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The BASICS : Light + Shadow by Shattered-Earth The BASICS : Light + Shadow by Shattered-Earth
If you like this tutorial or do not like it, please take some time to tell me why so I will know how to make any future tutorials! Thanks :D:heart: And thank you for all your favs, it makes me happy that anyone could find any help from this at all, I am so sorry I cannot visit all your pages and say thanks personally as it's become far too much work for this deviation ATM. Please know i still truly appreciate all the support! :heart:

Here is my attempt at explaining how to shade things :O

Again inspired by lots of art I see where the same mistakes are being made a lot by many many artists. Most tutorials I see are about how to shade in a certain "style" or how things look like if they are shaded like. Like, here's a cube, shaded! UNDERSTAND?

Of course not @_@, it takes lots of practice to understand things like that, not a simple tutorial. So my goal with this was to equip beginners with the concepts needed to examine how things are shaded and WHY things are shaded. With this, i hope people can begin to practice on their own and work their brains on shading and 3D forms, and apply it to their own art :O.

Check out the other BASIC Basics:


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THE ONLY TUTORIAL ON COLORING I RECOMMEND AT THE MOMENT AFTER YOU'VE MASTERED THESE BASICS IS THIS ONE: [link]



It is FANTASTIC, but i realize it is of little use if you do not understand the very FUNDAMENTALS of lighting and shadow, so once you get it, please check that one out it's AMAZING
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solo013 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like and don't like parts of the tutorial. There are many art styles, and not all use the same shading method. If you think about it when you rotate the "wrong" shadings you would shade them differently so just because they look one way from one view doesn't mean they would look that way from another view.
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Axellione Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way this tutorial is written, but I can't seem to understand the concept. I've been staring at the screen for like ten minutes like "Wut." Have you ever considered creating a YouTube video that covers it?
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air482 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
awesome tutorial thank you )
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I tend to just shade on every slanted surface I find if I'm not leaving out shading in the first place :P This was really useful, thanks!
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xxice-maidenxx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guilty of doing the soft shading. XD
This helped me a lot! Thanks! 
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SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful, I have to say I was lucky to find this because I was guilty of doing all three types of wrong shading which you mentioned. I never knew how it was a big mistake, but now I'll improve my shading skills thanks to you ^^
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iLantiis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a B and so needed this :3
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Alicient Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your tutorials they're amusing and informative. I see my mistakes in my drawings, I have a lot to learn :)
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks! Learning how to improve yourself is the most important step :)
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Euphyros Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was smiling all the time because I was guilty on doing the soft-shading part. Haha. This is actually VERY helpful. Thank you.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Digital Artist
XD thanks!
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random0089 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
well is that all i need to learn how to shade and a lot of practice ? :(
can name some book for me ? :( tht i can learn shading from ? :(

* sorry for bad english TT.TT
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   Digital Artist
well sort of, you can just look at some tutorials after, or basic drawing books? honestly just observation and practice will take you very far. Try looking for very white or light color things in your house and turning off the lights in a room, then using a lamp to light one side and  draw it :O
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random0089 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
yep
thank you for answer :)
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Searleit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Another enlightening tut of yours :) (word play not intended)
But anyway it's funny how the "oh so big and fabulous"
drawing books give us instructions about the topic that really don't
convey anything. But I find your explenation so accurate
and simple that it even got throu my thick skull and that means something xD
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks again like I said, sorry for being so late It means a lot that i delivered a new method for those who need it! 
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Searleit Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Yes, it means a lot to me
as well :)) Thank you again :)
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ColdHeartedCupid Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And then there's me, who just uses flat color XD Awesome tutorial, it makes me a bit more hopeful that I will one day be able to shade correctly ^__^
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Flat color is cool too, but at least when you try now you'll be on the right track!
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ColdHeartedCupid Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks ^__^
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Infindibulator Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I LOL'd hard at that "fleshlight" part ! Wink/Razz
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   Digital Artist
whaaatt no way >_>~~ lol
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WizzDono Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
My problem about light sources isn't shading, but mostly where to put it/ the reflective light.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Digital Artist
well it's honestly mostly up to you where you want it XD, i mean what part of it is confusing for you?
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WizzDono Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
The reflective one, I don't know what kind of color to use and where to put it. (note me instead to say directly)
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Try looking at the tutorial i linked in the comments if you have not already O:
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EmilyTheChef Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I like your sense of humor and real world examples. I like your scientific technique, but my brain still doesn't work in 3d, I will observe IRL - it is a true talent to be able to understand and observe light! THANK YOU for sharing!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Digital Artist
haha thanks, i think i might have went over board with the silliness but i'm glad you understand it!
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tekitomadachi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this tutorial! I'm still trying to improve in this area of my artwork, so this helps out a lot! :D
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Digital Artist
i'm glad you could find it useful!
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aliursa Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
XD I laughed so hard when you showed what carbon would look like if he was shaded the way he was. "CARBON IS PREGGERS!"

XDD Thanks so much for the tutorials! I love them!
- Leah
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
XD i'm glad you like them!
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pushyreeder Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
cool! real helpful.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013   Digital Artist
awesome!
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pushyreeder Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I wanna say keep up the great art!
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FredDogsMum Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I would love to be able to print this off as it is really helpful but can only get the first part. Any ideas. Thanks
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
hmm i'm guessing you mean to print it at a legible size your printer only prints the image as one page and stops?

I would say open the file up in an image editor and just crop it out into page sized chunks and print each one? I don't mind what you do with the file as long as it's for personal use :)
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FredDogsMum Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Yes its only for personal use. My work area is not near my computer and my memory is not that good so would be handy to have it on the desk in front of me when creating.
Thanks for the solution I will give that a try
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Digital Artist
great, good luck and if you have any more issues let me know~
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LoneWintress Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Thank you. Definitely more helpful than other tuts I tried...

I never thought of flashlights. o-o
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
that's my job, giving new perspective xOx
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LoneWintress Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and regrettably, my shading method is B...;_;
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
the first step of improving is understanding what you did wrong :)
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LoneWintress Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes thank you for making me realize that (i still have that)
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JustIRaziel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quit funny written tutorial, like the light beam explanation :P
(and Noom nom nom- kun ,too)
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you could get something from it :)
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Lulie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why doesn't this have a DD yet and why is it so hard to find in searches? D: This is like the best (or maybe second best -- definitely best for figures and beginners) lighting tutorial on DA.

HOW DO I MAKE YOU MORE POPULAR D:
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Probably cause it's so messy and ugly XD i'm too lazy to polish it up if i can get the point across already >_>
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Crystel86 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thanks a lot for your tutorial ! Light and shadow is really difficult for me, but with your tutorial, it's really cleary and helpful! Thanks lot !
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
oh yay great!
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