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Drawing and Shading Tutorial
chirtescu wrote in artsmarts






I have always been asked about shading in my drawings so I devised this video, broken into 3 parts, to show exactly what process I go through to achieve smooth textures in my drawings.



In this very basic introduction to drawing and shading I show you the technique I use for highly realistic renderings in many of my own drawings. I start you off with the very first exercise I was ever given when I first learned this technique.


Some things to keep in mind:


-Use a small circular motion, not side-to-side

-Don’t press too hard, try to keep your hand light as you apply each layer, leaving your more heavy-handed work closer to the end of your drawing when you emphasize the details of your drawing

-Be Patient! You may not get it on your first try or even your first few but with practice, you will get it. If a circle is too difficult, try practicing by shading out an evenly toned patch without any form


A word on paper surfaces:


I didn’t mention anything about surfaces in my video. I used a very basic cartridge paper from inside my sketchbook. Different types of paper with give you different results. For this type of rendering it’s best to use something with a smooth surface as opposed to something with a grainy surface (which is better for textured drawings).


For more information on the effects of different paper surfaces, visit Todd Hollow Studio.


To protect your drawing some prefer to coat the drawing with a spray on fixative. This is entirely up to you. Bare in mind that Fixative can affect the look of your drawing and can be very toxic but it can helpful in reducing smudging in your work.


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