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Shadow Studies to Improve Coloring

Hi all! A long while ago, I shared some shadow studies on Instagram. I thought it would be great to return to shadow studies before creating a card today. For me, a shadow study is a way to map out where I want shadows to be on a particular image before I actually start to color the image for a final project. Then I can refer to it as I color to make sure I’m getting the shadows where I want them.



(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

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I stamped a bunch of the cat images from Mama Elephant’s My Pet Kitties stamp set in my sketchbook and shaded them with different light sources. Then I picked one for my project.

I kept it simple with some no-line watercoloring by stamping the image in Barely Beige ink from Simon Says Stamp. I watercolored the scene using Mijello Mission Gold paints.

Thanks for stopping by! Give shadow studies a try! I think it’s a great way to improve coloring. See you soon!

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.


*Mama Elephant My Pet Kitties stamp set
[ SSS | MML ]
*Mama Elephant Friendship Sentiments…
[ SSS | MML ]
Large Sketchbook
[ AMZUS ]
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Amazon.com : Paper Mate Clearpoint…
[ AMZUS ]
Hardboard, 9×12
[ SSS ]
3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 9×12
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
*Hero Arts Regular MISTI
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige Ink
[ SSS ]
Mijello Bulletproof Glass Palette
[ AMZUS ]
Mijello Mission Gold Water Color Set,…
[ AMZUS ]
Mijello Mission Gold Water Color…
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 2
[ AMZUS ]
Bazzill Card Shoppe Licorice Twist…
[ SSS ]
3M Scotch Foam Tape
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
*Altenew 24×18 Cutting Mat
[ SSS | ALTN ]


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