I've got a line art drawing of a dragon that I'm trying to color. I don't necessarily care if I use Illustrator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro; I'm just trying to figure out the best way to color the drawing. I created the line art image in Illustrator.
I know to use live paint and live paint bucket for contained lines, but how do I easily 'fill' in areas, like the fur on the chest, that isn't a fillable object? I know how to do it the painful way, i.e. duplicate the lines, complete them to create a closed container, and then fill that container...but ugh, takes forever.
So probably the coloring I'm looking for is 'cel shading' style:
Also, the line art was done in two stages. In the first step I used (accidentally) a calligraphy brush that, when I turned on live paint, dumped out to simple line art. I then had to do a bunch of touch-ups, and those were done with a line art brush, so they're thicker. Hence the 'poor' quality. I'm certainly open to suggestions--I'm new to the digital illustration world. I've got a ton of experience with PS/AI, just not in this particular space!