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Shading Tutorial - with SAI by soulwithin465 Shading Tutorial - with SAI by soulwithin465
So….this has been sitting in my sta.sh since January! I’ve been meaning to write explanations for everything but still have yet to do so. But either way, I feel this is of more use posted rather than just hidden away in the abyss of my sta.sh gallery. So here it is: my not so recent fur tutorial without any actual guidance on how the heck I do things. Hehe, helpful right? ^^;


To sum everything up in a really vague/quick way: I do all my shading with the brush tool. The only things I adjust are the min size and brush size. Density is always set to 100% and I don’t touch blending, dilution, persistence, or anything else. So just the very basic function of the brush.

After setting the flat colors, I completely refill with a darker tone and then roughly block in with another darker tone. With the same settings I’ll then roughly go in with an even darker tone for the darkest shadows. After I’ve blocked the shadows in I’ll go back shade by shade and refine the fur. The lighter the tone the smaller the min size percentage. This is to help with refining the fur. On average I’ll have at least 5 or more different tones.

And that’s basically it. Sorry it’s so brief! I still hope to properly explain each step but for now I hope this is of some use…and not too confusing, hehe...


.psd file of the fox shown here>

Done in Paint Tool SAI
You have permission to copy the fox directly from this tutorial as long as it is for personal use only, credit is give, and you do not attempt to make a profit or use commercially.
Thank you and happy painting :heart:
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:iconhachiloo:
Hachiloo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student General Artist
I'll try to use it, it's really good ^^ 
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MontyTH Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014   General Artist
So awesome *-*
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RogueDoodler Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I know you have about 5,000 comments on here, but I'm just curious: Do you do all of the shading on the same layer, or do you put the darker colors on separate layers?

Other than that, I'm putting this tutorial to good use! Thank you for making this! :iconspazhugplz:
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soulwithin465 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I do all the shading on the same layer~
And aw, so happy to hear it!! Thank you thank you \>u</
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Maxxillius Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist

How in the world???? o-o D:

I CANT DO ET!!! :[

 

Amazing work though <3

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Wolf-Riko Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
how do you draw  STRAIGHT LINES? omfg 
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kitten226 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hint hint: Get a mouse and use it
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:iconhachiloo:
Hachiloo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student General Artist
You dont use a mouse, buddy. Hint hint: Get a tablet ^^ 
Though you can do a little with a mouse... Not much though.
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kitten226 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hint hint: I already have a tablet, I just prefer to use my mouse. Infact most of my artwork was made with a mouse, and I personally think it looks good. My icon only looks bad because 1.: I used MS Paint and 2.: Im horrible at pixel art, not because I have a mouse even though you didn't point that out.
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Hachiloo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student General Artist
I wasn't being rude, and I wasn't being stupid. I did point it out, and it was just a note. How am I to know if you use a mouse or not? It's not a war. Don't cry, I'm not being rude, I was making a cute joke-like note, just incase you didn't know.
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kitten226 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now tell me, where and when did I imply I thought you were being rude? Go ahead, show me. You can't, because I never did so. I never implied you were stupid either, nor did I cry or start a war. Maybe just maybe, actually READ comments before replying? Thanks.
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Hachiloo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student General Artist
.... Just, ok. Ok, dear. I don't fight for stupid stuff like that, go on about your day, and have fun. It is how another takes it, tch. I had simply taken it as if you thought I was being rude, and I was saying it in a kind way, though, I do read comments, or I wouldn't know how to respond to them, hmm? I don't think we should carry this on, after all, that isn't the focus of this post, is it? so.... It was all just because I was trying to be helpful? hm. I apologize, if I was misunderstood. thank you.~Hachi
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kitten226 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I apologize too.
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jenedict Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you should of explained it better, thanks for trying though c:
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MisterSkids Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student General Artist
im sorry this was not helpful, my brain just doesnt work in the way you explained sorry
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Schuffles Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist

i have trouble understanding once you get to step 5 on this

would you mind explaining what you did a little bit?

thanks!

 

 

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Keyoto-TheFox Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!! I will be using this tut now. I use Photoshop..but I think I can do it correctly. |DD
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Pure-Escapism Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful! Thank you for posting it!
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IzDatAznPerson Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student General Artist
you make it seem so easy Soul~! 
i shall use this technique when i have a chance to do digital works again (i'm way focused on Waterpaints and Charcoal cuz thats what we are using in my classes)!
I find it hard to juggle between school art and personal art...i never seem to find the time to do personal besides little sketches. (though it doesnt help that what little time i have is used to play Pokemon Y at the moment...*has no self control*) how do you do it??
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Rovek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this will help me so much by giving my pics more details. Thank you so much <3
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December012 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful tutorial! :D
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XycuroLawls Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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ZombiesTaste Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh! This is amazing! I'll have to give this a try on my next pony colouring :-D super excited I found this!
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CrystalTheRenahog Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I have been looking for this! Thank you really! ^^

Have a nice day! :D
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The-BenT-One Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well. Shit.
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EdenDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the highlights in the last step MURDER it.
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soulwithin465 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Yeah I kind of stop doing such extreme highlights in things now cause I agree, it's a bit much haha.
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PaintedDoe Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually like the extreme highlights, it was unique and you could really recognize that you drew it. Although I do admit if you're going for realism it doesn't work too well and I prefer those kinds of drawings that you do without them, but on the chibis and more cartoon-ish styled characters it worked well and made them pop. Just my opinion though, all drawings that you do have me absolutely in awe ;o; everything is so good, the lineart, the anatomy, the expressions and shading ;w; just <5 you'll always be one of my favorite artists/artistic idols, and your style of shading will always be my personal favorite. 
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AmethystCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
please do a colour tutorial on eyes? yours are precious ;3;
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soulwithin465 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I'll keep that in mind next time I'm drawing them! c:
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AmethystCreatures Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you :D
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not easy thing at all becz i get confused on what direction to do and what do to then than doing random strokes.where to put light or dark tones.need practice yeah? or is there any helping tip to be able to decide? -_-
sorry for multi comments couldn't help myself asking xD
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soulwithin465 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Hope this is helpful in some way then! Sorry I'm not more clear with how to do everything. But yes, practice really is the key! As for deciding where to put shadows, study from life and photos. That's definitely the best way to better understand where to place shadows and highlights. Nothing is more accurate than life itself ;D

A good exercise too is finding photos and doing 30min studies of them. Just focus on blocking out the basic colors and shapes. It will definitely help with understanding how lighting works as well as many other things. Like what this group does: :iconda-speedpaint:
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your response :aww:
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial.Such thing needs practicing .reading instructions not enough condition to make sure of results but by keeping trying and trying until skills improves and get better results.i have followed many of ur tuts past few years.i meant ur old fur tut.i used to see it each time i try to paint.*well i had old account than this*
so still thanks and hopefully i get to be able to do fur thing xD
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've often wondered how you did your fur! It's always so detailed and nice.
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Angel-soma Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to try this, because I love the way you do fur.
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DietSoDuh Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So rad- wish I could do fur, haha. 
(Or any nice shading for that matter)
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DjEdBoyFreak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tanks dude/duddete!
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sithwolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh my derp she's alive lol great to see you working again dears
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Hrwolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Shading Tutorial :D <3 thank you ~
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Mulilly Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you hero
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