Hi, I haven't seen you around before, so I just wanted to say hi first, and glad to see you participating in TfE. Cute pony design! I like the way the background of this piece is blurred and out of focus, while the characters are in focus. It seems like there's a lot of black and white in the shading and lighting here. One quick way we as artists can improve our rendering skills is to shade and light with different colors. You could use a similar color as the character or environment your shading, but it only works if it's a different hue, not just the main color darker! To make something really pop, you could use contrasting colors (such as dark blue shading on orange things.) Personally, I like to think about what color of light my light source would be, and use a bright hue of that for lighting. Shading can be difficult on a pure black character, but I see you've already made her a lighter black so the line out shows. Good work! Can't wait to see more from you <3
Thanks so much for the advice I used dark purple for the shading and pale yellow for the light but I can never get it to look right so I'm going to try messing around with different colours to see what fits best !!
Ah, then maybe try different tools to shade with? It seems like you're using blur/airbrush heavily. It's fine in some circumstances but not for everything. Do you learn better by reading or watching videos? I'll see if I can grab you a few resources to help improve shading.
Awesome! I am very tired today, long day. But I will take a peek sometime this week and see what I can find. I can grab one I watched recently and liked, though! It's an exercise I've done myself multiple times and it def is good practice and teaches you a lot about not only values (shading,) but also how to construct a good piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTYGWfiZnMA&list=WL&index=2&t=105s I think I might have originally supplemented it with another video, that suggested the exercise. You pick a photo to copy, and then paint it in just black and white. I have serval of those and you learn to think about things in a very interesting way. It's helped me a lot!
I use the multiply function and clip it to the features I'm trying to shade <3 It lets me do multiple layers of shading and build up from there! That works for me but I've seen a lot of great ideas. <3