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barbieburnanator asked:

Hello, I'm sure other might have asked, but as someone who is trying to expand their horizons in the field of art, I'm asking around and I'm trying to find a shading technique that I like. I'm sure that once I gain more experience I'll develop my own style, but I feel very lost when it comes to shading. any advice?

chikuto answered:

Hi hi I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking, mostly because I fluctuate between shading styles quite a bit and I’m just like “OH GOD WHY ARE PEOPLE ASKIN ME”, so I don’t have a whoLE lot of advice on shading. But since you asked I’ll give it a try - feel free to ask again if I’m not saying the right things.

The advice I’d give to someone LOOKING for a shading style is to know how to apply a mood to your pic via shading. Lately I’ve been using a much softer form of shading than I used to, because I draw a lot more “happier”, “relaxing” pictures. Shading should really compliment the mood of the pic, and here’s the two I use the most -



If I’d drawn Usagi using the second pic’s style of shading, it definitely wouldn’t have fit, and vice versa. It’s about figuring out your own “style” - what kind of pics do you draw the most? Cute ones? Happy ones? Then you might wanna go for soft shading, warm colours, ect. If you draw more serious stuff, playing around with the tips in the second pic might be better suited for you. 

And like all advice in the art world, it’s never solid stuff. It’s all about playing around and seeing what works for your style of art. 



I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly.  :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy!  You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through.  You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way!  Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!

Love your art, love yourself!

Or, my one year before-and-after