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120971 No. 120971
#Traditional #Critique wanted

Need some help with shading. Perspective, anatomy, motion, and backgrounds too, but that's for another time.

This was my second attempt at this drawing, will post original in next post. I was trying to blend by smudging it with my finger. Don't like the way it turned out. So I came here to try to get some advise on shading and how to improve the drawing. I'm planning on restarting it over from scratch.

I have little experience with shading. I usually always stopped at sketching things out and call it a day. Just started drawing again a couple of weeks ago, for the Equestria Daily Artist Training Grounds. Before that the last time I was interested in drawing was like four years ago during my little anime phase. Didn't get far with it.

Original idea was to have the Queen looking up, crying. With some clouds and lightning in the background. I wanted to add rain, but didn't know how to go about it.
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>> No. 120972
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This is the original. I used an HB, followed by a 3B, than finally a 6B in my attempts to make her as dark as possible. Before I smudged it with my finger, it looked like I had colored it with a crayon. So I decided to restart it. I was originally thinking of just tracing it to a new piece of paper, before smudge. That's why I went over it with the 6B to make the lines stand out more.
>> No. 120973
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This is the second drawing, after I used toilet paper to blend. I got the idea to use tp from reading this post >>120630
Contrast and tones might be what I'm aiming for.

This is what I want to learn how to do.
>> No. 120974
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This is the original, after using toilet paper to blend. It's close to how I wanted it to turn out.
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How would the light work on this one. Light source is supposed to com from those two lines to the upper left. What should I do to fix it?
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Original image. I just used it for practice.
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Download "Successful Drawing". Study page 3. Then read pages 94 - 100 or so. Then study page 3 again. (Seriously, that web site is a gold mine in pdf form. Absorb it.)

Your pony is made of basic solid geometric shapes that reflect light in predictable ways. Find the spot on the opposite side of your light source that is most protected from the main light but doesn't directly face in the opposite direction to catch reflected light. That's your "hump", the darkest part of shadow. Blend out from there following the contours of your shapes.

You might want to do a few of the basic shapes with the same light source to get a feel.
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Oops. You'll also want pages 105 to 118. Especially 105 to 118, really...
>> No. 121101
Thank you for the help. Gonna get started on the reading.
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