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Shading 102 - It's Marshmallow Time!

teacher avatar Dave Reed, Children's Book Illustrator

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11 Lessons (1h 43m)
    • 1. Shading 102

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Getting Started

    • 4. Background & Face

    • 5. Pudge & Glow

    • 6. Toasty Glows

    • 7. Shadows

    • 8. Face Details

    • 9. Background Stuffs

    • 10. Final Touches

    • 11. Thank You! + Bonus Extended Cut

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Shading 102 puts all of our basic shading, lighting, and other rendering techniques to use as you make your very own little Marshmallow character.  We'll go over blending, shading, lighting, shadows, as well as adding background and foreground elements.  My goal is to guide you through my techniques so you can easily see and understand what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.  You'll be able to use what you learn here in class to make your own work the very best it can be!  FREE STAMP BRUSHES INCLUDED!

No marshmallows were harmed during the making of this class*

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1. Shading 102 : Hey guys, welcome back. Thank you for joining me here in Brooklyn, New York for this class. And this is going to be a fun one is sort of a piggyback on my last class, shading one-to-one. So we're going to call this shading 100 to recently I posted a cool picture of this lemon type character with this little tiny marshmallow. And everyone's just loved this cute little marshmallow. So we're going to use him to sort of take advantage of a lot of the things we learned in the last class. Now you don't have to have taken almost it took him. You don't have to have taken the last class in order to be successful in this one because I'm going to go through everything slowly so you can understand. We're just going to make a really cute little character using shading. We might give them a glow, will put some things in the background. And we'll just do a lot of fun things that you see in a lot of character designs. So yeah, we're going to work on this little cute character and we're just gonna give them some life and some light, some weight. We're going to give them a little bit of an environment and some colors, and not primary colors. What do they call it? Where they go? What are they complimentary colors at for some reason, they just always just, just slips my mind. There's a lot of room for you to be creative because I think that's the main takeaway from any of these classes. At least that I make is I want you, I want you to be able to understand what I'm doing, why I'm doing it that way. You can do it for your own artwork because everything just comes down to lighting, layers, shading, the physical space around your character, colors. That's all, that's all it is. So what we're doing here is sort of taking shadings, shading 101 to the next level, and just making a cute little character. And I hope that you have as much fun drawing it as I did in creating it, because I love making little cute characters like this. So let's move on to the next video, which will be the class project. 2. Class Project: Okay, You know me, so I'm not going to take too much time on the class project. Just create a cute little marshmallow. Or it could be anything, could be like a little fruit. Some other shape. There's a lot of shapes that you can work from. It doesn't have to be this cute marshmallow. You can make your own shape. You can change the glow, change the background, change the scenery. Just take what I'm teaching and make it your own. I would love to see what you can create. These classes are for you. So I want you to sort of make this into your own thing. I think that's the most important thing from this class and from the class project, and that's what I want to see. So once again, let's move on to the next video. And I don't know why that's once again, let's just move on to the next video. Getting Started. 3. Getting Started: So you're not going out to look at my face too much longer. So the canvas is going to be screen size. I'm not sure what that was. It's so this is the screen size for my 2016 iPad Pro. I know I needed one. So this is the screen size and the color. I'm going to add right here, it's going to be this sort of beige color that I always use. So this is going to be the canvas color. I'm going to include all of this in the class notes, but I'm also going to make a Dropbox link because I've had some issues before with the files being messed up. Someone pointed out that there was a bunch of chunk files. I don't know what those are. I think after that you'll be good to go. Oh, also, but download my brushes. Download my, see if I can see, I can make this interesting. So just download my stamp brushes essentially. Okay, So that should be about it. Let's get started with the drawing. Let's get started with the drawing. I have a stamp called Juju. So that might be the easiest way to start. So you just want to basically start a new layer. And you want to paste your paste your shape. Now it doesn't quite look like. It could look like a marshmallow now. But essentially what you wanna do is use your Liquify tool and just sort of shape it. So it looks more like a, like a marshmallow. So you can just want to like pull and push and make the top a little flatter and make the bottom a little flatter. You can always hit the selection tool, free form. You can always send it up. Make the whole thing bigger, and just sort of make it thin. But the main thing about a marshmallow is it's flat on both sides or the top and bottom, I should say. Does a marshmallow actually have a top and a bottom? I guess it depends on how you lay it down. So it will sort of push in the top. I use Liquify a lot. I think it's a very, very useful tool and I find myself using it more and more. So I'm just going to make it a little taller. And all of this, of course you can do as you like. It doesn't have to be perfect, doesn't have to look just like mine. Marshmallow can look. However you'd like your marshmallow little look. You can see when I when I pull with the Liquify tool, I don't want it. I don't necessarily have to be directly on the image. I just pulled from a distance sometimes. And that sort of gets the shape I want. And then you can adjust the size here for for your needs. But essentially just shape it in the shape of a nice fluffy, soft marshmallow. Okay, I think that looks pretty good. Another thing you can see is I, of course, have done everything big. I always draw big on my canvas because I can always shrink it. You can't bring things back to be bigger, but you can always shrink them. So always start big, always work big. Alright, so now we have our basic marshmallow shape. It's on our, our own layer here. So the first thing we can do is sort of toasted a little bit. So I'm going to hit Select. And I'm gonna make a new layer above the marshmallow. And I'm going to take this background layer and just grab that color. And then I'm going to just choose a darker version in like a richer gold version. So