Shading is minimized and the form of an object is only partially indicated with much of the form treated as a flat surface. This minimization of form can act as a slight abstraction that removes the viewer from experiencing the painting/drawing as an immersive reality. If an individual character is rendered with minimal shading, while others are fully rendered, an artist might be pointing to a lack of substance in the more flattened character. Or, the artist might use minimal shading on certain objects/characters in order to deemphasize their importance.
Featured: Maharaja Sardar Singh of Bikaner by Chotu.