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Shading Techniques: Vector art: Color Easter Eggs

Shading Techniques: Vector art: Color Easter Eggs


Shading Techniques:

Vector art: Color Easter Eggs

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Shading Techniques: I drew the work on paper first with a pencil, took a picture of the image with my phone, emailed the image to myself, and finally imported the image into FlashCS6.

Using the INK TOOL and FILL TOOL, create the linework and color in the eggs.eggs_colorshade_0001_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.04 AMeggs_colorshade_0002_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.11 AM

Selecting parts of the filled in colored sections (with the “paint selected” on), color in the details, shadows, and highlights.


Choose the circle with the line through it, the menu will show the selection tool.

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Add a shadow. The color used was set at a lower opacity to be “see-through.”eggs_colorshade_0005_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.19 AM

Highlight and shadows can are a shade lighter and darker of the main color. eggs_colorshade_0008_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.28 AMeggs_colorshade_0009_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.34 AM

To add more depth, shade and highlight on a new layer over the image. Draw with black at a 20-40 opacity for shading. Draw with the white color at the same opacity range, 20-40 (only a recommendation.)eggs_colorshade_0011_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.47 AMeggs_colorshade_0010_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.29.40 AM

If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.

Tips on creating short stories:

Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.


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EmCartoons Owner and Founder of Animation Station. Animation Station is a website that showcases Artists Artwork from around the world. Each artist has a background ranging in animation, live action, traditional, graphic design, audio, and any form of art connected to animation/digital media.


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