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I sketch a rough draft in Paint Tool Sai using the pencil tool with the “Mio 1” effect.
Create new layers above the specified layers and use the “Clipping Group” to attach the layers. Use the “Multiply” layer to apply the first layer of shading. Start by shading the darkest areas like corners and where things overlap. Use the multiply layer effect to shade the clothes. It’s better to use blues or purples to shade.
For soft-shading, I start by using the erasure tool to “lift-out” of dark areas. Then I use the “Water” brush tool to smooth out the shading. I also use the “Oil- Water” brush tool to add softer shadows.
Make a new layer above the lineart layer and clip to that layer. Then change the color of the lineart. I used Clip Studio Paint’s effect brushes to add details to the outfit.