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EDIT - for something I made quickly to help me sister, which she ignored BTW, this has exploded, I'm so happy and grateful, in the first day I got over 1000 faves, I'd love to thank every one individually but it's way too much for me so sorry, but again thanks you've all put a BIG smile on my face
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If you've found it helpful tell me and please show me, I'd love to see, and if you've any questions just ask and I'll do my best to help as soon as possible.

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RenardBliss Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for liking it!
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Swanangel15 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much once again.  I have so much trouble understanding light sources, this helps.  
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Glad to have helped!
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RachelNoel-Designs Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice and helpful tutorial!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Pleased to have helped!
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:iconakhira31:
Akhira31 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2015
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I always had trouble with lighting/shading of faces and this helped a lot!!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy to have helped! I'd love to see anything you do which this has helped with! :)
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Akhira31 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Here's the finished piece! (took forever till I was satisfied with it ^^)
Thanks again!
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alikkandhi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou for the tutorial! <3 
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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RocketKat123 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015   General Artist
Thanks a lot! I will definitely use this.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome! Glad to help.
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larnacy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thanks :)
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Glad to help
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SpAtkplusTwelve Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this as a reference here. This really is a very helpful tutorial. Thank you for making it.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That's a nice start! I really like your use of colour, the purple in the shadows looks great and it's really good that you included bounce light. I've got a few suggestions that might help, firstly look at reference, maybe even take photographs of yourself in the poses you're going to paint, secondly consider making the torch light brighter and a different colour (yellow would look good with the purple shadows and be accurate too), also try making the rest of the piece a lot darker than where the torch light hits. Look at how torch light works in this photo. Good luck!
 Torch by ThePurpleSorcerer  
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SpAtkplusTwelve Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll keep this stuff in mind for the next picture. 
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome
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PinPinax Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this!
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome
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JulieTHeHedhegog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Great Tutorial n_n
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awww thanks!
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Raptor-177 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful for the subtleties of the human face
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm pleased :) I hope it helps
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linypresent Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
thank you for the tips! i always havw problem on shadings ^^
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy to help. Shading can be hard, the best advice is to study life and to try and understand things in 3D.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the straightforward tutorial. I hope i apply it correctly to my work.

Do take care!!
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Good luck with it! I'm happy to answer any questions otherwise.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! You did a good job explaining it :D It's helping so far
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Wolfeternity Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
very helpful. :)
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad!
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a useful reference, thanks.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome
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celenei Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
This is most useful, thank you! :D
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Linsketches Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This helped me so much! Thanks (:
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm so glad! Please feel free to link me to anything you've created, I'd love to see.
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orion-hunter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for uploading this ! I've always had problems to figure out how to shade my characters' face properly, and now, I'm going to use your tutorial.
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You are so welcome! Any help I can offer is gladly given. Feel free to show me the results.
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redlustqueen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you a lot!!
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I hope it helps!
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transparent-soul Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Clear and easy to follow! Very nicely done! (:
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope it helps you to improve as an artist!
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Naelia12 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
It's very useful ! Thanks !
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:icontobyfoxart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is great! Thank you!

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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome!
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razamataza Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
WOW! This helped me so much :)
I usually don't like using drawn references (I prefer real pictures), but this was just so accurate and easy to understand
Thanks :)
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TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I'm so glad.

I prefer photo refs if I'm going to use any at all. If it's helped you that much, I'd love to see whatever you produce with its help!

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