something like that I think is pretty good. And now I'm just gonna go to my in my stamps brushes. I'm just gonna go to regular soft brush one. And this is a regular soft airbrush. And I'll make that pretty big. So now remember we're on the layer above, so you're not actually painting on your marshmallow yet. We're on the layer above. And just sort of airbrush and around. Kinda like you're kind of like you're toasting a marshmallow. And just very lightly. I'm moving very, very lightly. And just sort of give the edge and nice, nice toasted look. And you should never press too hard on your, on your iPad. Okay, so now I'm just going to go a little richer. Little Richard. I'll make my brush a little bigger. Again, still very lightly. Just moving along, just sort of really making that nice gradient. So you really don't want to see anything. He just wanted to be a very nice gradient from light to our toasted color. You don't want to see that gradient. So you want to go really lightly. And the way that you achieve that is by slope just, just layers over layers of light man. Soft airbrushing. Think that looks pretty good. 4. Background & Face: Okay, so now that we can de-select. And the next thing we'll do is just change the color of our background. So since I'm going to give the Marshmallow a nice warm golden orange glow. So we'll go with a color that's that's a nice complimentary color of that. So I'm going to bring the saturation up a bit and then I'll just move it along. Maybe do a nice blue. I want it to be too saturated. And of course you can choose any color you like. Make it a little darker. So this was around the color that I like to have, the color down here that I used when I was testing this all out. Now add that color in there. I think I had it on my, on my canvas somewhere just in case you want to use the same color I'm using, but you can use any color. If you wanted to use. Let's see here. Nice purple would be nice to purple and orange goes together really nicely. So there's a lot of options. And of course you can use any color for the background that would be really nice to. Okay, so we have our nice blue background. And the next thing we wanna do is sort of just get, get a little character going for little marshmallow here. So I'm gonna make a new layer above. And then I'm gonna go to black. Okay, so we have our black color, we have our new layer above. And I'm gonna go back to my stamps. And we'll just use a regular circle stamp. So let's test out the size. It's actually pretty decent size. Of course, with the stamps, you can make them bigger or smaller here. And you just want to test them out. So that's probably a good size. We'll go a little bit bigger. And again, this is up to your discretion. How big you want your character's eyes to be? I like big eyes. Okay, so now we'll just move it over to the top and then close to the side because we want to leave some space for the mouth. So now we're just going to duplicate that. And we're going to bring the other one. And if you see these lines, this is because I use down here, when I hit this, when I hit the transform tool, there's a thing called snapping down here. So sometimes I use both for right now I just have snapping on. The distance is six, velocity is two. That's a big complicated. You can just kinda play around until you get comfortable. But what it does is it just keeps everything in line. So if you want to move everything, so if I want to stay on that same plane, I can just move it along and know that I'm just know that the eyes are even. Okay. So I'll put this right about there. And if you don't have that selected, if snapping is off and you want to move it, then it just doesn't have that guide. So that's the only thing that is, is a nice guide to make sure everything's even good habit to get into. Okay, so we have our two eyes on two separate layers. Let's make a new layer above that. And we're back in our stamps. Let's go with smile too. So we'll tap that will test out the size. It's actually not too bad. What's important when you're making like really cute characters as you want to bring that mouth up. So I'm one free form. And I'm actually going to make the math a little bit shallower. I'm going to bring it up nice and high. And we just want to make it even. And no thing that just in case you were noticing why I was tapping, you hit the transform tool and you tap brings it ever so slightly. It nudges it. And that's so you can be really precise with it. So I use that a lot. It's just in the transform tool and you just tap. It will vary slightly. 5. Pudge & Glow: Okay, so we have our general mouth and eyes. So the next thing that I want to do is we're gonna take the two layers and just merge them together. And then we're gonna go back to liquefy. Brush doesn't need to be too big. I'll put mine on 150 percent or I'm gonna do, then we're just going to liquefy the eyes up until they're just in a nice, nice kinda chubby jelly bean type of shape. I use jelly bean, I use that a lot. It's a key chain. Okay, So I think that's pretty good. And you can experiment or you can leave them as circles. But I think that, I think it's much cuter few sort of bring them up and to more of a smiling expression. So now we can adjust the mouth. And another good, another thing that I, that I always do is I try a lot of different positions for the mouth, for the eyes. Experiment. Even when I'm doing tutorials like this, you have to experiment. And I got, I don't know all the answers or even everything that I'm going to do. I have a general idea. But a lot of the great stuff that I like that I make is experimenting. So like I'll take the mouth and I'll bring it up really high and see. I think if I think that's too high up, I'll make it lower. Maybe it needs to be wider, things like that. So there's a ton of options. And I actually like actually like it a little bit wider, but oh, make it a little shallower. Like that. And just for the heck of it, let's practice liquefying the eyes a little bit more. And just see what it looks like to bring these up more. And it's also see what happens if we bring them closer. So I'm just want my selection tool and a rectangle just to kinda bring this closer and see what, see what it looks like. Someone to bring the eyes closer. And now I'm just gonna go to the transform and then move both of them over to the middle. And now I'll just adjust the size. I'm gonna go to uniform here because I like that shape. And that will just adjust the size and see what I think. So there's a lot of areas to experiment. I think that looks pretty cute. I might have to separate this i over a little bit. But that's really part of it. Part of it is really just experimenting and getting things to a place you want. There's really no, there's no fast way to kinda do that. You really just have to experiment and see what you like. I think I've said experiment enough for, enough for a couple of videos. So I'll try not to say it for the rest of these videos. Will see There's a few things that we can do next, but I think we'll we'll go ahead and give them a little bit of give his eyes and his mouth a little bit of depth. So