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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 :).

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Luminarywalker 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 )
AJInu-Okami Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Electric eraser?! How much and where are they mostly sold at?!
Also, this really helped me :)
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.
AJInu-Okami Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, thanks
no problem.
i had know idea electric erasers existed...
never even saw one at my college ( it was even an art and design school)
Prakorimas Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
Daily92 Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your tutorial very much! Made it fav! ;)
This Tut is helpful to me.  Thnks for Tut. Your work is very meaningful to me.
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