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Tutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-X
Larger and edited file on request.
Several people were complaining about the small font. Leaving critiques and comments are more than welcome, but I just don't like it when people use my tutorials and at the same time nitpick about the smallest things and don't even leave a "thank you" note.

So for those who do appreciate the 30 hours I spent in writing and drawing this tutorial: I uploaded a larger file. You can click download for full size.



This is a MASSIVE tutorial I did in only 2 freakin' days! LOL.

I said I would do a gift for you all because someone hit the 60.000 pageviews. Besides, I got over 1550 watchers and my drawings of Vincent and House got over 1000 favourites.

Ooohh look at the pretty colors. My previous tutorials look quite boring compared to this baby. :D

Ehm... what else to say...
Have fun! :slow:

Watch my other tutorials here!
1. Eye Tutorial
2. Nose Tutorial
3. Hair Tutorial
4. Shading & Blending Tutorial
5. Drawing Progress Tutorial
6. Detailed Hair part 1 Tutorial
7. Detailed Hair part 2 Tutorial
8. Editing Drawings Tutorial
9. Drawing Materials Tutorial
10. Male Lips Tutorial
11. Female Lips Tutorial
12. Proportions Tutorial
13. Group Images Tutorial

Tortillions cannot be reused except for smudged areas.

However, blendingsticks can be used more often if you sharpen them with a pencil sharpener or sandpaper!!

Kudos :heart:
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
GregBHargreaves Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for time and effort you put in so we mere mortals can improve our craft, you have an amazing talent and I appreciate you share it. I found your tutorial to very in depth and huge help.
DeathKitty7 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it never occurred to me to use a tissue for blending! I definitely need to try this. Thank you so much for all these awesome tutorials!!! :D
smithashanthi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
thank you so much..really helpful :)
HowDoIWorkThisThing Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really helpful, except for the fact that tortillions make me feel sick for some reason
WhiteLilys Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing tutorial. :) (Smile) 
MikuHatsuneMMDlove Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist

btw, were you drawing Dr. House on the subject of blending with tortillions? xD
debmalyami99 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Thank you
u89djt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Tortillions are cleaned the same ways you would sharpen a pencil; with a knife, a sharpener, or sandpaper. You can also tone down the loss of graphite on the stump by rubbing it on a clean sheet of paper for a quick fix.
HyperiorTheArkAngel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very helpful tutorial indeed! I always use my finger when shading however, the idea of using a tissue to shade never came to mind so I have to thank you for the idea and I'll have to try it out sometime!
artimis23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
artimis23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
MidnightStrikes24 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Thank you for this great article! It was really helpful!
SiranaJHelena Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
2007? How was I able to miss it? It's really awesome! Thank you a lot for your effort! ^^
AlisMeisVolo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist
thank you, you're awesome :)
TwentyYearsAgoToday Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Very helpful,thank you 
Noorislight Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
interesting ! ,  love the  tutorials you have ! very useful ! 
Kemira-608 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow this is a wonderful tutorial! Very concise and well detailed!
PlainNsimple1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Thanks so much for the lessons....great help!
royalebranding Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Very informative. I've been trying to expand my shading areas since I was just accepted into a school with an art major :) Thank you for uploading ^_^
EmoOtakuTDCT Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, this was very helpful! :D
Prakorimas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Writer
Very informative and useful (at least to me) tutorial! Thank you for sharing it!
henryiii Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks for your tutorial. It's helpful for new as me.
ArTRefugiuM Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
An absolutely great and helpful tutorial, thank you!
Btw about tortillons - I use to "clean" mine with a nailfile and scissors (when really dirty also with a carpet knife) ... thought this might help you =)
JvdvArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial this helps me and a lot of other people!
Pixiechicpix Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't find the link to download a bigger version :(. I think it's great u took the time to do the tutorial go u
MisaSami Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh that's awesome! thank you La la la la 
neminemistiq Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I just joined deviantart and you are among the first i discovered and i find your tutorials very good.Thank you for your time to make this!
Microscopics-UNTD Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This is so helpful!!!!! 
kattythecathtf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Artist
i love it :iloveyouplz: 
Lilou31 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ! I think I understood. ^w^
Verrandia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you.
ChannersM Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks so much for's tools like this from people like you that help me to gain confidence...
AelissNovak Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard you can use a fine grit sandpaper on tortillions to clean them.
prestosauce Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, thank you so much for this.
I'm working on a comic, and I'm not comfortable using anything but colored pencils. I've just been doing flat color until now.
Again, thanks a bunch.
SailendraN Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Awesomeeeeeeeee... Loving this tutorial n love u...
ShadowyChica Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most beautiful thing
Miolandle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Really helpful tutorial, thank you! :)
immortal4life Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
Akai-kage-no-teira Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knead a needed eraser ;p
Onspacticted Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omygooood, are you Dutch ^^
Russell56 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank's for your hard work ...
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
my pleasure :) anything for my fellow artists
DeBegotten Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so helpful! thank you a lot.
my shading is terrible and this really helps me improving :)
Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is a really great and very helpful tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I featured it here :)
MsScorpio Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you for such a great page! I do not see a download? Maybe because of my phone? Love your tips! Amazing! Love this thank you!
YamareiKuroyamiMashi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MAJOR THANK YOU! I really suck at shading and blending when it comes to my art, and I want to learn to get better, so this gives me a great edge. ^_^
COla013 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
That' s exactly what i was looking for :) thank you! very useful!
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