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Emote tutorial: pixel shading by jamal1 Emote tutorial: pixel shading by jamal1
I've decided to make some tutorials. the first will be on pixel shading (This is my second shading style I use. I probably won't be giving you my main one).

So for the body colours in this tutorial we will be using: #ABF2EE, #70F1EC, #6DE6E7, #5DD9E1, #46CBDB, #37BDCD, #35A9C6, #32A3C8

And for the outlines we will be using:
#1D80A0, #196d89, #115B74

now let's get started

1. With #115B74 pixel a 15x15 emote body (you don't need to fill it in like I did, I just find it helps).

2-8 are pretty self explanatory. Not much to say. just follow the steps, starting with #32A3C8, making sure you move up the colour palette every time.

9. So by now it should be looking pretty nice but if your like me you'll want to add some finishing touches. With #ABF2EE add the last bit of lighting and with #37BDCD and #35A9C6 add some lighting to the outline just like frame 9 shows.

And your done :happybounce:

credit is appreciated but not necessary.
if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask :D

(in this tutorial I am assuming you already know how to use your image manipulation program and make emotes if you don't know how, I suggest you go here…

OK so I remember planning to follow this tutorial up with a colour usage tutorial but I don't think that's likely to happen now. I just don't know how to go about it.. It seems impossible.. I don't think I have the knowledge/experience to teach it.
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littleblackmariah Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always use this as a guide for shading emote.
a-kid-at-heart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I look at others emotes, I'm mostly curious on how/why they choose the color pallet they do in regards to gradation. Do you always change the light/dark of the same color by a specific amount, or do you also adjust the hue? How much of a change should there be from one color to another? I think the selection of the pallet is equally important as the placement of pixels, and could use a bit more explanation as to why they are selected. =)
jamal1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
You are absolutely right. colour usage is very important indeed and a powerful tool. this was on my mind the whole time I was making this tutorial. I thought about including an explanation on choosing your palette in this tutorial but I had no idea how to go about it and I wanted to keep these tutorials brief and simple. I could of included a few different colour pallets in the tutorial but that wouldn't encourage people to create there own colours.

I feel I'll need to a make whole tutorial just for colour usage. In the mean time tho, to answer your questions: most of the time I'll adjust the hue between shading and lighting. I find it makes things look a lot more interesting. In this tutorial for example the shading starts off as a kind of dark blue and then starts to drift towards a light aqua sort of colour as it gets lighter. I guess it all depends on what over all colour you're going for. if you use the wrong colours it can look pretty terrible tho so it doesn't hurt to know some basic colour theory but it's not vital.

as for how much of a change there should be from one colour to another, again it depends on what colours you're working with. I'd say just go with what looks good and try not to over-think it. I know that sounds very vague but there's not really any rules I can give you. Sorry It's just hard to explain. It's like when people ask me how I draw. I can't really teach them because I don't really know how I do it. I kind of just see what I want in my head before it's on the paper and I just draw it.

Hopefully I'll find a better way to explain the colours when I make the tutorial.
Hope this has been at least a bit helpful :)
litecrush Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial. :la:
jamal1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
thanx glad u like :D
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