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How to Shade & Blend

How to blend multiple colours together without using the blending tool to create a flawless product! Want to learn how to create flawless lineart? Visit my Clean Line-art for Dummies tutorial here: http://www.ratemydrawings.com/tutorials/drawing/3368-Clean_LineArt_for_Dummies.html

Tutorial category: drawing  
Tutorial type:
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Submitted by:
adaydreamer
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This tutorial is based on:
Misaki - Kaichou Wa Maid-sama by adaydreamer

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Step 1

Okay, for me colouring is probably the most frustrating, time-consuming and hardest part. You CANNOT be lazy or else it won't turn out nicely. Sometimes, colouring is such a hassle for me that I just leave it black and white but that's a terrible idea with fan art/manga. Anyways, you'll start by making a new layer called dress (or whatever part your starting with) and putting that layer underneath LINEART and above SKETCH. (You can get rid of sketch by clicking the (-) button at the bottom of the layers bar). Now collect the colours you want and sample them in the corner like I did because remember, when painting or drawing we always use more than one colour unless your doing pop art or something, we want dimension and personality in our drawing! If you are feeling lazy, there is a fill tool (the bucket) so you can use that for the insides but you'll have to colour the edge because it doesn't fill the whole thing.

 

Step 2

I like to do bits of everything instead of detailing one part and moving to the next, it helps me get an idea of what I'm doing and what the finished product is going to look like. So when colouring, you just want to do block colours - no shading, yet. For the 'm' in the speech bubble, I was stupid and just tried to draw one but the easiest way is to trace an actual 'm' that you have drawn and paper and put it on the computer screen (make sure your computer screen is really bright!). So I did the sample thing with the skin too, I also did the shadows under the hair with a more orange, darker colour. Misaki's hair in the picture goes from a light pink, to a peach, to a lavendar, to a purple grey and then to a nice maroony purple.

 

 

Step 3

So I've added more detail especially with her eyes and her colour. Now I'm going to talk about shading and blending without using those crappy blending/smudging tools. LISTEN/READ INTENTLY. lol. I'm not sure how to explain it but I'll try my best.
I forgot to mention: When you right-click it samples that colour that you have used which is why I have those sample circles there. The right-clicking is crucial for the blending step!
For blending and shading I right-click on a colour. Then I right-click the colour next to it (the one I want it to blend with/in). When you right-click you will notice that little box with the rainbows of colours on it. You will see that when you click on the colour there's a dot. Keep clicking back and forth from those two colours you want to blend. You will see the distance those colours are apart. You want to roughly click in the middle of those two dots. Then click the Airbrush which is underneath the Pencil tool. Glide the airbrush back and forth through the line between the two colours and you will start to see them blend together. Repeat it so that it looks even and blended. Gee, i hope you understand that...

 

Step 4

A little more detail. Now you can see it come to life. Can you see the way I blended the colours? It's really quite simple :) More shading and colouring the edges left behind from the Fill tool.

 

Step 5

Now I've almost finished the dress, done the skin and the hair is always the hardest part for me, especially if its a female. Why must she have such long and colourful hair? lol

 

 

Step 6

Okay, so now Misaki is blushing, her dress and skin is done. (DON'T FORGET TO SAVE EVERY 15-30 mins!) So this drawing at the moment (above) should be above 500 KB that's pretty big. Her hair is kind of tricky, because there's so any different colours and I want it to look similar to the reference! My blending technique is kinda not-as-useful at this point but it still works if you try harder. Don't forget about her ears like I did.

 

Step 7

So in this I've finished her hair, done a checked background by going to Effects and then to Panels (or something like that) and then you get the Textures panel and then you go to the checked texture with medium size. Make sure you make a new layer (called Background) and put it underneath everything. The rest of the layers can be merged together since your not doing anything else to them. Go to the layers box and then click the one at the top which should be highlighted in dark grey. Go to the top bar, Layers and then click Merge Down, this merges the layer you've highlighted with the one below it. Keep doing that until you have two layers left. One of them is the one with everything and the other is Background. I shaded her tail which was easy. Put some dot textures on her hair and put some plaid textures on her eyes to make them pop. Don't forget to sign your name on the right...

FINISHED~! Hope this tutorial helped a little and don't forget to visit the line-art tutorial (linked in description) and also it would be great if you could visit my blog: [ LINK ] where there are more tutorials! Keep in mind that I used a reference :) Quality might not be as good because RMD changes it a bit.

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