Step 10 - Shade


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Now it's time to shade your shark.  This may look a bit tricky, but it isn't all you need to do is pay attention to three general principles.  1) Because a shark's body is usually lit from above (by sunlight transmitting through the surface), the flanks (sides) of a shark often appear darker than its back.  2) When shading the gill slits, the darkest parts are immediately behind each slit, fading to pale in front of the next gill slit.  And 3) When shading the fins, make the edges darkest, shading gradually to paler middle portions.

 

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