OKAY. Here's where things get sort of messy. After the rough lineart is done (keeping the lineart for the characters and background separate) I started plopping down color in big patches using the color thumbnail as a guide.
Like picking a color palette, I feel this is a stage that mostly falls down to personal preference - I kept the brushwork loose and splotchy in places like the walls and floor, but got a bit more fussy with the characters. My major concern at this stage was keeping the characters and objects readable while also keeping the brushwork pretty vibrant and natural feeling.
AS FORETOLD BY A POST I MADE EARLIER, here's a look into the process for that drawing:
I started off with a rough sketch like so - at this point I really only had a hazy idea of what I wanted going on in the background.
There were going to be some walls, and some potted plants, sure, but where would they be? What would they look like? WHO KNOWS. (I didn't!)
Since I started playing around with those brushes last week I decided I needed to work on something with an actual background - and here we are. Process post forthcoming (or at least when the feeling returns to my hand)
Spent a good chunk of the day painting this, in Manga Studio 5, again. I'm trying to force myself to learn from each of these - in this case, I thought it'd be fun to render a couple different surface types in the rain.