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Tutorial: Shading and Blending

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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This will be really helpful thank you

GregBHargreaves's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
thank you so much..really helpful :)
HowDoIWorkThisThing's avatar
this is really helpful, except for the fact that tortillions make me feel sick for some reason
WhiteLilys's avatar
This is an amazing tutorial. :) (Smile) 
MikuHatsuneMMDlove's avatar

btw, were you drawing Dr. House on the subject of blending with tortillions? xD
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.
RahhahRZ's avatar
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's avatar
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
artimis23's avatar
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
MidnightStrikes24's avatar
Thank you for this great article! It was really helpful!
SiranaJHelena's avatar
2007? How was I able to miss it? It's really awesome! Thank you a lot for your effort! ^^
AlisMeisVolo's avatar
thank you, you're awesome :)
TwentyYearsAgoToday's avatar
Very helpful,thank you 
Noorislight's avatar
interesting ! ,  love the  tutorials you have ! very useful ! 
Kemira-608's avatar
Wow this is a wonderful tutorial! Very concise and well detailed!
Thanks so much for the lessons....great help!
royalebranding's avatar
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's avatar
Thank you very much, this was very helpful! :D
Prakorimas's avatar
Very informative and useful (at least to me) tutorial! Thank you for sharing it!
Thanks for your tutorial. It's helpful for new as me.
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