As of right now, I can only pencil color my artwork. I'd like to get into digital.
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