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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".

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Due to popular demand.... here's a shading tutorial!


Remember:


-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!



:D

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 )
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YasashiiBisky000 Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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SnowyArctics Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
wow, thx so much! this tuturial is PERFECT! <33333
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :dummy: This is very useful and I already have used some of these methods, but I'll try out some more things, maybe download some brushes. This is very helpful! Thank you!
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Svelgeta Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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Im sorry, which brush is used here? 
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LaDarkA117 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
that tutorial :iconwhutplz:

THIS WILL REVOLUTIONATE MY LIFE!!!

thankx a lot :>
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choccybiccy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Really good light source reference, this is something I struggle with a lot especially with cartoony characters and to have it spelled out so clearly is great. Thanks! 
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Link-Tesla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
"The best way to judge where the shading should fall is it think of the subject as a 3-D object..."

Huh?  How do you that?  I can only mentally perceive two dimensions.
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LilacCuteKitty Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist
OMG so cool!A lot of possibilities!
You helped me with this :3
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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. ^^
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Iszryl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Wow! That's amazing, thanks a lot! :)
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is very helpful! :D
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is helping me a lot 
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BlueDuskWolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this helped alot thanks ^^ 
beautiful work too 
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Crywolfix 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 ^^  
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!! 
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RumpledRaven 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.
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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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ToxcityX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible.
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ReddyArts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Digital Artist
You are my hero. Thank heavens, I've found you!!
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c0nifer-Rain Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
God bless this post
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very helpful.  Thank you for making this, and I think I even want to link you the next picture I make (which I am trying to really think about how shading and lighting work for) and see what you think. :D  Again, awesome tutorial! ^^
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BeIIPaws Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful X3 thanks!
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sorenshadow Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.o
This,
This be awesome.
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Sladin5Ever Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you oh so much for putting the different light sources in because that is what I have the most trouble with
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abdoubouam Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this awsome tutorial :D
it will help me in drawing and the little mesh grid will help me in 3d modeling
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foxstory Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  The erase-away painterly shading is my new usual technique.
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BkSp Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
holy sweet jesus.
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Cute-Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Friggi'n helpful!! :la: :heart: :hug:
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Ever-Bliss Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're the best! :happybounce: 
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Aerobelobo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First off: I love how you included many different styles of shading in this tutorial. It seems like it would be really helpful for people searching for their own style to see what kind of shading they would like to go for in their different pictures. I do have one question (not really pertaining to the shading style xD) Did you do this whole drawing on Photoshop? Coming off of drawing on my ipad with an app called Procreate, I just got a new drawing tablet (Wacom intuos Pen & touch) and it came with some free programs etc. I've tried them out and I'm definitely still getting used to the feel of it. Is there programs you would recommend? Thank you so much either way for reading this~ And I love your work!
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Stryx-ConceptDesign Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  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!
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! This is extensive... I love it! Fantastic work! :nod:
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Glueckskatze Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist
The Cut-away thing sounds pretty intresting. Think I'm gonna try this the next time.
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StarstriderDA Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
Fantastic tutorial, probably the best i've ever seen! Thankyou so much for sharing it!
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TyrannosaurusKing Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love you soo much. i'm definitely oing to be using this
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Spaz-Attack13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic and I think will really help me :)
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Arabianwolflove Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome :heart:
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RayCharlezz Featured By Owner 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. 
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TamberElla Featured By Owner 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.
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TamberElla Featured By Owner 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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Tarrimentos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is going to be REALLY helpful for me, thank you so much for making this ;A; :heart:
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GlaringFeline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing tutorial but I don't quite understand the bounce lighting. With the two heads together to show the difference with and without I looked at them for minutes on end and didn't see a difference. I did the same with part two, I didn't see a difference. Could someone tell me what the difference is supposed to be?
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lilylighty Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me a while as well(I had read through the complete tutorial like 6 times before seeing it). But look in the cheek area, and there's a difference there.
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GlaringFeline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooohhh, I see it! Thanks for pointing it out~!
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lilylighty Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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ShadyAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Simply an amazing tutorial. Love it.
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joeywaii Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are freaking excellent. I am so impressed with this. Thank you. 
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
This is so awesomely useful! Thank you!
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xSpickeyx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
uhmhuhm

I've got a huge question ;w;
hod do you add that light thing?


I'm realy curious and it would help me a lot with my art DX
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