we'll go back to our sort of toasted color and we'll just make it a little bit darker. So I'll just bring it down. It can make it richer, a little bit more saturated. And whenever I say richer, I mean we're saturated. Go back to the airbrush. Now we want to be underneath the mouth and the eyes. So I'm just going to make a new layer. Underneath the eyes and above are little layer. So now I'm on my airbrush, run this little bit darker, burnt umber type color and thus not burnt umber. So now we're just gonna do our airbrush sort of around the edges. We want to stay inside the black. Because like I did with, with all my other shading, you really want to build up your you want to build up your shading little by little. And again, there's no reason to don't try to rush. Don't try to rush it. What you should always be doing is I'm really just trying to make it as even as possible. And what this does is it just, it just sort of give the eyes a little bit of it gets them connected to the to the marsh alone. As though they're like stuck in there. Feel like I want to make like a gingerbread man to MIP. So I'm just gonna do the same thing with the other. I. Going in circles kinda works. And again, I'm not pressing hard and pressing really lightly. You really want to let the brush and the opacity and all that stuff do the work. So you never want to press too hard. So I know a lot of you out there I see in the Facebook groups. And that'll gorilla grip is breaking through, breaking through nibs. You definitely want to have a soft, gentle touch. Sounds weird. A little bit darker. And we'll do the same thing with the mouth. Was debating whether I was going to like change the mouth, the mouth, liquefy it, but I kinda like it how it is. So I think it's I think I'll just leave it. There we go. So now we have a little bit of depth for the eyes. They, they sort of look like they belong there a little bit more. Okay, so now I want to sort of play with them, the background and we'll give him a glow. So for the background, for now, we can always change this later. I'm just gonna make a new layer above our background color. So just make the bottom most layer, make a new bottom layer. I have this. This is my, this is my practice. I'll show you guys my my practice. Marshmallow, I didn't get far. But that's my that's my practice one. So all you're gonna do is you can you can take a color pick if you don't have it in your, in your history, time's gonna make it darker and richer, darker and more saturated. Make sure that I'm going to name this BG for background too. And I'm gonna go to my selection tool. Rectangle. I'm just going to make a rectangle, maybe around the middle of our marshmallow. And I'll just drag that darker color in. Now I'll just go to our magic wand Adjustments. I always call it a magic wand. And Guassian blur layer. We'll just blur that and just get a nice little, nice little gradient. I'll do it up to 50 percent. Alright. And that was also a nice time to click on the base marshmallow and then click right on all your layers above. And just group them. I'll name this M a, L, L, O, W. So now we just have this. So if we want to, when we shrink it, which I'm going to do next, because we're gonna give it a nice glow. Shrink it a little bit for now. Because you want to have you want to have room to have that glow coming off. So what I'm gonna do here is just duplicate the white of the marshmallow. Alpha locket. And then we'll just go to the color that we want the glow to be. So I'm going to go back to my nice warm orange. And I'm going to fill layer. Now of course, if you want it to grow a different color, you can make it glow any color that you want. But I like a nice toasted, warm, glowing marshmallow. So on alpha lock it as well. So you don't want it to be awful lot because now we're gonna go to our adjustments and we're going to go to Gaussian Blur layer. And then we're just going to, I'm just going to bring that glow out a little bit. All right. And then we're going to duplicate that. And then the bottom one wrinkled back to adjustments, back to Guassian blur layer. And we're just going to adjust that more. So all I did was do was double that. Are orange layer and just a we go just do more Guassian blur. And it's just nice to have the one really close to the edge. It just makes the glow look a little more realistic. Can merge those two. And as I was saying, you can go to adjustments, hue, saturation layer. And this is if you wanted to make them glow a different color. And by the way, you can make anything below this way, as long as it's white, like you want the lightest part to be white. And then you can duplicate it and make it a color, whatever color you want it to glow. And you make the outside of whatever the item is. You make the outside the color. So that's what you want to grow. The inside can be white and maybe feather off, whatever the color is. It's not super, super bright like this. And here's some little tricks that you can do as well. So we have our glow layer, and this is why I do everything on a separate layer. So you may want to duplicate this. And now it's even more toasted. So that's just, that's just one thing that I kinda mess around with. Sometimes. You can also take this. Let's say you, Let's say we duplicate it and then we merge those down. You can always take this layer and go to adjustments and add some noise to it. Can bring the noise up. And as a little bit of like, you know, an interesting texture. Or you could also go to a white brush. And then you could go above that layer. So you can make a new layer above. Select your marshmallow, go back to the new layer. And we can go to vintage, which this, these are stock brushes. But you can do something like splatter. And you can sort of give it some texture that way. And you know, you can get creative depending on what your coloring in, you can get real creative. You can also use, let's say, a 100 meter, which is one of my favorites. Maybe not for this, but overall I like this brush. You can really give it some really cool textures. Now we have our background is a little bit, little bit of a gradient and he has a nice glow around him. And this is what I am getting a new iPad soon. 6. Toasty Glows: Okay, So next, we're just going to add some of this glow on the ground around him. So we'll take this orange glow that we made and we'll just duplicate that. We want to make, we want to take it out of this group. So I'm going to bring it down and then I'll bring it above the G2. So all I did was pretty much just take it out of this group. So now it's on its own. So I'm gonna go to my selection tool or transform tool. I always get them confused. And one free form. And we're just going to just stretch that down. Stretch it out some they just want it to be sort of below and you want him to be sort of in the middle, the bottom of the marshmallow, sort of in the middle of the of the gold. And then we'll go to our Adjustments tool, cause and blur layer. And then we're going to slide that, slide that up. I'll slide it up to about 27 for now. And then we're gonna go to our Transform tool. So what I'm doing here is I just want