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Colored Pencils Shading Tutorial by Opheroth Colored Pencils Shading Tutorial by Opheroth
This is a tutorial of how I make gradients blending colors, and since :iconallisonandike: asked for some tutorial like this and later more people asked for a tutorial, I've made this, hope this gets useful to you and every suggestion is very welcome, since this is my first tutorial here :)

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Thanks for the Daily Deviation :iconaawplz: and for all the favs, There are a lot to thank each one, but I'll answer all the comments, maybe it will take some time, but I'll answer.
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Given 2013-09-09
Colored Pencils Shading Tutorial by ~Opheroth This is a great tutorial for coloured pencils filled with excellent tips that you can take forward into your own work! ( Suggested by TehAngelsCry and Featured by Elandria )
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kazz1n Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  New Deviant
Did you use circular movements when using the black as well?
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it depends on which kind of object I'm coloring; if I'm trying to color a piece of cloth, I would go with circular movements as described in the tutorial, but if I'm trying to paint hair, then the strokes must follow the hair direction instead of circular strokes, unless you're coloring a very wavy hair like an afro style :) I hope I've made it clear, if you still have doubts, don't hesitate on asking me :)
And welcome to deviantart ^^
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yoshifan12 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful thanks for making it! C:
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug: I'm glad you liked it :)
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Rcherie07 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot. this will improve my drawing...
Can i also apply this techniques in watercolor pencils?
Will it have the same results?
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Opheroth Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really sure if it will work using watercolor pencils (I never tried and never used them :() But I hope it will be useful for you ^^
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Rcherie07 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yah. maybe i should try it myself. Thanks a lot ~! 
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Thank you for laying out the steps in such a clear manner!  I used you tutorial to make this fav.me/d8hkfpf
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you found this tutorial useful, and it makes me happy to see the drawing where you applied it :) 
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PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Thank you!
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is gonna be really helpful for me! Thank you! :)
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you find the tutorial useful  :) and also thanks for the fav
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VampShinobi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student
Thank you so much for this Tutorial!!! <3 I have a bit of a hard time with shading, but your tutorial made it very easy. My drawing looks great thanks to you.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug: I'm glad this tutorial was useful to you :huggle:
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Ink-of-Ice Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR INSTRUCTIONS THIS SIMPLE FOR WEEKS! FINALLY DAMMIT! :happybounce: 

Now I can make my drawings how they should be! Thank you so freaking much!

Seriously, the previous instructions I have found and read were very complicated - Too much chit-chat.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I hope you find this tutorial helpful :)
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alperyarali1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes ! I am gonna get some color pencils and try this :iconichigosmileplz: 

Thanks for the amazing tutorial !
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I hope you find it useful :)
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alperyarali1 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes I do ! :)
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MakoData Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
This tutorial was a big help :) Made me see all the things I was getting wrong in my coloured pics. Big thank you for it.

P.S. I see you use Prismacolor pencils, how recent is that set? Because I hear that their newer ones are awful due to their extremely fragile cores.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it was helpful to you :icongreatjobplz: and that's just the way I use them, maybe it's not the best, but is the best way I've found to do it.
These colors were bought almost 2 years ago, I haven't tried a new set yet, so I don't know if that's true 
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MakoData Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Well, in all fairness that only applies to their box of 150 pencils. Its no surprise that a number of them would shatter in transport and such but for £113 ($120 or so) a box you expect a little care as well as bang for your buck.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it also depends of where were they made, I have a set of 12 made in México, and a set of 72 made in USA, and the ones made on USA have better quality, they blend together more easily, so maybe also where you buy them makes a big difference
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MakoData Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Huh, it turns out they use wax in their cores and that the pencils can be easily toughened up by microwaving them for a few seconds till you're happy with the hardness. ^.^ There is a way to fix everything I guess.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If that's the case I don't think that would be a problem at all ^^
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BorrisBlack Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Great tutorial, thank you for posting :)
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I hope you find it useful :icongreatjobplz:
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FramingTheDead Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
It's funny I found this tutorial to color a picture of Link too XD awesome job btw!!
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Opheroth Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :hug: I hope you find it useful :)
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DefinitionOfDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I'm a newbie at this, and I used it here :thumb441489374:
Thanks ;)
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DefinitionOfDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So yeah, wrong paste lol. Here: fav.me/d7aundq
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, I'm very glad it was useful to you :)
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I needed something like this!
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you find it useful :icongreatjobplz:
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JustinX9 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
thanks
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, hope you find it useful :)
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AmyRoxeChao Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome :D
i'll try it
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconzephyrlightningheart:
I had to comment again! Im trying this process right now. ^^ the circular strokes are so helpful. I'll link the practice picture in the comments when ive finished it! XD
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you're finding Helpful this :) Now I'm curious to see what are you drawing, I'll wait for the link to see it ^^
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sta.sh/03ezrl25w7n ignore the last link the picture was sideways! XD
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:iconzephyrlightningheart:
^^ ok... scanned --> sta.sh/07sp82riy4b
at  first i wanst sure what to do with the white color pencil on the purple part.

 so when one colors with the white color and blends, is it the same way as the shading sections? i get the circling as you color part. but is it like slowly blending each section until it is smooth? sorry if im confusing you. ^^;
 
the red part, i went through it slowly and slowly blended it. it turned out good.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it's the same as the shaded section, and it's getting good :) the only suggestion here, is the paper quality, that's important to get better results too, I can see some "white holes" on the colored parts, wich seems to be mainly due the paper, also a better quality colored pencils help a bit, but the paper is more important. I use a kind of paper called "Opalina" here in México, but I don't know the name in English TT.TT and it's a very smooth paper, so as you color on it, there are very less "white holes"

And finally, the white color helps blend, but also depends on how your colors blends together, some of them blend easily, and so the white blends, some doesn't blend, so the white color does it harder to blend.

Hope I helped you :)
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:iconzephyrlightningheart:
The colored pencils im using are crayola kind, pro-art water color pencils (i assume they are. they have this paintbrush symbol on the side) and some other brand i dont know the name of.

The paper quality is sketchbook paper but its "lightly textured". Maybe thats why theres all these white spaces.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remembre using Crayola colored pencils, but I'm not sure if they were Mexican version or if they were a specific version of them, but they didn't blended together very well. But for what you say about the paper, it seems that's the problem, I reccomend you to try on a different paper :)
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:iconzephyrlightningheart:
thank you! i shall try buying the opaline one or at least a paper made for color penicls and blending. im sure i can find something in the art n crafts store.
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Opheroth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and hope you find it :)
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White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very good!
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