Disclaimer: This info is all coming from my brain. Some things regarding shading may be unique to me and therefore unconventional or incorrect.
Shading with a grayscale layer allows me to shade skin and anything else without muddiness. I think it’s important that a couple things are kept in mind:
- Predetermine your values
Have a lowest, mid and highest value ready to go. Use a grayscale pallete if you want to (you can easily pull one from Google)
My highest value is almost white. My personal lowest value is usually #808080 which is directly in the middle of black and white. I never go darker until after the entire subject is shaded.
«Quick, real time demonstration. I started off blocking in my values using the three grays to the left: #808080, #bfbfbf and #f2f2f2. Any values in between those where color picked from the resulting overlaps. Eventually, I had a nice gradation and gently blended everything into a smoother gradation (for this smooth, round surface) using the smudge tool. A large, soft-edge brush was used to add a general highlight and ambient lighting in the end.
- Try shading from your lowest value to your highest (making use of a tablet’s sensitivity).
For some, understanding values may be less obvious than for others. I personally use a lot of on-the-spot intuition (because after you’ve done something enough times, it becomes a repeated process applied over and over again). When you have a light source hitting an object, you need to know which part(s) of that object get hit with no light, a little bit of light or a lot of light. Shading from your lowest value to your highest value may assist your eyes when determining this:
«Quick, real time demonstration. This is essentially how I do Annie Mei’s green orbs!
When you’re all done with your shade layer, set it to Multiply on top of your flats layer and see what you got!
I’m not very good at explaining things but I hope this helps out in some way when it comes to understanding shading in general.
Here’s some guides I did to point out the differences between boarding for a 2-D show and a 3-D show. For the most part, all traditional film making theory still applies, but you have a lot more freedom when moving the camera.
“Freedom” is director speak for “come on, we got a nifty CG environment where we can do crazy camera moves. Use it!!”
And then we have to draw it ;)
But hey, directors are right- if you have it, use it! It is a very good storytelling tool when used well.
Great to see also the camera moves comparisons between a regular 2D show and a CG one.
Ladybug — Coming Soon (Formerly known as Miraculous Ladybug)
Videos: 2D Animated PV | CGI Teaser | ZAG 2013
"Marinette and Adrien are two extraordinary junior high students. Close friends in the daily life, unknown team-mates the night. They transform into superheroes: Ladybug and Chat Noir. Missioned by Fu, the Guardian of the Orb, to capture evil creatures – the Akumas – led by Butterfly to transform anyone into a super villain and so to save Paris!
Right now Marinette will always have to struggle to juggle her two identities and her objectives: win Adrien’s heart in the daily life and stop the Butterfly in the Night. Maybe the second one is the easier for this reserved girl…Thanks to her earrings where Tikki - her Kwami with magical power – resides she is always ready to transform and to face enemies.” — A.B International DistributionA Zagtoon x Method Animation x Toei Animation Project
omg i am laughing so hard at the Miss Universe costume category
you got poland lookin nice
Namibia workin it
Costa Rica goin big, what did you expect
Haiti fuckin rockin it
Great Britain got damn
Switzerland hell yeah
we had to be a fucking transformer
ive never been more proud to be an american tbh
A few human Raava concept sketches for the Beginnings AU with Kyonz!
Shortly after Raava begins traveling with Wan, she adopts a human form to better understand the way of the humans. Her initial appearance is older, but she de-ages as she grows weaker from Vaatu’s increasing power.
I designed Raava, but in all the time we worked on those episodes I never once thought of how she might look as a human. So it was a delight to see the flood of anthropomorphized fanart once the “Beginnings” episodes aired. In hindsight, it makes sense that people would imagine that, especially hearing her very-human voice, but for me she was always a kite-squid-spirit thing.
Of all the cool and amusing human interpretations of her and Vaatu, this is one of my favorites so far. Exquisite drawings. And I love the idea that she grows younger as her power wanes!
Tiny Princess Captain America finally outgrew her dress, so this Halloween, it was time for her long-promised Tiny Princess Thor! I think she might like this one better…it has a sparkly cape, after all. Also a hammer. (“What do you hit with the hammer at daycare, Tiny Princess Thor?” “*pause* I don’t know.” “Nothing! You hit nothing with the hammer!”) (She did not, in fact, hit anything with the hammer at daycare. Though she did cry when they had the kids change out of their costumes after their Halloween party, because she wanted to keep wearing her dress.)
Oh, and Big Tiny Princess Thor and Big Tiny Princess Captain America have a message for Iron Man…
Tiny Princess Thor made by Bright Copper Penny
How to Make a Tiny Princess Superhero Dress, at my blog
Hair wings & gauntlets are from my Lightning Bolt costume, patterns by Tabby and Tally respectively
*ded of cute*
whats your friend code?
