This question might seem stupid to the more advanced animators and sketch artists. But I still feel as though there are some secrets behind it.
How do you go abouts when you shade your animated moving character? And I'm not asking "do you duplicate your lineart, then draw with the pencil the areas of which you want shaded, then color them with black, alpha it down to 50%?" I'm asking what are the rules and physiques behind this? (and of course, I know the rules follow the rule of light, but is there any trick to making this an easier endauver?)
Anyone has any good recomendations? I feel as though shading (say a walkcycle) is incredibly hard, it's like, I can shade one picture, but if I wanted to shade it's movement, the physiques seem a bit tough. Is there any techniques you guys would recomend? Or is it just mere practice, no techniques and no tips & tricks behind it? Just follow the source of light and whatever comes inbetween is shaded? Thanks in advance for any good reply :p
(Also, if you do have any techniques besides the dropping down the alpha of a black color, share that aswell :) )