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Contrast by TamberElla Contrast by TamberElla
Just a quick little thing about contrast c: Very vague and small, but maybe it will be useful xD I should mention that this really isn't the best example to use, because the whole concept of values really mostly applies to realistic works. But eh, it was late and I was lazy sooo- take what you can get from this.
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Finn87 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DARK DARKS AND LIGHT LIGHTS YEP
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adroseno1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Photoshop; Image-Adjustments-Brightness/Contrast. or you can be lazy and do Image-Auto Contrast. ;)
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah HA. I needed this. Thank you.
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jamsoda Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
you obviously know what contrast is but I wouldnt say youve dont a good job at explaining exactly how to achieve it. How am I supposed to have a clue what youve done from step A to step B other than assume youve added more black to your color choices :/ could do with way more "explaining the how" because all I see is explaining the why.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks to me like colors are more saturated (versus having a "pastel" palette). Shadows are darker and highlights are brighter. Sounds too simple to be helpful but I've found that contrast is one of my biggest issues.
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jamsoda Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
yeah i think that its really just the fact that darker colors lean more to black while lighter colors lean more to white and you have to balance them with saturation. I was always taught not to shade just by making colors darker so i always stayed away from just making colors darker, but that was my mistake, because if you never use darker colors in your palette youll hinder yourself and your art wont have much depth, itll just look all pretty.
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Bluesette Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I like your tutorials, they explain sometimes complex things in a very simple manner. Perfect to link to people who struggle with understanding contrast, for example :D
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely done, i still think for some pictures or sketchy colored things the first version with the low contrast would create a cute effect ^^
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Wolfie-Miyaku Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
yep, defs helps.
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DBZ-FAN101 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
he he he he cool!!!
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Eevee164 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh this will be very helpful! Thank you :D
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Effrey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very useful tip :D
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AtlasOfYakutat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nifty tip
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burmalloo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really helpful!! hahha never thought about this before, but it should help my art C:
thanks :love:
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Phantassel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful! ^_^ Thanks for sharing!
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Emmie3497 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Tamber! using grayscale in graphic imaging, now i understand it better :3
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DoragonRyu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
lol i will have to show this to my classmates at the art institute :3 they will get a kick outta this ^^
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ppleater Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it depends on the feeling you're going for. Lack of contrast can be just as important if you use it right.
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Zwirrow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Wow, I feel so amatuer for never noticing that .__." Thanks so much! :D
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This
This this this this this
I see a lot of artists make dull, contrast-less images. And it really holds them back. It makes the image boring, and the lighting doesn't look correct in those cases. If the image doesn't read well right away with values, the viewers eye is going to go right over it. ESPECIALLY in thumbnails. One good way to check your values I find is to have the navigator open with a thumbnail sized version while you work. Helps you to get an instant whole look at your art so you can see what areas aren't working.
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TypicalWatson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooh thank you for sharing
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SwirledtehSwirl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Writer
I like the third to the last one. 030
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Naekaeru Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   Digital Artist
You always make great coloring tutorials <3 keep up the great work!
I think this is very useful because Ialways tend to chicken out on the contrast. I don't know why, just bad habbit I think.
Even though you don't think this was the best example, I think it gets the point through very well.
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ZDForrest Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Very helpful! Thank you!
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thelunacy-fringe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually am drawn more toward the first grey scale one. The second grey scale one is just too vivid. I think if you lightened the background on the first one and added darker shading, but not as dark as the bottom one, it would look a lot better.

For the coloured ones, I think the bottom one is better but only slightly. I like the colours and lines on the top one more. The blue lines looks off when the brown is that saturated and the dark violet shading throws off the image.

Nice tutorial though.
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Sethya Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
personally i like the first 2 more than the "fixed" ones xD the fixed ones are way to usual. imo
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EdenDragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the lineart color still ruins both tbh.
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Lillka Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
hm....??? :O_o:
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thought95 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Just what the not so skilled need. A simple, straightforward and easy to understand tut. Thumbs upp!
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Avolendi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Opens directory for interesting art tutorials*
*Opens directory named TamberElla*
Saving...

The idea is clear, though I prefer saving good tutorials regardlessly
Thank you ^^
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SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I knew what half of these words meant... Some artist, I am. GCSE Art was wasted on me.

But there is something I understand here- a cute dog! :iconderpplz:
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FirstNoelle Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Awesome! Thanks Ellieface :heart:
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AquaDewRose Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'll try to use this :)
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Pochachou Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm a traditional art student so I found this to be really helpful and important. Thanks!
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vesner Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WELL. One is for sure: values are important in realistic painting. In the most realistic works I always start with grayscale and add colours at the very end.

But in cellshading? It doesn't really add much to the works. Cellshading doesn't rely much on depth and is more about colours and shapes, so the 'artsy' approach works quite well in this case.
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TamberElla Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was a really simple explanation, I probably should have used another example ^^;
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vesner Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, nah. It makes a point and will probably make people at least think about the contrast in their works, which is quite a success anyway ;)
I think you could add a bit more to it though! It's a great base to make a bit wider tutorial about hues and values... for example explaining why the purple completely disappeared from the first image when desaturated and the consequence of using such colours. You have a large young audience and know what you're doing - why not give it a shot? :D
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Mlle-Kamichat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Your tutorials are always so helpful ญญ:aww:
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Escopeto Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student
In the name of my over zealous illustrator eyes, thank you very much for bringing up something like this! :+fav:
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FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
or you could've made the bg darker. That would've worked out fine as well :3 However, a good basic guide in compositioning Values. so fave it is!
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makashy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thank's tamby,this will help me!! :)
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andwhyisit Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I would like to note that low contrast is better for backgrounds though, else they clash with the picture's focal point.
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drakora5588 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thank yeh!!!!!
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Evoli-niceli Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting tutorial, thanks :3
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FlashBros Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I prefer the top one. It has enough contrast as it is. The dark areas on the bottom one become distracting since they're so strong.
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, more contrast looks more 3d and therefore more realistic (even though its a cartoon) and more appealing.
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PhuiJL Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes thank you so much for this, now I'll able to understand & play around with the contrast well! :hug: :D :D
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kotenokgaff Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're saying 2d variant is better? i think that 1st one is more natural
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TamberElla Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The first isn't very artistically appealing from a fine art standpoint because of the lack of value difference. Color schemes come down to taste, but the concept of tonal difference is widely accepted as being more natural and of better quality.
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