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01 April 2008 @ 09:40 am
where to shade tutorial ♥  
a few people in my last post requested a tutorial about how you know where to shade when coloring. here it is~

going from this to this:

Start out with the picture you want to shade. Here I took a nice simple image of Ringo from Air Gear. I won't cover anything before here, if you need to know that, check out my last tutorial.

Before shading anything, choose a light source! This is where the light is coming from and the lightest areas will be closest to it. I choose the upper right, because it seemed like the artist was suggesting it was there. And to help me remember, I drew a little sun ♥

I usually start shading the face first. Here I started shading the places where light is blocked by hair. We see shadows because they are places that light can't reach, making them darker than the surrounding areas.
tip for shading under hair if when you shade, you make the shading "pull away" from the strands towards the ends like I've done on some here, it makes it look like the hair is lifting off the face instead of plastered down.

Here I started to shade the facial features. Keeping the light source in mind, I put shading in the places where there is something coming between the area and the light.
tip for shading there is a slight shadow where two objects meet, even if normally they wouldn't be shaded. Look at the fingers, where they meet it's good to put the tiniest bit of shading because they are cylinders, and get darker towards the edges.

To finish up the face, I shade under the neck and put shading on the entire left side of the face, because it's round, and light can't reach back there. Shading's done now!

I do some finishing touches like color in the lips and boost the saturation, and now I'm done!

I'm not going to cover shading anything else in this tutorial, because the things you learn from the face can be used to color everything else. I might make one to cover hair sometime though because that can be challenging.

What do you guys think? Helpful? Not helpful? I'd love to hear from you ♥


the synchronicity highwayvelshtein on April 1st, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Very useful. Thanks! 8D
elufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
No problem! I'm glad it helped!
amano: Ah~!aki_hikari on April 1st, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, thanks.
elufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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e: shivalufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear~
Pinky Heaven or Bloody Hell?pinky_heaven01 on April 1st, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Definitely -very- useful!
Thank youuuu~ <3
e: pop art SPLOSIONlufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
firefly_31: Tamakifirefly_31 on April 1st, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Really useful! Thanks!:3
elufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Christinaso_vayne on April 1st, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! This is super helpful. ♥
elufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
ankhutenshi on April 1st, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, I wouldn't have thought of doing it like that. (Then again, I'm so new at colouring manga, almost ALL techniques make me go, "oh, THAT'S how you do it!")

I love the effect. It's so clean and crisp.
e: kosmos brightlufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hahaha truthfully I'm pretty new at it myself, I've been coloring my own art for ages and just gave manga coloring a try recently.

(no subject) - ankhutenshi on April 1st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Danna, aka k3: double-headeddone_na on April 1st, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
*claps* very useful!

Question though, how do you pick the color you'll use to shade? I find that a bigger problem than where to shade, since most of the time the colors I choose end up looking unnatural.
e: purple flowerlufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
It depends. For skin I pick a color darker and redder than the original, because then it looks more natural and less flat. For hair I usually just go darker, but sometimes I'll change the actual color a little. Everything I usually just go darker and more saturated with.

I hope that helped, I'm not the best at describing stuff :'D
(no subject) - done_na on April 2nd, 2008 01:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
kai tanner.kaiasterisk on April 1st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is an amazing tutorial.
Chriscts0201 on April 1st, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
very good stuff
Kaurin: Run Away {Honey and Clover}kaurin on April 1st, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Really nice! I'd love to see one for hair. Hair is so evil sometimes. ; ;
elufiamanaelf on April 1st, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Okay~ I'll give it a try when I get a chance
넌내게미쳐 ❤: The Earl ♫ black heartironfist on April 1st, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
This was very helpful! Thank you a lot! ♥
Rei Rei365daysafter on April 1st, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thankies :)

Meming ♥
Reki: Macha happy kittymobiuswolf on April 1st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yay! A nice, clearly worded shading tutorial. Thank you!
*adds to memories*
ロックハート: dgm // because i want to fightrevanche on April 1st, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Very useful! :D