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Tutorial: Shading and Blending
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Published: August 30, 2007
...::EDIT::...
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.

:heart:


...Whoa...

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


...EDIT...
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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2056x2514px 2.93 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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GregBHargreaves's avatar
GregBHargreavesHobbyist 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.
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DeathKitty7Hobbyist 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's avatar
smithashanthiHobbyist Filmographer
thank you so much..really helpful :)
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HowDoIWorkThisThingHobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really helpful, except for the fact that tortillions make me feel sick for some reason
WhiteLilys's avatar
WhiteLilysHobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing tutorial. :) (Smile) 
MikuHatsuneMMDlove's avatar
MikuHatsuneMMDloveHobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

btw, were you drawing Dr. House on the subject of blending with tortillions? xD
u89djt's avatar
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.
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HyperiorTheArkAngelHobbyist 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's avatar
artimis23Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
artimis23's avatar
artimis23Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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
SiranaJHelenaHobbyist General Artist
2007? How was I able to miss it? It's really awesome! Thank you a lot for your effort! ^^
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AlisMeisVoloHobbyist
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
Kemira-608Student General Artist
Wow this is a wonderful tutorial! Very concise and well detailed!
PlainNsimple1's avatar
Thanks so much for the lessons....great help!
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royalebrandingStudent 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 ^_^
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EmoOtakuTDCTHobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, this was very helpful! :D
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PrakorimasStudent Writer
Very informative and useful (at least to me) tutorial! Thank you for sharing it!
henryiii's avatar
Thanks for your tutorial. It's helpful for new as me.
ArTRefugiuM's avatar
ArTRefugiuMHobbyist 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 =)
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