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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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Enemom Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Idk about the overuse of dodge and burn, as that can look really good if it's done well. Dessindu43, safie-chan22, Sereyne, meirenka, and SugarSugar332 are people who look like they "abuse" that technique and even though their artwork is shiny, it still looks good. 
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safie-chan22 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
woah XDD surprised to see my name here! and i have no idea what dodge and burn is but i do admit my drawings are super saturated /cri/ thank you though!!  Ene (Smile) [V7] 
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wick-y Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Eh, I guess.  That shiny appearance can still be achieved without the use of dodge and burn though, and it looks better that way in my opinion.  However, any of the techniques shown can look great when used by an experienced artist.  I'm just saying that when beginners use them too much, it makes them look less experienced.  It's certainly not a definitive rule, though; if you like one of the techniques and think it looks good then by all means, use it!  This guide thing is super old so I wouldn't take it too seriously.
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Enemom Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, alright. 
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SugarSugar332 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou!!! Yea, its my art style \^•^/
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gabi-ty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Thanks for sharing, this is too helpfull! ^^
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wick-y Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  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 Edited Sep 2, 2014
You're welcome ^^
I'm a total beginner 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 Sep 1, 2014  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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gabi-ty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
okay, I'll show you!
Thank you! *u*
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