Well, it seems I'm back for a bit! I'm very sorry for the inactivity on here. Anyway, since I haven't really done anything on this site for awhile, why not make a tutorial? I personally love Nidorino, and I do hope you like it!
I like to start with a guide for the head. A simple, rough circle should be good for that. It doesn't have to be perfect, just enough to get the shape. I don't use guidelines for the body, but most people do, so after completing the drawing I made a rough guide for the shape of the body. If you are doing this on paper, remember to draw as lightly as possible, as this will get erased. If you are doing this on a computer, it may be easier to lower the opacity so you can see what you are doing!
I usually start with the head. Here, I drew the shape, along with the nose, mouth, and jaw!
Now you can draw in the horn! It should point downward slightly. You can also draw the eye and the tooth sticking out. I also went ahead and extended where we left off with the head, (which will turn into it's back) and started the chest, which will be cut off by the leg.
I continued by drawing in both of the ears. The ears are large and somewhat jagged
Now you can draw in the inside of the ear facing you. I also started by drawing in the ridges closest to the head. Nidorino has ridges all the way down its back, and this is a good place to start them since we have finished the head. You can also draw the plate so that in the next step you can continue with the leg. I leave a couple of spaces in my line.
Now you can draw in the stocky legs, ending in 3 toes. I also continued the underbelly, which will curve around the shape you used for your guideline.
You can finished up your Nidorino by sketching in the rest of the ridges along its back, and the hind leg. In my drawing, the other hind leg is concealed behind the front leg, but you are more than welcome to get creative. The hind leg only has 2 toes.
You may now erase your guidelines and ink in your drawing if you choose to.
Here, I added the flat colors and changed the color of the linework. I chose the color by using the color catcher to copy the color of the spots, and made it a bit darker, and that was the color of my lines. On a digital program, you can change the color of your lines by locking your lineart layer (or preserving opacity, depending on the program) and then just coloring over it. You will only be able to draw what is on that layer until you unlock it. It can be useful for more than just that, though! Be creative in what colors you use. You can change the color of the eyes, or make a shiny Nidorino. It's all up to you how you choose to color it.
Here I added some cel shading! To choose the color, I used a shade of Nidorino's color, but you can make it warmer or colder, depending on the atmosphere you want, or just use a funky color! You can create any effect just in the color you use to shade! I added a little sun to show the light source (and I did it in the color I used to shade. I put down that color where I wanted a shadow, and then set my layer to "Multiply". You can also tweak the opacity of this layer) Your shadows will be anywhere the light will not hit. It can be difficult and may take a lot of thought, but try to have fun with it!
You can keep it cel shaded, OR you can blur or soften the edges to make it softer, which I did for this piece. I also added some highlights. The highlights will be put where the light will hit, but depending on how you want it to look, you may not want it too bright. You can also set your highlight layer to "Luminosity" or "Screen" for a brighter effect.
Here is the color wheel in Paint Tool SAI, where you can pick the color you want to use. When choosing a color to shade with, it's best to stay away from the edges! Black and white work sometimes, especially with certain styles of art, but most of the time it's better to use a shade of a color! Along the edges of this box, we have black and white of course, but also as you can see in the top right corner, we have a very pure color! I try not to use that when shading. Inside the box we have darker and lighter shades of the color, without going to black or white. I also roughly demonstrated the colder or warmer shades you can use for shading. Experiment, and see what you like best!
Now you can choose a background if you want one! My background isn't the best, you could probably come up with something better! But, I'll show you how I did this. I started with a ground color for under Nidorino, and behind it something darker, to show that it is further away. I then made colored in the sky, creating a bit of a gradient. A sky is a part of a background that you can get especially creative! Depending the color of the sky, you could even change the color of your shading to correspond!
And I shaded it! Try to think of where the shadows would be depending on your light source.
I added some rock and a highlight to finish it off. Remember to take your time and be creative with it! You don't always have to follow a tutorial exactly. I hope you enjoyed this tut, and thank you for viewing :)
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