A long time ago, no idea how long exactly, but somewhere around 2 years ago I guess, I did the shading for my designs by adjusting the non-shaded colour to get a colour that wasn't only a darker shade, but also had a nice bit of colour in itself. Now, for the last year or 2, I did my shading by just adding 10 to 20 percent of pure black twice, which I later changed to very dark blue, with two almost permanently 17% layers, so I made it pretty easy on myself when it came to shading.
But now, now I've returned to selecting the colours I use for shading myself; all the colours become sooooo much more vibrant, and I have no idea why I ever stepped away from this metho.d (I'm pretty sorry if this was not easy to understand, but I'm not English and I don't know a better way to explain it :I)
I also stepped away from the pointilism brush, seeing as all the new Sugi art is extremely clean, but I wouldn't have changed my stuff to be more like that if I didn't think it looks better.
Ofcourse, I've learned a lot about colours since then, so these ''old ways'' are very much improved
also, stay tuned for something I might go ahead and call LDTD, or Lex Decides To Draw (Lex is my name btw), because for some reason I feel a profile called Smiley-Fakemon shouldn't be only fakemon :I I just really feel like drawing other stuff atm as well, you guys understand.
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