to, even though we're blurring this, I don't want it to be still this, this fat. If he's on a, if he's on a flat plane, I guess if the ground is sort of coming to, coming to us, toward us, then this would be a lot flatter. So making that a lot flatter, putting him sort of in the middle of it. And now I'm going to go back to adjustments. Gaussian blur again layer. And I'm just going to blur it some more and that's pretty good. Back to Transforms. Make sure it's in the middle. Sort of stretch this out. Some can flatten it out a little bit more. Make it a little bit wider. So you kinda want something like this. So you, you we just want this globe to be around him as those as though he's glowing and it's hitting the floor. I'm going to stretch this out even more. We go I think that looks all right. And I'll go ahead and blur it a little bit more. This you'll have to just sort of play around with. But you essentially want it to be nice and soft. And to look like there's light coming off of the marshmallow onto the ground. So the reason why I keep doing Guassian blur is because I wanted to be nice and light in uniform. Here we go. I don't want to see any of the, I don't want it to look like a shape and what the whole thing to look like, a gradient. So let's see if I need to flatten it out anymore. I think this is I think this is better. So not so flat. Her not so, not so fat here, so just make it like a thin, nice gradient like this. And you can know we stretch out the sides. Anyone How, how much is, how much it's glowing. So generally like that. And just keep doing, keep using Guassian blur just to make everything nice and soft. And of course, there's lots of ways you can do this. Like I could have just made a circle underneath and then Guassian blur that there's a lot of, there's a lot of different methods to do it. As long as you have the globe bouncing off the floor. So now that we have the glow bouncing off the floor, he's still sitting on it. So even though he's, even though he's glowing, There's a few things we wanna do. First, we want to make the shadow from the actual marshmallow. So this is actually going to be darker down here, but also sent it to marshmallow. And since the light is emitting from the middle of him, it would be light here, light here, and also light on the top because it's a marshmallow it as a flat top. So what we'll do next is we'll go back into our marshmallow layer. We'll go back into our toasted what we did around. So right above this marshmallow layer. And we want to take our eraser in the soft brush. I'm putting it to about where am I? Not too big? 78. And now I'm just going to lighten up by erasing the side here. And then do the same thing on this side. And I'll do the same thing on the top. Just really softly just building up this layers of erasing until it's nice. And unlike white on top, because marshmallows have a flat top as well, so okay, so that looks pretty good. So just just lighten up this layer here. Just lighten it up on the sides. So sort of matches the middle here, the middles lights on the sides, the middle will be light on the top. The middle would be like. So now that we've done that, we can sort of enhance, we can enhance what we have. So I'm going to hit Select on the marshmallow again, I'm gonna go back up to that same layer that we just erased. And I'll color pick from there. And then I'll just make it a little bit more toast here. And then I'll use the air brush again. And just very softly, I'm just going to hit the edges. So I'm just making the edges a little bit darker. And I'll do a little bit darker across here. Sort of like it's the front rim of the marshmallow. I'll make a little bit darker underneath. Since that's where it will. It will add a nice shadow down there. Go a little bit darker here. And really just make those shadows nice and nice and toasted. Those corners. I mean, just little, little touches on the edges and things like that. So I think that looks pretty good. I'm just gonna make it bigger and just sort of overall, I'm going to make this a lot more saturated. I'm just, I'm just gonna kinda give it a once-over. Just to sort of blend everything in really, really softly. Just to sort of blend all that, all that in. So it's a nice gradient. Okay, I think that looks whoops. And will be erased by accident. I think that looks pretty good. So now I'm just going to unselect the selection tool, de-select. 7. Shadows: So for this shadow underneath, basically, it needs to be underneath the let's see if I can remember. I always have to troubleshoot, but I'm going to try to remember it so I don't tell you guys the wrong information. It needs to be above this glow and also above, also above this Guo. So I am going to make a new layer above our main marshmallow glow. And I'm just going to color pick the background. So whatever background you pick, just color pick that, and then just bring it darker. So we have a new layer. We're on our soft brush. And I'm just going to turn this sideways just so it's easier to sort of easier for me to shade. Those need to be that big but same as usual. We're just going to sort of shade right underneath them. And I really love putting this putting this shadows and things in because I mean, even at, even as I'm doing it, it just it just gives him like a sense of space. You know, like he's actually why I'm calling me and make it a little bit darker, I think. And I just want it to be nice and dark right underneath where the weight of the marshmallow is. I know it's not that much weight, but okay, so now I'm just going to sort of softly just oops. Can even bring the opacity down on the, on the airbrush might help because sometimes the airbrush can be a bit sensitive. So now it just really softly just sort of spread out that shadow a little bit. Or you could even use a cause and blurry. Let's see how that looks. Probably don't need to, but it can always soften what you've done up a little bit. So I've got employer that a little bit, this shadow. But I still want to make it very dark where this light meets, like right underneath. I want that to be very, very dark. So I'm going to go even darker. I'll even go warmer. I'll bring the opacity back up and make the brush nice and small. And I'm just making me really dark right at the edge. And just try to get it nice and uniform across. Okay? I think that looks great. Now if you want, you can use the smudge tool and just use the same brush, soft brush. And then you can always you can always sort of kind of push and pull. Just get it to how you like it. But as long as everything's nice and soft and an even, and it just really gives them a nice base. You want to really have a nice base for your, for your characters. So they actually feel like they're, you know, that it actually gives them a 3D sense. So one thing I'm noticing is I don't feel like he has enough of a glow. Now when you're making things glow. The reason why you see them glow is that atmosphere around, which is what this is. Obviously the reflection of the glow on the floor. And later on we might put something behind, like maybe a bigger character that's like a different color. And