You really don't have to, or need to add the shading to the color pallet when making a reference picture, like so. Shading is always a pain in the butt, you should try some extreme shading, singular/multiple light sources, ect. It'll help in the long run. On the other hand, you have an impressive grasp on human anatomy! I use pose-maniacs occasionally too! ;3 Maybe you could look at some stock photos of people here on Da to help you with muscle definition and whatnot, but that all can be done with shading too. ;D other than that, you're set!
how did I do? o 3o;; Was that constructive? ;o;' or did I just restate what everyone else said. ;o;''
lol no one else said anything ;v; Thank you so much <33
And yeah, I need to work on shading and highlighting like, no joke. Yet I have no idea how to practice it. As of right now, I'm a lost cause. I've always had lots of trouble with that lol. And I'll try and use more stocks on dA 8D
hmmm... have you ever been in an art class where you had to shade stuff like spheres, cones, and cubes? It's kind of like that. it's a fairly easy concept to grasp once you get the basics! just imagine a light source and think of how the shadowing would go on your character, depending on the source. It also helps to observe your surroundings. O: I've actually been doing that recently. X3