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Why shadows aren't gray by RianaLD Why shadows aren't gray by RianaLD
Oh man my head hurts so bad.

But doing this tutorial makes me realize how little I still now about color and I probably made things wrong and those typos and askdkasd blah. But I hope this makes you think more about how color affects other colors in your works! And maybe not use gray to shade stuff. :U;;;

Ugh I need to lay down.

AND SORRY THE FILE SIZE IS HUUUGGEEE

Edit 8-17-12:::
HOLY MOLY where did you all come from? I just woke up with over 1K feedback messages and I'm used to seeing less than 10! Aaaa thanks so much! ;; I'm so happy so many people found it useful.

So I went in and fixed some typos, reworded some things, etc, so it's all nice. C':

ALSO for traditional artists, especially painters, the book I mentioned in the tutorial talks a lot about this stuff.

As for colored dry media: for colored pencils, I was taught in high school to use dark, cool colors along with the compliment color and dark brown as the base for shading. You'll need to experiment with this, since I haven't used it in a long time and I'm not sure how it'll turn out.

And the journey continues on!

Edit 8-21-12:::
I... got a Daily Deviation for this?! Wow!! I... I don't think I deserve it but I feel so honored! I feel bad because I wish I could've explained things better in this and cleared things up that were misunderstood... but I'm glad this helped people! That made making this tutorial worth while!

Thank you so much *Tristaeza for the suggestion and ^Elandria for the feature!

Edit 8-25-12:::
I just wanted to feature a tutorial by ~ArchAntoinette about this same topic. Before I give the link, I just wanted to point out that even though my tutorial was uploaded first and the format and photos are eerily similar, she touches upon things I didn't talk about, not to mention she's a very talented artist. Check it out! [link]
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Given 2012-08-22
[Stock & Resources] The suggester states "I've always had trouble figuring out how my shading is supposed to look and every tutorial I look at seems to just say the same thing. This tutorial, however, showed me not only how, but why the shading looks like it does. Why shadows aren't gray by *RianaLD is amazing!" ( Suggested by Tristaeza and Featured by Elandria )
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arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
slapped some sense into me, thanks a lot this is very useful :)
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ApocalypticHunter Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well this will help me a ton. :D
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! I love how detailed it is.
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shiori2525 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I found this tutorial since I have no idea what to do with the shading, shadow, and light relationship at all. Thanks a lot for doing this.
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JustToMakeComment Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you for uncommon tips about shadows.That was really hepfull for me.I want to sure to get this things right so can you aswer a couple of questions?

1)Will outdoor shadow in autumn forest look like indor shadow in your example?
1)Will indoor shadow in room ligthed with luminescent lamps look like outdoor shadow in your example?

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RianaLD Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student General Artist
To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure about the first one. From the colors of this photograph, fav.me/d3gmik3, it would seem that the shadows are almost purple (red+blue sky = purplish shadows) and the highlights still seem orangy. I would go and expirience this on my own but I live in Los Angeles and autumn forests are difficult to find and study. This is something that's definitely on my to-do list!

As for the second question, no, I don't think so, unless the lamp happens to be as blue as the sky. 
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JustToMakeComment Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thank you for answer.
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ubegovic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suspected that the outside shadows are blue for sometime now, but this makes sense! :D Thanks!
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seapuppy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A very informative piece!  I'll have to remember all of this for next time I need to do some shading.
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Almost-Impossible Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most incredibly helpful thing I've seen while on this site. It goes so incredibly in-depth on the case of nothing but shadows, yet its something no one ever thinks about or comments on without this clarification. All of my life I've seen shadows as gray, even when they obviously weren't. I'd think, "Oh, it's bright out, that's why its blue/yellow/any other color" I've seen this, but I haven't SEEN it. This piece has completely changed my perspective on lighting, shadows, and my own art as a whole. I can't thank you enough for bringing this clarity to the population of dA. 
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