An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
An Ethel Among Mermans

Cel-Shading techniques?

I'll be totally open and say I suck at cel-shading. It's never something I've quite gotten the hang of the way I like it. I really like the styles of David Kawena and of course Keovi, but for some reason, try as I might, I can't seem to get the hang of it.

Do any of you have any favorite cel shading tutorials, techniques, advice and critiques for me? Please see my recent half-assed attempt to tell me what I can do better. Admittedly, towards the end it was so late at night I got sloppy, but I might want to revisit this and try again:

Here's what I did with this one, just to give a little insight:
I haven't found a good way to ink digitally as I primarily use Photoshop and I haven't been able to get the crisp lines in photoshop that I like to see on digitally inked things (if anyone has any tips for this I'd love to hear them), so I drew it in pencil and just tried to "ink" with the pencil as best I could, then put the "lines" layer on multiply and colored the flats under it.

For the shading I used a saturated magenta which I had on a new layer set to a low opacity. I /attempted/ a little bit of gradient work on the overall flat color but that didn't work out as I had planned.

Really any advice or tips would be great! I want to give this another shot.
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