First, it is a good idea to make you familiar with all of the tools you should use on pixlr.com.
Paint Bucket- It looks like it sounds. It's very simple, actually.
Brush tool- It is a paint brush. You DO NOT use it for shading, mainly for tortoiseshells and tabby cats
Dodge Tool- You use this tool for highlights and shading. It looks like a large black ball on a stick.
Burn Tool- Use this for shading. It is next to the dodge tool and looks like a white glove
Blur Tool- It looks like a drop of water. You use it to blur tabby stripes, tortoiseshell markings, shading, and highlights
Sponge Tool-There are two settings for the sponge tool- saturate and desaturate. Desaturate dulls the color, and saturate brightens it.
Smudge Tool- It looks like a white glove pointing. Use it for tortoiseshells usually.
Shading and Highlights.
See these pages for more examples:
A lot of people think that tortoiseshells are the hardest to do. Actually, they're pretty easy! You just have to know how to do them! I will show you three variations.
Variation One: Tortoiseshell and White
Variation Two: Dark Tortoiseshell
This one is pretty tricky, but very similar to tortoiseshell.
Variation Three: Tortoiseshell Classic (That's just what I call it)
I just love this one. It involves only two colors- gray and ginger. It is very similar to tortoiseshell and white, just with out the white.
See these pages for examples:
Black and White Cats
Now I see why black cats are considered unlucky. The cats I've seen people have trouble with the most are black cats and white cats (we'll get to those in time). These cats are actually like any other color cats, you just need to know how to make them! White cats, though slightly harder than black ones, are also ones people have trouble with.
See these pages for more examples:
There are several ways to do mottled cats, but I will show you my two personal ways.
So far, you've learned basic shading on a warrior blank. Now it's time to move up, not just in rank, but in difficulty. It is hard learning different shading styles once you've grown used to one style, but soon, you'll be used to this one too. File:Leader Example.png
Shading an Apprentice
Ah, apprentices. If you are reading this, you are probably one yourself! Now that we are doing non-current ranks as well as current ranks, you may need to know how to make an apprentice! Here;s how:
First, of course, color it in.
Next, put the dodge tool on size 50, and dodge the face. It should look like this:
Now, dodge the shoulder and haunch like you would on a warrior.
Now, dodge the front legs once in the middle.
Next, put the BURN tool on 30, and go under the muzzle and down the chest.
'Next, shade the midriff and haunch'.
Now just add ear pink and you're through!
Often, you will have to do a queen image because of rank change in books, such as Tawnypelt and Tallpoppy of ShadowClan. They are very easy to do, if you know how to do them right. Here, let me show you.
First, of course, fill in the blank.
Next, dodge her muzzle (brush size 50) like so:
After that, dodge her shoulder a few times.
When that's done, dodge around her belly. It should look somewhat like this:
Now, dodge her haunch.
Now, get the burn tool and set it on size 30. Go over her right ear and the bit of face below it, and then her neck.
Next, shade her front leg (the one closest to us) and her underbelly.
Now, shade the edge of her haunch, like you would on a warrior.
Now just shade under the tail, add ear pink, and you're done!
Note: For a long-haired queen, add highlights to the tail as well:
Yay! First kittypet tutorial!
Since kittypet blanks just got approved, it is good to know how to shade them. I've just come up with a technique to shade them well. Here, I'll show you.
First, just fill it in.
Next, dodge the muzzle a few times, and then the forhead once.
After that, go down the back.
Next, dodge the shoulder and haunch.
After that, get the burn tool on 30 and shade the back of the front leg, the edge of the haunch, the stomach area, and the bottom of the left (on our right) ear, the edge of the left side of the neck, and under the tail..
Now, just add ear pink, fill in the nose, and you're done!
Highlights and shading is where many users mess up. Here is an example of highlights that are too concentrated, and shading that meets the highlights directly- which should never happen.
Other mistakes are commonly in ear pink. Colors should look natural, remember? Here is an ear pink disaster.
See how the ear pink looks totally unnatural? It isn't blurred enough, touches the lineart, and blurs the lineart itself.