In this article, I’ll show you how to change the original bland illustration on the right to a city pop style illustration.
Many illustrations with a city pop style have a sky illustrated in the background.
The background should be a gradation of blue and light blue embodying the sky.
As for color saturation and lightness/darkness, saturation can be seen from low to high.
Unless it’s nighttime, it’s best not to use too much of dark colors in city pop illustrations.
For here, I’ll use a low saturation shade.
City pop style illustrations have a feeling of using a variety of colors such as white, pink, blue, yellow, and green.
Color the cassette in a bright green.
I think the reddish tint of human skin color is one of the characteristics of city pop illustrations.
Color it pink.
Color the shadow also in pink.
〇 reflected light
We will add a reflection of yellow light to express the vibrancy.
The orange color will be added to the line as an effect.
Color the frame from black to blue to blend in with the background
And it’s finished.
What do you think?
I think there are many different ways to express the city pop style in illustrations, not just the coloring introduced here.
I encourage you to search for your own favorite artstyle!