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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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cloudandbird Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Very nice! Thanks a lot!
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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  Student Digital 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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SketchingDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks this helped me soo much :)
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MajorAddiction Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thanks for your efforts
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XxBambigirl22xX Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial was very helpful but, I am not fully grasping it still... (not your fault at all, I just have a hard time figuring things out) >_<'
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loatm Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like it will be very helpful. Thank you.
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XxXtOMATOfaceXxX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What if the light source come from both right left
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Zunachina Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
the shadows occur in the receeding middle.
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MoeMoney123 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then it will be light on both sides. There will be a dark line in the middle.
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viewofmyworld Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial...but the 'it'? 'It' an offensive pronoun to many gender-neutral or androgynous/agender people. It's not offensive to everyone, but to some people, it's upsetting. Sorry. This is a glorious tutorial, though, very helpful.
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Ongakuman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, he stated that Toby is a doll and not living, so logically he would use the pronoun 'it'.
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Belli-cious Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Looks nice ! Im trying to use it :D
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Lightsyde Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Want to really thank you for making this tutorial, Nekoni. It's been really helpful.
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Solomon-Pider Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
incredibly helpful tutorial!
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kiaseli Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for doing this...its awesome! I read every word <3
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restlessreverie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful T^T thank you, master.
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J4B Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this very helpful. Thanks for uploading!
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GSnail Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, i was searching for a tutorial on shading that was teaching and not a walkthrough. thanks!
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debuccino Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
AMAZING :D
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nataliaarizpe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so helpful thanks!
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rawrkittenrawr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thankyou, this helped me with my endeavor to better my drawings :]
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Smiley-pussy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your cool... I've watched you...:+devwatch: LOL the light from bellow! But how do you know this things. Make more tutorials... Really... You do it very well :D...:deviation:
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Aquaelle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial! It really helped me, thank you
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MerryxSu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Shading has never ever been my strong suits when it comes to art. My boyfriend stumbled across this tutorial to point me in the right direction and it's quite honestly one of the helpful tutorials I've ever had the pleasure of learning from. Your 19 page tutorial has helped me more than a semester in Drawing 1. x] Thank you very much!
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ArtsyAica Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love how you compared light with rain drops. It makes light simpler and more easier 8D
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Aa-Nakhtu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
This is. So. Helpful.
Seriously. This is a well deserved Daily Deviation.
<33
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sudorlais Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! This is definitely helpful for my art.^^
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CNPika Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
can you draw the difference between the male and female body and also draw the difference hair stlye like wavy, straight, and Curly in naruto style please?
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gabipm253 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
thank you sooooo much!! it helped a lot.
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Roonifer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! It's really in depth and I appreciate the time you took to make it! I'm definitely practicing what I've learned in your tutorial right now! :)

Thanks again!!
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pleasingordisturbing Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. :)
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sipowicz1993 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
This is probably the best tutorial ever made about anything :omfg:!
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Ichigochichi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist
This is beyond awesome XD Very informative and easy to read. Thank you very much for the lesson Nekoni-sensei :iconarigatouplz:
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Markus-MkIII Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will come handy. Thank you for making it
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great session! Thank you! :D
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picteresque Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
The tutorial was awesome! I have one question that's not really about the tutorial though uo-o
Why don't you add Naruto Tensi(sp?) in this format? It was very easy to read the info. Is the formatting of putting it up this way difficult? I do not know
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Pereyga Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much for the tut =D
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MagiaWody07 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, looks great! Too bad I do not know the English language ...:( (sentence of Translator)
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MisWordNerd Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
I finally know how to shade correctly! thank you so much!
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Rethiamat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
great tutorial! I can see why it got the Daily Deviation!
Well done!
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Chucho-Luna Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks so much, Sensei! :D
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RafaARP Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am very bad drawing lights an shades, so, thanks for this lesson, it will be very helpfull.
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