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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.


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… and 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.

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Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
what program do you use?
wick-y Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I use Photoshop 2.0!
TheSyrin Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great help thank you
wick-y Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
That's awesome to hear, glad I could help! :)
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
wick-y Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad to help. xD
Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I will keep that in mind.
wick-y Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Poopyoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Dodge and burn all the way LOL xD
wick-y Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm guilty of using them. xD As long as you don't use them like my example picture you'll be fine. ^^;
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