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//i'll feature questions asked in the comments so you can easily see if your question has already been asked before! 8D

AAAA LOOK I DID IT 8DD
pls ignore any spelling mistakes eue

drawing done in sai
editing done in gimp
full body took about 3-4 hours to shade, bust took about 2 hours


i really never know if what i say in these tutorials is helpful or not, so if you have any questions i'm more than happy to answer them ; u ; <3

finished pictures:
Once upon a time by Cakeindafridgei tried to find a good title im sorry by Cakeindafridge
the full res images can be seen here: sta.sh/22d6sinahcqm?edit=1
more tutorials: cakeindafridge.deviantart.com/…

it helps to use 'clipping group' and 'selection source' when shading - you can see how to use them here my sai brushes + tips

AND A QUICK NOTE: a lot of people think my tutorials try to explain the 'right' way to do art, and then go on to try to correct me
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO DO ART D8<
this is how i do my art, and it's fine if you do it another way, just don't try to 'correct' me or anyone else
SORRY IF I SOUND LIKE A DICK but it gets annoying after a while 8D
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:iconwitym:
Witym Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you erase with the same brush?
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BigBabe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  New Deviant Student General Artist
yep, he erase with the same brush
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:iconwitym:
Witym Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep I got it, just inversed
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MoonlightLyanti Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I've been staring at this for the past half hour bc I forgot how to shade...
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Dragonfly-Point Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Filmographer
What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you very much for all the hard work this must have taken.
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C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
I have to say, this is one of the most helpful shading tutorials I have seen pretty much ever. It's comprehensive with lots of examples, and being a person who adores your style of lighting and line work, it's really interesting to see the "how" and "why" behind things. Absolutely fantastic; I can't say thank you enough ! 
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Renigaed Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a gift, thank you so much. 
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UniQuest Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow looks really good !
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Bi0matrix Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student
How did you achieve the fading effect in the far-away limbs on them? In the last step they make a nice perspective effect.
I've been trying to look it up, but I don't know what to call it ^^; 
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mythkin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017   Digital Artist
it's called atmospheric perspective! i found a couple tutorials on it, hope they help you! fav.me/d33kvuq, fav.me/d8x1bi0
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Bi0matrix Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student
Ah, thank you!!
I will definitely look into these :D :D
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mythkin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017   Digital Artist
you're welcome c: 
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ConvexisTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the tutorial and the way you shade, it's quite helpful with shading fur and fuzzy things, but sadly I only use Fire Alpaca and still kind of a noob at using it, but thank you for making this, it'll definitely help me in the long run 
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AkhirasDreams Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
Okay I see how you have a lot of extra fur lines in your line art...could you possibly make a tutorial on how you know where to put the extra fur lines so its easier to shade? I know looking at a reference helps and I've tried it but its hard to see and tell where the lines are... Sos
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Sheebiee Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Agree!
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ThicketMagic Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic tutorial and the best on shading in my opinion!
Thank you very much for making it, it's very helpful and motivates me to put more effort into shading Tiny Heart 

Is there any chance you would make a tutorial about your lineart as well?
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Ready-set-RUN Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man THANKYOU!! ;U;
this is going to take a long time to perfect *_*
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AsheGray Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
WOOOOOW
How you did this amazing yellow-pink effect? *.*
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Zizicakes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Senpaii (◕‿◕✿)
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Dredorida Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
What opacity do you use for your shading layer? Just right about 50%?
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
for the full body drawing, both shading layers were set at 100% opacity (both on 'multiply') because the shading colour was light enough to keep it at 100%
and for the headshot the first layer was on 100% and the second was 57% (set to 'shade') because the 'shade' setting gives a much more intense effect!
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Dredorida Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Alright, thank you so much!! <3
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vanesari Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This was a really helpful tutorial! Thank you!!
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shapsi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I find the erasing technique to be more difficult than actually drawing in the shaded regions manually and sort of like, leaving open spots where the fur effect takes place, if you understand what I mean.. but I'll give this another shot since I really liked this tutorial. Do you by chance have the tool settings for the eraser when you're erasing the areas? 
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
the erasing brush is in the tutorial! it's simply the 'shading brush' with the inverted setting, shown in the first section of the tut!
and yeah i understand what you mean! i used to shade that way but my shading always turned out extremely messy, as you couldn't get nice smooth strokes for the fur
you get used to it the more you use it <3
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GZ43VA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016   Digital Artist
Tried it out with this piece! vv

gz43va.deviantart.com/art/AT-F…

Yeee the tutorial helped me a lot ^^

It s sooo helpful for shading and lighting! I cant wait to see what other tutorials ya do in the future!

have a nice day/night sempai! ;U;
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AttackOfTheFlash Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial! But I have one question: how do you make the eraser strokes look like fur? I've tried techniques similar to this, yet the eraser marks just look like... Flat brush strokes. Sorry if it's a dumb question, but no matter how much I try to shade like this the fur always comes out looking so flat, and not like fur at all.
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
can i see the brush settings you use for the fur? ; o ;
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AttackOfTheFlash Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yes, here it is: sta.sh/01uvxm61mpru
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you might have the 'max dens prs' or 'hard <-> soft' settings too high (since i can't see those in the picture you sent)
try playing around with those?
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AttackOfTheFlash Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Alright, thank you so much!! <3
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SlyOzelot Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Student General Artist
No poatoes :'(
...no one?
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Selection by Cakeindafridge
you need to make sure the lineart has no holes or breaks in it ; u ;
i do change the transparency around alot, but 30-ish is usually what i have it at
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Coonpelt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So that and maybe fix a few stragglers? Because I have my lineart brush at like .8 lmao
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow xDD my lineart brush is usually at about 12
but then again i do press very lightly
yeah, just make sure the lineart is all closed up otherwise the magic wand tool doesn't select it cleanly ; u ;
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Coonpelt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
IT'S ALL ABOUT WOOSHING THE WRIST ~ |D
But thanks! ;v;
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Dj-Luka Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing I always have trouble with is laying down the shape of the fur before shading, like around the neck especially to give some volume. 
I'm sure this comes from a lot of practice but I can't seem to get it down~
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
just need to study a lot of photos i guess xDD since there's many different types of fur, and vary from animal to animal
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Galaxy-claws Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
SO MUCH for this. I've always to try this kind of shading and idk why I find it so difficult. Your little tips tutorial helped to cause I don't know why I never realized to go with the flow of the lineart/coloring
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katalavaino Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial!

Could you make a tutorial on lining though? on line weight and whatnot , my lines always look flat and "dead"
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
like i said in a previous comment, i'm probably not going to do a whole tutorial dedicated to lining just because everyone's style is different and whatnot ; n ;
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katalavaino Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
awwwww ; m ;
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FimbuIvinter Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
super helpful - thanks!!
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Jika-Ji-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you do a background tutorial??? I have troubles with backgrounds!!!

And this was amazingly helpful!!
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
but i suck at backgrounds DDD8
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Jika-Ji-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No you don't all your backgrounds always look so amazing!!! (Or a anthro tutorial would be good I suck at those too lmao )
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Cakeindafridge Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
there's plenty of them out there though ;;; my anthros aren't anything special lmAO
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Jika-Ji-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are lol and most of them are not detailed lol
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SofiMXD Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
great tutorials as always XD
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