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step 4
There! All done with the first bit of shading. Now time to clean up the icky stuff outside the lines! I know, I'm a bad messy person, heh.
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step 5
Go ahead and getyour darkest shadow color and add a few hints of dark shadow here and there. I used the darkest color on the bit of hair behind her ears to give the image more depth
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Highlighting for me is the last thing to do. In cel shading there are limitless ways to do it! The top two on the left are some simpple yet effective ways. The third is how I generally do it. I make hair highlights by using a bunch of U shapes between chunks of hair.
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Now that Ive finished highlights, its time for more clean up! And there wego, all clean!
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step 8
Now it's time for eyes! I chose a nice contrasting color. You can choose whatever you want, but like the hair make a pallete of lights, medium and dark tones of the color you choose. Then take the medium and paint inside her eyes.
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Now to shade those baby blues! Take a medium-dark tone and go ahead and make the pupil and shadow from the upper lid.
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Now do the same, but only with an even darker shade of color!
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Something I do thats unique to how I color, is how I do the reflections in my eyes. I take black and make a blob where the reflection will be.
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step 12
Then I take pure white and place that within inside the black blob, only I don't cover the black entirely! This makes a nice outline and makes the reflection really stand out! Then I take white and make tiny little strokes of white on the bottom of the irises.
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step 13
Alright time for skin! I chose a pinkish-fleshy tone, nothing too drastic here. Go ahead and pick another layer for this so you dont mangle your hair and eyes. As you can see I am a messy painter.

Same thing as before, paint and clean it up.
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step 14
Alrighty, time to start shading the face! I pulled a slightly darker color then the base skin tone and applied it like so on her ears, cheeks, nose and beneath her hair.

The whole point about cel shading is simplicity. This takes practice and patience, most of all!
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step 15
Heres an example of how I shaded her legs and hands.
Make sure to remember that hanging fabric isn't flat against the skin, it hangs out by a few inches! I tried to convey this by making large shadows with the same overal shape as her skirt.
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step 16
Add a couple little highlights and tadaa! Skin is colored! Added highlights to her cheeks and on her thighs. I tend to like my anime-skin unrealistically shiny, don't ask me why, I just do! It enhances that cartoony feel.
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Now the scarf! I wanted to show a bit of multi-layer shading so I made the scarf have cute mint green stripes!
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step 18
Now here's something tricky! Go onto a layer above the scarf, and pick a shadow. Do NOT USE gray! I see this used so often and it just really deadens the underlying tones! If you must use something, use blue, or red.

I chose a soft periwinkle blue. It makes the white of the scarf seem more "snow white" and gives the green a nice dose of shadow as well.
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