Practicing some Shading

Something a bit different today – not Lego! I’m trying to branch out in my (what I euphemistically call) art: specifically shading (a fancy way of saying ‘colouring in’ from what I can tell).

Shepard Shaded

Click on it for a larger image. The line art most definitely isn’t mine, but I’ve had it on my computer for a while now. I can’t find a link to the original line art, but search of ‘commander shepard line art’ brings it as one of the first images. Here’s a link a shaded version by the original artist. All credit should go to them

Yesterday I found a ‘Digital Painting in 5 EASY STEPS’ tutorial which I’d thought I’d try out. This image is the result.

I’ve only really done steps 1 to 3 from the tutorial (maybe a bit of step 4), but I’m quite happy with how it’s turned out (although I really shouldn’t be that impressed with it: it’s hardly the greatest bit of art out there). Rather than just leave it to gather dust on my hard drive, I’d though I’d upload it here.

I did make some changes to the original line art. I removed the scarring from the face, smoke from the gun barrel and the pistol from the left hip.

I could have probably made the contrast between light and dark a bit greater. I shaded it in the order of face, then body, then gun. I was getting a little bored towards the then, so I lower legs and the gun itself aren’t as well shaded as other parts. Oh well, it’s for my own learned and wasn’t planning on putting it up here.

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