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Giant Shading Tutorial by TamberElla Giant Shading Tutorial by TamberElla
2014 update: This is quite old but hopefully may still be helpful! Remember to reference a bunch of different tutorials. I honestly didn't know a whole lot when I made this so it's very surface level. BUT if it's any help I'm very glad! Now go study from some photos and such! Also, recommended reading is James Gurney "Color and Light".


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!
-Remember to learn about shading and lighting from photos and not just from art and tutorials. Don't copy other people's mistakes!
-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 haha!

With that said.... ENJOY!


Also, I've created a Supplement: Shading Tut Supplement by TamberElla
And please view part two! Long Fur Shading Tutorial by TamberElla
OLD Tutorial on Multiply Layers: Photoshop Multiply Layer Tut by TamberElla
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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 )
LilacCuteKitty Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist
OMG so cool!A lot of possibilities!
You helped me with this :3
Ikiuni Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. :la: Especially the "3D grid" thing. For me it has always been hard to "keep the light source still" (if that makes any sense XD) and I am excited to try that tip out. ^^
Iszryl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Wow! That's amazing, thanks a lot! :)
hunterN05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is very helpful! :D
barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is helping me a lot 
BlueDuskWolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this helped alot thanks ^^ 
beautiful work too 
CrazyMiaTheGirl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D This was a really good help to me :) And your shading style is really awesome ^^  
Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
PandoraDragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for making this. I had forgotten about the whole shadow/lighting thing and what a difference it makes to pieces Dx
Must learn how to do this, hehe.
Kumkrum Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a fantastic tutorial and really helpful, thank you so much for creating it!
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