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Yeah, I know, I -finally- did a tutorial!

This little gem, as simple as it looks took AGES to do (maybe 12 hours?), I don't even know why I was doing it. I was drawing the graphics for my colorists' reference and thought, 'hey, most of the work is done now; I might as well make a tutorial!' Except I forgot I had to type about 3000 words of text... *cough* yeah that was a bit harder than I anticipated!

-But not impossible!- It was actually really easy to explain things and think up new ways to explain things so they could be easily understood... I guess I'm just random like that! (Or maybe, it's simply my background in writing educational material shining through XP) I'm also somewhat thorough by nature.

This tutorial is the simplest thing I can explain to you, 'cel-shading'- I would have called it 'cel-shading for dummies' but that suggests you're dumb, where-as you're more likely just new at it or don't do cartoons. Also it doesn't get much more complex than this.

I'm not going to do a full 'how to draw', not for free, like this, at least. As I said, writing a tutorial takes ages, and drawing is a -lot- more advanced than shading, if I were to explain it to you in this manner.

Anyway, have a read, and I hope you learn something. Remember to try out shading, but only on linearts you have the permission to use (most artists on dA will have a lot of uncolored work floating around and will be happy if you ask to color it) I drew an art specifically for trying out your shading skills on at [link] - (there are also a few Naruto linearts I allow to be colored in my gallery at [link] [link] and [link] )

Anyway, tell me if you learn anything! (or simply enjoy reading it)

Major thanks to ~Yamatori-Chan and ^Hanratty-Stock for the DD!
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Given 2009-08-06
Yamatori-Chan said "Cel-Shading With Nekoni-sensei by *nekoni An incredible tutorial, explained in a way everybody can understand, presented in such an original way, a pleasure to read it, some additional humor." ( Suggested by Yamatori-Chan and Featured by UnicornReality )
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AmeliaRahman Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks .. it's Very Helpfull :)
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megaZer047 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This will help out a lot. Thanks.
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
YAY! I FINALLY UNDERSTAND!
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
OOOOOOOOOO WAIT! IS CEL SHADING JUST SHADING STYLISED CHARACTRERS????? IT JUST HAS A FANCY NAME BUT JUST MEANS SHADING SOMETHING NON PHOTO-RELISTIC!??! AM I RIGHT!? AM I RIGHT?!
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
So cell shading is... 3D Shading? 
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binxor7152 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've recently gotten back into drawing and this tutorial was really great to get the drawing juices flowing again! Thanks very much for the tutorial!
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SketchyDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
This was awesome, I learned a lot :3
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turbulance-vodka Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very entertaining and useful :) . .
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MoeMoney123 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For page 11 I think by 1 oc you meant 11 oc because the light source should become coming from the other side.
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OPStrawhat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks this helped me soo much :)
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