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Adanced Shading Techniques by Snigom Adanced Shading Techniques by Snigom
Advanced Shading Tutorial.

Thanks to those who helped inspire this reference file. It took some time for me to come up with a good example to show what I meant.

Here are some techniques that can't really be 'shown' unless you're standing in front of me :).

1) Use your peripheral vision to see "tone" and not "shape" when doing even shaded tone. Do not use preasure either. Use a medium strength when placing each stroke. Place each stroke side-by-side.

2) If you plan on rendering the entire picture in 'pencil', then treat the pencil as if it were a brush. Basically you are applying pigment to the paper. This will help you with getting in the mind-set for the shading. You will need to switch back to your normal 'drawing' mode when you go to do the finer detials.

3) Leave your details for the very end. This will cut down on smuding. Nothing's worse that watching all your hard work get swept away over time because your details got smudged away.

4) Don't be afraid to erase. Many artists that are starting out think that if they make a mistake they should ball the paper up and throw it away. Others keep the mistakes in the picture. EARSE IT! Keep erasing if you have to. Make sure every line is what you intended! now, if you ruin the paper...then throw it away;)

5) The best strokes are the quickest strokes. The slower the stroke, the more errors and crooked lines occur. The exception to this is when you want a very LIGHT stroke. Then you ahve to apply it slowly and lightly. Practice making shaded tones on a sheet of paper prior to drawing. This gets your mind in the mood and it puts the 'memory' in your muscles.

6) Practice going hard and soft with your preasure! The hardest thing to do for most people is doing a light stroke. Make yourself aware of the lead against the paper. Barely let the lead touch the paper.

7) At the very end, when you feel you've finished, get out your darkest pencil and search for areas that would be "black." Like wise, get out your eraser or Pro White and hit your highlights again. Also, erase smudge lines around objects (unless there is tone there on purpose.)

I tried to make this visual tutorial a little more self-explanatory. If anything is confusing, just ask me :).

ENJOY!!!!
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LeaPastelPillsx426 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great helpful tips to do for my sketches. 
Thank you~ Clap I am a dummy! :happybounce: Huggle! +fav 
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nirabmanandhar Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
can you explain the motion part .......
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Snigom Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you talking about wrist movement while drawing or illustrating the illusion of movement?
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nirabmanandhar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
no to show movement in the picture itself.
and thanks for replying
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Snigom Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, ok. This is actually a subject I am still working through.

My take on movement is taken from the study of film. When movement takes place and we choose to freeze that moment, the illusion of movement within that frame is due to the blurred activity surrounding the fastest portions of the moment.

My theory is to take the heaviest lines, the darkest lines, and smear, drag, or elongate those lines in the direction of the movement(s). If there is a highlight, that highlight acts as an eraser and erases out any movement lines. This would be similar to swinging a sword in the light and seeing the "light" trail. Light stands out against dark; so-to-speak.

If you look at the picture I did with the ball, you'll see that the it is the shadowed area that has "motion" lines as it were.  The highlight has no lines but cuts way any picture elements.

Another thing not mentioned here, is that when a blurred object comes in front of a stationary object, the stationary object must also blur.

I hope this helps :)

-Brandon M
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Hpsr175 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Very helpful. Thanks
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wearableartk Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
thanks a million this was realllllly helpful.................
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NizhalPava Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Question: That woman's body that you drew, the left shoulder blade seems to be bigger and slightly "flatter" than the right. Is that because of the lighting? How does that work?
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Snigom Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You have a point, it is kind of messed up. I was in a hurry when I did it (not that that is an excuse). What I was trying to point out (rather badly) was that when the light source is closer to the subject the shadows are darker and solid and the further away the light source, the more diffuse and blurred the shadow is.

When I have the time I will try to correct it. :)  Thanks for letting me know.
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NizhalPava Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :) (Smile) 
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FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking for this! Thanks! :happybounce:
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Snigom Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Perfect!  You're most welcome! :)
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Neoguest Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student
Do want to learn about shading.
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TitaniumFerrous Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the info! Up till now, shading has been the bane of my existence as  an art student, so to see this is a joy.
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rizart1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This very informative and will add me in my drawing.
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This one's helpful too. Thanks for sharing ;)
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Luminarywalker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing this with us! Hug It'll come in handy if I ever try my hand at realistic shading with my pencil. :) (Smile)
(Because right now I'm an offender of both cross-hatching and straight-line shading since I like to draw more in an Manga/Anime-style-manner than realistic Meow :3 )
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Electric eraser?! How much and where are they mostly sold at?!
Also, this really helped me :)
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13emj Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
You can buy an electric eraser on amazon for a really cheap price. Usually under ten dollars. Depending on the brand, eraser refills may be slightly more expensive. Usually, they come with 5 or 10 extra eraser pieces.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ok, thanks
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13emj Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
no problem.
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shimoyaki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
i had know idea electric erasers existed...
never even saw one at my college ( it was even an art and design school)
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Prakorimas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
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Kingodestone Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Great work
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Daily92 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your tutorial very much! Made it fav! ;)
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henryiii Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
This Tut is helpful to me.  Thnks for Tut. Your work is very meaningful to me.
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sugumarje Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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PapaG-art Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the good advice. I saw myself in #3 above. I am a newbie (2yrs) to graphite and recently noticed I was doing something in the wrong order. Getting carried away and drawing details-then smudging them out. Thanks for confirming!
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
creepy girl...
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MrsClaus9 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Nice work! Thanks!
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Dancer40320 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Artist
i like looking at tutorials in my spare time n_n

thank you for this, i am very fond of shading. 
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PANDAmoniumKISS Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this useful information!
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raggadygirl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this!
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Snigom Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome.
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Miss-Ashlynn Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks for posting this!
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Snigom Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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RocknRolla91 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this! I used your tutorial so I could relearn and I did, here is my finished product

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Snigom Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work1 I am glad I was able to help!
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RocknRolla91 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! Also thank you for the tutorial!
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RocknRolla91 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This will help me sooooo much!!! I thank you!!!!
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hadiprayogo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice tutorial
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Snigom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks buddy!
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Aligatol Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Oh Thank you very much
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huodi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Very useful for me tonight! Thanks.
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BlueEyedJuniper Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks! Helped me a lot :D
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AdventDestiny Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm new to posting artwork here, and I'm hoping that this might help with my shading problems. It certainly looks helpful.
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mickman22 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
thx
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tre9 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Very helpful! Thank you!!
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PINKDIAMOND3000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
mi problem is to know where to put them *emo corner* I often fail with the correct places u.u
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Snigom Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
which is why you should draw EVERY day. Just keep trying. Fail or not. Eventually it will just come to you. you'll be able to do it wonder "when? When did this happen?"
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