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Shading Tutorial - with SAI by soulwithin465 Shading Tutorial - with SAI by soulwithin465
So….this has been sitting in my 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 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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MontyTH Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014   General Artist
So awesome *-*
WanderingDraconis 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:
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</
xMax-Volumex Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist

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

I CANT DO ET!!! :[


Amazing work though <3

Wolf-Riko Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
how do you draw  STRAIGHT LINES? omfg 
jenedict Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you should of explained it better, thanks for trying though c:
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
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?




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
Pure-Escapism Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful! Thank you for posting it!
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