Sometimes people ask me how I do stuff. Or I feel like I want to convey a thing to someone I'm critiquing. And I will link them to the tutorial that helped ME. I have a whole FOLDER on my computer dedicated to tutorials and I flip through it regularly. I'm going to share some of my absolute favorites, and ones that made me go "YES GOOD" and jump up and down because they explained things that I am not good enough at explaining things to write down! Okie dokie.
Lets start off with two tutorials by
The first one is about shading. Its a rundown of TONS of things to keep in mind. Tons of knowledge tools you can USE to make your images more personalized, more dynamic, and lovely while still staying true to you. The second is all about color and mood, and is a very good read for those wishing to convey a story with their art.
Now lets look at some technical tutorials
These are helpful for fur AND hair. Seriously. These fur tutorials. She goes into some super realism here, but the skills gained can help you form your own style of fur shading as well.
Also, this tutorial by
Is another good one. Especially for beginners wanting to paint fur.
BIRD WING TUTORIAL SENT FROM THE HEAVENS.
I was scared to draw wings before I read this tutorial. It does an amazing job explaining the anatomy and how everything looks and feels on a realistic bird.
Now some really lovely light and color tutorials
DO NOT NEGLECT COLOR AND LIGHT. DO NOT. IT IS SO SO SO SO SO SO IMPORTANT TO PAINTING IN COLOR.
Light is EVERYTHING we see. We only SEE because of light and how it reflects off of things and how it affects it. Art exists BECAUSE of light. Lighting changes from situation to situation.
Also this. This this this this this. There aren't a lot of things I would mark as a 100% no no. But I will mark this as a 99% no no. I strongly STRONGLY STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST THE USE OF use black OR GREY or just a DARKER VERSION OF THE COLOR WITHOUT CHANGING THE HUE to shade in a color picture. Unless there is some sort of freak color lighting scenario from hell that would make that a thing to do, DON'T DO IT. Even if you FEEL like it should be gray, give it a LITTLE hue. Just a LITTLE bit of saturation if it MUST look gray. Same goes for white. Also, Dodge and Burn is not for drawing and painting. It is for photography. You are only hurting yourself and your art by using it.
Last note. There are all sorts of important things to think about when drawing, and it can be overwhelming. So, I choose not to think of them as THINGS TO DO and instead think of them as tools for creation and aiding me convey the message of my art or character. Use nature to your advantage. Learn how things work in life, then adapt them to your art.
Nature and realism, to me, are not a strict set of rules and a ton of things to remember, it is a LIBRARY of tools I can use in my art. Light and color is an arsenal, not a chore. Learn how to use your tools and make them work for you