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Common Beginner Shading Mistakes by wick-y Common Beginner Shading Mistakes by wick-y
When you SHOULD use some of these techniques:
Black and white: Using black and white for shadows is fine in small amounts, but I suggest to add some color, too.
Airbrush: Skilled artists can make this look good, especially if you use it in addition to hard shading. I sadly am not skilled enough to make it look decent. xD I don't suggest this tool for beginners or it might look funny like the example.
Different lightness and saturation of base color: For more cartoony styles, this looks fine.  I'd say it's the second best of all these.
Dodge and burn: If used sparingly on hair and it certain lighting, dodge can look really good. Unfortunately, it can also look really bad if overused.


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There are MUCH better shading tutorials out there, and I'm not at all an expert.  I honestly didn't think more than 50 people would see this. Like a few comments said, there are a lot of other factors like mood and style that I didn't cover. So if you want to learn how to shade and color right check out some other tutorials too, I suggest lukiih.deviantart.com/art/LUKI… and fav.me/d2vpnw9. I feel kind of guilty, embarrassed and undeserving since this isn't a great tutorial, so I think you should look at some other ones instead.

These are just tips, there isn't really a "right" or "wrong" way. If you want to use one of the "don't" styles to shade, that's perfectly fine. In fact, it looks best when you combine all of the above styles a little. Note that this is meant for beginners. And it looks like some people didn't like that I said some styles were 'boring.' I just meant that they lack depth a little, there's not actually anything wrong with using black and white to shade.  Some comments have pointed out that I don't have a good enough grasp on shading and coloring to make a tutorial, and I agree that I'm no expert, but hopefully I can still help those of you new to digital art. Some of you have also said that you like one of the "don't" drawings better, and that's fine, I respect your opinion. If you want to critique my tutorial go ahead and comment, I like suggestions and won't be offended.


How did this make the front page?  Thank you everyone!  It really means a lot to me.



Hair tutorial: wickyw.deviantart.com/art/Digi…
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gabi-ty Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  New member
Thanks for sharing, this is too helpfull! ^^
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wick-y Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Student General Artist
Oh wow I didn't even think people still looked at this, haha.  It's probably not the best resource seeing as I was a total beginner when I made it (I still am), but I'm glad you find my tips helpful!
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gabi-ty Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  New member
You're welcome ^^
I'm a total beginners so it helped me a lot, I can't understand digital art but I'm gonna try me best! c:
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wick-y Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Student General Artist
Awesome, glad to hear it!!  You should show me when you finish your next digital piece, I'm interested.
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Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
what program do you use?
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wick-y Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I use Photoshop 2.0!
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TheSyrin Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great help thank you
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wick-y Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
That's awesome to hear, glad I could help! :)
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xXunovianXx Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsweetbrownplz: AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT!
at least, no beginners anyways... I'm an amateur, so maybe as I draw more I'll keep this in mind
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wick-y Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad to help. xD
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