First attempt on shading an artwork

Hey there!

This is my very first attempt on shading one of my drawings. I do not have any experience on that field, so it would be cool if some people out there, who know what they are talking about, could tell me what I did wrong and how I can improve eventually.

Thank you!

My artwork


This looks amazing, the detail and colours on this is lovely. You are very skilled at this I can tell, very good job keep going!


Shading is great on this art! And I gotta say, your art style is amazing! I can’t even draw a circle without messing up lol. Keep up the great work! Would love to see more of this in the future!

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first of all love how you’re using colored lineart, gives it a nice touch
and secondly about shading:

you can barely see the shading in the art mainly because you most likely used airbrush to shade it. it also doesn’t have a distinct light source since the shading is placed around practically anything. the shading colors also seem a bit dull, and color theory will help you solve that :happy1:

  1. airbrush
    whether or not ur using airbrush the shading is extremely soft and there’s barely any hard shadows. dont try to only use soft airbrush for shading and mix your shading in with some hard shadows aka cel shading. i think its better for you to learn more about cel shading rather than jumping into soft shading immediately. theres more to soft shading than just the airbrush, so learning about hard shadows could help you in the long run.
    blending in soft and hard shadows is also something you should do after learning about light source and hard shadows. basically, the more closer in the shadow is, it’ll look like cel shading. the farther away it is, it’ll take up more space and become even softer. example: real life!

  2. light source
    your art should almost always, have a distinct light source. with determining a light source, you can figure out where the shadows should be and where the light should be.

^ for example, the light source seems to be up and outwards from the character judging by the pants, hair and shirt ( my oc that i drew)

by adding a light source, the object/character will easily fit into a scenario/background, whether it be someone holding a flashlight below their face telling a spooky story or outside where the sun is setting. example: a ball =)

  1. color theory
    so what is color theory? color theory is practically a guide to color mixing, combinations, and visual effects. it explains how people perceive color, whether it be its mood or more.
    but ehhhh i dont exactly follow that, all i think is ooo colorful wheel dial o so spinney!!! (since im an intuitive artist lol)

heres a color theory image i found on google lol

but because this is simply just your first attempt on shading and you probably arent ready yet to handle what the image is saying, i’ll lay it down in simple terms.
for shading to look more vibrant and pop out, artists usually move around the color wheel. up or down, left and right, you name it

you can find many more examples with shading by searching it up, otherwise woohoo thats a different shade of ball!!
it gives a nice touch to the drawing other than the simple black shading

and thats all :happy1: may be a huge post to read but hopefully you skyrocket with shading from ur first attempt lol


Looks decent overall.

For some rason, the face of the roblox avatar looks weirder than the photo art itself


I really appreciate you sitting down and writing this helpful and informative post for me. Thank you for passing by! :happy2:


Holy crap that’s detailed…

But yeah to add to this, shading is very important. In fact, maybe even more so than highlights and inverses, however that being said, please don’t forget to enjoy what you draw. Also, don’t title your art as “wrong” because art is never wrong, we all have our own styles of drawing and designing. So keep going my guy it’s amazing! <3