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Shading Tutorial by Ehetere Shading Tutorial by Ehetere

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Its finally here! For all of you (66 of you :O) who wanted a tutorial on how I shade, here it is! If you have any specific questions that weren't answered here, I'd be happy to help and I will add them to a FAQ section at the bottom of the artist's comments to help others :D

Horse featured here is Isra' Mona, my little Arabian mare. Here is the finished pic of her: [link]



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Q. What colour are you using to highlight with? Is it solid white switched on some kind of screen/dodge layer mode, or did you just pick a lighter tone from your base colour?
A. For this I just used a lighter colour than the base shadow layer, and nothing else.
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TheDott 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I have another question, for the base shadow layer, does the color of the shadow layer change depending on the color of the horse?
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Ehetere 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you were using this method, yes.
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TheDott 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok gotcha :)
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TheDott 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quick question, sorry its a tad bit off topic, first off do you use sai for your line arts? If so what tool do you use to make such straight lines, and how do you draw your manes and tail in the line art?
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Ehetere 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is really old, but I've always done my linearts in SAI (I do pretty much everything in SAI, I feel the quality it produces is better than other drawing programs). I tend to use really large canvases for linearts which smooths out any bumps, but you can also use the curve tool on a vector layer. 
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TheDott 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ok, that makes sense :). thanks
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AcuraAquatosPhoenix Jun 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you :D <3
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Oasis-Stables Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
What settings do you use for the water color tool? Do you keep it on the original settings or make the opacity lighter or? :?
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Ehetere Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to fiddle around depending on what style I'm using at the time, though I always keep it above 50% opacity, I'll have it at almost 100% if I'm doing something more painterly and want the texture, otherwise I keep it around 70%
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Oasis-Stables Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh okay! I tried it earlier, but it didn't turn out all shiny like this or anywhere near how nice this looks. I did use SAI, like you, but I wonder if there's maybe something I'm doing "wrong" or different that changes the effect.
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