Can I get some help with my shading?

Discussion in 'Art and Illustration' started by DarkAdobe, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. DarkAdobe

    DarkAdobe New Member

    I'm trying to get back into a painted gradient style again, but I'm having a bit of trouble getting the hang of it again. Here's the latest piece that I made that has it, but it keeps bugging me whenever I see it:


    It's mainly the head that's got me annoyed. Any suggestions? The light source that I'm aiming for is a straight down from above area.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Zeitzbach

    Zeitzbach Taste purple

    If the lightsource is really coming from the top then below the muzzle and certain area should be darker. Here is a quick example of what I mean


    Doing more grayshading practice before tackling the color so you have more range of light intensity will help.

    And I would say how the muzzle is drawn also contribute to making the piece look weird.
  3. crystallinecanine

    crystallinecanine Sparkle Gosh

    Another tip: Using black to shade is a bad idea. Once you blend the harsh lines out, it will look muddy. Instead of using black, use darker shades of the color you used (to shade the blue, use a darker blue, etc...) Using similar shading colors will look more natural and better if you choose the right ones.
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