I used to dodge and burn and it wouldn't even look like shading, I eventually started looking for tutorials, and there's a lot of good ones, out there. Especially if you use SAI (I'm not the best with shading, but at least it's better then dodge and burn)
I don't have photoshop, but I do have gimp. I don't use it a lot, except if I attempt to make a good piece. Which.. doesn't happen a lot. And, I usually use Paint.net, and on there, there is none, so technically... I just do the darker and light shade and blur it. I abuse smudge for shading, but usually not dodge and burn. Maybe dodge, but.. not burn. Again, I just use smudge. But that's when I feel helpless with Paint.net.
I started out using burn and dodge, but recently, I've learned of this wonderful thing called "colored shading" and kids, it works wonders for your art. Also, you can always colorpick your base color and make it darker and lighter for the shading and highlights, respectively. I'm not claiming to be a master of shading, but it's certainly helped my art a bit.
God, you don't even know how much this bothers me. I seem to be the only amateur digital artist who never got stuck in that phase-- I experimented with them for five minutes and asked myself why anyone would ever think it looks good. Of course there are exception, but it's so rare to come across a good picture that solely relies on dodge/burn. x_x;
Zoe-the-Rune-WolfFeatured By OwnerJul 16, 2010Hobbyist General Artist
I remember hearing all the talk about it, decided to try it myself (im a bit of an expirimentor >_>) and didnt really like the results...But then again, i also used the opacity setting and duplicated layers, derp.
Just an idea... Not poking fingers or anything. Maybe someone could come up with a walk through on ways to shade better than using said methods in stamp? I know nothing of the shadeing-ness but sometimes it helps others learn better if they have a little hand?
We were all beginners once. Unfortunately this is a site that's generally full of blind praise, so most young digital artists aren't even going to realize that there are other, better ways of shading and highlighting...