you can make the light reflect off of that. That's where it will enhance. That's what will really make it, will sell it as it's glowing, is if the light is hitting something else. But also there's another thing you can do, just to brighten it up. You can take our original glow layer, duplicate that. And as you can see, it's already making it look like it's glowing more. But I'm just going to go, I'm just going to Gaussian blur that, that layer and give it a nice bright glow. Normally I would say that's too much, but I kinda like it. I'll lower the opacity of the a bilayer a little bit because it's a little bright. But I think I like that. So now he has a much, much brighter glow. 8. Face Details : Okay, so the next thing we'll do is we'll sort of play with a little bit of these details in the eyes and the mouth. So even though the eyes are black right now, they would get a little reflection from this from the way around. So we'll go to the eye layer. We'll select it. You know how I always do, I make a layer above. And We'll go with a little bit, we'll go with white, but we'll make it a little bit of an off-white. So not completely white. It will just go a little bit off. Because that's kind of like our theme. We want everything to be warm. So now I'm just going to softly go around the eye. Fresh doesn't have to be too big. But I'm just softly going around the eye. And what this is is just a faint reflection of the white around the eyes on the eyes. And one thing you always have to think about is everything that we see, everything that we like when we draw things. You have to think about the reflections and everything is going to affect everything else. Like no matter what color if this, if this was something that was green or red, you could take it mimics you're a murmur. Okay. You can take any color that this might have been and reflect a little bit of that color in the surroundings, you know, on the eyes. Because that's what makes things really pop and really feel realistic is those reflections and things that we may not realize that we see. So I tried to take everything in the character and in the surrounding atmosphere. And I sort of bring that in a little bit. For example, this little marshmallow is in a blue environment. So we might add a little bit of blue to this, because the blue around M is actually going to, it's going to cast a little bit of a blue color on him. So we might do that a little bit later. Okay. So we'll have to do with the mouth because the mouth and then we might make some little teeth and stuff in there. So I think the eyes, I think it's I think it's good with the eyes. So next I'm going to make a layer above the mouth. And I'm going to lower that to 30 percent. And I'll just use butter blade. Actually. Yeah. Will you will use butter blade at a 100 percent. Okay. So I'm going to, I'm just going to rename this layer to highlights. I don't have to worry about my spelling if it's not a tutorial, but I don't want to devalue everything I'm doing here by not knowing how to spell. Okay, so we're on our new layer highlights. The layer is 30% right now. So I'm just going to just make a nice jelly bean, fill it in and move it so it's right in the middle. Emma do the same thing on the other side. Loops. Butter blade. Make a nice jelly bean. And I'm just going to center it. I'm going to freehand. So I did selection in free hand just so I can just maneuver this so it's nice and even and even distance away from the bottom of the eye. And it looks pretty good. So I'm going to make a new layer above that. And I'm going to go pure white butter blade again. And for now we'll just make a, we'll just make a circle like this. For now. You want to sort of match the angle on both sides. So that's pretty good for now. So for the mouth, I didn't know if I was going to add some teeth, but maybe a little cute little pink tongue. So for them, we can actually merge these. Can merge the highlights. So now there are, the highlights are on one layer. So for the mouth, I'm going to select it. Make a new layer above. And I'll use a nice, cute light pink. And I'll use the butter bleed brush. So now I'm going to layer above, so I'm not actually on the mouth and went to a new layer above. And I'm just going to make a nice little, nice little cute tongue tang shape. Make sure I'm on the right layer. And make sure that's filled in. So sometimes I like to do, sometimes I like to do, oops, and it's a little big. Sometimes I like to do this kind of tone. I don't know which one is cuter. But you can choose which kind of tone you like. I'll just stick with this. Let's take this one for now. Might even be a little too. No, I think that's fine. I'm willing I'm contemplating is maybe it's a little too, little too high up. Make it a little more subtle. Look weird. I do spend a lot of time on little details like this, even though I can change them later, but okay, so I think that looks, looks decent. So now I'm gonna make a new layer above that, everything that the mouth is still selected. So I just made a new layer above. And I'm going to use that same off-white color again. Or maybe I'll just use white. I'll use pure white for the teeth. So now I'm on butter blade again. Pure white, new layer above the tongue. And here you can have some fun. You can either do, you can do teeth like that. Which is adorable. You can kinda make two other little bubbles like that. Also pretty key. You can go with the one tooth. It can go at the two teeth, too little nub teeth for. So you can do whatever you want. You can actually give them little Fang. He's D12. I don't know. I don't know what's happening with my Here we go. Give him little things on the top. On the bottom. And I feel like that means is a werewolf. Werewolf marshmallow, and just call them a mushroom. Like the two little nip teeth. So even though it's a little detail, you just want to make sure they're nice and round. Whatever, whatever you whatever kind of teeth you pick, just make sure they're nice and round and cute. And I think I like the two better. So sorry. I'm just say this happens. I really get a really sometimes it takes me awhile to make up my mind. And it should, it really, really should take you a while to make up your mind when you're, when you're drawing because there's a lot of options. Okay. I think I'm happy with that. I think that looks pretty cute. So I just want to see if the mouth is better if it's a different color. So I'm going to alpha lock this mouth layer. And it might be nicer if it's like a brown. So let's see. So I filled it now I'm just going to go to hue saturation just so I can sort of kind of like that just a little bit of a little bit of a color. Maybe like a little bit of a brown in there. I like that better. We have our little mouth, we have our little eyes. What else can we do? Let's see, let's add a little bit of blue to this guy. So I'm actually going to add it to make a new layer. And I'll make it above. Kinda just spit balling here. That's gross. No, I don't I never really use that term. I don't know where that came from. But I'm gonna do it above our little toasted layer. And I'm just going to grab some, I'm