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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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:iconilly2002:
illy2002 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i'l never shade right.

like EVER.
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Haha I made this when I was 14; it's bullshit.  Shade however you like, I'm sure you're doing just fine.
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:iconilly2002:
illy2002 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
no im not. ._.
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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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Hikikomint Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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:iconwick-y:
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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, I'll show you!
Thank you! *u*
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Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
what program do you use?
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:iconwick-y:
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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:iconwick-y:
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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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad to help. xD
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Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I will keep that in mind.
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wick-y Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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Poopyoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Dodge and burn all the way LOL xD
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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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Brandikinz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Cool I love it!
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! c:
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KahlaWolf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful! :D Thanks! I used to color by just dodging and buring, but I broke that habit and that was when I was just starting out :) Thanks for the tips!
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wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Glad you found it helpful. :D
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StupidShepherdDog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm doing it right ^^
I think D:
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks like it. :D
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delfinnu4417 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it really depends what do you want you're picture to look like :0
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
That's true, I guess it all comes down to style and personal preference. x3
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delfinnu4417 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't know if it's by style but by preferences it defineaty is xD
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Pretty good tutorial. I have been guilty of the burn and dodge tool abuse :P
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Ha ha, so have I. And thank you. :)
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InvisibleRainArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well i think; Every artist has their own style, their own way of doing things. How they like it and how they are comfortable with doing things. I believe there really isn't a wrong or a right way with shading/lighting etc. Like i said; every single artist is unique in their own way.
I do like how you defined that in the description though, some people may get a little offended by this if they are in the "Don't" category...None the less, i do like this small and slightly detailed tutorial.
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree completley. :) Thank you for commenting! :D
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evanesce24 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just saying that with how unnatural the "do" option looks, it seems a bit hypocritical to say tht about the second "don't."
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wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
True, I probably should have phrased it differently. ^^;
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risettes Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
ahhh this is actually an amazing guide tbh especially because it shows the reasons why things might not turn out how people want to when they shade!! it deserved to be on the front page ;v;
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wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much Sam. ;u;
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VLunarFangV Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this can help with future drawings! :D
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wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Glad to help. :)
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PeterSFay Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My problem with shading doesn't deal with technique so much as where I apply my shading and how much shade I need to apply. That's why I rarely shade my cartoon art.
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wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, I haven't mastered that either yet, I still have to look at tutorials. x3
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Electrical-Socket Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a nice little tutorial. :3 Although, like plenty of other commenters have already said, I think many of the 'don't' techniques can be used to great effect, it's nice to have someone highlight the common beginners' mistakes and offer a little suggestion on better use of colour. Airbrush, especially, is one of those things I see everywhere - it's one of those shading techniques that only looks good when very well understood, but an awful lot of people assume that to soft-shade you HAVE to break out the airbrush and use it as pictured.

(I, personally, was a serial abuser of the airbrush until a couple of years ago. And burn/dodge. And tint-shade colouring. I did pretty much ALL of this, and I think that seeing this when I was fourteen probably would have done me a world of good!)

Also, can I just say that the way you've been responding to critique is lovely and I wish more people on dA were inclined to take suggestions so gracefully! You have a great attitude and seem really nice. :3
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wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you so much for commenting! ;u; I'm very flattered.
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Electrical-Socket Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha, no problem! Like I said, I wish this tutorial had been around a few years ago! uvu
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Catthylove Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it depends on the look you want to go for...

Anyways, this helps.
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:iconwick-y:
wick-y Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, style and personal preference are big factors. Glad to help. :)
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Epzi10n Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Umm... Some of this depends on style. Specifically, the hard outlining, which I tend to use in my work, and I see done well in others.
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