Shading Rocks and Stones
How to create rocks and stones? Why does my shading look like clouds? These were some of the questions posted. I came up with a few options to shade stone in Inkscape. Resulting in, what I hope is a helpful tutorial. I wrote a basic tutorial on shading earlier that might be helpful as well.
(I am still reworking the space tutorial. It’s not been forgotten.)
The common mistake when creating shading is using ‘pillow shading’, where the shading is same in all directions, same amount of darkness and distance to the edge. It will look smooth but unbelievable for anything harder and more edgy than clouds or pillows.
In this tutorial I use three different styles of shading:
– through interpolation,
– with lighter and darker shapes [cartoon shading] and
– using transparent gradients
I forgot to use the easiest of all for the rounded rock, which would be a radial gradient. Gradient shading [linear or radial] can be very effective but tends to look off as soon as the shapes become more complex.