My name is Joseph, and it’s been three years since my
confes-blog post. Originally, the posts here were made for a class in college, but I’ve since graduated and have seamlessly moved on to what some call the “real world.” Despite my overwhelming lack of social graces, I have fully integrated into a thriving community of other humans. As a person, I have matured considerably.
[Insert other inspiring one-liners]
…At least, that’s what I’d like you to believe.
Now, I really did graduate from college back in 2016, but the transition was anything but seamless. The biggest reason was that I burned out in my Portfolio capstone. Hard.
If I could offer any advice to anyone in college (especially art students), your portfolio’s not worth burning out on. Trust me.
But that’s a story for another time.
Who knows, maybe next week they’ll fight to the death. –last week
Yep. It happened. The not long-awaited battle of the
week-century: soft shading versus cel shading!
Just to recap previous posts, soft shading involves blending color softly (who’d a thunk it?), while cel shading is when you have solid chunks of color creating the illusion of depth. Before this death battle begins, let’s break each side down and see what’s going on.
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This week, I discovered that I’ve been spelling “cell shaded” wrong my entire life. It’s actually supposed to be cel
shaded. As much as I pride myself on grammatical nuances that few people know about, I will admit that I only cried for twenty minutes.
Then, after a long week of not doing much of anything, I drew stuff. Shocking for a cartoonist, huh? This week’s illustration, given the title of this post, was cel shaded. You can behold it’s purdiness (I’m from Georgia) to the right.
The heck is Cel Shading?
To be cel shaded is to appear both flat and three dimensional simultaneously. Oh wait, hang on. *turns off philosophical gibberish* Ah, that’s better. Now then, let’s define cel shading. At its simplest, it’s an artistic rendering style that creates shading with flat areas of color. If you want shading, a solid block of darker color goes over the base color. Cel shading invokes the ever-quoted “less is more.”
Ever played Wind Waker? That’s cel shaded.