I'd probably add shading and lighting like that to my work, but I'm afraid I'd add too much, so I just stick to basic shadowing. Not that it's much of a problem, since I rarely draw nowadays, though I'd like to get back to it so I can get better. Any tutorials you'd recommend?
That's the beauty of digital art though! You can add it (maybe in a separate layer if you aren't sure) and then go back and delete it easily if you don't like it. I actually used to have the problem of not having enough contrast in my shading. My art teachers told me I had to stop being scared of putting darker tones when needed (well, they didn't say 'scared', but I think that's what they were getting at). I was feeling like my digital stuff was getting stale and this got me back in the groove again. I actually do all mine through trial and error, so don't really have any tutorials to recommend. I'm sure there are tons on here though.
Thanks! I'm VERY happy with the highlights on the caramel. When I did the first one, I remember thinking that I had done well on the shine. I think this was one of the first ones I did with shiny parts back in the day.
I turn 36 in little over a month. I know I'm way older than most of the artists who do kawaii stuff! They are all talking about their 21st birthdays or high school homework and stuff and I'm sitting here feelin' like a grandma, lol!