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Giant Shading Tutorial by TamberElla Giant Shading Tutorial by TamberElla
Due to popular demand.... here's a shading tutorial!


-This is just one guide! There are many other useful tutorials out there that go into more detail about certain points!
-This is just how I perceive things! You may have a different opinion about certain topics addressed, and that's fine!
-I am not by any means a master of any of this... remember that you're the one choosing to follow my tutorial, if you do xD

With that said.... ENJOY!


Also, I've created a Supplement:
And please view part two!
Tutorial on Multiply Layers:
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Given 2011-08-16
Giant Shading Tutorial by *TamberElla

Suggested by *Rosella-of-Daventry: "This is my most favorite tutorial in all of DA. *TamberElla shows and explains light sources perfectly, using her own gorgeous art and style to help and inspire the viewer to improve their understanding of shading. I love it!"

Suggested by *blackbutterfly007: "Its an amazing guide how to create your very own shading style combining different methods, filled with great examples, descriptions and very easy to understand. It especially teaches you how to make your creations look more 'alive' with colourful shadows. I think its useful for everybody." ( Featured by FantasyStock )
Stryx-ConceptDesign Apr 2, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
On parts like the ear, you might also add some lighting effects, like a soft color dodge, to bring out the transparency. This is a lovely tutorial. Thank you for this!
Tiancum Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! This is extensive... I love it! Fantastic work! :nod:
The Cut-away thing sounds pretty intresting. Think I'm gonna try this the next time.
StarstriderDA Mar 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
Fantastic tutorial, probably the best i've ever seen! Thankyou so much for sharing it!
TyrannosaurusKing Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love you soo much. i'm definitely oing to be using this
Spaz-Attack13 Mar 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic and I think will really help me :)
Arabianwolflove Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome :heart:
RayCharlezz Jan 23, 2014
You cant really call this "your shading style."

Digital painting is very technical. A lot of artists do what you do - they go from average to amazing over time. Sometimes its classes, other times its practice. 

There is nothing "stylistic" or unique about it - its just capturing light well. What" is" stylistic? Your drawing style - How things move, their edges, proportions, etc. 

Not sharing how you shade is really just trying to keep something a secret. Its like not sharing HTML code or something. Its a technical thing, not a style thing. Or not sharing human anatomy...  

Regardless, thanks for what you do share. It really helps artists who dont have money or time to dedicate, yet still want to improve. 
TamberElla Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In my opinion style is how to execute lighting and shading in a unique way. The series of steps used in photoshop to create lighting effects. How they're exaggerated or made unrealistic in a pleasing way, etc.
TamberElla Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this isn't my style, its just technical stuff? I said that at the top. people can have their own lighting style though, definitely. 
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