going to grab the background. And I'm just gonna go light with it. And I'm just gonna take the soft airbrush. Select our marshmallow. And I'll go to this new name is blue. And this is sort of like what I was saying. It's nice to bring in some of your outdoor outdoor colors. Bring in some of your colors from the surrounding area. So I'm going to lower the opacity of the, of the airbrush because you really want this to be faint. And I'm going to make it a little bit brighter, I think. So just a little bit of color in there. I'm going really, really light. And I might actually just bring this layer underneath. I think that's better. It's better underneath the toasted layer. Let's see what happens if I duplicate that. Has a little, that's a little much, I think it's better. It's better like that. Let's see what happens if we make it a little bit lighter. And then we duplicate it. It's not bad, no, merge those together. So I added the blue and I just made it a little bit lighter. And you can hardly see it. But it's important that, that blue is in there. Because like I was saying, the atmosphere has an effect on, on everything. 9. Background Stuffs: Okay, so now let's add some fun things to the background just to make a little more interesting. So, so this, this background layer where I made the top a little bit darker, I'm going to duplicate that. Hopefully I didn't hopefully I already I can't quite remember if I had showed you how I made the background darker, but just in case I'll start from scratch. So PGE2, I'm just going to duplicate. And I'm going to take my Transform tool on free form. I'm just kind of bring that up higher. And now I'm just gonna go to adjustments, hue, saturation layer. I'm just going to make it darker and a little bit more rich. And now I'm just going to tap adjustments again and I'm just going to go ahead and blur because I always do that to make sure everything is nice and well blended. Might go a little bit darker with it. Okay, So now the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to duplicate that. I'm going to take the one on the bottom. I'm going to go to my transform tool. And I'm going to hit Flip Vertical. And then I'm going to bring that down. Just a little bit easier because I have my snapping on. So I'm gonna bring it down. Just so that a little bit of that atmosphere sort of touches the bottom of the frame as well. So now we can add some fun elements to the background. So I'm going to merge, I'll merge all of these layers into G2. And now I'm gonna make a new layer above that. And we'll go to our stamps and scroll to cloud, cloud puff. Now for the color, I'm going to use sort of a, sort of a muted, so not very rich, but sort of a darker green, like a hunter green almost. And the brush again is Cloud puff. And let's see what size that is. It's a little small. So we're going to make it a little bit bigger. That's pretty good. And then we can just go to our Transform tool and make it a little bit bigger. So I'm gonna make this, so the hump is right here coming out next to his eye. And now I'm gonna make a new layer. And I'm going to use the same one, but I'm going to make it a little bit smaller. And I'm going to do a back here. I'll make that a little bit bigger. And I won't have been touching him just because I don't want them to be too uniform. Want to kinda, I wanted to show a little bit of depth in our scene here. So now we'll make a new layer. And we'll go with the Cloud tool, which is right above the last brush. And I'll just go with white because I think I want to make this cloud blow. So the theme is like glowing things. So let's make this glow. That's not too bad and make it a little bit bigger. So we'll put a cloud here. And we'll do the same technique we did for the marshmallow. So I'm going to duplicate it. Alpha lock the bottom layer so we can fill it. And I think I want to do a nice pink. So I'm going to do a nice bold pink. I'll fill that and then I'll take it off of Alpha Lock. So now I can do my adjustments, gaussian Blur layer. And like I did before, I do that a little bit at first. Just for that initial kind of kiss of the, of the of the Guassian blur. And now I'm going to duplicate it again and on the bottom one then are really, are really push it to really give it that glow. And I'll just merge these two. And again, you can use a different color. You want to change the color since we merge them both. You can kinda have at it any color you want to do when I like that, I like the pink because we don't have that anywhere else in, in the, in the argument. Let's see what happens if we duplicate it again. It's a little too bright. So we'll keep it at one. Okay, so let's kind of shadow in these. They are clouds, but right now since they're low, they're sort of playing the part of like bushes or something like that. So let's just shade those in. I guess we can merge the two. They're pretty far away from each other that they won't they won't interact when we're shading them. So I'm just going to alpha lock and I'll grab the color. And then I'll just go darker. And then we'll go back to our airbrush. So now I'm just going to airbrush. And I wanted to, I wanna get darker the further away from our little marshmallow. So the same principles as before. Just sort of lightly shading in. And this area here, I'm going to go really dark. Almost black because this is the furthest away. I really want to stress that where the light is coming from. Okay, so now I'm just gonna go back to the last screen before we did the really, really dark green. And I'm just gonna do the same thing with these clouds. Just lightly colored them in. Paying more attention to the the right side of them because that's the furthest away from the light. Has a nice even circular motion. Just slowly get them where you want them to be. Nice and well blended so you can't really see the gradient. So just lots and lots of layers to kinda keep it nice. And even so now we'll go to our darker green. And we'll just make this really dark here. Now for these, for these elements, what does add a little bit of shadows underneath them. So I'll make a new layer underneath our little green shrubs. And I'll go with a little bit of a lighter green. And now I'm just turning my canvas so I can easily just add this shadow from underneath them. Make sure they have some they belong in the, in the, in the space. So they have some nice shadows there. Merge, I'm going to merge these clouds. And then I'm going to do a little bit of a motion blur. And this was just really for fun. Just going to blur that cloud a little bit. Just sort of give it some motion. Okay, and now for these little shrubbery guys, we're going to make a new layer above them. We'll make it an add layer. So now I'll just select this layer, select the green shrub layer. Go back to my Add Layer. And now we're gonna take this nice light golden color unless yellow. And with our Airbus, we're just going to sort of softly a lower my opacity to 50. So now with the Erebos, she just sort of complement the surfaces that should be getting hit by this color. And even at, even in the back, I'm tag this just so that it's getting a little bit of color to hear. A little bit of lighter should say not color. And we can actually add in a little bit from this cloud. So I'm gonna go back to the pink color from the Cloud. And I'm just going to add a little bit of that here as well. Make it a little bit more, little bit darker so you can see it. And this adds a nice little rim lighting to this green here. So it's getting the light from our little marshmallow and also a little bit of light from this glowing cloud that's moving. I'll do the same thing here. Just add a little bit of this nice bright pink just to get a nice rim light there. 