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Shading Walkthrough by Isihock Shading Walkthrough by Isihock

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There are tons of ways to shade, this is just how I, personally, do it. 

My shading technique changes constantly (because I hate how long it takes and how messy it is with characters that have tons of different colours and markings) but yeah, a walkthrough on how I shade, as requested by a friend //v

Sorry if there are any typos, I type fast so I often don't notice. ;v;

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SAI brushes by Isihock

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:icondontleavememasky2975:
dontleavememasky2975 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's easy for u to say I only got MS paint
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Isihock Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
You can download Paint tool SAI, but the art program you have makes little difference u v u every program is good if you know how to use it.
There's tutorials for MS Paint too //v\\
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dontleavememasky2975 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok
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XScourgeOfBloodclanX Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This was helpful! ;v;
If you want to see the result: fav.me/d7n1ljw
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Isihock Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Ahhh wow I'm glad it helped aha <333
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:iconcasterskeeper:
casterskeeper Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
This is a great tutorial, I'm having some trouble with the blending
The Water brush/tool is all set up but when I use it I get more of a solid blob of color than an actual blending effect :(
I was wondering if there was something I could do  like use it on a different layer or if I had to merge certain layers
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:iconisihock:
Isihock Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Do you have a tablet? It doesn't work with a mouse o:
if you're having troubles, try using the blur tool to get it to blend C:
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:iconcasterskeeper:
casterskeeper Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Yeah (using mouse)
but I got it to work by changing the "Smoothing Prs" to 100% instead of 50%
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Isihock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
ohhh alright C: good
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:iconlunamoon6657:
Lunamoon6657 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is so helpful
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Isihock Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I'm glad it helps <3
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Lunamoon6657 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:3
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t-o-z-z-i-e Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for much! This was reaaaaalllly helpful~ :love:
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Isihock Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
No problem, glad it helps ;u;
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t-o-z-z-i-e Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I did a quick practice using your tutorial~ :love:
link I deviated from it a bit, but it definitely helped with my technique.
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Isihock Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Ahhh I'm glad it helped! <333 //v\\
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Haha, quite helpful indeed :iconrainbowheartplz: Thank you for sharing :D
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Ahh thank you ; u ; no problem
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Your so welcome :D
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PTArionn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bwah i always had problems with shading in the markings, as i usually did markings + base colour on seperate layers ad then shaded the seperatly ;A;
hopefully this will help c:<
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014

Oh wow, yeah then this would definitely be easier ;; o ;; It'd be so hard to get the shading to match up if you do them separately ahaha

Good luck <3333

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PTArionn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you x3 ill need it haha
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
No problem <333
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RobinYohPanties Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
LOOK AT ALL THIS PRO HAPPENING HERE!!
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
sOBSOBSOB thank you ahhh //n\\ <333
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plangkye Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! I never noticed the "any tool is an eraser" button before; that's going to be super useful!
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

Ahhh thanks a lot <3

Yes it's very helpful, I only realized a while ago either :'D

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Rising-At-Midnight Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah hm, using the water tool instead of the blur tool... i must try this ^^ dang your tutorials are AMAZING. ; ; 
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

I avoid using the blur tool, it tends to look messy ;; u ;; the water tool is much leaner

sobs thanks so much <3

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Rising-At-Midnight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hm... my water tool looks very... SOLID, is it supposed to be that way?... 
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Uhmmm not really no o: maybe you're pressing too hard?
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:iconrising-at-midnight:
Rising-At-Midnight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hm... maybe... I noticed some of my brushes are the same as others however. Hm....  Idk, do you use the water tool? Or the water color tool? 
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Water tool C: water colour tool is different
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:iconrising-at-midnight:
Rising-At-Midnight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm... xD my tools are weird, they don't blur out like urs do lol 
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
ahhh wow that's odd //o\\ maybe you're pressing too hard???
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Karasu-No-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question, why is it that whenever i'm drawing something, my paint bucket NEVER fills anything in (There is no missing pixels) It just colors in the whole drawing? And i have to color everything by hand. My SAI doesn't have layer clip, it has clipping group, which only allows me to clip shadow, not the base. Any suggestions?

~Great work btw, very helpful.
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

When using clipping group (mine has clipping group too), you have to be only ONE layer above the base colours. If you have any other layer underneath it won't let you do anything. So say you have your base colours, new layer, clipping group, and your lines will not go over the base colours.

When you fill bucket the drawing, you need to SELECT the area you want to fill bucket first. Do this by following the first 4 steps of this tutorial

isihock.deviantart.com/art/Col…

Otherwise yes it will just fill the entire canvas. C:


Thank you <3

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Karasu-No-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've done the clipping group, but i didn't know that about the bucket! Thank you!! :3
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
No problem C:
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Kitsurie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
That always happens to me as well, it can get very annoying.
An alternative is that you can use the magic wand tool and click on the place you want to be filled.
There'll still be some small pixels you need to fill in by hand, but still it's an easier solution.
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Karasu-No-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've actually tried that as well, but for some reason it fills the ENTIRE thing, just like the bucket, i could always go back and use the diselect, but that would take so long... It makes drawing such a pain!
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Kitsurie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Oh hm that's strange
Are you using the clipping layer where the magic wand tool doesn't work, and is it on the same layer as the thing you want to fill in ?  ovo
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Karasu-No-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it's on the same layer, the clipping layer isn't on, is it supposed to be?
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Kitsurie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
When you click on the bucket/magicwand tool, is the setting on 'Working Layer' 'Selection Source' or 'All Image'? ovo
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:iconkarasu-no-ketsueki:
Karasu-No-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's on Working layer. What's the difference about them?
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....this is way too complicated for me.
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Yeah it always takes ages sobs
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I have sai now but none of the tools to make it good.
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Isihock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

You make new tools yourself C: and then practice using them, until you get the hang of it

Every new brush is like learning something completely new, you have to figure out how to use it most efficiently first :'D

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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the hard part
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