When you SHOULD use some of these techniques:Black and white:
Using black and white for shadows is fine in small amounts, but I suggest to add some color, too.Airbrush:
Skilled artists can make this look good, especially if you use it in addition to hard shading. I sadly am not skilled enough to make it look decent. xD I don't suggest this tool for beginners or it might look funny like the example. Different lightness and saturation of base color:
For more cartoony styles, this looks fine.
I'd say it's the second best of all these. x3Dodge and burn:
If used sparingly on hair and it certain lighting, dodge can look really good. Unfortunately, it can also look really bad if overused.
----There are MUCH better shading tutorials out there, and I'm not at all an expert. I honestly didn't think more than 50 people would see this. Like a few comments said, there are a lot of other factors like mood and style that I didn't cover. So if you want to learn how to shade and color right check out some other tutorials too, I suggest [link] and [link]. I feel kind of guilty, embarrassed and undeserving since this isn't a great tutorial, so I think you should look at some other ones instead. xDThese are just tips, there isn't really a "right" or "wrong" way. If you want to use one of the "don't" styles to shade, that's perfectly fine.
In fact, it looks best when you combine all of the above styles a little.
Note that this is meant for beginners
. And it looks like some people didn't like that I said some styles were 'boring.' I just meant that they lack depth a little, there's not actually anything wrong with using black and white to shade.
Some comments have pointed out that I don't have a good enough grasp on shading and coloring to make a tutorial, and I agree that I'm no expert, but hopefully I can still help those of you new to digital art. Some of you have also said that you like one of the "don't" drawings better, and that's fine, I respect your opinion.
If you want to critique my tutorial go ahead and comment, I like suggestions and won't be offended.
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It really means a lot to me.
Hair tutorial: [link]