Because I might be one of the laziest artists on the planet, I'm always looking for an easier way to complete my art and make it look good. This is for *saregona
who was looking for ideas on how others cope with the evils of shading, as well as any one else who is curious.
The livestream video of me shading this picture: [link]
Image 1: Flat Colour
I always flat colour my images before applying shading, and I try to add as much depth of colour as possible since it really makes the overlay shading pop. Essentially, detailed and varied flat colour shading is your one stop ticket to really easy, realistic(ish) looking shading. Top tip. As you can see here, I've used a combination of reds, oranges, browns, blues and purples to complete my flat colour layer.
Image 2: Normal Mode
This is actually my completed shading without any filters being applied. As you can see, I use varying shades of grey, though not too extreme to produce my results. I use two layers: one for highlights (which I do first) and then one for shadows (which I apply where necessary after). The highlight layer is layer 20, and the shadow layer is layer 23.
Image 3: Highlights
Here I've hidden the shadow layer and set the highlights to screen. You can see that the majority of my shading really happens in my highlighting, and the shadow layer only adds some depth. It also demonstrates how easy it is to get a depth of colour in your shading using a filter shading layer. Having a look at my livestream will help with seeing how I actually apply the highlights, which is very gradually with a medium soft brush on a low opacity.
Image 4: Shadows
This is really a final touch I add to give everything a bit more depth. Not a lot to say here really, applied in the same way as my highlights, though it does go over the highlight layer and I set it to multiply.