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Tutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-X
Larger and edited file on request.
Several people were complaining about the small font. Leaving critiques and comments are more than welcome, but I just don't like it when people use my tutorials and at the same time nitpick about the smallest things and don't even leave a "thank you" note.

So for those who do appreciate the 30 hours I spent in writing and drawing this tutorial: I uploaded a larger file. You can click download for full size.



This is a MASSIVE tutorial I did in only 2 freakin' days! LOL.

I said I would do a gift for you all because someone hit the 60.000 pageviews. Besides, I got over 1550 watchers and my drawings of Vincent and House got over 1000 favourites.

Ooohh look at the pretty colors. My previous tutorials look quite boring compared to this baby. :D

Ehm... what else to say...
Have fun! :slow:

Watch my other tutorials here!
1. Eye Tutorial
2. Nose Tutorial
3. Hair Tutorial
4. Shading & Blending Tutorial
5. Drawing Progress Tutorial
6. Detailed Hair part 1 Tutorial
7. Detailed Hair part 2 Tutorial
8. Editing Drawings Tutorial
9. Drawing Materials Tutorial
10. Male Lips Tutorial
11. Female Lips Tutorial
12. Proportions Tutorial
13. Group Images Tutorial

Tortillions cannot be reused except for smudged areas.

However, blendingsticks can be used more often if you sharpen them with a pencil sharpener or sandpaper!!

Kudos :heart:
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u89djt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Tortillions are cleaned the same ways you would sharpen a pencil; with a knife, a sharpener, or sandpaper. You can also tone down the loss of graphite on the stump by rubbing it on a clean sheet of paper for a quick fix.
HyperiorTheArkAngel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very helpful tutorial indeed! I always use my finger when shading however, the idea of using a tissue to shade never came to mind so I have to thank you for the idea and I'll have to try it out sometime!
artimis23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
artimis23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you your tutorial is really helpful I've always struggled with shading, and smudging it for that matter :)
MidnightStrikes24 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Thank you for this great article! It was really helpful!
SiranaJHelena Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
2007? How was I able to miss it? It's really awesome! Thank you a lot for your effort! ^^
AlisMeisVolo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist
thank you, you're awesome :)
TwentyYearsAgoToday Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Very helpful,thank you 
Noorislight Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
interesting ! ,  love the  tutorials you have ! very useful ! 
Kemira-608 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow this is a wonderful tutorial! Very concise and well detailed!
PlainNsimple1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Thanks so much for the lessons....great help!
designsbycheyenne Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Very informative. I've been trying to expand my shading areas since I was just accepted into a school with an art major :) Thank you for uploading ^_^
EmoOtakuTDCT Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, this was very helpful! :D
Prakorimas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative and useful (at least to me) tutorial! Thank you for sharing it!
henryiii Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks for your tutorial. It's helpful for new as me.
ArTRefugiuM Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
An absolutely great and helpful tutorial, thank you!
Btw about tortillons - I use to "clean" mine with a nailfile and scissors (when really dirty also with a carpet knife) ... thought this might help you =)
JvdvArt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial this helps me and a lot of other people!
Pixiechicpix Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't find the link to download a bigger version :(. I think it's great u took the time to do the tutorial go u
MisaSami Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh that's awesome! thank you La la la la 
neminemistiq Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I just joined deviantart and you are among the first i discovered and i find your tutorials very good.Thank you for your time to make this!
Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so helpful!!!!! 
kattythecathtf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Artist
i love it :iloveyouplz: 
Lilou31 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ! I think I understood. ^w^
Verrandia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you.
ChannersM Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks so much for's tools like this from people like you that help me to gain confidence...
AelissNovak Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard you can use a fine grit sandpaper on tortillions to clean them.
prestosauce Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, thank you so much for this.
I'm working on a comic, and I'm not comfortable using anything but colored pencils. I've just been doing flat color until now.
Again, thanks a bunch.
SailendraN Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Awesomeeeeeeeee... Loving this tutorial n love u...
ShadowyChica Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most beautiful thing
Miolandle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Really helpful tutorial, thank you! :)
immortal4life Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
Akai-kage-no-teira Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knead a needed eraser ;p
Onspacticted Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omygooood, are you Dutch ^^
Russell56 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thank's for your hard work ...
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
my pleasure :) anything for my fellow artists
DeBegotten Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so helpful! thank you a lot.
my shading is terrible and this really helps me improving :)
Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is a really great and very helpful tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I featured it here :)
MsScorpio Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you for such a great page! I do not see a download? Maybe because of my phone? Love your tips! Amazing! Love this thank you!
YamareiKuroyamiMashi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
MAJOR THANK YOU! I really suck at shading and blending when it comes to my art, and I want to learn to get better, so this gives me a great edge. ^_^
COla013 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
That' s exactly what i was looking for :) thank you! very useful!
rainyraindrops Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you. it's really helpful :)
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   General Artist
Clear helpful and amazing!:glomp: so useful. You're awesome!
your-friendly-nukes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Your tutorials are great! I appreciate you taking time out of your day to make these for others.
honeycat007 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
hey! awesome tutorials, i'm so glad you posted these. Just wanted to let you know that I've found a way to reuse tortillions. You get on of those block-sandpaper pencil sharpeners and you gently rub the dirty end of the tortillion across sand off the used part and leave a clean blender. :D just thought I'd share with you.
Theres-is Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! You have showed me more than any art teacher can! Your so great!
mellowyellowhazydays Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I cannot believe people nitpick when you have spent so much time to put together a tutorial to help people. I thank you from the bottom of my heart as I want to do sketching but apart from doing the outlines I just do not know where to start and how to carry on. You have given me the confidence. Thank you.
Miguel2010 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for sharing this tutorial with the rest of us!
Xina54 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Thank you so much, this is just what I didn't know I needed!
e-ien Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just want to say thank you SO MUCH! This tutorial has helped me a lot.
fleecy718 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Is that House?
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