DO YOU HAVE COMPANY COMING OVER, BUT YOUR HOUSE SMELLS LIKE SMOKE OR YOUR MOLD EXPERIMENTS OR CAT PISS OR SOME BULLSHIT LIKE THAT?
WELL SLAP MY ASS AND CALL ME BRILLIANT, BECAUSE THIS SHIT ISN’T EDIBLE, BUT IT’LL MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL LIKE A GODDAMN CHURCH CHOIR SINGING HALLE-FUCKING-LUJAH IN YOUR NASAL PASSAGE! (YOU SHOULD GET RID OF WHATEVER’S STINKING UP YOUR HOUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE AS WELL, MORON)
RUN YOUR CLASSY ASS OVER TO THE STORE AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE PREPARED FOR THE MIND-FUCK OF THIS SHIT. YOU’LL WANT 1 ORANGE, A SMALL BAG OF CRANBERRIES, 3 CINNAMON STICKS, GROUND CLOVES, NUTMEG, 2 LEMONS, ROSEMARY AND VANILLA.
THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS THAT YOU CAN COOK, BECAUSE CLASSY-ASS MOTHERFUCKERS NEED VARIETIES IN THEIR LIFE!
THE FIRST IS ‘CHRISTMAS’ AND THE SECOND DOESN’T HAVE A DAMN NAME, BUT IT’S FUCKING WONDERFUL.
ONLY HAVE ONE POT OF THIS SHIT GOING, IT’S CRAZY POWERFUL.
CHOP UP THE ORANGE, SKIN AND ALL, BECAUSE YOU DON’T JOKE AROUND WITH THIS SORT OF SHIT.
USE YOUR WARRIOR STRENGTH TO BREAK THE CINNAMON STICKS IN HALF, LIKE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SNAPPING THE FEMURS OF DRAGONS BEFORE YOU SUCKED THE MARROW OUT.
THROW THE ORANGE AND CINNAMON STICK PIECES INTO THE POT, OR IF YOU’RE NOT CONFIDENT WITH YOUR AIM, YOU CAN SET THEM GENTLY INSIDE. SHOVE A SMALL SPOONFUL OF NUTMEG AND A SMALL SPOONFUL OF CLOVES INTO THE POT.
THEN FILL THAT FUCKER UP WITH WATER UNTIL THERE’S ONLY AN INCH OF LEEWAY BETWEEN THE WATER AND EDGE, BECAUSE YOU’RE A DAREDEVIL MOTHERFUCKER.
NOW SET YOUR STOVE TO A LOW-MEDIUM SETTING, AND LEAVE IT SITTING THERE TO MARINATE IN IT’S OWN QUIET ACCEPTANCE OF DEATH. DON’T COVER THIS FUCKER, BECAUSE THE SMELL OF IT IS GOING TO INVADE YOUR ENTIRE GODDAMN HOUSE.
THAT WHICH WILL NOT BE NAMED
THE OTHER VERSION OF BOILING POTPOURRI ONLY HAS LEMONS, ROSEMARY SPRIGS AND VANILLA.
RIP THE LEMON INTO CHUNKS WHILE SOLVING THREE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES IN YOUR HEAD AND YELLING AT YOUR FLATMATE TO LEAVE YOUR OTHER EXPERIMENTS ALONE, THEN BE A CHAMPION BY NOT USING A MEASURING TOOL WHEN SPLASHING 1 TABLESPOON OF VANILLA INTO THE POT.
TOSS IN THE ROSEMARY SPRIGS AFTER YOU’VE STARED THEM INTO SUBMISSION.
FILL THAT SUCKER WITH WATER AND PUT IT ON THE HEAT.
YOU LEAVE IT ON FOR 2 HOURS AT THE START OF THE DAY, THEN TURN IT ON AGAIN AN HOUR BEFORE GUESTS GET TO YOUR HOME AND LEAVE IT ON ALL EVENING.
TAKE A WHIFF UP CLOSE EVERY FEW HOURS, BECAUSE THE FRUIT WILL START TO SMELL WEIRD AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THAT’S WHEN YOU TURN IT OFF.
WHEN YOUR GUESTS ARRIVE THEY’LL HAVE TO STEP BACK AND EXCLAIM “HOLY MOTHERFUCKING TITS, THIS IS ONE CLASSY HOME”
Not gonna lie, I’m mostly reblogging this because reading it is so thoroughly enjoyable.
I really love aggressive recipes
reblogging because I would actually love my condo to not smell like a basement sometimes