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One common mistake i see sometimes is soft shading with black color or with just a simply darker shad of the original color, which makes the piece look dirty.
Guilty of most, stopped using dodge/burn almost altogether now.
Being color blind I didn't realize how it changed color until someone told me.
Thank you for posting this
i made all the fatal mistake you listed in here, time to fix from top to toe
Pardon me if i asking thins
I actually hated the effect of the smudge tool and gave up on it in one day xD (it was only used to "blend"my old MS Paint drawings and it made it look meh.)
I personally found it hard to use other brushes, so I'm sticking to default for now.
Most of the other things such as contrast and palette selection, I gathered from other extremely helpful tutorials on deviantART. Art at school helped as well
This tutorial really clarified things for me. Thank you very much!
People have different perspective,
for me, there a lot things that mostly important not just only how to mix color, lights, and also effects.
i seen few artist they can mix color ferfectly, but they ignored proportion and visual angel, that makes some problems.
And again.., coloring methodes was very different for each artist, you can tel them `style`, even they make different perception or maybe wrong about colours, and the arts not only percepted by simple things.
Yes, there is no such a sortcut to mastered digital-art, and creating great piece.
I hope there is no miss-understanding about my words