Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Dark Fairy Tales

CLAMP, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Sakura Kinomoto, Syaoran Li, Vector Art
CLAMP Mangaka Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Series,OVA Sakura Kinomoto Character Syaoran Li Character Vector Art Source


Artist Comment

My first time coloring a manga page~

I'm not sure if this image falls under doujinshi or vector, since I didn't draw it or really vector it at all, but I just decided on doujinshi. I just selected the masses of supposedly-black areas and filled it with a solid black to clean the image up.

Original (shrunk down)
Moon (stolen from the one made for Mission in Taisakusen, actually. xD)
other resources (mainly brushes and gradients for this image)
5-ish hours to clean
20-ish hours to color.

The coloring is really just the selection of areas (polygonal selection tool), filling it with color/gradient, and then adding a blend effect. Textures were mostly made via Photoshop filters, except for star brushes on Sakura's dress and sky, Syaoran's clothes, and the tiles.

Syaoran was originally supposed to be in 'green', and the apple should have been the only 'red' in the whole image, but my friend made some stupid comment on something about green, so I went ahead with a dark royal red for Syaoran. The apple is 'golden' for lack of any other interesting colors (and it gives it a...mythological/godly/important feeling?). I didn't want to re-use a shades of colors as well, which makes this image a bit...color-blocky? =x

umm...I don't remember anything else that needs to be said. It was done last week or so for a new layout for my xanga and LJ, but I haven't been able to find anything good to do with the image itself.

End note/query: Can someone point me to a tutorial on vectoring, please? I want to learn the kind where you vector something small to become a giant image (if that makes any sense...). Thanks in advance.

I don't think I ever want to color something of this scale again for a while. @-@ I'll stick to coloring manga for avatars. >.o

For my neglected fandom. ;;>> TSubasa

EDIT//Thank you to the mod who moved this to the Tsubasa section for me. ^^

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  1. Faqir Feb 04, 2007

    needs work on the hair and face of sakura. syaoran too needs work. as well as the tree barks. you could maybe color in the line itself...perhaps...

    best thing you did. I love the dress and cloth wings. The coloring was perfect there. ^^
    The floor and curtains were done okay.

  2. PinkPrincessLacus Feb 04, 2007

    OMG YAY FIRST TO FAV I HOPE YAY! OMG this is amazing, such imagination and creativey and omg great vector/doujin job here. I mean dang YOUR AMAZING! I love the colors, design, and their outfits, great job here. I love it! :D

    ~* Lacus *~

  3. norine07 Feb 04, 2007

    omg this is great, nicely coloured really match the costumes and all, fantastic, fave from me! ^^

  4. Hanazaki Feb 04, 2007

    Absolutely lovely. + fav.

  5. GloriaChan Feb 04, 2007

    Nice !

  6. Idril Feb 04, 2007

    Nyaaa thats great, sweetie! XD
    Sakura and Syaron looks pretly colored and I like how you did it! ^^
    +favs cos your work really deseve then! >_<

  7. Strike-Force Feb 04, 2007

    The wall looks amazing and I love it, however, I think the text should be placed in different place, less striking, like along the bottom edge of wall.
    Anyhow, +fav

  8. Zaza4 Feb 05, 2007

    Very nice!

  9. ArtificialRaindrop Feb 05, 2007

    Quote by KisekiAeonThe coloring is really just the selection of areas (polygonal selection tool), filling it with color/gradient, and then adding a blend effect.

    Sorry to say, but I don't think this is actually a vector >_< You pretty much have to use only the PenTool for it to qualify as one, or else use a vector-based program (I know that now, but I did the same thing as you a while back :sweat: ). EGAO! has a nice vector tutorial explaining it here. That aside, I do like it. I love the sparkly texture you used for Sakura's dress. It gives it a ncie shimmer like on an evening gown. Also, the background with the moon turned out very well. Syaoran looks a little flat compared to everything else in the image, but otherwise his colors and texture look really well done. Good job on your manga page color! ^_^

  10. kawaiisakura05 Feb 05, 2007

    wow. it looks really nice. omg. good job coloring

  11. nasastar Feb 06, 2007

    Well done! :)

  12. silverdragon Feb 06, 2007

    for your first one I think it's really good! I like the colour you chose :) I don't know about the feathers don't think they fit but it's a good work :D keep it up XD

  13. oldvinci Banned Member Feb 10, 2007

    Gosh, how did you do it. It's so adorable. The color feels evil but it fits the mood. Great work, keep it up

  14. agneslee Feb 21, 2007

    Gorgeous,rarely have I seen such a beautiful Vector Art.love it very much^_^+ my fav.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. moonelf313 Feb 22, 2007

    awesome coloring job...this is a great vector art...I like the darkness feel! =favs

  16. iranichi Oct 04, 2007

    Great wall....I love it...

  17. Loneokamionna Nov 11, 2007

    whoa! this is better pic! :D

  18. minifun Apr 26, 2008

    awesome..I like tsubasa

  19. dewicetoni Aug 13, 2008

    great color! I love see-through inner shirt of sakura-chan, gorgeous technique

  20. butter-chama Oct 26, 2008

    zomg! love how u put these
    and also great selection of colours
    XDD the mythological feeling sounds great for meehh
    thanks so much for sharing <33
    have a nice day

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  22. avemaria250793 Jun 08, 2009

    sugoi^) very nice, thanks!

  23. Daiya-san Dec 22, 2010

    I like this!
    thx for upload!

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