10. Final Touches: You can have a lot of fun with what you do with scenes like this. So of course, you can always play around with the colors. And that's why we do it on, on different layers. Because sometimes you can really get something nice just by messing with the colors. If you see something that you like, the saturation. So there's lots of options there. Then there's also things like what I really love is see if we use this kind of deep salmon sort of colors. There's other brushes like the one I want. It's like I took a galaxy brush. I actually don't remember. I don't use it that much. But when I do I love it. What is it called? I'll know it when I see it. As illuminance 0 nebulous. I really loved the nebulous brush. So right now I'm on a layer above the background. And I'm just adding this nebulous layer because it just gives it a nice, nice amount of like atmosphere. And I really just like this, brush a lot. And I also want to add some little bit lighter and like to add some glimmer. This might be a little bit too much, I think. Yeah. So we'll go ahead and use a light pen and just sort of tag some some stars in there. Just something I'd just like to do. I'd like to just give it a little bit of life. Even if it's just really subtle, I think it really makes a difference. Another fun thing you can do is again with your, let's see, make sure I'm on the right layers. I'm going to merge these layers here. So I just merged our glow layers. And I'm gonna see if I like it a little bit more lighter, a little bit more wider. So let's see how that looks. That's kinda nice too. If you take away a little bit of that orange. And we did everything on a separate layer. So now we can also see what it looks like if we change our glow. That's kinda cool. So there's lots of things to do there. You can actually add some noise to this. So I'm gonna go and adjustments. Noise layer. And you can add a little bit of noise to that. Which really looks nice. I'm going to add some noise to this as well. So adjustments noise layer. So now I'm on this, this layer here. First thing I have to go back to adjustments, noise layer. Just add a little bit of layer to that glow. I'm a little bit of noise to that glow. That's nice. And also would also, what might be nice is I'm going to duplicate, I'm going to take these one of these and put it in front. Actually, I think I have to do a new one. So this is the last thing I'm going to do just for fun because honestly, I could go on forever. And I don't want to just I don't want to stretch it out too much because I know you guys probably have things to do. You can't sit here and have fun drawing forever. So I'm gonna go back to my green. And I'm gonna go back to the stamps. And I'm gonna do cloud puff again. But this time I'm going to do it in the front. So I'm going to do it in front of everything. Make, make it the top layer to small enough that it actually might be okay. Whoops. So we'll do it here. So it's even a little bit touching our little marshmallow guy. And I'm going to make this a little bit darker. And I'm going to alpha lock it. And I'm going to go back to our soft brush. So now it's sort of like we have the shrubbery in the foreground. And now I'm just adding a little bit of little bit of texture is kinda towards the back of it because the light would be hitting the front. So we add a little bit of texture here. And then I'm also going to take this really light yellow. And I'm just going to add this to the right and add it to the top rim. Is though it's getting hit by some of this yellow light, some of this glow light. Okay. I can has been too much time on this. So now we have this extra layer here. I'm going to take it off alpha lock. And now I'm just going to Guassian blur it layer. And that'll give us a nice, nice foreground element. And you can still make it bigger if you look sick, minds up looking silly. You can make it a little bit bigger like that. If you don't want it to be too, if you don't want it to be touching him, you can sort of you can move it anywhere you want. You can make more than one place. So that's our little marshmallow die. These little things are so, so fun to make. There's so much you can do. You can add more clouds. You can, you can take your marshmallow layer, see if we have enough layers for this. So I duplicated it. Now I'm flattening it. So now I have loops and you go to uniform. So now I can, if I wanted to make another one here, I can do that. I just have to duplicate the shadow again. And it's still give him little shadow here. Something like that. There's so much you can do. Merge this down. But definitely play around experiment. Because there's so much you can play with, with light and shading. And yeah, I can really do this all night. So I'm going to end this here. Hopefully this was fun. Hopefully it was useful. Hopefully you picked up some fun tricks and some really tricks to really get these characters nice and cute. Make sure you bring the mouth up and then make it small. And in-between the eyes even is a lot cuter than if the, if the mouth is really low and really big, then it starts to get into a little bit of more creature ish, rather than this more sort of Kawhi, sort of really cute character. And this can be anything you could add. This can be a fruit shape. This could be a vegetable shape. There's so many shapes that you can practice this on. You can make them glow, you can make an NADH glow. You can do more clouds. You can do little things of grass here. So just keep going and experiment. But I hope this was fun. I had a lot of fun. Hopefully, I hope I didn't bore you too much with my, with my rants sometimes, but I just think it's important to experiment and to play and have fun. And this kinda thing you can just doodle. And you don't have to think too much about it. Once you kinda get the gist of doing what we're doing, you can just make really, really pretty scenes with some really cute, easy, basic shapes in character. So I think that's about it. Thank you guys so much for watching. I really appreciate it. And as always, I will see you guys in the next one. But I think I'll I'll I'll see you in the next video. When you'll have to see my face. 11. Thank You! + Bonus Extended Cut: All right guys, thank you so much for taking the class. I hope that you like. You're a little marshmallow character, lovemaking, little characters like this and little q things. You can also add like EPA guys like you can use different types of eyes. There's so much you can do. And I'm looking forward to see how