Joined: 10 Jul 2009
Mah... I've took your drawing, put a layer on top of it and tried my best to see where
dark tones should be added. I'm not an expert at things like that, but I have to question
where the light is coming from. o.o
Anyways I did a red line.. not really red lines but kind of shaded over some areas...
I think you should determine where the light is coming from and then use brown (or a
darker shade) to define it.
I don't know if she is lying on the ground or whatever, but I imagined that the light
source is (assuming that the perspective has her lying on the ground) above and from the
top right corner, and I shaded accordingly.
I'll point things out from top to bottom.
1. Her shin area would be much darker because seeing how the knee has a curve, her leg is
bent. So when things are bent, it casts a shadow over head, so it would be shaded
darker... however, her leg is only slightly bent so it would gradually blend from dark to
light once it hits her foot.
2. Her right foot however is completely bent and hidden from view, so I think that it
would be completely shaded because of the shadow her leg casts. However, near the end of
her toes it should be blended to light because the light source come from the top right
corner (and above of course.)
3. Her right thigh overlaps her left thigh. And while you shaded over there, it didn't
really define it boldly. So you should shade right along the lines where the right thigh
overlaps the left, also don't forget to shade /lightly/ the right thigh. Thighs are round
so it naturally does have that faint curve shadow even in light.
4. I'm thinking that the thighs are slightly elevated so you should shade the tone around
her crotch much darker. As well don't forget to boldly darken the inside of her thighs. If
the light comes from where I imagined it to come from, then it's impossible for any light
to be shed there (as well thighs are round).
5. Her sides should be shaded a bit darker as well, especially her left side since again,
light would be unable to hit that side. Also faintly shade in her right side since you
can't forget there are shadows there that can't really be erased away by light.
6. Women are curvy, therefore they do have shadows when things are round, like the thighs,
waist, etc. You've shaded the part underneath her chest, but it's not as dark as I thought
it could be. Also because of the cleavage, very little light could be shown there, so it
should be shaded with a darker color.
7. And the parts that I have outlines around her neck, arms, and head are just ideas of
where you should shade.
...It all depends on where the light comes from. I'm seeing her undergarments and it has a
shine from the bottom left, but when I look at her neck and feet, it says otherwise. >.o I
think the only advice I can give you is to determine where the light is and be more bold
when using color. Don't be afraid to use brown to define and darken places where no light
I really like how anatomically correct this piece is and how proportioned it is. :D An
idea of a background could be a lounge chair in a suite...
If not, she could be swimming? xD; Oh wells...
Oh yes, and her hair could use a darker tone...
And I'll wait until someone who is an expert at shading and stuff comes to kick me about
my nonsensical and uneducated critique. :D;