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I originally wanted to make a video of this but never did so thought I could make it a tutorial like this.
Something I've been asked about earlier and thought I'd share it :) I always enjoy doing this part in my pictures!


Not much to say about it though here, but let me know if you have any questions or if anything's unclear. Wrote the texts pretty quickly so it might have some derps but hopefully not haha!

It works at least in photoshop, but it should work in any other programs that have a Gaussian Blur... thing or something similar at least.

Hope you like it!! :)

characters used in this are (c) to their owners!

edit: added some little things!
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Because I might be one of the laziest artists on the planet, I'm always looking for an easier way to complete my art and make it look good. This is for *saregona who was looking for ideas on how others cope with the evils of shading, as well as any one else who is curious.




The livestream video of me shading this picture: [link]

Completed image:

Image 1: Flat Colour
I always flat colour my images before applying shading, and I try to add as much depth of colour as possible since it really makes the overlay shading pop. Essentially, detailed and varied flat colour shading is your one stop ticket to really easy, realistic(ish) looking shading. Top tip. As you can see here, I've used a combination of reds, oranges, browns, blues and purples to complete my flat colour layer.

Image 2: Normal Mode
This is actually my completed shading without any filters being applied. As you can see, I use varying shades of grey, though not too extreme to produce my results. I use two layers: one for highlights (which I do first) and then one for shadows (which I apply where necessary after). The highlight layer is layer 20, and the shadow layer is layer 23.

Image 3: Highlights
Here I've hidden the shadow layer and set the highlights to screen. You can see that the majority of my shading really happens in my highlighting, and the shadow layer only adds some depth. It also demonstrates how easy it is to get a depth of colour in your shading using a filter shading layer. Having a look at my livestream will help with seeing how I actually apply the highlights, which is very gradually with a medium soft brush on a low opacity.

Image 4: Shadows
This is really a final touch I add to give everything a bit more depth. Not a lot to say here really, applied in the same way as my highlights, though it does go over the highlight layer and I set it to multiply.
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Been promising to do this for a while, and finally managed to do it (and replace my horrible old fur tutorial which might be still floating around the web somewhere). I used my previous painting on this as an example, thought about doing it this way with a painting example and step-by-step next to each other.

Sorry if there's any typos or if it's unclear in any way, let me know if it's difficult to read and will try to fix it.
I'm not sure if it's a tutorial or walkthrough like I mention in the tutorial, but I hope you like it nevertheless.
The flat colours in the first step are based on a sketch that can be seen here: [link] but I didn't show it in the tutorial.

Programs and brushes used were Photoshop CS3 and this basic brush and the one below it with Minimum Diameter (in Shape Dynamics) set to 0% (it also shows how to use the smudge scattering thing I mentioned): [link]

thanks for reading! :)

To see the full thing properly you might want to download it.
I put this in the Photoshop tutorial category, but like I said this can be used in most digital programs I believe. And even traditional in a way :)

also forgive meee for the poop layout, I'm not a graphic designer at all hahahah ;;

Edit: On step 3 it's meant to say "you can ALSO use a few of them, not only". Will fix it soon.
Edit2: Fixed that and some other things and added some small clarifications!


TIPS


Also about black fur: In black fur I'd focus more on the light areas and if the subject has really dark fur you might not want to draw much in the darkest area.
Example here from my own pictures and how I'd do it: [link] (even if it's an older pic) the base colour was a really dark black and then I mainly focused on different light layers :) and used the dark brush strokes to blend the areas together in some places.

And another tip; I recommend using this tutorial mainly as a guideline to adjust to your own needs and the length of the fur.
You don't always have to draw the fur in every area of the body and especially not as those "v-shaped" outlines. Think of it as just drawing the darker areas in the fur closest to the body ("shadowed" areas). A good visible example here! [link] [link](1024x768).jpg

For example, especially in this dog's face and other areas with shorter fur I didn't draw those dark details everywhere but rather shaped the face with some and just painted broader strokes.
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I paint my grass the lazy way about 90% of the time...

My colors and gradients tutorial [link] might also be relevant.
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Tutorial about drawing a rock. It was once submitted into my scraps, now completed with some text.

Maybe someone might find it useful ^^



PS: sorry that this drawing looks that rough, all steps for tutorial were drawn in about 10 minutes
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YEAAAAH! So here it is guys! I hope its going to help you somehow :nuu: And sorry for some mistakes :giggle:

Warning, big file!

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Size: Download please :3
Reference: kittykitty5150.deviantart.com/… (gridding)
Done with: Photoshop CS6, tablet Genius G-Pen M712X
(C) Tirexka (Naia), All rights are reserved!
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This is how I draw rocks and soil in both Corel Painter and traditional media (mostly oil, acrylic, watercolor or oil pastel). There are no special brushes, filters, tricks, etc specific to Painter. Though I've never used photoshop, I assume these techniques would work there too. They're not difficult and take little drawing skill--just a lot of tedious practice. This tutorial assumes you already know how to handle basic light and shadow on an object; if not, there are other tutorials on dA for that.

You can see more of my references here [link] but this is the first tutorial I've made and I would appreciate some feedback--is it useful, does the format work for you, is there some information you feel is missing?

Some examples of how I've used these techniques for rocks and soil in digital paintings:
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Here you all go! A special little BG tutorial requested by :iconnekoprussiareacts:

In this I go over how to draw bushes, grass, and dirt. I hope that this helps!

Art to me

I'd love to see what you guys do with this tutorial~

Edit: Wow, I never expected this tutorial to help so many people! :wow: Thank you every one!
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This is how I use my greyscales ^^
Enjoy !

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~Chibii-Kira ~BH-Stables
log: Paint Tool Sai (it works with Gimp and photoshop too !!)
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Hello! Its tutorial time! I have got many questions about painting stone. Here is veeeery simple and short tutorial I have made just for you! I don't guarantee that you will like this nor that its helpfull, Also this won't make you good at drawing rocks. It just shows the way I do it. Don't like it? then don't use it :) The best way of learning is practice.

Other Tutorials from me:


Program used : Photoshop Elements 8
By :icongrypwolf:
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