creative you guys are and what you're making with the class. And hopefully the things that I'm, that I'm teaching you, hopefully I go over why I'm doing everything sufficiently because I think that's the most important thing because I can't reiterate enough the best part about, or at least what I hope to accomplish with my classes is understand what I'm doing and why I'm doing it, and why it's important and why it makes things look special. It really elevates it. There's a lot, I mean, there's a lot with withdrawing, with shading, with making an image dynamic and making it interesting. But if you just break it down into steps, then it becomes a lot easier. And it'll just make your artwork jump out to people. And that's what I really want to do. And I have a little, I have a lot of fun making this class is, and designing these characters. So I hope that I'm not too boring and I hope that you had fun making this one. So please share your class projects. Even if it, even if it doesn't even resemble and the marshmallow, it doesn't matter. Share it. I want to see what you do. I want to see how creative you guys can be. So once again, thank you for him, for I almost said thank you for enjoying the class. Thank you for taking the class. I hope you enjoyed the class. And I'm going to make, I'm going to take two actions. So I'm going to be making a lot more classes like this with different characters and just different things that I think will be beneficial to you. So your art can be the best that it can be, and so you can stay inspired. You don't always have to like be a master at drawing. You can just use some fun shapes and then turn them into whatever you want to do. I have a lot of fun making them. Hope you had a lot of fun in class. As always, keep drawing. And I'll see you in the next video. Oh, I gotta do like to add my Facebook and stuff, don't I? Yeah, I do. Follow me on Instagram at drug-free. Dave. You can check on my YouTube videos. And I have a lot of more short form tutorials, but also have some long ones on YouTube as well. I have a lot of content there. What else? Oh, Tiktok. I'm trying to do what all the cool kids do now. So I have a tick tock, it's at drug-free, Dave. And I'm posting a lot there too because there's a lot of I'm sort of getting a feel for Tiktok. So if you have a tick tock, feel free to add me. And yeah, I think that's I think that's about it. Looking forward to see what you guys do. Thank you guys again, I really appreciate you and as always, drawing and I'll see you in the next video. Okay, so I'm keeping it dark so I can show you a few extras just to really give him a little more, a little more globe. So what we're gonna do is take our marshmallow layer and select. One thing you want to note is just splint explaining this from another class. When I hit select, just make sure it's not on automatic because then it'll change the color of everything. You can put it on any of these, but you don't want it on automatic. Okay. So our marshmallow is selected. So now I'm going to make a new layer above our toasted layer. So above the layer that we did with all this brown toasting around him. New layer above that. I'm going to change that layer mode to ADH. Adh is one of my favorite layer modes. And I'm going to use a nice bright golden color. Okay, So I'm also going to use soft brush one. And I'll raise the opacity to a 100 percent. So now I'm just going to draw some, some more glow on the surface of him sorta look like there's light emitting from warm light emitting from the center. Just really softly. I'm going to make it on the top. And what ADH does is it makes this really beautiful On of color gradient and that blends into your surrounding color. It gives it that nice, beautiful, warm, kinda glowing look. So now I'm going to lower the opacity to 50 percent. Make the brush a little bit bigger. And we want to give that same glow to the center. So I'm just doing soft circles. So we have that nice blended edge. Okay? So now he just looks a lot brighter. And another thing we can do, even on a weekend, do it on the same layer, but we'll make a new layer above just in case you don't like what you come up with. So we made a new layer, a new ad layer above that, and keep the brush on 50 percent. And we'll just sort of add some light coming off of here. Some brighter light. You can even add some. You can add some out here. Oops. Can even add some out here. So that just gives him more, more of a nice glow. Maybe we'll add some to this, this tree as well. And as you notice, I'm not confining it to the shape. I'm sort of just, just doing a freestyle. But to, to, to do it on this front shape, I have to have to make it, make a layer in front of that. So I'm making a new layer as the top layer. And that's an, that's an added layer as well. So now it should have a nice. Soft airbrush eclipse and made a little dot there. Sometimes it happens. So I'm just going to really lightly and just make it a nice little glow crust on the edge of this, I did this planet. Okay? And you can also add some even around your whole character. So let's see how this looks. We're going to go with we'll use the second ad layer that we made, the one that we did for all these plants. So we'll add it there. We'll just see how it looks when we add little brightness, a little more brightness around him. Will even had someone there on the ground here. Just a little bit. Now, here you have to be really careful because you really don't want to, You really don't want to see. You wanna make it be really soft and really gradual. I'll make the brush bigger actually. And we'll just do some nice circles. And only you can do a little bit in front. And we can also try this out. Let's try this. So we'll duplicate the marshmallow will bring it below the shadow layer. So we just brought up below the shadow, will flip it vertically, we'll bring it down. And that will lower the opacity of what we just brought down. So we'll lower the opacity. And then we'll go to adjustments and Guassian blur layer. And now we can play with the opacity a little bit, can bring it up a little bit. And I'll just take my eraser now, an airbrush. And I'll just erase the top part of it or the bottom most part of it. So that just kinda gives it a faint, faint reflection. And I want to add a little more glow to, I'm going to add a little more of a orange glow in front of him. So I'll just add a little bit more of this orange here. And I'll make my brush bigger. And I'll just make sure it's nice and blended in. So I just lowered the color of the background. So instead of having the background layer here, I just made a new layer and just made it the color that the background was. That way I have a little more flexibility with the background. And now I can change this color to if I want to change the ground to something else, a different color. I can do that. I kind of like the blue sofa. And lastly, since this, since this shrub is a little bit further behind, I want to add a little bit of a blur to that. So I'm just gonna go to this layer. I'm going to merge these, actually. Explore this a little bit. The interesting thing, shoes. Hi. Hi.