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The Penciling Tutorial by sashas The Penciling Tutorial by sashas
Update: Thanks everyone for the DD. I've uploaded a higher contrast image, so you may see the text better. : )

Dedicated to my the watchers, who seem to enjoy my pencil work. :love:

This tutorial covers the materials, process, and mistakes of the penciling process, and there is even a short step by step demonstration showing how I do my pencil drawings. Although the example is anime, this can really be used for all styles and the methods and steps taken carry outside of the genre. I worked quite hard on this, so I hope you all enjoy it. This tutorial IS reading intense, but it's worth it--I promise.

Feel free to ask me a question by sending me a note. And, please do tell me if this tutorial helps you any as it encourages me to make more and it simply makes me happy.

How do I prevent smudging after I am done drawing?
All you have to do is go down your local arts and crafts store and purchase some fixative. It's like a spray that you can use on your drawings to prevent smudging. Make sure you step back away from your drawing when you spray and if you are sensative to sprays or odors, use it outside. Also, you make sure you purchase a 'workable' fixative' so that you can still come back and edit easily. You can also use hair spray as a cheap substitute^^ Don't grab the adhesive spray by mistake!! They are usually placed right next to each other in similar cans.

I make my tutorials for free, but if you enjoy my tutorials and want to donate some funds for gas, art books and such, I would appreciate it. [link]

The Lineart Tutorial ---> [link]
Make your own Tortillon ---> [link]

Tutorial by my buddy, ~leinef ---> [link]
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Given 2009-06-09
KikaiSaigono said "The Penciling Tutorial by ~sashas This is a GREAT tutorial on how to do pencil shading for not only cartoons/anime, but also for realism. The artist gives an in depth look at line and shading procedures, and how to make your shading as smooth and precise as possible. This is a must for anyone who is wanting to spice up their pencil work a little!" ( Suggested by KikaiSaigono and Featured by UnicornReality )
SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much, this is really helpful ^^
PyrodianBrony Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped so much :D
I love well made tutorials. I absolutely love this one!
Thank you!
guuandlulu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial has helped me a lot. It's one of my favorites.

Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
This tutorial has a lot of great things that other people never really thought to tell me - namely the bit about working from light to dark when shading. I've spent what must be eight or more years doing that particular job completely backwards, and then stepping back and wondering why my work looked really awful.
msouradeep Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
nice tutorial, thanks.
Zeeuuss Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
thanks a lot for this tutorial, it was very helpful to me, tnx again.
feministfangirl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great tutorial, thanks for sharing it!
QueenAravis Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Sometimes when I need to change the point of my mechanical pencils I use my art sandpaper (don't know the proper name for it) on the tip. It's just a bit more exact for a few strokes, which is nice.
whitetigerclaws Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very helpful, thank you!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
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